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What way of hosting do you use.

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I was wondering what people use to host their phpbb forum.

I for instance have built my own server to host it all since I didn't feel like paying money for one. I know there are many down sides to it like power consumption, bandwidth, etc, but you have more control over everything.

I know there are also many pros to paying for a host like if something goes wrong, you can go and have them fix it.

What do you use to host your forum and why?
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Re: What way of hosting do you use.

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war-hawk wrote: I was wondering what people use to host their phpbb forum.

I for instance have built my own server to host it all since I didn't feel like paying money for one. I know there are many down sides to it like power consumption, bandwidth, etc, but you have more control over everything.

I know there are also many pros to paying for a host like if something goes wrong, you can go and have them fix it.

What do you use to host your forum and why?


I just used the cheapest host I could find. I did this because I wasn't sure the site would have many users and I just wanted to learn. Less than a year later I have 300+ users and kind of wish I had a in house server.


If you don't mind me asking how much did it cost to build and what is up keep like on it.

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As my board evolved so did my hosting. I started on a shared hosting account that allowed 20GB of bandwidth per month. We used that for a year. I then moved to a cheap dedicated host (Celeron CPU, 1GB of RAM) that worked for the next year. At that point we started experiencing issues (often had 100 or more concurrent sessions) so I moved to more robust server.

I currently pay for a dual CPU server with 4GB of RAM. The board pays for the server via advertising. Based on the numbers that I track (I capture the total number of active sessions to a database table every five minutes for monitoring purposes) I regularly support over 200 concurrent sessions and have on occasion had over 400 concurrent sessions. Note that these are not always users; when google comes to visit it spawns a couple of hundred sessions all by itself.

Upside of paying for a host? I don't lose sleep at night wondering if the hardware is up and running. The downside? I have to pay for it. But in my opinion, the amount I pay is appropriate given that I don't have to worry about keeping a connection up. When I have advertisers paying for banner space, the board needs to be up 24x7.

I briefly considered hosting myself. It didn't last long. :-) By moving to my current host before I needed to I gave myself room to grow. I expect that the current hardware I'm using will last for at least another year. At that point I'll set up a cluster with the database on one server and the web server / phpBB code on a second server. I look forward to the day when my board is busy enough to require that. :-)
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I have two comps connected to the net. I use one for general use and one as my server to host my site,forum,blog etc.. It took a while to setup so that i can access the server locally as well as via the internet but now i wouldnt have it any other way.. it makes life soo much easier..

the server is running on a very old pentium 2 machine running win98 but it copes really well. admittedly ive only just put it online but had no major probs so far..

i cheated setting the server up using apache2triad which installs apache, php,mysql and a few other bits n bobs but why struggle when theres no need..

If my server does get overun theres no reason why i cant transfer to a web host as and when necesary

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I run a small 1.8Ghz Celleron w/ 512mb Ram and Running CentOS 4.2. My site is very small, but I can afford the small server right now, and its good experience :) So far I know, and understand, how most of basic functions on a linux system. IF only my internet provider supported linux ....
i cheated setting the server up using apache2triad which installs apache, php,mysql and a few other bits n bobs but why struggle when theres no need..

It's much more staisfying to install and customize everything that goes into the server, then just slapping something down :)
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I have a friend with a powerful server

I think that says enough :)

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Swizec wrote: I have a friend with a powerful server

I think that says enough :)

And that contributes to the topic .... how ?

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I *used* to use free hosting. That was fun. Now I've moved on to a regular paid host. It isn't much (only 100mb of space and 8gb of transfer) but it dosen't have to satisfy much.

I was considering buying a VPS that would have 128mb RAM and 2gb hard disk, but it only had 5gb transfer, and would be overkill, so I opted to get shared hosting. It's actually a small company, so there's no difference in speed or reliability between the shared hosting and the VPS I tried :)

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I have been using a free hosting service for more than four years now. Although it had server issues restrictions, I stayed there because I think they are one of the few free hosting services that gives a database to it's users. Image
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Post by j007jim007 »

I currently use a free host. I am in the process of sealing a sponsor so will be moving to a pay per month host. Does anyone have any reccomendations? i would probably be moving 10 small web sites with me as well as my current web site host is unreliable.

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I have all my hosting on the one server, with [spam]. They are pretty reliable, and give me all I need. I considered running my own server, I have IIS and SQL Server running at home (SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition). I mainly use that for drag and drop from University. I decided a webhost was best because they can maintain the server for me, and I have to do well nothing.

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Thanks alot sempai for putting you site in your sig! I just registerd ofr host.sk!
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phantomk wrote:
Swizec wrote:I have a friend with a powerful server

I think that says enough :)

And that contributes to the topic .... how ?


The topic is about what kind of hosting we use right?

well I use my friends powerful server... seems ontopic to me...

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mshiznitzh wrote: If you don't mind me asking how much did it cost to build and what is up keep like on it.


Free besides internet acess and power. I took an old comp and installed FC3 on it.
sempai wrote: I have been using a free hosting service for more than four years now. Although it had server issues restrictions, I stayed there because I think they are one of the few free hosting services that gives a database to it's users.


I used to use free web hosts, but could never find a good one. I did find one once, but it took away free hosting as soon as I got it up.
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I'll just remind people to not give out links to hosts they use, or websites that are on the host they use :)

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