I <3 WordPress

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After months of consideration, and help from my friend Chris Benard, I have switched my blog engine to WordPress.

As a Microsoft .NET programmer, I originally chose Community Server Blog Engine and WebHost4Life Windows Hosting. This solution allowed me to easily write custom .NET applications for this website. Unfortunately, this scenario had several negatives as well.

  1. Community Server is now bloated. When I originally created the blog, I used Community Server’s predecessor .Text, which was a lightweight and an excellent blog engine for a single blog website for personal use. Community Server has become a commercial suite designed for enterprises running multiple blogs, forums, image gallery, file libraries and more. This is much, much more than I needed for this humble little site.
  2. Each Community Server Update required massive changes. The newest version of Community Server required that I redesign my theme, as the CSS had changed significantly from prior versions. Since I highly customized my previous theme, I was not looking forward to doing all of this work again.
  3. Community Server has a smaller community. As Community Server’s focus has moved completely almost completely towards commercial solutions, I found there were far less themes and plugins available for community server than for WordPress.
  4. WordPress is simply better. WordPress just seems to be a more highly polished product than Community Server. Making changes to the site is incredibly easy. Plugins for anything imaginable are readily available. Although I still love Windows Live Writer, making blog posts from the a web browser is not nearly as painful as it was with Community Server. Finally, although I have not tested Community Server 2007, WordPress is far more standards compliant than Community Server 2.x.
  5. WebHost4Life’s custom interface was difficult to use. In my opinion WebHost4Life’s custom tools were hard to use for anything slightly out of the normal. I repeatedly had to put in support requests for things that would be easy to accomplish in Microsoft Internet Information Services, but were impossible in their custom admin software. To their credit, they were very fast in responding to support requests, but it did not make up for the annoyance of having to file the request in the first place.
  6. Windows hosting is expensive. Although the ability to write custom web applications for the site in .NET was a great bonus, I could no longer justify the price. I chose WebHost4Life because they seemed the cheapest despite the problems with their software. Even though they are the cheapest Windows Host I could find, they offered less bandwidth, less storage space, and less options for a higher price than my new host. Additionally, almost anything I would want to add to the site is available as plugins for WordPress.

 

I want to personally thank Chris Benard for helping me with the site migration.

I am very satisfied with WordPress.

I’m BACK!

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After a few small issues, PiRootOfPi.com has now been successfully moved to the new Web Host.
All pages should now be working.
The page is now hosted by WebHost4Life.
They offer affordable prices and so far have given me wonderful customer service moving the site.
Anyone looking for affordable Windows Hosting with great service should check out WebHost4Life.
If you decide to use WebHost4Life for your pages, and would like to thank me, simply sign up using one of the links in the post. WebHost4Life will give me credit off of my hosting bill for each signup.

Thanks,
Dave

Update Jan 10, 2008: I am no longer with WebHost4Life. I have now moved my blog to another host.

Still working on a few more issues.

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Still working with the webhost to resolve a few quirky issues from the server move.
The Gallery and homepage will be up shortly.

Thanks for your patience.

Dave

Server Move Complete!

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I appologize to anyone trying to access the site this weekend. I was in the process of moving the server to its new location.

The move is now complete and the page should not experience any more significant outages.
Thank you for your patience.

Webserver Upgraded!

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Greetings Everyone,
Great news for regular readers of this site. I have tripled the amount of ram in my humble little webserver. Access for all users should be significantly improved.

Thanks,
Dave

Community Server 2.0 Upgrade Complete.

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As mentioned in my last post.
I have finished upgrading the blog to Community Server 2.0

Not so sure I like the new logo and color scheme, but the administration section is much improved over 1.1.

Dave

Community Server 2.0 Now Available!

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The final version of Community Server 2.0, the software package used to power this blog, is now available!

Community Server 2.0 is available in several editions:

  • Express Edition – The free Express Edition is perfect for people that need to get a community up-and-running on a budget. It is free, but has restrictions on use but can be used commercially.
  • Standard Edition – The Standard Edition is the entry level commercial platform and unlocks some features not available in the Express Edition.
  • Professional Edition – The Professional Edition is targeted at organizations that require many of the capabilities offered by Community Server 2.0 for running a high-traffic community.
  • Enterprise Edition – The Enterprise Edition unleashes the full potential of Community Server and has been designed for organizations that require all of the capabilities found in Community Server.

Kudos to the Telligent Systems team for all of their hard work.

I will be upgrading this blog to the final version of Community Server 2.0 in the coming days. I will post an update once the upgrade is complete.

Grab your copy at the official Community Server website.

Welcome to PiRootOfPi Blog 2.0

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I finally finished upgrading the blog to Community Server 2.0.

The main challenge was setting up community server, so that only the blog portion was active.
This excellent guide by Dan Bartels got me up and running in no time.

Community Server is the upgrade to Scott Watermasysk’s .Text 0.95, my former blog engine.

Scott joined the Community Server team, last year, and Community Server blog is the fruit of his hard work.

The main enhancements over .Text 0.95 are:

  • Search Capability has been added
  • Improved content management system
  • Updated 3rd party tools which allows Firefox support without code modification
  • Many more miscellaneous updates and bug fixes

I have also tweaked the rest of the site, by cleaning up the source code, making a few layout changes, and reducing page size to assist users with dial-up connections.

Look for more updates in the coming weeks.

Dave

Blog software updated.

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This news does not affect you the reader in anyway, however I wanted to post this for other bloggers.

I updated .Text today to use FreeTextBox 3.1.1. The new version works much better with firefox, and simplifies posting for me. It took some work, but it is now working beautifully. Thanks to Brendan Tompkins for the wonderful guide.

Also I have added ReverseDOS. This was by far and away the simplest thing I have ever installed 🙂

Dave

Software Page Added

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Hello all,
I have now added a software page to allow downloading of some of my projects.

Currently there are only 2 items on the page, but I will be adding other projects in the future.

Thanks,
Dave

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