Using my own domain for Mastodon without hosting a server (kinda)

So I saw this way of making myself easier to look up and its quite cool I think

Published 22 Dec 2022, 353 words, ~1 min. read.
Tags:
tutorial | blog | fediverse |

This whole tutorial is based on another blog by Scott Hanselman, he also links to a bunch of other resources that I don’t really need to repeat here..

Basically, what I mean with this title is that you will be able to look me up as @joel@joelchrono12.xyz in my domain. This setup actually makes it so you can type whatever@joelchrono12.xyz and it will still just show up my actual Fosstodon account. Regardless, I am a single person, so I don’t mind.

This quick tutorial is focused on Jekyll, but you should be able to figure it out using this guide too.

Pretty much paste this into a file in the root of your website and call it a day. Mastodon will do the rest.

---
layout: none
permalink: .well-known/webfinger
---
{
    "subject":"acct:joel@fosstodon.org",
    "aliases":
    [
        "https://fosstodon.org/@joel",
        "https://fosstodon.org/users/joel"
    ],
    "links":
    [
        {
            "rel":"http://webfinger.net/rel/profile-page",
            "type":"text/html",
            "href":"https://fosstodon.org/@joel"
        },
        {
            "rel":"self",
            "type":"application/activity+json",
            "href":"https://fosstodon.org/users/joel"
        },
        {
            "rel":"http://ostatus.org/schema/1.0/subscribe",
            "template":"https://fosstodon.org/authorize_interaction?uri={uri}"
        }
    ]
}

Pretty easy right? Now after pushing that to your server you should be able to find yourself with ease, at least within Mastodon. I am not sure how it would work on Pleroma or other Fediverse tools. Still, it is quite cool.

This won’t change your username handle per se, it will just make it so you can search me by my domain. Which would also make it easier to switch instance without having to alter mentioning my username and stuff.
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