A while back I was successful in reclaiming my old domain, and then set up an old Apple Xserve on it to host an equally old web page with some links to random stuff.
This was fun, and even somewhat useful as a ‘start page’, but with my moving everything at work into the cloud and spinning down local services, I shut down my personal servers too.
A few days ago I fired up some shared hosting at DreamHost for the domain, just to see if I wanted to run this thing on WordPress – and if that was the case if I could import everything from Livejournal to it.
The answer to both turned out to be “yes”… With some caveats…
The el-cheapo shared-hosting service was just barely fast enough to run the import process. It took about a dozen tries to get the entries from 2020 loaded, because it was taking the shared host over 120 seconds per image to copy images hosted over at Livejournal, and the process would time out…
I mean, I can’t complain – you simply don’t get much processing power for $4 a month, but I wasn’t willing to go all-in without some testing.
Another symptom of this underpowered shared-hosting thing was the WordPress control panel was pretty sluggish, and even the editor would get wonky in the evenings when all of my digital neighbors were using the server too.
Anyway, I finally got everything imported – including all of the images – and I squeezed enough CPU time out of the shared host to fiddle with some of the internals for WordPress enough to be satisfied with it.
So, today, I sprung for a VPS-like setup called DreamPress, which gives me some dedicated ram and CPU, 60G of storage, and essentially unlimited bandwidth – so I can do a bit more than just blog… I might also set up art and story pages for various characters and settings, or something.
This also came with things like free JetPack – which I use for the company sites, SSL – because everything needs SSL, and even SSH access into the VPS itself – which I’m sure will be endless fun.
All told this endeavor will run me about $300 a year, which is a considerable increase from the $25 a year I spent on Livejournal – but I think there’s enough bonus potential to make it worth it in the long run.