Just looking for some advice…I’d like to setup a discourse forum for another community project I’m in. What do I need to look for with hosting. Is it ‘cloud hosting’? How can I spot if a host can support a discourse instance?
Think i’ve answered my own question it needs to be ’ Docker-compatible cloud provider’
I’ve used Digital Ocean in the past, and Hetzner for this one. Check https://meta.discourse.org/ for lots of advice. Notably, in the case of Digital Ocean they recommend using the bare Ubuntu host and following the docker-style installation guide, not using the provider’s packaged Discourse offering.
Digital Ocean is probably a simpler service to get up and running with, but others (e.g. AWS) support containers too.
I mention AWS as it’s potentially really cheap.
(I can never work out how free their free their is in the real world, but for a low powered host, you get 750hrs free per month, so potentially free if it performs well enough)
I’ve a feeling AWS takes a bit of a learning curve - there’s an implicit warning in the way that it’s hard to tell what can be got for free!
Here are some notes I took earlier this year:
There are various cheapo options listed and linked here:
mentioned: hetzner, ovh, scaleway
mentioned: linode, vultr