Launch a thriving online community like Reddit quickly

Create an online community around an interest, profession, passion or anything else. Allow members to join your community with user profiles and meet each other. Tools in this category enable you to instantly build an online community like Reddit, Hacker News or Product Hunt, so you can focus on growing it and enabling others to interact over common interests.

As a bonus, we've also sourced the following helpful free community building guides & resources that guide you through launching a community, growing your following and even developing a great business from it: Building Communities: An online class by Erik Torenberg, a Community Planning Guide, and Brick by Brick: A guide to building awesome communities.


Discourse is the 100% open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. It works as: a mailing list, discussion forum, and/or long-form chat room.

Instamake can also help you get Discourse set up on your own private website/server if you unfamiliar with installing it from scratch. Contact us here.

Wordpress Themes & Plugins:
BuddyPress, Plugin Hunt or WPeddit

Wordpress is such a powerful platform - you can buld any kind of site with the endless list of themes and plugins available, although it's still a blogging platform at heart. Make a site like Product Hunt or Reddit using themes such as BuddyPress, Plugin Hunt or WPeddit. If you're familiar with Wordpress, this might be the option for you. If you're not, use one of the above tools.