Quick, dirty hack for hosting websites when you can’t pay your server fees.

On January 1, 2016, the use of Naira denominated debit cards outside Nigeria will officially become impossible and this will have an adverse ripple effect on almost everything you can think of. As a techie, I am very concerned about how I would renew my hosting fees etc.

This is a simple workaround:
You can expose a local server installed on a development machine serving a web application to the world using this simple tool http://ngrok.com/ . You can install it on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Exposing a local server to the Internet is as simple as running “ngrok 5000”, where 5000 is the port that the web application server is running from, it could be any valid port number.

Downside: you will be paying loads in bandwidth fees to your local ISP and if your development machine specs isn’t beefy then there is a limit to the number of requests you can server per second.

P.S: I have tried it and it works. I am currently running some simple one page flask apps off my 16gb RAM Linux Mint laptop.
#ShameOnEmefiele #WeRiseStill

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