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Sharepoint: Love or Hate

I’ve been working with Sharepoint on and off for the past few years and it’s quite a love hate relationship. It’s empowered me to do a lot of cool projects, but it’s limitations and the way Microsoft has to come up with a special name for every feature drives me nuts. It’s a good product that is a foundation for building other applications on and while the model is different than many other content management systems it’s surprisingly flexible in most cases. There are some weird caveats to that – certain things that simply cannot be customized or simply cannot be configured in the way you would expect, but overall I think it’s been a good platform for developing on.

 

What are your thoughts on Sharepoint? How have you used it to develop other applications or used it’s built-in features?

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Josh Lyon

Laura and Josh Lyon Wedding Website

I just realized that I never posted the link to Laura and my new wedding website. Our google rankings aren’t really great so a search for Laura and Josh doesn’t yield good results (yet)… but I figured I should at least link to it from my website. The website has details on the event (ceremony and reception), photos, registry information, etc… and Laura keeps adding stuff!

Check it out here: Laura and Josh Lyon

You can get to it at both JoshAndLauraLyon.com and LauraAndJoshLyon.com.

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Back to One Webhost

I can happily say, I am back to paying for just one webhost. As I mentioned in a previous article, I was paying almost $40/month between two webhosts (1 shared + 1 VPS) and had my websites split across both of them. I recently moved all the websites on both of the old hosts over to my new Hostmonster account. Everything seems to be running fine and I even got a chance to do a little housekeeping at the same time.

I was originally paying for my brother’s domains and hosting, but asked him to start paying for his domains if he wanted to keep them. Since then, he transferred his domains to GoDaddy and started paying for them. The downside to this is I no longer have control over them.  His domains were one of the main reasons I kept the oldest (shared) servers for so long. Being that I don’t have control over the DNS records and it’s almost been a year now that I am still paying for the shared hosting, I decided to just kill the DNS hosting and let his website go dead until he takes care of the DNS records.

Either way, I’m back to one host at a great price and so far I’m still happy with the decision.

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VPS to Shared

If you are seeing this message, then you are now seeing my website served up through my new webhost, HostMonster.  I decided to switch from a VPS back to simple shared hosting.  I realized that it didn’t really make sense for me to have my own server as I wasn’t really taking advantage of it. It was nice to have my site load a few milliseconds faster, but it really wasn’t worth the money I was spending.

For those of you who don’t know, I originally was using the Business Shared Hosting from 1and1, but the servers kept getting slower and slower. Shared hosting companies are known for overloading shared boxes with more users than is necessary and I assume that’s what happened.  I really liked 1and1 and was sad to see that they couldn’t come up with a good solution for me. Oddly enough, almost a year later I still am paying for their service as I haven’t gotten around to tranferring my brother’s and other peoples sites off of the old 1and1 servers.  On the other hand, I did move my main website off of the 1and1 servers and onto a Virtual Private Server (VPS) running on VPSLink.com hardware.

It was a learning experience with VPSLink and now that it’s all said and done, I learned a lot and enjoyed the experience – even though Laura might say otherwise. 😉 I have decided that it doesn’t make sense to pay $37 for hosting ($10 for 1and1’s hosting and $27 for VPSLink) so I am finally in the process of moving all the hosts over to the new server.  I packaged up all the databases and files last night and shipped them over the wire – around 1.1 GB (gigabytes) worth of data in just over 2 minutes. The speed of the transfer was all due to one of the core requirements I have when looking at any type of hosting: Shell Access. I’ll explain the details later, but it provides a lot of flexibility.

Anyway – the big thing is my main website (boshdirect) and all the subsites are moved over to HostMonster.  I’ll let you know how things go!

(Next up is updating my site to Joomla 1.5)

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LorieAndJesse.com

My brother recently proposed to his long time girlfriend (and now fiancée), Lorie.  I’m his best man, so I decided to make him a website.  Check out the photo gallery and sign the guestbook (on the right menu) while you are there.  As you might imagine, the theme is love based.  Their wedding colors are chocolate brown and pink, which was really interesting to work with when I was creating the template.  I was surprised how well gradient fades from pink to brown work and I think the little hearts have the perfect touch.

http://www.lorieandjesse.com

The site information is easily updateable by Lorie and Jesse – as it has a nice user friendly interface.  They can change / add text on the site using a simple WYSIWYG interface and photos can be uploaded directly from within Windows XP.

For technical purposes:
The main part of the site is simply informational using Joomla as the CMS. I have included a guestbook, which is powered by EasyBook and a photo gallery powered by Gallery2 and the Joomla g2 bridge.