I just found this forum a few days ago and I have to say, you people rock. I've learned more in that time than I thought possible.
Okay, let me get to the point.
I'm looking to make a web site and want to have a forum as part of it. The thing is, I don't know how to estimate what I need from the host, i.e., what kind of disk space I'll need, how much traffic and so on. Like this forum, I can't begin to figure out how much server space this takes up.
Is there an average or industry standard for the amount of traffic, the amount of server space, and so on?
I'm still getting all the termonology down, so please try to put your answers in newbie language.
It can be very overwhelming (especially for a newbie)
Without a few more details its pretty hard to determine what size account you will need.
A few simple suggestions though:
Make sure your host does support PHP/MySQL as most forums require this.
I'm sure you could start off with a smaller account 50-100MB space and about 5GB bandwidth.
Some never even outgrow that size account :-)
Currently I'm looking at godaddy, but I have read that many of you don't like them. So I'm looking around at other providers as well.
I got the idea about the forum from reading posts about phpbb forum software. It's very impressive. Hard to belive it's free.
I'll be doing more searchs on this forum about maintaining a fourm also. I won't have time to babysit each post, so it might have to be a bit restirctive to keep out spam, links to porn and that sort of thing. But I'm not there yet. Lots to learn.
Originally posted by Dadsson Currently I'm looking at godaddy, but I have read that many of you don't like them. So I'm looking around at other providers as well.
I used to be a BIG fan of GoDaddy until recently. Their support system is horrible, and my ticket that has supposedly been escalated to a higher priority has been sitting there for almost three days now. No response.
Because of this, I would not be willing to try their web hosting.
Going with your domain registrar for hosting is like buying food in a theme park. Their prices are high and the service is probably no better than a place out of the park.
Do some research, and don't automatically trust a domain registrar for hosting merely because it's easy.
Yeah go with a company who's primary business is web hosting. And one where you can get phone support that is willing to help you with your script implimentation. GoDaddy is my choice for domain registration but I think their packages seem a bit rigid.
Their hosting packages are quite expensive - not to mention they don't come with much for options..
recently I've even considered not using them as a domain registrar.. although it is sort of my fault for 'forgetting my own information'.. but they shouldn't take 29 days to contact me back.. (in fact, I had to contact them..)
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welcome to the forum Dadsson. Echoing everyone else, you will want to start small. All hosts are happy to upgrade you as you traffic and needs increase.
Another suggestion, depending on your forum's topic, you can always try and recruit moderators to assist you. In fact I just saw another post (not sure where it was) where he was recruiting moderators and he had very little traffic. If people are passionate about the subject, most likely they will help out. Just look at these forums.
Just to be really sure one should buy domains from a company that is primarely in the domains registering business and buy hosting from a totally different company that specializes in hosting. That way you are sure to have control over your domain and you don't get under par hosting service (it seems most registrars are not very good at hosting websites).
I 'thought' I knew what I'd be spending, then my research uncovered more things, and the budget changed, then I found more things about the first things and, you guessed it, the budge changed yet again.
As it stands now, I'm not expecting a lot of traffic initially. But to me "a lot" would mean over a thousand posts. I'll be using the site to sell performance products for cars. But I'm starting with just two items. They're custom made and the market demand is strong. Anyway....
For now I'm looking at Alentus. It's like looking for a plummer. There are so many out there. You can pick one for their offered features, but you don't always know if their support is worth a darn.