Dreamhost Hosting

With my move to working more with php and ruby on rails I decided to ditch my windows hosting and move over to Unix and Apache. Most of the active open source projects run better on Apache and the mod_rewrite module is essential for creating easy search engine friendly links. I took a look at a bunch of different providers but settled on Dreamhost. They offer a ton of features for $11 a month and lit looks like they have a pretty good reputation. So far the migration has gone smoothly and everything is up and running. You can get a $50 discount on new hosting contracts if you use promo code: MYDREAM50

Open Source Software

Before I started working for Home Depot I was an ASP developer for Gardener’s Supply and Burton Snowboards. I drank a lot of Microsoft kool-aid in those days and was an early adopter of asp.net. Since I was using Microsoft tools at work I never paid attention to any of the open source projects going on in PHP and more recently Ruby on Rails. It was not until I installed WordPress for this blog did I realize how far these applications had come! So I have ditched my Microsoft allegiance and have started working with some great open source projects like modX and Magento. I am exited to start learning some of these new tools and to start working with PHP and Ruby. My first project was to convert my basic consulting website template over to PHP 🙂

New Tag: Web Applications

The buzz in 2007 was all about web apps. Taking things that traditional desktop software handled and moving them online and enabling people to access them anywhere. I have created a new tag called web applications and will be posting some reviews that highlight the very best. Here are some links to 2 past reviews I did:

Blogging: WordPress is Awesome

Photo Sharing: Smugmug Photo Sharing

Wedding planning update

Things are in full swing and we have made some great progress on the wedding plans. April 13’th will be just around the corner!

Well those are the major items! Lot’s more little things to do. For more details on our wedding you can view our web site on the Knot.com

House Cleaning on AndrewKnight.com

I have done a little house cleaning on the website and implemented the new K2 theme for WordPress. Here are a few of the changes:

  • It has some neat new Ajax functions that improve search and navigation.
  • 3 column layout to get more information on the page.
  • All the links are now search engine friendly and easy to read.
  • Fast loading XHTML/CSS design
  • Great widget interface for modifying things on the page

Let me know what you think!