This website was running on an Orange Pi Zero

This website was running on an Orange Pi Zero

Update in 3/2024:

The Orange Pi PC was a great workhorse. It has never failed for the past 7 years. It was working perfectly 24/7, until my recent relocation when I didn't have access to the router to set up the port forwarding for local hosting anymore. Hence, for the time being, the website is temporarily hosted on a paid server.

Update in 11/2021:

The Orange Pi PC is still working perfectly after 4 years, 24/7. However, the Ghost version of this blog has become obsolete and needs to be updated for security purposes. Taking this chance, I made a complete reinstallation of the whole system to a smaller, yet still powerful Orange Pi Zero. The website gets a new look now and hopefully, new content coming in soon.

Original post in 8/2017

Welcome to a brand new look at my blog. I finally moved my blog from a paid web host to a tiny Orange Pi PC board. I have been using Bluehost to host my WordPress blog since 2014 and it served the purpose very well. The traffic to my site is not too much (~500 views/day) and I never put ads on it so using a paid host is something quite luxurious. Moreover, since it is going to expire next January, I decided to stop using paid service and try something new for my blog, which is self-hosting on an Orange Pi PC:

This tiny beast has 4 cores and runs at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM, much more than what we need to serve as a private web host. It is running Armbian (Linux-based OS) and costs only $18 including shipping to your doorstep from Aliexpress. They even have several simpler versions mainly for running as a Linux server with a price as cheap as your meal ($7).

Some useful functions are still missing from this blog but eventually, they will be added. I will make a video showing all the steps to get this blog running on an Orange Pi, which applies to other kinds of Pi boards. That's all for this post. Stay tuned!