am going to build have built a internal network resource to help me document my shack’s build, configurations and design.
My design parameters are to be independent both hardware and software from the rest of the shack and home network.
There seems to be two web trends about doing this that are 180 degrees in opposition.
One is to put your sites/projects/data onto hosts or into the cloud, where arguably control is shared. You also need to have external internet access and bluntly avoid getting caught up in any sort of deplatforming campaign. Like where would I be if my underground cable was damaged or if my K9ZW call sign was blacklisted as the net crowd decided “K9” was derogatory to dogs?
The other is to use very inexpensive equipment to roll your own, which the preponderance of control is retained.
Be 100% clear that if you attach things to the world wide web, your control at that point onwards is compromised.
A fellow ham sent me links to an interesting self-hosted WordPress project.
As background WordPress is actually two organizations.
When hosted it is another organization – it is “WordPress.com” https://infogalactic.com/info/WordPress.com and is owned by Automattic https://infogalactic.com/info/Automattic Hosted version’s main site is: https://wordpress.com/
With Varying Frequency has been hosted by WordPress.com from the onset, for which I am appreciative.
What my buddy sent on was about another use of an instance of WordPress (software) to act much like a BBS of old. The one he suggested is Raspberry Pi based. https://infogalactic.com/info/Raspberry_Pi
[EDIT 19MAR21 – This GAB based series hasn’t been finished, so new posts in a month. Seems to have gotten lost over security issues that don’t apply to an in-house project, and now GAB wants you to log in to see some of the stuff. Credit to them for getting me started, shamefully them haven’t followed though presenting a complete project. As I abandoned following super_neet’s instructions when I realized he didn’t have the whole thing figured out, I cannot recommend them. I used the RaspberryPi.org instructions with a few teaks (see this post’s comments) which has worked out great. ] Here are the links he suggested:
[EDIT 19MAR21 – The project is built and running on a different Raspberry Pi 4, the one that was DOA was a Raspberry Pi 400 BTW – had a wireless chip failure and CanaKits replaced it very quickly. ]Disclaimer – A Raspberry Pi to build this project was ordered but is was partially DOA and is being replaced but hasn’t arrived. So I haven’t built the project yet.
Here are some other resources on doing the project I found:
[EDIT 19MAR21 – This was an easy to follow resource and in the end it was the main resource I used – I had a couple addressing issues which my notes resolving the glitches are in the comments section of this post – this is the “good stuff” and well presented to boot. ] At Raspberry Pi main website – https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/lamp-web-server-with-wordpress
At MUD – https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/host-wordpress-raspberry-pi/
RaspberryPi Tips offers – https://raspberrytips.com/wordpress-on-raspberry-pi/
RaspberryPi 101 suggests – https://raspberrypi101.com/webserver-tutorials/how-to-install-wordpress-on-a-raspberry-pi-4/
My intended use is as a internal-to-the-shack documentation resource, so honestly the WordPress software may not be the right solution.
I am also playing with Wiki.js https://infogalactic.com/info/Wiki.js on another project, which may either supplement or replace WordPress Software.
Storing screenshots and photo, and maybe product manuals might exceed the Raspberry Pi platform. If so then I will switch to other hardware as I bring all teh information together.