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How much money have you spent on your NEW forum?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by edenCC, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. #1
    I know that many of you guys are offering paid posts for the new forums, so..

    How many bucks are you willing to spend on it in the beginning time please?

    If you have your forums running for years, how much money have you spent in total please?
    SEMrush
     
    edenCC, Jul 26, 2010 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Stingerftw

    Stingerftw Well-Known Member

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    I spent around $300 up front when I first started my forum, which consisted of:

    - A custom forum style.
    - 1 year of pre-paid hosting.
    - Domain registration.

    However I used phpBB3 a free forum solution, if you buy a paid forum solution then of course you'll be spending more then $300, however a custom forum style is not needed, it's just nice to have ;)
     
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  3. GetALink

    GetALink Guest

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    I've spent thousands of dollars in hosting on my forums.
     
    GetALink, Jul 26, 2010 IP
  4. Vindrome

    Vindrome Peon

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    I used to own a forum, about 4 months ago, but I sold it. My set up fee was about $60, and that included domain name registration, hosting, paid posting, and custom forum style. I just recently realized I gotten extremely lucky on the prices.
     
    Vindrome, Jul 28, 2010 IP
  5. Nuno Brito

    Nuno Brito Active Member

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    When I opened the first forum I was spending a lot 50 USD per month plus the initial costs of the license and so forth.

    Right now, it only costs the domain registration. Since I have http://f0rums.com and use it as a multiforum, new forums are free of costs.
     
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    policywala Active Member

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    Vbulletin Licence + Domain Name + Hosting Cost + My cost :)
     
    policywala, Jul 28, 2010 IP
  7. allthegoodnamesweretaken

    allthegoodnamesweretaken Peon

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    #7
    I've had a few forums over the years, but all on a $0 budget. Last week I decided to do a big project, running on vBulletin 4.0 Publishing Suite.

    My costs so far are:
    - vBulletin 4.0 Publishing suite ($285.00)
    - Custom vBulletin skin ($225...lucky I got it cheap from a proper designer)
    - Domain ($22.50/3 yrs)

    I haven't even bought hosting yet (if anyone knows a *cheap* VPS ($15 is perfect, but anything <$20 which is decent), let alone the SEO/Marketing.

    I'm not paying for posting though, I have done before on older projects but I'm investing a lot on money on this site and I really have the determination to make it big.

    I would give a link, but it's not even anywhere near done (let alone properly configured) yet.

    I would appreciate GREATLY a PM from everyone with a decent sized forum, with tips and advice. It would mean a lot...I can do everything but I don't even know how to begin getting users...I'm so worried that there will be only 1 registered user (me).
     
  8. Postingpays

    Postingpays Well-Known Member

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    its not about just about spending the money, its about spending in the right direction. If you hire a professional services with complete promotional plans, I don't think that you are going on the wrong way...!! You are free to ask me about the forum promotion services.
     
    Postingpays, Jul 28, 2010 IP
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    supernal Member

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    This guy is pretty much my parallel in this regard. I spent the same for the same suite. Approximately 20 dollars for 2 or so years of hosting. 30 or so dollars for 3 years of domain. Approximately 300 dollars. I'd LOVE to see Allthegoodname's forum to see his skin and see what a 200 something dollar skin would cost.
     
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  10. Ruddo

    Ruddo Member

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    Just the ~$200 for an ipb license
     
    Ruddo, Jul 31, 2010 IP
  11. Vindrome

    Vindrome Peon

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    Same here. It seems he put a lot into the custom skin. It better be a quality theme.
     
    Vindrome, Aug 1, 2010 IP
  12. RectangleMan

    RectangleMan Notable Member

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    Spends zero then it's easy to make money. I rarely spend any money on my forums beyond domain/hosting. You don't need a fancy design for a forum to be a success. Those that open up their wallets too deeply are usually the people who don't know what else to do.
     
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  13. EvanP

    EvanP Banned

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    On my new forum, I will spend a little on a domain and hosting, and I'm getting a Modification developed just for the use of my forum! :D
     
    EvanP, Aug 1, 2010 IP
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    Mystical1 Peon

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    I spent $0 getting my old forum set up the way i wanted it to. What I did was have a friend by me a domain that would be perfect for the forum than I went to a free web host with excellent service and server uptime. I setup the domain to the nameserver, installed my forums (phpBB3), installed mods and used a free template but edited it to go with the mods and type of forum it was meant to be.
     
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    Vindrome Peon

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    Can't really expect for the free hosting to hold up when the forum gets bigger.
     
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    Mystical1 Peon

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    Actually, I was surprised to find the hosts didn't complain when my forum got big. I had about 75,000 registered users, about 1.3 million posts and my forums were always up. I didn't have my members upload images straight to the forum but we used a free image hosts instead.
     
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    GaGuy Active Member

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    I agree with this guy here.
     
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  18. Qryztufre

    Qryztufre Prominent Member

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    NONE! At least none of my own.

    I was lucky enough to have been a Mod on a forum that got hacked and then left by it's admin for dead for several months.

    I contacted several of the members that I had the emails too, and several more for it's off-site chat room. I offered them special status if they would donate money to get a new forum started. I collected $500 from them (7 members) and that kept the site up & going for its first two years. Now I rely on gold memberships & ads to keep the site above water.
     
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  19. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Illustrious Member

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    I'm not sure how much I've spent, I don't really want to think about it..lol
     
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  20. Ephemeraboy

    Ephemeraboy Peon

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    #20
    first spend zero
    as my forum is beginning mode
    then it grows
    so i spend about 10 dollars
    using VPS
    just it
    for the script
    i use phpBB
     
    Ephemeraboy, Aug 5, 2010 IP