A new host, a new post…
Posted on May 19, 2015
For a number of years, I have been hosting with Bluehosts. Until, that is, my renewal bill came in this year. I was being charged more than the previous year, which was already twice the cost of the year before. I know this was because of the discount I had been given for joining them in the first place, but it felt like I was being punished for being a good customer. I asked them about this, and after being online with the ‘customer retention team’ for about 2 hours, they finally offered me the extension at about $10 over the price a new client would pay. Great!! No. I just felt offended that I had to go through the processes of begging, and teasing dollar after dollar out of them.
TL;DR … I left Bluehosts and decided to self-host. This presents certain technical issues. Firstly, despite my broadband provider being the fastest in the UK at 150 Mbps, they do not provide static IP addresses. I know, so last century, right?! This means dynamic IP, which means using a provider for my DNS records that allows updating. I settled on No-IP, as I had already been using them to connect to home. I simply delegated my domain name to them, all sorted.
Next was the hardware. I am an avid fan of the Raspberry Pi, as you will soon see from the posts on this site. I have recently received a couple of new Raspberry Pi 2 devices, so I decided to see how well on of these would function and a webserver. Certainly well enough for a static WordPress site like this one, don’t you think?
I will soon be posting about the whole build process for this server, which include the hardware, the webserver, the wordpress site, and the GOGS git hosting service.