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I moderate a major newspaper's forums, which uses the same software as here.

On July 2nd, they are permanently closing down this part of the website.

I was just wondering how much does this type of forum cost per month. I'm just wondering if this was basically just a cost cutting move.

Any info would be a great help.

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Not an easy question to answer.

Invision offers 2 licensing models:

1. You buy the license one time (perpetual license) for a couple hundred dollars and you host it on your own server. Hosting costs, support, and bandwidth are yours. Tech support from Invision is limited to IPB software issues. You have the source code so you can customize anything you want, including major functionalities.

2. Monthly subscription, they host the forum and provide all support. Monthly costs are based on tiers of simultaneous users. Source code is not accessible, so you can only customize via skins, plugin modules, and board admin config.

I use option #2 and it runs me $40 per month just for the board.

If it is a major newspaper, I find it highly unlikely that it is a cost-cutting move unless their traffic is so high that the board is having performance issues and the support and bandwidth costs are mounting.

Given the timing, I would speculate that GDPR and its potential liabilities could have something to do with it.

Or it could just be yet another step in the Facebooking of the Interwebz. *spit*

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On 6/18/2018 at 9:19 PM, heavyharmonies said:

Not an easy question to answer.

Invision offers 2 licensing models:

1. You buy the license one time (perpetual license) for a couple hundred dollars and you host it on your own server. Hosting costs, support, and bandwidth are yours. Tech support from Invision is limited to IPB software issues. You have the source code so you can customize anything you want, including major functionalities.

2. Monthly subscription, they host the forum and provide all support. Monthly costs are based on tiers of simultaneous users. Source code is not accessible, so you can only customize via skins, plugin modules, and board admin config.

I use option #2 and it runs me $40 per month just for the board.

If it is a major newspaper, I find it highly unlikely that it is a cost-cutting move unless their traffic is so high that the board is having performance issues and the support and bandwidth costs are mounting.

Given the timing, I would speculate that GDPR and its potential liabilities could have something to do with it.

Or it could just be yet another step in the Facebooking of the Interwebz. *spit*

Thank you for the info. This paper installed a paywall on their site a few years ago, and it basically chased off almost all the regular posters. By the time they lifted the paywall, basically only trolls remained. Very few regulars. So they had to be losing money. The printed newspaper is almost completely dead.

Sad. :(

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