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Best Forum Hosting? Blogger or Wordpress?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by foreveryoung21, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. foreveryoung21

    foreveryoung21 BANNED BANNED

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    My uncle want to open a site about the country he's from. He's from a 3rd world country in the caribbean called "Guyana."

    He will update the blog daily with all the latest news about the country and he wants to open a general forum.

    So what I'm asking is, what forum hosting should he use? I'm not sure how it works with 'vbulletin', I see prices like over $800....lol. All what he wants is to pay about $10-$20 monthly...

    And is wordpress or blogger better? He also wants to include adsense in his blog/forum.
     
  2. kururunfa

    kururunfa Newbie

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    PhpBB is free, and so is SMF - both good alternatives to VBulletin. Of the two, I think SMF looks cleaner and more professional out of the box, but you can do good stuff with both of them.

    If he wants to have a self-hosted site with a lot of flexibility and a lot of plugin options, I'd recommend WordPress over Blogger.

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    foreveryoung21 BANNED BANNED

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    does wordpress support adsense? And how much is for vbulletin? Monthly?
     
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    Yes! In wordpress you have a lot of free adsense plugins :)
     
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    dotcomdesigns Power Member

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    Well I did something amazing, I went to vbulletin's front page and the pricing was slap bang in the middle of it....
     
  6. foreveryoung21

    foreveryoung21 BANNED BANNED

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    lmfao. But vbulletin doesn't say if its monthly or one price.
     
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    foreveryoung21 BANNED BANNED

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    bump.
     
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    X9RILLION Registered Member

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    Okay, from years of experience.

    Unless you are a organized buisness or really complex community, don't use vBulletin. In my opinion, it's too expensive and was made for businesses and very large communities.

    I have used SMF on many projects in the past, and I must say it is my favorite. There are tons of mods/plugins/themes to choose from, the community at SMF is a nice one, and it's FREE.

    As for blog platform, go with Wordpress.
     
  9. ba_laz

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    Get a hosting with hotgator and a domain,login to your hosting account->cpanel->fantastico you can install wordpress and a phpbb/smf forum with 2-3 clicks,i wouldnt spend too much money on a small comunity forum
     
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    I would go with Host Gator.
     
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    I'll make this simple for you dude (I've done some learning myself recently about this) ->

    Small site (100 active users) = HostGator.com
    Medium Site (200-600 active users) = GlobalGold.co.uk
    Big Site (600+ active users) = URLjet.com (No adult content)

    You can take the above as gospel, as I've done all the shitty research on forum hosting!

    For a large offshore host I would recommend "Amerinoc" not through personal experience but because of some huge reviews I've came across.

    You need to realise "Forums" use alot of resources and will need alot more power than some wordpress blog that gets 100 hits a day. Forums need power, memory and bandwith.
     
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  12. foreveryoung21

    foreveryoung21 BANNED BANNED

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    what about bluehost?
     
  13. kururunfa

    kururunfa Newbie

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    I used to use bluehost for a small forum and had no problems with them. I can't say how they'd handle massive traffic, but for small sites they were good - decent support, and reliable too.

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    Not if you plan on this having more than 100 active users. Bluehost's throttling is SECOND TO NONE! :D
     
  15. CoolioAy

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    Well for the shared host you can use
    serversfree.com
    They are free and have been up for 10 years. I have been using them for the last 2 years and they have blazing fast speed, which is faster than most paid hosts.

    For the blogging system, choose Wordpress. It has such a helpful community and a load of plugins and themes you can use to customise the blog towards the way you like it. Also it has great SEO optimisation.

    For the forum community choose MyBB. This forum software is very stable and can take lots of load and users and still be up and running very fast. It's very optimised and is very easy to use. Moreover, it has such a helpful community and lots of mods and themes.

    If you do it the way I just told you, all you will need to pay for is the domain. And that is about $10 a year which is nothing! You'll keep all the profit you make with Adsense.

    Enjoy!
     
  16. foreveryoung21

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    Isn't hostgator good enough? I have no problem spending about $20 monthly. And if I get about 500 people on my forum, I'll gladly switch to vbulletin. :)
     
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    Ya hostgator is good enough and highly reliable....
    You can go for it ..
     
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    I first started in IM using bluehost and think they're hosting and support is great, however when you look into forum hosting reviews, bluehost is never mentioned or even considered.... so based on that I wouldn't go near them with a forum.

    The 3 I listed to you are big into forum hosting and won't let you down. HostGator is starting to get very sloppy though... their downtime is increasing and their support is starting to get poor. This is according to a large amount of forum webmasters out there, if you choose to spend a few days reading up you'll see this.

    For more choices on forum hosting see here -
    https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php/21342-Host-experiences-and-testimonials-thread/page33

    I've looked into hostrocket (which is well recommended). They're actually "dotblock hosting" if you want to host a forum with them, but when I tried to open an account they we're extremely unhelpful, and so based on my short experience I'd say steer clear, I wouldn't like to have a big problem with them so I ran away quick.

    Regarding forum software -

    mybb if your going to upgrade to vbulletin
    smf (simple machines forum) if your going to stay free.
    I.P board if you want the latest in technology and speed (monthly subscription)

    I've done the research for you, so please do heed my advice, I'm not naming hosts for the sake of it, or because I'm a reseller, I'm only stating what I know for a fact.
     
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