The Secret is: Don’t use Go-Daddy!

Just seen a post on the Spacial forums where a user wants to set his request function up. His website is hosted by Go Daddy.

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The secret is that he will never get SAM Broadcaster requests working as Godaddy don’t have the SQL port 3306 or the other port 1221 open. I’m sure someone will point this out to him eventually.

That’s just one reason to avoid Godaddy!

Another is the fact the owner thinks it’s good fun to go around and kill defenseless wild animals!

 
Shop around for a webhost that allows you to have ports open so you can have a working website would be my advice. Go Daddy suck big time.

Update 30/01/2014: GoDaddy owns up to role in epic Twitter account hijacking. Read about that here

Update 16/04/2014: Yet again GoDaddy are doing stuff you wouldn’t believe if it wasn’t so outrageous. They’ve given someone’s identifiable information to a spammer troll who has then used it against the person.

You can read all about that Here

The Secret is: Do NOT use Go Daddy!!

Remote Database Issues?

Every now and then I see users having database issues with RadioDJ. Then in the next sentence they then mention they are using a remote MySQL database.

STOP IT!

Trying to run RadioDJ with a remote database is a really bad idea to start with. All you need is the slightest connection problem or packet loss and bang it will freeze the program.

A database running on the same machine is a lot better for performance among other things. If you need to access the SQL database from outside (i.e request page) then all you need to do is make sure that port 3306 is open on your computer firewall and router.

If you do run RadioDJ with a remote database please don’t start kicking and screaming because something isn’t working right.

Don’t say I didn’t try and warn you…..

Port 3306 Blocking Stop it!

So a user comes onto the RadioDJ forums saying he is having issues working the WordPress plugin. Then goes onto to say his webhost is HostGator.

That is unfortunately where his problem lies. Hostgator don’t allow connections on port 3306 (SQL).

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I know of several other companies that actively block ports 3306. Why are these hosts blocking access via these ports.

What are they so afraid of?

Users pay for a service and can’t have much useful content if these ports aren’t open.

Go Daddy are citing “Security Issues” as to why they don’t open port 3306. Strange when other hosting companies are only to happy to let you have access to the SQL port.

My advice is always ask questions before purchasing web space of a provider. Avoid web hosts like HostGator and GoDaddy as they will never open those ports. Even if you ask nicely.

Shop around, Search Google there are webhosts out there who will give you access to the SQL port. So you can have Now playing info and requests on your website.

Lazy SQL Programming.

I keep seeing posts on the Spacial forums from users having headaches with SAM Broadcaster and MySQL.

This is nothing new I’ve written about the SQL structure in SAM Broadcaster being badly written before.

Users are being told they cannot use MySQL 5.6 and have to use 5.5 instead.

That just screams Lazy SQL programming to me.

The SAM Broadcaster SQL tables haven’t really changed for over 6 years and the database is prone to crashing.

Where as RadioDJ will work with MySQL 5.6 and the tables don’t crash like the SAM Broadcaster ones do.

If you are having SQL headaches with SAM do yourself a favour uninstall SAM and Install RadioDJ free radio automation software instead & you’ll be better off in the long run.

The database tables in RadioDJ rarely seem to crash or need a repair.

We know of users who have had RadioDJ running for 6 months without so much as a hiccup.

People need to wise up to the fact Spacial Audio just take people’s money for their software without actually doing any work to upgrade their SQL tables or the software itself.

My advice as always is Don’t pay Spacial Audio $$$ for software that isn’t up to the job.

You won’t get any support when things go badly wrong with your database.

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