Up and Running On Mephisto

—Monday, September 25 2006

Regardless if your in the physical world or digital world, moving is a tiresome task. I’ve been working the past couple months to get this blog moved over to a new server and up and running on Mephisto. Well, I’m finally on the home stretch.

A new server

I’ve ran Encytemedia on a VPS from Servint since it’s inception. When I first got up and running on my ServInt VPS, Rails was still in it’s infancy and I had never managed a vanilla VPS (thats no Control Panel for the designer folk) before.

ServInt has been great, but the setup I was on was old, like we don’t do nano old. I assume I was one of the first to run Rails on a ServInt VPS, so I hacked things together the best way I knew how. Well, I’ve finally decided that I was ready to move on to greener pastures and go with a host who is specifically tailored for Rails apps. I’m really loving Rails Machine. Bradley and crew have created tools that make it extremely easy to get up and running. I’ve never had to touch a single config file on the server, no mucking around with Apache, FastCGI, mongrel, etc. Everything just works, and thats the way I like it.

Mephisto, the new standard in blogging

I’ve migrated the blog from Typo to Mephisto. Me and Rick have worked extra hard on Mephisto. I never really liked the myriad of blogging and CMS applications available, all of the ones I tried had an interface only a developer could love.

I never really liked the myriad of blogging and CMS applications available, all of the ones I tried had an interface only a developer could love.

Building Mephisto has been a great experience. Considering we were the target market, we knew exactly what we wanted and had the skills to do it. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should give it an honest spin.

A new design

As you can see, Encytemedia is sporting a new design. I kind of rushed this one, but it will work for now. If it’s beauty you want to see, go here. I’m still implementing some things and fixing some bugs, so if your using something other than IE and spot a bug, please let me know.

The road ahead

Remember that rambling about moving in the physical space? Well, I’ll be doing that come the first of October. My wife and I are moving up to a new deluxe two bedroom apartment (high life!), and I’ll finally get an office of sorts so I can quit working from my bedroom. I get a balcony to boot, to bad it’s turning off cold now.

Finally, Thanks to everyone who continues to read my ramblings and and extra special thanks to those who take the time to comment, even if it is to correct me or contradict what I say. Look forward to more goodness in the future.

Update: Lesson: Never go to sleep after changing pretty much everything. I had a little hiccup which caused the site to be down for the past few hours, but hopefully everything should be good now.