I’m looking at the options for managing a Discourse platform, and I want to know what maintaining a self-supported Discourse community takes in terms of expertise and time:
Unfortunately, none of these plans fit my budget?
Good news! Discourse is, and will always be, 100% free and open source software. For a flat one-time fee of $99, the community can install Discourse in the cloud for you. Please note that a $10/month hosting fee is still payable to the cloud provider (Digital Ocean), and that this option is completely self-support after the initial install. Click here to purchase a self-supported community install.
I’m trying to navigate some competing interests - limiting monthly costs in terms (do we get them to host it?) and maintaining good service (we have limited IT support availability, and I have little expertise). Is this the more involved part of the process? How difficult is it to develop these skills?