The latest release of Mastodon introduces a simplified single-column interface as the new default for new users
With the sad news that KNZK was shutting down we thought it might be useful for people to have a refresher on the features that Mastodon has built in that make moving instances easy and painless.Backing up Your Data Data export
If you are moving to a new instance the first thing you will want to do is to get a backup of all of your data.
To provide a safer experience to new Mastodon users, we are changing the joinmastodon.org server picker
Using the Blurhash algorithm in Mastodon 2.8.1 to generate prettier previews for sensitive media
In this release: Polls, new tools for managing followers, new frontpage design, new admin features, Keybase integration, and more
We have published a 1-click install image on DigitalOcean. This reduces the initial time investment in self-hosting Mastodon substantially. You create a new droplet, choose the Mastodon image, and once it boots up, you are taken through an interactive setup prompt.
The only necessary information for the prompt is a domain name (it should already be pointing at the IP address of your droplet!) and credentials to some e-mail delivery service, like SparkPost, Mailgun, Sendgrid, or something similar.