When a forum is first set-up, most people go straight to the ACP and get to work on making the forum. What do you do in the ACP when you first start? Others like to go and recruit some people to the forum, start promoting the forum, etc. If you don't go straight to the ACP, what do you do? I always go to the ACP first. I always want to make my site ready for use before I start promoting. Within the ACP, the first thing I do is set all the settings I need to in the Configuration (MyBB name. Not sure for others.) tab. After that, I set up my usergroups so I can get the permissions right for when I make the actual forums. After that, I find a style that suits my subject. Last and finally, I set up the actual forums (only 3-4 at first) setting Permissions as I go along. That's all what I do in a couple days' work crammed into 30 seconds of reading time.