7. August 2008 03:26
It's already mid-August and I just finished a round of BlogEngine.NET updates to take advantage of the new features in 1.4.5.x. For a lot of folks, the need to Blog is what makes this platform so valuable. But my clients, and my own interests also include adding Extensions and Advertising. Now that there's a Text box Widget, I can add simple ads like an Amazon link, Google AdSense, and affiliate links right in the Widget Zone without any special code. Maybe this can be improved to target this medium, but I have to admit, if it works, I'm going to use it as is. But there are a few things I'd like to see sooner than later.
Multiple Blog Support
What if I had 15 Blogs on different topics and some of them included overlapping authors? I would like to support this configuration with One code base, One server or service layer, connecting to a Single SQL database or SQL Server farm. I know I'd want this because I want it now and I have 8 Blogs, with 8 Web Apps, 4 AppPools, and 8 sets of XML Data.
SQL Server Express wouldn't cut it since my server started running into resource issues. Not because of SQL Server but because I need 8 databases the way this configuration is setup. Even if I upgrade my server (or hosting platform) to allow for more capacity, it doesn't scale. Also, I will spend more time maintaining Blogs than writing for them. So more Blogs = Less Blogging. That's not a positive goal for me. More...
28. January 2008 21:31
The move is finally under way. App hosting is a fading memory and now I'm getting back to what I know...the details. A VPS server from 1and1 (and the 50% off discount for the first 3 months) is what saved me from dropping the whole idea of internet hosting. I was frustrated at trying to write simple ASP.NET apps or even using proven work and finding out there was to be MUCH more time spent at configuration and troubleshooting than design and coding.
Tools need to be made much simpler for end users to do a specific task, but I need full control. I once used a hosted server solution, which worked well for what I needed, until it became a financial burden. The hobby wasn't paying me back anymore and I had no real need for the service so I opted for, what I believed to be, the simpler solution in web site and ASP.NET hosting. Now that I had discovered the error in my ways, I’m back to building my empire.
Blogging should be the start of a process that will include tutorials, training, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. I’ll embellish as time permits. Thanks for reading.