So, it’s finally happened. I’ve decided to move my blog onto linode to check what all the fuss was about with their $5/month offering. I’ve been quite curious as to how much performance I can get for $5, my current shared hosting solution with tsohost is OK, but it’s not great…
For $5/month, you get 1GB RAM and 1 Core CPU (whatever that means). What does that really mean for us, coming from shared hosting?
Well, first thing is performance you’d get – 1GB for $5 is a lot of bang for your buck. The fact that you also have full root access means you can pretty much setup anything you want.
Most of the steps to get you going is pretty well documented for you by linode:
- Getting Started Guide
- Securing your server
- Migration from shared hosting to Linode
- Install LAMP Stack on Ubuntu
I’d also recommend going through setting up HTTPS via letsencrypt using their certbot tool which does pretty much all the work for you.
I’m surprised by how much memory MySQL consumes at 25%, but I’m still happy with the result. Perhaps it’s something to keep in mind for my future setup.
andyw@localhost:~$ ps aux --sort '%mem' | grep 'mysql' andyw 11309 0.0 0.2 16788 2128 pts/0 S+ 17:00 0:00 grep --color=auto mysql mysql 5778 0.0 24.6 1271524 248800 ? Sl Apr28 0:39 /usr/sbin/mysqld --daemonize --pid-file=/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid
andyw@localhost:~$ free -m total used free shared buff/cache available Mem: 985 397 357 26 230 415 Swap: 255 21 234
WordPress admin load time has dropped from roughly
2.5s to less than
500ms mark. Site load times without cache reduced from
500ms. It was worth all the effort.
Next Steps – Containerised Apps
Next step for me is to start setting up something more interesting to see how much I can really push these things a bit more.
- Dockerised Apps
- MiniKube (Kubernetes in a single node)
- Codefresh.io CI integration