sciolism

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Diary

Costs to run this blog

I happily noticed that the number of (self-hosted) blogs I came across has increased recently. The latter ones feature some posts where people did a break down of the monthly costs for their blog. Great idea, let’s see what this means for sciolism.

Hosting & Domain

This blog runs on a small VPS hosted by DigitalOcean. The monthly costs are about $6. The domain is about 9€ per year with DNS being managed via DigitalOcean. The certificates for encryption are provided by Let’s Encrypt and are free of charge.

Software

As every blog or website this blog heavily relies on software. First of all there is the CMS or in this case the static site generator hugo which is free of charge. The webserver on the VPS is a nginx instance - free of charge, too. Other software like a FTP clients, text or graphic editors can hardly be attributed since they are used for multiple purposes.

Wrap up

In total the monthly costs are about 6-7€ which is absolutely ok and underlines that self-hosting is affordable. I think it is important to point out that the costs would be much higher with all components being charged, so it is a good opportunity for a big shout-out to the many (open-source) projects that help to run this blog.