I was told today that a couple more nice FM features have recently been disabled and/or broken. So now, in order to get even a reasonable board, you have to buy stuff from forumotion, become a "premium" member of a board, and/or purchase "premium" code.
Haven't you had enough of forumotion yet? It's time to move on!
Please, everyone, take a look at this site: http://www.justhost.com
If you use the magic code of 50OFF, you are able to get a two-year contract for hosting for US$2.48/month, and that price includes free domain name registration.
Two clients are currently using this host for their websites; one uses Joomla and the other has a phpBB3 board installed. The phpBB3 board was successfully scraped from forumotion just three weeks ago, and it has more than 1400 members and 60,000 posts. Both sites have good response times, unlimited bandwidth and disk space, full SSH access (almost unheard of at this price point!), and an SMTP server for email.
That $2.48/month price is less than it would cost to remove ads on a forumotion board. Heck, the annual cost of buying a domain name from forumotion is more than half the YEARLY price of this hosting plan!
I am not a user of JustHost because my needs require something different. However, knowing the situations of many of you, I wanted to make you aware of a great, inexpensive way to finally rid yourself of a host that doesn't care about you unless you're French.
If you have any questions about this, please ask. The phpbb.com site has instructions for how to download and install phpBB3. Instructions are already here for scraping your FM board and moving its contents elsewhere. And I am happy to answer questions about managing your own site.
I hope to hear your success stories in the near future!