I haven’t made a blog post in a while, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been THINKING about doing a blog post. Trust me, I have thought about it. Almost every single time, I decided it wasn’t worth it because I had more important work to do. Now I actually have something worthwhile to post about: I have moved Rubiverse.net to a brand spanking new server.
What: This was not a simple move. I didn’t just copy the site from one shared host to another. I moved the whole site from a shared host to an unmanaged Virtual Private Server (VPS). Most of you probably don’t know what this is. A VPS is a slice of a dedicated server that has it’s own operating system and is separated from other VPSs on a server by virtualization software. Because the one that I bought happened to be unmanaged, that means that I had to set it up, secure it, and make sure my site(s) and programs work as they should. For a person who has never done this before, it was a daunting challenge… but I still did it and I’m pretty proud I did.
When: The site was down, as some of you may know, for about a week or two while I procrastinated setting up the VPS. I’m still tweaking the server, but I finished the migration and the site was live about a week ago.
Where: The VPS server is located in Kansas City. I think that this is a great location for a server because it is right smack in the middle of the US. It has decent speeds to EU and Asia, unlike the East coast or West coast. AAAAANNNNDDD… it’s cheap. Server in Kansas City tend to be cheaper than those in more expensive areas (Chicago, New York City, LA).
Why: I can tell you that it was NOT because I didn’t like my previous host. MDDHosting is a top notch, but I wanted something I could have more control over and I also wanted to learn how to manage a linux box, and that’s why I switched.
I don’t really know when the next post will be. This year is insane, and with SATs coming up and all these projects and tests and whatnot, I can’t give an ETA. This blog isn’t really my top priority right now.