I am looking to set up a phpBB forum on a reliable and supportive host site (if that combination of things exists).
The host that I used for a couple of years (forumatic.com) offered a scaled-down free plan as one of its services, but stopped hosting in late 2016, and they recommend a company called Bluehost.
I have just finished having a live chat with a Bluehost agent, partly because I saw a thread on another forum here about the poster having had problems with Bluehost. Sure enough, the Bluehost agent told me what they told the original poster - that they help with server related issues, but not with phpBB application issues.
It would be great to find a host that provides a free plan as one of its services (like Forumatic.com did), but I am not impressed with the ones I have seen so far which offer free plans, and do not mind paying for hosting.
vBulletin has various plans, but the cheapest one that I can see there is US $19 / month, which is a little expensive for me, given my modest aims for the forum. I would be happy to pay half of that price, and even happier to pay less than that.
I do not necessarily need anything that automates the process of creating a forum and sub-forums, as the two weeks of mental mayhem that I experienced when I learned phpBB several years ago has equipped me quite well to construct and administer a phpBB site for my needs.
However, I should also say that I am not a developer, am not that technically minded, and have no desire or need to get into learning about SQL, writing scripts and the like.
Looking forward to any replies.