Here is a list of everything that is currently in use to provide UUpdates.net as a service.
- Domain registration. Currently this is done through DirectNic, but any domain registrar will do.
- CloudFlare is used to provide IPv6 support, caching for images and in general improve site performance and protection. This is at the free level.
- Virtual Private Server through DatabaseMart. Like the others services this can be through any VPS provider. To get into a little more of the technical details the website is running on a LAMP stack with a PHP app built on the Yii 1 framework. The main driver for needing a VPS is that there is a cron task that runs to handle the fetching of the RSS feeds. I tried a few times to run this on shared hosting but wound up getting my account suspended due to activity. There are fewer active blogs now so maybe the load would be low enough, but a VPS would still be my recommendation. Currently this is $40/year if someone wants to take over the account as opposed to migrating the software, database, etc.
To keep the site running it would be useful for someone to have a technical understanding of web hosting, and internet technologies in general. Specifically the following skills would be useful.
- Ability to troubleshoot issues associated with supporting a LAMP stack website.
- Familiarity with XML and RSS formats and ability to diagnose problems with parsing site RSS feeds.
- PHP programming knowledge would be helpful. Some issues could potentially be addressed by upgrading the packages used to do the RSS parsing. The issues that the site runs into are typically handled more gracefully by other RSS parsers.
The admin tasks have decreased as the popularity of blogs has been overtaken by social media, but there is still some work to be done on occasion.
- Adding a new website to be tracked
- Sometimes as blogs are abandoned spammers take over the URL with malicious feeds, r they just go dead. There is an error log that needs to be periodically reviewed and dead blogs need to be inactivated.
- There is a Facebook page, not much to do there but it could be handed off with it as well.