BulletinBoard.com, offers low priced, ad free message boards that support an unlimited number of users and messages. The forum software included with membership includes a good collection of posting features as well as administration tools. BulletinBoard.com relies on IP banning and password protection to prevent spam posting.
BulletinBoard.com forums are priced at $9.95 per month and are ad free. The boards are hosted on their servers that they claim are up 98.5% of the time. With your forum you get a unique URL so you can easily create a direct link from another site. They do not have user, message or bandwidth restrictions. But storage space is limited to 20MB although you can add more for $1/month per MB.
In terms of board customization, you can adjust board background, board color, text color, link colors, board logo, button selections, display formats and more. You can have threaded, non–threaded or semi threaded presentation for your board.
Posters can use a simple WYSIWYG editor or HTML editor. Members can upload files, insert images, use smilies, vote on messages and receive email notifications. To help with quality control there is a spell checker and a preview.
BulletinBoard.com tools for board managers or administrators are plentiful. This forum service offers many more tools than most services. Managers can set membership requirements, edit posts, group members, assign moderators, impose filters, create sticky messages and forum introductions. To monitor traffic this service offers a guestbook that tracks visitors. You can also create RSS feeds and use meta tags.
This service offers a decent collection of security features but not everything we were looking for. BulletinBoard.com enables administrators to ban IPs and forums can be set to password accessible only. This forum program can also watch for excessive invalid login attempts, this information can be used to block potential hackers or spammers. We did not notice spam posts in their sample posts like we have seen on other sites.
You can contact BulletinBoard.com by telephone or email. They also post FAQs and a user and manager guides.
BulletinBoard.com offers flexible, functional forum tools at a reasonable price. We also liked the fact that it had message archiving and forum backup abilities that did not cost extra. Overall, we think BulletinBoard.com has just about everything you need to host a useful, dependable and spam free forum.