I run a vbulletin forum (4250 members, 95000 posts, I GB web space, 1 GB MySql space, 60 GB bandwith). My team includes moderators who are volunteers and this is why none of them can spend more then 3 hours/day. I have two choices for the betterment of my forum and I need you guys to help me take decision.
1) Rent a dedicated server (£150/month) and host my site + 5 other sites for free and ask them to put my banner on top. This will send more traffic to our forum as we only get 1000 visitors/day.
2) Get a shared serverfor £50/month and hire a full time staff for £100. We run a foriegn language Asian forum and I can hire a Master (IT) degree holder in just £100 from my country. He will lookafter my forum everyday as this will be his full time job.
What do you think I should do? Get a dedicated server or hire someone to work full time? Which option is best for my forum?
Thanks for your reply Sir. Its true that the moderators of our forum are working for free but none of them can manage forum in my absence. I cant depend on any one of them in my absence. This is why I needed a staff member who can work 8 hours per day but not sure whether dedicated server is a better option for my forum's success.