Tag Archives: easyCGI

3 mail hosts in a week

Switching hosts was a matter of necessity. Running an entire site on wordpress on IIS was ridiculous. It’s fairly irrelevant to compare easyCGI and BlueHost, since anyone else making the choice will be choosing based on IIS vs. Apache, not a feature comparison or better support. However, i’ve very nearly gone back to easyCGI’s email hosting.

It’s not that easyCGI has great email hosting. their webmail is workable at best (better, since the last upgrade). they only provide POP3, not IMAP email. The reason i wanted to switch back? BlueHost doesn’t provide a catchall address. Apparently doing so would cripple their servers, because your email server is the same as your web server. and ‘all that spam‘ would bring the server to its knees. i’ve posted about this in their forums, but apparently all that does is bring out the idiot fanboys saying ‘your spam is everyone’s problem’. no, bluehost’s poorly configured servers are everyone’s problem.

Having had a catchall email for archgfx.net for 4 years on 2 webhosts, this seems bizarre to me. there’s no reason that one email couldn’t receive more spam than all the uncreated addresses put together. This is exactly how my email is set up. i have specific junk addresses: crappy, crapmail, webmaster, sales, etc. They come from using throwaway email addresses to sign up for things, and from standard addresses that bots think will reach the site owner. They all route to a yahoo inbox that i can dumpster dive for registration emails if the need arises.

The rest of the email to archgfx lands in my main inbox. this includes emails to sunburntkamel, adam, afreetly, af, and other addresses that were either easier to pronounce over the phone, or that people have erroneously remembered. I can’t possibly remember all of them, or attempt to generate all the possible misspellings and misrememberings of my name. so not having a catchall is a dealbreaker for me.

Back when it was first opened, i read derek’s post, and signed up for gmail hosted. I found out then that i couldn’t set up email aliases to non-archgfx.net addresses. at the time, that was a big enough pain for me to not bother using the service. now, having to keep two gmail windows open (one hosted, one standard) is less of an issue than losing mail that i’ve depended on arriving for 4 years. So i changed my MX records again, since hosted gmail beats the $3.95 a month for easyCGI.

I can’t set up email aliases on hosted gmail, but i can forward email. so i have one junk box (crapmail), that forwards its contents to yahoo. the other ‘big spam’ addresses are aliased to that one. it works, more or less. i have to think it would be easier on google’s servers for them to just let me alias to yahoo, but functionally, it’s about the same. and i doubt google’s servers are going to buckle under the strain.

Hosting Recommendation

Apparently affiliate links are semi green-lighted. and since certain friends of matt have had (a truckload of) them for a long time, i figured i should point out who my host is, that i post about here (my easyCGI tag). It’s not that they are the easiest host. it’s one of the least tested setups you can run wordpress on. but they do give you insane amounts of storage and bandwidth. and their tech support reads the wordpress forums. and they’re more responsive than wordpress support (that’s not a dig at mark, it’s just my experience. wordpress has great support). This link makes saves me money if you sign up through it: $10.00 Domain Registration – Free Setup!
but i wholeheartedly recommend them. if the TOS here haven’t swung far enough for this kind of post, i’ll change it to a standard link.

Deprecated

Since it looks like the release of WP 2.1 is in the immediate future (as opposed to the nebulus ‘soon’ timeframe it’s been in since august or so), i tried upgrading one of my test blogs on archgfx. I didn’t realize that the MySQL upgrades they keep announcing only apply to new signups (makes sense, that way your apps don’t just randomly break), so the new minimum SQL requirement causes massive breakage on the front page.

So, i just sent easyCGI an email asking them to upgrade my site from MySQL 3.23.49 to whatever the latest version is they’re running (a thread in the forums says it’s 4.1.21 at time of writing). looks like this will also upgrade PHP from 4.3.1 to 4.4.1 (still no option to upgrade to go to PHP 5). *fingers crossed*

After that, i’ll be trying to get REQUEST_URI working, so that i can use a static front page, rather than a static HTML front page, and be completely done with needing FTP to edit anything on archGFX. of course, i have to convince my CFO to part with $50+ to do so. After rereading ComputerGuru‘s post based on his comment, it seems his request_uri.inc is LGPL, not CC-by-nc-sa as the post is. So i need to pay $25 to easyCGI for a security audit and script installation, and it seems ridiculous not do drop at least an equivalent amount in ComputerGuru’s tip jar.

UPDATE:

support ticket opened: 12/26/06 11:23:42
support ticket closed: 12/26/06 14:39:47

a quick edit to my wp-config.php file (to reflect the address of the newer sql server), and i’m good to go. 2.1 runs fine, as do my 2.0.x blog and testblog. PHPinfo() still shows me at 4.3.1, which is fine by me.

UPDATE 2:

I checked further down the PHPinfo() page, and found that it still claims to be running 3.xx. logging into the aged (2.6) version of PHPMyAdmin shows MySQL 4.1.21-community-nt, though.

One Hundred GigaBytes

My host Increased my disk space again. last time they did this, i dropped my hosting plan down from ‘advanced x2’ to ‘advanced’. this time, i don’t even know what to do with 100GB. i don’t even have that many mp3’s on my home computer. (i can only fill my RAID 5 configuration with recorded tv). seriously, no one on wordpress.com even knows what to do with 10GB of space. I could start hosting RAW images from my camera, but i’m just not that good a photographer. Now that i’m encoding all my video as FLV files, it’s just extra. i guess that’s the reason it’s so cheap, easyCGI’s betting no one will use it