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Hosted forums and services are a perfect way to delegate hardware and software issues to a third party company, and focus on the content and the management of your forum community.
However, the downside is that, most of the time, you are not totally free with the hosting and cannot entirely customize and improve your forum software. In the worst case, it's even impossible to export your forum data in order to retake control and reinstall them elsewhere.