Just a few days ago, after checking out what my friend Bobby Shea had done with his blog, decided to create a new blog. More for the fun and personal stuff than this tech one.
Anyway, I always enjoy playing with new technology, especially if something is plug-and-play, so I decided to download the Turnkey Linux WordPress Appliance. It really pretty cool. I created a new VM in my lab, gave it 256MB of RAM, 10GB of HD storage space, mounted the ISO, and fired up the VM.
The installation was honestly one of the easiest ever. I was challenged for new passwords a few times, and the installation complete with me looking at a console screen with a bunch of sites on the server, 1 for the blog, and others for management. I added the necessary DNS entries, created a firewall rule in ISA Server and hit it. Talk about a pretty seemless process, I was really impressed with the appliance and the fact that it behaved as documented. As any tech professional can attest, that’s not always guaranteed. Hell as any general user can attest. lol.
Anyway, I wanted to upgrade the environment to the latest version of WordPress, so I went to the wordpress site, downloaded the bits, and started following their 3-step guide to upgrading. I just knew I would run into trouble there, but I did not. At least not much trouble. I don’t claim to know much about Linux, or WordPress for that matter, so I fiddled around with the admin panels until I was significantly aware of the fact that I was going to have to upgrade manually. I fired up Veeam’s FastSCP, knowing that it can handle file transfers into linux environments, and started following the 3-steps to upgrade. Delete this, copy that, replace that, backup this. Next thing I know, upgrade complete, no beats skipped.
Then, deciding to push my luck, I decided to install some plugins, widgets, and themes. Again, no issue. Not sure what I was expecting, but I know I wasn’t expecting things to go so smoothly.
Next push, decided to download the WordPress iPhone app. Again, no issue. Don’t get me wrong, I love Microsoft and MOSS, but wow, a blog up and running and ready for posting from scratch within the span of a few hours, self-hosted? Hmm.
Guess I’ll end this by saying, WORDPRESS ROCKS! It’s not nearly as deep as a MOSS environment, but that does keep it simple for just what you’d expect out of the product.