Moving to AWS

30 Nov 2014 11:02

This is part of my quest to sort out my website. Moving to AWS.

My website hosting has been a little sketchy over the years. I’ve hosted it on the rack at empeg; I’ve hosted it at home, on my DSL line; I’ve hosted it on a VPS; I’ve hosted it in AWS; I’ve moved it to a VM back at home; I’ve used Jekyll on GitHub Pages.

While github pages is certainly convenient, I want more functionality:

  • I want some Jekyll plugins.
  • I want to track 404 errors so that I can fix them.
  • I want to install (probably) discourse for comments.
  • At some point, I might want to ditch Jekyll and go back to running my own (or another) blog engine.

On the other hand, I don’t really want to host it at home again, because – while my Internet connection is pretty-much rock solid – I’ll always have to be aware that it’s running on a VM on my main desktop PC, and I can’t be bothered with that.

So: back to AWS. I’ve opted for a t2.micro in US East.