Going Virtual

My shared hosting provider sent an email reminding me of the upcoming renewal this December. Though I had been a relatively satisfied customer these past years, looking at the bill gave me pause, in turn enough to make me think of what I’ve been missing. Shared hosting is fine as far as fire-and-forget goes, but I’ve been limited to just PHP and MySQL.

So today I took a new step and signed up for a virtual cloud server. It’s more hands-on but nothing that I’m not already used to. It felt good to SSH into the server, actually, and the response time was really speedy. Best of all, it’s only half the price of my shared host.

First to migrate was my Tiny Tiny RSS reader service. Setup was a breeze, with fewer hoops to go through than with a shared host. Next up was this blog, now in its umpteenth reincarnation. Since I have shell access, I finally have it under SSL encryption (note the lock on the location bar, ha!)

I’ll have give this setup a try for a few weeks, and if all goes well, I’ll move the rest of my stuff over. We’ll see.