Almost Automatic Applications

The new web based GUI for #OpenShift has really left you with no excuses for not trying to break free. I tried it today and it was so easy that I did not have to search for help outside the interface and the excellent documentation. The only thing you do need to have ready was your public key in order to access the git repositories. If this is sending you into a spin, do not worry about it, OpenShift even makes that easy for you.

To get started with Red Hat’s Paas, OpenShift, you need to sign up for an account. The only prerequisite is that you need a valid email address.

Don’t worry about the eager technical look of the site, just use it. Look at the top right corner, and click the Sign in to Manage your Apps link. Don’t worry about the geeky sound of it, because it takes you to a lovely clear page with only a couple of fields, Login and Password.

Sign up for an account by clicking on the (you guessed it), Create an Account link. Fortunately this is in red, right next to the grey Sign In button.

This takes you to the Sign Up page, ok, I know you are getting annoyed with all these different words, but it means the same thing. Here all you need to do is to enter a valid Email address, set your own Password, and verify rather cutely, that you are not a spam bot. Enter the muddled looking letters and numbers (called captchas) into the Are you a spam bot? field to verify that you are in fact human and can read the distorted strings. You can also get an audio “captcha” ( see why I explained that to you earlier?).

I suggest you read the Terms of Service carefully. Remember this is Open Source and dedicated to Freedom, so do not put anything onto this site that you want to copyright, or that is copyrighted, or is anti-social in any other way.

After you have read the Terms of Service and agreed with them, click the Sign Up button.

The Create Applications Page displays with a wealth of resources. There are Instant Applications, which are preconfigured to set you up with a framework, a web cartridge and a database. Depending on your needs you can create a WordPress blog, a Drupal content management platform, and Ruby on Rails, an opensource web framework.

The WordPress applications installed WordPress, and set up the MySQL database, prompting me to write down the MySQL password, name and other information including the IP address. ( Is there anything more real than an IP address?) and presented a page on which I had to enter the public key. And we were done.

Log in the the username Admin and the password, OpenShiftAdmin, and you are into your own hosted wordpress blog.  On my first login, it also updated to the latest version of WordPress. It only took me a few minutes longer than going and setting up from an automated unfree site.

Writing my first post took much longer!

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