I have a cheap VPS server which I plan to use as a host for my “portfolio” - a simple homepage describing who I am and some demos (or even official/production instances) of various open source projects I made or plan to make in the future.
(If you wonder what this has to do with PBBGs then the answer is simple: one of those future projects may be a PBBG )
There is a chance that one of those projects will gain some popularity, and that means it may be a good idea to anticipate that and install some kind of forum software on my machine - to serve as changelog, bug tracker, developer blog, support, or even simply a chatbox for those potiential users.
And that brings me to my problem: what forum software should I use?
I need something secure, modern-looking “out of the box” (as I will probably not have enough skills or time to customize it), but it should also not be a resource hog because it will be sharing space with many other applications.
A nice bonus would be if the software was easy to integrate with external applications. For example to automatically synchronize badges, ranks, privileges, profile data etc with my PBBG.
On the other hand, the forum will share disk space and resources with other applications, so it should not be a big resource hog even under a heavier traffic.
I did a bit of research and two applications look promising:
- Discourse is popular and nice-looking and it seems it has some nice support for integration with external apps… but its official hardware requirements are quite overwhelming, compared to my machine’s capabilities
- Flarum is a new and modern-looking project, it does not look like it would require much hardware… but its a work in progress so it may have some security bugs or lack a feature I will need
Do you have any opinions on that matter, or know some other software that may also fit?