The Quick & Dirty:

  • 9+ years in the biz, 10 messing around
  • All the latest in HTML, CSS, JS & PHP (Sorry, no .net or Ruby skills yet)
  • Cross-browser compatible code from Photoshop or Illustrator files.. or napkins!
  • Custom Specialities in Wordpress theming & plugins, Twitter & jQuery
  • Subversion, server-log analysis, and blocking hack-attempts (of late).
  • Data/Project Geek. I ♥ timelines.

I’ve compiled some handy PHP functions I’ve had to whip up. More extensive code-samples are also available.

Wordpress-from-Photoshop/Illustrator

Wordpress-from-static HTML

Wordpress-from-Photoshop

Review of “Cloud” (cuz ‘online’ is too 1990s) Storage

Let’s face it: there’s 2 compatible pop-techs out there: tablets & cloud. Aside from tablets, having worked in a few design firms, there’s always dreams of off-site servers, but few implement them. Even for myself, I’m interested. I’ve got a networked server at home, and I’m about to buy a new hard drive (it’s “about that time:” 2yrs on, I don’t trust any hard drive).

So let’s do a review:

Hosts:

Bluehost: They’re already doing my hosting, and they offer a (WebDAV) “webdisk” and “unlimited” storage+bandwidth. Tempting, right?
The Prices: $7 or $20/month, no real difference in storage (just an SSL & dedicated IP).
The Catch:  Their legal terms pretty much say “unlimited storage for the website, not for the webdisk.” And when you hit 30GB, you might as well forfeit all rights. So, I’m not going to trust my files to a hack-y/faux-legal solution.

MediaTemple: Sure, this is hosting, not really “cloud”.. and who knows if they are willing/able to host my files. But let’s see:
The Prices: $25/month gives me a virtual-dedicated server: 20GB storage, 350GB transfer = $1.25/GB/month.  And that price holds across all their dedicated prices. Their “grid” (shared) hosting is 100GB+1TB transfer = $0.20/GB/month. Reasonable, but still no WebDAV.
The Catch:  No WebDAV, probably not legal.

Popular:

DropBox: This insanely popular storage provider is everywhere, and that’s excellent. But how does it stack up?
The Prices: Free Transfers is great, the storage is the same price as MediaTemple’s hosting at $0.20/GB/month
The Catch: Their might be cheaper, and their highest option is 100GB.

Mozy: Not quite as popular with consumers, this file-host is making larger business in-roads, and has incremental backup software for plenty of platforms.
The Prices:  $3.95 per month + $0.50/GB per month or  $6.95 per month + $0.50/GB per month for servers.
The Catch: Very pricy. Literally 3x more than Amazon’s Cloud.

SugarSync: Another Dropbox alternative: 5GB free for personal.
The Prices: 100GB @ $0.125/GB/month  and  250GB @ $0.083/GB/month. They don’t say about higher pricing.
The Catch: Their business rates are $0.30/GB/month. 4x their normal rate. boo. But cheaper than Carbonite.

Services:

Amazon S3: Traditional servers & popular services are packaged, and rarely charge by transfer. These features keep people from per-everything services like S3, but let’s see what they’ve got:
The Prices: Taking the “under 100GB storage/1TB transfer” approach (MediaTemple’s shared rates), Amazon comes in at $0.093/GB stored @ 100GB = $9.30/month +  $0.12/GB transferred out @ 1TB = $120/month. This means a full 100GB downloaded 10x/month is $129.30. Per.Month. Let’s normalize that to $0.80/GB. (same as carbonite, but rackspace is more).
The Catch: The storage is cheap, the downloads will kill your wallet! Amazon is your backup-to-never-need-it solution. Otherwise incremental syncing is the way to save this one. AKA not WebDAV.

Rackspace: WebHost-turned-cloudspacer, Rackspace is the long-term name-in-the-game.
The Prices: Same as Amazon, but with slightly higher rates.
The Catch: $195/month for 100GB storage+1TB transfer. :(  Ya might as well charge me $2/GB.

Carbonite: As-heard-on-Pandora Radio.
The Prices: Small-business rate of 250GB/month runs $227/year. That’s $19.08/month. And for 250/GB, that’s $0.08/GB/month.  Two-thirds the price of Amazon, without any transfer fees!
The Catch:  Serious users need a Windows Server. And over 250GB is $.80/GB (10x more than their normal rate!)

 

 

Conclusion:
So the cheapest rate is around: 8cents/GB/month. That’s the goal. But it’s not happening if you ever download anything.

Storage Transfer Total: Normalized:
100GB 1TB $/GB
Amazon 9.3 120 129.3 1.293
Rackspace 195 1.950
Carbonite 90.8 0 90.8 0.908
Mozy 54 0 54 0.540
Dropbox 20 0 20 0.200
SugarSync 12.5 0 12.5 0.125
SugarBusiness 25 1 26 0.260

And for sanity’s sake, a 1TB Hard Drive will cost you $3.33/month, $80 for every 2 years. That’s 0.0033/GB/month- notice that’s 4-8 times cheaper than online. Just saying.

 

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