Hi! I have an informational website which allows visitors to browse/search information about a specific topic. I am looking to add a forum to allow people to ask and answer questions.
From my quick scan of the functionality, it seems like this is a good option if either you are happy with what seems like a completely stand alone forum/site, or if you have a relatively big budget and dev team and you can fully embed the forum into your site.
I guess I'm looking for an in-between. E.g. I'm happy for the forum to be on a different URL, but ideally I would like:
A custom header for the forum which can show my website logo and link to the main website.
Ability to drop selected forum categories and posts onto the website to act as hooks to get users to click through to the forum and interact.
Ability to monetise the forum. I currently earn revenue from ads on my main website. If my traffic all end up on the forum and this is where the value moves to, am I right in thinking that I can't show ads on it, therefore I would have no revenue?
Any insight on these three points would be useful!