This is my page and I’ve decided it will be … where I talk about stuff and play with new features of this website.
I’ve just upgraded this site from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6, and I’ve also installed FCKEditor and IMCE to handle content editing. In Drupal 5 I used TinyMCE but I could never get the inline image functions to work well. FCKEditor + IMCE seem to handle inline images very well.
I’ve also migrated the website to a new server. Recently I built myself a new PC so my old PC is the new webserver: DFI LANPARTY UT nF3 Ultra-D mobo, AMD64 CPU, 1GB RAM, Ubuntu server 9.04 Jaunty. Running headless via Webmin on another home network PC. So far so good.
My old DFI mobo eventually got the heebies so I bought an HP ProLiant N40L Microserver. I also got sick of maintaining Drupal so I’ve gone with WordPress this time. Our site is blog-like so I may as well go with a system that makes that easy. I’m still using Ubuntu (12.10) with lubuntu as a GUI and webmin for day to day maintenance.
I tried auto-update but it didn’t work, so I added
define('FS_METHOD','direct'); to wp-config.php
[see http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/update-wordpress-without-ftp/ ] to avoid ftp. I’m not sure it really worked so I updated manually. I then tried to auto-update the plug-ins which again didn’t work do I changed-ownership of the wp install to www-data (naughty, I know), which worked. I’ll see how auto-update goes next time.
I’ve still got the HP ProLiant N40L after 7 years. It’s now running Lubuntu 20.04 with PHP 7.4 and WordPress 5.4, and webmin for routine admin. Our photo albums for 2007 – 2012 were running on Plogger which is no longer being developed and can’t run on PHP7, so I’ve loaded the photos into NexGen galleries.
I decided to install a NAS at home and run as much as possible on that. For years I had been using my main PC for various home network functions, such as a Plex server and as a repository of documents and photos made available to the rest of the home network. But leaving my PC on 24/7 is expensive. The HP server makes a fine web server and file server but isn’t adequate for Plex or photo management or the use of Docker. So I bought a Synology NAS. The hardware seems expensive but it comes with a well-designed and maintained operating system (DSM) and software suite. It will provide ‘cloud’ document and photo storage for the family, and perform as a Plex server, web server and local backup destination.