I'm planing to start a new forum but not quite sure about the technical specs for hosting. I'm expecting around 1000-1500 users having a pretty normal run at the forum. So could the ones who have experience running these kinda forums please tell me how much space should be allocated for the database and other stuff and if possible the lower limit of monthly bandwidth. Your help is much appreciated.
Well I have vbulletin in mind. Some others also recomended invision power board. I would like to have some advice on that.
As for daily active users, it would probably be some where around 60-80% of the total users (it's just an estimation, but a good one). If the disk space keeps on increasing every month, is it advisable to start with a heap or get an upgrade as it goes ? also assuming a user makes an average of 3-5 posts per day (for the 60-80% i mentioned) wat would roughly be the bandwidth consumption for a month.
Stromhosts : as you mentioned dedicated, I get the impression that in the case of the number of active users goes above 1000 there would be a drastic change in the forum. Is it practically true for all forums? if yes, is it worth having a dedicated server. wat about VDS ? thanx a lot for your advice.