View Full Version : Would you use a remotely hosted forum?

02-02-2003, 05:17 AM
Ok, just a simple "Yes" or "No" vote. That's all I require for this very moment.

Imagine that this remotely hosted forum has everything enabled. Easily customizeable. Almost everything is allowed, the host will even create new features and enable them as you request. The only ads that would appear would be text link ads, which would be small and in a place of your choice for example at the bottom like on this forum. Those would be ads that you choose or maybe not at all!

This would not be like any other remotely hosted forum service out there. It would be lightning quick and your users wouldn't even know they left your website.

Would you pay $5AU for all that? (This would be to help cover hosting, that's all.)

Current exchange rates:
$5AU = $2.94 US
$5AU = $4.47 CAD
$5AU = $1.78 GBP
$5AU = $2.73 EUR

Comments/Questions welcome.

02-02-2003, 08:32 AM
Hmm, I voted yes only because of my previous experience with forums. Nowadays I have my own webspace with a host that supports php/mysql and I have fallen in love with phpBB. I mean it was just too easy to install not to love it!

Anyway, back when I was a big Geocities junkie (ahh my ignorance!) I usually used Network 54's forums. But they were somewhat slow, and not as costumizable as I would have liked. Now if I would only have to pay $3 (US) for a remotley hosted forum that looked nice and didn't have anoying adds...I would have done it. Now, though, I am not quite sure. But if my host didn't support serverside languages and databases I would definetley consider it.

02-02-2003, 09:11 AM
Well if I were to set up something like this then the forums would be a lot better than phpbb.

I mean it would be just like having your own forum that you put on your own hosted site. With the exception that you would not be able to put any server side code on the forum, although any server side features that you would like to be added to the forums would be created and integrated by me...everyone would then be able to enable/disable this on their forum.

This isn't about profit for me, my theory is that if I can get enough people signed up so that I can maintain hosting costs then it will steal some of the traffic from the bigger "free" remotely hosted websites. The reason I say this is because they are not free, you pay in the way that you don't get what you want. At the moment if you get a remotely hosted forum you are settling for second best. Maybe even third or fourth best. It's shameful, people need to be given a break.

Also this setup fee would be yearly.

02-02-2003, 05:07 PM
I wouldn't generally do it... I prefer everything to be in one place, and not dotted all over the place.

It causes havoc with linking.

02-02-2003, 07:08 PM
a "maybe" option would be nice ;) (im pretty confident that i havent quite decided...)

i can see the good points about this, but i can also see that there would be several reasons against it. i doubt you will get an acurate vote... seeming as most poeple here have hosting that they could put a forum on...

02-02-2003, 08:18 PM
I currently use Chatbear and have found it satisfactory. However, if something came along with better features and better prices, I'd think about switching.

You might want to consider basing prices on use.

02-02-2003, 11:01 PM
Ha ha! I remember that old Studio 54 board. I think they just got around to updating it after several years of non-performance. The best remotely hosted board I found when I was actually interested in them was best boards...which is a phpbb with removable ads for $2.50 monthly. There's your competition. :p

Btw...If you are a minor proposing a contract, you have to tell the customer you're under 18 before accepting any money. :rolleyes:

02-03-2003, 01:08 AM
invision boards are the best. i use them for my site.

02-03-2003, 01:41 PM
well possibly I should delete this thread and start a new asking who would be interested in this? That way I reach a targettted audience.

Invision? PHPBB? Meh, nothing special about 'em. And I've used both on my own machine so don't try and convince me otherwise.

Now vb, that's a board. :D I am confident that given 2 -3 months I could build a board with the same features as vb and solid as a rock. Of course I'd have to get some people to break it for me (Whammy comes to mind;))

As for speed though I'm not sure how an asp board of the same magnitude would compare to the latest release of vb. Just depends on the server I guess.

02-03-2003, 03:35 PM
I might give it a go... make a forum for myself... never know.

But then again it will mean that everyone will need to register again, which is not good...

02-03-2003, 06:16 PM
provided i could send you my own template for the forum, i would use it.
sure there are plenty who could just make there own forum, but there are alot of free hosted forums, which means there IS a market for it.

02-03-2003, 07:19 PM
Generally no. I've used a Delphi forum for years, nasty. I see no reason for a remote forum except for traffic monitoring and/or advertising. The maintainence issue is worthy but most forums come with extensive control panels.

That's not to say the concept couldn't work well.

02-03-2003, 08:52 PM
heh, there are ALOT of remotely hosted board accounts for more inexperienced users, ive seen them, plenty of them.

02-04-2003, 06:51 AM
hmmm...k I'm convinced. I think the stats speak for themselves.