CORRECTION: Ray Romeo does NOT own wagglepopstores.com, somebody else does, although the name isn’t available:
UPDATE: Some configurations, and software used confirmed:
Nothing’s to be seen of Ray Romeo’s “next generation shopping experience”, but I’ve verfied the following.
Wagglepop (actually, wagglepopauctions.com) is hosted by ipowerweb.com, and uses vdeck as an administration interface. Both wagglepop.com and wagglepopauctions.com are on shared servers. Ray Romeo didn’t splurge to put either on a dedicated server. Ray’s also registered the names wagglepopstores.com and wagglepopshops.com, although no sites exist there.
UPDATE: Ray says wagglepop isn’t on ipowerweb, but on dedicated servers with “5 ISPs”. That would be an interesting setup. And no host selected yet? Isn’t he supposed to be up and running in 2 weeks?
I asked Ray about PowerWeb and he LOL about them two weeks ago. He claims to have dedicated servers with 5 ISPs and multi-TB of bandwidth and no host selected as of last week.
If you go to http://www.wagglepopauctions.com/vdeck, you’ll see it redirects to ipowerweb, so at least wagglepopauctions.com is indeed hosted by ipowerweb. Admittedly, wagglepop.com is simply a parked domain on dotster.com that redirects to wagglepopauctions.com.
Neither wagglepop.com nor wagglepopauctions.com have an SSL certificate installed, which means credit card payments are either unsecure, or they’re performed by a third party or a separate site.
I haven’t seen the auction/store application, but I’m willing to bet that its either open source off the shelf of phpauction, make bid auction, everysoft (shudder), mewsoft (remember gegy? shudder). I hasten to believe its one of the Cold Fusion based auction software bundles, because I believe Ray is trying to run his site on a Microsoft platform (maybe xcAuction or rainworx?). It seems he’d rather have easability than stability. But who knows, its Ray’s money, right?
As more information is available, this page will be updated.
ipowerweb reviews: http://www.webhostingjury.com/reviews/iPowerWeb
UPDATE: Confirmed – Auction software to be build as ASP script with SQL server database backend.
ASP 3.0 over a SQL Server 2000 platform, managed, with support so I can keep my fingers out of the ‘techy’ stuff and on the pulse of the site.
Matt thinks that if Ray upgrades to ASP .NET, he’ll be able to handle thousands of more visitors. Once again, Matt’s wrong. Upgrading to .NET will most certainly introduce MORE performance degradation without upgrading anything else, and upgrading anything to the .NET framework isn’t easy.
very good start, if everything works fine, and if you get thousands and more visitors a day you can easily upgrade to a .NET and SQL Server 2000 in the future.
SAPro is still using Access I can’t believe it but it’s true.
Is Ray using eLance to outsource his work, a’ la Troy MacDonald of the the original defunct Gegy.com auction site? I’m still researching that. Wow, a bulk lister and everything! Moving bid boxes from the top to the bottom of the page! Its revolutionary!