Welcome to my new home

I have become stagnant over the past year when it comes to writing and it is something that I have missed dearly. I think part of my problem was that I got bored with my old site. It was really hard to change the theme and I just didn’t make any effort to update the admin UI to my liking. With that said I need to take a second and send a big shout out to Ray Camden and anyone who has ever worked on BlogCFC. It was a great product and I have used it for a little over 9 years now. It was one of the first open source projects I got excited about, installed it on my own server and hacked around with. Blogging was a really big reason I got so involved with the ColdFusion community and met so many great people and I really think it all started with BlogCFC.

When I decided it was time to move on I started looking at alternative blogging platforms. I don’t do much ColdFusion development these days and I still own a VPS. One of my goals for the end of year is going to be to get rid of that VPS. I am paying $35/month to basically host 2 sites and it just isn’t worth it anymore. I narrowed my search down to Ghost, Ocotopress and WordPress. One thing that I liked about all 3 of these is they all supported Disqus comments. I really like the Disqus platform and wanted to offload my comments on to them. At the end of the day I don’t have anything bad to say about any of these options. I think it just really all depends on your needs but I would suggest you take a look at each of these fine products.

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I decided to go with WordPress for a few reasons. First of all I am using Digital Ocean and they have a pre configured droplet to get up and running with WordPress in less than a minute. The theme support and ability to customize the heck out of really easily was another huge plus. Finally the plugins really put me over the top. I migrated my entire website over to wordpress without having to write a single line of PHP which was huge because we all know for every line of PHP you write a kitten somewhere dies.

Finally I wanted to change up my domain name. I was always a little frustrated having the dot org name and was never able to secure the dot com so I started looking for a fun name. I settled on https://therealdanvega.com just to have a little fun with it. I hope you all enjoy the new site and I promise with this change I will get back to writing more tutorials, posts and even recording screencasts. If there is anything you want to see me dive into and write about please feel free to let me know.


Just a few stats from the old blog since I won’t be able to carry these over. Here is to another 3,336 days of blogging!

Total Number of Entries: 718
Posts Over Last 30 Days: 0
Average Posts Per Day (Last 30 Days):
First Entry: 10/07/05
Last Entry: 04/23/14
You have been blogging for: 3,336 days
Total Comments: 2,699
Average Comments Per Entry: 3.76
Total Views: 3,397,242
Average Views Per Entry: 4731.53
Total Subscribers: 15

Hi, I’m Dan Vega. I am a Software Engineer living just outside of one of my favorite places in the world, Cleveland, Ohio. I am a self-taught programmer who firmly believes that you can accomplish anything in this life if you put your mind to it, roll up your sleeves and are willing to put in the work.

I have been writing software for over 18+ years now and I use my knowledge, passion, and influence to help other developers achieve their goals. I teach online and currently, have over 30,000 students.

When I am not writing software, I have a number of things that really keep me busy. I love to read books, listen to podcasts and watch online courses. I have a real thirst for knowledge and it consumes me every single day of the week. I also love to run & lift heavy weights which keep me balanced throughout the week.

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