I would like to build a site similar to atlassian answers and noticed it was done through confluence. I would like recommendations on the best manner in which to implement, Cloud vs Standalone? Any tips on best practices for an answers site? Etc.
The best answer is follow the practices of your company relative to cloud or standalone.. You need to buy confluence and the confluence answers plugin. You also need a database. Again, choose a database based upon what your company uses already.
There are more cost effective solutions if you are starting with nothing. Confluence questions is cost effective if you already have Confluence.
You also need to understand your plan of how to maintain your site over the long term.
Confluence Questions is a relatively new plugin, so my exposure is only as an user on Answers. I have done other forum based projects before. You have a major security issue if you are thinking opening up confluence to the external world (non-employees). Can you clarify more about the users of your answers system and how they would access your website? For example, would it be acceptable that the 'users' would use a VPN to access your Answer system?
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