How to take a forum offline temporarily


I searched in the settings but I cannot find a way to temporarily disable a forum (such as to disable it for upgrades/changes/etc.). Where would I find such an option?

I want to disable logins that are not administrators and have it show as offline should anyone attempt to sign in.



In the backup area, press the “enable read only mode” button.


In that section I only see:

Enable read only mode while taking a backup

There doesn’t seem to be a more ‘permanent’ version. Also if read only would be the only way, can I disable logins as well?

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Got it thank you! Was looking in the Backup Settings instead.

Also, in the event I wish to disable log ins or take the forum completely offline is this possible?


If you don’t want anyone to access it change your a record and add it to your hosts.

You can disable logins via your site settings, or re-rerun the setup wizard which will also allow you to make your site login required.

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If you want to disable it totally.

Eg with a msg like “The forum is temporary down due to maintenance”

As I need to move from server 1 (vultr) to server 2 (digitalocean)
and in that case also from url.tld to forum.url.tld

how do I do that?

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I usually just put the old site in read only mode while making the transition to the new site.


This isn’t working, perhaps due to caching? I’m using AWS and DigitalOcean. Users who are logged in can still browse the old Discourse instance. Can I force a logout of everyone?

Why not stop the container

If I ssh into the droplet, cd into /var/discourse/, and run ./launcher stop app, it outputs:

+ /usr/bin/docker stop -t 10 app

But I’m still able to navigate and interact with the old Discourse instance in my other open web browser.

Are you sure you connected to the correct server?

What’s the result of docker ps?

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