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I need advice on what to do with my message board

Discussion in 'vBulletin' started by deagledan, Jul 30, 2014.

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    Hey guys,
    SEMrush
    For the past (almost) 10 years, I've been running a message board. I'm sure that everyone who runs a forum here has experienced things like MMORPGs and social media slowly eat away at their membership and my message board was no exception, unfortunately.

    I want to keep the members that are still there together and also keep the threads/posts, but I also don't want to keep paying the monthly server fee if it's not going to be a bustling community. What options do I have?

    I'm running a vBulletin 3.8.4 forum, btw.

    Thanks in advance.
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2014
    deagledan, Jul 30, 2014 IP
    SEMrush
  2. RAND0M1ZER

    RAND0M1ZER Active Member

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    You don't really have any options, you want to keep it hosted but you don't want to pay.

    How much are you paying per month for hosting? Maybe you could switch over to a free forum provider like freeboards? However if you did that you would lose control of your content.
     
    RAND0M1ZER, Jul 30, 2014 IP
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    I'm paying about $20 currently. I know it doesn't sound like much, but I would rather use that money for something else (paying Netflix or Pandora, for example). Right now it feels like I'm taking a $20 bill every month and lighting it on fire with the current status of the board. Like I said, it has some activity, but it's been dying a slow death over the past few years.

    I thought about Freeboards, but like you said I would lose control over my content. :/
     
    deagledan, Jul 31, 2014 IP
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    RAND0M1ZER Active Member

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    The other things you could do is downgrade your hosting plan. Since it doesn't get much activity anymore you would probably be able to get away with a share hosting plan which cost only a few dollars a month, not $20.
     
    RAND0M1ZER, Jul 31, 2014 IP
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    I am on a shared hosting plan currently. I'm with Liquidweb so maybe that explains things. :)
     
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    RAND0M1ZER Active Member

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    Is there something that is preventing you from switching to another provider? $20/month for shared hosting is ridiculous.
     
    RAND0M1ZER, Jul 31, 2014 IP
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    deagledan Member

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    I actually tried using another host at one point (HostGator) and naturally they were cheaper, but holy hell did I encounter a bunch of downtime and they gave me very little bandwidth (not an issue now lol) and disk storage.

    If you or anybody has any recommendations for a dependable (and much cheaper shared web hosting plan), please share. Thanks
     
    deagledan, Jul 31, 2014 IP
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    RAND0M1ZER Active Member

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    I have never used HostGator but from what I've read they were really good until they got bought out by EIG and then things really went downhill.

    I have been using CrocWeb for close to a year now and I'm pretty happy with their service. They are quite reasonably priced and I haven't had any downtime except for a period of about 2 days back in January when they were experiencing some DDOS attacks. They did provide their users with 3 months of free service for the trouble though and kept people updated by Twitter which really impressed me.
     
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    Most of it depends on the size of the forum and how much traffic it's getting. There are lots of cheap hosting companies out there, but, can they provide the resources your forum needs? A smallish forum with casual traffic would probably do alright on cheap shared hosting. Something with more than moderate traffic and a large amount of forums/posts, will most likely have performance issues or exceed the allotted resources (e.g. CPU and RAM). What are the stats of your forum?
     
    KillaKeith, Jul 31, 2014 IP
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    Cool, hopefully they offer service to the states. I'll check them out. Thanks, Random.

    Again, if anybody else has any recommendations, I would really appreciate it.
     
    deagledan, Jul 31, 2014 IP
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    I'm about to turn in, Keith, but I'll let you know tomorrow.
     
    deagledan, Jul 31, 2014 IP
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    Okay, no laughing now :)

    This was for the month of July:

    Unique: 3,637; Number of visits: 9,008; Pages: 74,039; Hits: 138,361; Bandwidth: 4.28GB

    The board has currently 9,219 threads and a total of 615,948 posts.
     
    deagledan, Aug 1, 2014 IP
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    That amount of traffic should easily be able to fit on a shared host. Also, considering you are already using shared hosting - switching from one provider to another is even less of an issue.
     
    RAND0M1ZER, Aug 1, 2014 IP
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    My advice would be to find shared hosting that is NOT unlimited. Those kind of services, more often than not, are incredibly oversold and will definitely give you performance issues and downtime. There are tons of reputable hosting companies, which offer more than enough space and bandwidth to fit your needs. Take the time to shop around, it will pay off.
     
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    Thanks for all the advice, guys. Do you have any recommendations, Keith? Don't worry, I won't hold you responsible or anything lol
     
    deagledan, Aug 3, 2014 IP
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    LiquidWeb is a solid company as you know but if you are looking to save some green check out InMotion Hosting and A2 Hosting.
     
    micksss, Aug 6, 2014 IP
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    Thanks..
     
    deagledan, Aug 7, 2014 IP