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Six day checkpoint on VPS

It has been 6 days since I moved my site to a Digital Ocean VPS and so far everything has worked perfectly. The site is blazing fast and so far, the reliability issues the last time I tried this seem to have not reappeared (yet).

The next step I think is figuring out what I want my site to be. For about ten years, it has been a blog where I may post once every month or two. I don’t want it to be that for the next ten years.

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Giving Digital Ocean a try again

With my DreamHost account coming up for renewal in five days, I decided to cut my costs and try out using a Digital Ocean VPS. I tried this earlier in the year, but ran into some problems and decided to switch back. Now I’m giving it a shot again. We’ll see how this goes.

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VPS experiment has ended

I’ve decided to go back to a shared hosting environment for now with my sites. I just don’t have the time to properly maintain a VPS server. Plus my Dreamhost account is paid up through November. In November I’ll re-evaluate my options.

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A new home and domain

I’m pleased to announce that my web site / blog now has a new home. I have consolidated my domains from and breakingbrickwalls.net to chris.gonyea.com. Additionally, this is now hosted on a Digital Ocean VPS.

Consolidating Domains

I’ve been blogging now for about 12 years, with archives dating back 10 years. In the past, whenever I wanted to talk about a new subject, I generally just purchased a domain name and setup a new blog.

However this came with a number of downsides:

  • Multiple WordPress instances are a pain to administer, especially when there is security and plugin updates.
  • I felt like my thoughts were scattered across multiple platforms and not benefiting from being collected and promoted on a single site.
  • I found I was far more likely to neglect my sites.

Additionally, since I purchased gonyea.com several years ago, I have been wanting to have chris.gonyea.com be my digital home. This seemed like a great opportunity to consolidate everything. breakingbrickwalls.net and chrisgonyea.com will eventually redirect here, with their archives imported.

Life in the fast lane

I have been less and less impressed with Dreamhost over the years. Their shared hosting seems to be so slow these days. I would wait seconds for WordPress pages to render. There is little control over the server and limitations to what I could do.

Running on a Digital Ocean VPS has been a revelation:

  • It’s insanely fast out of the box. Even the WordPress admin pages render in milliseconds it seems.
  • I have made the switch over to NGINX, which means even faster rendering and the ability to withstand the single digits of users hitting my site.
  • I’ve been able to do snapshots of my server’s configuration so I can instantly revert to it if needed.
  • I now have all server transactional email going through Dyn Email Delivery.
  • I can now experiment with the server’s configuration and try new tools, expanding my knowledge of administering Linux servers.

So far, so good on this experiment.