Serious consideration on my part, to shut down this website. I built Blognasium in the Amazon Web Service (AWS) cloud. AWS is a very heavy-duty service for hosting any type of web-based service. This web site is but a micro spec of dust in a very huge cloud. AWS is a commercial product. There are ongoing cost for a micro spec to exist here.
Blognasium is not my first website built in AWS. I ran one of my e-commerce stores in AWS for over a year. I pulled it off and re-installed it on a shared server at a different Internet Service Provider (ISP). (See RD's Links, bottom right column)
Sometime after that, I built the first version of Blognasium. It was here on AWS, but wasn’t in the Community style you presently see. It used a Content Management System (CMS) called Drupal. Here is a LINK to the Drupal software. It is a very interesting CMS package. It ran perfectly, but as with the present Blognasium, had no real purpose to exist other than a test platform for Drupal.
I decided I didn’t need to be master of three CMS website software systems. WordPress is the third. https://wordpress.org/
So, the Drupal version of Blognasium was shut down. Not missed by anyone but myself…
A few months later, I wanted to “play” some more with AWS and all the neat “toys” they had laying on the table, available for anyone’s use. That’s my fatal attraction.
I turned on a new “instance” of a private server. It’s like an empty computer. It doesn’t have an operating system. The builder must pick and choose everything required to make a system operable. That’s the challenge and fun of building a cloud based server in AWS.
AWS and other ISPs can provide a server with some of the set-up done. But when I get to choose and install everything, I get exactly what I want. I install the latest versions of ALL the support software. The ISP for all my other sites is always four to five versions behind on updates of support software. Some of the things I want to do require the newest versions to run at their best. AWS is how to get what I want.
That’s why this version of Blognasium was born. It’s a fully up-to-date server. I wanted to experiment with the software StackIdeas https://stackideas.com/ produces for the Joomla CMS. https://www.joomla.org/
StackIdeas, Joomla, and a Linux OS are the heart of Blognasium Community software and how it operates. The AWS cloud provides unlimited hardware and file storage ability. A beautiful Community website system with a practical purpose, but no attraction of users.
Well, it filled its need for me. I know I can build it, and make it work. Unlike the movie “Field of Dreams”, there is no team waiting to come out of the corn field and play the game. Ha!
For me the experience was time and money well spent. It is not worth the ongoing cost to just keep it going when it is not serving a public service. That is also a great feature of the AWS cloud. I only pay for what is being used. I can shut it down in a moment, and the cost stops immediately.
The day of judgement will be January 31. 2018
I am pleased you found us.
Blognasium provides a selection of visitor communication services.
A Social Community space under the COMMUNITY
Operation is similar to the Facebook® community but with a smaller, private audience and with no user tracking, data mining, and crass commercialization. Information stored here is shared only with those who come and look and have member access rights. Members have control over who sees their personal information.
A Social Community is for, well… a gathering of identified friends. Not a rough and woolly open dating chat room. You can’t go off in a corner and have an instant real-time private conversation with a stranger. Status posts are more like twitter messages.
Blognasium Community is not for promoting causes or saving the world. That can be done in the Blog area
Posts can vary as there in no requirement to stay on topic (like a Forum)
Private areas called Groups are available, where community members create their own small special interest areas to store and share information. Great for a club or family activity center. Membership is usually by invitation or request which is managed by the group creator. The group can publicly share their posts or keep them private to group members only. Fully “open” groups can be created.
There is a section named Pages in the Community. Here is where full length articles and stories can be developed and published. All sorts of add-in materials can be included, like a magazine article. Very powerful publishing tool. Presentation can be exactly like this article on this home page, but within the Community Tab.
A multi-user Blog format under a tab labeled BLOGS.
Blogs are much like an open personal diary. Blog content is used for more detailed content than a Community space discussion. Blogs are a deeper personal expression of ideas and thoughts and generally much more than a few words or a single line. Sometimes a post can be a rant-like where the author just wants to make a public statement. Some tell a story. Pictures are usually included. Blogs are short articles about anything and everything.
Groups can have a blog, called a “Group Blog”.
Comments from readers are usually solicited.
A Forum discussion area called FORUMS
This is a question and answer type forum, less social and more direct and formal than the Community and not intended to be a Blog. Originally the format was called a Bulletin Board. Often used to provide technical (how-to) support in a question and answer format on specific topics.
The topic areas are created to keep posts “threaded” together on the designated topic. The intent of a Forum is active user interaction, opinions, solutions, suggestions that stay on the topic.
Topical “experts” sometimes hang out on their favorite subjects and help answer questions for the less experienced.
Posting on Blognasium is not open to everyone. Please register and join Blognasium to participate. Access is not immediate as registration is a request to join that is reviewed by the administration. You can explore a few public areas without registering, but most sections and services are not available or visible to non-members.
Blognasium and the Community are brand new and evolving. I am eager to freely share the communication services provided and help others enjoy the experience. Be a participant! No cost. No risk.
See you inside! ~ Dan