Can I install discourse on my local machine

  1. I want to install discourse on my local machine so that I can experiment with features. Is there any documented instruction.

  2. What is the cheapest option for hosting it currently. Digital ocean provides a $10 per month option. Anything cheaper than this ?

I am starting few forums and can’t afford $50/60 per month for this hobby project.

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  1. You can start here Beginners Guide to Install Discourse on Ubuntu for Development
  2. You could go with a 5$/month with Digital Ocean. You should follow the install guide that’s available here discourse/INSTALL.md at master · discourse/discourse · GitHub
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You can experiment with this one.


They’re offering VPS at 3.95 USD/month.
Also you can try this. Its offering is around 5USD but with better config than DO.
https://contabo.com/

I don’t know how good their support is, but you can play around using one of these.

Do share your experience so other people can benifit.

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