Arthur West IV
Arthur West IVTechnology Enthusiast, Active Learner.

What is the best tool for building an online community?

I am looking for the best tool to create a community with all the usual social networking tricks (chat, forums, groups etc) I've used NING (years ago) what is the GO-TO these days?
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  1. 70

    Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving & search.

    Thomas DIDIER
    Thomas DIDIER6Product Marketing Manager, Ermeo · Written
    At Forest (, we use Slack as a direct channel to talk to our customers. There are public groups such as general announcement or issues, and private ones to talk directly to small groups or specific customers.
    Lorenzo Fiori
    Lorenzo FioriMarketing&SM Manager at Nanosystems · Written
    No doubt about it!
    Slack makes communication easier other than any collaboration tool
  2. 28
    Discourse 2.0

    Civilized discussion for your community, redesigned ✨

    I dont know - but I'm guessing.. I'm considering using it as a solid community forum. Slack is also cool. Seems quite different to Discourse though. And there is also Discord. Another Slack type chat. None seem as thorough as Discourse, which seems a bit more traditional.
    I think the big advantage of a traditional forum is that the knowledge does not get lost. With slack and discord you have to answer the same questions many times. If you take care about your forums you get a nice knowledge base.
  3. 29
    Mighty Networks

    The fastest way to create a community-powered brand

    If you're looking to grow a paid community Mighty Networks has many useful features for paid memberships, courses and engagement.
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  4. Guillaume Bardet
    Guillaume BardetWorking on · Written
    This one seems to be used by quite a lot of communities!
    Ogochukwu Obiajulu O
    Ogochukwu Obiajulu OContent Developer | Brand Strategist · Written
    Dicord is awesome for building an online community. The ability to create roles and make certain channels only visible to people with certain roles helps keep things private and ensures order. I have been using it for 2 years now and one of my best features is the Voice Chat.
  5. 10

    Build better communities

    Yashu Mittal
    Yashu MittalFounder & CEO, CodeCarrot · Written
    A community is not just a place for talking with other people, we need a place where conversation can be organized and can we easily accessed for all communities.
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  6. 5
    Telegram 4.7

    Now with themes, multiple accounts and more 🎉

    Patrick Loonstra
    Patrick LoonstraDesigner at · Written
    The most easy and quick way to setup a community.
  7. If you're looking for a community platform that gives you 100% freedom to customize, plus the ability to integrate with a huge variety of extensions, I suggest Joomla with Jomsocial.
  8. 2

    Add News Feed to your app with ease

    Romaric Philogène made this product
    To build your online community you can use MySocialApp. It is precisely by wanting to interconnect motorbikers that MySocialApp was created and allows 70,000 bikers to communicate in real time on their own application. MySocialApp is a social network API that can be used in any application in less than 5 minutes.
  9. Ben Rohr
    Ben RohrStrategist, Iconic 32 · Written
    Its designed for this.
  10. 2
    Reddit App

    The official app for Android & iOS. Meow.

    John Ababseh
    John Ababseh10Epiphany Enthusiast · Written
    Now a days, reddit is the go-to platform for building any type of community
  11. 1

    A platform for community discussion. Free, open and simple.

    Daria Zwierz
    Daria Zwierz21Online Community Enthusiast · Written
    My favorite!
  12. Rich Peterson
    Rich PetersonSystems Adviser 🚀 · Written
    For if you're looking for a hosted option for Discourse.