I would like to make a forum to my site which has 5-6000 visitors daily. My site is hosted at Servage.net and I'm satisfied with their service.
However, I'm not sure if it's suitable for a PHP forum/MYSQL database. Anyone has experiences? I fear that a big database might slow down the whole site.
My friend suggested Mochahost. It's cheaper and they offer unlimited bandwith...is this true?
So, my question would be which is the ideal host for a realitively big forum? I don't want to spend more than 6-7 euros / month, and I would prefer fast connection and no fear from account cancellation/suspection
No, it does not mean you get unlimited bandwidth. If your forum is large, and you are using lots of space and bandwidth, perhaps it's time to move to a VPS as you've outgrown the shared environment. If you use a lot of BW and go with an unlimited host, you do risk getting suspended, and you should always read the TOS regarding true resource usage.
and as others have said, if your forum is large and you use a lot of resources, don't go for any host offering you unlimited bandwidth, you won't know when to upgrade and most likely, you won't know when the host will turn on you and shut you down for using "too much resources"
Never go with an unlimited host when it comes to demanding dynamic scripts, you will simply be disappointed.
make sure you read their tos before sign up!
█ 911URGENTENTERPRISE.COM - Online New Zealand Webhosting Center
█ All Your data back up daily
█ CUSTOMER SUPPORT 24/7 Customer Support, Phone Support, Live Chat Support , Free Videos Tutorials, Extensive Online Documentation, Integrated Ticketing System, One-Hour Ticket/E-mail Response Guarantee
I suppose you need to make the decision about the web hosting solution. Not about the web hosting company. I suppose that is not a problem to find the one as that is very competitive area (web hosting)
Thanks for the advices. My main point of view is a good Mysql database to support a PHPBB forum with good speed and I try to get the best value for the money. I don't want a more expensive VPS till my forum is well-known.
Now I looked at BlueHost/HostMonster because I heard their mysql service is good. Any experiences? Thanks.
Something else you might want to think about is an SLA (Server Level Agreement). This will ensure if there is downtime that 'you' will receive credit or money back as a result. I think this is a key element because it will ensure you that the company stand behind their products. Best of luck!
We develop brand identity for the web.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Services ~ Custom Web Design, Branding & Identity, Development, Hosting & more! Portfolio ~ Websites, User Interfaces, Widgets & more!
Sirdanni: That site you linked works fine for me? Loads quite quickly as well... must be a slow time on the site.
5000 visitors daily still isn't that much. Depending on how long they visit (I'll say a minute a piece) that's about 4 concurrent users. That's well within the bounds of shared hosting. Now if you were getting 5k concurrent users, I'd say you needed several dedicated servers, but I think WHT just gets that amount.