Originally Posted by ShinyToyGuns
^ Yes but every forum starts out with not alot of posts and hardly any other members.Sorry but I asked for advice.
Trust me, I am giving you the very best advice there is. There is generally two things a forum does to be sucessful:
1. Discusses a topic that no other forum discusses yet.
2. Gives users some feature, benefit, tips, advice, etc.. that they simply can not get anywhere else. This must be valuable enough to them to join the forum.
Since you don't fit number 1, you need to work on number two.
If I opened up a small little coffee shop next to a StarBucks, and did nothing special, do you think I would be getting that many customers? Of course I wouldn't! Why go to Mike's run of the mill coffee house when they could spend $.30 more and go to StarBucks right next door.
Now your problem is much the same, except your location is the internet, so no matter what server you put your site on, you're going to be right next to the likes of SitePoint.com. I would suggest taking a trip over there if you haven't been there before, and looking at all they offer their members. The forum is only one part of why it draws so many people.
As always with webpages: Content is king