Often, when you are making a forum*, your provider may give you a subdomain of their website; such as http://exampleforum.yourprovider.xxx When this is the case, do you keep it for a while then get your own domain? Or do you switch immediately after creating the forum? Why? I always stick around with the subdomain for a while. First off, I usually like to play around with the ACP a bit to see what is offered and see if I like it or not. Second of all, I don't want to spend money on a domain for a community that just fails. These are my reasons and I will always stick with them. *I am not sure about paid providers. I only know that most free ones give you a subdomain at first.