Category Archives: Site Update

Props to DreamHost

I finally got around to shutting down my DreamHost account.  I poked around a bit in the control panel and didn’t find a way to cancel the account.  I started to file a support ticket and their ticket tool pointed me in the right direct to cancel the account myself.  Turns out I was on the right page already, just missed the tiny link for end my account.

Actually ending the account was a simple as checking a checkbox, entering my password, and answering a few questions in an exit survey.  Props to DreamHost for making super easy and not dragging things out and having me wait forever on the phone to talk to humanoid.

Email at Digital Ocean

Turns out setting up an email server at Digital Ocean is pretty straight forward.  Here’s my recipe:

  1. Follow this Digital Ocean tutorial to set up postfix.
  2. Poke a hole in the firewall for mail to get through with sudo ufw allow mail (not sure why the Digital Ocean tutorial didn’t have this critical step;  props to this other recipe.)
  3. Add an MX record on the Digital Ocean DNS control panel.
  4. Add the email addresses to forward to the virtual aliases file.

No muss, no fuss.  Nice!

 

 

Moving on

Finally got my rear in gear and migrated from Dreamhost (its been nice) to Digital Ocean (the new hotness.)

Digital Ocean’s droplet setup stuff is super easy.  They also have great recipes for setting everything up.  I was able to get everything installed, setup, and secured in about an hour. It took another hour to migrate my wordpress install.  If I had known it was that easy, I would have done it a while ago.

WordPress Update

Just took the site offline for about 30 seconds to update to WordPress 3.8.  Man, updates through the admin interface are silky smooth these days.  (After backing up site and data) updates are a single no too scary button click.  Nice!

I don’t think there are many changes on the end user side of things this time around (especially since I’m sicking with my 2013 based theme for now.)  But, the admin side got a nice overhaul.  I like it.

1000!

Wow, sorta hard to believe but this is post #1000 for my blog.  Its taken 9 1/2 years, 2 blog engines (pivot and wordpress) and 2 hosting providers (host for 2 bucks and Dreamhost) to make it here.  Thanks for reading!  Onward and upward!

Syndication Update

Facebook peeps, I’m no longer syndicating my twitter feed to facebook.  So, you’ll see blog posts like this one, via feedpress syndication instead.  Hopefully, not much will change with your enjoyment of my fine postings.

BTW, its not super obvious how you stop posting automatically from Twitter in Facebook.  A quick google turned up this useful help.  I went with the method in the second comment, but should probably deauthorize Facebook OAuth just for good measure.

Good bye, Feedburner

I’m preparing to overhaul my blog and figured it was time to hang up on Feedburner, and its uncertain future (especially since Google shuttered Reader.)  So, its onward and upward with Feedpress.

Feedpress thoughtfully provides both a WordPress plug-in and a super easy Feedburner to Feedpress migration guide.  As far as I can see, everything went according to plan.  With any luck, I’ll retain my 3 dozen or so subscribers.

vagrantpress

I’ve been putting off some look and feel updates to my blog for a while;  Mainly, because I’m too time constrained (and/or lazy) to set up a development environment to mess around with.

I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about Vagrant lately, but didn’t get the gist of it.  So, I buckled down a little and figure it out.  Its another layer on top of virtual machines that helps scaffold up development environments using the tools that DevOps use scale out production environments.

With a little bit of googling, I found a vagrant box for WordPress.  So, I installed vagrant (simple download and package install), grabbing the vagrant box with git clone, and ran ‘vagrant up’  a few minutes later, I had a freshly minted virtual box with the latest WordPress running.  Nice.

Now, hopefully I’ll find some more time to actually work on those look and feel changes.