Category: Project News
Since the launch of the Raspberry Pi, one thing which I saw as an oversight (and according to other sources, many would agree) was the amount of memory the Raspberry Pi shipped with – 256mb wasn’t enough. Understandably one of the core aims the Foundation had with the Raspberry Pi unit was to keep costs low, but something I hoped to have seen at launch was a ‘Model C’ with more memory.
Pictured: The Raspberry Pi Model B
Good news all! I’m launching Dingleberry DNS, a free DNS service to allow you to point a domain to your Raspberry Pi. This service will allow you to access your Raspberry Pi remotely, run a website from your Raspberry Pi and much more.
Here’s what you need to qualify for free DNS:
- A registered domain, ie example.com
- A Raspberry Pi connected to the Internet
- A Static IP address (unfortunately I can’t support dynamic IP addresses yet).
Contact me to apply, all I’ll need is some information about your project and I’ll get the DNS set up. Hosted email can also be provided for a small fee.
In case you didn’t know, this site is hosted on a Raspberry Pi computer. The purpose of this project has been to establish whether or not the £30 computer was capable of reliably hosting a WordPress site, and so far the results have been promising.
Over on the foundation web site, they’ve introduced Turbo mode, which is an update to configuration which allows up to 50% power gain without voiding your warrenty (unfortunately I’ve already adjusted CPU voltage on mine so no warranty for me!). It’s basically a firmware update and configuration that works by applying a ‘turbo configuration’ when the SoC reaches 85°C. Here’s how to apply the turbo configuration to your Raspberry Pi:
As you know I’ve been testing the boundaries of the basic hardware that makes up the Raspberry Pi. In my recent post I overclocked my Pi to 1GHz with some great results. Although under mathematical bench marks a considerable power gain was noted, I felt this didn’t make a huge improvement to the overall speed of the RPi as a web server.
Update: View my tutorial to safely overclock your Raspberry Pi using Raspi-config.
In a bid to squeeze more performance out of the Raspberry Pi that runs this web site, I experimented with over clocking. The results have been positive, although it is running noticeably hotter – more so than expected. As well as over-clocking the CPU the SDRAM speed was increased, and I knocked down the performance of the GPU in a bid to keep the chip cooler. It’s not unheard of for these to go to 1.2GHz, but I’m not going to push mine as much as that!
This is it! A WordPress site hosted on a Raspberry Pi powered web server! Some said it was impossible (no one really said that), some said it wouldn’t work (I’m not convinced it will!) but it’s alive – the World’s first (cannot confim this either) live production Raspberry Pi-hosted WordPress site.
Over the next few months I’m going to be tinkering, adjusting, blowing up and modifying my Raspberry Pi web server, my progress will be documented on this site. The site is heavily cached to minimise the amount of database interaction the Pi has to do, so comments won’t show straight away. I’ve set the cache to clear once a week but will be logging in from time to time to clear it.
Hope you enjoy following my project as I am building it, peace out for now, comments and thoughts welcome. In the mean time take a look at the hardware I needed for this project and follow me on twitter.