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Hosting Update – Going Green

After going gangbusters in posting about my experiences with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, you’ll have likely noticed that I took some time off over the weekend (or maybe you didn’t, but I swear I did). The reason for the downtime is that I decided to bite the bullet and switch hosting providers.

I’d like to first point out that the change wasn’t necessitated from any malcontent with my previous hosting provider, asmallorange, but instead a desire to ensure I’m doing more to contribute towards a sustainable lifestyle as a whole. After doing a little research online, I discovered that there were a number of “greener” options available and opted to go with GreenGeeks who purchase wind energy credits to compensate for the equivalent amount of power (and then some) used to support their business.

Wind Turbine Beauty

Wind Power Rocks! – courtesy of emmerogers

There were a number of different companies that offered “green” hosting, GreenGeeks offers more than just good karma. In the few days I’ve been on board, I’ve received nothing but great work from their support team who not only transferred my entire account from one provider to another, but provided support for my WordPress install (definitely service beyond the call). Price wise, I am paying more than I was previously, but with the superb service and the environmental accountability, I’m definitely happy with my decision to switch.

Speaking of environmental accountability, GreenGeeks does more than just purchase wind credits:

In addition to purchasing wind energy credits GreenGeeks works on all of our servers and reconfigures them so that they run more efficiently using less energy and running cooler. What this means is less energy consumption on the server as well as less energy needed to cool the server. (Co-location data centers are constantly cooled [24x7x365] by enormous cooling fans which use a tremendous amount of energy). These attentions to detail on the servers allow us to be more energy efficient in our data centers, but we don’t stop there.

Use only what’s needed – GreenGeeks is also hyper conscious about our carbon footprint in our offices. We employ rigorous recycling in our offices and we make sure that only legal and essential documents are printed to conserve paper. Any non essential documents which are printed by mistake are returned to the recycle paper area of the office for reuse in any other printing that we need to do. In addition we employ auto lighting control systems to make sure that the lights are not on when no one is in their offices and we make sure we power down all office equipment when not in use.

Lunch and dinner at the office – Our employees take turns bringing in home cooked meals to the office to reduce the amount of times we go out to eat which helps keep bodies in their seats for your support as well as reduce the amount of paper, plastic and Styrofoam which typically come with take out orders.

Telecommuting – GreenGeeks searches for top notch personnel and sometimes we find talented and skilled service personnel who are not located near our offices. Rather than try to relocate these talented employees we allow them to telecommute from home or a shared office near them. This allows some of our employees to not have to commute to work saving money and carbon emissions on gas consumption for their cars.

So if you think you’re in the market for a new hosting provider, or simply want to do your part to green up your website, I’d highly recommending looking for a provider such as GreenGeeks or something similar.

Disclosure – Embedded in this post are affiliate marketing links – cmp.ly/5

LCBD and Two Oh Ten

Project 52

When I first acquired this domain and began to blog, I figured I’d be able to connect with the community that is the internet and allow some of the nonsense that goes on in my head to find it’s way out. Whether it be about my immediate surroundings, the different sports teams I’m fanatical about, or just the odd interest or two, I never imagined that I’d have any problems with material. But that wasn’t exactly the issue. The problem, and a big problem it continues to be, is the motivation to actually post.

So I’m excited to say that I’ve signed up for Project 52 (head nod to Kittafor putting me on it’s scent).

So what is this project you ask?

Project52 is a personal challenge geared toward getting fresh content on your website. The goal is to write at least 1 new article per week for 1 year. Because we all know what it‘s like to procrastinate on our content. A website is not just a fresh design that can be uploaded to the web and forgotten about!

One post a week seems easy enough. I recently picked up a Kodak Zx1 720p Pocket HD Camcorder so I should have some piss poor video to post. And I’m also looking at figuring out how to advance beyond the “auto” setting on my digital SLR camera, so I should have some piss poor pictures to join.

But what do you suggest? What do the three of you want to see me talk more about? What type of posts bring you through and visit? Talk to me goose!

Fatal Errors

They happen. They happen often. And I don’t know how to fix them.

Wordpress logo

WordPress can be Nice – courtesy of herzogbr

And therein lies the problem.

I’ve always enjoyed using WordPress and have never had any complaints. It was simple enough to use and there was always someone out there willing to whip up a sexay theme for me to put to use. It was a very easy-going relationship.

However, since the last few few updates (I’m guessing around 2.8 or so) I’ve been encountering a variety of different fatal errors when I try to do things. If I try to auto-update WordPress, I get a fatal error. If I try to use a particular plugin, I get a fatal error. If I try to upload an image using WordPress, I get a fatal error. If I wake up in the morning, I don’t get a fatal error – but I think WordPress is still trying to figure how to swing that one.

Essentially I’m at wits end with it all. Anyone have any advice as to what I can do next? Or anyone who’s a super duper WordPress wizard able to help me out?

The Art of the Guest Post

For those that swing by on a regular basis, you’ll probably be accustomed to me disappearing for weeks to a month on end. I just up and take off, leaving you reading out-dated posts about not panicking during the playoffs or my new digs in Steveston. So it should come as a surprise that I’ll be “guest posting” on another site in the coming weeks.

That’s right. The guy who can barely write anything here is going to go and write something elsewhere. But I think it’s just what I needed to get my mojo back. And I’m also hoping that it inspires you to step up and guest post here.

Now let’s hear a that’s right to the power of two.

I’m opening up my blog to you the reader. You can use LCBD as your soapbox if you wish to talk about the issues of the day. Or you can simply tell us about something you thoroughly enjoy. Seriously. Whatever you can think of, I’m pretty much game. The only condition is that I do get to veto power (because that’s just how I roll) should I think you’re off your rocker, but that’s it. So are you up for it? If so, drop me a line or leave a comment so we can chat.

A Quick Tidy

Since upgrading to WordPress 2.8, I have found that a number of problems related to the maintenance of leftcoastbydesign.ca have appeared (the jury is still on whether all issues were Chris related). Whether it be receiving the white screen of FAIL when I attempted to install plugins automagically through the WordPress Admin interface or general sluggishness in trying to add new posts, I simply felt that it was time for a refresh and have gone forth with a complete reinstall.

Unfortunately or fortunately (depending on how much water is in your glass), things may change slightly around here and for that I apologize. Although I felt I did a good job in backing up the necessary files, plugins, and favourited dust bunnies before I fired off the nuke, it appears my good buddy FileZilla didn’t do everything I had asked of it and narfed me some data. I’ve done my best to rebuild, repopulate, and replace everything but may have missed a few items. So I ask for your help to find what’s wrong, missing, or otherwise FUBAR so it can be sorted out.

kthxbai!

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