On Saturday November 21st I migrated www.jgomez.net from GoDaddy Hosted WordPress over to a hosted VPS on Digital Ocean running Ubuntu 14.04. It is the standard $10/month plan with 1GB RAM, 30GB SSD storage, and 2TB bandwidth. I also enabled SSL with a certificate from Trustico (RapidSSL/GeoTrust). I had previously moved domain registration from GoDaddy but was forced to leave my hosting there for lack of an equally priced and functional alternative. Click here to read more.
Why would I leave? Well, for one thing, GoDaddy’s stance on SOPA PIPA (they have since changed their stance) set the ball in motion many years ago, when I decided to move my domain registrations from them. Their changed stance aside, a few other things pushed me to migrate: the renewal rate hike of over 50% that GoDaddy was going to stick me with, and the need for me to consolidate a few of my virtual hosted servers into one — my year of free EC2 hosting from AWS was coming to an end, and I wasn’t comfortable with the uncertain pricing from the EC2 instances I had. DigitalOcean provides a steady, predictable bill that I am comfortable with.
To top it all off, GoDaddy Managed WordPress does not allow you to bring your own SSL certificate to your managed WordPress account, they force you to use their overpriced $70/yr SSL Certificate.
The choice of Ubuntu 14.04 over CentOS was an intentional one, and something I will blog about later. But, in a nutshell, I already have dozens of CentOS web servers at work and it has become pretty routine. My experience with Ubuntu is limited to a period of time where I ran it on my desktop as my primary home operating system, so using Ubuntu was sure to provide some form of learning and entertainment, not the least of which is the small nuances between Apache versions.
I’ll soon post a step-by-step of how to migrate off of GoDaddy. You’ll find a ton of documentation on how to migrate to GoDaddy, but nothing on how to get away from them once you are there. The process is not too bad, but there are a few “gotchas”.