One idle Thursday night, I was finishing up the design for Brightwork's website, on WordPress, our platform of choice for all of our web designs. Being the ever-indecisive, ADHD afflicted person I am, I decided that I didn't want to use WordPress for the content creation/blog side of things, I wanted to use Ghost instead. Having used Ghost in the past for several personal projects, I knew it would be perfect. It's quick, lightweight and impressively maintained with plenty of scope for customisation and integration on the backend. I quickly set about searching for the best way to accomplish this at the lowest possible cost...
Enter Mythic Beasts.
Now, you might be thinking, "Why is this guy talking about beasts? Weird flex." but stay with me. Mythic Beasts is a UK based ISP, that provides (among other things) Raspberry Pi 3 & 4 hosting for the price of a nice lunch per month – almost 4 times cheaper than what we pay at Digital Ocean for a "like for like" droplet.
We love messing about with all things internet, and if it involves sitting behind a screen, neck-deep in terminal work – sign us up. So when I discovered Raspberry Pi 4 hosting with 8GB of RAM for under £20 a month, I dove in head first. The one stipulation with Raspberry Pi hosting from MB, is that it's completely IPv6 with no option for IPv4, which was something new for me personally. I didn't realise it would affect things in negative ways until I'd already started installing Ghost.
Banoffee Pi seemed like a fitting name for our space, our mascot Margo loves bananas and we love pie!
Stay tuned to find how I installed Ghost on our Raspberry Pi 4 server, and got it configured with IPv6 to work with Mailgun, and how you can do it too.