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Is it work buying Xenforo if you run a non-profitable forum?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by FromZBwithLove, Sep 8, 2015.

  1. I run a decent sized forum okay, and it's on a pretty shoddy software. I have enough money to buy the xenforo license for 140$ but it feels like to have a quality xenforo forum you're buying modifications over and over and styles over and over and gallery and license removal and all of these other separate things, and then you go from 140$ to hundreds if not 1000+$ which to some people is very little but running a community that makes 0$ in profit isn't really trying to spend that kind of money you know?

    I'm curious what you guys think. Is a 20-40$ style and a 140$ license really all you need, or do you need to fully commit financially with modifications and such and run your wallet dry?
  2. JulianD

    JulianD Well-Known Member

    There are both free styles and free addon. Of course some of the addon you may want will be paid ones but the core functionality of a discussion forum is there.

    So I would say yes, it's worth it.

    Anyway if you're not too convinced there are always free alternatives to xenforo that are very interesting and promising. Keep an eye on those too.
  3. teletubbi

    teletubbi Well-Known Member

    You have to consider what is really necessary for you.
    A lot of modifications or addons are free and fulfilling the needs.
    Even from payed addons there are sometimes light versions for free.

    If you dont host many images there is no need for a Galerie. The core attachment system is enough. And so on.
    Also there is no need to pay for branding free if you are short of money. It is only an option.

    I can understand that someone is thinking about to switch to xenforo he can feel like a child in a candy shop. So many nice, colorful things makes him thinking i want them.

    Look which benefits you get and need to run your forum properly.
    If it grows and the needs are changing there is the time to think further.

    But already with the basic xenforo you will make a huge step into a good direction.
  4. Okay, I'm currently using a free forum that hosts itself. How do I host a xenforo forum? I have no idea how to do this. What's the best site to use? Is godaddy okay? How do I set it up?
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You would need to purchase a domain (URL) and hosting, in addition to the XF license.
    Something like GoDaddy would work for a new/small forum.
  6. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Yes, in fact you may not even need a style. It's easy to customise the look of the site yourself. When I started out with Xenforo I don't think I had any commercial add-ons at all.
  7. DennisSkov

    DennisSkov Active Member

    I think you can answer the question yourself. Does a free alternative such as MyBB or phpBB cover your needs? If XenForo is, then it's definately worth the money. You don't have to spend on anything but the license.
  8. Okay thank you for the advise you guys :)
  9. Is there a tutorial for hosting yourself ?
  10. DennisSkov

    DennisSkov Active Member

    Do you have a server/VPS? What OS do you plan on hosting on?
  11. See these are things I don't know what you're talking about. The only thing I have now is a domain name.
  12. DennisSkov

    DennisSkov Active Member

    Oh, I see. Well, I can try to help a bit.

    You'll either need a VPS or a dedicated server. If your community is small, you shouldn't need a dedicated server. VPS is in many cases the most affordable solution. I'd go with a small VPS with Linux. I only have experience hosting on Debian (a Linux distro) based distros, but I know that a lot of people prefers to host websites on CentOS, which is a RHEL based distro.

    If you go with a Debian based distro, here's how you install LAMP. LAMP is Apache, MySQL and PHP - it's basically everything you need to run the XenForo software. Apache is the webserver itself. MySQL is where you store your database containing all information (posts, users, etc.).

    Once you've setup LAMP, go to /home/username/public_html and upload the XenForo files. Once they're uploaded, you need to start installing XenForo.
    You'll also need to create a MySQL database for XenForo. Connect to phpMyAdmin (a front-end for MySQL) at http://server-ip.com/phpmyadmin and login as the root user with the password you created for MySQL earlier. Go to the 'Users' tab and create a new user with a password. Check the box that says something like 'Create a database for the user' and input the name of the user, the database and the password when prompted during the installation.
  13. We'll be moving over a medium sized (medium-small?) community. Would be about 20-25 people online a day, plus guests. Obviously the goal is to grow though :)
  14. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Not sure the OP is at the stage he needs a VPS or has the knowledge to install it all himself. Shared hosting which is fully managed will work for smaller forums, as per Brogan's response above. It's easy enough to move at a later point.
    DennisSkov likes this.
  15. DennisSkov

    DennisSkov Active Member

    I agree, but OP wanted to know how he can host the software himself :)
  16. So what's the instructions for non-vps?
  17. DennisSkov

    DennisSkov Active Member

    Depends on the OS. It's similar in Windows - You can install something called XAMPP or WAMP which is essentially the same as LAMP. The rest pf the instructions are pretty much the same. That is, if you want to host the software yourself.

    If you just want to go with shared hosting, everything is much easier. Buy hosting, upload the files and install.
  18. Where do you suggest I buy hosting? Which is cheaper? Which is smarter for me? Wish someone could just tell me how to go about this.
  19. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Your questions are better suited to a general web host forum.
    We don't provide hosting or domains.

    Once you have purchased hosting and a domain then you can post any pre-sales questions related to XenForo.
  20. Well I can't really purchase xenforo til I understand how those things work, so I think it's relevant...

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