I was wondering if I could use the Discourse forums software on my own host as the hosting is not in my budget.
Yes, follow this guide to set it up: discourse/INSTALL-cloud.md at master · discourse/discourse · GitHub
I have no access to the machine, I use https://elixirnode.com to host my website
If you are using their VPS option, the one that costs $2 a month here it should work.
ok, i will try that. Thank you for your support!
Let us know if it works in the end. Discourse for $2 a month would be a record I think (excluding some LowEndBox promos).