I'll try and keep this long story kinda brief!
Due to our old forum biting the dust, we set a free phpbb forum up as an emergency. The way things have panned out, it's now our permanent home.
Ultimately, I'm going to build a website, hopefully with the forum linked (I've only ever built one website and you guys here were terrific in your help) and get a domain name too.
Firstly, the forum is free phpbb (from createphpbb.com). Am I as well sticking with this or trying to move the forum to somewhere else? So far, we're happy enough with phpbb (it's much better than the old YaBB forum) but I guess it could be better - it's kinda limited in some respects, but great in others.
Regarding hosting the website when I get it done - how do I know how much bandwidth, etc., I'll need? If I have a link to the forum, would the forum use be included in the hosting use, or would it still be hosted by createphpbb.com? It's a pretty busy forum (10,000 posts in two weeks!!).
The first thing I'll do is get the domain name and use it for the forum (and I think I'll need to redirect the url and cloak the present one??), but will it be easy enough to change over to the website once I get it running. I take it that all I'd need to do on the website is assign a hyperlink with the forum url to the relevant button on the website?
And a final (bet you're glad) question - can anyone recommend somewhere for domain names/hosting (or are you not allowed to do that?)
Sorry if this sounds all a bit vague - mainly because it is. As I said, I've only ever built one website before and this is a complete crash course just now because we never expected to have to move the forum!!!
And if I've posted this in the wrong bit, sorry!!