I know this has been asked here before but I would like to propose this question anew. After experiencing a nightmare with Freebb (their server #11 has been down for a week) I am wanting to rebuild a forum elsewhere. All I want is a place for a Phpbb forum. Reliabilty and uptime, good support, and most importantly the ability to do my own local backups in addition to ones done daily by the host. I am done with free hosting sites and want a good professional but affordable host. Some suggestions I've seen here are nexcess.net, site5, and siteground. Any other recommendations that may be more suitable?
Good decision, if you want to run a forum on a reliable host, a good place to start would be to look around WHT and take a look at the offers forums etc... also do a search of the hosts on WHT Cheers
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Something to keep in mind as you research potential Hosters, is to keep that list you've created. Once you have found some that meet your criteria and passed any testing you put them through, you'll have an excellent list to refer to. At some point down the road it may become necessary to again find a Hoster, only now, you'll know exactly who to use.
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Any reliable host with mySQL and PHP(almost all hosts) should be able to handle phpBB. Try to find a host with good support, too many people try to just get as much space/bandwith that they wont use, while they overlook the importance of support.
You do best to check out the hosting offers section, as there are so many hosts to choose from nowadays.
Most hosts provide MySQL and PHP, it's just a matter of finding a reliable one which has good support.
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Welcome to WHT, I think you will have great luck in finding a host for your forums. Keep in mind that you will want to research any tentative choices you select hosting wise. Don't go jumping into things blindfolded as you may well wind up back here posting a bad review and have to search all over again (and possibly have lost money already, good idea is pay Monthly and then if things work out down the road maybe change the payment plan to something higher to save a few dollars).
As always wish you the best of luck and remember to checkout the currnent offers forum here of course (many hosts post there and any host giving php and mysql should be able to support your forums without a problem).
Another thing to think about would also be checking out the demo's of the control panel various hosts offer you will find the most prominent being cPanel and then in close running H-Sphere and DirectAdmin, I would suggest looking at all three and see which you think you'd like the best as far as how easy it is to use and such. You will note directadmin also has a full site www.site-helper.com to help guide users on using the panel (I'm sure cpanel should have something similar maybe an online user manual or the like).