Keeping track of the dozens of domain names I own is a challenging task – especially since they’re spread across multiple domain registrars. Imagine losing a valuable domain name because the expiry notification got caught in your spam folder? I’ve experienced it. It sucks.
I contemplating building a domain management interface in Python (I’m awful at Python, so it would have been a good practice project), but decided to quickly Google around for an existing solution. I stumbled across Tiny Domain Monitor, a PHP script designed to monitor domains and provide notifications when they’re about to expire.
Ghost is one of the newer blogging platforms on the market. If you’ve not yet heard of Ghost, it’s intended to be a modern re-imagination of blog software with a focus purely on blogging. Unlike WordPress, it’s built entirely in modern web technologies and doesn’t suffer the same issue of bloat from trying to be too many things.
Setting up Ghost has previously been a bit of challenge, because it needed Node.js to be installed on the server and required a proficiency with SSH to install. This excluded most low-cost shared web hosting and casual users from being able to use it. Addressing this problem, Ghosts developers began offering a hosting service starting at $19.00 per month – a price that’s unaffordable for most casual bloggers.
Thanks to Softaculous, you can now install Ghost on any plan here at The Web Atom for no additional cost. Just go to your cPanel dashboard, select Softaculous App Installer from the menu and follow the steps to create a Ghost blog. You don’t need to know how to use SSH, much around with databases or even know what Node.js is! Best of all, Softaculous will take care of all upgrades so you can just focus on blogging.
If you need any help getting Ghost set up on your account, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Flarum is a free and open source forum script self-described as simple, fast, and free. It differs from the traditional layout of a forum by listing the most recently active topics on the index instead of a list of subforums. The subforums are instead replaced by topic tags which are listed on the left-hand side.
From the project’s introduction page:
- Beautiful and responsive. This is forum software for humans. Flarum is carefully designed to be consistent and intuitive across platforms, out-of-the-box. It’s backed by LESS, so themeing is a cinch.
- Powerful and extensible. Customize, extend, and integrate Flarum to suit your community. Flarum’s architecture is amazingly flexible, prioritizing comprehensive APIs and great documentation.
Flarum’s developers warn that the software is still in active development and shouldn’t be used for mission-critical websites. Installation is relatively straightforward, requiring a few simple commands over SSH on a server with Composer installed.
Flarum’s prerequisites are all supported here at The Web Atom, however you will need to submit a support request to have SSH access enabled for your account.