Meet the self-hosted alternative to Mighty Networks

We help companies host their own social network for a one-time cost of $300. Unlimited members, full ownership, no monthly costs.

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The community you imagined, hosted on your servers


100% self-hosted on your servers. Your community is yours, and you can scale it as much as you like without worrying about endless subscriptions.
With Tribe, you're a captive customer. You must pay at least $59/mo forever to continue hosting your community. How's that fair?


Dozens of open-source extensions that you can configure from your visual dashboard: OneSignal push notifications, social login (such as Google), real-time chat and much more!
Offers basic 3rd party integrations for subscriptions starting $39/mo


Customize every element of your community: its theme, language, and the user experience. You can also add custom JS, CSS, and HTML code
Limited appearance customization. Community owners can only change the logo and colors


Sync users with WordPress and embed your community in your comment section via plugin to turn your website into a social destination
No WordPress integration


Discussions are separated into topics (tags) which members can follow. Add Q&As, polls, images, videos, GIFs and embed rich media.
Members can also search and sort discussions
Supports discussions and topics, but posts can't be pinned to top and members can't select and mark the "Best Answer" for a question


Connect your domain while still enjoying the benefits of managed hosting and free updates
Connect your own domain


Display ads, promote your products, or collaborate with advertisers to easily monetize your community (or keep it ad-free)
Mighty Networks allows hosts to setup subscriptions and memberships


Automatic spam & toxicity protection. You can also blacklist posts with certain links and words. Members can also report content to moderators
Manual moderation. There are only two types of user groups - Admins and Moderators. In The Public Community, you can create new groups and assign them custom permissions


Your members have a unique profile and can follow threads & topics, get notified on new content, gain reputation, be assigned a badge and comment on your WordPress blog posts
Each member also has a profile and can interact with your community. Unfortunately, you can't sync members with your WordPress website


Fast, personalized support from an expert. Chat with us directly from the community dashboard
Email support requires a $85/m subscription


80% faster and lighter than Tribe, taking only 1.3 seconds to load 8kb of resources
On average, a Tribe community takes 2.3 seconds to load 87kb of resources
The bottom line

Greater customization

Host your own brand community and provide the user experience you want with twice as many extensionsas Tribe: gamification, real-time chat, push notifications and more

Fully self-hosted

Host quality discussions with our built-in toxicity and spam protection. See reported posts and blacklist websites and phrases from being posted in your community

More ways to earn

Monetize your community to earn money on your terms: display ads, promote your products or collaborate with relevant advertisers through our Partner Program

Unlimited possibilities. Zero code.

Wether it's discussing your favorite music, to sharing travel experiences and giving anonymous advice —Offer your users the experience you desire with 20+ extensions and easy customization

What is The Public Community?

  • The Public Community is a service company that helps creators host their own social network.
  • For a one-time fee, we will work together to create an online community that matches your vision.
  • Unlike Tribe or Facebook Groups, here you have full ownership over your community and its data.

How does it work?

  • Start by filling out this form. Once completed, we will schedule a 1-on-1 call to learn about your business, how you interact with your audience, and what you're looking to get form your community.
  • We will set up the community on your servers (e.g. AWS, Hetzner, DigitalOcean), and configure it to your needs.
  • Finally, we'll schedule another 1-on-1 call to walk you through the platform so you can manage it confidently yourself.

How is it better than the competition?

  • Complete ownership: Your community is hosted on your servers, and you don't need to pay anyone to keep it.
  • Powerful customization: Your community comes with dozens of free extensions that let you customize its appearance and functionality in a just a few click.
  • Fast, dedicated support: Before setting up your community, we schedule a 1-on-1 call to learn about how you interact with your audience so that we can provide the right experience for them.

How much does it cost?

  • We charge a one-time fee of $300, which includes the setting up and configuring the community to your needs.
  • Zero monthly service costs.
  • You only pay for a server, which costs an average of $5/month (Hetzner is our favorite).
  • To learn more about our pricing, click here.

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.

Is there ongoing support?

  • Yes! You can reach us via chat or email free. We're usually pretty quick to reply.
  • If you'd like us to take a deeper look (e.g. Hop on a call and fix issues for you) we charge $80/hour to do.
  • To learn more about our pricing, click here.

Still have questions? Let's chat

Fully self hosted

Pay once and it's yours forever

Unlike Tribe or Facebook Groups, we don't hold you hostage with monthly-reoccurring subscriptions. For a one-time fee, you get a personalized solution that matches your vision and full ownership over your community and its data. Forever!

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