View Full Version : Forum hosting - recommendations?

Mar 13, 2006, 03:52 AM
I'm looking to set up a message board for my website and I'm interested in people's opinions on the numerous deicated message board hosting services. I currently do have basic hosting but it will cost be an extra $7 a month just to get php/mysql added to that account. Consequently if anyone knows of a cheap, reliable dedicated hosting service for ad free message boards I'd like to hear some suggestions. It doesn't have to be free - just less than $7 pcm.

Thanks in advance.

Mar 13, 2006, 12:10 PM

I have used a number of hosts and I settled on A Small Orange (http://www.asmallorange.com). They let you do just about anything with the amount of space you get. There are no restrictions on the number of domains/subdomains, mysql databases, email addresses, etc. you can have.

As for forum software, I'm a big fan of both PunBB (http://www.punbb.org) and Vanilla (http://www.getvanilla.com), though there are more standard (free) forum packages such as phpBB (which I highly recommend you avoid) and Invision Power Board (good, but bloated).

I'd be glad to help you set any of these up if you have trouble.

Mar 13, 2006, 12:15 PM
My friend uses Invision, and it's quite good, however had said that it is quite bloated, as ChrisWB indicated.

Mar 13, 2006, 01:12 PM
I think that IPB actually costs more than vB these days.

and i reccomend vB over anything else, i love it

Mar 13, 2006, 04:34 PM
Whoops. I'm out of the loop. IPB doesn't have a free version anymore. Just to throw in another option, there's also Simple Machines Forums (SMF) (http://www.simplemachines.org/).

When it comes to paid-for forum software, I like the looks of IPB the best, but vBullitin is more of the standard.

Mar 14, 2006, 03:02 AM
I wasn't thinking so much of the actual software the forum would run on (I quite like the look of PunBB myself). I was more after a recommendation of a host that just does forum hosting. There's plenty of free ones around eg proboards.com or jabberboards.com. I was wondering if anyone had any experience of these hosts or does everyone just do it on their normal host?

Mar 14, 2006, 12:15 PM
Another vote for A Small Orange (http://www.asmallorange.com/).

Responsive, reliable, reasonably priced and full-featured (including a three-click automated Fantastico installation of SMF or phpBB).

As a New Yorker, I was skeptical about dealing with Texans, but they've really been great! ;)

Oh, and FWIW, you'll notice from this thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=133693&highlight=small+orange) where I asked for hosting recommendations last year, the owner of ASO is a MacRumors member! (It's timdorr (http://forums.macrumors.com/member.php?u=13324), if you're interested....)

Mar 17, 2006, 12:05 AM
I was wondering if anyone had any experience of these hosts or does everyone just do it on their normal host?Most people do it with their normal host. Take a look at Myacen (http://www.myacen.com) or TJR Networks (http://www.tjrnetworks.com). :)

Mar 17, 2006, 12:17 AM
A normal host that supports php and mysql should be fine for your forum needs, they don't necessarily have to specialize in hosting forums.