The Top Open Source Bulletin Board Software – phpBB
Using phpBB for your forum is one of the best choices you can make. Of course, you need to pair the free program with the right hosting. Without the right hosting, it’s like building a house on a foundation of sand. You may see your forum grow, but it will sink very fast due to downtime and slow load times.
Before you build your forum with phpBB, get the best possible hosting you can find with plenty of resource. Hosting isn’t a “one size fits all” type of thing, as many large companies would like you to think. You need shared, VPS and dedicated options, all with the same company. This will ensure you don’t have to go through the mess of a transfer and you will always have the best hosting for your specific needs.
The Evolution of Your Forum
When you first start your phpBB forum with good hosting, you may be able to start with shared hosting. However, as you grow your membership base, you will use up more resources and shared hosting won’t cut it for long. You will notice your forum load times slowing down and you might cause the hosting company’s server to crash, if you get enough daily traffic.
This is a sure sign, it’s time to upgrade to VPS or dedicate hosting. If you start with one of the phpBB hosting companies only offering shared hosting packages, you won’t be able to upgrade without transferring.
A transfer can get messy because you’ve already paid for shared hosting and you don’t want to waste it. In addition, the company you’re leaving will do everything they can to keep you, but you know they can’t offer you what you really need. Starting with a great hosting company offering all three hosting options will make it much easier and less stressful as you grow.
The Benefits of phpBB Forum Software
As the best open source bulletin board software online, there are many benefits of using phpBB for your forum. The extensive database of modifications and the huge style database, make it easy to customize your forum specific for your needs. Choose from hundreds of styles and images for your forum and set them up in just minutes.
Users gain more features with phpBB than any other bulletin board software and you can even test the software free of charge. There’s a community forum ready to provide necessary support. The software is free to use and provides you with more than you will get from any other software of this type.
Recommendations for phpBB Hosting
Selecting a high quality hosting company for your phpBB forum is necessary, if you want to experience complete success. You need a host with excellent security, support and performance. Many other features may be necessary, as well, but these three are the most important.
Choosing ITX Design for your phpBB Hosting
Most hosting companies offer one-click installation of phpBB, MySQL databases and PHP support. These are all important, but not considered vital, since just about every hosting company on the planet offers these three features. The key to success with your new forum is a hosting company providing you the ability to concentrate on growing your community without the worries of your server crashing. At ITX Design, we provide the best security in the business with high performance and a support team made up of some of the most experienced hosting professionals you will find. We provide full support, 24/7/365 and all the necessary options you will need for your phpBB forum. Our team of experts manages and monitors every server, around the clock, and we have a 99.999% uptime average.
Choose from three shared hosting packages ranging from $4.95 to $11.95 per month or start with a VPS hosting package. We also offer dedicated servers to make sure you don’t have to switch hosting companies. We can even recommend the right package for your specific needs. If you’re moving a forum from one host to another, our staff will make it happen quick, easy and free.
Starting a forum can be stressful and you shouldn’t have to worry about your hosting. If you’re ready to experience the best phpBB hosting in the business, choose a package from ITX Design today.