Hey gentlemen, and you fine ladies! If you all read my introduction, you read that I may be considering starting my first forum venture. The forum venture, as you read, would have the topic of living the rural, country life. Which to me, would interpret as "I live in the country, and would like to interact with other people that live in the country." As a result, I need you guys' two cents (maybe 100 dollars, if you will :o) on the following matter: If I do start this community, which forum software should I use? I've really been considering phpBB to start, and as we progress, move to something paid like vBulletin () or IPB. Looking at this thread, settling with vBulletin could end in a legal dispute, and even submitting a complaint with the Better Business Bureau with vBulletin solutions. Eh, that's not a good look, to be honest. And looking at this thread, both softwares have their pro's and their con's. Which hosting solutioin would you all suggest? Something light would be good, but something reliable would be excellent. One that seems that may fit my wants is NameCheap Hosting or 1&1. However, I've heard good things about Innohosting, BlueHost and DreamHost. MochaHost also hosts some good sites. Design wise, which would you all suggest? The people here seem to have good talent. Especially FullMetalBabe! All I'd need is a banner, logo, ranks, and other images that'd come with a custom skin, just without the skin. Maybe FullMetalBabe could quote me personally, but until then, you all should suggest! Last but not least, what domain name may fit the site's niche? Remember, it's about living in the country and meeting new people. I've been considering something like "ILoveTheCountry.Org" or "CountryIsMe.Com." Maybe even "Howdytoyou.Com" could work. Something unique, yet straight forward would be good, and what I am looking for. So in a nutshell, for those that say "TL;DR," my questions are the following-- What forum software should I settle with? Why? What hosting company may fit my needs most? Which designer could fulfill my request? What domain would fit my niche? Thanks in advance ladies and gents.