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Migrating from Tumblr to WordPress on VPS

Preface I’ve had enough with Tumblr. It’s been randomly messing up with <, >, & characters in the Markdown editor. And by that I mean it removed a random subset of content between, before, or after those characters. Or replaced the characters with something else. Or whatever. Then it randomly removed the closing / character […]

MariaDB fails to start after snapshot restore on Vultr

I had to restore from snapshot, because JetPack messed up my WordPress installation. Unfortunately, after the restore my website looked like this: Error establishing a database connection Gee, that’s nice. What’s up with the DB engine? [[email protected] ~]# systemctl status mariadb.service ● mariadb.service – MariaDB 10.3.9 database server Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled) […]

CentOS 7 done right on Vultr

Preamble After doing this for Linode, it’s time to also do Vultr. If you follow me, you already know that Vultr is one of my 3 favorite VPS providers. The great thing about Vultr is that it also allows for custom ISOs, so you can have fancy things like a Btrfs root filesystem, which in […]

Cheap VPS 2018/02 – DigitalOcean vs Linode vs Vultr

In the previous post I compared the above three with their then-current prices. Guess what, DigitalOcean actually improved their offering and they even tweeted me about it. I must say I’m impressed. At least I wasn’t wrong when I said quality of service is strong with this one. Let’s recheck the numbers then, shall we? […]

Cheap VPS – DigitalOcean vs Linode vs Vultr

Update: check out the newer comparison for current prices! I’ve been a longtime DigitalOcean customer and I can honestly say their service is excellent. But when you’re on a tight budget, you may have to compromise. I’m running a Dedicated KF2 Linux Server and 512 MB just won’t cut it, not even with a swapfile. […]

CentOS 7 done right on Linode

Linode Account Sign up to Linode. You’ll have to top up your account with at least $5 and your account will be manually reviewed, too. To me it took around 40 minutes, so it’s a good opportunity to set up our SSH keys till then. SSH Keypair In layman’s terms, key-based authentication is a bunch […]