First of all I should express my gratitude for such a lovely platform. I enjoyed using Discourse every moment and I wish moving to another platform is not the only option.
We have a small brewing community in Turkey, at craftbeertr.com and we have been using discourse happily for the last 3-4 years. Although we have ~500 users, the number of active users is much smaller, but lots of people follow and learn from the forum without starting a membership.
We try to stay independent and therefore have to share the expenses among a very small group of people and as our money had lost a great deal of its value to foreign currencies, it become a little expensive for us to maintain our expenses. Hence, I thought moving to another platform might be a solution with keeping the identities. As a newbie forum admin I do not have the slightest idea whether this would be possible or not. I Googled but couldn’t find something useful.
Maybe this is not the right place to ask this but I couldn’t come up with a better idea.
Any recommendations to solve this dilemma? We are using Ocean servers… Any cheaper options possible? Will it be possible to decrease the cost if we try to keep using Discourse? Which platform will you suggest?
Apologies in advance if this is not the topic you want to be in this forum. Thank you very much for your help.
Believe or not, I thought when we use Discourse we have to host at Ocean. We are using Ocean’s cheapest option, as far as I know, and it’s something like $14. I am aware that this is not a big amount for you guys but it’s not cheap for us people living in Turkey.
I’ll dig into your comments at the first inconvenience and start investigating the options you stated.
@ufukayyildiz, thank you very much for your nice words mate. Have you registered?
we have one discourse running at “home” on server/raspi with a very fast internet and one running at strato - where it is 1 euro per month - when we had 100 users at the very same time on our site then it was noticeably slower - but in all other cases the 1 euro solution worked perfectly. and for email you might use gmail (see this forum) or maybe your current plan where you get your domain from provides smtp already for you.
Another friend was the admin back then and he had installed the forum. As far as I know he didn’t follow the installation guide @supermathie.
It seems what I have in mind was just an impression and as I will install the new version, I will follow the guide you mentioned. I will inform you if I come across with any ambiguities but ı am sure I won’t see anything. Thank you very much for your guidance.