So people who run single-user instances
I've been lowkey thinking about starting one for my future company, since business accounts don't really belong on .Art, but like how much would you estimate I would need? I have a space at a web hotel that I'm currently hosting my portfolio website at, but it only uses like 1% of the space I have. Would it be possible or even desireable to host everything on there??
uhh #MastoAdmin ??
@EmergencyBattle mastodon servers can’t be hosted on pure file/web-hosting sites. They require direct access to a Linux server environment, which means you need either a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or dedicated server. For a single user instance I’ve heard that about 50GB disk may be enough for a few years. Most of the space is taken up by federated content, not local content from you, so it’ll take up space much faster than you post. You’d also want some Linux experience.
@EmergencyBattle Jortage is an instance media deduplication proxy intended to mostly solve the issue of massive storage requirements for instances, and is Pay-what-you-can. https://jortage.com/
There’s also a similar fediverse hosting platform that isn’t masto dot host but is somewhat more ethical IIRC.
@EmergencyBattle you'd need to have access to the command line to install and run Mastodon, which I don't think most web hotels provide?
Other than that you'd need to regularly clean up external media or have 100+ GB available if you want it to work for more than a year - depending on how many people you interact with.
CPU and memory wise I don't really know what is needed. I run mine on a VPS provided by my employer, so I'm not clear on the details. I'd guess 4GB ram is plenty.
@EmergencyBattle I'd look at this two different ways, it sounds like you're talking "storage" and depending on how much you federate, and how much you manage to clean things up, storage can become a factor.
Another factor is, "cost" in terms of financial cost. I'm not sure if the web hotel you speak of would work or not. One thing that I recommend unless you are desperate for low cost, is to have different sites (or even subdomains or whatever) on different virtual servers. That way if one ends up suddenly spiking, and overloading the server it is on, it doesn't take down anything except that one.
I was using a $40/month linode, and ran out of storage, they may have resized it, but that's currently 160GB of storage. But I think I was failing to actually clean up old federated data.
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