Archive for January, 2006

Reseller Hosting Problems

January 27, 06 by kenrich

My hosting company signed up for a reseller account to handle all of our Unix-based hosting. I have spent numerous hours setting up 40 or so hosts under one account. All the time, I was wondering how we could give each of those accounts their own login to the control panel. It seems I wasn’t crazy after all, there really is a way to do this.

The only problem is that the hosting company didn’t setup our account properly and the options to create and manage new accounts just didn’t exist. Instead, when I logged into what they term the “Web Hosting Manager”, I saw only a few, trivial functions. Under a menu item called “Account Management” and “Multi-Account Management”, there were no options available at all.

So for most of today, I’ve been going back with technical support trying to get our account straightened out. It still hasn’t been fixed yet, but should be sometime tonight. Later, I will have the fun task of splitting out all those domains into separate accounts. That explains why they sent me an e-mail notifying me that our account was almost out of disk space when I was only using 200MB of space!

I’ve Had it With Building Computers

January 26, 06 by kenrich

I really hate computers some times. Just recently, I was trying to put together a new system because my currrent system was having a problem overheating. I bought all new components and spent a whole night assembling the system. The next day when I tried to power it on, I got no response at all.

Usually, you can expect something to show on the monitor, or a the very least, the machine will beep at you with some diagnostic code. I got neither when I turned it on. So I spent another night just trying to diagnose the problem and fix it. Problem is, there is just no hint at what the problem might be. I checked all of the connections and even swapped out the power supply but still had the same result.

I’m about ready to throw this thing in the garbage. I’ve just about had it with building my own computers. I really would like to know why my original computer took a dump in the first place. I thought that computer was going to run forever and then I started having problems with the CPU over-heating. I think my CPU is fried.

Web Site Migration is Keeping Me Busy

January 10, 06 by kenrich

Yeah, I realize I haven’t been blogging too much here. I’ve been a little bit busy in the past few weeks. I am currently involved in migrating a host of websites over to new servers and (at the same time) converting those sites from Microsoft SQL Server database to MySQL.

We are doing the switch in order to provide clients with a more stable hosting environment with a 24-hour support staff. It will also provide clients with a web hosting control panel allowing them to manage all aspects of their hosting. The conversion to MySQL is for reliability and performance reasons.

In the process of converting our sites into MySQL, I am actually writing the code so that it will support both Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL. That way, if the client wishes to move back to SQL Server, it’s only a simple matter of changing the database connection string. This gives us the best of both worlds.

I sure will be happy when the conversion is completed. It has taken a lot of time to do so far and we are about 75% done with only two weeks left. I guess I should get back to work and jamming on these sites. Hope that I will have some time to blog here in the future.