I'm starting a brand new web site which will include XenForo. Can anyone share experiences positive or negative with particular hosting companies? Since this is from scratch, might as well sign up with a host that other people have had easy experiences working with!!
There's plenty of hosts to work with. I would just try to avoid EIG brands (http://researchasahobby.com/full-list-eig-hosting-companies-brands/), there are great players in the market. You don't necessarily need a VPS at all, you can go for a simple shared hosting. Check your options at http://www.webhostingtalk.com, search for reviews there. I can personally say HawkHost, GeekStorage and Eleven2 offer good services. If you end up looking at VPS Linode, DigitalOcean and WiredTree (although just bought by LiquidWeb) should be good options.