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Pleroma for Dummies

With the recent surge in popularity of Twitter alternatives, I found myself giving Mastodon a shot -- I'm hardly at risk of being censored on Twitter, but I fancied a place that didn't fuck with my timeline. In doing so, I discovered that Mastodon is simply one facet of a greater Fediverse -- and while it seems to be one of the more polished facets, there's an awful lot of mastotooting going on ( Mastotooting; verb: to post ("toot") about how great the Mastodon social network is, from inside the Mastodon network itself ) and, according to some technically-minded souls, not the most efficient facet. ( And if you want to get into community politics, some criticize the lead developer's approach, that he just wants to be @jack 2.0. ) And so, I was introduced exposed to Pleroma . Like Mastodon, it integrates with the Fediverse, but unlike Mastodon, it consumes a lot less resources and is generally more suited to running on a smaller private server for one per

Fun with Database / Wordpress Migrations

There's websites that like to be moved, and then there's Wordpress . Wordpress both does, and does not like being moved. While you can transplant it to a new hosting platform, and put it in the same folder so it would be visible at the same place, the data may not migrate so easily. The guts of Wordpress is the database, which is not in the web files themselves. If you're exporting and re-importing manually, you might run into errors when importing on the new platform; one of them is below. If you are trying to import a database and getting an error like “#1273 - Unknown collation: 'utf8mb4_unicode_520_ci'”, this may be related to trying to import from a system running MySQL v5.6+, and your new platform uses a version of MySQL less than v5.6. You could upgrade the server to MySQL v5.6, but if Mohammad can't go to that particular mountain, then we'll bring the mountain to Mohammad, and convert the database. First, please try exporting the database