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I have seen a lot of webmasters who can't afford the paid domain and forum making use of the proboards. But their boards has ads and they can't control the same. And that is kind of disadvantage of the proboards. I think in order to control your own community you need to invest.

What do you think? Is proboards any good? Is it worth wasting your efforts on free infrastructure like that?
 

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I have Proboards. Owners can pay for ad-free views. My forum hasn't gotten overly big for me to do so at this time. Same with investing in a paid forum. I honestly don't know how to go about doing that. Plus I learned that unlike some other boards, you can't move everything over. Only your own posts. The way Proboards is set up, it makes it easy for those of us who don't know coding.
 

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The way Proboards is set up, it makes it easy for those of us who don't know coding.
It does at the expense as you said being vender locked so whatever they charge/limits you to you are "stuck with it".

But I assure you I wouldn't be surprised if a number of forum owners don't even know how to code a line or even have a developer on a retainer/contract.

While I am not gonna say it's as easy as firing up your host's Softalicious installer I can however say you generally speaking don't need to overly complicate this unless you knowingly are aware of very niche requirements that public plugins/modules can't cut the mustard with.

Other than this, it's all about getting the right hosting provider who is willing to show you the ropes, assist you with some/everything and having a decent budget. Don't fret though, that doesn't mean you need to split out $50+/month just to host this. Even if you looking at a more than a few gigabytes of SSD storage just to make sure you set for a few months or so at least. :)
 
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Not saying that ProBoards is bad, but my thoughts are that ProBoards aren't for everyone. Yes, it's free and cheap however you are limited and at times you do not own your own site.

SO many people do use ProBoards, I never used ProBoards and glad not to use them. I never really like it anyway. How it looks and feels is just bad. If you been running a ProBoards site for many many years maybe five to ten years then a good time to make it into your own site with your own server. I rather rant a hosting server or get my own server and then get free software like MyBB and bang.

NEver really had free things, always went with paid.
 
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proboards isn't really all that great, only good thing about it is its connected database among other proboards. If I had to use free though, I would use jcink.
 
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@FriendlyPerson Years ago, I had another forum. Before I settled on Proboards then too, I did try to start my own from scratch. I had a friend I met on another forum help me out but we were way over our heads. We spent a good 2 weeks trying to get it set up & had nothing but headaches. We didn't know what we were doing. That is why I opted for Proboards. That is also why I'm hesitant about having to do it all from scratch again. I would have to hire somebody to start it up for me. I am not techie at all.
 

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I am not techie at all.
Again if you get an actual shared provider who actually does cares for you and your site (this includes your forum) they should be able to assist.

Think of it like getting an Apartment vs. a house. An Apartment who does care isn't going to leave you to your devices with this sort of things (heating, cooling, electrical, etc).

You just gotta get your "furniture" in and all of that. A good host should also set you up for that as well or at least point you in directions for this as well.

Just like our apartment rental example, yea they aren't gonna pull that rug out of your moving van but they are gonna at least tell you if there neighbors who might help, places that might and so forth.
 
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There are good and bad when it comes to using a free forum host such as Proboards.

Some people can't afford paid hosting so they'll go with free. The ads are a way for that company to pay for the hosting will still giving it to you for free. But there are ways for you to still get the ads taking off though.
 
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Some people can't afford paid hosting so they'll go with free.
Or it's operates in such a insufficient manner that paid hosting just doesn't make sense to them. The issue though that this is something that isn't address able overnight or even in weeks.


The ads are a way for that company to pay for the hosting will still giving it to you for free.
Honestly ads for hosting schemes NEVER works, even to break even. They are more hopeful that you'll upgrade than the ads paying even moderately in "dividends".

Just like "real" dividend stocks. They are "just there" to fluff your profilio a bit. Not your "bread and butter" stocks.
 

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I never saw in my life a non-paid forum that is actually popular, most of them die out because of idleness.

I still think that if you have a free domain it might be something good for starters.
 
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I never saw in my life a non-paid forum that is actually popular, most of them die out because of idleness.
Exactly if you don't pay for it then you are less likely to get into it. Just like that classic gym membership vs. going on a walk. For some people it's incentive to exercise if they know if they are paying for that "service".
 

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Exactly if you don't pay for it then you are less likely to get into it. Just like that classic gym membership vs. going on a walk. For some people it's incentive to exercise if they know if they are paying for that "service".
You have a basic forum functionality though. Thing is that you can't customize almost anything like in 2005-2006 where free forums were better.
 
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