See, this is where everything forumatic's marketing becoming a bit misleading. It suggests that unless you're hosted with forumatic, you're going to run into some problems running your board. Having been around phpBB for many years, it's clear to see that the more frequent support topics (other than basic "how do I?" questions) revolve around version updates. Specifically when more than a few MODs / Styles are involved.Pony99CA wrote:Forumatic sounds like a turnkey solution for people who want a forum without having to do any major admin tasks.
Thing is, for a moderately sized board hosted on Forumatic, they aren't going to even be able to have more than a few MODs anyway, so the work required on forumatic's end would be minimal.
The Minecraft forum is an excellent example of a company that could have done with being hosted on forumatic business. Almost literally an over night success, their forum quickly racked up many millions of posts and tens of thousands of members. As such, they were causing a huge strain on their servers and were essentially kicked off (or encouraged) their original host. Since phpBB wouldn't, or couldn't sufficiently assist in reducing the strain at the time (this was over a year ago), they migrated to IPB.
This is where forumatic benefits large businesses who have special requirements. Otherwise in the majority of cases where people aren't likely to have more than ~100,000 posts and are quite capable of running on a shared host, it would be absurd to pay the gargantuan prices for forumatic whilst restricting your own options.
Since the topic of pricing has cropped up a few times already, I figured I'd mention that IPB's most expensive business plan is $85 cheaper than forumatic's most expensive business plan, whilst offering higher quotas and of course: a premium software and integrated blog, gallery, downloads, live chat, CMS and e-commerce store.