I’ve been trying to set up Apache servers on a couple of local linux boxes to practice the CMS thing. It is not coming easy, yet
I’ve been doing the same with DreamCompute, just trash the instance when done and start over. For a penny per hour, $6 max per month for an instance, it’s a huge convenience. My alternative has usually been to fire up a Linux VM on my Windows box and then deal with local resource issues.
Concrete5 is rather clumsy
Ergo my evolution to WP.
So much continuing education, by the time we “know”, things change.
With everything these days.
The client is anxious, in too big a hurry. Complex store fronts are a collaborative process. That’s why the “real” shops charge thousands for a site. My thrust will be to manage expectations via information.
This is where we as “consultants” really need to ensure our clients value our input. Otherwise we’re just grunts for hire. My hourly rate is $100/hour because I’m not just providing grunt programming for whatever the client thinks/says they want, and I don’t want to fall into that category of “oh, do you do websites?”. I’m guiding their usage of technology as an assistant/surrogate for a CTO or CIO, and coding is implementation of the plan. There’s a huge difference there in perceptions.
This is also the point where, rather than them hiring you as the developer, when this isn’t quite what you do, they can pay you to be their IT manager for these purposes, and you can commission developers to do what’s required. That takes the burden off of you to get deep into syntax - which at my/our age I’m tired of chasing syntax, just want to deliver good business solutions.
I know the client just wants a website and might choke at this idea of sub-contracting, but again, the bottom line is that they’re asking you for Solutions, not code … you’ve taken it upon yourself to get into the code (and Concrete5 nuances, etc). Consider an alternative approach to serving your clients.
People are sensitive and easily discouraged by, what seems to be, an insurmountable amount of ever changing “knowledge”. Me? I’m just trying get one hobby to pay for another, while trying to help others without hurting them.
Same here: My goal is to get enough advertising/sponsorship revenue from one project to pay for the DreamCompute servers that support my other hobby projects. I just don’t want financial pain on top of the pain you describe with having to learn and experiment with all of this stuff.
Will WP coexist with Concrete5 in a shared server domain?
Absolutely - my single shared account has all kinds of software, including C5, WP, Mantis, Drupal, and a bunch of other FOSS. We can create sub-domains and domains that point to different web root folders, completely independent from one another. I have had something like 20+ of these until recently. Of course shared resources are limited, and as seen in my posts over the last several months, I’ve felt the pain of going overboard, which has led me to DreamCompute, OpenStack, etc.