I decided to bite the bullet and get myself an actual server on the internets to host my thingamabobs, and here I write about my experience.
I was pointed to Digital Ocean. $5/month/server for a 512MB an actual VPS on an SSD (actually, $0.007/hour since you can turn your server off and on), not bad!
Like other server providers, they let you create servers with pre-installed software like Wordpress, and Dokku. Wait, Dokku? What’s that?
In the words of a friend:
I set one up at cloud.example.com. Then I git pushed a Go web app to cloud.example.com:goapp and it was up and running at goapp.cloud.example.com.
That sounds fun! So I decided to get my old WebMines game running with Dokku, and all it took was one change to the code (I had host the server on the port specified by the _PORT _environment variable), two files
requirements.txt (naming the versions of libraries I’ve used)
and Procfile (pointing to the name of the main file),
web: python webmines.py
and two commands:
git remote add dokku email@example.com:webmines git push dokku master
And done! My terrible, three year old long-polling-based Python-powered incomplete minesweepers game has a place on the internet, and when I want to update it, all I have to do is another git push. Be warned, it’s occasionally broken and doesn’t include a concept of points/success/failure.
As for hosting static pages like Plotter and Automa, all I had to do was make sure the main page was called index.php, and dokku figured out it was a php application and set up an ngnix server for me. This makes me very happy because it means I get to continue my run of never having have to learn how to actually set up a web server properly.
P.S: Once I get a bunch of my things up and running, I’ll probably do a post about it. Or just make a page for them and post about the page. Or maybe a post about how much I’m annoyed that NodeJS’s API has changed so much in three years that I basically have to rewrite half of everything I made back then, but how it’s really my fault for not keeping track of which versions of which modules and nodejs runtimes I was using for which app. *grumble*