I will tell you today, how I build my Serzfus Startup Technology site and how it only cost me 5 dollars. I already explained about Serzfus and introduce the site last February 2015 via the page I exclusive build here at Bleuken.com which can be found via http://www.bleuken.com/serzfus-startup-technology/.
Serzfus Startup Technology (Serzf.com) is a website dedicated in providing comprehensive information about the things a starting entrepreneur should know prior to engaging to the insurmountable struggles and tough decisions that they will face in the process of bringing their business off the ground. Source: Serzf.com
If you will visit the website today, you’ll find it much faster compared to the other sites you have visit. Do you know that despite I spend only $5 when I started the site, it possesses a highly sophisticated firewall, CDN (content development network) and faster response time benefiting from the speed brought by the SSD storage of my hosting?
Well, here’s what I did in making this site possible and cost me only a small amount of money.
First, I sign-up for an account at DigitialOcean, a cloud hosting that utilizes SSD on their VPS hosting. I chose their $5 hosting which has a 512MB memory and 1 core process. It took less than 1 minute before the server is ready. They called every server you created on their site as “droplets.” I then select Ubuntu 14.04 LEMP package as a starting platform. LEMP refers to Linux, Nginx (prounced as Engine-X), MySQL and PHP.
After that, I configured Nginx and started all the services in the server. Then, after everything are working I downloaded a copy of the latest WordPress installation and install it. As you can see, I didn’t install a DNS server in my VPS instead what I did is sign-up on Cloudflare and added Serzf.com to use their service. Then, change the nameserver of my domain to use Cloudflare’s nameserver.
With this setup, the site uses the DNS, CDN and security of Cloudflare which gives it a little bit of stability and speed. In a couple of minutes, I finished the site and cost me only five dollars. Of course, the fee for DigitalOcean is recurring monthly but since I tried their service, there are tons of things I have explored, discovered and implemented which cost more than I have spend.
If you want too to explore, discover and conduct experiments in servers prior to engaging to your production server, you can try it using DigitalOcean with a minimal cost.
Disclosure: The link going to DigitalOcean on this post (and maybe with my other posts here in Bleuken), contains an affiliate code that let me earn a credit when you sign-up. However, that doesn’t mean that I made this post because I just want to earn a credit but because I believe DigitalOcean is a great place to host for your growing websites or apps and trying them will be a great experience (that is based in my personal experience).