I spent much of last week researching, testing out and speaking with the creators of some of the community tools listed below. I thought it would be good to share this list for anyone who is looking to create a community for their business.
If I have missed any others please drop them in the comments below.
YEN - Built by our very own @8bit, "YEN helps founders launch a branded community platform in just a few clicks." @8bit is the king of community building and is building some really cool things with YEN.
Discourse - Is an open source community discussion platform. Probably best suited to medium sized and fast growing communities.
Disciple - A fully-branded, independent and profitable community platform that works on Web, iOS and Android. Disciple is a media rich platform suited for small and growing communities.
Mighty Networks - A comprehensive community tool that also has online courses, and memberships together in one place.
Playgroup - Is a modern community platform that are mixing old style forums in a modern app to bring people together. Looks like a good option for those just starting out.
Tribe - Tribe is an integrated community platform that you can bolt on to your existing website. It allows you to create a stand-alone or integrated community website. Another good option for those starting out.
Circle - "A modern community platform for creators". Circle gives small creators the ability to create their own integrated community platform.
Flarum Pro - Flarum Pro enables premium hosting for beautiful forums. Ideal for online brands, professional software and video games.
Hivebrite - Is an all in one community platform. They seem to be geared more towards enterprise clients and larger organizations.
Habitate - Being built by our Indie Hacker @deepak09. Habitate is a community platform that integrates with your existing website and gives customers a space to engage in discussions, polls, AMA's and much more.
Spectrum - Making it easy to grow safe, successful online communities that are built to last.
Honeycomb - A full-featured community software solution that allows you to create your own social network. Honeycomb caters more towards larger brands and organizations.
Slack - Great for creators or entrepreneurs who want to kick start their community ASAP. Many are already familiar with Slack and its a great way to foster conversation. @schoon is doing this well with Caster Community
Discord - Another good option for getting your Minimum Viable Community set up and running.
Did I miss any? Let me know below.