GoDaddy to Linode and LAMP to LEMP

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So, I have been using GoDaddy’s servers to host this website for over two years now but I wanted to move away from it for several reasons. Some of them being lack of ssh access to a shared GoDaddy server, cost, and flexibility.

Specifically talking about the cost and other factors, below are some numbers.

Name Type Cost for 3 months CPUs Memory Network Storage
GoDaddy Economy Linux Hosting $24 1 512MB Unmetered (conditions applied) Unmetered (conditions applied)
Linode Linode 1GB $15 1 1024MB 1 TB 20 GB SSD

It was a no brainer to move to Linode and I was just being lazy to transfer the site but I did it finally. Yay! Also, I wanted to use a different web stack. So, use Nginx instead of Apache and MariaDB instead of MySQL. Honestly, I don’t know much about the advantages of one over the other but I still wanted to give it a try. Using Nginx over Apache did prove to be a bit of a learning curve and I had to manually tweak in some configurations but it wasn’t that bad.

Anyway, if you have any questions about the migration, do leave a comment. Btw, I just realized that I had disabled the comments section, which I am going to re-enable now.

Also, btw, I forgot to post about the fact that I started working for NetApp full-time as a Technical Marketing Engineer. Yeah, that position was new for me too but very briefly, I work on things like Hadoop, Spark, big data problems, etc. Anyway, more on that later.

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