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Hosting for new forum

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Pride1760, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Pride1760

    Pride1760 Member


    I would like to start a new forum. I don't think there will ever be more than 1,000 members. Keeping that in mind, which host and plan do you recommend?

    I thought shared hosting would be fine but hostgator said that Xenforo will require minimum VPS level 3 even for a new forum.

    Any suggestions?

  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I use shared hosting with no problems at all.
    A VPS is not required.

    Just make sure the server meets the requirements.

    XenForo System Requirements
    • PHP: 5.2.4+
    • MySQL: 5.0+
    • PHP extensions: MySQLi, GD (with JPEG support), PCRE, SPL, SimpleXML, DOM, JSON, iconv, ctype
    • PHP safe_mode off
    Download the requirements test script.
  3. Pride1760

    Pride1760 Member

    which host do you recommend? Hostgator said they don't allow custom installations on shared hosting and it won't meet the resource requirements either for Xenforo. So they suggested to go for VPS level 3.

    This will be my first website so I am not familiar with this stuff at all.

  4. James Freeman

    James Freeman Member

    Pride, I can provide hosting for free for a while.. As long as you have a valid licence.
    EQnoble likes this.
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  6. Disrelation

    Disrelation Active Member

    You can look into SpeedySparrow.com, one of the business plans might fit your needs.
  7. Pride1760

    Pride1760 Member

    speedysparrow plans look good...thanks for the suggestion. I will look into it.

    James, thanks for your offer but I really don't want to trouble you.

    I don't want to spend more than $15 per month in the initial stages...
  8. Sasa

    Sasa Active Member

    Check this fanaticalvps.com
  9. 3rd AnGle

    3rd AnGle Well-Known Member

    Strange. I am on Hostgator Shared plan and have had no complaints from them.
    faeronsayn and RastaLulz like this.
  10. Pride1760

    Pride1760 Member

    wow...fanaticalvps.com looks too good to be true :p

    I contacted hostgator twice and this is the response I got:

    I had sent them these requirements:
    XenForo System Requirements

    • PHP: 5.2.4+
    • MySQL: 5.0+
    • PHP extensions: MySQLi, GD (with JPEG support), PCRE, SPL, SimpleXML, DOM, JSON, iconv, ctype
    • PHP safe_mode off
    I'm going to find out more about fanaticalvps and speedysparrow...they seem pretty nice.

    Thanks everyone!
  11. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Hostgator was just attempting to make a sale. Their sales assistants tend to do it a lot.
  12. gldtn

    gldtn Well-Known Member

    I've been with liquidweb.com for about 5-6 years with no problems! Although not the cheapest, it's well worth it with their great customer service!
  13. Econox

    Econox Member

    Yeah I'm also using Hostgator Shared plan for Xenforo.
  14. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

  15. SchmitzIT

    SchmitzIT Well-Known Member

  16. The Dark Wizard

    The Dark Wizard Well-Known Member

  17. Pride1760

    Pride1760 Member

    finally took the plunge :D

    going with hostgator shared for a while...
  18. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    I thought they said shared hosting would not work?

    Or was the information communicated to you earlier incorrect? (That would be my guess)
  19. Pride1760

    Pride1760 Member

    they were trying to push the vps packages :(

    when I pressed further, they said that xenforo will work with shared hosting, but I will face problems when the forum size increases...(isn't that obvious?)
  20. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    When we were on HG shared: I could ask the exact same question to 7 different people - and got 7 completely different answers... that is my pet peeve with them (there are a few others too).

    Though the hosting was 'ok' - it went down too often for my taste, but it usually started running again within 10 minutes.

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