Basically you just go to http://www.forumotion.com/, and click on 'Create a free forum'.
You'll then be able to select from a range of different template designs.
Once you've chosen the one you want you fill in the details of your forum and create a password.
You'll then be ready to activate you forum and start using it. The best place to start in on the Administration Panel. Here you can get some tips on how to get started and how to get your forum registered with search engines etc.
If you want to see what a forum can look like and try it out, there's one her which I created as an example. http://nikpeachey.forumotion.net/index.htm
Forumotion has some nice features and is pretty simple. There is also a news letter function so that you can send messages to all the members of your forum.
Hope you find this useful.
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