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Old 05-05-2009, 08:30 PM
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Hey guys

I'm new to the scene and am beginning my set up of a new forum.

There are SO many offers out there for a variety of free forums and my question to you is, when you started, did you go for the free forum to "test" out your theory for the forum first, or did you go straight to buying the domain and getting it hosted?

Currently i'm torn between the two - there's currently no forum kind like the one i'm thinking, so that could either be a good thing or a bad thing

Any suggestions would be great.

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Old 05-05-2009, 08:32 PM
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I actually started with a variety of software just to get a feel for everything (free) that was out there, but ended up starting officially with the Dragonfly CMS. I probably would of kept with it too if I hadn't had a great friend supply me with his IP.Board.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:32 PM
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I think jumping the gun and getting your own domain and perhaps using free/or paid hosting would be the best way to go.

This way, you don't have this super long domain, limitations for your site, etc.

However, it's your preference.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:35 PM
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Well, I would always go with a real domain name. Hosting isn't that big of a deal in the beginning - as long as you can use your own domain name.

As far as forum software, you'd be fine with using a free solution and then switching to something paid if you decide the project isn't a flop. This is exactly what I did with one of my forums. Like you, there was no forum like it (just Yahoo Groups) and I knew it would either be a total success or a complete failure; luckily, it became the former. One month after launching with MyBB, I switched to vBulletin.
It's a very cost-effective way of doing things if you're on a tight budget.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:37 PM
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Indeed.

I am using MyBB now but we do plan to move to vB once we get a firm feel for the forum and everyone. This is just to ensure everything will move smoothly and effectively.

And, if you want to start off with free software, I recommend MyBB. MyBB is just as equivalent to vBulletin. The modifications, skins, etc - a lot like vBulletin. Only big difference would be the Admin/Mod Control Panel.
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Free to see how good you are running then move into it own hosting when u think it has a success

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I believe hes talking about hosting and domains not softwares, just to let you know.
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Indeed.

I am using MyBB now but we do plan to move to vB once we get a firm feel for the forum and everyone. This is just to ensure everything will move smoothly and effectively.

And, if you want to start off with free software, I recommend MyBB. MyBB is just as equivalent to vBulletin. The modifications, skins, etc - a lot like vBulletin. Only big difference would be the Admin/Mod Control Panel.
Yep, I recommend MyBB as well. It's my preferred free forum choice. Also, it is really easy to flawlessly convert to vBulletin when you decide to make the switch.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:56 PM
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I believe hes talking about hosting and domains not softwares, just to let you know.
If she's debating between free/paid hosting (which is only a few bucks per month) then I'm sure she is considering free forum software, too. Who would pay $100 for IPB or vBulletin and go for free hosting?
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I believe hes talking about hosting and domains not softwares, just to let you know.
"Free forums" would include free hosting as well, so if you had a free forum there wouldn't be a host of your choice (usually).
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:22 PM
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"Free forums" would include free hosting as well, so if you had a free forum there wouldn't be a host of your choice (usually).
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If she's debating between free/paid hosting (which is only a few bucks per month) then I'm sure she is considering free forum software, too. Who would pay $100 for IPB or vBulletin and go for free hosting?
Thats just what I got out of his post.
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I've always paid for my own hosting and domain names. Domain names are cheap enough and IMO so is hosting, heck well placed ads will pay for both once you reach 1000-2000UV's a month.

If you are not sure that your project will work out pay for your hosting every month instead of prepaying for a year. <---this is also a safe idea if your host will not support the growth of your site(vps or dedi).
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I went directly to paid... uh... sort of...

I actually started it out using http://localhost/ and xampp, once I was satisfied with the results, I took it to a live board then let the gang know where the new(sucks500) domain was. The benefit, is I have a carbon copy of the site running on my local drive, that I can reference first when I'm rewriting code. Allows me to debug the site before making the official code changes.
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Old 05-06-2009, 05:56 AM
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Thats just what I got out of his post.
Me too; but it's just a bit of common sense being used here.
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I understood the question to be whether to start with free forum hosting or else get a paid host and domain and install the software.

My answer to that would be it depends on your needs and abilities. If you have no technical capability, then the free forum would be a lot easier to get started on.

If you've got some html and css skill, then get the host and domain, and skip the free forum stuff. That's not very difficult or expensive, and many of the free forums are too limiting and difficult to move.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:27 PM
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A paid site. If you have a free one, get loads of members, posts etc, they might not let you take a SQL file with it all in.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:35 PM
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A paid site. If you have a free one, get loads of members, posts etc, they might not let you take a SQL file with it all in.
Or you could just make sure that the service provider will provide the SQL file before you use them.

Secondly, you could still use free hosting and install MyBB (or PhpBB or SMF, etc.) yourself and not have to worry about it.
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Domain - $10,-
Hosting - $8,- / month

Seriously, go paid. No one takes forums on crappy subdomains seriously.
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If you can, you should get paid hosting. It is true that less people other than immediate friends take sub domain forums seriously. It really depends on how much work you put into it as it gave many people a nice jumpstart.

Hosting can go far cheaper than $8 a month and for a site that's now starting up he would only need a small package.
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I started mine on paid. Its just easier that way then having to move everything plus you can fiddle with your site more on paid.
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