2019-11-04-new-host.md (2480B) - raw


      1 <!-- title: New website hosting servers -->
      2 <!-- slug: new-host -->
      3 <!-- categories: Decentralization, Personal domain -->
      4 <!-- date: 2019-11-04T00:00:00Z -->
      5 
      6 Until yesterday, this website had been hosted by [GitLab][gl] (using GitLab
      7 Pages). For some time now the fact that they used servers owned by Google
      8 bothered me, so I have been looking for a new host for a while.
      9 
     10 One possibility I looked at was paying for a virtual private server. They aren't
     11 particularly expensive, but since the complete website's size is under 1MiB, a
     12 whole virtual server is a bit too much. Of course, I could use it to host other
     13 services (maybe a private Gitea instance, or a database to backup my files), but
     14 those are services that I don't need right now. Besides, I still wouldn't have
     15 any power to ensure no IPs of my visitors are logged somewhere, so it wouldn't
     16 solve my problems.
     17 
     18 Another option I considered was getting a home server. I would love to learn how
     19 to build a server out of nothing, set it up and get it up and running, but I
     20 don't want to have a computer running 24&#47;7 at home and, if it was to stop
     21 working, my website would be down for some time (until I had spare time to fix
     22 it). Indubitably, any server can have downtime, but I trust that volunteers
     23 partly dedicated to maintaining servers will be able to fix issues before I can
     24 do it myself.
     25 
     26 So I had to find a privacy respecting host that would serve a small static site
     27 like mine at a reasonable price. I found a couple of sites that interested me,
     28 but [Autistici/Inventati][ai] was the one that got most of my attention. First
     29 of all, they respect users' privacy—or so they claim—and it is one of the
     30 projects that has given me the best impression in this matter so far. They also
     31 have a decentralized network thanks to the [R* plan][r] and, on top of that, the
     32 project has ethical values that I share (something that I wasn't looking for in
     33 a host, but is much appreciated). Finally, my hosting is free of charge,
     34 although I will donate to the project to help it keep running.
     35 
     36 In conclusion, I am very happy with my new host. It is better than what I was
     37 looking for and I get to choose how much I want to pay for it. What is more, I
     38 know that anything I donate to support it will go to a project trying to make a
     39 better internet.
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     42 [gl]: <https://gitlab.com> "GitLab"
     43 [ai]: <https://www.autistici.org> "Autistici/Inventati"
     44 [r]: <https://www.autistici.org/who/rplan/> "R* plan — Autistici/Inventati"