I am very new to DigitalOcean and server management. I am planning on moving an existing vBulletin forum with more than 1m posts to DO. It is currently hosted on a dedicated server.
In future, we also plan to migrate from vBulletin to Discourse.
What do you suggest should be the best option for us, in terms of hardware as well as software?
We are thinking of setting up a 4 GB / 2 CPU droplet using LAMP, then installing cpanel. But as I read on a few tutorials, for Discourse, we will need to setup Nginx as well. My question is, at what stage should we install Nginx? Should we first install LAMP, then cpanel, then Nginx and then migrate the old vBulletin forum?
But again, cpanel needs to be installed on a fresh server and it installs Apache and MySQL, so we may not need to start with LAMP. What if we start with Discourse on Docker and then install cpanel on it? cPanel may not be necessary in this setup but I am more familiar with it and it can help us in easily configuring users, mailboxes etc. Or should we go for Plesk? Apparently Plesk 12.5 supports migration from cpanel 11.5x
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