blogwarming

This post is on a new host for my weblog. Expect to see a mess while I unpack my things and get the new place ready to live in, but I think it’s going to be really clean when I’m all settled.

Notes:

I’m using the latest WordPress, with the Sandbox theme and the Sandpress skin.

The new host is Dreamhost. So far I’ve had a good experience with them. The configuration tools are good, the documentation on their wiki is great, and tech support got right back to me on my one question. The one issue is that DNS changes have been a little whacky. Also, from reading reviews of them I’m expecting uptime problems.

My old ISPs were WordPress.com for the blog and Panix.com for the overall domain.

WordPress.com has some malfeatures that I couldn’t abide. No Javascript — ok, this is understandable — but also no Flash, no iframes, and no HTML forms. The rationale for these restrictions is security, which is such a stupid claim that it made me blow a fuse. This was a business decision, not a feature.

Panix is a cool but incredibly old-school ISP. I had been there since the 90s and my home directory was crufty with ancient files that nobody but the Wayback Machine ever accessed. Panix has huge integrity, great customer service, and does a stellar job of catering to the tastes of us crusty old Unix guys, but their pricing is high and services are minimal at this point.

Everything should now be working, so let me know if you see a bug.