Free Dotnetnuke Skins

I wanted to have freedotnetnukeskins.com up and running by November 1, 2007. But with the way things are going with Lunarpages.com… I am going to have to wait until 2008.

DNN Installs

Installing DNN on shared hosting as always been a hard task. And to think I’d have it down by now. I at least remember by heart the basics:

  1. Download the software from the DNN site
  2. Upload the files to the shared hosting
  3. Ensure permissions for the ASP.net user are correct
  4. Setup the database and user
  5. Config the webconfig, ie. enter in the DB connection data/string
  6. Go to browser, invoke install @ http://mydomain.com/install
  7. Change admin and host passwords

Thats is normally it, unless you run into permissions problems; which is often on shared hosting servers.

But while trying to setup my Freedotnetnukeskins.com on Lunarpages.com servers, we (support and I) discovered that the directory “skins” CANNOT be used as your virtual directory. My guess is this might be in the DNN manual somewhere, but we were using the “auto install DNN” plesk so it was hard to pick out.

osCommerce Skins?

I have been thinking about developing a site that will give away free skins. Similar to Freedotnetnukeskins.COM, whenever that gets up and running is all based on how fast Lunarpages.com is… I will decide if I’ll be going through with this after I get some experience(s) from that site.

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.

Signature Images

I have been seeing cool signature images. So I thought I’d try making a few for myself. Here’s my first stab at making them…

woot_shopper.jpg

noteful_user.jpg

a8le_owner.jpg

Again, this is just my first stab at doing them, I’ll revisit them soon if time permits…

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.

Blog Launch! Yeah!

Its official, I have my own blog now. Didn’t see a need for one until now. That and I had to wait 2 monsterous year for my contract with the old host to end.