Self-hosting vs paid hosting

Self-hosting vs paid hosting
Photo by Florian Krumm / Unsplash

I migrated my blog from a self-hosted Ghost server to the hosted service provided by Ghost - and it’s a relief to be honest.

I have always enjoyed administrating things myself. I hate it when I can’t (👀 at you organizational IT departments). Privately, I would consider myself an amateur sysadmin.

My amateur-ishness shines in the fact that I hadn’t upgraded since I installed the Ghost software. I was always afraid I would lose my login keys for the server. Or that I broke things because it had been such a long time since I upgraded and breaking changes had happened (who reads through all the logs?).

I ran the server through DigitalOcean and yes, it was cheaper in money terms. But in mental energy? It felt like yet another chore. So it never got done. Even this migration took me a while to actually do — even if doing it took 15 minutes.

But now, no more maintenance from my side and I can focus on the writing! The blog is dead, long live the blog!

Everything is in paid hosting provided by Ghost directly now. This affects some things:

  • No more email glitches (sorry for that!)
  • New features like comments (drop your favorite emoji! 🧙🏻‍♂️)
  • Did I say I can focus on writing?

See you soon! I’m doing other chores like digital archive cleaning and I might end up sharing some long lost stories I never shared before - who knows 😉