It seems every time I think I’ve got this server thing worked out something happens to throw it into disarray again and I find myself pulled in several directions on what course to take to fix it. When I started blogging seriously I made use of MovableType because it was free and extensible and generated static pages without the need of a mySQL database (though it would soon come to use one if you wished). I’d probably still be using it if it weren’t for the ridiculous licensing scheme they first proposed with the release of version 3.0 even though the static pages were eating up enough space on our old hosting account that we were almost out of room.
But the licensing fiasco did happen and I managed to land one of the free licenses for ExpressionEngine that pMachine decided to hand out to take advantage of the controversy. EE’s price probably would’ve kept me from using it otherwise, but now that I have I’ve fallen in love with it. Problem is it can be resource hungry and the VPS I’m running it on has the minimum recommended RAM to run it which is part of why we keep running into these problems. I can’t afford to bump up to the next level VPS and even if I could it still wouldn’t be as good as running it on a dedicated server, which I definitely can’t afford. Elwed, DS and I have been discussing going in on a dedicated server, but I’m concerned that my setup is going to be a drag on their sites and so now I’m having second thoughts.
It’s somewhat ironic that the solution I was using previously, MovableType, would probably be a better fit at the moment thanks to the static pages it can generate. Now that they’ve removed the restrictions they put on the free personal license once again (so long as you don’t mind not having any official support) I could switch back to the way I originally had things setup. I’d have to start hunting for plugins to replace the functionality in EE that I’d lose, but most of it could be recreated. I could consider switching to WordPress or Drupal, but those are both still dynamic systems and I’d again be giving up a lot of what’s built into EE by default. There’s also the question of if I bother to import the database over to whatever I end up switching to or just start over with a fresh database? I know of some blogs that have “archived” their old entries when switching to a new system, but I’d want to figure out a way to turn the old stuff into static pages so they’d still be accessible though close to comments.
No, I’m not thinking of calling it quits again. I’m just pondering what would be the best route to take for the future considering the traffic SEB generates combined with the fact that I’m hosting several blogs for family members and the limits of my resources and/or budget. I’m hoping I’ll find a way to hold onto EE as I’ve grown very fond of it and the new 1.5 version is about to be released, but I can’t rule out making a switch if it’d be for the best.