Free Hosting for Open Source v2Erlend Sogge Heggen November 13, 2018
Nearly two years ago we started very carefully experimenting with free hosting of open source projects. Today we’re announcing the next iteration of our free hosting program, casting a much wider net this time.
Free Discourse Hosting For Your Open Source Project
Do you run a popular open source project? Then you might be eligible for a free, hosted Discourse + SSL. Our tight integration with GitHub automates contributor badges and linking between Discourse topics and GitHub issues.
- 15+ contributors
- Your project has a clear need for discussions (see FAQ below)
- Please understand that approval is ultimately at our discretion as we work out the details of this program.
- You will get a sub-domain of your choosing on the *.discourse.group domain, e.g. myproject.discourse.group.
- You will get free SSL, courtesy of Let’s Encrypt.
- There is a bandwidth limit of 50k monthly page views, equivalent to half of our Standard hosting plan.
- If you exceed our bandwidth limit (for several consecutive months) you have two options:
- We’ll help you move to self-hosting, either on your own server or any Docker compatible cloud (a $20/month Digital Ocean droplet should suffice).
- Upgrade to our Standard hosting plan at 50% off.
- Absolutely zero lock-in! You are free to download a complete Discourse export and migrate away from our free hosting at any time.
Since we’re still doing some of this manually it might take us a few days to get back to you.
Can’t see the form? Use this link instead.
What do you mean by “clear need for discussions”?
Discourse is, first and foremost, a tool to host discussion at scale. Not all open source projects need large scale discussions to prosper. Know your project, and consider whether or not it’s the type of project that would benefit from Discourse’s discussion model. Some signs to look for:
- Your issue tracker is being crowded with feature requests and “bikeshed discussions”.
- Users of your project seek out development advice from other users.
- Your project gives way to new projects built on top of it that can be shared and talked about.
Building communities is difficult; nobody wants to launch a ghost town, and it takes more than great software to make a community. Be sure to read Building a Discourse Community for tips and ideas.
We already have a mailing list/forum. Will you help us migrate?
Unfortunately we can’t dedicate time for assisted migrations right now. However, we do have a wide range of open source import scripts for Discourse. So, if you export your forum data, import it into a staged up-to-date Discourse site, and export a backup from Discourse, then there is a very good chance we can help you out. We hope to hear from you!