Discourse by Discourse
Price: Free - Custom

Discourse is an open-source discussion software which is a simple, flat forum, where replies flow down the page in a line. It can add a social element to discussion and information sharing among the user's visitors. As it's an open source project, the users are welcome to make any coding changes that best fit their own individual needs.

Hang out and have searchable public conversations with your most avid customers, superfans, and fellow team members – every day. Let everyone discover what you do, how you do it, and follow along if they like. Private conversation areas and whispers are supported too, along with email notifications and email replies. It has you covered.

Crowdsource a self-service knowledge hub of common questions, interesting ideas, and great conversations. Integrate seamlessly with the rest of your online presence — quickly change the look with HTML and CSS theming, allow users to easily log in with Social, Single Sign On, or oAuth 2.0.

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Who are the target customers of NodeBB and why should they use it?

While we believe many kinds of companies can benefit from creating a forum, here are a few example industries where this kind of deep customer engagement is particularly helpful:Gaming - for player info sharing, hints, support

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What is NodeBB and how can it help your business?

NodeBB is forum software for the modern Internet. NodeBB is built using the Node.js server-side Javascript platform, and delivers unmatched performance. It has been designed from the ground up to be clean and user-friendly, with

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What are some best hosted forum solutions?

Forums (bulletin boards) are not “chat rooms” where people exchange typed messages in real-time, but a discussion board on any particular topic of interest where people can follow the discussion and type in their own feedback

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What is the difference between the Discourse Hosted Solutions and the One Time Install?

Both, the hosted plans and the one time install provide the same set of features. The key difference between the two is that there is no support provided by Discourse for the one time install while the hosted plans come with support.

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  • $100/month
  • $300/month
  • On Request
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Free Trial

General Features

Page Views

  • 100k/month
  • 500k/month
  • 3M+/month
  • Unlimited

Automatic Backups



Hosted Solution

Active Users


  • 10GB
  • 50GB
  • 200+GB
  • Limited by the hosting provider selected

Staff Users

  • 5
  • 15
  • 15
  • Unlimited

Unlimited Members

Forum Migration

SSL Support


Open Source

User Account Features

Single Sign On

Social Login


Control User Access

Follow Users

Follow Posts


Anonymous Posting

File Attachments


Multiple Languages

Embed Links

Embed Videos


Wiki Posts


Post Approval

Flag Posts


Block Users

SPAM Filters

Email Notifications

Mobile App

  • iOS
  • iOS
  • iOS
  • iOS



Private Messaging

Chat Room


SEO Optimisation


Look & Feel

Responsive Design

Customize Look

CSS and HTML Control

Custom Branding



Email Support

Phone Support

Live Chat Support

Knowledge Base and FAQ


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