Forum hosting is the perfect solution for those looking to create their own online community and help it grow. As more and more people migrate to the electronic space for discussion and engagement in their favorite interests, forums can be found for basically anything.
No matter the niche, they are a great way for anyone to get involved and find the information that they are looking for. Anyone can register a free account, join or create a new thread for conversation and start discussing.
If you’re looking for a platform to help you create an online community and unite enthusiasts of a certain niche, then you’ve to the right place as we’re certain that we can offer you the best conditions to do so.
Here, we will talk about what forum hosting services are, the main advantages they got and why you should consider Hostens as your forum hosting provider.
What are forum hosting services?
First things first, we need to address what these services are. Forum hosting services are specialized hosting plans designed specifically to host forums and discussion boards online. For owners that want space, speed as well as great uptime, these services are just what they’re looking for.
It’s no secret that many forums out there allow users to not only create accounts but also encourage the creation of user-generated content. This means not only text topics, but also images, videos, file attachments, and so on.
What this means for the people who’ve created the forum is that they need a hosting provider that can handle a website that is very traffic and resource-heavy. As a community grows, the necessity for a more capable host will grow even more prominently.
What are the benefits of great hosting services for forums?
As we’ve already mentioned, forum hosting is a service designed for forums specifically. That’s not to say that you can’t host a forum using a regular hosting plan. All you need to do to create a forum is to install a certain software package for forums, be it phpBB, vBulletin, FluxBB, or any other.
With a good forum hosting provider, you won’t have to worry about having to sacrifice performance or speed in order for your forum to operate, regardless of how busy it gets.
Below, we talk about the specific benefits that a forum hosting service brings to a forum owner over a typical hosting service.
Here are the main ones you should consider.
Ability to customize
Going with a forum that you can create, customize and regulate yourself, enables you to customize your community in any way you want.
The most basic approach to creating a real powerhouse is to select a good hosting provider and some good software to base your forum on. From there on, the fun part begins, you can select a design and customize it to make it unique.
Another customization advantage is the fact that you’re free to promote your forum and grow it in any way you prefer, without being restricted by any other platform.
Plenty of forum themes
The design and skin of your forum are an essential part of it not only for the looks but in order to make it unique. For forum owners, hosting providers offer a selection of completely free skins, which will not only customize the forum but help create an identity that is different from others.
Some of the best forum software
Many traditional hosting providers overlook this part, but quality forum hosting providers will allow owners to freely install a forum software on the server, one which will power the whole forum.
There are dozens of them to choose from. And of course, most providers allow to install them very easily, with a few clicks of a button from the control panel of the user.
If you’re creating a forum that’s aimed at a wider audience of enthusiasts, you’ll definitely find multilanguage support to be very useful. The best forum hosting providers will give you all the tools you need to create your forum as a multi-language platform.
Forums for the most operate as regular websites, however, in some cases you issues that are specific to forums may arise on a regular basis. This means that you’ll need a support team that can help you to manage your forum.
There are many parts to such a website, users always interact and create new content. This is the exact reason why a qualified team is necessary that’ll understand forum-related issues very well. Providers that offer forum hosting have a team that’s dedicated to these issues specifically.
As your online forum grows, attracts more users, content and traffic, naturally, you’ll need more resources and a better hosting plan to accommodate these changes. A good forum hosting provider can provide the owner with a platform that will be easily adjustable to the dynamics of the forum – spiking traffic, user activity and so on.
As a results, even if you outgrow yourself, you won’t suffer much and will be able to operate on a normal basis.
Features of Hostens forum hosting services
- Best uptime you’ll get – We offer an uptime guarantee of around 99.95 percent, which few others can. That means your forum will be operational around 8756 hours, out of 8760 hours per year.
- Quality support – our team is trained to tackle any issue when it comes to forums, so you can task us with any issue at hand. You can reach us either through our online ticket system, live chat or email.
- Fast set up – after you pick your hosting plan, you’ll be able to fire your website up instantly after we’ve received your payment. The same principle applies even if you launch a forum.
- Selection of free domains – don’t yet have a domain? With us, you’ll get the ability to select a free domain with .site,. website, .online.
- Simple to install – whether it’s a CMS or forum software, we offer easy, one-click install for every part of your website.
Most popular Forum Hosting software offered by Hostens
When considering creating a forum, there are a few software options to choose from. In this section, we will talk about a few of the main ones.
FluxBB is an open source forum application. Forked from PunBB in 2008, FluxBB is a popular lightweight forum application, powering forums for Arch Linux and μTorrent.
phpBB is the old-school option on this list. One of the oldest platforms for forum building, not only does it provide great performance and optimization, there are also many unique plugins, themes and other types of extensions to choose from.
MyBB is the free and open-source forum software powering thousands of engaging, vibrant, and unique communities across the internet.
Vanilla Forums is probably the most diverse platform out of all of these, perfectly capable of powering a forum, blog and even larger ecommerce websites. Many experts agree that Invision’s popularity will grow in the upcoming future.
Why choose Hostens as your next provider?
We believe that our platform is universal, capable of hosting everything from small websites, forums to larger e-commerce websites. In terms of forum hosting, here’s what we can offer for you.
Our hosting plans are designed to be suited for any type of forum application. You can either host your existing community with us, or create a completely new website with the help of our free website building tool and forum software.
Our servers are powered by SSD-clouds as well as additional software which allows websites to have great speed, be easily operated and managed. All you need to worry about is making sure that your forum grows as you see it, and we’ll take care of the technical side.
Results that can be trusted
Our group of long-term clients and reviews are proof of our experience and knowledge of the hosting industry and the fact that owners of any website type can completely trust us.
Keeping data backups is key in order to ensure that a forum website functions without issue for a long time. If something happens and you want to restore an older copy of a website, you can easily do as we perform backups that are automatic on the regular.
A support team of experts
As we’ve already mentioned, our support team is trained to be able to help with any issue when it comes to your website’s hosting. You can reach us through support tickets, live chat or emails 24/7/365.
It could be that you won’t need this at all, however, if you’re unsatisfied with our service, we offer a money-back guarantee for all of our clients.
Like standard for many hosting providers, we offer easy one-click installs for our clients to install forum software, themes, add-ons and so on.
How can you get started with hosting your forum?
The methods with Hostens are very simple. All you need to do is follow these simple steps to start with hosting your own forum.
- Choose the hosting plan you like
- Install a forum software via Installatron
- Launching the forum
Frequently asked questions about forum hosting
What’s the cost of creating a forum?
The only thing you need to pay for is your hosting plan, that’s it. Everything else comes for free including our own website creation tool and all the additional software you’ll need for a forum website.
Can I move my existing forum to your platform?
Yes you can. We offer many relocation options for various websites coming from other hosting providers. The same thing applies for forums as well.
What’s the bandwidth that you offer?
This depends on the plan that you’re going with. Simply look around our plans or contact us for advice on a custom solution. You can create a community of any size that you prefer.
Can you offer more than forum hosting?
Yes we can. As we’ve said, we’re open to helping people create the platform that they want. This means forums, e-commerce giants and so on. Simply contact us with your questions and we’ll be happy to help.
Create the community that you envision
Creating the forum of your dreams has never been this easy. We know that it’s far better to work with a hosting provider that knows what they’re doing and has the client’s back at any time.
We hope you’ll consider us as your next forum hosting provider as we offer all the tools to help create a vibrant community.