Sunday, February 19, 2023

Revolutionizing Mastodon Hosting: Trying Cloudflare's Wildebeest


I've been running my own Mastodon instance for a while now, but I didn't want to host it from our home network, so I decided to use Digital Ocean. Setting it up was fairly easy, using this droplet. The downside is that hosting the service just for myself comes at a cost, since their pricing seems to be geared towards hosting the service for multiple people.

Recently, Cloudflare announced an interesting alternative called Wildebeest, which is a Mastodon-compatible open-source server. What caught my attention is that it seems their $5/month Pages plan is enough to run the server.

One advantage of Mastodon is that it's easy to move your profile from one host to another, so once I set up the new server, moving over should be a breeze.

I'm going to give Wildebeest a try and report back on my experience.

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