Ian's blog
May 19 2020

Running my website on $1 monthly

Updated version

This website costs me almost nothing to run. I take advantage of a few free services. This site is fast and looks okay. Here’s what I use.

1. DNS : Cloudflare

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DNS is what enables the translation of website names to IP addresses. I use Cloudflare to manage the DNS of my domain at ianmuchina.com. I can have unlimited subdomains.

2. CDN: Cloudflare

Cloudflare have over 200 datacenters worldwide meant for just this purpose. cloudflare nodes map

When using Cloudflare’s Content Delivery Network, someone in Nairobi gets the site assets from a datacenter in Mombasa instead of somewhere further like France or USA.

A content delivery network greatly improves speed.

4. Framework : Jekyll

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I use Jekyll to generate the static files of my website. Jekyll has some awesome free themes. However it can take a bit of time to configure for those not familiar with it.

5. Hosting: Netlify + GitHub

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Netlify is what builds my site from the configuration files of my site. I use netlify with github. The static content is regenerated anytime I modify the config files

6. Domain Registrar - Cloudflare

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One gets a domain from a domain registrar. You can get a free one from Freenom. I have a freenom domain that I dont use at muchina.gq, but I abandoned it in favor of ianmuchina.com. Most .com domains are not that expensive and cost around $12 per year.

7. SSL: Cloudflare

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A site with SSL correctly configured has a padlock alongside the domain name. When using the cloudflare CDN, your site automatically gets free SSL


Take advantage of Cloudflare & Github Pages and just pay for the domain._