So i would like to open my instance to have fun and invite some people
I tried hosting it on masto.host. Got an instance from them. But i felt very limited on their hosting service. Couldn’t even increase a character number per post. I’ve tried to contact them about this and they said they can not do such things, as it would require to have full access to the instance, which they couldn’t provide.
So the I thought, i’d be needing to go do my hosting elsewhere.
The problem is, that if i were to choose a different hosting provider, I’d be needing to have my instance freshly installed. Now i’m not sure if i am able to install a new instance by myself.
I’ve tried contacting two different hosting providers and asked about installation of a new instance…
So one of them suggested me having their VPS Hosting service and they would install my new instance for free with a access of cpanel to control it all.
And the other hosting provider suggested me having their dedicated server or cloud hosting service. The problem is that I’d be needing to purchase cpanel on my own. And they wouldn’t be able to install a fresh instance, which i’d have to do this on my own aswell…
I have calculated the spending on both options, and found that second one is 60$ cheaper, without access to cpanel included and without installation of mastodon instance.
So my question is:
To put it simply, is having a new instance installed and have a lifetime access to cpanel with 60$/yr more to spend? How hard it is to install a new instance?
And to put it into more complex question - Which is best option of hosting service is to have a mastodon instance? VPS, Cloud or dedicated server hosting?