Last sunday I bought the domain steneteg.org after a lot of thinking about how I would host it. The different alternatives I thought about was to either go the easy route and use a cheap web hotel that would host the websites and email, or to go the more advanced route and host everything myself on a VPS (Virtual Private Server).
The solution I choose was the more advanced route and the arguments that won me over was:
- More control and possibilities, Root access
- Good experience of hosting my own services
- Datacenter location choises (Always nice to have an American IP address)
- The most important argument I think was to get the experience of running my own email server etc, I think it would look good in my resume.
Since the VPS solution costs more then a web hotel it would be nice if I could discontinue to run my server at home 24/7 since it uses a bit of electricity, but since I need some server for storage of photos, backup etc that won't fit on a VPS I will need to both for a while longer.
So now I have gotten my email server up and running and I just moved my blog over too.
I created a self-signed certificate in order to use SSL for email authentication and login on the websites. Works okay, I've installed the certifiate on my computer, phone (android 4) and tablet (android 3.2). I have not managed to get the certificate to work properly on the tablet, but it works on android 4 so I hope Motorola will push out android 4 to my Xoom tablet soon.