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  1. So this is the short story about wlanboy.com - a twitter archive dedicated to vps providers. Twitter and all other social services are banned on work so I needed a remote twitter client. Main reason was about missing campaigns. Yup - I missed some good coupon codes and therefore wanted to build a tool that is searching for them. And - of course - one that updates me on any deals. Next feature was about igonring dinky tweets (one without likes, retweets,etc) - and to find new twitter accounts that might be interesting (followers/following/rt). After some time I added lists to manage the stored profiles and tweets. A list is a group of twitter accounts that are sharing the same topic. Like: .Net Java VPS providers Redis / MongoDB Ruby / Gems etc A profile stands for an twitter user. It does include information about how often he/she writes something to ensure that the workers are not polling profiles that do not have any new information. And about the quality of the tweets. So a profile can be deactivated if someone is only tweeting about his dog. The system itself is build out of following components: A Ruby thin app that is providing the webpage A MongoDB cluster holding all data A RabbitMQ cluster which is load balancing and distributing workloads A cronjob that is creatinig workloads A bunch of workers that are listening on RabbitMQ queues for work A simple cronjob (Ruby script) is looping through all profiles to check if a twitter account should be updated. It is creating a workload item (including the latest tweet id) and sends it to a RabbitMQ topic. One of the workers is fetching the work order, is scraping the twitter profile, is storing all new tweets and is updating the profile. Currently only the "VPS provider" list is public and can be accessed through wlanboy.com. Counting through all lists (today) about 3700 twitter profiles are stored in the database. The "VPS provider" list does include 37 active profiles (and about 20 disabled ones). After the homepage was finished I added some additional services: full text search with and without profile name RSS feed for all new added feeds Statistics about the number of tweets per day Yesterday I switched the whole domain to SSL only. It was about time todo that after the switch of vpsboard. Was quite a hassle to switch everything to local files to ensure that every file is based on my own domain (even the fonts referenced in css). Today I will start to publish my tutorials on my homepage too (for the ones who want them without the IP.Board html bloat). For me it is exciting to see what can be made out of a simple terminal script - if you don't stop after the second month.
  2. For me planning a homepage does include three steps: plattform framework management I would like to discuss what current options are available for these topics. Basically if I am still on the right path. Back to the topic: Management Do I need a GUI for creating content? Dynamic or static content? Framework Site creators or CMS Plattform vps server webhosting About 10 years ago I started with the plattform (budget) and afterwards thought about the frameworks. Nowadays my first question is if it has to be dynamic, second one if it can be avoided to be dynamic. Long story short: I am done with about any CMS. Content management systems brake on about anything from upgrades, themes and plugins. Don't even think you can customize anything without slapping yourself a few months later. Yooomla, Badpress, Ghosty, Drupi or Redexe are broken by design. I stopped using them and I stopped hosting them. My tutorials, my blog, my documentation are all written in md. Markdown helps a lot if you want to generate something out of it. No style, only content. I started with Jekyll, moved to Octopress (due to the addons - it is more like a Jekyll++), tried Pelican and Middleman, moved to Hyde and now moved everything to Hugo. There is still a little bit of Ruby flying aroung, because searching and paging (if you do not want to generate 1000nd of html pages) is still the last resort of dynamic content generation. But even wlanboy.com is 99% static content with two dynamic views. After about 15 years of php, phyton and ruby frameworks I feel quite well with: markdown to preserve content static site generators to get css/js injected html ruby & phyton for some searching/paging My next plan is to get rid of ruby & phyton on the frontend side. 100% generated webpage with some js code which is doing the searching, paging, tagging stuff through a rest-service: - [js] - [js rest-client] - [rest-service] - [database]. Simple html only hosting for all webpages and frontends and some javascript clue that is handling the dynamic stuff. The rest-service is hiding the database. So no SQL-injection and an easy move if I want to switch databases. There will be something like a 100% dynamic management frontend to create content, but that does not have to be installed on the webservers. Good luck to hack a static html page on a get-only webserver without any write or execution rights. I like to have my homepages on my dropbox. Generating new content on my laptop and it is automatically published - a small ruby script ftp-ing the html/css/js stuff. write markdown file with your texteditor of choice start static site generator of your choice syncing generated folder (html files) to your server/hosting account done Perfect separation of content (markdown), theme (css/jss/layout) and output (generated html).
  3. This thread is all about posting private homepages. Maybe some other board members might run a homepage on their vps too. I am looking forward for links. So I will start with wlanboy.com - tweeter archive. . All done in Ruby running on a Thin cluster living on a 96MB vps from ServerDragon. The MongoDB is running on a Ramnode SSD vps. Main purpose: Twitter archive of all vps related twitter accounts. Twitter and all other social services are banned on work so I needed a remote twitter client. After some time a search/RSS feed was added too. PS: If a twitter account is missing - just PM me. I don't want to miss one.