I've decided to move this blog. Whether I'll do it is another matter. After yesterday's suggestion by Barman, I began to look around for the best alternative to my current webhost. When I started with them many moons ago, they had relatively uncrowded servers but recently it's reached a point where it doesn't make sense paying what I pay for such a slow website response. The last time I looked, there were over 100 websites on this server, which just seems crazy and probably accounts for the frequent downtime and very slow page loads. I still thought a VPS was beyond me but yesterday I discovered digitalocean.com.
I'm still undecided whether I'll use them instead of the company Barman suggested. For a ridiculously good price of 5$ a month, I get to create a 'droplet' on their cloud. A droplet is just 1 core processor, 512mb of memory, 20gb of disc space, 1tb of transfer, but it looks like it's already going to be *much* faster than what I currently have. The downside is that it's pretty much me on my own learning to manage my own server. I don't even have a control panel, unless I want to install one myself and that's not so easy and not generally recommended by the Linux gurus. Yes, it's running on Linux and as I discovered yesterday, doing even the simplest thing demands a steep learning curve. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Even if I don't eventually make the move, the 5$ is actually a really good price just to have access to a Linux install I can play around with and learn to manage a web server. It's something I've never done but always wanted to try.
So now I've installed Ubuntu Linux on my 'droplet', which is effectively a remote computer which I access through shell or console. If I want to do anything, I have to do it with a command typed into the Linux shell. After a long day, I finally had this website up and running over there about 4am yesterday morning (fast to load, new theme makes it look like a new start) but today I face the not so easy job of moving everything else associated with it. Only if I'm 100% certain it will be easy to manage will I redirect my domain name over there.