Estimated Costs?



  • I have looked at NodeBB after seeing a few websites using this. Very clean & simple, yet modern.

    I currently run a wordpress website using bbpress, and I can't wait to uninstall it, it's not fantastic to say the least.

    I have no experience in Node.JS and wouldn't know where to start with installing quite honestly, I am just wondering what the expected costs are to get a Freelancer/Dev to create the Forum software for my site? Any help would be appreciated as my website isn't getting any traffic yet, and I want to keep costs to a minimum in case it never does become a success.

    I've trawled the Forum and have a few notes:

    • I don't have a VPS, though have looked at digital ocean, from one of many posts i have read recommending it, but I am in contract with Siteground so can't get the VPS for 7 months.

    • I have contacted the sales team at nodebb, but I feel like their quotes may be out of my price range

    • I'm not sure if the below helps but its my server information from my Siteground GrowBig Account.
      I have read about SSH on this forum and it says I have full access to that ?

    Simultaneous Server Processes: 20
    Simultaneous Connections from Single IP: 15
    CPU Seconds / Program and Script Executions: 2000/hour, 20000/day, 600000/month
    Average Process Execution Time per Day: 2 seconds
    Shared Service CPU Usage: No more than 20% for a period longer than 10 seconds
    Server Memory per Process: 768 MB
    Inodes: 300,000
    Minimum Cron Job Interval: 30mins

    Any Help would be fantastic, If anything I would like to know a rough estimation of costs, so I don't get shafted by a Freelancer if i choose that route.
    Thanks :-)



  • How many users and page views do you expect?



  • my website has only just started really, but i anticipate around 3-5k users in around 3 years

    edit: I will be moving to a vps most likely when my contract is over.


  • Admin

    If you do have SSH access and are able to install all the dependencies required, I think what you have is enough for a small forum for starters. Definitely should consider getting your own vps when you're able to though :)



  • I've got about 100k pageviews a month (according to NodeBB stats) with a pretty small number of users (apparently they are really active though). My $10 DigitalOcean server is probably more than enough for that. I'd imagine I could go down to the $5 one if needed.



  • I've got it installed now :-)

    went for the £20 server, but think it's overkill as I don't really have any traffic yet!


  • Admin

    Definitely you're overprovisioned, but that is not a bad thing! It is good to have excess resources :smile:

    Sometimes on $5 digitalocean servers, things can get cramped and the OOM killer might get invoked and kill off a process like nodebb, or the database :grimacing:



  • @teh_g said in Estimated Costs?:

    I've got about 100k pageviews a month (according to NodeBB stats) with a pretty small number of users (apparently they are really active though). My $10 DigitalOcean server is probably more than enough for that. I'd imagine I could go down to the $5 one if needed.

    You could go to $5 on Vultr for sure. Anything you can do on DO, you can do for half that price on Vultr or Linode.


  • Plugin & Theme Dev

    @julian I've had a server under light load on a $5 Digital Ocean for over a year without a crash. The trick seems to be large amounts of swap.


  • Admin

    @jongarrison Same here, although occasionally some get their processes killed. I honestly don't know why because they're all built the same :grimacing:


  • GNU/Linux

    @MBFTOM

    Hey there,

    Not sure if you've found your solution as of yet, but if you haven't I would almost certainly take a look at the wonderful VPSdime. I'm not endorsed by them in any way, but I can never praise their service enough. Their prices are actually really, really good as well.

    Their standard packages offer you 6GB of RAM for every $7 you spend. ($7 for 6GB, $14 for 12GB, etc.)

    Full SSH as standard.

    Let's say you use the 12GB package, you're looking at $168/year. That's pretty good.


  • Community Rep

    @Wesleigh-Walker thanks for the tip! The link you provided is actually supposed to be a .com :) Is vpsdime.com pretty stable? I don't know how they're doing it considering DO is $10 for 1GB and Linode is $5 for 1GB


  • GNU/Linux

    Hi @Bri - yes, that's supposed to be .com - whoops!

    Yes, I've never had an issue with VPSDime. I think I've had downtime twice, for a total of an hour, in something like the last 9 months


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