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Christian J
post May 1 2018, 03:21 PM
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How much does it really cost to run a relatively small* web forum (say 50-100 active users, and hosted in a "first world" country)? A few different examples have made me wonder. One forum collects US$ 3000/year in donations and advertizing, but still asks for more. In contrast, another forum's owner says about US$ 200/year will suffice. Other forums ask for nothing.


* Not sure how to define the "size" of a forum --is it the disc space required for old posts (and maybe lots of large images)? Or is it the data transfer, which may vary hugely depending not only the member activity but also on the amount of content/bloat and bots that keep requesting it?
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post May 1 2018, 06:40 PM
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One major difference is that the expensive forum lets members upload images without restrictions. Not sure if that explains all of it.
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post May 1 2018, 06:55 PM
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I see! A pr0n site. glare.gif

Sounds odd if it's non profit.
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post May 2 2018, 05:25 AM
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Come to think of, do they run a spendy forum software and pay for other stuff? A vBull license is $249.00 (a year?). IPB is between $225 per 6 months (if I understand it right) and $800 a year depending on how much support you want. A business license for DW is at least $39.90 a month (jesus, Adobe's site is hard to get around now!).
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