Sunday, March 26, 2006, 01:10 PMThis entry was previously a part of site news and was moved to the blog later.
Posted by Administrator
The problems with my site were serious , and I couldn't give them the correct password to restore it since I store that sort of thing. Usually I have a backup but this time didn't have sufficient notes to figure out which of my backed up passwords it really was. They were able to recreate the space and account though and I just uploaded my staging site and was instantly back online. (Maybe not instantly, since I had to correct a permissions issue, but really fast.) I highly recommend doing your site development on your own computer. If you don't have a computer you can do it on, you can get a virtual machine from free from www.vmware.com which also works great. It doesn't rock as much as running your own server for testing, but it is the next best thing. Failing either of those options, you can install Apache with PHP and Perl on your machine and test that way. All of these solutions work with either Windows or Linux. Vmware will also give you the options to try out more arcane solutions like Minix or other Unixes. IIS by the way, is not as cool as Linux with Apache, but you can read more about my opinions on that on my opinions page.