I have moved all my stuff to a linode instance and installed the needed things to run my blog myself. I rather enjoyed setting it up and got to learn some stuff along the way.
I decided to go with a 512 instance on linode for a year, that way I save 10% and make my entire web hosting bill only $18/ month. That is less than half of the $40/month I was spending to just host wordpress at one host and a server that did nothing but sit there most of the time. This will also give me a place to play with technologies that I think are interesting.
One thing I do need to figure out is a backup strategy. Right now all my stuff is on one vps, and if anything happens to it my entire website goes down.
Linode offers an onside backup solution with four rotating snapshots for $5/month. The information can be found here. If I didn’t want to do that I would have to design some form of backup to sync stuff to my home network and have storage here to deal with it.
Either way all my stuff is now in one place and I can figure out the backups sometime soon. It’s not like any of my blog posts are critical to keep around anyway.
I think I have decided to move my website from my current hosting provider and build a full stack myself on a server that I manage. Not only do I want to do this t o consolidate my monthly bills, but I want to have a place to play with new technologies.
I did set myself up on Tumblr, but I think that will be relegated to silly stuff. I feel that I should have a good web presence that is professional if I am to be credible as a web developer and system admin. I want it to be my personal business card online that I am proud of.
With that in mind I am off to move some web hosting stuff.
I realized that I haven’t poste here in quite some time and I need to figure out what to do with it. I think I am going to either host it somewhere really cheap or host it on a server that I maintain. I don’t really know which way to go right now.
On the one hand, hosting it somewhere else means I don’t have to deal with updates or security or anything.
The other side of that coin is that it’s my job at work to keep on top of that, and therefore a little effort on my part will keep me better at my current and future jobs.
Looking around for hosting is tough, all the sites look exactly the same and all feel sleazy to me. The vps hosting sites like Linode and Slicehost look way more appealing to me but I don’t know if I really need that much server power reserved for my tiny little blog and online business card.
I am not sure what I am going to do, but I think for sure I will try and cut down my hosting costs. It’s silly to overpay each month for services I don’t use at all.