Cloudflare wants to help you set up your own Mastodon server in ‘minutes’

Wildebeest is a new project from Cloudflare designed to make it easy for individuals to set up and run their own Mastodon-compatible servers. It highlights one of Mastodon’s main strengths over centralized competitors like Twitter, which is that anyone can host an instance of the microblogging service that has connected it to the wider network. (aka Fediverse).

“You can quickly deploy your Mastodon-compatible server on Cloudflare and connect it to Fediverse in minutes,” said Celso Martinho of Cloudflare and Sven Sauleau wrote in a co-authored blog post. “You don’t have to worry about maintaining or protecting it from abuse or attack; Cloudflare will do it for you automatically.”

Cloudflare’s Wildebeest helps configure Mastodon’s software and manage updates, giving you the benefits of being in charge of your own corner of social media, including control of your personal data. your. Cloudflare emphasizes that while its systems can help with server setup and management, you are responsible. “Wildebeest is not a managed service,” Martinho and Sauleau explain, “It is your instance, data, and code that run in our cloud under your Cloudflare account.”

Cloudflare describes Wildebeest as “a minimally viable Mastodon-compatible server”. It’s compatible with most popular web, desktop, and mobile Mastodon clients (though the team says they’re still looking at compatibility with noisy Mastodon customer Ivory) and supports basic Mastodon features like publishing, editing, enhancing and deleting toots. Text and image posts are supported, but video will come later.

And perhaps most importantly, multiple accounts can be registered in one instance, in case you want to use the Mastodon server to create and moderate your own community.

While Cloudflare is trying to make the technical side of running a Mastodon instance easier, being responsible for even a small group of social media users can create some non-technical challenges. great art. FT Alphaville outline when it shut down its own Mastodon server last month. The whole post is worth reading, but it’s worth mentioning that there are a lot of messy legal, security, and compliance considerations that you should at least be vaguely aware of if you’re really interested in running one. version.

If that doesn’t scare you, CloudFlare advertises that while “most” of Wildebeest’s features can be tried out for free, anyone who wants to run a server will have to pay for a server. Image plans, which start at $5 a month and potentially Workers are not bound plan depending on server load.


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