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Self-Hosting for busy web developers

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About the Book

Self-Hosting is no whichcraft.

It is just a skill like any other. It gets hard really fast because infrastructure inherently is hard. But as a single developer or indie hacker you are not an enterprise. You do not have an SLA with 99.9999% uptime. You just want to run one or more applications in a cost-effective and easy way to validate your bets.

We will check out the cloud providers next to Big Tech. Choose an operating system and install docker. Set up some basic security measurements, and automatic updates for the OS and your containers. Look at web servers and DNS providers. Choose a monitoring solution, and set up backups.

No Kubernetes, no clusters, no complex stuff. No new tool for automation. A good old one-time hands-on setup and you can call it a day and have a platform for all your ideas and bets to come.

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    • Cloud Computing
    • DevOps
    • Computer Security
    • Databases
    • Docker
    • Systems Administration
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About the Author

Andrej Friesen
Andrej Friesen

Andrej Friesen is a full-time nerd by passion. Originally studied engineering but switched to his passion: DevOps.

He started his career with hosting in-house applications on VMs, moved those applications to containers, and then AWS with Kubernetes. Designed the infrastructure and ran several Kubernetes clusters for several environments before AWS offered a managed solution (EKS). He also was one of the early beta testers of AWS EKS.

Afterward, he got down the stack, to a German cloud provider. Building the cloud and its products like Kubernetes as a Service, Filesystems as a Service, Databases as a Service, etc.

From using the Cloud to building the Cloud.

He is also writing on his blog about self-hosting, DIY electronics, home lab, home automation, and various other topics at:

Table of Contents

  • Todo
  • What will you get out of this book?
  • Who is this book for
  • About the author
  • Intro
  • Choose a cloud provider
  • Choose an OS
  • First setup
    • cloud-init
  • Getting mail notifications
  • Basic Security
    • Setup your cloud firewall
    • Blocking ports
    • automatic OS updates
    • automatic container updates
  • Monitoring
    • Meta monitoring
    • Open ports check
  • Install Docker
  • Deploying Applications
    • Use docker compose
  • Backups
    • OS Level Backups
    • Application Level Backups
  • A few words on SQLite
  • Tips
    • do not overcomplicate your setup
    • Add a message of the day for reminding your were stuff is
    • Advanced stuff
    • Things people say

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