After checking out literally dozens of different platforms for a new forum I've funneled my personal choice down to this one.
There are a lot of very good forum software packages, this one would not only meet all our current needs but add many features that members have requested for a long time.
They have a free version that we'd have to manage & a cloud version that is less than $250/year.
So, basically we could have one of the most powerful forums available for the cost of a couple dozen people paying the equivalent of a burger & a soda at your favorite pub ($10/year). This would be for a site moving 25GB of bandwidth/month. I'd be surprised if the current board moves even close to that. There are other packages available if we ever go higher than that, the next level is 75GB bandwidth/month for $40/month.
10 Reasons I really like this one:
1. It's a very well established forum platform that is proven in 10s of thousands of site.
2. They offer a cloud based version that is automatically updated regularly & backed up daily.
3. This cloud based platform is the lowest cost 'paid' full-featured board I've seen.
4. IT INCLUDES MOBILE APPS
for both iOS & Android!
5. For anyone managing content & front end work on the site, it's extremely easy to do.
6. For users, it's super powerful with advanced editing of styles.
7. It INCLUDES IMAGE HOSTING
that is completely DRAG & DROP
8. The number of features included are far more than I want to cut & paste here. I'm just skimming the top.
9. I'm already a user on more than a couple forums using this platform & it's as user-friendly as it gets.
10. Current users include everyone from Pearl Jam to Sony to EA Games to NASA.
Check it out here