Difference between CLOUD vs VPS vs MANAGED Hosting

What’s the difference between CLOUD vs VPS vs MANAGED hosting? Yes, it’s confusing as hell! Many different services seem to use the words CLOUD, VPS, and MANAGED all interchangeably…and most people don’t know what they mean. I’ll break down their technical differences and explain how they affect your webhosting performance and pricing.

Why are MANAGED VPS Servers so Slow?

After moving nearly a dozen WordPress speed-up clients away from “managed VPS” hosting services this past month, I’ve decided it’s time to state loud and clear: MANAGED VPS sucks! It’s slow as hell and way over-priced! And don’t think I’ve haven’t tried them all! A2 MANAGED VPS sucks. ($80-160/month) InMotion MANAGED VPS sucks. ($80/month) LiquidWeb MANAGED… Read more Why are MANAGED VPS Servers so Slow?

Should You Offer Refunds (Policy) on Digital Products or Services?

NO! I speak from my experience. I started with the most relaxed no-questions-asked polices. And it was so much hassle. Tons of deadbeats taking advantage and doing chargebacks because I didn’t respond in time. (Yes, sometimes they’ll do a chargeback only 30 mins after sending you an email.) When you make thousands of sales, even… Read more Should You Offer Refunds (Policy) on Digital Products or Services?

Best CDN Providers for WordPress – Speed Review 2018

CDN’s are becoming all the rage nowadays ever since CloudFlare offered their free plan. But now, there are all kinds of micro-CDN’s popping up everywhere. Each with a different set of pricing and services. I won’t go over the differences…all I care about is speed, reliability (HIT frequency), coverage, and ease-of-use. Here’s a list of… Read more Best CDN Providers for WordPress – Speed Review 2018

EASY WordPress Security Tips WITHOUT Slowing Performance

WordPress security is becoming a much bigger issue nowadays because of its popularity. So many sites are using WordPress, with many developers building apps, themes, and extensions for it. But unfortunately this also makes it a common target for hackers. But on the flip side, there are tons of documentation and support for WordPress and… Read more EASY WordPress Security Tips WITHOUT Slowing Performance

WooCommerce (WordPress) vs Shopify – Ecommerce Store Comparison (2018)

Honest advice from an experienced user in both WooCommerce (with WordPress) and Shopify platform. They’re both fantastic ecommerce platforms with incredible designs and features. Both are popular for all users, beginners, experts, and even large corporations. It used to be that Shopify was considered the “expensive/paid/pro” option and WordPress/WooCommerce was the “cheap/free/open-source/DIY” option…but a lot has… Read more WooCommerce (WordPress) vs Shopify – Ecommerce Store Comparison (2018)

Cloudways Managed Hosting Review (2018)

My honest thoughts on Cloudways managed hosting services! Cloudways is a premium alternative to traditional VPS or cloud hosting providers and I would say competes directly with Runcloud and Serverpilot. They’re a new-ish hosting company getting popular very quickly by both technical as well as non-technical users. Beautiful service, easy to use, with great support… Read more Cloudways Managed Hosting Review (2018)

301 Redirects to HTTPS (with and without WWW)

I’ve given examples for both “www” and also “without www”. I gave neutral code that works with any site. If you want, you could also replace “%{HTTP_HOST}%” with your domain name. I only have rewrites for Apache HTaccess right now. Add this code above the #BEGIN WordPress line in your htaccess. 

Fastest ways to load Google Analytics JS on WordPress

Load Google Analytics faster on WordPress! If you’ve ever been addicted to speed-testing your site on Pingdom/GTmetrix, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. That GA JS request lags your site costing you an extra 100ms-2seconds of load time. Below are my favorite methods to prevent the Google Analytics JS from slowing down your… Read more Fastest ways to load Google Analytics JS on WordPress

Swift Performance Lite – WordPress Cache Speed Plugin REVIEW

DAMN!!!! DAMN DAMN DAMN! I feel embarrassed to say this but gotta give credit where it’s due: SWIFT PERFORMANCE LITE PLUGIN is the motherf**ken magic wand of the WordPress speed-up universe! I’m embarrassed because I’ve made it my personal mission to stay on the cutting edge of WordPress speed-related optimizations/development and for whatever reason have… Read more Swift Performance Lite – WordPress Cache Speed Plugin REVIEW

How to Choose a Good WordPress Theme

Ahhh, they keep making WordPress themes more and more complicated! Which one should you choose and which one is the best?!!! What features do you need and what marketing gimmicks should you avoid? There are actually easy ways to tell which themes are good and why.

SIMPLE FIX – Windows 10 Creators Fall Update 1709 Failed to Install Error Code 0xC1900101 0xc1900107 0xc1900208 0x30018

I can’t believe I’ve put up with months of the annoying Microsoft Windows update restarting, failing, and recovering my windows installation. An endless cycle that kept harassing me for an upgrade. I’ve run into numerous error messages like these below: 0xC1900101 0x30018 the installation failed in the FIRST_BOOT phase with an error during SYSPREP operation… Read more SIMPLE FIX – Windows 10 Creators Fall Update 1709 Failed to Install Error Code 0xC1900101 0xc1900107 0xc1900208 0x30018

Swift Performance WordPress Cache Plugin – UNOFFICIAL GUIDE

My unofficial guide to speeding up WordPress with SWIFT Performance cache plugin! (Updated January 4, 2019) The SWIFT Performance cache plugin was something I was really excited about because it made such a difference on my sites. I was previously cycling between 3 or 4 different cache plugins throughout various sites but can now replace… Read more Swift Performance WordPress Cache Plugin – UNOFFICIAL GUIDE

How to Market a New Blog

Having quality content and at least 2 dozen articles is a good start. 50 is much better. And then if you’re in a broad category, do social media so it can go viral. If you’re in a niche, do SEO and target search engine traffic.