I know nothing about hosting. Please explain this to me like I’m a dummy.
Discourse requires 1 GB of RAM and runs on Ruby on Rails. Apparently those are quite high requirements for a server.
Do you have to host Discourse on a VPS? If not, what other options are there?
If you host Discourse on a VPS, do you host the main site there also? Or does it go on some separate hosting, like cheap shared hosting?
I’m aiming to build an “authority site” using WordPress, which doesn’t require a lot of resources. (The niche isn’t big). But Discourse requires more, so now I need to understand more about hosting beyond the simple shared hosting plans. I have no idea how much traffic I could ideally get, but probably not a lot over 10,000 registered users (compared this to other forums). The site will be bilingual, so two installations of Discourse are required, which ups the resource usage.
I probably won’t be monetizing the site in any way, so I’ll pay everything myself and thus am a bit concerned about all the costs. I simply love this niche and plan to write about it and enjoy it for the rest of my life.