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Bob’s Tricktips is back up

For those of you who have been using the BTT videos here on bibliosk8.net, I have got bobstricktips.com working again. Check it.

I decided to  use the Moveable Type blogging system for BTT, running on my rented server space at dreamhost.com. While I like WordPress a lot, I find Moveable Type to be a bit easier to format, and I like the way it handles categories. I’m still working on modifying a nice black, white, and gray theme I found, and I’ve still got to fix the pages with the videos on them, but everything is there and it works.

Back on WordPress.com

OK, after thinking about it for a couple of days, I’ve moved this blog back over to WordPress.com, using the same redirect that I’m using on concretelunch.net (the redirect described in this post). The advantages of using the WordPress free service are just too great. Sure, you lose the ability to tweak your style sheets and templates (unless you pay), but for this kind of blog the advantages far outweigh that slight disadvantage. It isn’t like I was doing anything creative with the template design anyway.

So if you are one of the 1 or 2 sites that actually links to bibliosk8.net, you don’t need to change anything. My scripting genius (i.e., the script I found in 5 seconds with a web search) has taken care of that for you.

Combining free blog hosting with your own domain name.

Hosting a site on a free service like WordPress.com has some advantages. For one thing, they really keep the blogging software up to date, with constant improvements, new widgets, etc. You never have to lift a finger to upgrade. The problem is that you are limited as to disk space, bandwidth, etc. This is why this blog is not run on WordPress.com – I wanted to go beyond the services that WordPress provides for free. I have a rented server account with Dreamhost.com, on which I can host as many domain names as I need, with tons of bandwidth and storage.

I recently started a new skateboarding blog called “concretelunch.net“. I plan on using a lot of photos and videos on the site, which will require both disk space and bandwidth. I purchased the domain name, but I’d rather host the blog — which will be the “homepage” — for free on WordPress.com. At the same time, I want to use my Concretelunch.net domain name (so I can just refer to “concretelunch.net”, rather than “wordpress.concretelunch.com”) and also use that domain to host and serve large files, run other applications, etc.

Here is a nice way to make it all work. I set up the blog on WordPress.com. Then on my server, under the domain concretelunch.net, I deleted the existing index.html file, replacing it with index.php . The index.php file contains only the following code — a simple redirect to my WordPress.com blog:

<?php
header( ‘Location: http://www.yoursite.com’ ) ;
?>

The nice thing about using a redirect like this is that I can use WordPress.com’s free service for low bandwidth stuff, but if I want to point to something like a gallery URL, like “concretelunch.net/gallery” (which doesn’t exist yet), I can do that easily. Of course, this only works because the server I host my domain name on runs the PHP scripting language. However, you could easily find a PERL or JavaScript redirect script to use instead.

Remind me not to upgrade, ever again

I upgraded my blog software, and it killed all my old images and videos. Not just the code, but my actual files are gone. Shit. Actually, it was my fault, but I’ll blame the upgrade process anyway. It required that the blog directory be empty, and I forgot that the images and videos were stored in a subdirectory.

 Ughh. This makes me want to just go back to coding everything with plain HTML.