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  1. "Technically" there is no reason it can't be done, it's just a policy thing. You'll find more and more shared hosting providers shying away from things like Mu which require wildcard subdomains. Too much room for abuse. And yes, you should be using the subdomain installation, because that's the right way to do it.


    A couple of individual WP installs would likely be just as easy to manage - keep in mind that Mu is still fairly new and requires a lot of attention and updating. Even easier would be to just create one big team blog - give everyone their own user/pass and appropriate privilege levels, and then set up your theme such that visitors can read the latest sitewide posts, posts from a specific team/group (read "category"), posts from a specific author, and so on.


    Unless your plan is to build a big blogging community Mu does not really make things easier. And if your intention is to build a big blogging community, you need to look for a VPS or Dedi instead of wasting time getting it to work on a shared server.

  2. Just a heads up Ian. One of the very regulars in the Mu forums had her Mu install on a shared server at one of those other hosts that didn't so much allow it as they just didn't specifically disallow it. One day, they changed the TOS to say Mu is no good on a shared server, and they told her to pack her bags. Shut down the site and everything. The lesson being that Mu is still fairly new, and many hosts still don't really know much about it. Once they learn, who knows what they'll do.


    Are there hosts that allow Mu and wildcard subdomains? Yeah. Are there plenty that don't? Yep. Is it a policy issues? Yeah, the policy is that they care more about long term server stability and fairness to all customers on that server than they do about the latest gee whiz script, which some might argue is not the answer to what you are trying to do. (Have you looked at the multiple domains hack?)


    This all isn't to say that one guy and his Mu install would or could take down a whole shared server. But if the policy allowed you to do it, the policy would have to allow everyone to do it. And a bunch of people trying to build the next Blogger or WordPress.com on their shared hosting account - which I assure you is what would happen - would be bad.


    The only reason you are in need of something like Mu is so that you only have one installation to update. That multiple domains hack should work fine for that, and you don't break any rules doing it.

  3. Mu is really nice, and if you manage several blogs already you'll appreciate the centralized administration. Without wildcard subdomains there is little point in going forward on your shared server. Over in the Mu forums it's recommended you have your own box (whether VPS or dedi) anyway just because it's easier to manage when you have root and a command line. Not to mention some shared hosts are starting to crack down on it as a resource abuser (however shady that claim is).


    Good luck anyway, however you manage.

  4. That fantversion.php thing works for SMF, Joomla, and OSCommerce too. Probably every script it installs. If you do it this way instead of renaming or deleting the file completely out of .fantasticodata, you will still be able to upgrade/remove through Fantastico later on without having to change anything back to the way it was before.

  5. The latest release of FrontPage extensions for Linux was several years ago. 2003 or 2004 I think. The latest release of FrontPage (which I believe is also several years old) came out after the last extensions release, and it has some features that are not supported - I think some dynamic content stuff or something, not really sure.


    To my knowledge there are no compatibility issues with Expressions on Linux per se, or at least it doesn't require extensions. (Thank god.) Given that it's developed by Microsoft, I am sure there is a balance in there to make it as compatible as possible so as to sell as many copies as possible, but there are probably going to be some goodies in there that will only work on Windows. Like if you want to get into some ASP.NET stuff or whatever it is Windows dev people use.


    Given that the larger share of web servers in the world run some form of Linux, I'd bet that compatibility will be good enough such that the majority of users will be fine with Expressions on Linux.


    In general, regardless of the compatibility issues with Expressions, I think it would be unwise to invest much in the way of a brand new heavily FrontPage-dependent site. It has been "end-of-lifed" for some time now, Expressions is out, and Apache 2 is on its way (and does not play well with FP). It's time to move on.

  6. I recently left a company and I cleaned my laptop exquisitely before I left. Uninstall everything, meticulous directory-by-directory cleaning, registry audit, multiple free space wipes, the whole shebang. I did such a nice job that the IT guys though I had formatted the machine and reinstalled Windows, which I hadn't, as I needed the laptop to still be able to connect to the company network. The company claimed I erased confidential and proprietary data and that the loss of said data would hinder their business operations. I disputed the existence of said data (and stated that any data I did have was also located on company servers somewhere) and lawyers got involved. At the end of the day (or rather, after three months of bs) they decided that they had whatever it was they needed, and they never could prove that there was anything of value on the laptop, so I got off. (Not that I did anything wrong.) And all I really wanted to do was clear my mp3 collection and browser history. Just got a little carried away.


    Moral of the story, there's no need to go overboard and blow away a machine. You don't need to create more work for someone just because you don't want them to get your data, and if they believe you intentionally caused harm to their business they can take you to court over it. Their mileage may vary depending what state they live in, but it's a hassle regardless. You should be able to clear all your personal stuff and leave them with a functioning machine. Move all your files to a usb drive, and if you can run your programs from the usb drive too. There isn't much that can't be run from a portable drive these days.


    Anyway, good luck with all that.

  7. Plans cost $4 per month (or $3.67 if you prepay a year), and you're asking for coupons? Man.


    You can park your new domain on top of your current domain and have them both point to the same content. If you want your new domain to be a completely different site, you'll need to sign up for another account account. It will be completely separate from your current account, with it's own cPanel and everything.

  8. In cPanel's file manager go to /.fantasticodata. Go into the folder for whatever script you want to make Fantastico forget about. You should see a file something like yourdomain.tld|installfolder. Delete the file. Installation remains, Fantastico doesn't know about it.


    (Disclaimer: I tried it and it works for me. Your mileage may vary. Don't blame me if you break it.)



    Drat, Bruce is too fast. :)

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