Ever since Modular launched we’ve been working away on offering smaller dedicated Matrix server hosting than our previous minimum size of 50 users. As of today, after lots of optimisation work and a successful trial to those who signed up on the waitlist, we are incredibly excited to officially launch Personal Homeservers from Modular - with a minimum size of only 5 users!
This means you can have your very own indie Matrix server for all your secure chat, VoIP and collaboration needs, without having to run it yourself... and while still participating in the wider public Matrix network. At last, you can truly have full control of your own personal communication rather than being held hostage by one of the large, centralised, proprietary chat silos.
Even better, it costs only $10 per month for 5 users (a crazy bargain relative to Slack’s $7/month per user!)... and additional users cost only $1.50/month. As normal, you only have to pay for users who hang around for at least 3 days, so you get any fly-by visitors for free. Best of all, you get one month entirely free, so you can thoroughly try before you buy!
You can do almost everything on a Personal Homeserver that you can on the larger sizes - including using your own DNS, access the all-new server management web interface (more on that to come soon!), as well as getting your very own custom branded Riot! The only restriction is that in order to keep the servers running smoothly, for now we stop them from being able to join particularly large rooms. Currently, these Personal Homeservers can join over 99.9% of all publicly visible, federated rooms, and as homeserver implementations get more efficient over time we expect this limit will fall away - but in practice, it’s absolutely fine if you’re using the server for personal and internal purposes rather than trying to join massive IRC/Telegram bridged rooms.
The new servers may be small but they are super fast and snappy, so if you’re fed up with having to share a massive overloaded public server like Matrix.org then this is an excellent way to carve out your own autonomous space in Matrix without needing to admin your own server. What’s more, given most of the core Matrix dev team work for New Vector (who makes Modular), by using a Modular homeserver you’re supporting development of the core open source project :)
To get set up, head right on over to the store, pick a name, and spin up a server! We hope you agree this is a giant leap forward for Modular and Matrix as a whole.
-- Team Modular
Today we are pleased to announce that you can now customise your Modular hosted Riot at the touch of a button, through the Modular host admin interface. Better yet, this is available to all Modular customers at no additional cost.
To get your very own branded chat, simply set up a Modular host using the normal setup wizard, if you have not done so already. Next, navigate to the "Manage servers" page of your account from the dropdown menu of your account.
At the bottom of your host management screen you will see a new section titled "Client look & feel".
The settings in this section can be used to adjust the following aspects of your client's appearance:
We think that this is a really exciting feature, and we can't wait to see the ways in which you customise your Riot clients. Tweet us your best screenshots at @ModularIM!
To give you some ideas here are a few screenshots from some of our hosts.
Here's the custom branding for chat.federator.dev:
... and, of course, the welcome page from our good friends over at KDE (webchat.kde.org):
Today we are launching a proof of concept for purchasing additional content via the Modular integration manager.
For the initial experiment we're offering a set of "snazzy", limited edition Matrix stickers for the princely sum of $0.50. These are digital versions of the Matrix and Riot hexagons that some of you may have seen in real life.
While we're starting small for now, in future this could form the basis of a great way to add custom integrations or bridges for Modular hosted homeservers, in addition to the current crop of free integrations.
Other potential uses include creating a marketplace for sticker packs and digital content. For example, it could be possible for you to upload your own content to sell to other users, either just on your own Hosted Homeserver instance, or to users from all homeservers in a federated environment.
In order to purchase these stickers and try paid integrations for yourself, you will need to complete the following steps:By the way this only works on the default Integration Manager available from Riot (if the person running your Riot allowed access to it).
Once you have done this your Matrix account will have "super powers"!
Go back to Riot, open the integrations manager and add or edit the sticker pack widget by clicking on the "manage integrations" button on the top-right of Riot, or by clicking on the "edit" icon of the "sticker picker" (on the right of the message composer).
Once the integration manager appears and is on the edit sticker pack page, you should now see a new sticker pack called "Matrix", priced at $0.50.
Click on the "Add credit" button to add credit and purchase the sticker pack using the credit card details that you entered in to your Modular account.
Once the purchase is complete, and you have closed the integration manager, you will see the stickers included in the list of those available to insert in to your message timeline.
With the sticker picker open, click on one of the new Matrix sticker icons and it will be inserted in to the timeline of the room that you are chatting in. Congratulations, you just sent one of your exclusive, purchased stickers!
As mentioned earlier on, this really is just a proof of concept at this point, but stay tuned for lots more exciting enhancements that you'll see appearing in this area in the coming months.
As you may be aware, the deadline is fast approaching when Atlassian will discontinue support for Stride and HipChat, on February 15th 2019.
Atlassian's advice, for customers still using the platform is simply to migrate over to Slack, but is this the right choice for you? Modular brings you your own hosted Riot: a cheaper and more privacy-preserving alternative to Slack which lets you keep control of your data, without locking you in a closed system. Beware: freedom inside!
So here are a few things you might want to consider before going through moving your whole company / organisation / family over to a new communication system.
Slack is 4 times more expensive than HipChat. While by choosing Modular you will be saving 25% of your previous costs. That's a $78 saving per user per year between Atlassian’s recommended route and the Modular one!
Modular allows you to enable end-to-end encryption. This means that only the users participating in the conversation can read it. I.e. we don’t have access to your content. It sounds obvious but not many other apps can guarantee that.
Modular is built on the Matrix open standard. This means that by migrating to Modular, you’re migrating to a whole ecosystem of apps, integrations and service providers. Today we are providing you the messaging service, but tomorrow you might just as well host it yourself, or choose another Matrix hosting provider, completely transparently for your users. Besides, with Modular your data is hosted in a standalone server, operationally independent from our other customers, reducing the risk of downtime.
Not only does Modular let you bridge to other apps and networks like Slack, IRC and XMPP, but it also lets you interact with millions of other Matrix users, if you choose to enable federation.
And there is more! Riot is open source, cross-platform and doesn’t compromise on features or user experience. Check the table below for a full feature comparison between Riot hosted by Modular, HipChat Cloud and Slack!
Convinced? Continue all of your conversations where you left off using our seamless migration tools…
|Feature||Riot Modular||HipChat Cloud||Slack|
|Group and 1:1 messaging||Y||Y||Y|
|Group and 1:1 voice and video calls||Y||Y||Y|
|Widgets and Integrations||Y||Y||Y|
|Web, Desktop, Android, iOS Clients||Y||Y||Y|
|Unlimited message history||Y||N||Y|
|Optional end to end encryption||Y||N||N|
|Can migrate from cloud hosting to self hosting||Y||Y||N|
|Ability to chat with users outside your organisation||Y||N||N|
|Interoperable (Slack, IRC, XMPP)||Y||N||N|
|Open source built on Open standards||Y||N||N|
|Price ($ / user / month)||$1.50||$2.00||$8.00|
In order to use the HipChat to Modular migration tool you must first be signed in to your Modular account. You must also have set up your hosted homeserver before you can begin the migration.
If you have not done so already, set up your hosted homeserver now:
Once your new Modular Hosted homeserver is up and running you can import your data in just a few easy steps: