Publishing an RSS feed to Mastodon (you can use this to publish links to your blog posts)

I am posting this one specifically for those of you that use one of the free online blogging platforms, such as While such platforms often give you a method to automatically send a link to your new blog posts to a Twitter account, at this time they don’t give you similar functionality for Mastodon. BUT – most blogging platforms offer an RSS feed, even if they don’t promote it much anymore. For example, with you can take the main URL to your blog (in other words, not one referencing a specific article) and append /rss or /feed to the end of the link (it appears either will work) to get the feed for your blog. You can then take that link to the feed and use it with the instructions in this article to post your links to Mastodon.

Just one word of advice, if you create a separate Mastodon account just for these posts, be sure to label it as a bot account so other Mastodon users don’t try to interact with you on that account and think you are rude when you don’t reply (you can, of course, send these posts to your normal Mastodon account where you do engage with other users).

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve likely noticed that my blog posts are automatically tweeted for me. There are multiple services you can use to do this, like Zapier and IFTTT. I use both services for various automations. Each has built-in actions for listening to an RSS feed and then tweeting new items as they appear. Sadly, neither service has a built-in action for Mastodon. However, we can achieve the same results with a generic webhook action on both platforms.

Source: Publishing an RSS feed to Mastodon · Jesse Squires

One final note, if you use IFTTT, you will want to click “Create” (near the upper right hand corner of the page after you have logged in), then on the next pages after the words “If This” click “Add”, then find the tile that says RSS Feed and click on that and then on the next page select New Feed Item and proceed as instructed in the article (when entering the URL don’t forget the /feed or /rss suffix if applicable). Then after entering that you should see an “Add” button next to “Then That”, so you can click that and now you will be looking for the tile that says Webhooks, and when you click that you will then see a tile labelled Make a web request which is the one you need to use. I mention this because in the article it does not tell you which of those tiles to click on, and if you don’t know which ones to look for it can take a while to find the correct ones!

Link: How to Clone and Migrate WordPress Sites the Easy Way

Cloning and migrating a WordPress website is never an easy task. Even though you can use all the help provided by the WordPress community, the manual operation is always a daunting task, especially if you are a beginner. Even a small unintentional mistake can cause some serious issues like missing posts or media, corrupted permalinks, extended period of downtimes, etc. In the worst case scenario, it may completely ruin your WordPress installation. To save all the hassle, here is a single plugin that can easily clone and migrate WordPress sites without messing with a whole lot of complicated settings.

Full article here:
How to Clone and Migrate WordPress Sites the Easy Way (Make Tech Easier)

Link: EasyEngine – An Auto Installer Script For Managing WordPress-Nginx Websites On Ubuntu, Debian

EasyEngine (ee) is a Linux shell-script to install and manage wordpress-nginx websites in one go. Using EasyEngine, you can install Nginx, PHP, MySQL, Postfix, phpMyAdmin and their dependencies in one shot easily without the help of a System administrator. It makes very easy to install and manage wordpress-nginx websites, and you don’t have to manually install each packages and memorize all commands. Everything will be done automatically on the background. EasyEngine will work on Ubuntu LTS versions such as Ubuntu 12.04/14.04, and Debian 6/7 version. Unfortunately, there is no support for RPM based systems like CentOS, and there is no future plan to make it work on RPM based systems right now.

Full article here:
EasyEngine – An Auto Installer Script For Managing WordPress-Nginx Websites On Ubuntu, Debian (Unixmen)

Link: Alternative to WordPress: 5 Great CMS You Might Not Have Heard of Before

WordPress may be the most popular CMS (content management system) in the web; it is definitely not the only one around. There are many other CMS that are equally powerful as WordPress. Here are five alternatives for you.

Full article here:
Alternative to WordPress: 5 Great CMS You Might Not Have Heard of Before (Make Tech Easier)
10 Free CMS alternatives to wordpress that you might not know about (Smashing Hub)

Link: Pelican: A fast blog/CMS for the Raspberry Pi

… I wanted blogging software to run on the Raspberry PI which was:

  • Served at a reasonable speed.
  • Easy to write.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Portable to other platforms, should I choose to move to another server.

After looking high and low for a solution, I finally came across my answer: Pelican.

Full article here:
Pelican: A fast blog/CMS for the Raspberry Pi (

Link: Set up a WordPress site on the Raspberry PI

I have already written articles showing how to set up the Raspberry PI and how to set up a personal web server on the Raspberry PI.

I was recently asked whether I could expand further and show how to install WordPress onto the web server.

To be able to follow this guide you will need to have set up your Raspberry PI and you will need to have PHP, MySQL, PHPMyAdmin and a web server such as Lighttpd or Apache installed. Follow the guide for setting up the personal web server linked above if you haven’t already.

Full article here:
Set up a WordPress site on the Raspberry PI (Everyday Linux User)