Hosting a Mastodon

James and Jae are joined by Hugo, the one man army behind, to talk about the challenges that come with hosting multiple Mastodon instances for a wide range of communities. We also explore why having your own instance may be something to consider.
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Show Notes

As centralised social media platforms become more and more hostile, with not only toxicity from undesirable elements but also massive privacy concerns, the Fediverse has become somewhat of a refuge for those who want to share freely and openly, without the worry of appeasing the almighty algorithms.

There are some fantastic Mastodon issues for you to join, but what if you want a bit more control, or want to build your own community, or represent your brand? You could setup your own server, assuming you have the skills and patience to do so, or you could take advantage of a service like

Our guest, Hugo, provides what he describes as ‘Shared Hosting for Mastodon’ at incredibly affordable prices and with some much appreciated transparency on infrastructure and update policies.

We talk about how things got started, his encounter with TERFs and the freedom to refuse service to anyone because of the decentralised nature of the fediverse. We also do a bit of a deep dive into the infrastructure setup for and the measures Hugo has put in place in the aim to give everyone a great experience.

Do you have your own instance, or maybe have some stories to share of instances gone wrong? We’d love to hear from you, so please send us a note to [email protected], or why not come join the discussion on our Discord server.

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Chapter Times

  1. 00:00:04: Introductions
  2. 00:05:57: Shared Hosting for Madtodon
  3. 00:11:26: Ditching Twitter
  4. 00:14:43: Turfing out TERFs
  5. 00:22:21: Why Have Your Own Instance?
  6. 00:33:59: Infrastructure
  7. 00:50:07: Pros & Cons
  8. 00:58:50: Wrapping Up


Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW

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