I'm the creator of a new messageboard system similar to UBB or vBulletin, but with a few extras and I'm looking into creating relationships with various hosting companies.
First a bit about InfinityBoard itself. IB is a brand new, top quality messageboard script written in PHP and using SQL databases for blisteringly fast loading of pages compared to UBB.
IB also utilises a unique navigation system allowing much simpler, faster movement between boards and topics. You can check out other features at http://www.infinityboard.com
OK, so what do I mean by "relationships with various hosting companies"? Well, I'm looking to offer a couple of options or 'deals' to hosting companies.
The first offer is a form of reseller/referral program, whereby the hosting company either sells InfinityBoard licenses to its clients through their own web site or refers clients to the IB web site and then receives commission on any sales. This is just a basic reseller program really.
The second offer is what I think would appeal more to hosting companies. This deal would let hosting companies give full InfinityBoard licenses to their customers either for free or for very little extra charge. Hosts would be given a 'control panel', allowing them to instantly create licenses for their clients, ready for use.
For this, hosts would either pay a small fee per user per month signed up (only a couple of dollars) or you could contact me about a set monthly fee. This is a very useful feature to have on your hosting (I very rarely see hosts offering free UBB or vBuletin licences and I know they would encourage me to choose hosting) and cheap considering a full InfinityBoard license normally costs $200.
I'd like to hear your feedback on these two ideas and if you're interested in either, please contact me at email@example.com. Neither options have been finalised yet, so I'm very interested in what you, the actual hosts, think of it.