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Dennis January 4, 2007

Looks like its down?

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Dennis January 4, 2007

My bad……looks good! Must have been a simple assembly.

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Jeff January 4, 2007

Looks nice, Chris! I may have to integrate some of those design ideas into my Cutline tweaks.

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Chris P. January 4, 2007

Dennis,

They’re currently in the middle of a pretty potent Digg, so that’s why the site is behaving strangely at the moment. They’re hosted by Dreamhost, who has had myriad problems in the last few months.

I’ve spoken with the UberReview team about this, and I think they’re all set to switch to MidPhase.

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Adam H January 4, 2007

Did you mean Dreamhost? I was looking into their services and am curious.

Maybe I’ll take a look at midPhase, thanks.

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Dennis January 4, 2007

I recommend MT Media Temple

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Dennis January 4, 2007

I see what you are saying Chris. What do you use for your stats?

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kid disco January 4, 2007

Site looks sweet. I think I’m gonna try to “hack-up” PressRow for my new design.

BTW, I signed up at MidPhase thru your link… :P

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Chris P. January 4, 2007

Adam — Nice spot there! Yes, I meant Dreamhost. My experiences with them over the past 6 months or so have been nothing but negative.

Dennis — I have maintained a MediaTemple server since October of 2005, and although I like their customer service, I feel that their overall package pales in comparison to that of MidPhase.

One of my biggest beefs against MediaTemple is the fact that they do not offer a server-based stats package that I really like. Urchin is slow, has a Web-based interface, and does not provide enough data on one screen for my liking.

MidPhase, on the other hand, offers Webalizer, which is raw server data at its finest. I’m a stats junkie, so for me, there is no choice here—MidPhase is the only way to fly.

I could go on and on about how I prefer cPanel to MediaTemple’s proprietary control center, but I already know I’d be inviting a “to each, his own” argument. For me, working with MidPhase has been a great experience, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Chris P. January 4, 2007

Dennis — I use Webalizer 2.01 in combination with Mint.

Kid Disco — You’re my hero. Oh, if you want to hack up a theme, use Cutline—it’s a much better framework.

It’s what I used for the UberReview, but I had to manipulate the styles to look more like PressRow, simply because that’s what the client wanted.

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David Krug January 4, 2007

Looks Sharp Dudeski.

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kid disco January 4, 2007

Thanks for the tip, Chris!

I do like a few of the style elements in PressRow… I’ll have to see if I’m good enough to manipulate Cutline to get it the way I want! :)

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Adam H January 4, 2007

I’ve been considering buying a Mint license. I’m currently using Google analytics but am getting frustrated by the limitations and the heavy dependence on AdWords campaigns.

Inman does good work but I don’t know yet. Do you use any Pepper or other features?

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Chris P. January 4, 2007

Adam H,

I currently use three peppers—Sparks!, User Agent 007, and XXX Strong Mint. Truth be told, though, I don’t actually get much useful information out of these.

I use Mint for two reasons:

  1. To track the number of views on a particular page (for conversion tracking, etc)
  2. To see in (somewhat) real time where my traffic is coming from. This let’s me know if I’m getting del.icio.us bookmarks, hot links from strong sites, or just general trends in my search traffic.

Before I purchased a Mint license, I was under the impression that it was some kind of world-beater statistics package. The reality of the situation falls woefully short of this ideal.

In my opinion, Mint provides a very nice supplement to a server-based stats package, but it is in no way adequate as a standalone piece. I do feel as though it’s an excellent facilitator, though, so take that for what it’s worth ($30). ;)

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Vic January 5, 2007

I just wanted to say officially that the Uber-Review crew loves the design, you are the true master of your domain. It’s a beautiful marriage of your two kick ass themes Pressrow and Cutline. It contains the aesthetics that I love from Pressrow and the amazing rock solid frame work from Cutline. It was a real pleasure working with you and you are a real asset to the web design community. I can’t wait to see what the next stage of ‘pimpin’ the design entails.

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Mike January 5, 2007

Great job Chris … as usual.

I figured they were new, so I was going to offer a link or spot on our blog roll, but when I looked ’em up, they were a PR7, so they don’t need any help from us !

The only thing I don’t like is that they look better than us, rank better than us and …,er, never mind.

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Chris P. January 6, 2007

Truth: I thought I would be able to finish the UberReview by September.

Just a little late, huh? :)

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Ravi January 6, 2007

sweet! even with all the ads, they don’t distract too much.

FWIW: I use midphase and have been super happy with the (low) cost and (high-quality) service. Though, my site is still an infant.

Ravi in Seattle, WA

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