- Feb 9, 2015
If you invest 2 or 3 full days, I am definitely sure you can manage a server like we "noobs" do, thanks to eva2000 .I don't mind learning, but if I have to take huge amounts of time out to learn and to keep the maintenance up then I would not do it.
Basically what the learn curve is that you have to use a SSH client. It means you must put commands into the screen, instead of clicking buttons and stuff.
If you grasp that, then you basically can run a server thanks to centminmod.
You just download it to your server. Then install it using 1 or 2 commands (which are listed in the link). Done. Then you have a menu where you basically need only number 2 after the centmin installation to be able to setup your forum. If you wanted to upgrade the php version of the server, the menu takes care of it and it is easy. But normally everything is pre-configured.
But if you also need mail client, additional security stuff or additional stuff like a wordpress instalation or whatever, you need to do some stuff more. The site explains many popular stuff. And there is a forum to discuss or ask things.
By doing that you can run a very speedy XF forum for example on a VPS for just 3-10 bucks (Hetzner's lowest package is more than enough for small sites).
But it will take 2-3 days to read into the centmin stuff, to learn linux commands. With centminmod you can easily upgrade php, mariadb or other stuff if you need to.