End of an era - self-hosted Wordpress / PHP / MySQL

Tonight I overwrote my last Wordpress instance on my self-hosted box. It's the end of an era. I was able to remove PHP, MySQL, and Wordpress. That just leaves Linux as part of the LAMP stack on this machine.

It's a little bittersweet. LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP / Perl / Other languages starting with P) was a large part of my formative years on the web and getting back to serving static files feels both like a home-coming and the end of an era. Unfortunately Wordpress has become a juicy target on the Internet, and the number of defenses I've had to build around Wordpress make running Wordpress a risky endeavor. It's not a matter of if but a matter of when those defenses will be compromised, either through a bug in Wordpress, or one of the plugins that may or may not still be supported.

I have better things to worry about with my life.

So I spent some time getting my podcast sites and the rest of the blog and other sites converted over to Pelican. Tonight is when I overwrote the last site and removed PHP, MySQL, and Wordpress.

I don't think there's anything wrong with the technologies. PHP is moving from strength-to-strength and MySQL is still a viable database (though far from my favorite as long as PostgreSQL exists). Wordpress is also a fine platform. My concerns are more that Wordpress is a juicy target for folks so it draws an inordinate amount of traffic trying to crack it. Hopefully I'm one less target by removing all three from my site.