For a while, I have been unhappy with my blog. I don’t know if it’s just me being picky or what. I have gone back and looked at some of the posts, and I am very disappointed in myself for “creating” such … drivel. Anyway, that’s not the focus of this post. One of the bigger things I have been frustrated with is having my blog hosted on a shared VPS. So a few months ago, I decided I would migrate this blog to AWS. 

What an adventure

Originally I thought I could just do a lift and shift-type operation. Not the case. Nope, not even close. There’s something to be said for hosted environments. What I have learned is, AWS is a black hole of possibility and cost. If you can dream up, and afford it, there is almost nothing you can’t build in AWS.Moving my blog

Some of the things I learned

  • I learned how to install WordPress several times, which Lightsail makes really easy.
  • Setting up DNS can be cumbersome and challenging if networks aren’t your thing
  • There’s no built-in mail support, so you have to have a plan for that
  • Getting the CDN to work correctly is hard
  • You better be patient and good with googling, because there is no easy answer

I can’t complain too much, it’s been interesting to learn. I’m still not sure I have it totally correct, so I guess I’ll be making tweaks done the road. 

Things I hadn’t planned on while moving my blog

  • So in the process, I severely blew up the theme which led me to starting over from scratch.
  • I also destroyed the media gallery, so I’ll have to go back and edit posts. 
  • I culled the plugins
  • I had to push through not giving up
  • I have lots of clean up to do

To say this was humbling is an understatement. 

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