Seeking host for MyBB Forum (my first Forum)

Discussion in 'Hosting Discussions' started by Starion, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. Starion

    Starion Aspirant

    I'm starting my first forum & deciding to go with MyBB after reading up a lot. I've used phpBB, VBulletin, and a few others as a member for ~15 years; but never as a mod or owner, making a helpful host with great service & response access worth a few extra bucks to me.

    I've read through quite a few host feedback threads, but many are pretty old, and don't answer the following questions. I appreciate your input, experience, & suggestions :2thumbs:

    1) Experience any bandwidth limits? I'm not a fan of seeing the sleazy but very common "Unlimited" proclamations, as we all know that's never true. Peak limits? Monthly cumulative total limit "policy"??

    2) Do they give great assistance/response, security, etc.?

    3) Actual outage / reliability stats? (Even a 99.9% allows for nearly 9 hours of down time per year.)

    4) Link an example of current MyBB (or other) forum hosted by them?

    I'm planning for estimated capacity of 25k users, but aware it'll take a while to get there. Open to start on lower plan with capacity to upgrade once rolling along, if that's an option.

    5) From what I've found so far it seems that ~$15-$30/mon should be reasonable for my needs??

    *I'm looking to start a 2nd forum as well, so shared account capability under same or advance plan later would be nice.

    Please correct me if I'm off base with any of my assumptions or needs. Or send me to other threads I may have missed.

    Thanks in advance. TAZ is great
  2. haqzore

    haqzore Habitué

    Honestly, just search for shared hosting.

    It's discussed constantly, and mybb will run perfectly fine on shared.
  3. Starion

    Starion Aspirant

    I have - most results confirm that yes, Shared Hosting would be good for me, but only offer at best "I use ___", and and lots of "yes...Host ____ can host XenForo or software ___. The hits do not answer the above questions & details or compare the best shared host options that I've been able to find. I'm probably missing something? I've spend several hours digging around on here & going to host sales sites, but am not finding these answers yet.

    I'm willing to do my own homework and appreciate being pointed in the right direction.
  4. southernlady

    southernlady Coder/Designer

    No host should guarantee 100% up time as there are factors beyond their control. But good ones will do their best to maintain 100% up time.
  5. Starion

    Starion Aspirant

    Of course there's no guarantee, but wouldn't they want show & brag about their recent up time if great?
  6. LeadCrow

    LeadCrow Apocalypse Admin

    In the context of a webhost uptime guarantees only really have relevance with SLA and moneyback for downtime (in the form of service/store credit). Receiving up to a day's worth of whatever you paid for your plan is meaningless when the average webmaster will himself inflict longer downtime to their website between bad installs, backup reloading and other.

    More than enough. Most decent shared plans are usually less than 10$/month but preordering a year in advance less than 100$/year before promotional discounts.
    If you're like the convenience of shared hosting, extra performance and dont mind spending extra, there's 'semi-dedicaced plans' that are regular shared hosting with much higher ressource allocations that you may find more interesting. Some services push Cloud plans as a cost-effective alternative scaling up and down with ressource usage, which you might want to consider later once you outgrow your plan's capacity.

    My personal recommendation would be Hawkhost by default as it performs well and kept up with times (if interested, 25% recurring discount codes listed in their specials page).
  7. Starion

    Starion Aspirant

    Thanks - looks pretty good. Been around for a while and great reviews to date. A follow up question regardless of where I end up going for host:

    Cloud (web host or server?) or VPS?

    Cloud Web Hosting details:

    Cloud Servers:

    VPS details:
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2018
  8. IndominusX

    IndominusX Neophyte

  9. Starion

    Starion Aspirant

    ^ Thanks. That's what I've determined also.

    Web Hosting gives a user options with a control panel to run the site with

    Server allows more deep level controls, but not necc. or usable by a novice. I'm unsure if this also provides control panel options, but custom abilities are possible with a server (shared or dedicated).

    (correct me if I'm wrong)
  10. doubt

    doubt Tazmanian

    If it is not managed you are on your own to install them.
  11. Kingdomrs

    Kingdomrs Aspirant

    Get a simple vps from
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