I Don’t Need a VPS Anymore

March 24, 2022

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Jeremy Epstein writes in his post, I don’t need a VPS anymore:

20-30 years ago, deploying stuff online required your own physical servers. 10-20 years ago, deploying stuff online required at least your own virtual servers. It’s 2022, and I’m here to tell you, that deploying stuff online purely using SaaS / IaaS offerings is an option, and it’s often the quickest, the cheapest, and the best-quality option, and it quite possibly should be your go-to option.

I’m in the same boat. I ran and maintained my own VPS for 8 years to host several WordPress sites. I’m not a sysadmin, and package updates can be a nightmare if you only deal with it once every few months, as much as I genuinely love working with Linux.

Ultimately I gave up and moved to SSGs deployed to CloudFlare Pages, and put the WordPress sites I couldn’t convert on managed VPS hosting at first, then back to my own VPS for a few months, and then switched to fully-managed hosting.

My life has been so much easier.

This all will change in the future - I do think the free SSG hosting is a temporary loss leader for these companies. Hosting on a VPS would yield faster builds and serving static files isn’t hard. And I’m sure there will be even easier ways to host WordPress sites.

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