As of 2015, companies that offer free forum hosting services include FreeForums.org, Forumotion.com and ProBoards Inc. ProBoards Inc. also offers business-oriented solutions, including SSL encryption and the option to import data from other platforms, but these solutions require a monthly payment. Similarly, FreeForums.org provides basic functionality for free, but it offers upgrades such as choosing a custom domain or removing ads from the forum for a fee.
FreeForums.org provides users with a customizable administration panel. The simple version provides an option to manage forum settings through a straightforward interface designed for beginners, whereas the advanced version provides access to all phpBB3 options. It offers more than 170 different preset styles, which are each tagged according to the color scheme they use. In addition to providing support every day of the week via email and its own forums, FreeForums.org also includes its Recovery Console feature, which allows forum administrators to undo unwanted changes.
ProBoards Inc. offers free cloud hosting and forum management, doesn’t impose restrictions regarding the number of members, posts and page views, and allows users to attach files to their posts. It also provides a mobile application that works on iPhones and Android devices, allows users to embed YouTube videos and lets administrators scale the forum based on the number of forum members. As of 2015, forums that ProBoards Inc. hosts for free have more than 16 million visitors every month.