Are there any good free forum hosts that can later be upgraded to pay as my forum grows?

by on September 28, 2010

Q: I am considering making a website, that would have most traffic based around its forum.

I would start “small”, so I would want a free forum. I need one that is reasonably professional, “admin-friendly” and very customizable. What would you recommend? I would probably want there to be an option to upgrade my forum (i.e. end up paying for it)…

And, what hosts should I be looking at?


One Response to “Are there any good free forum hosts that can later be upgraded to pay as my forum grows?”
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    The key thing here is going to be settling on a web host. From there you can install and setup whatever forum software you want.

    Some popular forum programs include:
    http://www.invisionpower.com/
    http://www.phpbb.com/
    http://vanillaforums.org/

    If you want to do some in depth analysis of different options because you’re looking for good features: http://www.forummatrix.org/

    As far as picking out a webhosting service, I really don’t have much advice. It’s really really hard. Pick someone with a flexible contract or no contract at all and jump around until your happy with features and performance.