I love this forum software, and I assume that the OGS developers created it themselves. Is it standalone and available for me to use as a support forum on my own server for a charity?
This forum is powered by Discourse which is 100% open source.
Thanks so much, fleet-fingers!
it’s $100/mo?! I don’t think we are paying that to use it.
The software is free, the hosting might not be. You are free to host it on your own server though.
Note: Jeff Atwood (the first response to the question) is one of the founders of Discourse.
Oh, wait, I see… it is free if you install it on your own server, since it is Open Software. It only costs if you use their server. https://payments.discourse.org/pricing
I’ve been reading about Discourse. It uses four or five technologies not normally installed on a Linux server and it requires root access (they say it will never work with shared hosting). Installing it looks like it would take a day of flat-out work, and I’d probably need help whenever errors happen. It can be installed by them for about $100 once only (for a nonprofit), but I’m not comfortable with all the exotic technology–what if I have to migrate to another host server? I guess I’ll go with phpBB for my tiny forum. At least it probably fits in one directory and just works. Thanks, all.
Indeed @david265, if you are not well-versed in computers, server administration, etc. you are best served by something simple such as phpBB. Good luck!
Musash1, Thank you so much. I had looked into this once before, and had problems because their installation instructions required problem-solving and forward references. But I gave it another shot, and after one false start and one problem connecting to a MySQL database (which required the nonobvious edits listed below), I was successful in setting up MyBB on my own server. It works perfectly and looks almost as good as Discourse.
WHM > ConfigServer Security & Firewall > Firewall Configuration > IPv4 Port Settings >
TCP_IN and TCP_OUT > add 3306 to list
Comment out skip-networking in the MySQL config file /etc/my.cnf