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    Looking for a host for a discussion board

    I'm looking for someione to host a discussion board. You can check out drumcorpsplanet.com for what I'm looking for.

    Thanks

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    How much disk space and bandwidth do you suppose you'll need? Along with that, do you have a budget in mind?

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    You should not have any problems finding a host that supports discussion boards, as the vast majority of hosts do. It all depends on what resources you need and how much you are willing to pay.

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    Do you mean http://www.drumcorpsplanet.com/forums/ ?

    It does have over 1.5 Million posts, probably using a big DB, I would look into a dedicated server, or at least, a semi-dedicated, a shared account wont be good enough.
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    if you're starting out then a small shared account would do, but if you own the site you mentioned then you'd need a good server - it's definitely would have a pretty big database.

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    Hostgator is cheap and reliable. Never had a problem with them yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedito View Post
    Do you mean http://www.drumcorpsplanet.com/forums/ ?

    It does have over 1.5 Million posts, probably using a big DB, I would look into a dedicated server, or at least, a semi-dedicated, a shared account wont be good enough.
    That's what i was looking at,
    what's the DB size is?
    on which kind of hosting plan are you currently hosted?
    why are you planing on leaving your current host?

    :-) don't rush on the first hosting pack you see, seek some advice before you decide.
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    You will need to find out your cpu needs, and go from there. You'll probably need more than the average shared hosting plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sterling2330 View Post
    I'm looking for someione to host a discussion board. You can check out drumcorpsplanet.com for what I'm looking for.

    Thanks
    So you have the company and now want to learn more reviews? Or what would you like to know?

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    I'm not an IT guy. I use an old computer out of my home for my current business and I'm looking to expand to a website/discussion board within the same industry.

    Would it be best to hire someone with more knowledge? I don't have alot of money as I had to "reinvent" my current business to meet todays fanancial climate. It's getting better but not ready to support employees.

    I used drumcorpsplanet.com as an example because I like the way its set up and I want to follow the same format. Maybe even something like this website.

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    I use an old computer out of my home for my current business and I'm looking to expand to a website/discussion board within the same industry.
    How many visitors are you receiving? For most forums shared hosting can do the job just fine, and there's great hosting to be had at $10/month or even less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sterling2330 View Post
    I'm not an IT guy. I use an old computer out of my home for my current business and I'm looking to expand to a website/discussion board within the same industry.

    Would it be best to hire someone with more knowledge? I don't have alot of money as I had to "reinvent" my current business to meet todays fanancial climate. It's getting better but not ready to support employees.

    I used drumcorpsplanet.com as an example because I like the way its set up and I want to follow the same format. Maybe even something like this website.
    You can easily get your forums up and online within an hour with these 4 easy steps. Ok steps 1-3 are easy, the last one you may need help with.

    1) Register a domain for your web site/forum with NameCheap.com or GoDaddy.com. Remember to stick with .com or .net, choose something short and easy to remember.
    If you need domain suggestions, here's a great tool: http://domain-suggestions.domaintools.com/

    2) Find a web host, hosting a forum from your home server isn't a good idea. There are tens of thousands of web hosts to choose from, it would help if we knew what your budget is? How much are you comfortable spending on web hosting?

    3) Purchase and install the same forum software that drumcorpsplanet.com uses. If you're in shock after seeing the $150 price tag, there are some FREE options. Don't worry about installing forum software it takes about 5 minutes. Some web hosts offer Fantastico which makes installing free forum software extremely quick and easy.

    4) Forum administration, marketing and SEO (search engine optimization - letting Google know that your forums exist). You may need to hire someone with this last and final step.

    If you need help or clarification with any of this, please feel free to post your detailed questions. The WHT community is helpful, for the most part

    Don't forget to post what your web hosting budget is.
    What's your budget?

    Seriously, what's your budget?

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    Since you are just starting out, you will have little trouble finding a quality shared host that fits the needs of your project and is affordable on most any budget.

    Make sure the host you pick has a clear upgrade path so that you can seamlessly switch to a larger plan when your site grows. Also, be wary of offers that seem too good to be true and do plenty of research!

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    Cool

    Just to let you know we have 2 users with forums with over 30,000 posts and over 2,000 members, running an average of 10-50 users on-line at a time and both using less than 2GB storage and 3-5 GB max. transfer on average. So you can start on anybody's basic plan. All hosts can handle forums (I guess unless someone just doesn't want too)
    Forums are no big thing. I gave the example of 2 relatively small-mid size forums that are busy every day and on small accounts--plenty of room to upgrade.
    So make your decision based on quality, features, how "friendly" the host is to your forum software etc. don't worry about huge size/transfer limits-both the forums I mentioned have photo forums and allow personal avatars and all that stuff so you can run a VERY busy forum up to easily 5-10x their size on a good shared host if you are growing a forum.
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    There are many host to choose from, you should make certain to do your research, some good ones are bluehost, dreamhost, and hostgator. They all have different prices though.

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    go for a dedi man , shared hosting will not work for you
    best luck in your search

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    Quote Originally Posted by talkman View Post
    go for a dedi man , shared hosting will not work for you
    Why not? He hasn't even started the forum yet. A dedicated server for a new forum is overkill and a waste of money.

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    First I have to say thanks for all the replies. Very informative. With all you told me I know I can go forward with my plans for world domination......okay not that but something that will out a little more food on the table.

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    Good luck to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynanix View Post
    Why not? He hasn't even started the forum yet. A dedicated server for a new forum is overkill and a waste of money.
    Even a VPS would be overkill.

    Anyone who thinks a forum like the one mentioned (Which isnt his) needs a dedi, I repeat I've hosted larger forums than that on a shared system, why? Saves money for the client & myself. I don't see why all hosts want to dime and milk their clients all the time.... makes me want to strangle you arses
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