We host each forum ourselves. Advantages:
Easy to setup.
No ISP hassles.
No installation woes, faffing about with forum software, database software, server software or the server itself.
Automatically and continually upgraded "on the fly". No need to install upgrades manually, no user intervention required!
New features arriving on demand based on user requests and feedback.
Independance - if your website goes down your forum stays up.
Disadvantages of remotely hosted systems in the past include the additional cost of paying for a website, and then a remotely hosted forum on top. Of course, our hosted service is free. Ironically, many self-hosted forum software attracts either a single one off payment or rental fee just for the software.
Another disadvantage regards remotely hosted forum domain names, which brings us onto out next ftlog advantage:
Retain Your Domain Name
If you think remotely hosted forums means your forum has a giveaway "cheap" looking url, think again!
If you domain name company has the ability for you to assign subdomains then point them to our servers. e.g. "forum.yourdomain.com" can be happily used - no need to buy an additional domain - just use the admin interface to enter the URL to look out for and our servers will automatically match the domain with your forum.
(requires a domain company that allows you to set this function up, an example is register.com which allows you to set this up yourself online, or e-mail your domain company to see if they can do it manually)
If you do not have the capacity to allocate a subdomain, you could choose to register a separate domain name (e.g. www.yoursitename-forum.com) and point this to us instead, or simply stick with your allocated ftlog URL.
hosting is provided by a variety of committed ISP's worldwide