Good Wordpress hosting + Forum for non-Profit?

#1

I need to move 3 different domains out from under my own personal web hosting. We need the 3 to have a separate domain to a managed Wordpress site and under one of those domains I need to implement a discourse forum.

The non-profit doesn’t have a big budget, I’ve been providing the hosting of the Wordpress stuff and domains for free but need to move it out so that the Association can take over.

I usually use GoDaddy but they are more expensive and their managed Discourse SW is not up to par. I can get multiple wordpress installations there but we have to implement a forum too and Discourse seems to be the one most folks would prefer.

A quick google search gives me many options for managed wordpress and Discourse can handle forum but not in one place.

Any Suggestions?

#2

Do they need to be with the same host? MPU is hosted on Digital Ocean and Automators is hosted on Linode, both have good and affordable plans. I know NameCheap offers managed WP hosting and it seems affordable.

#3

I use DigitalOcean for a personal Discourse site I use for notes. I set it up myself which was easy, but DO has since created a One-Click app for deploying Discourse. I use the $5 droplet for mine, but I think with a lot of users you would want the $10 a month droplet.

DO also has a WordPress One-Click install, which I use for a few sites, all of which are on individual $5 droplets.

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#4

I thought they had to be on the same place if I want domains like
blackwelsh.org, chocolatewelshmountainsheep.org and whitewelshmountainsheep.org for the web sites with forum.blackwelsh.org for the forum

:confused:

#5

That’s not necessary! You just need to be able to point the subdomain at the other host :slight_smile:

This is done in the DNS settings wherever the domain is managed through (such as hover.com).

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#6

Would love to hear your workflow on the personal Discouse site for notes.

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#7

2 years ago, I moved a majority of my domains out of GoDaddy and into Google Domains. I will usually purchase bulk domains or use a coupon for GoDaddy and then at renewal time switch them to Google.

For hosting, I found it easiest to use a Cloudways server. Easy to use, setup, deploy.

Echoing @RosemaryOrchard, no need to be in same place, just adjust the DNS.

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#8

I use Discourse mainly because of cross platform (online), extensibility, attachments, inline previews, and sharing. One of my favorite things, is to find a video and pop the URL into a draft in Drafts then run a script action that sends the title and URL to my Discourse site with tags set. Later when I am clearing out my Inbox (a category like Tech Support here) I can watch the video without leaving.

Categories I use like folders, tags are tags. I can either edit the same note (post) over and over again, or sometimes I will reply to the original post with a second version or more information that I want to keep separate. The use of attachments allows me to keep a broad variety of files in Discourse for my own personal notes, such as screenshots or PDF manuals.

The last thing I’ll mention is my favorite. If I need to share a group of notes with some one for a period of time, I can add the notes to a category then in the Settings of Discourse send the person an invitation link and limit their logon to only access that category. When we are done, I disable their account and their access it removed.

It’s ridiculously powerful and I got the idea from @joebuhlig over on Productivity Guild. Definitely worth taking a look at if you are looking for a note system.

Be aware it is online, so if you are in areas where online service isn’t great or at work if they block a lot of sites, you might be better off with an offline solution.

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