How Coolify is helping NGOs host their own open-source software?

Unlocking the power of open-source software, Coolify becomes the helping hand for NGOs, simplifying self-hosting without the need for tech expertise.

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Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are frequently limited by their size and funding, often lacking dedicated IT staff. This shortage of technical expertise and resources makes it challenging for them to host their own software, and most of the non-open-source solutions are very expensive. Coolify, as a self-hosting platform, addresses this gap by enabling NGOs to effortlessly deploy and manage various FOSS tools, without requiring prior technical knowledge or an in-house IT team.

What is Coolify?

Coolify is an open-source, self-hostable alternative to Heroku, Netlify, and Vercel, designed to simplify the process of building and deploying applications, databases, and services(like Wordpress, Plausible Analytics, Ghost) without the need to manage your servers. It allows you to focus on your service while Coolify takes care of the infrastructure.

Key Features of Coolify

  1. Bring Your Own Server (BYOS).
  2. Server Automations.
  3. No Vendor Lock-in.
  4. Monitoring.
  5. Automatic Backups.
  6. Powerful API

Coolify also supports hosted or self-hosted Git repositories for deployment and automatically monitors deployed resources, notifying users if anything goes wrong on their favourite channels like Discord, Telegram, or email.

How to Get Started with Coolify

If you own a server, Install Coolify on your server using these instructions, which can be as simple as running a single command.

Once installed, you can deploy your applications, databases, and services like wordpress, Ghost blog, Mattermost etc with just a few clicks


Make Your NGO's Stories Shine: Create a Sharing Platform in Minutes with Coolify!

NGOs have amazing stories to tell. Sharing these stories is important. With Coolify, it's easy to make a platform where you can share your work and stories. Let's make your NGO's story stand out!

Here's a simple step-by-step guide to hosting a Ghost blog using Coolify

[Ensure you've added the Coolify server's IP to the required domain's DNS records for proper functioning.]

  1. Access Coolify Dashboard: Log in to Coolify using your credentials.
  2. Create a New Resource: Click on "Create a New Resource" on the dashboard.
  3. Select Services: From the options available, choose "Services."
  4. Choose Ghost MySQL Template: Look for the Ghost MySQL template and select it.
  5. Fill in the URL Field: Enter the blog url in the URL field.
  6. Click Deploy: Once all details are filled, click on "Deploy."
  7. Enjoy!: Your blog will be live in a minute!

Active services listed on Coolify's homepage

Some services on Coolify

Server load and details

If you are an NGO that is looking for a way to host your own FOSS tools, then I encourage you to check out Coolify. It is a great option for NGOs that are looking for a self-hosted, easy-to-use, and secure platform. Feel free to reach out to me at if you have any questions.

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