How to Build a Strong Q&A Website

How to Build a Strong Q&A Website

A lot of factors come into play when you sit down and decide to build a website. Your niche market is important, as is your target audience, but what many people fail to consider is the formatting of the website. Sure, blogs and wiki style sites are great, but what if you actually need something a bit simpler? The Q&A style website, or question and answer, is a great option of you’re looking to share some wisdom or prove your authority in your niche.

Choose Your Domain Name

The first thing you’ll need to do, as with any other site, is choose your domain name. Choose carefully. You’ll want something that is easy to remember. Including Q&A, qa, or any other variation of the question and answer wording may make things more difficult. An informative yet simple domain, like “mikeanswers” or “askmike” may be more suitable to your needs. These are just examples. You can obviously choose any domain name you wish. Your Q&A site may also be an extension of your regular business website.

Install a Q&A Platform

The Q&A platoform will work a little different than the platforms you’re used to using, like WordPress. There are tons of different applications you can use. Qhub, StackExchange, and OSQA are just a few. If you’re running a Q&A site for a business, where team members will need to be involved in the day to day asking and answering process, you may want to consider something more advanced like www.quandora.com.

Whatever you choose, the background and alternate pages can be customized to suit your needs. Don’t be afraid to give your site some color, style, and quality design work. If this isn’t your area of expertise, you can usually find someone to modify an existing platform for very little cost.

Set Rules for Use

Make sure you set clear rules for the use of your website. Will you have a set group of people who can answer questions – experts – or will you allow the community to participate in both asking and answering. Will you allow questions only on certain topics, or will you allow a general Q&A session? How will you control language, harassment, and spam from users? Write a clear set of rules and stick to them no matter what.

Starting your own Q&A community may prove to be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding projects you’ve ever completed. Approach it carefully and with a plan and with a little bit of marketing your site will thrive in no time.

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