Is it possible for MayFirsrt to host Discourse discussion sites?


Just like this we are using, is it possible for MayFirst to host other sites for different purposes? Or is it somehow possible to “Split” or “Share” this Discourse instance so there will be mote venues for different topics?

I think there is a dire need for a worker coop / solidarity economy discussion site for Japan in Japanese language. (If Discourse has a built-in translation feature, that would be great, too)

I don’t know whether they need their own channels or can be combined, but I would like to know if we can use MayFirsrt to host it.

I noticed that many Discourse hosting sites are very expensive (say $100/mo) and I wonder if we can reduce the cost by sharing the same server, etc.


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Yes - It is possible to share this discourse instance. We can create a category for you to use, and you can make it private or public. However, only people with a May First username/password can login and post to it. So, if you are looking for a place for a small, pre-defined team to discuss something, it will work well. But if you are looking for a public space to have a discussion with non-members, it probably is not the right choice.

Discourse is difficult to host - it’s a very complex system with many software dependencies. so I am not suprised that corporate providers charge a lot of money. There’s an alternative called Flarum that seems to offer many of the benefits but in a far simpler to manage package that could probably be installed on a shared May First server.

If you are interested, we could direct you on how to set that up in a regular hosting order. If you’d like help with that - posting a ticket at is the way to go (we are trying to keep this spot as a place for discussion, but it’s hard to properly manage support requests so our support tracker is the place to post such a request).