Originally Posted by thomase
I'd rather not go down the VPS route. I'd rather it was all done for me
It's only something I really need for a month or two, as I am looking to sell the forum but want to make sure it works properly as part of that.
How many concurrent users do you get? (Users online at the same time ... its a stat in the footer).
In very general terms, most shared hosts will tell you that when you have from 30 to 40 concurrent users it is time to upgrade. I was running that many fine on my previous host, Dathorn.com (a reseller host, so if its for a single site that may not be appropriate). His servers had lite-speed installed and that did help quite a bit. I ran into trouble when I wanted to convert the SMF forum to a IPBoard forum (the shared environment would not support the conversion process).
Based on the concurrent users, you can ask hosts if they think your forum will run fine on their servers. If you are at or below that level, you should have no problem on many, many hosts, including the host I have now, MDDHosting.com (I don't have a shared account with MDDHosting, but a VPS, so I can really only recommend them based on service and support ... but the customers on their shared accounts seem happy with the service).