I have just moved this blog to a new Debian 10 Server on Google Cloud Platform. It is still their micro platform which should keep me in the free tier. I originally built this server to see if I could use the Google load balancer to simplify the server config and eliminate the managing the certificates on the server. This didn’t work as well as I hoped and would also end up costing money.
I have added this site to Cloudflare with a free account. This allowed(required) me to move the DNS service to Cloudflare DSN and remove the Google DNS that Google charges a few cents a month for. It also add the benefit of caching this site for users not close to my server. So now on the Google Cloud platform, I have the minimum footprint of a single free tier server and a public static IP address.
I did make the performance tuning tweaks to mpm_prefork.conf to keep the utilization of the server from spiking into the range where Google will recommend an upgrade. As long a no one actually visits this blog, I should be able to stay in the free tier.
I have moved the blog to a single server hosted on Google Cloud Platform. I followed the instructions provided by Chris Titus Tech. This should get me to almost zero for hosting costs. Especially since I am the only one to visit this blog.