Migrating to Contabo

Posted on 21st of January 2023 | 388 words Clown computing

So yesterday, I, at least it seems, successfully migrated to Contabo. I’ve been looking for a small server to serve my home page and other self-hosted services for some time. Yesterday I decided to ask for some recommendations around the lazyweb and got many good and bad recommendations. One of the better recommendations, it seems, was Contabo.

While I don’t use too much computing power, at least now, I still need some for my sites and services. This basically meant that pricing was obviously the most significant factor. Many other service providers provide similar features as Contabo, but it seems to be on the cheaper end, but still being something that people tend to recommend. Currently, I only need a single instance, and probably in the future, I will need some storage space, and Contabo seemed to provide both at a reasonable price.

One other “nice-to-have” was the support for *BSD. Sure most provider offer something along the lines of Custom ISO so you can use any OS you desire, but this, of course, involves lots of unnecessary stuff that I just didn’t want to start doing it. Contabo fortunately offered FreeBSD 13.1 installation out of the box, which was great! I was considering something like Hetzner for a brief second since people tended to recommend that also but then noticed that they had FreeBSD support until last summer but then decided to silently remove it with which is why I chose to go with Contabo.

There’s probably a bunch of stuff still working a bit wonky, but I bet it’s getting there. Thankfully my site is just a simple Hugo site so setting it up was quite simple. Put an nginx in front of it, and you’re pretty much good to go. Before, I ran this site on GitHub pages, limiting me in many ways.

Since I now have some computing power, I can introduce some services that I might find interesting, i.e. offering commenting and analytics but in a privacy-friendly way (as in no Disqus or Google Analytics), but it remains to be seen do I want to add something like that. One thing I probably want to start looking in to start running some self-hosted service for my videos, photos and such. I feel that what Contabo offers are suitable for it. But let’s see…