So many options…
When thinking about hosting a new blog in 2020 I immediately faced numerous options on how to do it.
These are only a couple of the more obvious choices:
- set up a Wordpress site (either self-hosted or managed),
- use a blog service such as Write.as,
- use GitHub Pages or GitLab Pages for static site hosting,
- use Amazon S3 for static site hosting,
- set up a custom server (e.g. on DigitalOcean) and manage everything yourself
None of those seems to be a perfect fit for my needs. Going with Wordpress would mean to dig into PHP (again); something I have briefly touched back in 2007 and wasn’t looking forward to spend more time with. In addition using a self-hosted variant would have the same challenges as setting up a custom server (see below). If using a managed Wordpress service instead, you will be restricted by the features offered from the provider. The same is true when using a blog service such as Write.as, which might offer additional, pre-selected features if you are willing to pay (more).