How much are you spending to set up you website?
Just interested in how much you are spending/spent to set up your website (excluding the hosting from siteground).
I want to buy vbulletin (leased), a template for it and a template for my joomla site, so I am looking at about $130.
Reason I say leased is that if it does not take off I have not spent double the amount, however, the owned licence you can sell second hand for a good price...hmm
Is it worth spending up to $300?
The way i see it, it is a hobby, and with any hobby you spend a bit of cash.
So whats your running cost?
Why not go open source for your add ons? Free! Is VBulletin that much better than PHPBB?
I would have to agree with you about the hobby part. It is very true.
I am spending $60 a year for the hosting, $200 for my Invision Power Board, $30 for a skin I bought, and $30 for the Whois information hiding.
So in total, I've spent a little over $300 on my favorite "hobby".
If you want to be 'bugged out' and have hundreds of doors to be hacked... be my guest!
Originally Posted by (51)
At the end of the day, if you are serious about your forum, you will go paid. It looks professional, they are more secure and quite frankly, it makes your visitors/users time on your url more worth while.
Its like going on a date to McDonnalds (phpbb) and not to a nice resturant (VB/IPB).
Yes, I will end up spending around $200 in setting up for this year. I do like IPB, but I prefer the way PHOTOPOST PHP integrates into it.
Deffenitly a hobby, and by setting up a project goal you will be motivated to stick it out.
so your saying paid is automatically better?
Yes, phpbb is absolute garbage. But smf is free and is faster, more customizeable, and more secure then vbulletin.
I have to differ about it being more secure. Open source has no hidden parts so it could be manipulated very easy, thus posing a security risk.
Originally Posted by pbcommun
If you have a serious forum, and it forms the main basis of a site, I would go VB or IPB.
This is my opinion after being involved in manipulating and managing forums over the past 5 years, of which SMF is one.
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