Why I dumped HostGator

Back sometime in mid 2011, I opened an account with HostGator. I purchased a shared/reseller account mainly to separate all of my other domains into their own cPanel accounts. This domain was my first account there (after the new reseller domain name) and to be honest with you, it never performed well at all. The proof is in the graph I use Google's Webmaster Tools for all of my sites. In there you will find a section entitled Diagnostics where you can see Crawler Stats. This is a graphical … [Read more...]

VPS Hosting by Liquid Web

I just signed up for VPS hosting with Liquid Web and wow, what a difference. I had this site on a shared hosting plan but wasn't happy with its performance. One of the main drawbacks to shared hosting is site performance. When I had this site on shared hosting, there were times when my pages took several seconds to load! It wasn’t uncommon to wait 6-10 seconds before any page was rendered. That’s an important factor when you realize that if a page takes longer than 3 seconds to load, you've … [Read more...]

Exploring the Genesis Framework

If you've ever used WordPress you probably know about premium themes and frameworks. This post is related to the Genesis Framework by StudioPress. I have just purchased the Genesis Framework and am exploring the options available to create your own "child themes". Being new to WordPress I found their system to be quite easy to learn and adapt to your needs. Genesis uses "child themes" to extend the framework for styling purposes. With as little as a new style sheet you can create your own … [Read more...]

Using ExpressionEngine for your cms

ExpressionEngine is a new area of interest for me here at tgcdesign. The previous version of this site was running on EE version2.1.3 and was my first attempt at designing a fully integrated cms site that I did not program myself. While others may be easier to use for the layperson, EE offers a developer a completely new world of possibilities. ExpressionEngine is a commercial product with three licensing levels, Freelancer, Non-Commercial, and Commercial.  The Freelancer license would be … [Read more...]

Trying out CMS Made Simple

I was recently approached by a Ham Radio club in the southern states to provide a quote for web development. I visited their site and looked at what information they currently had. The existing site was written using FrontPage and the code was a huge mess. My first thoughts were that they really had no content and a LOT of pages to show it in. In this article I describe how I used CMS Made Simple do draw everything they had into a new, modernized, completely manageable website that they could … [Read more...]