* the docker image saves you a lot of hassle when you break things, and is easier if you need to upgrade capacity from everything on one machine to one machine for the DB and one for redis etc
* digital ocean has the nicest UX but is more expensive than AWS, use what you're comfortable with
* don't fuck with the stylesheets unless you want to break everything
* read the prod guide cover to cover
* have a plan for how you'll deal with spam accounts - manually doing it isn't enough
@skrlet13 just based on how long the fediverse has been around, it'd be a good idea to put together a blocklist before launch. see if some instances you trust have lists you could look into
my instance's list has gotten to 265 domains currently and it's not gonna be fun to catch up live
i'm not sure how familiar you are with admin stuff, backups are very very important. i automatically backup everything needed to do a full server migration every day in the early morning. i do it to a box i leave on 24/7 in a closet but there's many ways
@skrlet13 i know you can pay digital ocean to backup the entire disk automatically. i use a dedicated box not through do, but i would prefer having it on my own local server, anyway
@skrlet13 don't think only about the technical stuff but do some PR doing marketing, blog posting, patreon and explain why users should choose your instance. Also having a good logo is better.
New instance advice
@skrlet13 find co admin and moderators before you start if possible.
Think about your CoC, my go to is the xoxo festival coc.
Lookup some instance block list if you want to deplarform nazi and avoid finding out who is a bad actor too late.
Did I say find co admins?
Import those sweet emojos.
Find moderators, but it will be hard work for them without a clear CoC.
Make a separare admin/anouncement account.
Create a secondary channel like a discord/matrix/mattermost/irc/etc to discuss moderation and the like.
Get a gumroad/patreon together so that the server pay for itself and moderators too.
Be ready to spend an hour a day on your instance if you want to know what is going on and have a chance to stop shit from blowing up (especially when you have plenty of new users).
Follow other instance admin to know what is up
Gentle Town is a generalistic Mastodon instance that believes in the sustainable model of anticapitalist degrowth. We are a small, friendly community that aspires to be a place to rest for travelers of the Fediverse, somewhere people can sit down, look up at the stars and discover new constellations.