There are also some orgs providing XMPP as part of larger offerings, listed at https://codeberg.org/jonatasbaldin/delightful-libre-hosters
My site https://growyourown.services is dedicated to helping non-technical people run their own online services through managed hosting.
I would like to add a section on making your own messaging service, and XMPP seems like the best candidate.
However, I need to find XMPP managed hosting companies to link to, otherwise there's no point adding the section.
@homegrown there are plenty out there not all necessarily xmpp. rocketchat and ejabber seem the prime considerations right now and there are managed hosting services available for both with a quick search
This is managed hosting as in, you pay them and they do all the technical stuff.
This seems to be rare for XMPP.
I'd highly recommend it, super easy to use and puts you in control of users, invites and groups.
What's even cooler is they've teamed up with https://jmp.chat/ to connect your xmpp address to a voip service:). This service is paid but super affordable.
@homegrown I love XMPP and lived there for a long time. But they are not exactly a current thing, and selfhosting that kind of communication is not simple - that also goes for Mastodon and Matrix. If it was for a small community, maybe Nextcloud Talk would be interesting?
Single-user Mastodon instance for the Grow Your Own Services site