December 10, 2003

Apache Me

This week I started getting serious about moving my site over to an Apache server. My host, Brinkster, has some big issues with reliability, and I find there are times that I just can’t view my own site. So I’m moving off of them and over to an Apache host, most likely freedom2operate. It’s about half the price of my current host, and I have a feeling it will be much more responsive than what I have now. It was founded by Daniel J. Cody, a founder of Evolt, and its main mission is providing free accounts for people to cut their teeth on PHP. The paid hosting subsidizes the other work they’re doing, so I know my money will be going to good use. Plus, there is so much more you can do with Apache and PHP that just isn’t possible on Windows. So the switch will be coming up here, as soon as everything’s ready.

That’s the trick: getting everything ready. Right now my site is written in ASP with SSIs. My weblogs are maintained in Blogger. My goal is to switch the entire site to PHP, with Movable Type on the blog side. So before I can do any switching, I have to convert my entire site to PHP, and set up my blogs in Movable Type. And I’m getting there. I’m definitely making progress. You can see what I’ve done so far at my free F2O site. And you can see my progress with Movable Type there too. Converting most of my site was simple. It’s all static HTML with SSI includes. I changed those to PHP includes, set up a few mod_rewrite rules in .htaccess files, and the site was ready to roll. That worked for my travel pages, tech, and personal information. My blog, like this one and Sammy’s BabyBlog, are going to be a little more involved, since I have to wrap my head around Movable Type to get those running. I have this blog converted pretty well already, at least the main page. Now I need to figure out archiving. I want to archive URLs to look like computer-vet.com/weblog/2003/12/10/apache_me, like Mark Pilgrim and Simon Willison have. I haven’t figured it out yet. Right now they’re just computer-vet.com/weblog/000536.html. Passable, but not what I’m after.

It might be a pain getting everything going just right. But that’s okay; I’m used to it. It was a pain getting the static HTML files and PHP includes running at first, and the main menu that’s at the top of every page on my site. But I figured them out. And I’ll figure out Movable Type too. I just might take a while.

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  1. Scott Schrantz says:

    You know I have to test the comments.

    There’s just no way around it.

    Posted December 10, 2003 @ 7:40 pm

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