I’m a member of several private Facebook groups (restricted to paid members of some organizations) that operate the same way: you sign up somewhere else, and in your welcome email they provide a link to the group, after which a moderator would let you in after confirming your membership.
These seem tailor made to move to Discourse - in fact for one of them, the founder has stated in interview that they picked FB simply for convenience but are not wedded to it.
Does anyone have experience or suggestions about how to convince such groups to move over to Discourse - and also potential pitfalls?
I would likely have to suggest hosted offerings - the communities in question are not really technical, and alas after my existing obligations I don’t really have time to commit to running a self-hosted Discourse for them either (and it would be a single point of failure, and hiring a full-time sysadmin would be overkill for them). Money shouldn’t be a major factor though given that they have subscription fees from members. Discourse’s official hosting seems slightly pricey but Discourse Hosting Plans and Pricing - Communiteq has a slightly lower price point; I’m also curious what other hosting providers people are using.
Thanks in advance!