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Topic # 206099 9-Dec-2016 13:42
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I find myself in need of a basic website - an online CV/presence plus blog. Very basic, static, little other than text. I'd be amazed if I get more than a dozen hits a month from people who aren't me or related to me. But this is also an opportunity to learn something new and play around with some new (for me) tools, so want to experiment with Wix, Weebly and Squarespace. For now, I don't want to maintain anything other than content, so have focussed only on SaaS options.

For this type of website, is there going to be any kind of real-world performance impact from where and how the provider hosts the website? I've seen that Umbrellar re-sells the Weebly design tools to host sites locally in New Zealand. But other than that, I am guessing all 3 will be offshore only.

Basically, I am going to have a play with all 3. Can I decide which one to use just based on preferred interface/themes/functionality, or do I really need to do some kind of performance testing too?

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  Reply # 1685319 9-Dec-2016 14:00
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I'd recommend Squarespace for such a thing. They have a pretty good CDN but you can also shove Cloudflare in-front of it too. Weebly was recently hacked with 43mil credentials stolen (including mine - my haveibeenpwned list is looking rather sad now).

 

If it is a small site then you can also look at hosting it on a Raspberry Pi on your home network using something like Wordpress :) since I've been playing around with node.js before I stumbled on Apostraphe which seems like a good, simple content management system. Essentially for setting up something like this you'll want an Apache / NGINX reverse proxy in-front of your node.js app (can be run on the same host / raspberry pi).





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  Reply # 1685329 9-Dec-2016 14:09
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Thanks Michael. @timmmay was kind enough to share his very comprehensive guide to setting up WordPress on AWS. While it is very cool and I learned heaps, one of my key learnings from the process is that while I can set everything up myself (touch wood that I didn't leave some gaping security hole open) I just don't have the time to maintain it properly. I'm happy to outsource that side of things.

Thanks for the tip about Weebly. I was leaning towards that because of the option of NZ hosting.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1685392 9-Dec-2016 16:00
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I've got a guide for setting up a server on Linux Here if you're wanting a simple way to do it securely. My site is currently hosted in NZ (in an undisclosed location in a datacentre).





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  Reply # 1685520 9-Dec-2016 21:00
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My tutorial is basically documentation of "the hard way" to do it. I was trying to learn more than achieve an end goal, but I did both. I learned a lot about Linux, AWS, and Wordpress. In future I'd use a CloudFormation template or similar.





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