A webserver or web hosting account running on any major Operating System with support for PHP
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PHP 4.3.3 or above with support for the database you intend to use. The optional presence of the following modules within PHP will provide access to additional features, but they are not required. zlib Compression support Remote FTP support XML support Imagemagick support
Of course free hosts are preferred, but nothing too expensive will do fine aswell. n_n
I am the owner of the vbulletin forum. The forum is young but it is growing rapidly. It has 11000 posts, 800 members and about 30 users online. I use many mods which are server intensive.
I was on a semi-dedicated hosting (Westnic), which I shared with my friend to reduce the costs. Now I feel I should move on, because this package is becoming too small for both of us.
I wanted to upgrade my hosting package to a bigger one, but now when I have read so many horrible stories about this host, I really don't want to stay with Westnic.
So I am looking for a reliable host for my forum.
I am still now sure whether I need a semi-dedicated, VPS or a dedicated server. Also, I am not sure how much dedicated memory a forum like mine would need. Also, I am not sure about the location of the server - does it really matter?
I have found this forum through searching google for articles etc about the best/cheapest host for a small forum, and I think this is the best place to ask I have searched the many topics on this but none of them quite answer my question, so I apologise for repeating what may have already been done.
I currently use a free host (forumotion) and have become increasingly frustrated at not having total control over my forum, and not having access to the database.
I figure now will be a good time to move as the forum is only a couple of months old.
So what I am looking for is a basic hosting package including domain name, that can support phpbb version 3. Im looking for cheap and cheerful basically. I dont know enough about this kind of thing to elaborate, but here are my forum stats;
Number of posts 10781 Posts per day 121.13 Number of topics 625 Topics per day 7.02 Number of users 153 Users per day 1.72 Most users ever online 40 Stats generated on Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:31 am Avatar directory size 1016.43 KB
As you can see it is pretty small.....it may grow over the next couple of years but has a shelf life of 2010 as that is when the TV show finishes (its a Lost forum), and it may continue for a while after that but I dont expect it to go on and on and on
We have a lot of media posted, mainly youtube vids and jpeg, and we also have a small aracde, so i'm guessing I would need a lot of room there? Plus we have newsletters that would need to be hosted as online versions but they are just html documents.
I hope I have given enough information....oh budget wise I am looking at cheapest possible as I dont want to start charging members to fund the hosting costs.
How would I go about creating my own website for free forum hosting? You know, sites such as ProBoards and Forumer. A site where someone can fill in some information (name, URL, e-mail, etc.) and instantly have their own phpBB, IPB, or MyBB forum.
I could host it, but I don't understand how to make it so right when they click submit it creates them a forum. If someone could point me in the right direction or link me to a tutorial (which I doubt exists),
My site has outgrown my current host and I'm strongly leaning towards a vps. I am relatively inexperienced with web hosting as for the last 18 months I've had very few issues with my current host (Stream101.com). They are currently saying my site is very memory and processor intensive which is why I'm going to have to leave them soon(I can't pay the dedicated server prices that would give my site the stability I desire).
About my site:
My site has 18,000+ users, its about 18 months old. 5,632 threads, 78,967 posts. It used about 150gig of bandwidth last month. The site is growing quickly (IMO). The site makes some money, but not enough to justify spending what it would cost for a dedicated server.
I'm happy to provide any other information, but what I am looking for is suggestions on:
1) Is a VPS the right choice for my site in your opinion.
2) What hosting company's would you suggest I look into.
3) How much ram/processor speed should I be looking for
4) any other information you feel I should know about this.
After several stressful hours of reading these forums I have finally decided to post my own question. I have lurked and read here for months and picked my own reseller hosting after reading up on here.
I have a client with a problem with her SMF forum...
She set it up 6 months ago and needs to upgrade her hosting. Her current host is Ausweb and she has been suspended for abuse.
The scenario I need help with is SMF forum v.1.1.5 Traffic per month: 11-15 gbs Hits per month: 10,000 Storage: 1084.8/2000 MB Members: >200
She has been suspended 3 times last month, charged apparently for an upgrade and has forked out almost $1500 for 12 months from April, which I calculate to be $125 per month for 12 months... which should be a dedicated server!
Does she need a dedicated server?
Would a VPS suffice?
If she does.. who is economical as at this point it is non profit site although we are looking at changing that, through advertising.
What is the best scenario with the least added expense for this disillusioned forum owner who has a successful site but has had a horrendous experience with hosting?
I've got my new hosting provider choice narrowed down to two providers (ServIt & WiredTree) for a Managed VPS. From the reviews here they both seem to be very similiar in customer support and reliability. The only difference I have found is that ServIt does have a community forum and WiredTree does not have a forum. It's wierd to be choosing a hosting provider based on this, so I thought I would come get your opinions on this.
I am trying to create a phpbb3 forum that can hold like 100 members. I am looking for hosting that will support my forum, is a decent price, and if I don't have to lock in any months thats an added bonus.
We're setting up a vBulletin forum, and I'd like to know what we'll need from a vps. We expect 5000-10000 hits a day, maybe 30-60 users on at a time, and we'd like to keep quick load speeds.
So how much ram would we need to achieve fast speeds?
How many mysql database might we need (just roughly for such a sized forum)?
How much bandwidth will we need?
Plus any other info you can give!
I could also do with some VPS hosting recommendations. We'll be adding other sites (with less traffic) in the VERY near future, so we'd like them to be accomodated. A host with good support/ response time is a must, and one with excellent uptime to!
I want to create a forum and have not got any idea in where to start. All I have at the moment is a PhpBB2 template which I would like to use.
The few questions I have are:
1: Do I need to purchase Webspace, if so which are recommended? 2: How would I install the template to the webspace and would the users login information get stored in a seperate database or would that come with the web hosting?
All help would be very much appriciated as i have no idea where to start and how to get it up and running.
I transfered my forum from one server to another. ips changed. Before the transfer, I closed the board and put an announcement. After the transfer I opened the board and started posting.
Now, there are other members who've posted after the transfer but I've noticed decrease in activity. One of the members emailed me and told me that the board is still closed for him with the announcement shown. That message is from the old and not the new server. So how is this happening? What should he or I do? I and some other members can access and post normally.
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I'm the owner of a website/forum over the last year i have had health problems that forced me to let someone else administrate my site.
What has become apparent to me is that during the last year this individual has been manipulating the situation to take over my site.
What i would like to know given that all is in my name and that i have sole access to the master account. what do i need to do to make sure that if i have to rid myself of this person how do i protect my site.
He has access to the cpanel within my master account mysql ect..and hasn't changed the pswrd yet, if he does change it i still have access through the master account, but i would need to know how i can reset that password if he does. and lock him out if i cant change the pswrd.
Secondly he upgraded our forum to phpbb3 and in the proccess in the forum he has removed me as founder, and put himself as founder, i have asked him 3 times to put me to founder but he has yet to comply, and i have yet to make a big deal of this to avoid him taking action against me first, im not as tech savy as he is unfortunatly. For this i would need to know how to lock him out.Changing myself to founder and removing his access. also such as checking to see if he has created any sleeper admin accounts as a backdoor if i fire him.
legally i would also need to know what i can do, if he takes a copy of our forum and creates a knockoff site with it as he has also been manipulating the site's membership and a split will most likely result if i take action against him, do i have any legal recourse even though we are in different countries?