How to Install Discourse Forum with LightNode VPS?

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How to Install Discourse Forum with LightNode VPS?

Introduction

Discourse is a modern, open-source forum and discussion platform designed for the next decade of the Internet. It functions as a mailing list, discussion forum, and chat room all in one, promoting civilized discourse and community building. Its real-time updates and expansive feature set encourage engaging and dynamic discussions. Built with responsiveness and extensibility in mind, it integrates seamlessly with mobile devices and can be customized or expanded with plugins to fit various community needs. Discourse aims to foster meaningful communication in a user-friendly environment.

Steps

Here's a detailed guide with the necessary commands to install Discourse on LightNode Ubuntu VPS:

  1. Install Dependencies:

    Run

    bash <(wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/discourse/install-rails/main/linux)
    

    to install

    • Git,
    • rbenv
    • ruby-build
    • Ruby
    • Rails
    • PostgreSQL
    • SQLite
    • Redis
    • Bundler
    • MailHog
    • ImageMagick
  2. Clone Discourse:

    Use

    git clone https://github.com/discourse/discourse.git ~/discourse
    

    to clone the repository into your home folder.

  3. Setup Database:

    Create a role with your system username using

    cd /tmp && sudo -u postgres createuser -s "$USER"
    
  4. Bootstrap Discourse:

    Navigate to the Discourse folder with

    cd ~/discourse
    

    Then install gems and JS dependencies using

    bundle install
    

    And

    yarn install
    

    After that, create and migrate the database using

    bin/rails db:create
    
    bin/rails db:migrate
    

    And

    RAILS_ENV=test bin/rails db:create db:migrate
    
  5. Start Servers:

    Use

    bin/ember-cli -u
    

    To start the rails and ember servers.

  6. Create New Admin:

    Create an admin account with

    bin/rails admin:create
    

    And follow the prompts.

  7. Configure Mail:

    Run

    mailhog
    

For more details, refer to the Discourse Meta guide.

FAQ

What is Discourse forum VPS?

  • Discourse VPS is a virtual private server optimized for running the Discourse forum software, offering dedicated resources and enhanced performance for a robust community platform.

Can I change IP address in LightNode?

  • Yes, LightNode provides two chances to change your IP address for free.

What configuration do I need to open to install Discourse?

  • According to Discourse's official documentation, you need a VPS with at least 2v cores, 4GB RAM, that way you get the best experience.