Grow Your Own Services

Website from the creator of Fedi.Directory (that’s me!) which helps non-technical people create their own online services through managed hosting providers. Managed hosting means the hosting company does all the technical stuff behind the scenes, but you own and run the service. This allows anyone to make their own Fediverse servers, personal clouds, music streaming services and much more.

Fediverse address:
@homegrown@social.growyourown.services

Collabora Office

Online fork of the LibreOffice productivity suite aimed at businesses, including long term tech support, admin tools, smartphone apps and cloud collaboration.

Fediverse address:
@CollaboraOffice@mastodon.social

Its development company, Collabora, is one of the biggest upstream contributors to LibreOffice’s source code, and has a close relationship with the FOSS community.

Fediverse address:
@collabora@floss.social

YunoHost

Version of Linux which makes it as easy as possible to install and maintain your own self-hosted online services. There’s a really easy graphical interface, it works on home servers or remote ones, and it supports older and lower powered computers too.

Fediverse address (main account in English and French):
@yunohost@toot.aquilenet.fr

Fediverse address (video account in English and French):
@yunohost@cinema.yunohost.support

GoToSocial

A new type of Fediverse server software which runs on cheap lightweight hardware and emphasises user safety and privacy. It supports both allowlists and blocklists, imports of lists from other servers, non-federated servers etc. To keep it lightweight there is no built-in web app at all, it is used entirely through third party apps compatible with the Mastodon API. It’s still in alpha testing but the official account is already running on a GoToSocial instance, and it’s a public alpha so others can have a go too.

Fediverse address:
@gotosocial@superseriousbusiness.org

WriteFreely

Free open source federated blogging platform. The interface and options are minimalist, with the focus on reading text with as few distractions as possible. It’s part of the Fediverse, so you can follow WriteFreely blogs from Mastodon etc. You can host a WriteFreely server yourself, or sign up on an existing server.

Fediverse address (main):
@writefreely@writing.exchange

Fediverse address (blog):
@writefreely@blog.writefreely.org

Snikket

XMPP-based free open federated messenger project. It aims to make XMPP into a more viable alternative to Whatsapp etc by providing consistency in design and terminology, while still maintaining compatibility with other XMPP apps and servers. (It’s a similar plan to how Mastodon made ActivityPub more mainstream while still being compatible with other ActivityPub server types.)

Fediverse address:
@snikket_im@fosstodon.org