This article gives all information what I'm currently using to provide this blog to you.
|Part||Service / Program||Price|
|Hosting||GitHub||Free as in beer|
|Domain||namecheap||86.35 EUR per 10 Years|
|HTTPS||Cloudflare||Free as in beer|
|Blog creation||Pelican||Free as in beer and speach|
|Writing||Sublime Text 3||70 US-Dollar (once)|
|Comments||Disqus||Free as in beer|
|Search||Tipue||Free as in beer and speach|
|Uptime monitoring||Pingdom||Free as in beer|
|HTML Validator||validator.w3.org||Free as in beer|
|Page analysis||nibbler||Free as in beer|
|Page speed analysis||gtmetrix, pagescoring, Chrome Developer Tools||Free as in beer|
|Accessibility||Wave||Free as in beer|
|Mobile Friendliness||Free as in beer|
|API monitoring||runscope.com||Free as in beer|
I've also used Google Analytics / Piwik some years ago, but I think it is not worth it. I don't want to spy my readers. And I would not change anything in my blog knowing who reads it.
If you want to host your content at GitHub, but have a custom Domain
martin-thoma.com instead of
- Add an A-record to Github on namecheap (see example)
- Add a file called
http://) to the root of your directory
GitHub also offers some help on setting up a custom domain with Pages.
Do this step after the custom domain works.
To set up HTTPS with namecheap and Cloudflare you have to go through the following steps:
- Click on "Add Site" and enter your URL (e.g. "ml-ka.de")
- Click on "Begin Scan". This will take about 2 minutes. After that, click on "Continue".
- Click on "Continue" until they show you the nameservers. Write them down, you will need them for changes on namecheap.
- Go to "Domain List", "Domains - Details", "Nameservers"
- Change it to "Custom" and "amy.ns.cloudflare.com" and "kai.ns.cloudflare.com"
- Click on the checkmark to make changes permanent. This might take up to 48 hours.