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The Cost of Running a Forum
« on: September 30, 2016, 11:47:26 AM »
Running a forum, whether for money, fun, or both, is massively expensive.  The server cost is out of this world, and I don't think it would run well on a regular hosting plan.  Plus, if your running a couple of forums, then expect to pay around 30 dollars for the cheapest 2 GB server.

I could be wrong about these estimates, but it seems to be the case.  Anyhow, are you guys willing to pay out of your own pocket or demand that the visitors pay via a membership or the buying of some product?
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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2016, 06:29:05 AM »
I think it's a bad idea to ask visitors to pay for anything while the forum is still new, and needs to build up a respectably sized audience. It's the forum owner's job to ensure that his/her forum is run well and that it provides value to visitors before asking for money. Perhaps, selling a product is one way to recoup some of those hosting costs initially. Once there are enough members, and they seem satisfied with the forum then it's a good idea to ask for donations. 

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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2016, 07:14:45 AM »
Would that be $30 a year or monthly? because it's a lot for me, I mean, USD is really hard for me to get and therefore' spending 30 bucks on a forum would be deadly for me, especially because it would be really hard for me to get them back again, for real.

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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2016, 08:36:05 AM »
I never really thought about the cost of maintaining a forum before but I guess there are a lot of costs that are associated with it. If I owned a forum though, I don't know how keen I would be on charging for memberships and things like that. I think that can be a deterrent to some people from joining up. Is there money in ad revenue these days or has that disappeared too?


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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2016, 02:54:03 AM »
It would have to depend on what you're exactly getting for your money. What value is being created? Would it be a chat with other forum members? If that's the case, then no. There are plenty of free forums for that. Does it give you access to an expert who will give you their insight within the forum and give you guidance personally? Then, maybe.

At the same time, it's incredibly competitive out there and a lot of "free" Facebook pages offer the same kind of services. In fact, I do fear for the long term health of forums. Beyond PL, I'm not signed up for any other forums. But I'm signed up for three Facebook pages for entrepreneurs and building businesses online. And I don't pay for any of them.

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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2016, 04:16:53 AM »
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Would that be $30 a year or monthly? because it's a lot for me, I mean, USD is really hard for me to get and therefore' spending 30 bucks on a forum would be deadly for me, especially because it would be really hard for me to get them back again, for real.

30 dollars a month seems to be the cost for running three forums on a server.   That figure is based on the disk space and memory usage percentages.  However, I'm also uploading extra files to forums, and I'm wondering if that's making a difference.

With 30 dollars a month, the percentages fall to around 30 and 14 percent which gives the forum some growing room.  However, all this stuff is considering the fact they're starting forums with a small amount of traffic coming in.  Nonetheless, the larger size of the server can handle massive amounts of traffic.
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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2016, 06:00:56 AM »
I'm not surprised to hear this! It seems to require a lot more money for me to even go there LOL On top of that, I feel that setting up and running a forum is way too involved for my liking. Plus I would have to seriously knuckle down and learn exactly what it takes in terms of the technical side of things because I'm totally clueless LOL. So for me, it's a no go area.

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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2016, 02:48:15 PM »
A lot of hosting providers provide tons of free blog and forum software options.  However, they often are not really free.  In order for them to truly work well, you have to buy more powerful hosting.  Otherwise, they will go offline.

In my case, I switched hosting providers, but possibly I didn't understand memory usage etc..  Therefore, it might have not been their fault.
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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2016, 06:16:30 PM »
I'm not into website prices that much but I think you can get a cheap domain and server nowadays, and that's enough. If your forum is getting a lot of traffic I'm sure you're going to get some money from it and that way you can afford a better server.

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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2016, 08:22:01 PM »
The most expensive part comes in when you have to get your forum some traffick and that sort of thing, also the hosting is quite expensive depending on the quality of the forum itself.

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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2017, 11:32:09 PM »
Actually, most dedicated servers now cost around 80 dollars a month.  However, if one was a truly serious forum or blog owner, then the price might be worth it. Note, you basically wouldn't have any problems with user experience.  Has anyone considered going all out for something that extreme?  Think about it, though.  Basically, considering the cost of living in my part of the US, your looking at a price which is a 4th or more of what you'd pay for an apartment.  :)

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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2017, 07:41:36 PM »
80 dollars a month sounds like a lot of money. I guess it would be a pretty expensive hobby. I suppose advertising defrays most of the costs of the forum but it doesn't seem like you would be making much money with it. However, I guess some people really are in love with their topic and don't necessarily care about the money.

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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2017, 06:14:24 AM »
All the services supporting a forum have high costs as you mention, so as far as I am concerned the main question is, are you doing because you love it or are you making an investment expecting a return later? More, how will that return happen?

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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2017, 02:18:59 AM »
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All the services supporting a forum have high costs as you mention, so as far as I am concerned the main question is, are you doing because you love it or are you making an investment expecting a return later? More, how will that return happen?

I am definitely doing it for both reasons.  However, I will always love the game, even though I might not make anything from it.  It's just something I like doing, just like a stock broker loves playing Wal-Street or a guitarist loves performing. 

Anyway, given what I said, the top-quality hosting is always a high priority.  Well, for one thing, users should have a good experience and one that's not slowed down due to a possible high traffic situation, like say, from a successful share on Facebook.
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Re: The Cost of Running a Forum
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2017, 12:54:53 PM »
That is a big truth, nothing like providing the user has a good experience because when he does have it, the site has everything to be successful. If you enjoy doing it great, you might even make some money with it. :)

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All the services supporting a forum have high costs as you mention, so as far as I am concerned the main question is, are you doing because you love it or are you making an investment expecting a return later? More, how will that return happen?

I am definitely doing it for both reasons.  However, I will always love the game, even though I might not make anything from it.  It's just something I like doing, just like a stock broker loves playing Wal-Street or a guitarist loves performing. 

Anyway, given what I said, the top-quality hosting is always a high priority.  Well, for one thing, users should have a good experience and one that's not slowed down due to a possible high traffic situation, like say, from a successful share on Facebook.

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