New Server for the website

The website is now completed moved onto new Virtual server hosted in data center somewhere outside of Dallas, TX.  You may (hopefully) notice that the website is running much faster.  It’s especially noticable with pictures and photo albums.

Previously the website was hosted on Godaddy, which was also where we registered the domain  It was easy and convenient to manage that all in one place, but the combination of pitiful performance, and the constant price raising (and nagging upselling) that constantly occurs with Godaddy made me want to reevaluate our options.

I discussed these 3 options with Meg:

  1. Move to another provider like godaddy
  2. Go the completly free route, and move the blog to a service like wordpress, blogger, or tumblr, and the photos to flickr or picassa web albums.
  3. Purchase a virtual host and do everything from scratch by ourselves.

We ened up going with the third option, as it gives us the most freedom.  Basically we now have a small virtual server that I have absolute control over.  This server is dedicated entire to us, so we’re not constantly fighting a company like Godaddy’s constant need to raise their profits by splitting performance across as many websites as possible. 

The downside is that it’s more work to setup and manage (Apache, php, mysql), but that’s exactly the type of “work” I find fun, so in the end I think it was a good choice.

It also gives us the freedom to do whatever we want with the website (including some non-website stuff), so expect to see the results of that new freedom soon in things such as a better gallery for photos that allows you to comment on individual pictures and more.

p.s. For those curious, the VPS I went with is, who I would now heartily recommend to anyone at this point.

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