Hello everyone I'm contemplating moving from remotely hosted to self hosted forums. The problem is I'm having trouble justifying the move to a new forum provider. If I do move it needs to provide a better experience for my members. I'm currently using ProBoards and I have thought about moving to SMF when 2.0 is fully released. The other issues is even thought I gain a lot more control. The technical requirements are going to go up for me as an admin. ProBoards may be slow on implementing new back end features (they just recently updated to a database system with V4.5. but they are pretty good about providing new features. For example form what I know SMF dosen't have an easy method to skin/template. it dosen't have a style editor like proboards from what I understand. This seems to be common I'm sure I would have to add many mods to get the site the way I wanted it. As proboards is more about end user features and not about back end (hosting related features) I've become accustomed to having a lot of features for myself and my users. I'm not a experienced admin (well in regards to TAZ members that is. ) and I'm wondering if I should even bother? The more I examine this option the more I think about itthe higher level expertise needed and reduced easy of use for myself, may cause problems. I'm not a programmer or a coder. My forum is rather small focusing on being a close nit , general discussion forum. With everyone being welcome. If I do move I might revamp my layout and add or remove a few things. But my board is generally for making new friends and having a good time. Link. http://welounge.proboards53.com/index.cgi Any opinions would be much appreciated.