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Quite a few years ago I met a travel agent whose email address was [email protected].

He inspired me to look at interesting domains and, to my great delight, American Samoa let me register tthi.as - resulting in my website at https://ma.tthi.as and my email address of [email protected].

More recently I’ve become interested in open and federated social networks, resulting in the great usernames of ma:tthi.as and @[email protected]tthi.as on Matrix and Mastodon, respectively. I’m running a server for each in Docker on a server in my store room.

Both Synapse (the “default” Matrix server) and Mastodon let you run a server at a subdomain, but both require the root domain to point to the correct subdomain. Matrix wants something served from http://{domainurl}/.well-known/matrix and Mastodon looks at http://{domainurl}/.well-known/webfinger.

Since I already run everything in containers behind Traefik, I decided to use a small Nginx container to serve this content. First up, my docker-compose.yml:

version: '3'

    restart: unless-stopped
    image: nginx:alpine
      - web
      - ./nginx.conf:/etc/nginx/nginx.conf
      - ./content:/var/www/
      - TZ=Australia/Perth
      - "traefik.enable=true"
      - "traefik.http.routers.wellknown.entrypoints=websecure"
      - "traefik.http.routers.wellknown.rule=(Host(`tthi.as`))"
      - "traefik.http.routers.wellknown.tls.certresolver=letsencrypt"
      - 'traefik.http.routers.wellknown.tls.domains[0].main=tthi.as'
      - "traefik.http.services.wellknown.loadbalancer.server.port=80"
      - "traefik.docker.network=web"

    external: true

Secondly, a bare-bones nginx.conf. It serves the Matrix content from static files on the local filesystem, but redirects Mastodon requests to my Mastodon server.

events {
    use epoll;
    worker_connections 128;

http {
  server {
    server_name tthi.as;

    location / {
      root /var/www;
      index index.html;
    location /.well-known/webfinger {
      return 301 https://social.tthi.as$request_uri;

So far, so good. Nothing broken!