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After doing more testing, I decided to go ahead and provide shared hosting for Mastodon instances.
This will be a trial but unless something goes horribly wrong, I believe that I can price it at โ‚ฌ5/month for an instance of up to 100 users.
This can greatly diminish the cost of running small instances and remove the technical barrier from everyone who wishes to run their own Mastodon Instance.
Let me know what you think

@hugo Just a couple questions, if you can answer.

1) Can I edit the css?
2) Do I have CLI access?
3) how do you handle emails?

Hi! You do not have CLI access in shared hosting, if you choose dedicated, yes.
What I can do to allow edit to css or any other code is you indicating your fork on GitHub and I will update from there, you handle your custom code and I push the updates.
Emails are sent via MailGun, I set up 1 account for each instance and the cost of notification emails is included. I can also use any other SMTP that someone provides or authenticate with MailGun dif domain

Peter Smith ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ @Laraby

@hugo One last question, how do you/a user create the admin account? I think its a good idea, I have my own VPS, but mau not want the hassle of maintaining

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@Laraby :) to make a user admin you should:

RAILS_ENV=production bundle exec rails mastodon:make_admin USERNAME=username_of_admin_user

@Laraby let me know if you ever need any help!

@hugo I meant on the shared hosting. You have to create it for me I assume?

@Laraby ahhh... sorry, didn't understand. To make a user admin, you have to ask me. I can in the future create a web interface for that but for now, email or toot me to make user admin :)

@hugo Thanks for the info. Something to consider if I decide I want to make an instance (or any one else I know)