I can't advise on particular systems but I'd think that if you are planning on moving to another system at a later date, it would be a good idea to check that your planned later board has a method of importing the data from your original system. Transferring the posts (if you wanted to do that) could be quite a painful process without that.
Thinking about starting a forum. Not Christian related. Any recommendations for starting? I hear vbulletin is the best, but with just starting out can I get away with something like SMF until the forum starts to grow?
Which host would you recommend?
I use siteground.
GoDaddy has lots of complaints.
Your host should have a webscript where you can pick what software you want installed and it will do all the work for you.
I have bluehost. Maybe I can switch the domain i purchased over to blue host. I'm looking through the cpanel of blue host, but don't see anything dedicated to forums.
I created a thread on my forum, but I can only see it if i'm logged in. Anyone familiar with phpbb?
Yeah, I used phpbb for a little while before I moved to MyBB. Phpbb has quite a complicated permission system as I recall. From what I recall its some complex two-tier permission system but from what I recall you need to give the "guest" role permission to view the sub-forum or category.