Question and Answer Sites Powered by Qhub

You’ve got questions. The Internet has answers. The trouble is that the Internet has far too many answers and it can be particularly difficult to figure out which ones are the right answers and which ones are the wrong answers. That’s why people still turn to tightly-knit online communities for specific help on specific questions.

And you can capitalize on this trend without having any real coding or technical knowledge. All you have to do is set up an account with Qhub and you can have your own branded Q&A site, focusing on whatever niche you’d like. Over the course of this review, we’ll take a look at how Qhub works and the various features that it offers.

Build Your Own Branded Q&A Website

In terms of raw functionality, Qhub isn’t particularly original. It provides a simple back-end software and infrastructure for you to build your own Q&A site. However, you’ll find that it is probably one of the easiest to use and customize.

What you see here is a sample account and site that the Qhub people have set up for us for the purposes of this review. You can check out the live demo of this site if you want to take a closer look.

As you can quite plainly see, the Q&A site has been completely customized to mirror the look and feel of the main John Chow dot Com site. It is hosted as a subdomain on Qhub.com, but there are options to do it through your own domains and subdomains as well.

There is also a quick YouTube video that will run you through a brief overview of how Qhub works and why you may be interested in it.

Up and Running in Minutes

Rather than getting you to install WordPress and then install a plugin (though there is one), or install forum software then alter it, Qhub was designed from the ground up to facilitate a simple question and answer exchange.

The whole thing can be set up in under three minutes and you don’t need any technical skills. The entire system is a hosted and fully managed solution too, so you don’t have to worry about hosting costs or downtime. The Qhub folks will take care of that.

For users to interact with the site, either to provide questions or answers, they can create a new account specifically for the site, or they can log in using the appropriate Facebook or Twitter authorizations. You can see the sample question above. I used my Kwanye Twitter account, as well as the John Chow Qhub account to test that functionality.

A Social Experience with Badges

There are many motivations you may have for wanting a Q&A website (or sub-site). You may be interested in a self-sustaining site with user-generated content. This can allow for some great passive income. Also, a Q&A site can help you “build a community around your website.”

Further to that end, Qhub comes with the additional feature of reward badges. Users who participate on your site can earn various badges for completing certain achievements, not unlike the “game” that they play with Foursquare.

You get the “socialite” badge if you invite 10 friends and they join the site. You earn the “helper” badge if you answer a question. Contribute an answer with a +10 rating (since each response can be rated by the community) and you earn the “awesome answer” badge. These badges can provide for a fun way to encourage greater interaction.

How Much Does It Cost?

Depending on your needs and preferences, Qhub has four pricing plans.

The free version is the most limited, of course, while most people would probably opt for the $40/month Pro plan, which allows for more white label functionality, moderation controls, API access, and so on. The John Chow Qhub example above runs on the $199/month Enterprise plan.

All plans come with a 15-day free trial, so there really is no harm in seeing how it all works. Ask the folks at Qhub, and they’ll tell you that they’ve got the answer to all your worries.

CLICK HERE TO CREATE YOUR OWN QHUB SITE


49 thoughts on “Question and Answer Sites Powered by Qhub”

  1. PPC Ian says:

    Wow! Really cool platform. It’s amazing how much scale you can get these days with a good idea and the right platform to scale it quickly.

    1. dotCOMreport says:

      I can see how it would benefit a business. The platform is amazing and I cant wait to try it out.

      1. d3so says:

        It’s interesting how these quick Q&A sites are popping up. It’s like formsping.

        1. Thanks for the top notch review Michael. Something to think about and play with if you have some extra time on your hands.

          Not for me right now but it could be at some point.

  2. Kent Chow says:

    Michael, this is a great promotion. I love to have it on my blog in the future. I see having Q&A session is great to build community on my blog.

      1. Sounds pretty cool. Interactiveness (is that a word?) is what makes a website really cook. Getting people to continue to come back to your site makes a huge difference.

      2. d3so says:

        Forums provide a place for in-depth and interactive discussion. I don’t think that they’ll be replaced anytime soon.

  3. Snakehead says:

    Seems like a good platform but from what I see it seems to lack integration with forum softwares without using facebook as a login agent. which makes it a lot less usefull to me.

  4. Fred Tracy says:

    Pretty nifty. Maybe I’ll create a personal development Q&A on there..

  5. Hey that Q7A site of your look cool, its good blogger can get the answer from the mogul himself now.

    1. Bob says:

      not only cool but it really great. The feature also allows blogger to earn because of its gadget like adsense, etc.

        1. Ads will always be one of the number one ways to monetize your blog.

          1. d3so says:

            I wonder if you can remotely install it on your blog.

  6. John Rampton says:

    Great idea, that I think could be huge for any website. How long did it take you to get it working how you wanted.

  7. Roger says:

    The Q and A site does look rather nice. Don’t think this would be good as a stand alone site, but it could be a great addition for blogs or websites wanting to enhance their community. What’s your take?

    1. Bob says:

      It really is. Great job to John who gave this information.

  8. Gyanguru says:

    Apart from this i think get satisfaction is also a cool platform it offers integration to other websites like facebook also

  9. Another nice review John, I like this service, we can add this Q&A module to our blogs and interact with our visitors. They can ask questions directly which is just great.

    I will consider it adding to my blog

  10. i will try this in coming days as it will come with 15-day free trial….

  11. Tom Weyers says:

    This does look like a good platform, especially the way it integrates with your blog.

    It would definitely build a community around your site, but I think it lacks a bit of functionality. It would be great if the registration and log in process would integrate with the WordPress login system.

    Also, it would be awesome if you could integrate a “posts related to this question” sort of thing.

    I know it might “build a community around your blog”, but to be honest, that’s what WordPress comments are for. I’m not sire if spending $40 (or even $199) a month is good value for money, do you really think you’ll make that back in advertising revenue…?

  12. This is really a cool platform and thank you for sharing this to us. You gave us an idea on what to do on our blog sites.

    1. Fairooz says:

      Yeah! i like it too 🙂

  13. Can the Powered by Qhub link be removed from the website in any plan , in order to provide a complete integration with the original site?

  14. Bob says:

    This is a good idea also for discussion. I wish i could get this soon.

  15. nintendo 3ds says:

    I don’t know if I ever try this thing but hey building one own Q&A branded website is cool.
    It’ll be good to have it on a blog offering services for which people have to pay certain prize. Where else can one use this plugin?

    1. PPC Ian says:

      That would be awesome! I bet John would get an overwhelming number of questions, but then again he could have his team help answer them. 🙂

      1. d3so says:

        true, it looks like he did a good job making it look like it was integrated with his blog.

    2. Well, if you rea the article closely enough you would have seen the link to: http://johnchow.qhub.com/ where he has implemented the feature. Some people has already started asking things there.

      However I do not know if he will ever create a direct link in his menue to yhr Q&A page. That would be awesome. =)

      //Alexander.

  16. Richard says:

    Looks like an interesting platform. I would probably start off with the free version. Build a community slowly and perhaps go for the $40.00 per month. Another good resource for building links to my blog.

  17. Fairooz says:

    Wow! This one seems very interesting!
    Good one for debates etc..

  18. akil says:

    Great post John,

    I was wondering would it be netter to just add a new page to our blog and title it Q&A and have a contact box that we can answer question as some of us cant afford myself include an additional monthly expense. Over all I think this post gave me a good idea and I look forward to reading your new post in the future.

  19. I would love to see this module added to this blog.

    Then we can ask questions to John and he can answer them directly which is gonna be awesome

  20. fas says:

    This is just like yahoo answers, awesome.

    1. It’s more than yahoo answers because it is powering our websites like yahoo answers and we will get full leverage of our readers who have the doubts about the reading and learning online.

  21. David Ng says:

    Looks like a useful format possibly? With a few websites already owning a huge portion of market share for this type of website, I do find it hard to compete. Many this can be used for some sort of niche website.

  22. Really a great service if any blogger wanted to make discussion hub or community around the blog by engaging the readers to know their question’s answer by whom who trust and can follow the recommendations.

  23. Kirk Taylor says:

    If you have a specific application that requires a Q & A forum, this would be an interesting option.

    I’m fascinated how everyone is going to try everything, but how many people actually try something?

    Stay focused and work on your core business model and then add to it as needed. You’ll get a lot more done….

  24. GTA 5 says:

    Great platform John, it’s a very good initiative! It makes me think about Yahoo Answers, it’s an excellent idea 🙂

    1. Fairooz says:

      Yeah friend! i agree with you 🙂

  25. ikki says:

    interesting web service

  26. I have seen a few plugins with WordPress that can help make the site a Q & A type. I don’t understand why we need to pay for the script separately. May be the ratings and all make it more interactive and better looking.

  27. Neon SRT4 says:

    The script looking nice,but this is looking seperate cms script. If we have wordpress, can you make a plugin which is wordpress compatible. because wordpress have permalink structure which is the best.

  28. Souns like a really useful feature to have on a website, however I doubt small sites will find much use for it. I might consider it when my site starts getting more visitors.

    Have a great day! =)
    //Alexander.

  29. this is truly great stuff for engaging readers, nobody can deny that. Will consider adding it to my blog.

  30. I would like to read more on this, sounds like a great system to link with a social network site. Thanks for the great information.

  31. This is the Script, which I am looking for. I am suprised to see here.

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