ZetaBoards gives users another way to build an online community or bring an existing community together. The application offers many convenient message board related features. Users can create special, joinable groups within their online community on ZetaBoards. The application also provides custom profile fields so the user can allow users to post relevant information to their profiles. The user can access the CSS style sheet as well to customize every aspect of their Zeta message board. The application implements automatic spam protection and provides free support for custom domains. Additional features include the ability to post sticky topics (those that stay pinned to the top of the board) and a website maker that enables the user to create a site within the forum.
ZetaBoards was created by Zathyus Networks Inc. Zathyus is a Maryland based company that was founded in 2004 by Brandon Kopetzky. ZetaBoards is the company’s most recent offering, although it also created Invision Free in 2002.
ZetaBoards is an attraction option for users because it offers many simple yet effective features. Other free forums usually have many restrictions that limit how customizable the forum is. ZetaBoards allows users to set profile fields and customize the front page as well as other areas of their forum. ZetaBoards even provides user with a dedicated resource forum to find help with customization issues.
The ZetaBoards website has a very modern, professional design that features shades of blue and hints of orange. The overall look is surprisingly attractive compared to some of the other free forum websites out there. Forum set up and maintenance is made even easier through Zeta’s user friendly interface. Even a novice computer user can set up and customize their free forum in a relatively short period of time. Editing the CSS might be confusing for someone who does not know what they are doing, but all other forum options are very easy to understand.
A new user can join ZetaBoards by clicking on the bold white “Register” link found near the center, top of the homepage. An orange register button can also be found along the left hand side of the page. The top of the registration form provides the user with a short list of rules for using Zeta Board. After reading these, the user is asked to provide a forum name, username and password. A short checklist of password strength enhancing options is also there to help the user create a secure password for their account. The bottom of the form requires an email address, valid date of birth and terms of service agreement.
ZetaBoards provides user with a great product at the best price possible: completely free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for using ZetaBoards. The user can create an account and begin customizing their forum as much as they like. The site even reassures the user with a note on the registration form advising them that their email address will not be sold to third party companies.
ZetaBoards is aimed at people who want to build a basic forum that doesn’t require a monetary investment. The application provides several attractive features that allow users to monitor, customize and protect their forum and its users.