Hi, there. good morning. I am an newbie. i am running a small phpbb forum and intend to expand it to have about 10000 members. currently i am using a shared hosting plan with 300mb. I have no knowledge about the difference between shared and dedicated. to host a forum with 10,000 memebers or more, what kind of webhosting needed? what factors to look at when choose a hosting plan? thank you for your kind advice.
Azure, thank you very much!! I will get back to you with more questions. I am going to do a search and see what the budget can be.
OK, one more question before you guys leave. what could be the lowest level of service that I can use to serve my purpose: running a non-commercial forum with about 10000 members, few occasional image posts and probably below average bandwich of this size. thank you again!
The no. of passive members are not that material...they just sit idle in the database...what kills a server with forums is the no. of online members.
Shared is fine, as long as your current host doesn't decide to kick you...after that there's always semi-dedicated inbetween and then dedicated after that. I'm not a big fan of the VPS perfomance lag so won't recommend it.