Forum Framework Recommendation: Discourse

Discourse is an open source forum framework. I found it is used in the forum I visited. I did an installation on the $5 Digital Ocean Droplet. Then I realize a lot of forums are using it by recognizing its optional styles.

The official website is here. At first glance, the website does not mention self-hosting options. But in the “about” page, you will find the Github repository.

Note on Digital Ocean Droplet

The installation is extremely easy. From what I have searched, for $5 droplet, Digital Ocean does not support installing it via the platform. You have to manually install it, but do not worry, it is simple.

The installation instruction can be found here. I spent most of the time setting up the Email server.