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Old 06-27-2009, 12:47 AM   #1
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A fairly large forum... maybe a bit smaller than this one, what would the yearly cost be to keep it running?
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Forum $170 a year, dedicated host about $300 a month.
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wow, thats quite a bit more than I expected it to cost...

thanks for the answer
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You can get some cheap dedicated hosts for about $150-200 a month from sites like these
http://www.hostgator.com/
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A fairly large forum... maybe a bit smaller than this one, what would the yearly cost be to keep it running?

It depends on the who you pick to host your site. It also depends on what you include with your site. You can check different site like GoDaddy and compare.
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A forum takes up more bandwidth than any ordinary website of the same file size (All of the scripts running)

Any website with even 1/2 of the traffic that CF gets will probably need a dedicated host.
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A forum takes up more bandwidth than any ordinary website of the same file size (All of the scripts running)
Bandwidth is not the problem - it's server resources like ram and cpu. Don't
even bother going with hostgator to run a forum. Shared hosting will not
have enough ram, and so your forum will constantly appear offline.

Get a VPS (virtual private server) - it's one step above shared hosting, one
step below dedicated. I host my forum with ZanyHost and it only costs me
$8 a month. You can always upgrade your plan as you need more
resources. For $80, you're up to 4GB ram, 210GB storage, and 2.5TB of
monthly bandwidth.

But when you're starting out, all you will need is the $8 plan. It takes a long
time to become the size of computerforum.
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Bandwidth is not the problem - it's server resources like ram and cpu. Don't
even bother going with hostgator to run a forum. Shared hosting will not
have enough ram, and so your forum will constantly appear offline.

Get a VPS (virtual private server) - it's one step above shared hosting, one
step below dedicated. I host my forum with ZanyHost and it only costs me
$8 a month. You can always upgrade your plan as you need more
resources. For $80, you're up to 4GB ram, 210GB storage, and 2.5TB of
monthly bandwidth.

But when you're starting out, all you will need is the $8 plan. It takes a long
time to become the size of computerforum.
You didn't even go to my link did you? You think host gator offers only shared hosting, read the link. That's why I said $150 a month, not $5 a month. Do you know how much traffic this site gets? He says he will have a close amount of traffic to this. Also, google Zany Host reviews. 28k results. Google Host Gator reviews. 730k results. I would not trust a company with such a small userbase. @he says he has a fairly large forum similar to this, did you not read his first post? Did you think that maybe he's taking a forum's control from someone who is switching leaders? Maybe he had a pre-sign up and has a few hundred people? And I honestly have no idea what you mean by the amount of ram a shared server has. They have the same amount as a dedicated server, they just split up the ram to control the different user's things. A VPS is a shared server, in that you do not get your own server. You usually don't even get a dedicated IP(s).

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Bandwidth is not the problem - it's server resources like ram and cpu. Don't
even bother going with hostgator to run a forum. Shared hosting will not
have enough ram, and so your forum will constantly appear offline.

Get a VPS (virtual private server) - it's one step above shared hosting, one
step below dedicated. I host my forum with ZanyHost and it only costs me
$8 a month. You can always upgrade your plan as you need more
resources. For $80, you're up to 4GB ram, 210GB storage, and 2.5TB of
monthly bandwidth.

But when you're starting out, all you will need is the $8 plan. It takes a long
time to become the size of computerforum.
Another good option could be a forum host that only hosts vbulletin websites, and then using something like godaddy to host a standard website if needed.
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Another good option could be a forum host that only hosts vbulletin websites, and then using something like godaddy to host a standard website if needed.
That would just take more time, and decrease the reliability of the forums/websites. Two websites with a 99.99 percent uptime = 99.9801 percent uptime.
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