UUKI is a is best alternative to Discourse (Discourse forum software) for branded communities with mobile friendly interface, unlimited members, easy to set-up, personal support, and monetisation tools
Discourse alternative in 3 steps
Create your own community
Invite members to join it
Engage in discussions, share ideas and take feedback.
Host discussion, post content, host events and
polls to manage an engaging community with
If you choose to self host Discord. Create a sub-domain like community.mydomain.com or forum.mydomain.com for your Discourse instance. you have a SMTP server available to send out emails from Discourse. You can either configure an own SMTP server or use a 3rd party STMP service
Self hosted Discourse is free and is open source application for online discussions.
Discourse pricing starts at $100.00 per user, per month. There is free version that can be self hosted.