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Discourse Server Maintenance

Have a professional manage your Discourse server. All maintenance contracts include monitoring, backups, and handling any tasks that require access to the command line. I can maintain your Discourse instance on your own server or provide a Digital Ocean droplet exclusively for you.

All plans include mail delivery sent from your own domain name. Lite and Standard plans require you to have your own mail delivery service; Business and Custom plans optionally include mail delivery. Mailgun is recommended; other services may incur additional startup costs.

The Discourse tests-passed version is recommended, but for Standard and higher plans you can also choose the Beta or Stable channels.

To arrange for hosting, send an email to

  Lite Standard Business Custom
Monthly Price $50 $100 $300 $500
Startup Cost $99 included included included
Included Droplet 1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB
Upgrades Some
2 container
CDN $25/month $25/month $50/month Included
Your Mailgun

Your own
Mailgun account will be used to deliver mail.
LC Mailgun
Custom Mail
Incoming Mail
Plugins Standard Standard Any
Modifications $50 3/month included
Priority Support $150/hour $150/hour $125/hour $100/hour

Modifications include changing plugins, and configuration changes from the Rails console (e.g., mass changing of user status, backup/restore of categories, etc). Charge is per incident; for example adding 3 plugins and removing 2 is a single incident.

Literate Computing maintenance includes making sure that your site is up and running properly. It does not include support for managing your community.

Priority Support includes support and training to help you with configuring Discourse to meet your needs. There are hundreds of settings, and a multitude of ways to customize Discourse. You can get many answers at, but if you would rather get immediate help from an expert, I am here to help.

With “Lite” maintenance, you take care of upgrades from the Admin panel. If you get a message that an upgrade from the command line is not possible (typically because an upgrade to Docker or the Discourse image is required), let me know and I will take care of it.

A Two-container configuration uses separate Docker containers for the web server and the database. This allows rebuilding (e.g., to add plugins or do an upgrade) without taking your site offline.

To arrange for hosting, send an email to