What is a Community forum?
What is a category?
A category can be called as a sub headings of a community forum. Eg: Ice breaking, General discussion, Region's corner,Student's corner etc. are various categories of v4vhse.It is a group of forums
What is a Forum?
A forum is a group of topics with a specific name. Eg: In the category of Ice breaking in our site there are different forums namely Introduction,Experience as a teacher and Feedback. Each forum has a specific purpose and the members should post their topics in most suitable forum. The type post that can be entered as topic is described under the name of that forum heading
What is a Topic/message?
Each Forum may be consist of a lot of topics/messages. Any member can start a new topic. The topic starter names his topic and and posted in the forum. When another member reads and responds through messages and thus may have a lot of response messages. The all message including the main content published by the starter user of topic is called Topic and all individual published comments are called messages
Eg: Here In Forum Introduction now there is 3 topics namely Forum rules, Notice board(started by admin of this forum) and Can we help you(started by me).
Is it like Blog post and comments?
Generally yes,but practically no. You can start free blogs and can post new topics, the users/members can post comments it and even anonymous. But in community forums guests(anonymous is called so) can post only if admin allows. More over in many blogs only text could be posted as Comments. But in Community forums you can take "avathar",your every post is counted and also you can customise the forum itself. You can use HTML if admin allows while replying a message,share pictures with posts without uploading to this site( The images you have uploaded in the famous image hoisting sites like imageshack.us or photobucket.com). You can use BBcode and
(emotions) in the post in which a blog you can't