We will win this war in the long run. Just because NodeBB is Awesome
I agree. NodeBB is awesome
Anyone know how to install NodeBB without having terminal access to the host?
Might be a dumb question but what access do you have to the host? only ftp? can it run node.js?
Simple answer is unfortunately, no.
However, there are some options for you.
First of all you could try http://www.heroku.com (and consult our guide at http://community.nodebb.org/topic/148/looking-to-run-your-nodebb-on-heroku). Heroku is free for a really basic setup, ie. you probably won't be able to have a big enough community before realizing that you'll need to upgrade on their plans and end up paying real $$. But for development, it would be free and totally worth trying.
If you have a small budget, you could try digital ocean. The basic plan which should be enough to run a pretty small community would run you about $5 a month. Consult http://burnaftercompiling.com/nodebb/setting-up-a-nodebb-forum-for-dummies/ for a really simple installation guide.
Lastly, if you aren't a developer type and would like to just run your NodeBB forum in the cloud, completely hassle free, with a bunch of dedicated dev's on your toes looking after your forum :P... hit http://nodebb.org right away. Send us an email and we'll hook you up with beta access.
Signed up for digital ocean, got free $10 credit. So far very happy with it I must say. Would recommend if you know your way around a terminal.
what's your instance @cani? add it here