BlogEngine.NET - now used by StrivingLife

With a new host, comes a unique move.

Previously I was using WordPress, since I was hosted on a Linux (shared) server. Fortunately, I've decided to move to a Windows VPS, since the month of June was full of either slow down, or completely down, times. Since I don't want to install PHP and MySQL (which I would want to pay for the external dbs anyway), I've decided to switch my content out of WordPress.

It's unfortunate, since I've spent so much time with it, but I think, in the long run, it's going to be for the best.

Five years from now, I'm not sure where I'll be. However, I would like to still be doing development work, particularly with ColdFusion. However, if I can find the time to actually play around with .NET, that's another skill I'd like to pick up.

Of course, I've spent a lot of time getting a development environment on my home computers, and since I won't be picking up a copy of Windows XP Pro any time soon (however, if you use the donate link at the bottom of the page, you can make it that much sooner :D ), that will continue to be based upon Apache.

Anyways, I think the move to BlogEngine.NET is going to be the best, in the long run. WordPress is getting so commercial now, and there's still so many problems with it. With BlogEngine.NET, however, there's definitely more of a home-brew attitude, and at least at this point in the game, the commercial aspect isn't apparent (however, that's not to say that they won't be competiting with WordPress soon, in some sense - seeing as how they are different languages).

Another benefit is that BlogEngine.NET can be run without a database. I could get MSSQL running on my box, but ... why bother when I don't have to at this point? Of course, that's not to say that SQL is bad (quite the contrary), but it can be a bit of a resource hog ...

The Framing Business, which I was also hosting, will be moved to it's own, WordPress-specific, service. I'll still be responsible for administering it, but that's easy enough to do, and if it keeps Gavin posting, that's all the better.

I've got until September until my old host comes up for renewal, so I do believe I'll have plenty of time to move everything over to their respective servers, and enough redirection time. I'll also need to determine what I'm going to do as far as redirects ... but that shouldn't be too big of an issue.