Monthly Archives: September 2007

Free Website Hosting

Getting a free website is not a hard task. There are many companies offering free starter packages, with an option to “upgrade” at a later time. The upgrades are of course not free, and their end goal.

The free hosting packages offer limited disk space, starting from 5mb to approximately 500mbs. The majority of free hosting packages are ad supported, meaning, a portion of your free website will host their ads.

This is not true for all free web hosting offered, hence, this tutorial. I spent a good full day searching for these free packages, several promising companies simply were asking for too much at registration or their registration system was too confusing.

Below is a list of companies that I have been able to successfully sign up with. For each company listed below I provide the host url and link.

FreeWebs.com
FreeServers.com
50Megs.com
TriPod.com
ZeroCatch.com
TopCities.com
ProHosting.com
AwardSpace.com
Geocities.com

For a visual of these hosts in action click here.

Suggest WP Plugins Please

WordPress, blog software that we can’t live without… thats if you’re not a Blogger. But with all its greatness, having plugins can and have greatly enhanced our blogs. So far, I have installed:

wp-email211 by Lester Chan
wp-pagenavi211 by Lester Chan
wp-polls220 by Lester Chan
wp-postratings111 by Lester Chan
wp-postviews111 by Lester Chan
wp-print211 by Lester Chan
wp-wap210 by Lester Chan
cforms.5.4 by Oliver Seidel

Currently, I am looking for a “social web” plugin that works with my theme. Other than that I would like suggestion for plugins… looking through the directory is nnnnooooo fun, so please suggest away if you know of a “must have” plugin.

osCommerce Must Have…

I have been doing alot of osCommerce work for a client over the pass year and a half. And although there are many “contributions” that are a must for any production osCommerce shop, without a doubt when it comes to designing a site, the “Simple Template System” aka STS contribution created by Brian Gallagher is a must have.

If you are new to osCommerce, you will soon find out that designing your osCommerce website can be quite painful. But once you add the STS contribution to your site, you essentially add a skinning method to it… making your job half as easy. Link? Click Here.

Bad Day

Well, I spent the whole day trying to install the latest version of Dotnetnuke (which is 4.6) on my new hosting company (Lunarpages.com). Still nothing. Hopefully tommorrow with be a better day.

09/21/07: this episode just got worse. its now going to take 3-5 days. Gggrrr!

09/27/07: its been longer than 5 days now and i still haven’t heard from Lunarpages.com. This isn’t good, its going to be harder for me to help sell their services. Well, this is only in regards to the Microsoft Windows side of their business.

10/04/07: so I am going to be move to a new servr that will be able to handle Dotnetnuke. Other than that, still no word from Lunarpages.com.

Kyrise.COM

Kyrise.COM, is our (Nguyen Family: Able, Mary, Elise, & Kyra) private photo gallery. It took me a while deciding which framework to use:

• 4images,
• Coppermine,
• Gallery, or
• code something of my own.

Gallery was my choice, and it’ll probably will be for future photo galleries as well. Why? Too lazy to code something of my own… if money wasn’t coming out of it, I don’t have the time for that.

4images was ugly (even with a theme over it, the admin section was the same) and hard to setup… I couldn’t get the darn thing to auto thumbnail the uploaded images.

Coppermine was my last choice, and even though they have been around for as long as I could remember. I couldn’t even consider them because the gallery looks too much like phpBB forums.

Save yourself the headache… go with Gallery.

Oh, BTW, if you are family, a relative, or a close friend and want access (& maybe even share some of your photos) to Kyrise.COM… visit the site then register. I’ll approve the registration once I get the email.