QuickerSite is available on GitHub as from 2020.
You may want to star, fork, follow, download and/or contribute to the project over there. Thank you!
Weird times. As a father, I love being stuck with the children. As a developer, I love having time on my hands to focus on new technologies and learn new things. As a musician, I love the silence around me. But people are getting infected and are dying at a rapid pace. Very ambiguous.
Bootstrap is still doing very well too. The first version of Bootstrap was released in 2011. That was around the time I stopped the active development of QS. I somehow regret not having adopted Bootstrap for the QS backsite (and some front-end modules). I once added a Bootstrap 3 compatible menu-tag: QS_BOOTSTRAPMENU_3. I guess it still works. But Bootstrap is on version 4 now.
On a side note... Given the popularity of this uncompiled scripting language for both frontend, backend and even mobile app-development, Microsoft could have been much more successful by extending their own (more visual) variant named VBScript, the scripting language that is most often used in ASP classic code. That is... instead of creating their bloated .net monsters. Have I said that before?
Keep it safe out there. Or better... stay inside!
Time has come to realize that QuickerSite has come to an end. Active development stopped somewhere in 2014 already. I will keep on hosting QuickerSites for my customers as well as for some resellers.
This is a tough decision, but it feels like the right thing to do. I have finally made up my mind about offering hosted services only, rather than freely redistribute and support codebases that need updates and patches on a regular basis.
This website QuickerSite.com, the forums and some other functions will be available for many years to come. Existing users can always contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the latest version of QS or discuss any issue. I will no longer offer the QuickerSite-codebase to new users however as from February 2020.
This has been a wonderful adventure and as is often the case, the most important thing that remains is friendship. Thank y’all for this wonderful time.
I recently discovered a neat trick in Google Photos. I needed an easy way to isolate and upload 1000's of photos and movies that were stored on old disk drives (they were about to crash). I found out that the easiest way to do that, is to search for *.jpg of *.mp4 files by using Windows search, and next drag and drop these results into the Google Photos webpage (the one with the overview of your photos). Make sure to use Chrome. You can easily upload 10.000 images/movies in one go. It may take a while to upload that many files, but it sure is worthwhile.
Update 1: forget about the "search for" trick I mentioned above. In fact, it's even much easier: just drag 'n drop a complete folder or even a complete disk drive in the Google Photos webpage. This will automatically upload all images and movies (and not the other files). I uploaded over 30.000 images and movies in the past 48 hours this way. Amazing.
Update 2: Apple users would typically use the Pictures app to sync their photos accross various devices and integrate with iCloud. However, they only have 5GB free storage wich is not much when dealing with images and movies. They then need to buy an online storage plan for a monthly fee. Google photos could be a solution for them as well. You need to export pictures from the Pictures app before uploading though. That's a little inconvenient...
Immediately after your upload, Google will automatically sort the uploaded material by day, month and year. The hours and days that follow, you'll get dozens of suggested collages, animations, movies and styled images. Wonderful. Also, Google will automatically remove double uploads. Very useful. And with the built-in face-recognition you can easily see yourself growing older and uglier year after year. That's a minus. There are also very useful search-capabilities. If you're looking for a guitar, just search for "guitar" and all images with a guitar will show up. You can also combine keywords in your searches, as well as people's names. Very powerful. For instance, a search for "Pieter drinking beer" returns these images that I turned into a collage for the occasion:
(actually, on 2 pictures, it's not me drinking beer, it's my brother and sis... )
Another example, this comes up when searching for all firstnames of my family.. Google finds all our family-pictures taken over the years. There were many more, but I made a collage again. All I had to do to get this going, is tag my family members on a handful of photos (few days ago). Google did the rest. I would never have been able to find them myself in my collection of 50.000 photos.
Above all... it's all 100% free. The only "limitation" is that Google reduces photo's to 16MP and movies to 1080p. These are not even limitations... You really don't need a paid solution to store and backup images and movies these days. At least....
How about privacy? What if Google suspends my account? I'm less worried about privacy. I have not one single photo that I need to hide from the outside world (except the ones where I drink beer perhaps). I am more worried about Google suspending my account for some reason. Or what if Google simply disappears at some point? I will then lose all my pictures, movies and memories.
Thinking about this ... maybe it's a good idea to store everything on a local disk somewhere as well...
I have recently been (re)doing some sites.
Actually, the first one is a QS on a Mobirise template. The 3 others are pure Mobirise, nothing to do with QS. I recently bought myself a copy of Mobirise. It's an amazing simple little tool that creates great sites... I'm using it for some years already and I must admit it has grown to a very mature state. Especially when you combine it with some custom JS, CSS and/or iFrames, the sky is the limit.
It's a sad day for QS. Today, I have given the installation ZIP files a try. It was a major shock to find out that none of the downloads (the regular QS nor the Mobirise edition) actually worked. They caused an error when installing.
I have meantime fixed the issue. But I have absolutely no idea how many people must have tried to download and install QS, without any luck. It may have been going on for more than a year. And nobody has ever reported any issue.
It somehow makes sadly clear how dead QS is today. I'm not blaming anyone, let me make that clear. It's just sad. That's all there is to say I guess.
"It is important in life not to be strong, but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once. If you want something in life, reach out and grab it."
I'm quoting Christopher McCandless - the man from Into The Wild. For some odd reason, his story only came to my attention today, after yet another adventurer died when searching for the Magic Bus in Alaska.
For most people, measuring yourself, "reaching out and grab it", would typically mean: get a decent job, make a lot of money, raise the kids, freak out on weekends and keep yourself in good shape by working out. And last but not least: live a fake second life on Facebook.
But for me, these couple of words mean something else. I can relate to McCandless's story. I feel like I have not yet measured myself to the bone. I always feel like the best is yet to come. For some years now I have tried to make it as a singer-songwriter and as such I have often tried to reach out and grab something. But I've never known what there really is to grab, other than expressing myself through my songs, my guitar, the lyrics and my voice.
But I'm 47 years old. And I fear that my best years are behind me. It's a sad feeling. And I know that this is the case for most people. But still...
Developing QuickerSite back in 2006-2014 sure also felt like reaching out. But I didn't grab anything with it ;) Story of my life.
I was told years ago to never run real time virus protection software on Windows Servers. They would slow down the whole thing, especially when lots of file I/O is done. Like is the case when using Access databases in classic ASP web applications. But WordPress also seems to generate a lot of disk i/o, more than what I had expected.
I noticed that on my AWS server, by default, real time virus protection (known as Defender by Windows users) is switched on. So I took the challenge and checked out the difference in loading speed of my hosted websites with and without Defender switched on. The difference is ... massive.
With Defender switched off, websites load up to 70% faster. Good to know I think... I bet there are better virus scanners than Defender for Windows... but they all cost a fortune. Not sure they're worth it... I better stick to a good backup plan in case a virus hits.
It's amazing how Mobirise keeps on coming up with things I added to QS years ago. Check out https://mobirise.com/extensions/popup-builder/
SendGrid turns out to be a working solution for sending out emails in QuickerSite. The settings below (/asp/config/web_config.asp) work fine for me. You have to signup and create an API key. Finally, use the password for that API key. You can send up to 100 messages/day for free.
UPDATE: it turns out that AWS as well throttles port 25 in case many emails are sent at once (like is usually the case when sending out newsletters). You can ask AWS support to lift that throttle though...
A while back I was very excited about Google Cloud. Remember? Well, it’s over. Google Cloud Servers block outgoing port 25, meaning that you cannot run an SMTP service on that port. So there is absolutely no way to host websites (with contact forms, or any other forms) on a Google Cloud server. Exit Google Cloud.
So I had to go find another solution. I decided to give Amazon Web Services a try. Check out https://aws.amazon.com/
So far so good. I’m very impressed. Things are a bit more complex coming from Google Cloud, but that has its reasons. AWS has a longer tradition in cloud hosting. It feels like they have been thinking a lot about it over the years. They do cloud hosting the object oriënted way... Sort of.
Some things to keep in mind when using AWS:
All in all, I think AWS is a very interesting way to go. I will make up my mind about it very soon.
For years I have successfully used the SQLOLEDB-provider when connecting to SQL Server databases in classic ASP. However, for some weeks now, I face serious issues with it. I get random "Login timeout expired" errors and sudden crashes. No way to reproduce or predict these errors. It was driving me crazy.
But it looks like I found a solution. As soon as I started to use Provider=SQLNCLI11 in asp/classes/database.asp the error has gone. Quite a relieve as at some point I got 1000's of error messages.
This issue does not show in Access. So if you're using QS on an Access database, you can ignore this fix. But if you happen to use SQL Server, you may want to change the provider from SQLOLEDB to SQLNCLI11 in asp/classes/database.asp.
I use the SQL Server Express editions. Maybe the issue only shows on Express editions. I have no clue.
Hope this helps.
Ok, we’re back and free again. Why? Let’s face it: the CMS game has changed. Even all free CMS’s like WP, Joomla and Drupal face hard times. Social media have taken over big parts of classic “content” management. I see the same struggle for life in many other CMS-related sofware like template-builders and CMS plugin-developers. Many of them simply disappear at some point in time.
In this global context, selling web-publishing software is impossible. It’s even very difficult to promote free software, especially when it’s developed in a dead language (classic ASP) and when it requires some technical know-how to get it up and running.
So I do not expect to welcome 100’s of users, but I spent about 10 years of my life building this application, so why not share that with whoever can use it?
To all those who paid for QuickerSite in the past 10 years, I can only say THANK YOU!! You kept QuickerSite alive.
As for the future of QuickerSite, let’s not get too excited… There is no active community of classic ASP developers out there. Everyone moved to PHP. But there still are some. And they may prefer classic ASP to any other technology.
For me personally things have changed as well. In the past few years I actively tried to make it as a country singer songwriter (Pete Corman). I had an amazing time. I met lots of musicians and I played a lot of concerts and festivals. I even made it to our national "The Voice" edition with a Chris Young song. As a matter of fact, this sure has become some sort of second life, and I will keep on writing and singing as much as I can.
So, to all those users who asked me to make QuickerSite free again, and to all customers who backed this project by paying license fees: let's get together again, and let's try to make something out of this. Maybe one day QuickerSite 5 rises up and puts classic ASP back on the map.
Welcome back. See you in the forums.
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