I have announced a couple of days ago that I had left the blog services of wordpress.com because I had found out about some security issues with my data management, and this situation made me feel uncomfortable. So, from this day on I needed to start from ground zero, and I was tired to try to find another free and yet secure service enough to my needs.
The solution to my problems came from a tip of a friend and work buddy: I started to use the “Always Free” service from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure again. This time I would use it for production services! The best part: it surprised me positively!
I had already known the Oracle Cloud services, I am Oracle’s employee from the Oracle Linux business unit, and we must study all the company services, including cloud services. I am certified on OCI since 2019, but I could see some positive changes and improvements since then.
Knowing what I needed to do using this free account of the Oracle Cloud, I planned my steps to put my blog running. I was surprised by how many new and free stuff I could use that I didn’t know of. These were my steps:
- Creating a compartment: a virtual place where all the services and resources are put together. It is a good way to aggregate all parts related to a service/subsidiary/business. It’s vital to a blog;
- Creating a virtual network: this is the place to create and maintain routers, nets, private and public subnets, load balancers, and so on. Yes, with OCI free service you DO have one load balancer and two VM instances to use;
- Creating an Oracle Linux 8 instance using images provided by OCI. Here came my first good surprise: all the images were configured to use Oracle Linux OS Management of OCI, and I could and I used a public IP address attached to my Linux;
- Configuration of the services inside my instance: Apache+MySQL 8+Wordpress+SSL Certs;
- Another new good surprise: I could configure and use backups of my boot volumes (for the running instance). I have more than sufficient space to do it: 100GB;
- Note: except for the SSL certification that I bought for US$8.88, everything described here is free of charge using Oracle Cloud Always Free. These resources and much more: https://www.oracle.com/br/cloud/free/#always-free
Now I have a new and secure blog for my own to keep! And the sky is the limit. I will show my new toys and stuff here on this page.