VB Forums On VPS Hosts

Jun 18, 2009

I run a small vb forum that is quickly expanding beyond the shared hosting plan we currently have with GoDaddy. So far we have been looking at VPS as a solution that would allow us to grow as we grow.

I hope I'm allowed to ask this, but I am looking for examples of vb forums that have about 100 concurrently logged in members and examples of vb forums with 200 members concurrently logged in and are running on either KnownHost or WiredTree (or an alternative service).

Please provide a link to your forum, the name of the host, and the VPS package you currently have. Finally, please let me know if you are utilizing Litespeed.

I'm hoping this will become a great resource for growing community owners looking to take the next step.

VPS Package:

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Hosting Forums

Jun 22, 2008

Over the past 4 years I have had 5 different hosting companies. I run a small forum (400 to 1k page vies per day) and is a nuke forum. It usually runs flawlessly on the new host for 7 to 9 months and then the db bogs down and I switch to a new host and install the complete db again to the days postings and it runs gr8 yet again.

Im no expert but Im no newb either. I have worked for 2 hosting companies (Hostgator & Applied Innovations) and I have my Bachelors in IT. I know enough to be dangerous! Is there anyone who can tell me if there is a host that I can put my little forums on that doesnt charge an arm and a leg and is reliable enough to stay with.

I have seen all the reviews all over the place, but from working at hostgator I know they have their level 2 support people logging in to these types of forums as different people and posting great reviews every day, I dont think they have stopped doing that.

Is there any one who has been with their hosting co for years and have a site like mine that can say that they recommend it?

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Forums Hacking

Jun 20, 2007

Alot of VB forums have hacking every day
In fact All hackers couldn't hack databases or files

They only edit one template in style like header or forumhome
So Uploading style again resolve the problem
But How can I disallow them to to edit templates

Any functiond to disable or rule for mod_sec ?

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Aug 13, 2008

I am running Apache 2.2 on CentOS. I really want to install mod_security to lock things down. But I saw where there were some issues with mod_security and forums. I plan on having a forum live on my site shortly. I found this bit of info:

If you install mod security on the server, some forums will not work properly as this will compare each pattern which is posted against the rule set and will block it if found matching.

Is anyone using mod_security with a forum currently?

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Aug 29, 2008

I want to know that my main site smsbucket.com and smsbucket.com/forums are both hosted on same server.

But in future when my forum will grow I will need to switch host because my current hosting provider doesn't provide big disk space so in future can I just host /forums on different server? and keep smsbucket.com on my current server?

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Aug 31, 2008

Does anyone know if such a thing exists? A Tool to convert a mailing list to a forum like say phpBB or VB?

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Feb 24, 2008

Whats the best host for hosting a forum for free?

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Dec 22, 2007

I'm an owner and manager of a server running about a year ago, and everything was fine till three months ago.

Many VBulletin forums hacked from one hacer.

i hired a technical to re-setup security of the server
upgrading for ( OS , php , apache ) done. and other setting...
after that he said every thing is ok now.
3 weeks later , hack back again from another hacker on 3 VBulletin forums
put in your concideration all hacked forums are secured enough and using 3.6.8 patch level 2.

what possible reasons assist the hacker to reach config file?
is this a gab from the server or VB version?

OS : Fedore 5 .. upgraded from Fedora 4
php Version : 5.2.4
Apache Version : 1.3.39
PERL version 5.8.8

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Jul 14, 2007

some of my user , have problem by sending activate email , from their forums and sites such as Vbulletin and phpnuke

this issue happen since i checked (Prevent the user "nobody" from sending out mail to remote addresses) box in Tweak setting , for preventing Spammers.

Suexec was enabled in my server , but i dont enable PhpSuexec in apache build .

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Dec 29, 2007

I've been receiving many bounced mail looking like this:


-----Original Message-----
From: Mail Delivery System [mailto:Mailer-Daemon@swh1.sellwebhost.com]
Sent: December 29, 2007 6:05 AM
To: nobody@swh1.sellwebhost.com
Subject: Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender

This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

SMTP error from remote mail server after RCPT TO:<alakeneex@mail.ru>:
host mxs.mail.ru []: 550 Access from ip address blocked. Visit http://win.mail.ru/cgi-bin/support_bl?ip=

------ This is a copy of the message, including all the headers. ------

Return-path: <nobody@swh1.sellwebhost.com>
Received: from nobody by swh1.sellwebhost.com with local (Exim 4.68)
(envelope-from <nobody@swh1.sellwebhost.com>)
id 1J8ZV7-0001oN-QQ
for alakeneex@mail.ru; Sat, 29 Dec 2007 06:05:09 -0500
To: alakeneex@mail.ru
Subject: Welcome to hidden.com Forums
Reply-to: jim@hidden.com
From: jim@hidden.com
Message-ID: <4448804740c38716c8c65ef3203108b3@hidden.com>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
Content-transfer-encoding: 8bit
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 06:05:09 -0500
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Mailer: PHP
X-MimeOLE: Produced By phpBB2

Welcome to hidden.com Forums

Please keep this email for your records. Your account information is as

Username: enunkkawncuri
Password: jOFwawk954

Please do not forget your password as it has been encrypted in our database and we cannot retrieve it for you. However, should you forget your password you can request a new one which will be activated in the same way as this account.

Thank you for registering.



This is only one exemple from one forum but many of our users use forums as well and we receive dozens of similar mails.. Is there a way to stop this or to make the mail rebound to the user instead to nobody?

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Nov 7, 2009

Staminus Communications has been hosting a botnet forum, which distributes bots, worms, trojans, illegal clickers, and tons more, 95% of the site is illegal, and is forbidden by Staminus's provider yet they could care less as long as they get there money, I sent an abuse letter August 17th 2009, they even admitted things were illegal on the site, I pointed out several like the Google Adsense clicker bot which is highly illegal and which is nothing close to the other content hosted and/or linked to.

They are hosting unkn0wn.ws they refuse to remove the site or make them remove the illegal content which is most of the forum, which now forces me to send a letter to there provider and the cybercrime which I am now doing.

Now I guess they do not care about what they host, only if the person pays, so I guess I'm just going to expose it here for everyone to notice, because it's just going to get there data center raided over time by hosting illegal content and not removing it.

Let's see what you guys think, or what the admins have to say when they read this post.

What do you guys think when a provider does nothing about illegal content do you think it's the employee's that are at fault or the customer?

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Jan 7, 2009

I have spent several hours on this forum over the past few days doing some research and have officially confused myself. I am a volunteer with a nonprofit organization and our online forums (running on vbulletin) are maxing out the database SQL connections several times per day. The host has a max_user_connections limit of 15 but doesn't have an intermediary step from shared hosting to dedicated hosting. Dedicated hosting is cost-prohibitive and the rest of our site has more than enough room to grow on our current hosting plan (including traffic bandwidth, disk space, etc).

We are planning to register a new domain name for the forums and move them off to another hosting provider. I donate the hosting fees to the organization and I don't have much of a budget to work with ($20/mo or so ideally). I am looking for recommendations for a hosting provider that will support a somewhat busy forum (usually only between 30-50 users online at once but anywhere between 1,000 and 2,500 pageviews per day) and also allow a stepped growth plan (instead of from shared straight to dedicated.)

I've seen Hawk Host, Siteground and URLJet mentioned frequently on posts here and over at vBulletin but I don't want to just jump into a new host and face a similar problem in the future.

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Jul 17, 2007

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Nov 24, 2006

I'll second what is said about Lunarpages. They are an absmal McHost whose priority is to lure in as many customers as possible without bothering about the quality of their service. I challenge anybody to ring their telephone support line and see if somebody picks it up. I have tried to call ten times in the last six months and never been able to get through once, despite hanging on for ages.

Just today my entire website was down because Lunarpages moved it to a new server (without asking me) and screwed up. The website, Azam.biz has over 17,000 references to it in Google and is critical to my business. I sat drowing in sweat for hours. I couldn't get hold of anybody at Lunarpages by telephone or live chat and the one support response I received ws addressing an unrelated issue.

Worse thing of the lot is Lunarpages censors criticism them on their forums more so than any webhost I have ever know. Every time I post a comment about downtime or not being able to get hold of anybody on the telephone, they delete the post saying it is "incorrect". I have never met a company with such a Stalinesque censorship policy.

I have feared posting anything negative about Lunarpages on other forums because I've been worried about them closing down my account. But, after having suffered so much stress because of them today, I don't care any more.

I am going to back up by entire site now, because I'm worried they will close down my account after reading this. They are not the type of company to take on board criticism and use it to improve their offerings; their obsession is to stifle any criticism.

I am now suffering pain in my heart for the first time in my life because of how badly Lunarpages have treated me today. Their arrogance shows no bounds - they are smug, full of hype and don't give a damn about ruining customers' businesses.

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I was in the market for a new dedicated server after a couple of years with my previous provider. The previous provider did nothing wrong but they were no longer competitive when it came to CPU and memory.

I moved first to geekrack. And I left them after a week and a half as they never were able to get my rDNS records setup.

I found Universal Hosts on this forum and gave them a shot. I had asked for an operating system that they didn't offer normally (Debian 64 bit) and they said that they could do it. However, when my server was setup it was 32 bit Debian instead. They apologized and had Debian 64 bit setup less than 24 hours later.

When I asked them to get rDNS records setup it took a few hours but they were setup correctly and they worked.

Universal Hosts is also a BurstNet reseller but compared to my other attempt at using a BurstNet reseller they are fantastic. While the initial config was incorrect they worked quickly to fix it and were very professional about it.

So after two weeks - so far so good. Keep up the good work UniHosts!

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If I make the host file just have the one line127.0.0.1 localhost entry, then the very first Virtual Host from my apache config file will come up, but the rest are not found.If I put the usual mywebsite.name aliasname is appears as though my website works momentarily and then is blocked..

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Recently I stumbled along a host on here with a good rep and that uses direct admin.

Because they were very nice on the live support I signed up to see what direct admin was like.

Its very diferent from cpanel. Some parts seem to be harder to use like the phpmyadmin requires the username and password to the database you created not the control panel username and password like cpanel. Although I guess that could be a good security feature just in case some one gets into the control panel they can not get into the phpmyadmin, then again if they are smart and were able to get into the control panel they could get into ftp and look what the username and password is on the config file for the script you are using.

The bandwidth meter seems to be better in direct admin although I think its acting up for me as its putting yesterdays bandwidth on todays. I was told by the host that it updates every 2 hours and at first it did but now its gone to every day. Oh and unlike cpanel this bandwidth meter includes bandwith used by the control panel.

Niether one from what I can tell counts sftp though at least for the hosts I have right now.

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Apr 18, 2008

I have a few questions about hosts.allow

1) There are 2 IPs in this file. I did not put them there. This is a dedicated machine. The IPs go to a Canadian hosting company. I am not in Canada and those are not my IPs.

2) Does my provider have the right to add IPs to this file without my consent?

3) I have already commented them out, of course, but I am concerned.

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Downtownhost is one of the 4 hosts and I have been with them for over 2 years now and its great and support it top notch. So would hate to leave them.

Everity is another one and they are great as well and very honest, which still impresses me today and I have not yet been with them a year but it will be this December. They were able to run my biggest site with out any issues and that was nice then again so was downtownhost able to well to a point until the space the site was using got to big for downtownhost which is why I got everity in the first place.

Hostsimplex is a new one I got to see what directadmin is like and wow direct admin is awesome and almost I want to move all my site to this host. They are also very nice/ friendly and support is also honest and gee a few times while opening up the live support for a question or a problem figiruing some thign out in direct admin I have gotten into long friendly convos with them. Kind of feel bad about that though as I would hate to take the support staff away from other customers. I do like also how they have free remote back up, which is nice but I still will make my own back ups locally just in case. Any way this host is still new for me so I am not sure how good or bad they are but so far its good.

The forth one is liquid webs as as of right now my main and largest site it on it. This hosting is not one I own but a friend/client. I am not even paying for it which is nice. How ever I have little to no support as I have to rely on my friend and he is not always on when I have an issue. Do to that this might be the first one I drop.
Although it it rare that I have issues and I do not have to worry about the cpu ussage, bandwitdth, diskspace because he said I could use what ever i want. He also said the server has a 500gb hard drive and not even 10% is being used.

Any way thats the issue I am having so which do you think I should drop or should I just keep them all as I do have an active site on each one.

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For example:

A Small Orange

Maybe these are niche hosts, etc. but it seems people talk about them in the blogosphere.

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Is there anyone here with Uni-Hosts or had experience with them?

I was initially impressed with the deal but I'm getting unimpressed very quickly with they're setup times.

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The discussion in the thread above seems to talk about memory management being an untrue reflection of your actual use. I haven't looked into this in enough detail yet but I think the basic idea is that with Xen you get a dedicated amount of RAM (which can't be oversold) and a properly isolated OS. Xen looks much better to me...

For Xen hosts, I have come across the following

slicehost.com looks fantastic although every one of the sites they list as hosted on their servers (on their wiki page) is slow at loading for me. Anyone else notice this? They also provide servers as x86_64. Has this caused anyone problems? Any other comments on them?

The VPS must has a 100MB network connection. Unmanaged is fine.

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Now each time i ran it, it gave me different results of different users on the server each time with a long never ending list. I just couldnt believe my eyes a simple short written php script showed me a lot.

Now im not a PHP guru but this is quite serious and ive notified my web host showing them my findings. I was quite astonished it showed me passwords in peoples configs.

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Jan 18, 2009

With all the web hosts out there people must be like "Which is best?" Well here is a review of some of the big names out there in web hosting.


GoDaddy’s web hosting packages come loaded with features. GoDaddy is proud of their world class data center and physical services, and reasonably so. GoDaddy actually owns their hosting facilities, which feature state of the art security and advanced backup technology for complete and competent network servers.

Each GoDaddy hosting plan comes with web site statistic tools to help you keep an eye on how your hosted page is performing. Setup is absolutely free, and includes access to the GoDaddy.com Hosting Connection, where you can interact with other GoDaddy users and find free applications to use on your web site.

Each GoDaddy hosting plan also comes with a variety of free software and credits to help you get the word out on your site. The Deluxe plan that we reviewed includes a $25 Google AdWord credit, a $50 Microsoft adCenter credit, and a $50 Facebook credit.

GoDaddy provides other tools as well for further adding function to your site. You can host forums on your GoDaddy website, start a blog, and show off your photos. And while GoDaddy doesn’t include a free shopping cart, they do have e-commerce solutions available, including merchant accounts and the Quick Shopping Cart.
Customer Service:

GoDaddy has a variety of help and support options available, and they’re accessible all of the time. The online support forum and FAQs section are well organized and contain a wealth of knowledge for beginners and advanced users alike.

GoDaddy service representatives can also be contacted on the phone, or through email. GoDaddy is a large company with several users, so personal help would be expectedly slower than others. However, GoDaddy’s support team is quick to respond, and the expected response time for emails has significantly decreased since our last review. The 10 to 12 hour response time has been cut down to 1.
Control Panel:

GoDaddy helps beginners easily set up their site, and includes additional tools for advanced developers to work with. GoDaddy also offers a variety of professional site building services and designs for additional fees. Regardless, all GoDaddy solutions support several programming languages. The deluxe plan we reviewed supports CGI (Python and Ruby), PHP, Perl, ASP, MySQL, ColdFusion, and FrontPage extensions.

Most functions within the Account Management tool are similar to other control panels. In addition, with GoDaddy.com you can perform account management tasks, email management, web security, database setup and management, and manage statistic tools.

GoDaddy is a worthy competitor and worthwhile web hosting service. They provide all the essentials and then some, complete with secure facilities. The setup process is straightforward, and GoDaddy has an option for all levels of management, from beginner to expert. Though not as complete as a couple of our other reviewed web hosting services, GoDaddy has what it takes, and is definitely a great option.

Article from here


Hostgator, founded in 2002 is one of top shared hosting companies, ranking consistently among the best by most of the review sites. What makes hostgator stand out from the crowd is their excellent support and customer friendliness. If you are not satisfied with the support, you could even get hostgator president Brent Oxley to personally take a look at your problem.

Hostgator offers linux hosting only(even though they are expected to start windows hosting in the near future). All their packages come with all the features needed for a serious website. Baby and Swamp packages allow unlimited domains(add on), which makes a lot of sense if you have multiple websites. They use cPanel, which is the best control panel around. You get Fantastico script installer which will install most of the popular open source scripts with few clicks.

They support PHP4 & 5, SSH, Cron jobs, Python, Ruby On Rails etc. Also, all the packages include enough POP3 accounts(20 for Hatchling and unlimited for others).

We started realtime testing of hostgator uptime on Feb 2008. The test is done on a site hosted with hostgator, using a third party uptime monitor service. Overall, hostgator had been the best performing host from all the hosts monitored. They provided consistently high uptime, month after month. There has never been a single case of site being down for more than 10 minutes at a stretch. Hostgator indeed lived up to their reputation.

They have three hosting packages starting from Hatchling ($6.95 pm) to Swamp ($14.95 pm). The price is reasonable for the features and space/bandwidth provided. Recently Hostgator increased the space and bandwidth to unimaginable levels. They also reduced the price of all plans, by introducing 24 and 34 month pre-payment options. The monthly payment now have a small set up charge and is costlier than 12 month rates. Our advice - don't get excited by the unlimited space and bandwidth. They do have limits on file numbers(inodes) and CPU usage to make sure that only reasonable sized accounts remains in the shared servers. But for any site with a reasonable traffic, hostgator plans are more than sufficient. You obviously can not expect a site with few million page views a month to run on a shared host, no matter what bandwidth they offer.

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