I moved your thread since this is not really related to alan.
The thing I didn't know about Forumotion is that you can't get the forum database from them, so if I start a new forum on a paid hosting site, the forum would have to start all over.
I thought about doing this, but then I thought it wasn't worth it since it's a lot of money that I can't provide and not many members are active.
And the thing about buying a domain name through Forumotion is that you still don't have total control over everything. If you break their forum guidelines, they can delete your forum without warning. That to me, is not worth spending money just for a domain name~