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Changes, all the time Changes!

February 24, 2012

One of the most fun things to do is switching web hosting providers. It is almost assured to provide hours of fun-filled searching for obscure details that are different between different hosting providers.

Well, it is that time again. The InfinaDyne web site has been with Voxel.net for more than five years now. I have to say that we haven’t had too many problems with them but they have recently taken some steps toward a more secure environment that have conflicted with our web site maintenance procedures. So we moved on to hopefully just as good a provider. This isn’t meant as a critical review of one hosting provider over another.

I am hoping that we can get everything sorted out with the new configuration within a short period of time. Most of the basics have been taken care of and all of the picky little CGI scripts have been changed. But there is a huge volume of change and the chances of getting all of it 100% right the very first time are pretty low.

Any time you have an environment in which the configuration is spread over hundreds of text files – some HTML, some PERL CGI, and so on there is going to be trouble if there are changes. Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone that has done a really good job of isolating a web site from those sorts of changes.

Anyway, we are rolling with the changes. Change management is one thing, but having to synchronously change a lot of HTML plus every single CGI script is quite another. Fortunately, with a little intelligent design most computer languages allow you to get away from this sort of maintenance even in the face of some pretty severe changes. Visual Basic (aka VB 6) was one of those that really didn’t allow you to isolate things well and did create the sort of maintenance nightmare a web site can be. As well some folks maintaining very large VB projects have found out.

So if you visit the InfinaDyne web site and find something broken, please let us know. And trust that it will get fixed quickly.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2013 7:33 pm

    Hey there, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.

    When I look at your blog site in Safari, it looks fine but
    when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, fantastic blog!

    • September 27, 2013 2:33 pm

      I have done nothing low-level with the web pages, it is all stock WordPress. So, if there is a problem, they will fix it.

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