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)
|US East (N. Virginia)
|US West (N. California)
|Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
|Asia Pacific (Sydney)
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.