WEB What kind of plan do i need to start a good sized forum?

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  1. savethehumans

    savethehumans mmm piss steam. OT Supporter

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    I want to start a forum I am thinking will have about a thousand users. I know from experiance forums always seem to have to upgrade to new server etc. I dont know if thats because of general costs or bandwidth limitations or database limits.

    I just know when I was with 1&1 a long time ago they had unlimited bandwidth but 100MB sql database max sizes. I think thats to limit the size of forum you can have.

    I am currently with http://hostpapa.com/Plan_Features.shtml and just have some no bandwidth static pages. Do they have what I need to host a 1000 user forum? Any suggestions before I get started? I haven't decided what forum type ill use, probably php or vbullitin.

    Im pretty much a noob when it comes to forums and kinda talking out of my ass, but any info is mucho appreciated.

    cheers
     
  2. Browning

    Browning Active Member

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    just get a hostgator, liquidweb, etc account. Something a little more known and reputable
     
  3. Tony Stark

    Tony Stark John McCain has an illegitimate mexican baby

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    start out with shared hosting, there is no reason to pay more money when you don't need to.

    I thought I needed, a big server for my site. A year later, I was out $9K in server fees with barely any traffic.

    Then I got reddited, and my $10/mo dreamhost shared hosting, managed to work just fine through 60,000 uniques.

    So just stick it out with shared hosting until you really need it.
     
  4. savethehumans

    savethehumans mmm piss steam. OT Supporter

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    Does my site allow me big enough databases? or is bandwidth all that matters? As in can i just use my own forum and databases, utilizing thier bandwidth? http://hostpapa.com/Plan_Features.shtml
     
  5. Pepsi1975

    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    You can use it, but personally I would never use that one

    11pm est and no live chat online ftl
     
  6. savethehumans

    savethehumans mmm piss steam. OT Supporter

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    Ya I feel ya...i needed support once at 11pm MST and got an answering machine. I never needed support before, just had and FTP issue from a lockout. A bigger dynamic forum, probably=need for some support.
     
  7. Pepsi1975

    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    I would recommend hostgator, or if you want to support an oter, bounceweb

    both of them have given me great support, never used bounceweb online, did use hostgator's for a clients site on his plan and it was nice to find people on late at night
     
  8. YourMomOnRyeBun

    YourMomOnRyeBun New Member

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    +1 for Host Gator. I have several sites hosted there. live chat has saved my bacon a few times!
     
  9. Supergeek

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    Forums are notoriously hard to grow. Start small; you can always move.
     
  10. YourMomOnRyeBun

    YourMomOnRyeBun New Member

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    ^^^ Good point

    Unless you have a captive audience that you know will visit the site (organization, sports team, etc.), it is difficult to get people to visit a site and post, then come back and post again when you have nothing to capture their attention. Little/No traffic. Just a few posts that you added...etc...
     

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