NodeChef Discourse hosting is a managed service you can take advantage of to build a community. There is no technical expertise required to take advantage of this service.
Simply provide your Admin credentials and your SMTP settings and we will take care of the rest.
The NodeChef platform ensures your forum is always up and running smootly without any intervention on your part. We take care of forum installation and setup, backups,
plugins installations, load balancing and many more so you do not have to. For a starting price of only $20 dollars you can have your forum up and running in less than 3 minutes.
Step by step guide on How to install a Discourse forum on NodeChef
Create a NodeChef account and sign in
If you are new to NodeChef and do not have an account, you can start by creating your account here. Verify your email by checking
your inbox for the activation email. Click on the activation link and then Log in to the dashboard.
On the dashboard, click on Account → Billing details to enter your credit card details. A credit card is required to use this service. Note, your account
will be billed immediately once your forum is created.
Create the forum
On the dashboard, click on Deployments → Addons → Discourse Forum → New Forum
Complete the form by entering a name for the forum, your admin email and also password. Click on the Launch Discourse forum button to begin
the installation. Once you click on the button, the installation progress will be displayed as seen below. The installation should take
2 minutes and 30 seconds to complete.
Once the installation is completed, You should see the below screen. Click on the name of your forum to start using it.
[Optional] Config your SMTP settings
By default, NodeChef delivers notification messages to your users from [email@example.com]. Most business organizations prefer to use their
own email and NodeChef supports configuring a custom SMTP configuration.
After your forum is ready, Click on the SMTP settings button, complete the form and click on save changes.
Add your domain and SSL
Note, the links to the guide provided below will ask you to click on the Task Manager, you do not have to do this step
as from the Addons section, you can click on Custom Domains and SSL Settings. The Task manager is for App hosting customers but not Discourse forums.
To setup your domain, click on Custom Domains under My Forums and
follow this guide to setup your domain.
To setup free SSL for your domain, click on SSL Settings under My Forums and
follow this guide to setup SSL.
If you want to upload your own custom certificate instead, click on SSL Settings under My Forums
and follow this guide to upload your SSL certificate.