On the cheap
This page is hosted on an Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Compute EC2. The instance is a small, but fixed slice of an Amazon server running a Virtual Machine described below.
The operating system is Linux. Securely connecting to the machine allows me to install Apache as a web server, MySQL as a database and WordPress as a content management system. There publicly available images with these pre-installed but I prefer to build my own. Instructions here.
If you are unfamiliar with these technologies, check them out just at a high level. Operating system is the computer’s basic functionality. A web server receives and directs web traffic. A database reads and writes information to be stored and accessed. A content management system basically allows people to easily manage a blog. Continue reading “High availability”