Why did I create "Vovio" instead of using WordPress?



Why did I create "Vovio" instead of using WordPress?


WEB-73 Joe Crescenzi
Staten Island, NY Posted: 8/30/2014 12:36:00 AM
Right now, this site is a worthless pile of crap. It's also the most amazing pile of crap I've ever developed.

That's because my goal wasn't to create a great site, but to create the kind of tools I need to build great sites. I have always a tendency to reinvent the wheel, and Vovio is the wheel the way I want it.

I said to myself, why should I write my own blogging software when WordPress and Blogger are free, and they have a thousand more features, and there's literally over a million plugins out there to make it even better.

I was one of the first people to develop workable web based BBS software over 15 years ago, in fact I wrote 4 completely different platforms back in the 90s that were pretty slick for that time. I didn't market them, but I used them for a few sites and mostly tinkered with the code.

When WordPress and Blogger became popular, I tried them both. Even though they have more features than my old BBS platforms, I hated giving up the freedom of using my own code. It just drove me nuts. I wanted a good content manager, and a good blogging platform, and I also wanted a traditional BBS. Everyone knows WordPress and Blogger are fantastic blogging platforms and content managers, but the developer inside me wanted more.

The result is Vovio, a BBS / Content Manager / Blog / Book engine that although it's still a pile of crap, it's my pile of crap and I can make it do anything I want. Although it lacks 90% of WordPress and Blogger's features, it does do a lot of things I could never do with them, such as managing hundreds (or thousands) of sites at the same time, from a single control panel, on a single server (or a bunch of servers).

The methods I've used in the engine itself are unorthodox, complicated, yet simple at the same time.

In this test, I'm running the platform on a test server with about 100 or so domains. I've turned off the ability for anyone but me to post, but I'll open it up after I've finished testing it, and after moving it to a brand new server.

The cool thing is this is just plain fun.

When it's done, I will use the same code, database, server and IP for almost 700 sites... The sites will be very diverse, but for the ones that will allow user registration and content submission, they will share the same logins and passwords. Some sites will share content, others will be unique.

I intentionally will be using domains with zero traffic, so I can test it without a heavy load, and without many people (other than myself) seeing it. If the whole thing crashes, nobody but me will know. Smile

What I really like about it, is that I wrote a BBCode compatible scripting engine, but added my own special tags that will make the kinds of blogs I intend to launch even easier to manage.

Some of the people who have seen it have asked...

1) How does it make money?

It doesn't. If I wrote it to make money, it wouldn't be fun.

2) Is there a plan to sell or license the code?

No. If I did, I wouldn't have the freedom to change it without worrying about how to update everyone to the newest code.

3) What's under the hood?

It's ASP.NET based off my own servers, with the database currently in Azure. The cool thing is although it's slightly slower because the database is potentially thousands of miles away from the web server, it's actually pretty quick. I'm on the fence about whether I will eventually move the database local for speed, or move the web server to Azure too. In either case, I like the security and peace of mind of Azure. Azure has great security and point in time backup / restore options.

4) What about the front end?

I'm using Bootstrap from Twitter for the front end, but the cool thing is there are almost no HTML tags in the engine itself. Like WordPress, I created a slick template system which means I can drastically change the look and feel in seconds. Unlike WordPress and Blogger, I am using a modular approach to my templates. So, many of the elements on the page have their own individual templates.

5) What's your favorite TV show of all time?

Star Trek.

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User Icon Posted: 9/19/2014 10:11:10 AM
From: , Founder - Staten Island, NY

Still in Beta, but it's working


I'm very happy to report Vovio is still working well in Beta. In fact, I launched several sites powered by Vovio including:

Idea Of The Day
Coopons.Com


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LARGE-73 Right now, this site is a worthless pile of crap. It's also the most amazing pile of crap I've ever developed.

That's because my goal wasn't to create a great site, but to create the kind of tools I need to build great sites. I have always a tendency to reinvent the wheel, and Vovio is the wheel the way I want it.

I said to myself, why should I write my own blogging software when WordPress and Blogger are free, and they have a thousand more features, and there's literally over a million plugins out there to make it even better.

I was one of the first people to develop workable web based BBS software over 15 years ago, in fact I wrote 4 completely different platforms back in the 90s that were pretty slick for that time. I didn't market them, but I used them for a few sites and... [More]

Continue...Why did I create "Vovio" instead of using WordPress?...

Just getting warmed up.

LARGE-15 The system itself seems quite stable, which is nice. I'm guessing I'll be able to roll out the new features as soon as I build a new server.

I want to be able to handle a lot of capacity, so I'm going to build a new server just to run Vovio sites. Even though this server is very fast, I'm mainly getting the new server specifically so that I can isolate Vovio sites from my main CouponPages and CouponMail servers.

The last thing I want to see is one of those sites going down because I didn't beta test this thing enough before I unleashed it to the world.

As a way of testing some of the features, I thought I'd embed one of my first YouTube videos here, which was simply a test of my microphone. There's no motive, just a test.

When I originally posted it, I didn't actually think... [More]

Continue...Just getting warmed up....

Welcome to ... The Vovio Network

LARGE-12 This site has been configured as part of the new Vovio Network, but it's not quite ready for launch.

That's okay. There's plenty in store for you on your next visit.

You most likely have never heard of the Vovio Network, but that's because it's so new, we barely remember how to spell it ;)

Progress report ... Day 3, still works!

LARGE-14

Vovio is 3 days old today!


I'm happy to report that it's been three days since launching the Vovio Network, and so far the big news is that there's no news to report. That's a good thing. Smile

This means the site, database and server are all working without any major glitches. This also means I can start to turn on some of the more complex features.

I've also been migrating some of the newer domains here, and until they are assigned permanent content editors and dedicated categories inside the database, they will all share this wonderful blog about the blog itself. Pure drivel, but it's a start.

LARGE-2 I'm Joe Crescenzi, founder of CouponPages.Com, one of the oldest and largest local coupon sites, and I want to introduce you to my newest creation... it's something just for fun and it's called Vovio.

Vovio is a network of fun sites that all share two things in common.

1. They are all for fun. Although we may recommend, review or even encourage you to buy things we like from time to time, that's not why I created it.

2. Although there will be a lot of different sites, they all let you interact, comment and share your thoughts with other members using a just one ID and password. There will even be a way to post without creating an account.



A typical review from the archives...

Vovio is still in beta test right now, so there aren't any active blogs running except this and a couple of test sites. One of my goals for the Vovio Network is to create blogs featuring reviews and tips. So today's post is just a test of one of our core features, which is linking to a youtube video, by just using the URL itself.

As such, the video will be the focus, so the YouTube Thumbnail will become the icon. Sounds simple enough, but does it work? Let's see what happens when I use a long form URL, which has the list attached. Will it filter out the noise, and find just the important part? I hope so.

This particular video is one of my most popular YouTube tip / review clips. It describes a hack I discovered to create a remote control for the focus. This let's me stand in... [More]

Continue...A typical review from the archives......

What's Vovio?

LARGE-109

Vovio is a new blogging platform developed by Joe Crescenzi


That's the short answer.

The longer answer is that Vovio is the common foundation for a whole bunch of websites in a variety of subjects. While Vovio is in it's early stages, the only person posting on the Vovio Network is Joe Crescenzi, but soon the platform will be open for other people to post.

As new sites roll out, a single Vovio account will give you access to posting on every site in the Vovio network of sites.

The first major site to roll out is IdeaOfTheDay.Com... a blog that features one new idea each day.

Joe Crescenzi is the developer of CouponPages.Com, a popular site for printing local coupons


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What's Vovio?

LARGE-109

Vovio is a new blogging platform developed by Joe Crescenzi


That's the short answer.

The longer answer is that Vovio is the common foundation for a whole bunch of websites in a variety of subjects. While Vovio is in it's early stages, the only person posting on the Vovio Network is Joe Crescenzi, but soon the platform will be open for other people to post.

As new sites roll out, a single Vovio account will give you access to posting on every site in the Vovio network of sites.

The first major site to roll out is IdeaOfTheDay.Com... a blog that features one new idea each day.

Joe Crescenzi is the developer of CouponPages.Com, a popular site for printing local coupons


LARGE-73 Right now, this site is a worthless pile of crap. It's also the most amazing pile of crap I've ever developed.

That's because my goal wasn't to create a great site, but to create the kind of tools I need to build great sites. I have always a tendency to reinvent the wheel, and Vovio is the wheel the way I want it.

I said to myself, why should I write my own blogging software when WordPress and Blogger are free, and they have a thousand more features, and there's literally over a million plugins out there to make it even better.

I was one of the first people to develop workable web based BBS software over 15 years ago, in fact I wrote 4 completely different platforms back in the 90s that were pretty slick for that time. I didn't market them, but I used them for a few sites and... [More]

Continue...Why did I create "Vovio" instead of using WordPress?...

A typical review from the archives...

Vovio is still in beta test right now, so there aren't any active blogs running except this and a couple of test sites. One of my goals for the Vovio Network is to create blogs featuring reviews and tips. So today's post is just a test of one of our core features, which is linking to a youtube video, by just using the URL itself.

As such, the video will be the focus, so the YouTube Thumbnail will become the icon. Sounds simple enough, but does it work? Let's see what happens when I use a long form URL, which has the list attached. Will it filter out the noise, and find just the important part? I hope so.

This particular video is one of my most popular YouTube tip / review clips. It describes a hack I discovered to create a remote control for the focus. This let's me stand in... [More]

Continue...A typical review from the archives......

Just getting warmed up.

LARGE-15 The system itself seems quite stable, which is nice. I'm guessing I'll be able to roll out the new features as soon as I build a new server.

I want to be able to handle a lot of capacity, so I'm going to build a new server just to run Vovio sites. Even though this server is very fast, I'm mainly getting the new server specifically so that I can isolate Vovio sites from my main CouponPages and CouponMail servers.

The last thing I want to see is one of those sites going down because I didn't beta test this thing enough before I unleashed it to the world.

As a way of testing some of the features, I thought I'd embed one of my first YouTube videos here, which was simply a test of my microphone. There's no motive, just a test.

When I originally posted it, I didn't actually think... [More]

Continue...Just getting warmed up....

Progress report ... Day 3, still works!

LARGE-14

Vovio is 3 days old today!


I'm happy to report that it's been three days since launching the Vovio Network, and so far the big news is that there's no news to report. That's a good thing. Smile

This means the site, database and server are all working without any major glitches. This also means I can start to turn on some of the more complex features.

I've also been migrating some of the newer domains here, and until they are assigned permanent content editors and dedicated categories inside the database, they will all share this wonderful blog about the blog itself. Pure drivel, but it's a start.

Welcome to ... The Vovio Network

LARGE-12 This site has been configured as part of the new Vovio Network, but it's not quite ready for launch.

That's okay. There's plenty in store for you on your next visit.

You most likely have never heard of the Vovio Network, but that's because it's so new, we barely remember how to spell it ;)
LARGE-2 I'm Joe Crescenzi, founder of CouponPages.Com, one of the oldest and largest local coupon sites, and I want to introduce you to my newest creation... it's something just for fun and it's called Vovio.

Vovio is a network of fun sites that all share two things in common.

1. They are all for fun. Although we may recommend, review or even encourage you to buy things we like from time to time, that's not why I created it.

2. Although there will be a lot of different sites, they all let you interact, comment and share your thoughts with other members using a just one ID and password. There will even be a way to post without creating an account.