If It's Free, You're The Product
18 Dec 2020
There's an old saying in tech circles, which goes something along the lines of:
On the Internet, if a product is free, you're the product.
I recently switched from WordPress to Jekyll and hosting is now provided by the free tier of Netlify. It's a great service that automatically builds and deploys my site whenever I do a
I can't help but think about the quote above though - am I the product here? Should I be paying for my static site hosting? Netlify offer a pro tier, but it's $19/month, which is more than I'd care to pay for hosting.
Maybe I should consider another hosting provider, like AWS Amplify, Digital Ocean's App Platform or
God forbid the newly announced Cloudflare pages.
I still have my trusty VPS with Ionos (albeit recently migrated from CentOS to Ubuntu, because, you know, reasons). Maybe I could come up with a way of automatically deploying my site from Git using my VPS - Plesk already has Git integration, so maybe it would be trivial.
I should look into that.
What do you think, dear reader? By using Netlify's free hosting tier, am I the product here?