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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-09-2003, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Message Board Costs?

How much does it cost to run a board similar to this?(DFWstang.net) What hardware/software is required? Not looking to compete. Just getting ideas

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-09-2003, 06:57 AM
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You'll need a computer that can do php, and mysql. The board software you can find here for $160.
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Cost depends a lot on how much bandwidth you need. Not sure what type of forums you're interested in starting, however, you can typically get hosting with 30-40 gigs of bandwidth for ~$10/month. As far as dropping "phat cash" for vBulletin (which we use on corner-carvers as well), you can jump on Ikonboard for free. I haven't checked the status of UBB lately, but that is also an option as well.

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This one is free if you are running IIS with ASP.

http://forum.snitz.com/
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Another free PHP one is phpBB: http://www.phpbb.com/

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http://www.mx-system.com/

This is by far one of the pimpist free boards I've seen. phpbb is pimp too.
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http://www.mx-system.com/

This is by far one of the pimpist free boards I've seen. phpbb is pimp too.

that is a portal system that runs on top of phpbb...

www.hobbytowndallas.com


this is what I setup...
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-10-2003, 07:26 PM
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The cost of the board is minimal compared to the cost of the hosting if you have a busy board.

We are only a mid sized board, and we transfer close to 300Gb/month, and thats no videos/audio or any other large file types. I have found that most hosting companies either charge a ton for that much transfer or its unlimited but you are on overloaded servers. We have a dedicated server 2.4 Ghz 1 GB Ram with 2MB/s connection to the internet with unlimited transfer. Its expensive but thats what is needed to keep this site running.

As far as hardware, I would say you need at least a 1.5 Ghz with 512 MB Ram (1GB preferred). Again that depends on how big you are talking.

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