I commented last week that I would be going over my monthly bandwidth allowance. I forgot to check it on the last day of September, but I’m almost sure I went over. As of today, I’m at 1G of my 3G allotment so that’s not good. I’ve also had some comments that this blog loads slowly, which I want to get resolved.
I was hoping to have a new home by the end of this month, but I’m not really finding that perfect fit. I’ve set up a blog at msmvps.com to try that out. The good thing about msmvps is it’s free to me. The bad thing is that it uses .Text as its blog software. .Text is probably a fine piece of software, but I have two related problems with it:
First, it doesn’t seem to allow future posting, that is, scheduling a post for a future date/time. As you may know, Excel is my hobby, not my job. Therefore, I create posts each night and schedule them to show up the next day. If I know I won’t be able to create any posts one night, I can post a couple of days in advance. I don’t know if that’s such a big deal, but I like blogs that have something to read every day and I like it when the posts are spread out.
The second problem is that .Text has zero documentation. Heck, maybe it supports future posting, but I wouldn’t have any idea. There are peer-to-peer forums and wikis, but I’m not the type to go searching for needles in haystacks. I suppose I could learn ASP.Net and be a real expert at .Text. One time consuming hobby at a time, thank you.
Here are my options as I see them:
|Stay with TypePad.||I don’t have to move my archives to some new host.||I would have to upgrade from $9/month to $15/month to get 5GB of bandwidth. It doesn’t really solve the problem that some people are having with slow loading.|
|MSMVP||Save money||I don’t know .Text and I’m disinclined to learn it. They don’t host my images (which, as you know, I use a lot), so I’d have to FTP those somewhere else. I moved one post over to msmvps.comdicksblog and I had to add a bunch of line break tags to make it look right. No future posting.|
|Use my other host||I’m already paying for it.||All the good blogging software I’ve found uses PHP, which they don’t offer.|
|New host||Get rid of bandwidth problem||Fear of the unknown. What if the new host sucks? Then I have to move again?|
Your opinion please. How important is having posts every day? Throughout the day? What if I’m on vacation for a week? Can you recommend blogging software that doesn’t use PHP? Any other comments or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.