this post documents the migration process of this forum from discourse hosting to private hosting, for the following purposes:
- keep a track record for my own sanity
- update the forum members of the progress, and give some background info for the curious
- receive feedback and suggestions from those members who know a thing about hosting (I know merely enough to be dangerous…)
- leave breadcrumbs for those will walk after us (e.g. anyone in the future wanting to migrate a hosted discourse forum to a private server)
Lets start with the basics: This forum uses the Discourse software, developed by the fie people at discourse.org. I have chosen this software to host our community forum primarily for its smooth user interface (be the judge, you are using it right now) and its intelligent trust-v-based permission management.
The software itself is available for free. Discourse also offers a hosting service, which is awesome, but not cheap. After running this forum hosted on discourse for many years, I have decided to reduce my costs by skilling up and hosting this forum myself.
The journey begins here: