New Servers...again

For the second time in our history, we're moving iFoodiez to a different web host. Fortunately due to growth of my real job, I need the cabinet space for servers that actually make money, so I'm moving iFoodiez to a shared hosting company. 

Note that in the small timeframe when the Internet is figuring out where the new site is, you may still land on the old website, which should just post a notice that the site has moved and give you a link to get to the new site.  Have no fear, this shouldn't last long and you should soon be taken directly to the new location.

Sorry for any inconvenience,


iFoodiez v2

Well iFoodiez has been running in mostly its original version for a long time now. Even though it got a new server years ago, the code has remained largely unmodified. 

That's all about to change.

I've been working on a port of the iFoodiez platform that will help to bring some of the features up to date, and give me better ability to make some changes that have been long overdue. For example, I've added a tabbed recipe interface so when you're working on several dishes at once, you can easily flip back and forth between them. The primary things I've added thus far are:

    • Tabbed recipe interface
    • Recipe timers - just tap on a time in a recipe to launch a timer for it
    • Remember me - fixed it so it is more secure...and works consistently
    • Replaced the table/navigation control with my own implementation that works better

Once I have the new version beta tested, my plan is to move everyone to the new server and hope it doesn't cause too much heartache. Then I decommission the old server, and move forward from there.

More to come,

New servers are live

Finished the transition away from shared hosting to our own hosting facility. You may see a different domain in your browser while the DNS transition occurs, but that should go away within a few days.

Don't know if anyone has noticed but the site is much faster now that we're not sharing bandwidth with a bunch of porn servers ;-)

Movin on up...

One of the advantages to having a day job (and one that I partially own) is that I can occasionally scrape together a spare server here, a couple of U of rack space there, and maybe a little bandwidth and redundant power in a secured facility. 

So to that end, we just finished cycling in new servers for my other gig, and iFoodiez will be the beneficiary of some new servers (well, new to iFoodiez anyway). Let's face it, I'm just sick of dealing with crappy shared hosting, so we're jumping out on our own. 

I'll let you know through the website when the downtime window will be coming.

i be Foodiez

Since this is my first official blog entry, I'll kick it off by summarizing where we started, where we're at, and where we're going. As I'm sure you'll all agree, we have a passion for cooking and that is reflected in this site. 

To me, cooking is more than just cranking out some good grub; it's about having something at someone's house, loving it, and then really really wanting the recipe. And once you've got it, you need to be able to find it. I have 50 cookbooks on my shelf and for the most part, they may as well be written in Chinese. I just don't have the time to go through them on a regular basis, so I need quick and easy access to my stuff. And cookbooks are just so 20th century...dude!

So the search for a good recipe sharing site begins. You'd think that in the age of the web, there would be millions of sites out there for just that, but alas, you'd be wrong. Thing is, recipe sites are all about making bucks from user-contributed content, and making that content public. Yes they share your recipes...with the world. But when I search, most of the time I just wanna search my stuff or my friend's stuff, not some stranger's Aunt Edna's stuff. Who the hell is Aunt Edna anyway?

So finally I decide to bite the bullet and Dave & I start brainstorming features. We want the site to be cool. Not an old school static website, but a dynamic, web 2.0 site that doesn't have you waiting for pages to render all the time. Things pop like an application should.

One of my primary thoughts is that a lot of people really DON'T want to make their stuff public. So that was to be one of the primary mission goals of iFoodiez; private recipe sharing. You share with your group...and that's it.

The other primary goal was easy and dynamic searching of my circle of friends. Amazing that sites like Epi let you create a library, and then turn right around and don't let you search it. Geez.

So the reality of this all is that I use this site every day...for cooking. I'm passionate about it because it's a serious tool that improves my quality of life, so I want it to work well. Oh yeah, and it keeps me from going bananas...

In the coming months, I'll be adding features that make sense, like cookbook printing, dynamic timers, Droid and iPhone apps, etc... I probably won't be adding things that I don't think people really use like shopping list (or at least it'll be a lower priority).

Just say no to paper...yes to iFoodiez!