First time Discourse installation not showing

Hi all,

New Discourse user/admin here.

I just went through my first installation on a Digital Ocean droplet following the installation instructions provided by on Github.

The Bootstrapping ran without stopping or giving any direct warnings (which I assume is good). However when I now go to my subdomain in a browser it shows a standard Plesk page from my hosting provider where I have my domain registered. I did add the A record in my DNS for the Subdomain.

Any advice on what might be cause this not to work are appreciated.

Thanks and kind regards,

Do you have access to your Plesk admin?

I host a Discourse forum along Plesk.

I had to do two things.

  • Configure app.yml to forwards ports:
      - "8060:80" # fwd host port 80 to container port 8060 (http)
      - "9443:443" # fwd host port 443 to container port 9443 (https)
  • Add the following proxy rule in Plesk admin (in which you need to create the subdomain to be able to add the rule):

But I don’t know how your server is configured so this may not work for you.

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If you do a standard install then it would check your DNS when you want discourse-setup. Did you run discourse-setup?

Did you install some images that includes plesk? Installing with plesk is not very easy and requires some extra steps.

I can’t tell if plesk is the problem or if dns isn’t pointing to your droplet.

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Thanks for the insights.

I had to step out for a bit and checked the link on my phone (Safari browser) with the surprise message “Congratulations, you installed Discourse”… I just tried again on Chrome on my laptop to result in getting the default Plesk screen again. I removed 24 hours of cache and now it is showing up on my laptop as well.

I guess it was either that or my DNS just didn’t refresh at the time I was trying.

Thanks again, I will probably be around with more “new user” questions.

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