Moot.it is a forum and commenting tool that allows website owners add conversations to their pages. The application works with a few lines of HTML that is added to the desired page. Forums serve the same purpose they have for the past decade or two, with ongoing discussions driven by site visitors and/or members. Moot.it creates a forum tool that integrates seamlessly with the page. Rather than directing members to a third party site or an area that looks very different from the design of the page, everything appears in one combined space. The audience doesn’t have to navigate away from key areas interact with the rest of the community. Commenting tools are also available and features a linear layout.Show more screenshots »
Moot.it offers a unique way to allow website visitors and community members to come together without leaving a web page. The service has many appealing benefits but has not yet taken off. Moot.it is still in beta, so it is possible that popularity will skyrocket once more website owners learn about its capabilities and simplicity.
Many third party services are available to host forums or offer commenting capabilities. Facebook has become very popular while other sites provide a separate location to house forums. While this approach can work, Moot.it tries to bridge the gap so the user’s audience stays where they want them to be. Visitors can catch up on thread discussions right on the page. The social element is very appealing for new users and encourages visitors to remain on the user’s site longer.
Moot.it features a very sleek, modern look that breaks away from the dated layout of other free forum services. Everything appears embedded on the user’s web page. Installation is also very easy, requiring the addition of simple HTML code that can be copied and pasted where the user wants it. All basic components, such as user names, posting dates and likes show up without adding visual clutter to the page.
A new user can try Moot.it by clicking the white “Setup” link along the top of the homepage. The next page asks the user to enter a subdomain name of five characters or more. After clicking the “Setup Now” button below the form, the user directed to a short registration form. A blue “Facebook” button is available at the top of the form for users who prefer to sign in with their social networking profile. Everyone else can supply a username, email address and password in the fields below. The user is automatically logged in the first time. Email verification is still required to complete registration.
Cost is another area where Moot.it shines. The service is absolutely free to all users. Anyone can sign up and start using forums and commenting tools. The application is currently in beta, however the “about” page states that there will always be a free version available. Eventually Moot.it will begin charging a fee for private posts, custom branding and single sign on functionality. No specific pricing details have been provided yet.
Moot.it is a great tool for anyone with a website. Individuals with casual pages can appreciate the free price and user friendly installation. Small businesses can improve their offerings by giving customers a place to comment and share opinions directly on a web page. The application is flexible and ideal for almost any industry or purpose.