Moving this blog to the edge

For many years I have hosted this blog using my own software, a fork from the base blog software I run on Geekzone.

Yesterday I decided to move the blog away from that platform and use a combination of Publii (a static site generator), Github Pages and Cloudflare Pages.

After looking around for different static site generators (and there are many), I settled on Publii because it’s easy to install, configure and integrates well with the rest of the stack.

Cloudflare Pages is a Jamstack architecture integrating Git workflows, build tools and pre-rendered content that is served directly from the edge.

This mean the blog can be served independently from my server – actually completely let go of the web server, logic, database and more stuff I had on my collocated hardware.

This reduced the amount of time I need to spend maintaining my code, released server resources and reduced attack surface on that box.

All changes are made on my computer and stored locally. When I am happy with changes (settings, theme or new posts) I can just push the button to generate and synchronise a static version of the website to a private GitHub repo and from there wait a few seconds to have Cloudflare automatically build and deploy a new version of the static site to the network edges.

What’s more, this means the total cost to run a website is zero (limited by 500 builds per month on the Cloudflare side).

I made a decision to not migrate my old blog posts – the exception being only my Technology Disclosure, where I list the products/devices I have been given by different companies on short- or long-term loan for reviews.

This article was updated on Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Mauricio Freitas

I'm the Geekzone admin. On Geekzone we publish news, reviews and articles on technology topics. The site also has some busy forums. Also worth visiting is TravelTalk NZ, a community for travelers!

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