By the way this is nothing I came up with, It was verified by asking hostgator customer support about a week ago.
Yes, they do allow it on Dedicated Servers, but he was advertising it as a shared host.
yup, that's wrong then. HG shared doesn't allow proxy. Matter of fact I'm hosting with them on shared hosting, seems like somebody was using the proxy site where I have my proxy template demos and my account was using too many scripts to it was shut down until I stopped this demo from working.
Well, let's address your suggestions.
1) Why are you using phpBB 2? It's extremely outdated, and even worse than the horrible phpBB 3. I suggest you get MyBB, and if you want to pay, vBulletin.
I'm not using phpBB2.
Board version: 3.0.5
I use vBulletin for all of my other forums, but I try to employ open source software whenever possible. I'm a huge open source advocate.
2) You shouldn't make the threads members-only. This discourages guests from registering. Maybe set a minimum amount of threads per guest and THEN require registration?
I have no idea what you're talking about, but guests can view all threads and have always been able to. They simply cannot reply, which is standard for any forum.
3) This is about your website. I read your 'suggested hosts' page, and you are recommending people use Hostgator and Dreamhost for their proxies. NEITHER of the hosts allow proxies, if you read their TOS. I suggest you change it to actual proxy hosts.
My site does not say that Hostgator or Dreamhost shared hosting was suitable for a proxy. Both of those companies have different options that may be suitable for proxies. However, I know of many proxy sites hosted with these companies - it all comes down to how much of your resources you use with your proxy.
On a different note, did you ever look at my forum? Because none of your suggestions make sense to me. Oh, and Jorge - that post directed at Will wasn't meant to be hostile. ;) I was just trying to express my views on it.
Well it looks like you are encouraging proxy webmasters to use their shared plans.
And yes I did look at your site, I apologize, as it did look like phpBB2, and I clicked on a profile link accidentally instead of a thread and got a no permissions page.
There is an old saying in business "competition proves the market". It means that if there are a lot of other competitors in a niche, there are probably customers there too.
I'm trying to think of good cross-promotion activities for you, me, Zash, and WebEvader. :)