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?
Your recommendation
🤓 Have a recommendation? Join to share.
12 recommended
  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
    • Amrith Shanbhag
      Amrith ShanbhagCommunity + Social at Product Hunt

      I'm a part of a ton of Slack communities but I'm active in only a handful.

      Slack works to its fullest only when it is implemented in a team and everyone's supposed to use it for communication. Slack could/should improve on making the communities on it better by adding relevant features.

    • João Oliveira Simões
      João Oliveira SimõesDesign Lead, 44 Studio

      As a remote designer, this is a must have. I'm always contactable and available. Super easy way to also have quick calls and communicate with other team members on different teams.

  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.
    Comments (4)Share
    • Vishnu Narang
      Vishnu NarangFull Stack developer

      The platform is technically complex to build but for the end users, it's so simple with every feature that's most wanted to build a community. It's better than facebook, linked-in or any other platform that tries their hand at being a community driven platform. And it's far from perfect and yet it's better than all others. Imagine how awesome it will be once the team develops all the features they've been working on.

    • Nicole Jolie
      Nicole JolieOwner, SkinByRadiance

      Gina is truly brilliant. She doesn't know me and she has no idea I exist on this planet. I like that she's bucked the trend. I'm working on creating a MN for a specific type of crowd right now. Listen to her interview with Ally Trowbridge it's great!

  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.
    Comments (3)Share
    • Mo Rajabifard
      Mo RajabifardCo-founder & CEO @ There.PM

      I've used this to join styled components and Figma communities and It's been much better than alternatives. Only it needs to polish the product a bit more.

    • Mason Wear
      Mason WearCo-Founder // Primer Co

      I've been using Spectrum for several months now, since Alpha. The team has really taken the time to listen to what these early users have had to say and improve the platform as a whole.

      I think this truly solves a big issue for those people trying to manage a community. It also makes participating in community discussions a way more intuitive and user-friendly process. One account, one inbox.

  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. 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
    • I've used Boost for Reddit for a long time wishing for an Official Reddit app. I was excited when it was first released and used it for a little bit and started to notice some thumbnails didn't load properly and very limited.

    • Marek Liszewski
      Marek LiszewskiI ❤️building products

      That's definitely my new go-to medium to use Reddit. Well done Reddit team. Rujygpu

  10. Ben Rohr
    Ben RohrStrategist, Iconic 32 · Written
    Its designed for this.
  11. 1

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

    Daria Zwierz
    Daria Zwierz10Online Community Enthusiast · Written
    My favorite!
    • Vinish Garg
      Vinish GargCo-founder @OutcomeConf @ContentHug

      I have used it extensively in Andrew Chen's talk platform: and also for Write The Docs forum at I think it meets most of the goals of a well structured, well monitored, and custom discussion forum. I like it.

    • Daler Karimov
      Daler KarimovQuestion. Learn. Make. http://www.Eve.QA

      Happy using it for my projects:

      Eve.QA - easy and expressive Q&As for events. - a place to share and discover exciting opportunities.

      Apteka.TJ - forum on health, beauty and family well-being.

  12. Rich Peterson
    Rich PetersonBusiness Process Consultant 🚀 · Written
    For if you're looking for a hosted option for Discourse.