I found Communiteq managed hosting offering, tried to contact them via their contact form but kept getting error “There was an error trying to send your message. Please try again later.”
Doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence if their contact-form is not even functional. Can anyone recommend relatively inexpensive managed discourse hosting?
My needs are as such:
I want to use Ghost for my blog and power the comments with a managed discourse hosting.
For my Ghost blog, will each post automatically also become a “thread” (or “topic”) on hosted discourse?
I want my users to be able to post comments below the blog post. But also be able to directly go to forums (forums.mydomain.com) and participate in the thread there.
I want my users to be able to upload images. Since images take-up a lot of space, I am wondering if images are uploaded to Discourse server or some other image-hosting server that I’ve to separately pay for? I have heard of people using S3 but I don’t know if thats for archives or live-forums. My forum audience/demographic is as such that I expect every single post to contain images, usually, memes, movie-screenshots. Screenshots are likely going to be several MBs each.
I don’t expect a big community, maybe 50-100 users active in a month and only a few active concurrently. But if one of my blog post goes viral (Reddit or something) and a lot of people to come my blog-post (hosted separately from discourse), the Discourse-commenting embedded below the post, will still hit Discourse servers and tax the system? Say, 10,000 users come in from Reddit. Even if they are not actively commenting and just reading the blog, the comments below would have to load everytime.So, what kind concurrent load / server do I need to be able to handle such large traffic spike? I hope I write many blog posts that go viral!
Let’s say I want to have 2 types of users. Free & Paid. Free can not upload images, but they can embed links from imgur etc. Paid are allowed to upload images directly on the forums. Is this possible to do?