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maryjane
Member since 26.01.11

I'm looking into making a simple photos only website. I already have a site for my fabric work and am so frustrated because I have to get the not terribly available web guy to make changes for me. I've seen some very nice clean sites from several of you. I have no experience and don't even have the proper lingo to ask questions. I signed up for a Wordpress free blog but I have no interest in blogging. Im assuming this can be photos only? Any others? Kim recommended Zenfolio which looks good. Tumbler? Help! Any suggestions are welcome.

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maryjane
Member since 26.01.11

I've just discovered iWeb on my MacBook. It's very very easy to work with. I don't need wifi until I am ready to publish. I had been working on a Squarespace site but got overwhelmed with regular life work and had to stop. My biggest issue was, as always, that my connection is so bad things got scrambled on the way to the page.
My question is - if anyone is still on this thread - is there any downside to using iWeb? Perhaps publishing it? I did buy a domain name. Any help is welcome!

posted almost 2 years ago
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aproudlove
Member since 19.02.12

@MJ - Ive been working my way through the tutorial videos on the Squarespace site and tweaking my site as I go. Its starting to look a bit more like I would want it to now but still has a bit to go :)

Halloween isn't really as big a deal here as it is elsewhere in the world, so no trick or treating for us Im afraid. Guess I will just have to stick to watching horrors ;)

posted almost 2 years ago
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aproudlove
Member since 19.02.12

Last follow up on this, they weren't the only ones hit, huffington post and a few other big names also got caught, it seems there are a few data centres in that area

http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/10/ny-sandy-data-center/

posted almost 2 years ago
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maryjane
Member since 26.01.11

I grew up in the NYC area. Even though its surrounded by water no one ever expects any real weather disasters like this. The climate changes have made some dramatic storms but this is unheard of. I can understand how the folks at Squarespace were caught off guard. Feeling for them and everyone else of course. Andrew it's so true that they will learn huge lessons as you all did in beautiful Prague. I'm ok with taking a little break from the website quest. On to Halloween!

posted almost 2 years ago
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aproudlove
Member since 19.02.12

They have a status update page here and from reading that what I understand is that the problems are with their DR site. Apparently the basement got flooded so theyre not able to use the fuel pumps to get fuel to the generator and are now carrying the fuel up to the 17th floor by hand.

http://status.squarespace.com/

Knowing the squarespace guys though, I imagine that once this is over they wont let themselves get into this situation again.

Having been through this situation myself once before though, I know its not easy.

For example there were severe floods in Prague during 2002, the worst for 500 years and our office was then located right next to the river. We had a disaster recovery site in the city centre at least a couple of miles away, so we relocated everything there and got set up.

As the waters rose though, one of the engineers in the underground system either forgot or for whatever reason didn't close some of the doors to the underground tunnels that the trains use. As a result the water was able to reach further into the city than it ever had before and so also flooded the city centre, which meant that overnight we had to set-up a second DR site and relocate again.

The cherry on the cake was that the bank vault where we were keeping our offsite backups also got flooded.

Lots of lessons learned that day.

posted almost 2 years ago
Chris_with-brownie_bw

Light_Imagery
Member since 23.01.12

Me three...

Redundancy.

One of my favorite internet only radio stations is virtually a guy and his wife who over the years have programmed everything they do quite professionally. •They even have redundant servers in different parts of the US if needed.•

posted almost 2 years ago
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aproudlove
Member since 19.02.12

It surprised me too

posted almost 2 years ago
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aproudlove
Member since 19.02.12

For anyone working on Squarespace, I just got the following email that I thought I would share;

Dear Customer,

I have some unfortunate news to share. Our primary data center, Peer1, in Lower Manhattan lost power yesterday at about 4:30PM local time. At that time, we smoothly made the transition to generator power and took comfort over the fact that we had enough fuel to last three to four days. (Peer1 stayed online during the last 3 major natural disasters in the area, including a blackout that lasted for days.)
At 8:30PM yesterday, we received reports that the lobby in the data center's building was beginning to take on water. By 10:30PM, as is sadly the case in most of Lower Manhattan, Peer1's basement had experienced serious flooding. At 5AM, we learned our data center's fuel pumps and fuel tanks were completely flooded and unable to deliver any more fuel. At 8AM, they reported that the generators would be able to run for a maximum of four more hours.
Unfortunately, this means that Squarespace will be offline soon (our estimate being at 10:45 AM today). Be assured that while this will impact our availability, there is no chance of data loss or any other permanent effects. We have simply run out of power, backup power, and cannot access our fuel in a flooded basement.
Our teams have been working tirelessly on contingency plans. We are working to bring the Squarespace systems back online as soon as possible. As you have probably read, all bridges and tunnels into and out of Manhattan are closed and large portions of the city remain without power. We will do everything in our power to get Squarespace running as soon as possible, and we will remain online for as long as it is safe.
Squarespace support will remain available 24/7 during this downtime. We will post updates to Twitter via @squarespacehelp and urge you to follow us there. Updates will also be posted to blog.squarespace.com.
Our hearts go out to the many people who have lost their lives in this terrible tragedy and also to those who continue to suffer through the consequences of this historic storm.
Thank you for your understanding,

Anthony Casalena
Founder & CEO

posted almost 2 years ago
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aproudlove
Member since 19.02.12

@MaryJane - The template Im currently using is Ishimoto. Im having some fun tweaking things the way I want. Those videos in the link I posted earlier help though.

posted almost 2 years ago
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ashcroft54
Member since 14.01.11

@gara and @light_imagery now you know I wouldn't pay for the site LOL !!! I also think WIX is on it's way out...well It's like I said it was FREE can't complain if it's FREE. That's why I don't show it to anyone because it's not that great.

posted almost 2 years ago
Chris_with-brownie_bw

Light_Imagery
Member since 23.01.12

Wix.com does offer a choice of Flash or HTML5 for your website. Both utilize a drag and drop editor. Mobile devices, including iOS devices, can view HTML5 websites, no Flash needed. If you are going to use Wix, I would definitely opt for the HTML5 choice. They also offer a mobile site themes as a separate pay package, if I recall correctly. But, then you have to pay and build two sites. Just went through this with a former client who didn't realize that a lot of web traffic could not even see his new site built using Wix Flash site builder.

btw, Flash is dead, HTML5 is the future.

posted almost 2 years ago
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gara
Member since 30.12.10

yeah, @ Ashcroft54, I get a clickable site (yours) and it's-- I'm sorry you need to download Flash Player".... argh!!!! throwing iPhone across the bed... (not really) ;)

posted almost 2 years ago
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ashcroft54
Member since 14.01.11

@MaryJane that's the problem with most sites, they are mostly flash based and that's why I don't make a big deal about my web site. WIX is all flash based, they do tell you that on their website.

Take care of yourself first and chat soon...

posted almost 2 years ago
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maryjane
Member since 26.01.11

Andrew it's looking great. Very clean. I can't get online on my laptop and I'm curious what will be different, if anything. May I ask which template you used? I think I was trying one that was too complicated for what I want. The type went in the wrong areas and oh just a bummer.

@ashcroft - I see yours needs Flash. Not an iPhone possibility. It Could be days until i can get online as we are bracing for the storm.

posted almost 2 years ago
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ashcroft54
Member since 14.01.11

I just made a free WIX site. I'm guessing it would be $50 a year to keep you name and take off all the ads for WIX. It's a plain boring site.

http://ashcroft54.wix.com/tlr

posted almost 2 years ago