For my hosting Provider, I selected Mike Edge out of Kansan City. I read many great reviews from his current customers here in the message boards and from what I was told his customer service was second to none.
The forum software I choose was xenForo. I selected xenForo for a number of reasons. The cost of the software played a big part in my selection along with the features offered in the software. I loved the feel and look of xenForo when giving the demo a spin around the block. The active xenForo community was another major part in my selection. The xenForo community made me welcome and answered all my questions in terms that I could understand even though they were basic, boring and most likely asked a hundred times already.
For the meat and potato's of my site I decided to go with Brogan's Featured Threads and Widget Framework after it was recommended by my new hosting provider ( Mike Edge email@example.com) Never using xenForo prior to this, I am relying on my hosting provider for his recommendation. After checking out Mr. Brogan's profile page and reading a good number of his post, I am convinced his add-on will work exactly as it suppose too. (if not, I know how to find him, I have been noticing the xenForo community forum is his second home and online all the time.
For the frosting on the cake, I decided to purchase Graphite 1.0.3. I spent about three hours playing around with the color demos switching from demo to demo before making my final selection. I love that the style supports high-definition displays and fully responsive. I also like that I can use an HD logo and has HD counterparts. The Sticky navigation will work well on my new site. I like how I can set the Navigation tabs, so they will stay on top of screen as the user scrolls down. I am looking forward to using the customizable content wrapper. You can set fixed width and/or wrap content into an additional container. I will be able to choose the parts of a page that I want to include in that container. I love the feature Glyphs (Font Awesome or Glyph Icons Pro) to navigation tabs. This feature should work well. The Compact threads' option to display sticky threads is another feature I am looking forward to using. There are many more features in Graphite 1.0.3 that I am looking forward to using.
Mike Edge is installing the foundation of my new site at this time I am looking forward to receiving the email from him soon with the keys to my tiny part on the Internet. After taking a little time to move in and make my new home comfortable for future guest, I hope to welcome you all to the open house of Veterans Briefing.