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By: Ashton Sanders

Simple PHP Blog

Mar 16 2008

Filed under: Blogging,PHP,Review

I have already done a lot of ranting and raving about Blogger and WordPress.

Although I consider these two to be the leaders of the blogging pack (by a large margin), I did run across a blog using Simple PHP Blog, and was impressed. It doesn’t have all the crazy features like the other two, but it does have a feature which really attracted my attention. On the bottom of every post there are five dots, and you can rate the post 1 to 5. This way, people can interact with your posts and website without actually having to write a comment.

Don’t get me wrong, the comment function is still intact, but the percent of comments compared to visitors is tiny, while the percent of “ratings” to visitors is much higher.

Another note: Simple PHP Blog isn’t database driven. You can run it on a server without needing a database!

If anyone ends up using this system, please let me know how it goes.
-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

CenturyTel – Reliable Bad Customer Service

Jan 18 2008

Filed under: Century Tel,Review

I have already written a number of posts on the few times I have had to contact the CenturyTel Customer Service. I am constantly amazed at how reliable the Century Customer Service is as being HORRIBLE!

I thought I may have just gotten very lucky the first two times I had to call CenturyTel when I got the biggest idiots possible, but No! It was more than luck. Every time I have had to contact Century Tel Customer Service, I get very stupid people who do very stupid things.

Take today for example:

Last month I ordered a Static IP Address so my IP wouldn’t change. Before I ordered the Static IP, my IP changed about 2-3 times a month.

During the 1 month since I ordered the Static IP, my IP changed twice. (Three times if you include the Static IP order “going into effect.”)

So I call them up to get this fixed and get a credit on my month of not having the Static IP that I ordered.

I called the Customer Service, and told the lady my problem. She said, “I don’t get what you’re talking about, and you will need to speak with technical support to get it credited.”

So she transferred me over there. After another 3 minutes on hold, I’m told that they don’t have access to credit the account and I would need to talk to Customer Service… which just happens to be the same people who sent me here in the first place.

To make a long story short, he started asking me about what kind of routers I use even though my external IP address has nothing to do with my internal network.

After 26 minutes (17 of which were on hold and writing this post), I have been credited for not having a static IP, and I have been assured that I will have a static IP from now on.

I’m sure you’ll hear more from the endlessly epic, “Reliable Bad Customer Service!”
-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

Liberty Names of America

Jan 12 2008

Filed under: Life,Rant,Review

Websites in a Flash Mascot

Liberty Names of America

is yet another great example of Jerks trying to get a lot of money for nothing.

My wife has a website for her horse business called TopPriorityTrakehners.com. (Trakehner is a breed of horse.) We have this domain registered with 1&1 for $7/year.

Today, I got a letter in the mail from Liberty Names of America saying that my domain was coming up for renewal, and by filling out this form and paying $29/year, I could renew my domain name with Liberty Names of America! what a great deal! I can also get the .org and .net variants of my domain for the same unbelievable price of $29/year!

ARE YOU SERIOUS?

What jerk thought this up? Emailing people and telling them to renew for ridiculous amounts of money. The worst part is that they make the letter look like just a friendly reminder to renew your domain… when actually they are trying to get you to transfer your domain to Liberty Names of America and pay four times the price of 1and1.

And of course they have to have the patriotic name “Liberty Names of America” because they are trying to fulfill the American dream by taking everyone else’s money. It just makes me sick: all of the low-life jerks who try to come up with these schemes to trick people into giving them lots of money for literally nothing in exchange.

“Everybody’s trying to get filthy rich off of someone else’s money.” -Big and Rich (Filthy Rich)

I hope this page comes up in Google for “Liberty Names of America” and no one every pays them a dime.
-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

Blogger vs WordPress – Remote Site

Nov 17 2007

Filed under: Blogging,PHP,Review

When I first started this blog, I did a little bit of research about blogs, and chose Blogger. Now that I’ve been using Blogger for almost a year, I’ve started another blog, about Mordheim, with WordPress, and here are my thoughts:

Blogger

Overview

Blogger is very simple and user-friendly. There is a reason they are the most popular: it’s extremely easy to set up a blog and write posts. They also have a lot of functionality.

WordPress

Overview

WordPress is a little more complicated, and it seems like you can do more with the additional complication. They also have a very user-friendly interface and simple layout. WordPress has a larger base of fans who have created many blog layouts that are free to download. Because of this, WordPress’s Free Layouts are much nicer, stylish, better.

Blogger

Remote Blog

Unfortunately, if you want to put your website on a remote server (any other website besides “*.blogspot.com”), you lose almost all of your functionality. You don’t even get a Category Roll. The Categories listed on the right side of this blog is done manually. (The post count is also done manually).

WordPress

Remote Blog

Fortunately, WordPress.org supplies you with a free download of WordPress, and easy installation instructions. In 5 minutes, you have a new, stylish and functional blog hosted on your PHP website. They have a lot of functionality, and each free blog layout has different amount of functionality. You could probably spend the rest of your life trying out different blog layouts. If you are a PHP programmer, it is very easy to sink into the code and make lots of changes to the functionality. From making the categories display alphabetically, by ID, etc.

I would definitely recommend WordPress over Blogger for advanced users who are looking to host their blog on their website.

Blogging For Life,
-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

Content Management System for Websites

Nov 12 2007

From my years of working on the internet, I have come to realize that the one thing that almost all of my clients desire, is the ability to manage their own website. This way, they never have to wait on their web guy to change a phone number on their website. If they have a new product, they have the ability to add it to their own website.

Because of this huge demand for a CMS for websites, we have developed one that I call “Database in a Flash.” This Content Management System is a very user-friendly program that uses MySQL and PHP. It allows anyone who knows a little bit about the internet to communicate with their MySQL database to update their website.

It really is an amazing program. For more information, feel free to contact us.

-Let me know if you have any questions,
-Ashton Sanders

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