Why free hosted over self hosting

Daniel

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I think that if you are going to go free hosted, I would look into whether or not you will have the option later to move if you so desire. Also, if you want things such as a domain or to remove ads that cost you extra $$$ and sometimes more than market price for the domain.

I considered going free hosted before but I decided that I could easily afford the domain and easily afford the hosting because hosting is dirt cheap even for good hosting.
 

Leaf_Green

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I once began to try and talk somebody out of using a free forum, but I ended that quite abruptly as I thought it was a bit of a d**k move. Clearly he had put a lot of work into it over the past several years so I didn't feel I had the right, even though my intentions were good.

I cared about his forum, but I feared the same thing would eventually happen that happened with image hosts like TinyPic. In other words, everything will disappear one day, just like that. When I found out there was no way to export forum data to import into actual forum software, well... that sucks. I imagine it puts some people off posting on such forums. If everything will inevitably disappear sooner or later, kinda makes it feel like a waste of time even though I feel that enjoying forums in the moment is more important than archived messages.

It's kinda like (less serious of course) losing old photos. Sadly in these cases there's no way to properly look back on those good times as it's only in your head from there on. Nowadays, self-hosting can be really cheap. Even if it's a sometimes-sluggish cheaper plan (maybe $10 a month) it's way better than the alternative.
 

zoldos

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I tried a "free" hosted forum back in the day and it was junk. Forced ads was the main drawback, and I never seemed to have 100% control over all aspects of the site. My first self hosted forum was phpBB and I loved it. Now running a fully dedicated server with Xenforo. :)
 

haqzore

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I tried a "free" hosted forum back in the day and it was junk. Forced ads was the main drawback, and I never seemed to have 100% control over all aspects of the site. My first self hosted forum was phpBB and I loved it. Now running a fully dedicated server with Xenforo. :)
Are you running a fully dedicated server for 1 Xenforo instance? Or multiple communities?

Seems like super overkill for 1 board, unless it's super active & resource intensive (media/etc).
 

zoldos

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Are you running a fully dedicated server for 1 Xenforo instance? Or multiple communities?

Seems like super overkill for 1 board, unless it's super active & resource intensive (media/etc).
I'm currently upgrading to XF 2.1. I have 3 other sites that are very active. :)
 

TLChris

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New forum software on forumotion.com - its called AwesomeBB, its in beta.
Thank you for the heads up. However I would make sure that anyone that moves or starts at forumotion understand they don’t have control or ownership over their forum. We can discuss the software in another thread.
 

Morrigan

I put the Cute in Exe"cute".
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So I'm a part of a community that a lot of people use a free host called Jcink and I've asked this a few times to myself and some people freely provide a response. Some people don't.

In most instances its "what they are familiar with" sort of like still using an old version of a paid software.
I've also been told its "just easier" and that's probably because things have been removed but if that's what they like, that's their option.
They don't want to learn how to self host. Self hosting is a daunting and not always the easiest beast for people to master. Doesn't matter if its one click to install it could be all the steps up to that one click that is difficult (even navigating to Softaculous in a self hosted environment).

Free hosting is a good place for some people. Its where they are comfortable and they shouldn't feel lesser for choosing that for the forum of their choice. Its what works for them.
 
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