My blog had been residing in a hosted server for a few years. Along with blogging, for the purpose of teaching myself how to develop in the generic PHP & MySQL environment, I had been using this service paying annual hosting fee.
However, due to the decrease of my interest in PHP development, and need to get deeper into Django or Rails, I decided to move my blog to the free WordPress.com hosting. And I may use the service fee I just saved for other types of hosting in the future.
Having a separate hosted service and being able to tinker with WordPress(PHP) and MySQL did teach me a lot about how to set up a website and manage it. But I think it’s time to move on and challenge myself to get into newer and more serious type of development for web applications.
Since my future plan has less to do with blogging, I think it will be sufficient enough for me to use free blogging services like WordPress.com. Who knows, maybe I get to like this service more than I imagined and subscribe to paid plan.
Hosting and domain renewing time has come. And by examining what new options are available, I could also review what resources I have for development.
Hardware, iOS developer connection membership, and other subscriptions, are usually fixed cost, with little variety. But most of all, I need them with no other choice. Fortunately, considering their importance, many of them are quite affordable, relatively.
But domain registration and hosting is different story. There are so many different options for different purposes. New options can be found from many places.
For domain registration, I used GoDaddy, but just transferred all my domains to Hover. Except for being cheap, there is almost no advantages in using GoDaddy. Their interface is so crude and excluding privacy option in basic purchasing of domain is not right, I think.
For hosting, I decided to stay with generic PHP and MySQL combination for one more year. Though there are disadvantages, it seems nice option for my personal blogging. I seriously thought about using Squarespace, but until my projects are grown big to attract so much traffic, having inexpensive hosting with option to use multiple WordPress installations sounded good to me. Also, revitalized respect for PHP and MySQL affected me to make such decision.