New member

I'm considering buying a Xenforo license but I have no previous experience in running a forum site. (I do have a lot of experience being a member of them)

The simplest way I can put my question is:

I know nothing about web hosting or anything like that, do I need to install/buy a separate program for my forum to get up and running or is Xenforo all I need and just focus on building my forum?

Many thanks in advance!


XenForo moderator
Staff member
In addition to the XF license you will require a domain (URL) and hosting (server).

Simple shared hosting would work for a new forum and they typically have cPanel which makes it very easy to install XF.

Tracy Perry

Well-known member
You will have to have somewhere to host the script at. Either a shared hosting provider, VPS or dedicated server. If you are just starting off, a quality shared hosting provider should be sufficient.
As for installation, you can either pay for the service here or do it yourself. It's not that hard and once you obtain a license there will be plenty of people willing to guide you.