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Old 11-08-2014, 10:22 AM
 
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i've always wanted my own forum. I know it's pretty hard to actually make money as many of the forums I've been a part of have closed down or asked for donations. How much does it cost to run a forum per year? What's a good host?
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:53 AM
 
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That is entirely dependent on how much traffic you have. The software is free. The storage and bandwidth are not. If you don't have much traffic and can get by with a shared host, it might cost you $30/year or so. If you run something very large and popular, you could be looking at thousands.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:57 AM
 
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JasonF is right. It's not a flat fee. You pay for how much CPU and bandwidth you use. As you are small (just starting), it will be cheap. As you get bigger, the cost will increase slowly. By the time it reaches thousands of dollars, you will likely have ad revenue opportunities to cover the cost.
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:29 AM
 
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JasonF is right. It's not a flat fee. You pay for how much CPU and bandwidth you use. As you are small (just starting), it will be cheap. As you get bigger, the cost will increase slowly. By the time it reaches thousands of dollars, you will likely have ad revenue opportunities to cover the cost.
How do you get ad revenue? I'm sorry if that is a stupid question, but I'm very new to this.
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Old 11-08-2014, 02:10 PM
 
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Old 11-08-2014, 03:42 PM
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The software is free.
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.
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Old 11-08-2014, 03:50 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.
Had the same issue as well. Upgrading phpBB used to be an incredible PITA too (I'd assume that it probably still is).
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Old 11-08-2014, 04:40 PM
 
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Thanks for the link.
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:59 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.
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.
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:38 PM
 
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How do you get ad revenue? I'm sorry if that is a stupid question, but I'm very new to this.
That's something you'll figure out when the time comes.
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