Now on three continents

This website is now hosted on three continents.

I recently changed the hosting for this site to fly , since I was rather intrigued by the idea of being able to run three small VMs ( Virtual Machines ) worldwide for free. I would gladly have paid a small amount for their services. If they didn’t have a free allowance for VMs then it would only be around $6 a month, so I’m not worried about them removing the free allowance.

Previously it was running on one Hetzner VM in Nuremberg, Germany that I set up and maintained myself. The maintenance wasn’t a problem for me, but rather the idea of slow loading times for anyone reading this outside of Europe.

American visitors should notice a definite speedup now, as there’s a server on the west coast and for the few visitors in the Asia-Pacific region, there’s also a server in Australia. I kept track of the response time before and after the change using the Online or not Do I need a CDN? tool, which you can see in the table below (measured in ms )

Region Before After
Europe (Frankfurt) 62 32
US East (N. Virginia) 348 185
US West (N. California) 503 61
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) 732 251
Asia Pacific (Sydney) 1114 76

I do find it rather amusing that I spend more time tinkering with the site than actually posting anything, but, for once, tinkering has actually led to me posting something (this post). I would like to think that this might encourage me to post more in the future, but only time will tell.