Goodbye Wordpress, Hello Hugo

By Adrian | January 22, 2019

Its been a while since I posted a blog. I have just been really busy with what seems like a never ending stream of things that need to be done.

Over the last month or so, I have been getting into AWS a lot for both work and personal use. I was fortunate enough to get a subscription to A Cloud Guru and I have hit that content hard. Very hard! Lets face it, cloud is the future and in IT if you don’t keep yourself up to date with technology you simply get left behind, and I was at the point where I felt like I was starting to get left behind.

In this time, I have watched copious amounts of content about AWS on the A Cloud Guru platform, worked on serverless labs and generally immersing myself in documentation. While my brains are getting to the fried point, its been a good learning experience. I’ve even cleared the Certified Cloud Practitioner exam and have a view to doing 2 more exams in the next 2 months. Next up will be the AWS Architect Associate exam, followed up by the AWS Systems Operations Associate which I have a exam voucher for providing I can sit it before March. So I better get cracking. aws-ccp

Which brings me to now. When I started this blog back in Nov 2018 it was done using AWS Lightsail for a rough cost of USD$3.50 a month. There was no “real skill required” in setting up a Wordpress server through a simplified wizard. Now don’t get me wrong there is a place for such setups but there’s much cooler ways to go about it and serverless should bring my costs right down as well. It will be an interesting comparison for sure.

So the Lightsail/Wordpress blog is dead. Content transferred and decommissioned. This blog is now running off static S3 website hosting and Hugo in the backend for the content generation. Further improvements will be to enable SSL via a Cloudfront distribution and manage the pages via a git repository. At the moment, its not properly connected to a domain.