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Old skin, new grin

posted Mar 7, 2011, 7:39 PM by Konstantyn Spasokukotskiy   [ updated Mar 7, 2011, 9:15 PM ]
This website enjoys now new hosting at google and a different approach to manage information flows.  Here is a generational story about marriage of data and technology.

static age: 1999-2004
host operation year TTL
 geocities.com  1999-2000  ~1 year
 yahoo (geocities)  2000-2009  9 years

dynamic age: 2004-to date
 host  costs operation year  TTL  defect  highlight
 DST-electronics  semi-paid  2004-2005  =1,5 year
customer service model
cheap bundle DNS+host
 111mb.com  free  2005-2006  ~1 year
 freephpwebhosting.net  free  2007  <1 year
file size cap
 freeweb7.com  free  2008  ~1 year
file size cap, lagging
PHP, larger size cap
 freehost10.com  free  2009  <1 year  file size cap
identical to freeweb7 in all PHP setups
 freebeehosting.com  free  2010  >1 year
died overhight. data lost.
excellent small site PHP host
 sites.google.com  free  2011-  ? no PHP scripts, limited template customization,
lacking interactive elements, inconsistent widget presentation
response time, integration with office, widgets

The trade-offs of the recent move are huge.

On the downside it is 1. back-falling to semi-static site management. The list of native control elements is very limited. AFAIK, there hasn't been much changed since 2006 (the time Google acquired company that came up with the idea of template site management). 2. There is no easy way to tweak site appearance. As a result the design is somewhat broken even after applying dirty hacks. The native template adjustment feature is less than adequate. 3. There is no facility to manage multiple languages. I will miss this feature of Contrexx CMS. 4. There are no robust native blog features, no seamless integration with Google-native Blogger, in particular with the user commenting service.

On the upside it is 1. integration with online office, photo sharing services, etc. In one word it is service layering approach. Developers create widgets that can be added to the mix from central repository like from a Market feature on cell phones. The widgets stitch different internet services (see photo gallery on the site for example). 2. Hopefully the service will be robust? At least statistically, I expect performance comparable with yahoo, i.e. another 6 years until the service is closed or merged into something else. 3. Upgradeabliity.  The fall down of web hosting sites with a one-year regularity was a bad thing. But break down of customized PHP code after each upgrade of CMS system was even worse. I hope this time I'll save a lot of time on upgrades and can deliver you more of my great content.