Your community is yours.

Instead of locking you into endless subscription, we charge a one-time fee for setting up the community and configuring it to your needs. Then it's yours. Forever.

One-time setup fee


and that's it!

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Your domain

Your server

A typical server costs $10/month

Unlimited members

Full data ownership

Configured to your needs

Free support during the first month

Have a question? Need a hand with something? Send us a message, we're usually pretty quick to reply


Server management (+$20/mo)

Servers don't typically require ongoing management, but we'd be happy to take care of that for you if you wish

Graphic identity (+$600)

We will design a logo and other visual assets that will upgrade your community experience and resonate with your audience

WordPress integration (+$40/mo)

Automatically create a discussion for every WordPress post, upgrade your commenting section, and sync users between the two databases

Paid memberships (+$40/mo)

Offer exclusive content to paying members, similar to Patreon, with seamless integration with Stripe.

Support on-demand ($80/hour)

Support is free during the first month, and if you need us to look into something after that, we'll charge $60/hour

Feature development (custom pricing)

Your community comes packed with 20+ free extensions, but if you need anything extra, we'll be happy to develop it for you

Also comes with these goodies...

Media and GIF Support

Embed GIFs, YouTube videos, Spotify songs and more

Anonymous Guest Posting

Let users post and create discussions anonymously

Paid Memberships

Add Google Analytics to track user engagement and retention

Polls and Q&A

Create a Q&A community and mark questions as solved


Add Facebook-like reactions and reward your active members

Custom Ranks & Permissions

Distinguish special members with  badges and special permissions

Social Login & Signup

Allow social login from Twitter, Facebook, Google and more

Mailchimp Integration

Automatically add new members to your Mailchimp list

Analytics Integration

Add Google Analytics to track user engagement and retention

Toxicity & Spam Protection

Maintain quality discussions and keep the spammers away

Mobile App

Offer an app that can be installed directly via the browser

Push Notifications

Members get notified on every reply and @mention

Multilingual Support

Supports dozens of languages and multilingual communities

White Lablel

Add Google Analytics to track user engagement and retention

API & Webhooks

Add Google Analytics to track user engagement and retention

Global CDN

Boost performance with Cloudflare's global network

Automatic Daily Backups

We'll configure automatic backups for your community

1:1 walkthrough

We tailor the community to your needs and walk you through it

What is Public?

  • We help brands and content creators build thriving online communities where people can ask questions, share experiences, and connect around a shared passion.
  • Once we understand what your needs are, we will work to translate your vision into reality, set up the right extensions and settings, and provide guidance that will help you run your community going forward.
  • Unlike Tribe and Facebook Groups, this is a fully self-hosted solution where everything is stored on your servers. You have full ownership over your community and its data. There are no third parties or monthly fees.

How does it work?

  • To start, fill out this survey to tell us about your audience and the community you want to create.
  • Once completed, you'll be able to schedule a 1:1 Zoom call or purchase our service. For a one-time payment of $1,400, we will set up the community on your server and tailor it to your needs.
  • The community will be hosted on a private server of your choice (VPS) and its credentials will be emailed to you.
  • Once everything is ready to launch (usually within 3-4 days), we'll set up another Zoom call to walk you through the platform and teach you everything you need to know to run it successfully.

What types of online communities can be created with Public?

  • Branded communities: Build a dedicated space for your customers to share feedback, discuss product features, and connect with other users who share their passion for your brand.
  • Interest-based communities: Unite individuals around a shared passion or interest (for example: gaming or tech), and provide a place where they can ask questions, share memes, and connect with people like them.
  • Private employee communities: Create a private space for your employees to collaborate, share ideas, and stay informed about company news and events.
  • Learning communities: Create an online educational hub where students, educators, and experts can discuss topics, share resources, and support each other's learning journey.
  • Support communities: Offer your users a platform to ask questions, find solutions, and share knowledge, fostering a self-help environment that reduces the load on your support team.

How is it better than the competition?

  • A custom-built solution made for you: We know that every community is unique. That's why we work closely with each one of our customers to create a space where members feel excited to be a part of. After getting to know your business, we will set up a community with the right extensions and settings, and walk you through how to manage it.
  • Powered by next-generation software: Hosting your own social network doesn't have to be complicated. We use the world's best forum software, Flarum, to create a community that's both extremely engaging and easy to manage. It comes with dozens of free extensions, a visual admin panel, and easy integration with tools like Google Analytics.
  • Full ownership and unrestricted growth: Since the community is hosted on your servers, you're free to grow it as much as you can while maintaining full control over its data. There's no third-party holding you hostage with endless monthly subscriptions. We'll also set up automatic daily backups and a simple, easy-to-use server panel (that you'll rarely have to use).

How much does it cost?

  • We charge a one-time fee of $1,400, which includes setting up the community and configuring it to your needs.
  • There are no monthly service costs.
  • You only pay for a server, which costs an average of $5/month (Hetzner is our favorite option).

Do I need to know how to code?

  • No! You can easily customize your community using dozens of no-code extensions and customize its appearance and functionality to match your needs.
  • We also set up the infrastructure so you won't need to worry about server maintenance and performance. Your community remains secure, blazing fast, and is backed up on a daily basis.
  • And if you still encounter issues, we're only one message away.

Still have questions? Let's chat

A small thanks

30% discount for non-profits

As a small thank you for making the world a better place: eligible non-profits and educational organizations get 30% off all services. To qualify, you must be registered as a charitable organization or nonprofit educational institution in your country.

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