Hissingsid - 8:08 pm on Apr 29, 2012 (gmt 0)
Many thanks for the input it is very helpful.
I'm thinking that I will go the VPS route. The price in the UK isn't that much more than a good shared host and if it works out then the cost will be negligible in real terms. Less than I spend a day on Adwords for a full years hosting.
I like the sound of phpBB's templating system. I run a few sites using Textpattern as a backend.
Have either of you considered moving to a more complete community solution like Elgg for example or is the simplicity of a forum what most folks want? I must admit that I personally only contribute to forums (and Twitter).