Before hosting here on the awesome GitHub Pages, I contemplated setting up a VPS server. One of my first choices, Digital Ocean recently sent me an offer for a free T-shirt if I set up a droplet and answered some survey questions.
Initial seutp was easy and the VPS control panel was clean and simple.
Getting the current blog up just required running a few commands: (and I didn’t even need to look them up)
apt-get install jekyll apt-get install git git clone https://github.com/tmpreston/tmpreston.github.com
Running jekyll using the inbuilt server (jekyll server –host=0.0.0.0) proved to be nice and speedy too.
And just for completeness I tried nginx too.
apt-get install nginx cp -R * /var/www/html/
The control panel has some basic in-built reporting already.
And a handy reset root password utility if you end up not pasting a valid SSH public key during droplet creation.
Everything worked well and prior to destruction of my little droplet I thought I’d check how fast the SSD disk was.
hdparm -t /dev/vda hdparm -T /dev/vda
So if ever GitHub does decide that they don’t particularly want to be in the free hosting business I should be able to happily keep on blogging about my latest IT/Dev adventures.