Good to see you droping by for our newest community update. Sorry for the longer-than-usual delay. In case you missed our last community update, including an interview with our very own @askvortsov, you can follow up by reading the October edition. Enjoy the Edition 1/22 community update!
🖥️ Hosting options for Flarum
Being a PHP-based software makes Flarum available to a large number of hosting options. While composer is a limiting factor, there are many different options available, with some of those being explained in this community update. This is meant to be a good starting point to explore your options to run Flarum - but it has no claim to be a complete list of available services/options.
🛫 Free hosted options
If you are interested in trying out Flarum or want to get a little project going quickly without worrying too much about hosting, then this community-driven initiative will be an excellent starting point. FreeFlarum is - as its name suggests - a free service. It offers a private Flarum installation, including many of the trendy extensions already installed. You can learn more about or ask questions in their community thread.
🧪 Samples: eire.flarum.cloud | equinemarkt.nl
⌨️ Hosting on your own
Hosting on your own
Hosting Flarum on your hosting plan is, of course one of the most popular hosting options available. The requirements for such a hosting plan are listed in the documentation. Most importantly you will need
SSH access and
composer v2running to make the most out of Flarum. Also, you will have to consider the size and activity of your community to find a fitting offer with enough resources.
We have also asked our community what shared hosting provides they are using. While you can see the results in the discussion yourself, some frequent recommendations are siteground and a2hosting [Disclaimer: Flarum has no affiliation with either service].
🧪 Samples: community.giffgaff.com | forum.android.com.pl | forum.osticket.com | community.mailcow.email
Softaculous is available on popular server management software, like Plesk and cPanel - allowing for an easy and hassle-free installation through a user interface. You will still need to have SSH access and composer access in order to install extensions though.
🐜 Managed hosting
If you want to focus on the growth of your community instead of managing all technical aspects of it, then this service will come in handy. With over 110 open source and premium extensions and the ability to request new ones, you can easily configure your community however you need.
🧪 Samples: hockeybulletin.se | forum.mutluanneleriz.com
📰 Other News
Something we might have missed, but was brought to our attention by @010101 in a discussion - Arrowchat can easily be integrated with Flarum, as announced back in 2020.
🕸️ Extension Highlights
New & Noteworthy
Open Source Extensions
🏁 Final words
We hope you have liked this edition of “Community Updates”. Looking forward to your comments and ideas for future updates. We are going to pick up speed again and hope to see you soon on the next edition of Community Updates.