What would you like done?
I need an expert to help me best configure Discourse for my private members-only website.
The website itself is WordPress running MemberPress for membership management. The (brand new and empty) Discourse site is hosted on Discourse.com, on the Standard plan.
I wish to configure SSO via the Discourse WordPress plugin so that members of the site can seamlessly participate in the Discourse forums. Additionally, I want to configure Discourse so that its content remains private to the community. Only paying members of the WordPress site should have access to the forums, in other words.
For now, I really just want to use the WordPress plugin for SSO purposes onto the forums. I’m not inclined to do a lot of the deeper integrations the plugin makes possible for bringing content across the WordPress/Discourse border, etc. At least for now, I think it’s cleaner and easier to understand for the users if the forums are just the forums and not woven into the entire website.
No search engine access, obviously. No AdSense, no DFP, no Amazon either.
I do want e-mail delivery of forum activity to the users, as well as the ability for users to post replies via email and to originate new topics via email too. I already use SendGrid for site transactional email delivery, if that matters or helps. From what I’ve read, I would probably set up plain old POP3/IMAP mailboxes for the incoming email.
I do want 100% SSL on the forums, just to be consistent with the WordPress site.
I may want to configure the Customize / Embedding feature, but need your help understanding what that means for the end user.
Because of the access being limited to legitimate paying users, I feel like a lot of the new user and spam protection level stuff will need to be tweaked quite a bit for the best user experience.
So the bottom line is I would like someone expert with Discourse and how it can integrate with WordPress. Someone who will work through all the configuration settings and make decisions that will result in the best experience for my non-technical audience of about 120 users that will shortly be 500 and probably 1000 by this time next year.
I want you to think about my scenario, have an opinion, and be able to execute on that opinion, basically. Then I want you to walk me through your decision points, briefly explaining why you chose what you did. I am a long-time software developer, but brand new to Discourse, so this will be my education.
When do you need it done?
This month (September 2016). Sooner is better, but I am not in a panic or anything like that.
What is your budget, in $ USD that you can offer for this task?