Last week was a momentous week in the IT department here at Dua Lima. I’ve finally bitten the bullet and migrated away from the safe haven of WordPress.com to host a domain on my own cloud server, amazing myself in the process at my ability to follow simple instructions.

So, welcome to JonnyInFiji.com !!

Self-hosting allows complete control and customisation of this site, eg implementing e-commerce, advertising (not allowed on WordPress.com), access to a huge array of themes and plug-ins, as well as being able to host and manage additional sites. Server resources can be increased (or decreased) as necessary to cope with everything, additional applications can be installed, or even additional servers. The flip side of all this is a few more jobs to do – more monitoring, administration and maintenance tasks that would otherwise have been done by the good old boys at WordPress.com.

There are many WordPress hosting providers to choose from – some of the well known ones are WP Engine, Bluehost, Pagely, InMotion, and Siteground. I looked at all of these, and another half dozen, and found that they are either (relatively) expensive, or set seemingly arbitrary limitations on domains and traffic which require package upgrades, thereby making the deal even more expensive if things need to be scaled up.

After a lot of reading and research I decided to go with Cloudways who allow a choice of underlying platforms – Amazon (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, VULTR, and Digital Ocean. I chose Digital Ocean since it had the longest trial period – figured I’d need a couple of weeks to get clued up. With Cloudways there is also no limit on domains and no limit on visitors/pageviews as long as you have the bandwidth.

After reading all the instructions the whole process went pretty smoothly, other than wasting about 8 hours trying to figure out where I had gone wrong with the DNS settings when all I needed to do was purge all my cached internet files and restart the WiFi router. Schoolboy error duly noted.

The server currently hosting this site comes in at US$10 a month, but my small low-traffic site would probably sit quite happily on the lower spec US$5 option.

My old WordPress.com site http://jonnywilkins.wordpress.com will continue to exist for a little while in parallel whilst I ensure everything is nailed down here, and will eventually be decommissioned, redirected, or reused in such a way that the two sites do not duplicate content – don’t want to get dinged by Google for that one !

So, welcome again to JonnyInFiji.com – if you notice any broken links or missing pages let me know.

Cheers,

Jonny.

You can try Cloudways too on a 14 day free trial, click below for more details

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  1. Bob Wilkins

    Great blog. Keep it up. Best wishes to all.

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