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bea wrote

If you want to create a forum here on Raddle (or other sites running Postmill) do it here.

If you want to setup your own instance then asking in /f/Postmill or Postmill dev channel on Matrix (#postmill:matrix.org) might be a better idea. Though you shoud probably read this first and then ask about specific things you have trouble with or don't understand.

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Copenhagen_Bram wrote

Are there any other sites running on postmill?

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WindTalk wrote (edited )

https://www.jstpst.net is one site using Postmill software that seems open to anyone

Postmill is relatively easy to install and host. You can rent an ultra-low-budget server for $8/year (yes, $0.67 a month) capable of hosting a site as large and as active as Raddle.me. You could use the raw IP Address, or spend $1 more and register an .xyz domain name for one year.

$8/year hosting plan I'm referencing [1024MB RAM, 25GB storage], I suggest go with Ubuntu 16.04 x64 server, and I can help you with the steps to install Postmill on Ubuntu 16.04. https://lowendbox.com/blog/woothosting-chicago-launch-amazing-deals/

This specific deal only offers Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Chicago. I know some people want to host in other nations, LowEndBox is a good site for people discussing and commenting on the rock-bottom deals. Be aware: Rock-bottom price hosting companies - you should have some experience or turn to forums for questions and problems - as they often aren't trying to offer hand-holding to newcomers, not with their profit margins. And they can have a tendency to go bankrupt - so best be willing to deal with a day or two to change hosts if they go under. Also, computer security won't be the best, so I would consider the content of your forum in selecting a hosting provider. And, of course, back up (I backup to my home system, people can discuss the specific steps).

If you have less Linux server skill and a little more money, probably $30/year would be a more reasonable low-end server host. As the $8/year one I referenced is absurdly inexpensive.

Running Postmill, doing server upgrades and security patches, policing the content and dealing with spam will take labor, but people could help share notes on that here on free forums. The technology cost and effort to install it is pretty low.

I hope this helps.

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Copenhagen_Bram wrote

Where did you find jstpst?

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WindTalk wrote (edited )

Where did you find jstpst?

Here, on Raddle a couple weeks ago. (I'm RoundSparrow on jstpst) I installed and am running a Postmill site, so I was reading about other System Operators.

Here is where jstpst came up in my reading: https://raddle.me/f/Postmill/20635/thank-you-emma

I have my own Postmill online for two months, but it's just me participating. http://WakeThunder.com - which has a kind of cluttered link to http://WakeThunder.com:8000 - as I haven't even bothered to wrap Postmill proper on port 80 and port 443! I am slowly hacking on the software code, so I haven't done much other than to express what was on my mind.

I used to write social media software back in 1985 era, and was an early user of Quantum Link, GEnie and CompuServe, so I have a lot of time-travel translation thoughts on what I want to experiment with the Raddle code ;) And I have zero visual graphics talent, which these days, is gold, and I'm all lead alchemy.

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Copenhagen_Bram wrote

I hope you don't mind if I mention your Postmill site :)

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WindTalk wrote (edited )

sure. It's open, but I've been distracted with some software projects and haven't really told anyone about it, so it has no users ;) But it's fine. I do need to get it on port 80/443 soon (users may be confused by the port on the URL), but that shouldn't change anything in terms of it's running. I also have to upgrade the Postmill to newest version. I haven't even changed any colors or replaced the frog icon ;)

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Copenhagen_Bram wrote

Thank you! jstpst.net looks chill, I signed up. If only I had an income, then I could buy a server.