I recently started an interesting project, after realizing I’ve lost touch with the competition lately. I set up a site on 1and1.com, created a new domain, and began setting up a new personal site. The catch – I’m only using products that someone here on campus would consider to be a “competitor”. 1and1 is a LAMP(E) environment. I’m using Macromedia’s Dreamweaver MX and Flash MX to author the site. I’ve set up both MT and Gallery so far. I may even give out the URL once I get a bit further along. Yes, 1and1 made life a LOT easier by having most of the common pre-req’s already installed. Even so, I had both apps up and running in less than an hour, including a MySQL database.
Sidenote: I need to ask Greg for a new feature in NewsGator – ability to switch blogs post-by-post. Zempt does this really well, and only for MT-based blogs.
I also have an ASP.NET site set up using our internal ISP. When I tried to install nGallery (which needs write access to a directory), I was told they’re not willing to allow that. I’m going to have to hunt around to see if I can find an ASP.NET setup similar to 1and1’s… In the mean time, I’m comparing notes between using Dreamweaver and using VStudio and FrontPage. This is going to be fun… I need to talk to Scott and Rob about better support for hosting environments, I think.
If you have any favorite Dreamweaver resources, please pass along a pointer…