Install Discourse in Under 30 Minutes

Jeff Atwood April 17, 2014

As we edge closer and closer to Discourse 1.0 – which should happen in the next two months – we continue to improve our install story.

A few key things came together recently:

  • Today’s release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server
  • Our Docker container one-click upgrade process is fully tested
  • Official 1GB RAM minimum support

Which means you can now install Discourse on a cloud server in under 30 minutes with absolutely zero knowledge of Ruby, Rails, or Linux Shell.

Why, it’s almost … easy?

If you were waiting to install or play with Discourse until things were “final”, now is as good a time as any. We will of course continue to polish until 1.0, but all the essential elements are in place.

Give our 30 minute cloud install a try. We even have a promo code to get you started – enter DEPLOY2DO at Digital Ocean for $10 credit to cover your first month.*

Tell us what you think!

* valid until 4/30

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Discourse Installs for Non-Profit and Education

Jeff Atwood February 19, 2014

Discourse is an open source project so it can reach the entire breadth of the web, including non-profits or schools that may have modest budgets.

If you’re part of a non-profit or educational organization that needs a great next-generation discussion platform, we can help:

For a flat one time setup fee of $200, and $10/month, we can set up a fully configured Discourse instance in the cloud for you. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any support, but we do include one future update to the latest version.


  • Initial setup is a one time fee of $200, payable to us.
  • Monthly payment is $10, payable to Digital Ocean.
  • You will be hosted on Digital Ocean’s cloud infrastructure. Yes, you can also run other software on your shiny new Digital Ocean server.
  • Your discussion community will be completely configured with email, social sign on, and ready to use out of the box. We will also set up any options you need such as private forums, signup approval, logos, etcetera.
  • We include one free update to the latest version, whenever you are ready. We’re happy to take a look at your community and answer any questions you have at that time, too.
  • Future updates must be initiated manually via our one-click updater, which we will teach you to use as a part of the update.

Beyond the one update, we regret that we unfortunately cannot provide any support for your install to keep costs low. That said, we want your discussion community to be amazing and we won’t leave you hanging. If something urgent comes up, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll figure something out that works for both of us.

Here’s how:

  1. Decide what domain name you want for your discussion community, in the form of:,,,, etc. You must have control over the DNS for this domain.
  2. You are a charity or other non-profit public service organization, right? Of course you are. Pay $200 via our E-Z payment form.
  3. Upon receipt of payment, we’ll begin setup. Once complete, we’ll contact you via email with the simple DNS changes necessary to make your shiny new Discourse discussion community go live!
  4. Once everything is running smoothly and you’re logged in as administrator, we’ll hand off the credentials you’ll need to keep things going.

If you have any questions, contact us at any time.

The process usually takes 1 business day in most cases. Welcome to the family. :)

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One Year of Discourse

Jeff Atwood February 14, 2014

To celebrate our first birthday (a little late, I know) I’m pleased to announce we are now accepting signups for Discourse communities.

So happy birthday!

We’ve made tremendous headway towards version 1.0, and most of that is thanks to our first three beta partners:

Without these three key partners helping us work through all the kinks and bumps and rough edges, Discourse would be a shadow of the open source project it is today. It’s because these folks were willing to take a chance on a very beta project, and launch it in production with real communities, that we can all enjoy the current “hey, this is … not too bad” state of Discourse.

The project has come a long way. We’ve had a lot of Discourse installs:

And Discourse even made it into the top GitHub projects for the year 2013:

We’re now on year two of a ten year plan to improve discussion on the internet, and we’re just getting to the good stuff. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

We love working on this project. We’d love you to be a part of it too, either by signing up for a community, checking out the source code, participating in discussions, or simply spreading the word and pointing people to

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