Posted on: Sun, 10/01/2017 - 15:32 By: oswald.constable

A while back, I blogged about using the Let's Encrypt free DV SSL certs for the domain. Yesterday, after several months of inaction, I finally automated the process of renewing the domain validation certs for the domain.

The goal of this blog post is to provide an overview and reference for anyone else interesting in leveraging the Let's Encryptt DV SSL Certifications for their domain on the Amazon AWS using the Bitnami Drupal platform. However, use this information at your own risk!

My server setup:

Quick deployment with Amazon AWS Lightsail and Drupal 8

Posted on: Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:00 By: oswald.constable

Over the light several months, I've explored Amazon AWS Lightsail's offerings. I signed up, created a few low spec VMs to evaluate the platform. Overall I was impressed but did not have an immediate need to utilize the platform -- that was until I decided no more self-hosting the Mayatonia website from my home network. Although I am on a very stable Verizon fios connection, the unpredictability of my home network and and varied uptime of my host virtual machine (runs Cent OS 7) made it impractical solution when 99.99% availability was my goal.

Selecting Amazon AWS as the host for

Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2017 - 22:05 By: oswald.constable

There are several low cost VPS providers out there, however none in my opinion had the backing and infastructure capabilities as Amazon Lightsail. Briefly, Amazon had launched lightsail late 2016, and offered a set of baked in services for a monthly cost of $5. The specifications and quotas for the $5 pricing tier were nothing to balk at, and for the purpose of hosting a general set of websites and web services -- it was more than adequate.