The Edward Ringwald Websites has a new hosting home!

The Edward Ringwald websites has just recently moved into a new hosting home!  I have been with our current web hosting provider for a few years; however, my current web hosting provider was recently acquired and the costs to keep the websites on my current web hosting provider keep going up.  And up.  And still up every year.  An important point when you are watching your finances.
So, I had to go shopping for a new web hosting provider and I managed to find one.  After evaluating a few web hosting providers I settled on InMotion Web Hosting after reading the positive reviews it received on cNet.  I visited InMotion’s web site and went through a demonstration of the web hosting products and services InMotion has to offer.  I was very impressed with the features you get for the level of web hosting you want.
That said, I signed up with InMotion.  Another great feature of InMotion is their website transfer service in which their support team will move your website from your current hosting provider to InMotion; I took advantage of this valuable service as soon as I signed up for hosting and they did an awesome job in moving the files that keep the Edward Ringwald Websites running!
Now all that remains for me is to go in and update the settings in the domain names that will transition from my current hosting provider to InMotion.  As with the joys of the Internet, this involves DNS (which stands for Domain Name System) changes which take about 24 to 48 hours to propagate around the world as each DNS server is updated with the new information.
So, did I confuse you a little about DNS?  Well, it’s time for a Great American Teach-In Moment!
The DNS system delegates the responsibility of assigning domain names and mapping them to Internet resources, according to this article on Wikipedia.  In layman’s terms, when you type in edwardringwald.com (as an example) in your browser’s address bar and press enter, your request is passed on to the DNS server of your Internet provider.  The DNS server looks up the edwardringwald.com domain name and finds its unique IP (Internet Protocol) address assigned to it.  Once that IP address is found your browser sends the request to the IP address assigned to edwardringwald.com and the web server sends you the edwardringwald.com home page.  In short, DNS is like an electronic phone book of domains and their IP addresses.
When a change has to be made to the domain name’s DNS information, the web site owner makes the changes with the provider who maintains the domain name.  Once the changes are submitted due to so many DNS servers around the world the changes take about 24 to 48 hours to take place.
All that remains is for me to change the DNS information for the web site domains – edwardringwald.com, interstate275florida.com, drawbridgeahead.com and our web site portal, edwardringwaldwebsites.com – to point to our new web hosting home.  In other words, when you type edwardringwald.com after the DNS is updated you will be taken to the same edwardringwald.com web site you know and see today, the only difference is that we are at a new web hosting home.  That will take place in the next couple of days and during the time of DNS propagation you might get some 404 error pages as we make the transition to our new web hosting home.
 

A New Look for EdwardRingwald.com is here!

It’s been almost ten years ago since EdwardRingwald.com got a new look!  The last time I gave EdwardRingwald.com a good new look was almost ten years ago when I recoded the site from the simplicity of Netscape Composer (which, sadly, went along the wayside when Netscape disbanded) to the complexity of Microsoft’s FrontPage 2003.  Back then, FrontPage 2003 was what you used if you wanted more robust web design beyond a basic text site.
Fast forward almost ten years.
A lot of things changed over the span of ten years.  Topics get added, roadtrips get added and deleted (deleted in order to save disk space among other things), and a host of other items have to be changed if you want to keep a web site current.  After all, if you maintain a web site you have to keep it updated with the latest content as you can.
Unfortunately, Microsoft no longer supports FrontPage 2003, its existence being replaced by another web design product of Microsoft called Expression Web.  I checked out Expression Web and, unfortunately, the features of Expression Web did not fit my website model.  With the demise of FrontPage more and more web hosting providers have been discontinuing support for the FrontPage server extensions, which are the code that enables enhanced functionality for websites created in FrontPage.
With more and more web hosting providers discontinuing support for FrontPage 2003, I decided to think outside the box and take web design to a new level.  In fact, put my knowledge of HTML to the true test.  That being said, I decided to migrate to a more robust web design product that would give me better control of what I put out there on the web that you read daily.
And that web design product is CoffeeCup HTML Editor.  I extensively evaluated CoffeeCup HTML Editor and recoded my home page to see how it would look.  After some HTML code tweaking I was very impressed!
In fact, one of my websites, DrawbridgeAhead.com, was written entirely in CoffeeCup!  I was considering using FrontPage 2003 when I spun off my drawbridges of the Pinellas Beaches pages from a feature on EdwardRingwald.com to a website of its very own, just like when I spun off my Interstate 275 St. Petersburg pictures into a website of its own back in 2003, Interstate275Florida.com, and expanded its content to cover all 59.5 miles of Interstate 275 in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.
Right after I wrote and published DrawbridgeAhead.com using CoffeeCup HTML Editor I decided to start working on recoding my other websites using CoffeeCup.  After all, I was very impressed with how DrawbridgeAhead.com came out.
First I started recoding my website portal, EdwardRingwaldWebsites.com, to make it more of a central starting point for you to explore my websites.  Think of it as Tampa’s Union Station as a central starting point for all trains going out of Tampa as an example.  After all, a union station consisted of several railroad companies providing passenger rail service under one roof, especially back in the days before Amtrak.
By the way, with the recoding and relaunch of my website portal, my websites form a part of the Edward Ringwald Websites Network.  You’ll see it on all of my websites!
Right as I was recoding my website portal, I begun work for a little over a year on recoding EdwardRingwald.com.  A lot of work went into the recoding, especially taking out the Microsoft-specific HTML code that went with FrontPage.  Next, I have reorganized the pictures that you see on the roadtrip pages so that they would load as a lightbox window like you see on a lot of websites out there, not to mention cutting down on the time it takes to load a picture when you click on the link to see the full version.
Now the product is done, the new version of EdwardRingwald.com became reality Sunday evening, 12 October 2014!  I am sure you will like the new design and format of EdwardRingwald.com.  I have already gone through and corrected any errors I have found, which leads me to ask you, the World Wide Web surfer:  If you come across any links on the EdwardRingwald.com site that leads into a 404 error page, please contact me by way of the Contact Us page and select the Report a Broken Link in the subject drop-down box.  Include the URL of the link in question in the comments area as well.
And as for Microsoft FrontPage, now that there is no support for FrontPage 2003 and no support for the FrontPage server extensions from a lot of web hosting providers, it will be time to put FrontPage on the shelf.  Time to move forward and onward.

But don’t worry, EdwardRingwald.com is here to stay!  Stay tuned!