At Zoho, we use many open source components including JavaScript
libraries like jQuery. When John Resig from jQuery blogged about his issues with Google Groups,
we approached him to offer Zoho Discussions for free as we immensely
benefit from jQuery. After evaluating several discussion forums, John
finally decided to go with Zoho Discussions.

We ended up analyzing countless solutions but in the end we chose to go with Zoho Discussions. A combination of decisions drove us to this decision:

  • Zoho Discussions seamlessly integrates both regular, forum-style,
    discussions and Q&A. Additionally all the moderation and
    administration tools are designed around building and managing a slick
    workflow for answering questions and concerns.
  • The Discussions team at Zoho has been incredibly accommodating. Not
    only providing all the hosting for free but going out of their way to
    fix concerns and integrate our full Google Groups back history. We’ve
    been working very closely with them and they’ve fixed, or are fixing,
    every issue that we’ve brought forward.

jQuery had
significant amount of data in Google Groups as well as mailing lists.
To provide a seamless transition, we worked with jQuery team to migrate
all their existing data, which includes 51K+ posts and over 116K responses, to Zoho Discussions. The new jQuery discussion
forum is now live at http://forum.jquery.com.
You’ll notice that Zoho Discussions is customized to fit the jQuery
website theme. To participate in the discussion, you can login using
your Zoho credentials or with Google, Google Apps or Yahoo account.

John provides additional details about this migration in his blog post.

We
would like to thank John and the jQuery team for providing us the
opportunity to power their discussion forums. We benefit immensely from
jQuery and we hope they’ll find Zoho Discussions useful.

Zoho Discussions for your Open Source Project

As
we benefit from many other open source projects ourselves, we’d like to
extend this to all open source projects. This means, if you are running
an Open Source Project, we will offer Zoho Discussions for FREE based
on your needs. To take advantage of this, go to http://www.zoho.com/discussions/open-source.html and provide us your details.

This
free offer for open source projects is different from the free version
we currently have. We will tailor Zoho Discussions for your
custom needs and can offer the best package for your open source
project. To get started, please visit
http://www.zoho.com/discussions/open-source.html

We’d like to thank the jQuery team for using Zoho Discussions and we look forward to working with other open source projects.

  1. tofudisan

    I’ve tried to access jQuery forums on IE8, Firefox 3.6.3, Safari, and Chrome 4.1.249. In each browser the forums are buggy as hell. I can’t even bring up my original post to note that I made a mistake in it.Very aggravating.

  2. tofudisan

    I’ve tried to access jQuery forums on IE8, Firefox 3.6.3, Safari, and Chrome 4.1.249. In each browser the forums are buggy as hell. I can’t even bring up my original post to note that I made a mistake in it.Very aggravating.

  3. xokko

    This sounds great, I hope it will gain you more regular customers, too.

  4. xokko

    This sounds great, I hope it will gain you more regular customers, too.

  5. Royi

    I saw you have the option “Insert Code” in your forums as well.
    With special formatting.
    Could we have it in Wiki and Notebook as well?
    Later you can add (And have API just like – #… formatting which is language specific.
    Thanks.

  6. Royi

    I saw you have the option “Insert Code” in your forums as well.
    With special formatting.
    Could we have it in Wiki and Notebook as well?
    Later you can add (And have API just like – #… formatting which is language specific.
    Thanks.

  7. Dhan

    @Royi – Thanks for the complements. This editor is custom built and uses the jquery framework too.

  8. Dhan

    @Royi – Thanks for the complements. This editor is custom built and uses the jquery framework too.

  9. Royi

    The code Formatting is amazing.
    I asked for it here:
    http://forums.zoho.com/#Topic/…It should be included in Zoho Wiki and Zoho Notebook as well.
    Supporting many languages (JS, C, C++, Java, Matlab etc…) would be great!

  10. Royi

    The code Formatting is amazing.
    I asked for it here:
    http://forums.zoho.com/#Topic/…It should be included in Zoho Wiki and Zoho Notebook as well.
    Supporting many languages (JS, C, C++, Java, Matlab etc…) would be great!