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Old 11-08-2014, 11:41 PM
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That's something you'll figure out when the time comes.
It's also another reason to use good forum software, because the good stuff has the capability to incorporate ads baked right into the software. And if the companies that serve up those ads make changes on their end, the pro software will be updated quickly to account for those changes.
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:47 PM
 
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Not if you want robust, professional forum software, like the vBulletin that this forum runs on.

Buy vBulletin 5 Connect

I used to administer a couple of forums that ran on phpBB, one of those popular, free software options you reference. Keeping spam out of them took a couple of hours of effort every week.
There is free robust, professional forum software.

I'd be cautious about posting links to vBulleton. You don't want people starting new forums to use such antiquated software. vBulleton is great for those already using it due to the complexity in migration. However, you wouldn't want to use it today if you're just starting out. Keep in mind, that it uses PHP and MySQL... this isn't the 90s anymore.

A better solution would be NodeBB (just one example). The software itself is free and very robust (and most importantly, not using old technologies like PHP). There are paid options for NodeBB available as well.
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:48 PM
 
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True some software costs money.

I've also watched forums migrate from costly platforms for phpBB though. It's a giant pain to migrate a forum over to a different platform though, and phpBB used to be a real pig.
PHP in general is a real pig....
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Old 11-09-2014, 01:00 AM
 
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From the questions you're asking, it sounds as though you don't have much expertise in running internet forums. If you don't have a lot of technical skills, you may have to pay someone for tech help from time to time as well - especially if the site ever gets hacked. Just worth keeping in mind.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:03 AM
 
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Costs are minimal to get sarted, you can start out with shared hosting. You can download and install phpBB for free.

https://www.phpbb.com/downloads/



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You might check out proboards.com for additional information.

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I'm not commenting specifically on these services but you need to be very careful about the free forum services. They are usually going to have a lot of ads and you get none of that revenue. If your forum becomes popular and you want to move it to your own server they will often charge a large amount for a copy of the database and uploaded files. Last but not least when you do go to move it you are going to lose all that traffic you have built up.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:05 AM
 
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I used to administer a couple of forums that ran on phpBB, one of those popular, free software options you reference. Keeping spam out of them took a couple of hours of effort every week.
There is multiple drop in anti spam modules available for phpBB.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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Had the same issue as well. Upgrading phpBB used to be an incredible PITA too (I'd assume that it probably still is).

Depends, if you only have a base install should be only a few minutes. There is lot of built in tools available starting in 2007 with phpBB3 that helps handle modified boards too.

https://www.phpbb.com/mods/umil/

The latest version which was just released uses extensions but I haven't had any time to dig into it yet.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:18 AM
 
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The investment for good software really is small.
https://xenforo.com/

Like a lot of opportunities, it does not take a lot of cash to start.
The time required to build, promote, and nurture a forum to sustain itself is large.
Sticking with it, and being positive are necessary. Find a niche you like, know, and can support and promote.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:34 AM
 
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and phpBB used to be a real pig.

The benchmarks for phpBB3 are very fast, I can't find the information but if I recall correctly execution time for the index page on phpBB was some ridiculous amount like 2.3 , phpbb3 is about 0.1 and that's on a very active forum no eaccelerator etc.
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:33 AM
 
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Depends, if you only have a base install should be only a few minutes. There is lot of built in tools available starting in 2007 with phpBB3 that helps handle modified boards too.

https://www.phpbb.com/mods/umil/

The latest version which was just released uses extensions but I haven't had any time to dig into it yet.
It's only been a couple of years since I abandoned phpBB, so it was definitely phpBB3. Once you added a theme or plugins, upgrading became a royal pain (and almost always broke something).

At that time themes and plugins were too deeply integrated into the forum code, and adding any of them meant breaking something, or having to edit files by hand on every upgrade.

Prior to phpBB we used SMF (with Joomla / Mambo integration), and even 8 or 10 years ago they had a single link auto upgrade regardless of the theme or plugins.
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