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Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora



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Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora

Recently I posted a discussion about how you can set up your own blogging network like blogger.com. Here's the link if you want to read it: Setting up your own blogging platform like Wordpress

Now I'm posting about how you can set up your own Q&A website in a few simple steps Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora


Ok the, here we go.

  • Step 1: Register your domain. You'll want something catchy that can be branded easily. Try to get "answers" in the domain name so that people instantly know what the website is about. This will increase the click through rate and sign up rate.
  • Step 2: Set up a hosting account for where you will have your new Q&A website. You don't need anything crazy right at the beginning because you probably won't have a load of traffic that will be too much for you server.
  • Step 3: Add Wordpress to your website. It's easy, there's usually an option within your cpanel and you can add it with a few easy clicks.
  • Step 4: Find a simple theme that you like and upload it. You can use one of the themse at wpmudev for free or you can buy one from a marketplace like themeforest.net
  • Step 5: Head over to wpmudev.org and sign up. You can start a 14 day free trial so you really don't have to pay for the membership if you don't want to.
  • Step 6: Download this plugin which will be the main thing that helps you set up your Q&A website: https://premium.wpmudev.org/projec...-answers-plugin/
  • Step 7: Download another plugin that will help you brand the back end so everything says your domain name and does not refer to Wordpress at all. This will make it look like you took a year to code up everything on the back end but in reality you're using wordpress Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora Here's the branding plugin: https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/ultimate-branding/
  • Step 8: Configure your plugins and you'll be all set Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora



After you do all the steps above, you will have your own Q&A website where people can create loads of content pretty easily Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora

I would set it up so people can post links in their comments/posts so that they are more inclined to come and participate Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora You can make the links nofollow if you'd like.

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procoder

Great tutorial Razz! Could be very useful to anyone who want to create a Question and Ask community.

Those type of sites are really great, they are like our Community Discussion here. Well..not exactly like our community because we are a little more advanced in everything. Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora but yeah Q&A communities are useful places to share knowledge and to help each other.

Btw..do you think I can create something that can compete with Quora? Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora




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TommyCarey

Yeah, anyone wanting to set up a Q&A type site always look into how much it costs to get it custom coded, but there are other options such as plugins that make it much cheaper Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora

Do you think I can create something that can compete with Quora?
Right at the start, No. But in time you could definitely compete as long as you had a good marketing plan at the start and stick with it Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora




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procoder

Haha, fair enough Razz!

In the past I've had some good scripts similar to those sites, but I've never created something with them just because of time.




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bobjoehax3

OMG this is fantastic. Thank you, Razzy!!! Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora




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TommyCarey

You're very welcome Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora I've wanted to set something up like this for a long time but I just haven't had the time Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora

I thought I would share it with everyone here so that they could enjoy their own Q&A websites lol Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora




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idealmike

Razzy this is pretty nifty man! I'll check out that plugin and see what sort of features it has. Is there a demo site for it anywhere? I looked on that link and could not find one. A demo site to see that plugin in action would be really cool and helpful though!

Have you ever considered using one of those question and answer scripts? Like OSQA and Question2Answer etc. I wonder what the difference between these types of scripts and using WordPress would be. There are actually several Q&A plugins for WordPress saying that. I guess we will have to test a few of them out and do a comparison of sorts with the qa WP plugin from wpmudev vs other ones for WP.

But this could be very useful to know though. For a long time now I've considered setting up a Q&A site. Both general ones and very niche refined ones. For example; you could set up a Q&A site for people that want to ask questions and get answers on something very niche specific like training husky puppies or building your own racing drone or something like that you know?

I think it really is just a matter of doing a little research, finding something that is in demand, then creating a Q&A site around it, for it and on it. You may have to do some leg work on it at first, asking questions and answering them with different accounts and that. But it could turn out to be quite a successful little site. Espcially if nobody else is doing that in the niche you choose. What do you think? Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora




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TommyCarey

That would definitely work Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora

I wanted to do something similar to that. I was going to set up a ridiculous amount of small niche Q&A type sites and after they all were populated with users and content I would merge them into one and make a mega site. I would most likely lose some people because they would think it's not the same thing, but the majority of people would stay and begin to branch out into different sections. This would create a huge load of additional content and search engine traffic over time Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora

Buuuuut I don't have the time to do this Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora




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Lynne

Oh this is way cool! I won't be able to try this out for a while but it has just been added to my list of cool websites to give a try in the future. \

How do you think this would work as an addition to a website Razzy? So say I had a blog in a particular niche could I add a Q & A section to it so that people can ask questions and be answered by me and other readers?

I have a website that is about recovery from addiction and I have been wondering for a while whether I can add a section for my readers to ask things and get support.




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TommyCarey

How do you think this would work as an addition to a website Razzy?


This would be great for a separate section of your website Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora It would be similar to how SeoClerks set up their Community Discussion Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora




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MasterA

Great tutorial Razz. I am planning on starting my own Question and answer website so this will let me a lot. Instead of using wordpress, you can also use Question 2 Answer: http://www.question2answer.org/ - It is a very good piece of software and it has lots of very useful plugins. I personally think this is better than the wordpress plugin.




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TommyCarey

I've never heard of question2answer.org before. I'll have to check it out Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora

Is it free?
Does it have a one time fee?
Does it have a monthly recurring fee?




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Cristian

Great Tutorial Razzy! I'm pretty sure there are also specialized themes for Wordpress, specially created for Question and Answers websites.
And why would I want to hide the fact that I'm using Wordpress? Most people have no idea how to check for something like that, especially the users you want to create content and stay active.




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TommyCarey

You'll mainly want to brand your internal dashboard just to show a little more branding. It will look a bit more professional as well Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora

And hell, if you're already downloading apps off of wpmudev then you might as well get the branding plugin Set up your own Q&A website like Yahoo Answers or Quora




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vinaya

wow, this is a great piece of information. I have this desire to start my own question and answer site. However, I did not know how to get started. I have domains, I have a hosting account, I can set up wordpress. However, I did not know about the plugins that will make my website look like question and answer site. I also did not know about branding plugin. Thank you very much for this tutorial.




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