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From Glen Mazza <>
Subject Re: JRoller replacement? (Was Re: Apache Roller 5.0.1 available & upgrade recommended for all Roller sites)
Date Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:23:03 GMT
I would have to see what such a market becomes, but I think the Apache 
Roller site should allow advertisements of people who will provide 
Roller blog hosting, either free w/ads or with a cost w/no ads.  This 
would not be a particular money-maker, as the fact that Blogger and 
Wordpress are free would put a limit on how much one could charge for 
blog hosting, and it would be limited primarily to those who like 
Roller's velocity based templating and the bells and whistles it 
provides and would pay for that specifically.  OTOH, for somebody who's 
already gone to the effort of Tomcat hosting just for his or her Roller 
blog, it wouldn't be much effort for that person to allow additional 
blogs, and if he can get a few extra blogs to cover the cost of his 
Tomcat hosting, great.

What is really needed are those who are already in the business of 
providing Tomcat hosting to just sell simple Roller blog accounts of an 
already existing instance of Roller on Tomcat.  They should be able to 
offer that at a considerably reduced price over standalone Tomcat hosting.


On 06/25/2012 08:46 AM, Chalupa, Leroy T CTR USAF AFWA AFWA /SEMS wrote:
> Glen:
> I agree with you that hosting a tomcat instance for one or two blogs is not
> cost effective.
> What would it be worth to you for me or someone else to host an instance of
> roller?  It wouldn't take many
> paying users to pay for a hosted site.  I want to avoid ads on the site.  On
> some sites, ads are so intrusive it's difficult to find
> the content on the page: less is more.
> Lee
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Glen Mazza []
> Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2012 2:31 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: JRoller replacement? (Was Re: Apache Roller 5.0.1 available&
> upgrade recommended for all Roller sites)
> I think that's Roller's biggest problem right now with its adoption, namely
> the lack of a community service providing hosting for it.
> Perhaps it didn't work for DZone (JRoller hosters) because they weren't
> shutting down inactive blogs (maybe hundreds create a "Hello World!"
> blog entry and ignore their blog forever after), bloating the administrative
> load, perhaps also in not requiring a blogroll linkage back to its site.  To
> fix the first problem, maybe it would be good if Roller had an "auto-delete"
> feature, deleting all blogs that haven't had a new entry after an
> administrator-defined number of months; the second, giving the administrator
> an ability to force a blogroll entry or some other advertisement on
> everybody's blog, pointing back to the hoster.
> As for working at a company that offers Roller hosting, I suspect most devs
> try not to keep blogs with their company if they can avoid it, because
> people switch from company to company and want to take their blogs with
> them.  For that reason, people might be reluctant to ask their companies to
> host Apache Roller even if they prefer it.  The alternative for people in my
> shoes, paying for Tomcat hosting, is time-consuming and not cost-effective
> (having each user individually pay for Tomcat hosting just to host one blog
> is overkill.)
> I've used Roller for six years and am quite pleased with it--Google Blogger
> holds my hand too much and is too restrictive, but having looked at it again
> last week, I can see that Blogger has much improved over the last time I
> looked at it (2008), so switching is probably doable for me.
> Glen
> On 06/24/2012 02:43 PM, Dave wrote:
>> I don't know of any other public Roller hosting services.
>> If you are really desperate for Roller you could get a job at Oracle
>> and get a blog on the Roller server at ;-)
>> - Dave
>> On Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 2:05 PM, Glen Mazza<>   wrote:
>>> JRoller has long deprecated their service; they're stuck on 3.1 and
>>> not accepting new accounts.  Is anyone aware of another community
>>> blogging service that hosts using Apache Roller?  I couldn't find
>>> anything.  If not I'll need to transfer probably to Google's Blogger
> service.
>>> Glen
>>> On 06/24/2012 01:03 PM, Dave wrote:
>>>> New release: Apache Roller 5.0.1 is now available on Apache mirrors
>>>> world-wide and you can find it here:
>>>> This release fixes two security vulnerabilities in Roller, listed below:
>>>>      CVE-2012-2380: Apache Roller Cross-Site-Resource-Forgery (XSRF)
>>>> vulnerability
>>>>      CVE-2012-2381: Apache Roller Cross-Site-Scripting (XSS)
>>>> vulnerability
>>>> Because the above are serious security vulnerabilities, we recommend
>>>> that all sites running Apache Roller upgrade to this new release as
>>>> soon as possible.
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Dave
>>> --
>>> Glen Mazza
>>> Talend Community Coders -
>>> blog:
> --
> Glen Mazza
> Talend Community Coders -
> blog:

Glen Mazza
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