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Why did you choose XenForo and not a hosted solution ?

why did you choose XenForo and not a hosted solution like Ning or any of it's alternatives ?
what are the benefits of a forum on your server ?


Well-known member
Outside of the digital world the equivalent is asking why buy a car vs renting one week to week.

Unless you trust the person who controls your server, your putting yourself in quite the position.
Social sites use your content to promote visitors to increase their value by volume and users.
The whole point of running forums yourself is to manage data from users at a place you call home sometimes using social networks to promote the rich content of your site.

The difference is night and day. One is filling in the blanks, the other is creating life.


Ning is not a very good service, I can't take them very seriously.
Ning utterly sucks now.

They got a new CEO, disrespected their current audience that made them big, and now overcharge the idiots that are willing to pay too much.

What a joke, ..


Well-known member
Because I have a semi-dedicated server already.
Because I know how brilliant the minds of the XF developers are, and knew they were coding an extraordinary forum software.

So, why would I go anywhere else?


Active member
It gives me full control that a hosted solution doesn't. I also don't need to rely on others not selected by me (e.g. I can choose who to host with, who to support me in that etc...).

It's also much cheaper, over time, in my opinion.

a legacy reborn

Well-known member
i like to have total control over my server and the software it runs.
i dont like being at the mercy of others.
I already have my servers, so it wouldn't make sense to not have the forum on one of those.
I wouldn't like to put the fate of my community in someone elses hands, and it also means I can ensure the security of my users data


Active member
having the user data on my own server with no chance of data whoring or adverts is a winner for me and the site users.

the page loading speed and the user interface freshness which XenForo brings is excellent, with even more cool things to come :)

the iPhone / iPad / Android apps are a nice bonus

user content is king :)


Active member
I have several "tiny" forums. They are all public service. I have the server and get to choose entirely what is allowed on my sites. If someone or something doesn't suit my standards, it is gone. My forum, my rules.



Well-known member
1. Not having my own data backup.
2. Not being 100% sure that I could export all of my hard work.
3. Not being able to make easy use of exports of proprietary forums and software.
4. Lack of control over the quality of the site and downtime issues.
5. Not wanting to have to adhere to a whole other terms of use that is typically anything but typical.
6. I can usually do a ton more with my own site than using someone else's premade tools that also limit my creativity.