Host a spam free forum on the cheap with Website Toolbox. This service costs less than five bucks a month, yet offers exceptional forum protection. Website Toolbox offers fully customizable, non–threaded forums hosted on their servers with spam flooding and spam post prevention included.

This forum service has a WYSIWYG and an EasyCode editor to make posting fast and easy. For administrators, it has pin threading, email lists, email notifications and banning protocols.

Website Toolbox offers a good forum package for a great price, but has a few less administration tools than our number one choice IP. Board.

Forum Features
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10/10
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ForumsPlace
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InvisionFree
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10
8.8
8.8
8.8
8.8
8.8
8.8
8.8
2.5

Website Toolbox provides non–threaded forums hosted on their servers for $4.99 per month. However, they limit forums to 10,000 page views per month and charge an additional $0.20 per 1,000 page views for those over 10,000. Although the forums are hosted on their servers, you can configure your forum to use your domain and a subdomain that directs to Website Toolbox. Their forums support unlimited posts and multiple forums and categories as well as frames.

Your forum can be configured to look any way you want. Forum color as well as table width, border color, font and cell padding can be adjusted. You can also add your own logos, images, buttons and icons.

Posting Options
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7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
6.3
7.5

Posters can easily submit messages through a WYSIWYG or an EasyCode editor; they can add smilies, avatars, files, signatures and images. This service supports member profiles, private messaging, a search tool and a spell checker.

Administration Tools
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7.5
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8.8
7.5
7.5
7.5
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3.8
7.5

Administrators can set membership requirements, edit and delete posts, edit and delete members, assign moderators, lock threads and more. Beyond message board management, administrators can also watch statistics and syndicate content. Boards can be password protected and if desired, administrators can approve or disapprove all posts before they are published. However, we did not see member grouping tools, a calendar or archiving utilities.

Protection/Security Features
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8.8
5
5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
5
6.3

Website Toolbox offers above average protection for your forum. In our research, we found that security can really make or break your forum; unsecured forums can quickly be taken over by spam posts. Website Toolbox not only includes IP and email banning but also spam flood and spam post prevention. Forums can be password protected and filtered by word or by HTML code. Unlike many services, Website Toolbox has a security feature that can block bots from capturing member's email addresses, so your members can use your board without having to worry about getting more email spam.

Help/Support
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5
2.5
2.5
6.3
2.5

You can contact Website Toolbox by telephone or email, they also offer chat support, but the chat operator is not always available. They also offer a user guide and some other helpful information online.

Website Toolbox Summary:
9/10

Website Toolbox offers affordable forum hosting with outstanding spam protection.

 

Website Toolbox

TopTenREVIEWS no longer updates this category and keeps it here for archiving purposes only. It was last updated in August 2012.