I’ve owned this domain for years, and I wanted to put a blog back on the address. I looked at hosted sites like WordPress and Tumbler, but I ultimately decided to host my own. I want to have a dedicated server on the Internet I can install software on and run any sites or tools I want. I’ve used Heroku and EngineYard professionally, but those servers are far more expensive than what I wanted to spend for a personal site. My friend Loren Norman pointed me to a service I hadn’t heard of – DigitalOcean.
I am impressed. It’s cheap ($5 a month and nice promo codes for first time users), and I have decent Linux server at my disposal. I chose which flavor of linux I wanted to create, and within minutes, I Digital Ocean handed me the keys . Their documentation for setting up WordPress is superb. I am a professional instructional designer, and I love step-by-step instructions. The instructions were clear, concise, and best of all, they worked.