Welcome to a brand new look of my blog. I finally move my blog from a paid web host on 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 be expired 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 the 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 is applicable to other kinds of Pi board. That's all for this post. Stay tuned!
Update in 11/2021:
The Orange Pi PC is still working perfectly after 4 years, 24/7. However, the Ghost version of this blog becomes obsoleted and need 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.