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Opinion: Problems, or The Worst Shared Hosting Company I've Ever Dealt With

First let me say that I understand that no hosting company is going to be perfect. I understand that they have to deal with issues every single day and sometimes an issue may not get resolved immediately. And now that I have gotten that off my chest, let me tell you of my experience with a hosting company called

It all started last year when I finally had it with CrystalTech. CrystalTech's tech support at the time was horrendous. I could no longer deal with the constant site crashes and abysmal support responses. So after a few weeks of scouring the web, I made the decision to move a couple of clients to HostMySite. On average, people were giving them praise and said that their tech support was superb. They were a little more expensive, but I made the assumption that this was the price I had to pay to receive better service. I had my clients buy their top shared hosting ColdFusion 8 plans.

Almost immediately after moving the site over to their server, we began to notice problems. HostMySite uses a ColdFusion server management application called "SeeFusion". I'm not 100% familiar with this program, but from what I can gather it keeps the different sites in check by making sure that they don't overload the server, kill request that take to long and handle server restarts. The error message we started to see was simply called the "java.lang.ThreadDeath" error.

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ColdFusion Tips & Tricks: Components

ColdFusion Components and Var Scoping Trick

Var scoping is essential when dealing with ColdFusion Components. You can get weird results or even some hard-to-track errors if you don't do this. I'm not privy as to why this happens, I just know that it does. It's one of those mysteries that I just never bothered to research. All I know, is that sometimes it's a pain in the butt, especially when your writing a fairly complex function and you forgot to var scope an "i" in a cfloop or some other quick and dirty variable you made.

Well a few months back, I started doing something with my function variables, that I thought I would share. Not only does it solve my var problem, but it winds up making the top of my function shorter (I'm a stickler for cleanish looking code). Essentially I create a generic local struct in the begining and I'm sure to var scope it, like so:

<cfset var local = StructNew() />
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Shared Hosting Woes

ColdFusion Site Timeouts? Check To See If Your Database Server.

Awhile back I had switched one of my clients websites from CrystalTech to HostMySite. The site on CrystalTech was inaccessible at least 2 times a day, due to either a ColdFusion/JRun restart or some other problem. Talking it over with the client, we decided it would be a good time to update their code and move it on over to HostMySite.

Almost immediately, we noticed some speed gains, but again we started to see that the site would go down once a or twice a day. I was starting to wonder if it was my code, but I had been running it internally on my server with no problems at all. My server is about 7 years old with only 1 gig of ram. Surely, if it could run on this junker, it should run fine on our ISP's shared server.

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My Blog Dilemma

Mango vs. BlogCFC

Awhile back I switched my blog from BlogCFC to Mango Blog. The reason I made the switch was simple. I wanted more control over the layout and BlogCFC seemed overly complicated for this task. I have been patiently waiting for version 6, that Raymond Camden has been hinting at for the past 6 months. (Maybe even a year). This version was supposedly more geared towards using templates. As exciting as this news was, it seemed as the progress was moving slowly. And I had to make a decision on my own blog, hence I made a switch.

I really like some aspects of Mango Blog, especially their plug-in architecture and their administration controls. But at the same time, I miss some of the more robust features the BlogCFC had, like subscriptions, stats, etc. And another key point, was that BlogCFC would never pass the W3C's XHTML Validator. It was laced with errors and warning. Mango on the other hand was perfect in that aspect.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!!

You might have been asking where I went, well rest assure I'm still around. I've been completely swamped with projects and as I wrap one up another seems to start. I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I think I'm still a couple of weeks away from some freedom.

In the meantime, how about a little present? Maybe CJ File Browser v2.0 (Beta)!!!

Thought you might like that. I've had this for awhile, but I just didn't have the time to clean up the documentation, comments etc. But I'll let you play with it and let me know if you come accross any problems.

The big change, that I've made this into a tinyMCE plug-in.

Download here: CJ File Browser

P.S. It's a ColdFusion File Browser for tinyMCE, in case you didn't know.

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