If you've come across this page, it's likely that I've contacted you to offer you hosting. The reason I did is because I like your content, simple as that. Of course, I don't have to agree with your positions to appreciate what you produce. I have my beliefs, you have yours, they probably overlap on a few points, that's enough for me.
But why would you agree? You already have a platform, which works, which is proven, which is used by thousands or even millions of other people, you have spent time configuring it, setting it up, adjusting it, let's go and start all these steps again with a stranger...
They are among the most famous free web hosting companies in the world. They are efficient, they know their tools inside out since they are often at the origin of them and they manage to handle a lot of traffic without batting an eyelid. That's all well and good, except that...
You don't have control over the server, which is of course very convenient for you, since this is a very specific skill (and between us,
You will tell me that you use a VPN and between us it's so much better, but a lot of your visitors don't use one, so you let their IP addresses be recorded. On my side, I can't **prove** that I don't log anything. You have to trust me. That said, it is not different from VPN providers who claim not to keep any connection trace. I can copy here the configuration files I use, but you won't have any certainty that it's really the files I use.
You know that they lodge, I announce that I don't keep anything, but you still have to trust me (and you would be right not to trust me, well, not me personally, but in general to what can't be proven in the field of computer science).
I hope you already back up what you write, you film, you record, in short, what you create. We are never safe from a server failure, a hard disk problem, a host that closes its doors... It doesn't just happen to small providers. I know that MySpace has fallen by the wayside since Facebook became popular, but, at the risk of surprising you, they are still a pretty large content host. And, all in all, quite recently they lost 13 years of user data. 13 years, after all. And I'm only talking about the accidents here, we'll talk about the rest later.
For my part, I propose 5 GB per user, leaving the possibility to increase this space later, depending on the crazy success I encounter. And once again, you can't trust me since I can't prove anything I say, I make a weekly backup of everything I host on another server. An encrypted backup of course. I want to make it clear that I keep backups of the last 3 weeks and not just the last backup, just in case.
For many of you, the idea of creating a website came to you after a deletion of a Twitter, Facebook or other account. You were dependent on a social network, you created and distributed your content through it, but one day, you wake up and your account has been suspended, making your work inaccessible, or even worse, deleted. And then, frequently, everything you've produced is lost forever. Hours or even days of writings, photos or other, which are forever lost. And all this, why? Because you made a slightly offensive joke? Because your content displeases? Is against the grain? And that's enough.
But then, let me ask you a question, why make the same mistake? You think that Wordpress or Substack won't delete your content? Don't forget that Twitter, until at least 2015, was a fairly reliable and free platform, on which you could discuss quite freely, as long as you stayed within the legal limits. No words were banned and caustic humor was tolerated, even encouraged. And 6 years later, we all know what state the platform is in. Do you think that your current nice hosts, who accept you, will still accept you in 1 year ? In 3 years? And in 10? Since your investment in time and energy is probably more important on your site than on your social networks, the loss can be dramatic. Of course, you can't be sure that I, in 10 years, will still be there. Or my opinions might change. That's right.
On Wordpress, you are limited to use the software... Wordpress, well done. But there are other CMS, here, for example I use Automad. There are other themes available, it's lighter, more recent, easier to administer... But of course there are others. On Substack, you are also limited to the software they offer. On Wix, same thing.
I can propose Wordpress, Hugo, Hexo, Grav, Automad... without any problem, having already used them many times, but I can adapt to you and your needs. You want another one? Why not, leave me a few days and we'll work it out.
As for the aesthetics, your domain name... It looks immediately more serious, even if it's a personal blog and not an income generating activity, to have your own domain name.
Well, it's true, it's not often that an unknown person offers a quality service for free. We usually smell a bit of a scam. Understanding why I offer this service is actually quite simple. I think I can say that I have quite advanced skills in computer science on particularly technical fields. And hosting, to tell you the truth, is not that complex. At least when you don't touch infrastructures that have to serve thousands of requests every second, where you have to be able to manage a competitive access, replicate data all over the world... Well, hosting a blog, let's say, is simple. 10 blogs is also simple.
Anyway, so I'm someone who says he knows what he's doing, but then why do it? Because simply, I know how to do it and you don't. You know how to write, how to propose new ideas, how to review the state of science, how to bring theological knowledge, how to analyze texts, how to summarize works, how to innovate... A whole lot of fields in which I am far from being exceptional. I would almost go so far as to say that I am a lambda. But I still wanted to be useful to the causes I defend. That's all. And, since creating content is not my forte (I'll try anyway), I can make myself useful by hosting others'. By making it easier for others to express themselves.
I think I have pretty much sized the server, at least for the moment, since it is a NVME-8G from Liteserver, which has 160 GB of storage, 4 logical cores and 8 GB of RAM. Maybe it's too much, maybe not enough, it's hard to be sure before knowing how many people I'm going to host as well as the software they prefer (almost everything is lighter than Wordpress, but in my great kindness I let you use it if you want).
This host allows me to use cryptocurrencies to rent this server, that's why I chose him. He doesn't know anything about me or my identity, I want to preserve my complete anonymity.
Without going into details for hours about my know-how, I would like to remain anonymous, cybersecurity is a field I am familiar with. Of course, I paid attention to it on this service. I won't go into too much technical detail here either, maybe in a blog post, but if you don't understand much about it, it's not essential either.
Of course, in the first line, there is a firewall, which only accepts SSH connections (which I use to administer the server), HTTP and HTTPS. Nothing else.
Then comes a Nginx reverse proxy which will take care of the HTTPS encryption. It is him who makes sure that the connection between you and the server is encrypted.
It is important to know that this reverse proxy is running in a Docker container, to put it simply, it is as if this software was running "in a computer within a computer". This container is completely isolated from the rest of the system, this means that if by some
Finally, this reverse proxy will address to your Grav or Wordpress instance or other, according to your choice, to retrieve the web page to display. Of course your software is also running in a Docker container. And to be more precise, it only has access to the network of the reverse proxy, but here we really start getting into
So yes and no. No, because I really pay for the server and the domain name. For you, almost. I advise you, even if it's not imperative (since I can create yourdomainname.ordogenese.com) to buy (or rent) a domain name, it's cleaner. You can do like me and take it at liteserver or at a completely different registrar. If I may say so, go to a registrar that allows you to pay in cryptocurrency to keep your anonymity. I don't have any discount code or promotional offer for you, anyway even if I had one, not sure I would offer it in order to stay a bit credible on my independence. Depending on the TLD (i.e. if it's a ".com", ".fr", ".eu"...) and the registrar you choose, you'll get less than 10€ per year. I pay mine 9€ per year at liteserver for example).
I prefer that your content stays within the limits of the law. I am very tolerant, the law is also relatively tolerant, as long as there is no open call to hatred or murder, normally we will get along well. In any case, if I offer you this service, it is because I have read you and I have not found any. So, go on like that.
Regarding the "procedure", if we can call it that, since it remains quite "artisanal", you tell me if you have a domain name (in which case it is enough to point a type A registration to 220.127.116.11) or if you want me to offer you a sub-domain (i.e. yourname. ordogenese.com), the CMS you prefer (Grav, Wordpress, Joomla...) (note that it must be open source, I can't for example host the software that Wix uses, as far as Substack Ghost is concerned it's very similar), and you're free. I take care of everything else.
Until you really trust me, keep your site! If you have a Wordpress and you ask me for one, there are plug-ins that allow you to duplicate a site in a few clicks. If you switch to another CMS or if you use Grav, it will usually be enough to simply copy and paste between your 2 sites. It's not the ideal solution, but let's take our time, we don't know each other, well you don't know me while I'm reading you, keep your platform for some time (or forever, if your account is never deleted) to see if I really live up to what I promise.