Docker for development vs the rails server + ember

To get the best support from the community, use the standard install for Production. That sets up the docker container and a DB automatically so you don’t have to worry about that separately.

Yes, this can be deployed on AWS.

I suggest using this approach for the time being until you get really familiar with Discourse and can answer your own questions :wink:

Initially you can set your site to login required (in site settings) to keep it private - there is no “under construction” mode specifically.