DaedTech Digest: Hosting Woes and Unit Testing Studies
Happy Friday, folks. Time for another installment of the DaedTech digest, wherein I link out to a bunch of technical posts I’ve written for other sites.
This week, I don’t have any specific personal narrative to relay, per se. That’s largely because I’ve been working like a dog as we onboard additional clients to Hit Subscribe. Oh, speaking of which… we’re opening up the author rolls again, but looking for certain specific column types and topics. If you think you might be interested, here’s the page where you can get started.
The only other item of note is that I have now successfully switched hosts. My old hosting provider, Hostmonster, had my site on a server that must have become overloaded several weeks ago. After seemingly endless support tickets and runaround from their tech support, they settled on three rotating and competing verdicts:
- You’re right, our server is overloaded and we’ll fix it.
- Actually, no, it’s probably WordPress or plugins or internet or something, whatevs, good luck, %#$& you.
- Ah, actually, it is our server, but that’s life and you need to pay more if you want us to fix it.
I got tired of pleading my case for them to listen to the techs that said it was (1), so I gave them an ultimatum: migrate me to a new server, or buh-bye. They made their choice, and so did I. I’ll get to the new provider in a second in my picks, but suffice it to say that I’ve measured page load times on GTMetrix, and my identical, migrated site now performs substantially better than it even did on Hostmonster, even before they overloaded the server. And I’m paying less!
I’m planning to migrate a couple of my other sites as well in the coming weeks.
- On that note, my first pick is the new hosting company, Siteground. It’s too early for me to speak to their long term performance or even support quality. But, for someone who is too busy to deal with the mundanities of website administration, they are perfect. I just had to give them my login credentials to Hostmonster, and they took care of everything — not just migrating the site over in its entirety, but taking care of the SSL cert, redirection, moving my DNS, and even taking over supporting my email. I didn’t see any downtime, and I expended almost zero effort.
- Also related to this saga, I want to throw a nod out to isup.me, which is a great way to see if a website is down for everyone or if you’re just having a problem. I took advantage of the “check my site for malware” option (to throw it at Hostmonster support, if they tried that excuse) and wound up chatting with the site owner. He’s getting into hosting recommendations and other value-adds, so bookmark it and keep your eye on what they do.
- Speaking of things that abstract ugh IT issues away from me, I also pick LastPass. I’ve used them for years now and it’s incredibly convenient.
- I wrote a post for Scalyr about the idea of creating an audit trail for your business.
- For Typemock, I wrote a post about how to convince your management of the value of unit testing. This is a subject near and dear to my heart.
- I wrote a post for the Rollout blog about how the future of getting more agile (in the adjective, more than the industrial agile complex, sense) involves increasingly granular releases.
- Here’s something I wrote on the Techtown Training blog, called about getting software developers more focused on business value.
- And, finally, a post for the NDepend blog. This one generated a lot of buzz because I studied a hundred codebases and talked about the effects that more unit tests had on codebases. I think it trended on Hacker News, so I cringe to think how many people there probably wished for my death.
And, on that note, have a great weekend!