Docker has been fun, but it’s time to move on…

As a few of you may know, I have been using Docker for some time to deploy my site with. It’s been a great learning experience for me and is something I wish to carry on with.

However, because of the nature of the beast, and the lack of knowledge I have with the technology, I have decided that I shouldn’t be using it to host my live Blog when I am still learning how it works.

Therefore, I have decided to create a new DO Droplet and deploy my site with Laravel Forge. This is a cheap, but great solution which allows for unlimited servers and domains, and allows me to create a deployment strategy using many cloud services/servers.

As I am already using Digital Ocean, I thought it would make sense to carry on using this as it is just such a great service.

What the future holds

I do hope to carry on with Docker, but as I am still learning what it’s capable of, I will carry on using it locally. There are many things I am still finding out such as making your website code a data container, which is something I didn’t know at the time and could have been one of the reasons why my site was very volatile.

Every time I tried to update my CMS (which is running OctoberCMS), it would break something. This could have been due to my lack of knowing, or it could have been down to file permissions, or maybe using the wrong OctoberCMSversion.

Whatever it was, it now works a lot better being on a server management/deployment strategy and it should continue to keep working as long as I use the service. There are also plenty of great tutorials on how to use the service and it has a lot of great tools to help ease the stress of server management.

Like I say, I should never have used it on my live site before fully knowing, but I will continue to explore it’s uses and find easier ways of deployment. This is definitely not the end of my Docker usage, and I hope to have many more great experiences using such awesome technology.

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