Apologies in advance for this being so fuzzy. I’m just trying to get my head around where to start because I’ve been conceptualizing a site I want to build for writers, and one part of that is forums along with other features.
I like Discourse, like, a lot—I even spun up my a Discourse site for fun—and I want to use it, but I also have other functionality I want to add: reviews, critiques, socializing, etc. Heck, maybe even some kind of paid membership someday, but that’s not a pressing concern.
I’ve been poking around the meta-Discourse a little while, but I’m undecided on the best approach here and would appreciate some thoughts.
Discourse runs in Docker, so maybe I could make my PHP site in Docker and let them talk to each other including the SSO stuff and Nginx? I’m not familiar with Nginx, but I’m a quick learner. Or just make a PHP site with the Docker discourse running beside it, er, somehow?
Or should I make my other features as a Discourse plug-in? It’s really just a handful of features, but those features are really the main part of the site I’m considering, you know?
Is there any ideal or recommended setup for this situation? Any thoughts, suggestions, tips, links … encouragement … would all be great at this point. I’m just trying to get an idea of which technologies I should start cozying up to, I guess.
By the way, Discourse saved me a ton of time. Having managed a forum in the past, I had this growing list of ideas of how to create something that was, well, just like this. So I already feel like I hit the jackpot finding Discourse.
Thanks in advance for any help I can get!
— Zero Sum Kim