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Costs to run this blog

in ✍️ Posts

Kev Quirk and Horst Gutmann recently wrote about how much it cost them to run their blogs. So I thought, I could write about it too.

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Why I use a paid CDN

in πŸ’­ Thoughts

To answer the question from an anonymous reader: Any reason why you’re using a paid CDN for a personal website and not a free one like Cloudflare? I still use Cloudflare, but only as a registrar for a few domains and for the DNS management (which I do by code lately). (I have not yet found a better alternative to Cloudflare for this.) As a CDN I use BunnyCDN (alternatively here is my referral link), firstly because I don’t like how Cloudflare makes Tor users’ browsing so difficult, but also because BunnyCDN gives me more flexibility (with edge rules and all the other features - like the cloud storage which I use for media files on my blog), it’s an European company and it’s more sustainable if I pay for the services I use myself.

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My blog is now faster

in πŸ’¬ Micro

Yesterday and today I worked very hard on making my blog faster. In the Google Search Console I saw that my blog suddenly gets half as many clicks since a few days and that my pages are only “moderately” fast. I don’t really care about the number of clicks, but I do want the site to be fast. PageSpeed Insights also showed me that the time until the “First Contentful Paint” seems to be longer than a second for many users (and it has to be under a second for it to be considered fast).

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in πŸ’¬ Micro
Reply to: A note by Henrique Dias

I use BunnyCDN as storage for my Micropub media endpoint, where I upload all the photos and other media files I publish on my blog. When I upload a new photo the media endpoint first uploads the original file with the name of it’s SHA-256 hash value (so when I upload the same file multiple times, it doesn’t create multiple files). When I upload an image (JPEG or PNG) it also gets optimized and resized to a maximum width of 2000 pixels using the Tinify API (and then uploaded to BunnyCDN too), doing that significantly reduces the file size of the images displayed on my blog.

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Tinify

in πŸ”— Links

Tinify or TinyPNG or TinyJPEG is the service I use to automatically compress and resize images uploaded to my micropub media endpoint. It’s a great service with a nice developer API that also offers a free limit of 500 compressions per month and has a pay-what-you-use policy after that (but I won’t upload more than 500 images per month anyway). I use a library written in Go to use the API.

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Little improvements to my Micropub endpoint

in πŸ’­ Thoughts

The great thing about my custom Micropub endpoint for Hugo is, that I can add all the features I need. Today I added a feature, that purges the BunnyCDN cache 10 seconds after a new entry got published. Sometimes it happens that I open its URL before the Hugo build is finished and then a 404 page gets cached. Currently Hugo needs around three seconds to build my blog (on the server, on my desktop PC it’s even faster).

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