Just one geek's opinions and epiphanies

Hello Prgmr.com!


Well it took a few days, for good reason, but I am finally running Utahcon.com on the latest WordPress with a new configuration on a new host! The new VPS is from http://prgmr.com which is a Xen host. I am running  their $6/mo package which give you:

  • 128MB Ram
  • 3GB of Storage
  • 20GB of Transfer

It doesn't sound like a lot, but it should be more than enough for this server. I brought Utahcon.com over from Linode, where I was paying $19.95/month. So the extra $13.95 in my pocket means I can spend the extra on adding servers for the purpose of advancing my projects.

So what am I running on top of the VPS? Great question, here are the details:

  • Fedora 17 (prgmr.com image)
  • nginx (web server)
  • PHP5.4
  • MySQL (tried desperately to get MariaDB, but alas I had to move on)
  • Wordpress 3.4.2

As you can see I didn't need a lot of power under the hood to run a single blog (and I might actually end up running a few blogs from here). I had the site hidden at beta.utahcon.com but if you are reading this it is available through simply visiting utahcon.com or blog.utahcon.com (deprecated).

Moving forward all links to my blog should be sent to simply utahcon.com

All other sub-domains will be moving on to other purposes.

Thanks for checking in, and I let me know if you have any questions or comments.

WordPress 3.0.2


The good Cole boys at Automattic have released a new patch, and are suggesting people update immediately to avoid being subject to a zero day bug.

I just installed the update from my phone, gotta love the technology.

VaultPress: An Automattic Thingamajig


So they cool kids over at Automattic have done it again. They have produced a new product, with a great name that will do great things. What great things? How about protect your entire blog (or site) that is built on WordPress. Not just the content, but the plugins and everything else. Here is what VaultPress.com has to say about it:

VaultPress is the only restoration service built on the Automattic grid that reliably serves over 10 million WordPress.com blogs and 250 million monthly visitors. VaultPress protects more than just your content. VaultPress understands the complete WordPress environment. This means your plugins, dashboard, themes, comments, and even your post revisions are all safeguarded and ready to be restored.

They plan to charge $15/month (give or take) but right now you can apply for your golden ticket at VaultPress.com, which will get you access to the service for free while they are still testing things out.

The golden passes are being handed out at random, so head over and sign up!

Matt announces WordPress Foundation is Live


It looks like Matt and company have been busy getting things lined up for the WordPress Foundation, a non-profit with the goal:

"to ensure free access, in perpetuity, to the projects we support"

From the About page:

The WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software. The point of the foundation is to ensure free access, in perpetuity, to the projects we support. People and businesses may come and go, so it is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that we may create a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come. As part of this mission, the Foundation will be responsible for protecting the WordPress, WordCamp, and related trademarks. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the WordPress Foundation will also pursue a charter to educate the public about WordPress and related open source software.

I have long been a fan of WordPress, and now even more so. I am always amazed at the things that Matt and company come up with to move forward the power of WordPress.

For all those true WordPress geeks out there, the new site is running the WordPress 3.0 development version.

WordPress 2.7 Delayed, beta available


The good folks at WordPress are working hard to get all the bugs out of the WordPress release coming, but they have worked out enough to make a Beta 2 that you can download from WordPress.org.

The expected release date is now the end of Novemeber.