With all the troubles I’ve had with hosting plans throughout the years, I’ve always wondered how to avoid those same problems for a second time. Of course, I’d love to avoid them for the first time, so I Google them first. No, not the problem, but how to avoid problems doing something “odd” with my service. Let’s say I want to do something really strange like cancel a server or hosting service. I know, it’s way out there, but please bare with me…I ask the Service Provider what I need to do, after starting with the on-line FAQs, help, forums, etc. and they say go to this “special” site for canceling service. OK, it must be “intuitive” or they would have given me more details, right!? The stand-up comic in me wants to draw this out to its proper conclusion…lots of laughs; but the software developer, architect, infrastructure novice and business owner in me wants to lend a hand...

DateTime Format for Blog Posts for BlogEngine.NET ...or wherever you want to standardize output formatting. Here is a rather simple solution to my issue of Date Time formatting on my blog posts. I noticed that as of a recent version of BlogEngine.NET, the Date looked something like this: "29. June 2008 09:00" I wanted to change it to something more readable to my target readers, some very local, such as: "Sunday, June 29, 2008 09:00 AM"...

A simple way to adjust or tweak a theme to your liking can be as simple as a few lines of css code in styles.css. I made a couple very minor changes to achieve the affect of a new background color, content on the right when it was always on the left, and a font color change to go along with the background better.

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.

I'd really like to see some more BlogEngine.NET themes take advantage of the new WidgetZone and cool features of version 1.4. To that end, I wanted to see how difficult it would be to do this myself. As a .NET architect and developer I haven't found myself doing a lot of css and UI interface work recently, but figured if I can do BizTalk, SharePoint, EntLib, SQL, WinForms and even ASP.NET development, HTML and css might be possible. Besides, I'm only adding on to what other artists and geniuses have already done.