Being cheap… server upgrade

October 30, 2018

TL;DR, we’re back! After a week and a half of being offline samyerkes.com is back and better than ever!

I was running this site and a few other virtualhosts successfully on a micro VPS from vultr.com for $2.50 a month for about a year and a half. The major selling point for me was they were the only hosting provider I could find with a option for less than $5. I was loving being cheap and didn’t really have any issues with vultr.com (disclaimer, I never had to interact with their support). The server had only 512 mbs of memory and I was frequently maxing it out with different jobs so it was getting to the point I would have to manually login to the box to restart different services. After a couple weeks of manually restart services and a few people noticing my site was down I had a couple different options:

  1. Add another separate server and move apps and sites around.
  2. Upgrade my vultr.com server to 1 gb of memory for $5 per month. This would have been a one click upgrade in vultr.com’s backend.
  3. Provision a new server on digitalocean.com with 1 gb of memory $5 per month. Take the opportunity to upgrade the OS and a few different software libraries.

Before I moved to vultr.com I was a big digitalocean.com fan. I decided to take option 3 and move back to Digital Ocean, my preferred host. I also took the time to upgrade from Ubuntu 17.04 to 18.04, a LTS release.

The site was completely offline for about a week and a half as I was on vacation. 

I’m still in the process of setting up some of the supplementary sites and applications I have on here, but the data has been sync’d over. I’ll probably put it back together as I need certain things before fully decommissioning my server on vultr.com Hopefully I won’t have to do this again for a while because honestly it wasn’t lots of fun. I learned a valuable lesson about being cheap and not using LTS releases though!