thank you for this suggestion. Though it sounds cheap. I will need to look into how to do this if it is through nabble or the like.. I used bluehost for a while.. they were around 80$ or so for the year. So, yea 3$ but likely an recurring fee.. I will look into it.. the more serious things become the more likely it is to have a domain name i think.
You're still not hosting the forum. Nabble is but the domain can be yours, pretty much like Blogspot, where you can have your own domain instead of using blogspot, but google is still hosting the blog.