Updated: Security reinstallation and adapting a new Mastodon Instance to accommodate some advertising
Bütçe $100-350 USD
We are building the [login to view URL] Mastodon Instance as an adjacent service for our regional construction news publishing service serving several communities in Canada and the US. While our publications, ranging from [login to view URL] to [login to view URL] and [login to view URL] generally serve local communities, we believe [login to view URL] could provide an international social media presence for the construction industry.
A contractor selected through Freelancer.com has set up the framework Mastodon site on a Digital Ocean host. He completed part of the job, setting up the Instance on Digital Ocean, but did not complete the second part of his assigned task, providing some coding revisions to allow us to sell advertising on the site.
Unfortunately, the set-up was not secure, and Digital Ocean reports that the site has been infected by malware. Our security contractor took measures to "destroy" the Digital Ocean "droplet" containing the Mastodon site code, after he took a snapshot of the site set up, so it could be rebuilt once we are satisfied that we can secure things properly.
Hence, two tasks represent this assignment.
First task: Reinstalling the Mastodon Instance while ensuring the security is sufficient to prevent recurrent malware infections.
We can provide the general email from Digital Ocean plus access to the server/resources for you to inspect and make necessary configuration changes to ensure the site isn't compromised and stays safe in the future. Then the snapshot can hopefully be restored to create an active and functioning site.
Second task: Advertising set up
We wish to have the capacity to post advertising in advertising slots both within the site’s sidebar and within individual Mastodon posts. These ad spaces should be set up so that we can populate them with code from Google Ad Manager. (GAM requires publishers to insert some code in the header and a second bit of code where the ad is to appear). Based on the contractor’s determination in consultation with us about where the ads are most likely to be effective, we will provide the code for insertion on the site. The contractor’s main task will be to determine the ad slots required and provide some sizing guidelines and, once we provide the code, would load the code where relevant.
Relevant ad sizes may be 300x250, 350x450 and possibly a leaderboard banner 728x90. The contractor may suggest other ad sizes based on effectiveness and compatibility with industry standards. I anticipate we could handle between three and five ad slots within each view, combining the fixed sidebar slots and the in-line posting advertisements.
Note: If there are restrictions on advertising distribution within the Mastodon Federation, code must be devised to distinguish direct views on our server (which would contain advertising) from anything that is posted or distributed outside of our server (which cannot display advertising).
Skills required would be the ability to put some Google Ad Manager code (provided by us based on contractor's size/format recommendations, as required within the header and relevant advertising slots, and also to be sure this advertising content doesn't interfere with any Mastodon restrictions on ad serving outside of our own server.
These are relatively simple tasks, as the major work in setting up the Instance has been completed. You can augment your quote to cover the additional security update required.
Timeline is not urgent -- I accept that one trade off for keeping costs low is limited completion urgency.
Questions and clarifications
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