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#1 2014-03-03 15:57:58

springworks
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Registered: 2005-01-06
Posts: 172
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TextDrive officially dead

The inevitable has happened. It should come as no surprise to those who have been following the latest developments at TextDrive, but the following announcement appeared today at the TextDrive forum page:

Maintenance

As anyone looking for decent support or even useful information over the past few months can attest, the revival of TextDrive has not been a success.

What began in mid-2012 as an exciting challenge fuelled by good intentions and lean resources quickly turned into a cleanup project with almost no resources.

It is disappointing to report that after a year and a half of uphill battles and unimagined setbacks, after several costly efforts to regroup and find another way, options to keep TextDrive growing have run out, and we will cease operations on the 14th of March, 2014.

For those who wish to know, details of what went wrong will be made available once shutdown operations have completed.

Sorry to have let you down.

Dean

If anyone still has any sites running on TextDrive servers, now’s the time to find a new home.

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#2 2014-03-03 16:57:10

mrdale
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From: Walla Walla
Registered: 2004-11-19
Posts: 2,190
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Re: TextDrive officially dead

I need to put in a good work for Jacques. He’s been hosting my sites now for about 6 months on very similar setup to TXD (smartos).

If you’re a TXDugee searching for a replacement, you should contact him if you’d like affordable, reliable and familiar hosting environs.

jacques@kaizengarden.co

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#3 2014-03-03 19:37:53

philwareham
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From: Farnham, Surrey, UK
Registered: 2009-06-11
Posts: 2,637
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Re: TextDrive officially dead

Just for the record, TextDrive has no affiliation with Textpattern apart from some historic background.

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#4 2014-03-03 19:41:05

springworks
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Registered: 2005-01-06
Posts: 172
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Re: TextDrive officially dead

philwareham wrote #279391:

Just for the record, TextDrive has no affiliation with Textpattern apart from some historic background.

Absolutely and I apologise if anyone got the wrong impression that I was implying any bad news about Textpattern.

But there are several people here who would have hosted with TextDrive/Joyent for historical reasons and I just wanted to make sure the message got out incase anyone hadn’t heard and still had sites hosted theer.

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#5 2014-03-03 20:16:01

colak
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From: Cyprus
Registered: 2004-11-20
Posts: 5,998
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Re: TextDrive officially dead

+1 for Jacques


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#6 2014-03-04 09:09:58

gaekwad
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From: North Cornwall, UK
Registered: 2005-11-19
Posts: 1,965

Re: TextDrive officially dead

From kaizengarden.co/about

Giving back is something which we take seriously. We are in a fortunate position to be able to give back from what we have.

We sponsor the following at present.

  • We host the TextPattern mailing list server

Right on.

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#7 2014-03-04 10:10:06

philwareham
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From: Farnham, Surrey, UK
Registered: 2009-06-11
Posts: 2,637
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Re: TextDrive officially dead

This highlights a business-model failing of Textpattern. It should have had it’s own professional hosting service years ago like other CMSes offer. Drupal (Acquia), WordPress, Ghost, etc. all have this income model in place: self-host for free or paid-for subscription hosting.

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#8 2014-03-04 10:59:46

etc
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Re: TextDrive officially dead

philwareham wrote #279416:

This highlights a business-model failing of Textpattern. It should have had it’s own professional hosting service years ago like other CMSes offer. Drupal (Acquia), WordPress, Ghost, etc. all have this income model in place: self-host for free or paid-for subscription hosting.

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#9 2014-03-04 11:19:36

springworks
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Registered: 2005-01-06
Posts: 172
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Re: TextDrive officially dead

philwareham wrote #279416:

This highlights a business-model failing of Textpattern. It should have had it’s own professional hosting service years ago like other CMSes offer. Drupal (Acquia), WordPress, Ghost, etc. all have this income model in place: self-host for free or paid-for subscription hosting.

Agreed

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#10 2014-03-04 12:29:37

Bloke
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From: Leeds, UK
Registered: 2006-01-29
Posts: 7,535
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Re: TextDrive officially dead

philwareham wrote #279416:

paid-for subscription hosting.

If Txp’s installation process was made more robust (properly handled Exceptions, etc) there’s no reason I can see why hosted installs couldn’t become a reality. It’d still need some kind of scripting element to create DBs and handle creating config.php.

Do we have the bandwidth?


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