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Building and Hosting a Forum with Discourse


Implementing Discourse on ServerStadium’s infrastructure (VM Pricing, Dedicated Servers) offers a scalable and secure platform for hosting community forums, discussion boards, or Q&A sites.


  • A ServerStadium VM or dedicated server (VM Pricing, Dedicated Servers)
  • A domain name for your forum.
  • Basic knowledge of Docker and Linux server administration.

Step 1: Set Up Your ServerStadium Server

  1. Choose a Server: Select a ServerStadium server with at least 2GB of RAM and 2 CPUs for optimal Discourse performance.
  2. Server Preparation:

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt upgrade

Step 2: Install Docker

  1. Install Docker:

    Discourse runs in a Docker container, so Docker needs to be installed:

    sudo apt install sudo systemctl start docker sudo systemctl enable docker

Step 3: Install Discourse

  1. Clone Discourse Repository:

    Clone the official Discourse Docker image:

    sudo -s git clone /var/discourse cd /var/discourse

  2. Configure Discourse:

    Run the Discourse setup script and follow the prompts to configure your Discourse installation:


    Input your domain, email settings, and other configuration details as prompted.

Step 4: Access Discourse Forum

  1. Access Your Forum:

    Once the setup is complete, open your web browser and navigate to your domain to access your new Discourse forum.

Step 5: Customize and Manage Your Forum

  1. Admin Panel:

    Use the Discourse admin panel to customize your forum, including themes, categories, user settings, and plugins.

  2. Engage Community:

    Start creating topics, engaging with members, and moderating content to grow your community.


Your Discourse forum on ServerStadium is now set up and ready for engagement. This platform is ideal for fostering a vibrant and interactive community. For further customization or troubleshooting, visit the Discourse Meta forum or explore our knowledge base. Our support team is also available for assistance.

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