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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:14 pm 
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I am looking for 5 serious researchers to find and research hosts that offer phpbb3 and phpbb2.
You can be added to this list of researchers upon request.

  1. Forum Nut
  2. Speedman
  3. Winning444
  4. KRB
This will require some open minded research on a dozen or so hosts each. I understand that some of you are in love with your current hosts and I don't want to discourage your love for your hosts so I will lay out a list of basic things we are looking for in a host.

  1. The ability to back up your board
  2. Fully functional mail
  3. Board speed
  4. Good support board that are willing to help and install mods and styles with out to much fuss.
  5. Ads? If so give details

We can add to this list as we learn more.

What we will be doing is starting boards on every free host.
Then create a user name "admin" with a password "123456"

So we can all go in and check it out and post our opinions and research on the host.

We will be meeting in the XAT chat here is the link if you want to drop in: http://tinyurl.com/ForumNut

This is a full window version of xat chat with sound ect and unlimited messages. The research however should be posted on this thread so we can compare the actual data. Don't forget to include any perks that you find because in the case of split decision we will be needing every bit of info available. Include interesting finds like if you find an obvious lie or misrepresentation of their services. This is very important as it goes to the integrity of the host.

Please let me know if your interested in getting involved in this project.
You are collecting facts not opinions so please don't worry about what your current host will think because a fact is a fact. I know there are some strong loyalties out their and thats good but this should be unbiased research. ;)

Thanks

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:20 pm 
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Menu:
ImageYes
Image No
ImageSee notes/More information available
Image Exceptional
Image not yet available

Grading Guidelines
  1. "A-F" One grade for each of the main features on the list.
  2. "+" For more than 10 mods
  3. "+" For an unexpected mod that shines above the rest.
  4. "-" For unlisted and unexpected negative things found on the board( Nag screens, Popup ads ect)
  5. "3+'s" Raise grade level one full grade
  6. "3-'s" Lower grade score 1 full grade
Example:
A+ A A- B+ B B- ect



~NOTES~

Prophpbb.com:
    Requirement fulfillments:
  1. The ability to back up your board Image
  2. Fully functional mail Image
  3. Board speed Image
  4. Good support board that are willing to help and install mods and styles with out to much fussImage
  5. No Ads? If so give detailsImage

    Mods:
  1. Image-Footer- A very nice Perk on this site is the footer mod where you can actually add code to your footer just like you could add code to the header in phpbb2. I give this mod a definite 10 out of 10.
  2. Image-Last post on Index-
  3. Image-SEO-
  4. Image-acp add users-
  5. Image-quick reply-
  6. Image-auto groups-
  7. Image-ban after x warnings-

Additional notes:
Image 1. Backups are available for free Upon request in the support board.
Image 2. Mass mailing functions have been completely turned off. The reason given was so they could keep the boards e-mail notifications from being blacklisted.
Image 3. Board speed is very good index pages empty load in 2.5/s Loaded with Mini Portal 3.7/s
Image 4. A very friendly and quick to respond support board is available and rude mods are basically non existent.
Image 5. No ads whatsoever currently, but they reserve the right to change their minds.
+ & -
- No ACP access to Backup system.

Image Exceptional marks for the ad-less boards and the wonderful footer mod.

Traffic report:
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/prophpbb.com

~FN~
FreeForums.ca:
    Requirement fulfillments:
  1. The ability to back up your board Image
  2. Fully functional mail Image
  3. Board speed Image
  4. Good support board that are willing to help and install mods and styles with out to much fuss Image
  5. No Ads? If so give detailsImage

    Mods:
  1. Image-Stargate Portal-
    This is a nice mod but it not very user friendly, however it does give you the ability to place boxes on your index page which is a very nice option.
  2. Image-Ajax Chat-
    This is a nice chat that has the ability to be placed on your Stargate portal and in your index page at the top or bottom. However its not the best look for all board templates and there is no options to customize it that I could fins in the ACP.
  3. Image-Mod Controls-
    You have the option to turn off mods you do not use or do not like.
  4. Image-Styles Demo-
  5. Image-Backup and Restore-
  6. Image-Top Posters-
  7. Image-Recient Topics-
  8. Image-Quick Reply-
  9. Image-Search Engine Optimization-

Additional notes:
Image 1. Backups are normal ACP backups free and easy. It appears to be the perfect backup system.
Image 2. Mail is fully functional as far as I can tell.
Image 3. Board speed is excellent index page loads in .8- 1.4/s With Mini-Portal 2.7-3.2/s this board was super fast during testing.
Image 4. Support board is available in a vbulliton forum. The search engine on the support board is a bit slow and cumbersome especially since every time you have to do a search you have to put in a captua image code.. IT seams very friendly from what I can see and help seams to be available pretty quickly when you need it.
Image 5. Banner ads at the top and bottom of each page. Header and footer. Ad removal is NOT available.

Image Exceptional marks for the easiest to use backup system and the fastest boards so far.

+ & -
+ Backup Mod's ease of use.

Traffic report:
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/freeforum.ca

~FN~
Phpbbhosts.co.uk :
    Requirement fulfillments:
  1. The ability to back up your board Image(refer to notes)
  2. Fully functional mail Image
  3. Board speed Image
  4. Good support board that are willing to help and install mods and styles with out to much fussImage(refer to notes)
  5. No Ads? If so give details Image(refer to notes)



    Mods:
  1. Image-Post Count Requirements mod-
  2. Image-Welcome PM on First Login-
  3. Image-Top posters on index-
  4. Image-Manage Attachments-
  5. Image-Admin only edit custom profile field-
  6. Image-Admin able to add users from ACP-
  7. Image-Quick Reply mod-
  8. Image-ACP notepad-
  9. Image-Custom Portal-
    This portal is easy to use Some blocks even except html code. Although this is still not as versatile as the Smartors EZportal is in Phpbb2. It is a very good alternative for those who find it difficult to code their own.

Additional notes:
Image 1. Board backups are available for £6 per backup. as of 12/1/08.
Image 2. Fully functional Mass mail and also Mass Pms.
Image 3. Very fast even from the USA this is server located in England and these are the average index page load times I am getting. Basic new board install 1.62/s Fully loaded with the Mini-Portal 4.26
Image 4. Support is good however currently they only have 50 styles installed. Word is out though that they will be adding more styles very soon.
Image 5. This is an ad supported board with the option of ad removal. Banner ads in header and footer.
Removal one time fee of £72 or Yearly £35 or Monthly £3 (as of 12/1/08)
Image 6.This is unique forum setup with quick access to the support board framed from within the ACP. I can't wait to see what they do with this next. I will certainly be paying attention.

Image Exceptional marks for the easy to use Phpbb3 Portal Mod.that allows some light editing and some html use in special boxes.

+ & -
+ Notepad Mod in ACP
- No admin access to Backups
- Charging for Backups
- Ad banner in last post
+ Support board Iframed in the ACP
+ Html in special Portal boxes

Traffic report:
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/phpbbhosts.co.uk

~FN~
Freepowerboards.com :
    Requirement fulfillments:
  1. The ability to back up your board Image
  2. Fully functional mail Image
  3. Board speed Image
  4. Good support board that are willing to help and install mods and styles with out to much fuss Image
  5. No Ads? If so give details Image



    Mods:
  1. Image-AJAX Chat Room-
  2. Image-Welcome PM-
  3. Image-Global Announcements on Index-
  4. Image-Todays Visitors-
  5. Image-Topic Title for Latest Post-
  6. Image-Donate Adfree-
  7. Image-Quick Reply mod-

Additional notes:
Image 1. Fully functional Board backups available from the ACP
Image 2. Fully functional Mass mail
Image 3. New board 1.23/s with Mini-Portal 3.4/s
Image 4. Support seams pretty good and its very active. I have not tested the humanity of it all over their yet but it will come soon.
Image 5. This is an ad supported board with the option of ad removal. Banner ads on top,... and a 336px x 280px box ad in the last post in each page. You get no adds for the first 90 days I believe then they start. Ad removal cost is $4.95 per month. as of 12/2/08.
Image 6. Its important to note that I experienced multiple page stalls when surfing these boards. Page can not be found ect. when they load they load very fast.

Image Exceptional marks for The heavily customized ACP that simulates a Fantastico style ACP.

+ & -
+ Admin Access to backups functions
- Ad banner in last post
+ Paid ad removal option
- Ad removal pricing to high [super]$[/super]59.4o per year
- Page time outs

Traffic report:
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/freepowerboards.com

~FN~
forums-free.com :
    Requirement fulfillments:
  1. The ability to back up your board Image
  2. Fully functional mail Image
  3. Board speed Image
  4. Good support board Image
  5. No Ads? If so give details Image



    Mods:
  1. Image-AJAX Chat Room-
  2. Image-Portal-

Additional notes:
Image 1. No Backups are to be expected ever.
Image 2. Fully functional Mass mail
Image 4. Support seams pretty good, and quick to respond.
Image 5. Ads might be subject to ad removal soon but for now your stuck with them. As far as I can tell it's just a banner ad on top but since the ads don't start for 2 days after your startup I may have to come back and edit this.

Image Exceptional marks for speedy pages.
Image Exceptional marks The best Ajax Chat

+ & -
+ AJax Chat
+ Exceptionaly fast page load times

Traffic report:
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/forums-free.com

~FN~
hostingdelivered.com :
    Requirement fulfillments:
  1. The ability to back up your board Image
  2. Fully functional mail Image
  3. Board speed Image
  4. Good support board Image
  5. No Ads? If so give details Image



Mods:
None that were obvious.. No list just a promice to put mods in on the signup page.

Additional notes:
Image 1. No in ACP Backups. You need to subscribe to backups.
Image 2. Not in the ACP
Image 3.. Speed is exceptional however I could not test the board with the mini portal because scripts were completely blocked in the ACP posts tab.
Image 4. Support seamed ok
Image 5. No ads but you have the option to request the banner ads if you would like to help support the boars. However you are not allowed to run your own banner ads instead.
Image 6. Styles are notably absent not much to choose from.
Note
Just a Note.
~ FAILED!
Reason:
1. Scripts not allowed
2. Hard Coded support Nag screen in Administrators face constantly.
3. This forum host is trying to control bbcode usage in the board.
4. This board is not administrator friendly.
5. After you get in you can not get out with out BUYING a backup.
6. Mass mail has been disabled.
7. No Mods available.
8. "Hostingdelivered" is deceptive. It should be "incomplete-hosting.com"

*Their only good note is that they are currently ad free.
~


Image Exceptional marks for speed.

+ & -
- No ACP access to the Backup System
- You have to pay for backups
- No Mods
- Scripts disabled
- Hard Coded support Nag screen
- Mini-Portal blocked in index page
- Significantly Lacking styles

Traffic report:
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/hostingdelivered.com

~FN~
FireFormz.com :
    Requirement fulfillments:
  1. The ability to back up your board Image
  2. Fully functional mail Image
  3. Board speed Image
  4. Good support board Image
  5. No Ads? If so give details Image
    Mods:
  1. ImageACP Add User
  2. ImageSEO Links
  3. ImagePoster DHTML Menu
  4. ImageInstant Post Redirect
  5. ImageQuick Reply
  6. ImageVideo BBcode
  7. ImageThe Blog mod
  8. ImageWelcome PM Mod
  9. ImageChange User's Post Count
  10. ImageCustom META Tags
  11. ImageShoutbox
  12. ImagePortal Mod

Additional notes:
Image 1. No in ACP Backups.
Image 2. $15 backup fee
Image 3. Speed is average or slightly below.
Image 4. Support board seams OK but suffered from some important broken links in their header.
Image 5. Ads are on the bottom of the board where all ads should be so although they are not ad free they gained a + for keeping them out of the headers.
Image 6. Some styles are missing themes ect and give you an error message with an explanation that leaves you unclear on how to fix the issue. It simply tells you that it's missing a theme and you need that theme to install the template..so the style is there, but you can not install it.
Image 7. Visible php tokens in the ACP... very strange.
Image 8. Could not evaluate Shout box function due to a disabling Chat box SQL error during board creation.

+ & -
- Fatal Shout Box SQL table error "Table 'firef_ffzforums02.forumsresearch_chat' doesn't exist"
- No ACP access to the Backup System
- You have to pay for backups $15 US
- Scripts disabled in bbcode
- Hard Coded index page Nag forum with ads..
- Mini-Portal blocked in index page
+ Ability to edit css in styles
- Styles missing themes with out detailed enough explanation.
- Support board FAQ page on error
- Support board Upgrade page on error
+ Ads confined to footer
+ Ad Removal available however I could not get the details because the upgrade link was on error.
+ Ability to use HTML is special blocks in the portal
+ 10+ mods

Traffic report:
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/fireforumz.com

~FN~
Forzums.com:
    Requirement fulfillments:
  1. The ability to back up your board Image
  2. Fully functional mail Image
  3. Board speed Image
  4. Good support board Image
  5. No Ads? If so give details Image



Mods:
No Mods This is a basic bare bones Phpbb3 installation. It's very new and almost went under the radar.

Additional notes:
Image 1. Speed is very good but I noted a couple of slow loading pages while I was surfing it.
Image 2. Support board is bran new and has 18 total posts.
Image 3. No ads at all, however reservers the right to put ads on if the boards get to expensive.

Image Exceptional marks for speed.

+ & -
Because this board is so new I will be refraining to give it a +- rating as there is really not enough information available yet to do so accuratly.

Traffic report:
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/Forzums.com

~FN~
BestForums.org:
    Requirement fulfillments:
  1. The ability to back up your board Image
  2. Fully functional mail Image
  3. Board speed Image
  4. Good support board Image
  5. No Ads? If so give details Image



    Mods:
  1. Gallery
  2. Portal
  3. who was here
  4. Ranks
  5. Backup Mod


Additional notes:
Image 1. Impossible to communicate on the Russian support board.
Image 2. Backup mod is very nice but I think they are going to make you pay for it soon. Indications and fragments of a pay system are being implemented
Image 3. No ads at all

Image Exceptional marks for Backup Mod

+ & -
+ ACP access to the Backup System
- Support board In Russian
- Parts of the ACP are in Russian
- It will soon be a pay for backups site


Traffic report:
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/bestforums.org

~FN~




Registration Failures:
freephpbb3.com
phpbb3now.com
multiforums.org

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:38 am 
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just wanted to report a change on phpbbhosts it no longer has those inbetween posts ads with avatars just top and bottom banner ads

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:43 am 
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Thats a change for the better.

I will update that the first chance I get. :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:09 pm 
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yea, that is better news for the host

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Informe .com is my favorite. :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:19 am 
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While unwilling to do research, I will state that my primary site is hosted at http://siteground.com/ . My site is in a shared hosting environment so I do not have control over Apache settings except through CGI and php scripts. The loading speed is acceptable, though it can bog down under heavy load from other sites. Google Webmater tool informs me that the low time to load a page is 81 milliseconds, and the high time is a little over three seconds. There are no ads. There is mass mailing, no limit on numbers of databases or codebase size.

Siteground offers onsite backup and restore through Cpanel and a paid restore service for $29.00 (USD) per incident. When you send a trouble ticket, it is responded to in 15 minutes or less. If you are under attack, the personnel will stay online with you so that you can mitigate the attack in a coordinated manner from both ends - that is personal experience.

Siteground offers all the usual free open source offerings through Softalacious. Any mods are on you - no help there. Siteground has a well integrated IDS system, though you scripts should have their own firewalls - trust no man or computer - my site had been successfully hacked once through their IDS. No more though because I installed my own security measures -- and the site is attacked daily by skillful individuals. If you choose not to use the Softalacious loader, instead you choose to download the source from the builder, Siteground will help you install the code if you need the help and the code is one that Softalacious carries.

Siteground hosts in the US with the Data center in Chicago, they host in Amsterdam, and I believe that they also host in England (not certain about England).

I am building a site for an acquaintance on a Hostgator.com Hatchling (shared server) account. Hostgator seems to load faster than Siteground, but the site is in its build infancy. The service is about the same, except that I have to take my own backups - which I do anyhow.

As far as speed, I have a third system hosted in the Neatherlands on a shared GoDaddy VPS that runs away from them both. There I have complete control of every nitpicking detail. But that is a different plan. I only have SSH access on that server, but that was my choice.


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