There’s No Such Thing As Bulletproof Hosting

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Face it. There is no such thing as bulletproof web hosting. I have used various hosting companies and their different plans, and I have many different online friends that have done the same. While I do believe some web hosting is superior to others, there is no bulletproof web host. This is important to understand, especially if you are new to the game or begin to monitor your current web host. ... Continue Reading

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Offer from WP Engine

As you may recall, WP Engine recently showed-off its awesomeness by handling the ChurchMag traffic spike with great ease. Could your webhost handle this kind of a spike? If you are looking for a webhost or have considered making a switch, there is hardly a better time than now! WP Engine has a great offer today, through Cyber Monday. Here are some of the other killer features that WP Engine has to offer: ... Continue Reading

Tech Wreck Tuesday #15: Bring The All The Internets Down

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Many of my Tech Wreck Tuesday posts have been fun little posts of me screwing up something that ended with minimal consequences and fun stories to result. This is one of those stories that I got in serious trouble with and actually hated to refer to while I was getting my computer engineering degree. Wounds have healed and this is maybe one of my greatest tech wrecks, ever. ... Continue Reading

Understanding the Difference Between FTP vs SFTP

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We use the terms interchangeably, but they're not the same thing. “FTP me the file they said. It will be easy they said.” In fact, I dealt with a web host one time that only allowed FTP. No big deal? FTP vs SFTP? What's the difference? Let me explain the difference and you'll understand why it's important know the difference and always use SFTP when you can. ... Continue Reading

WebHosting Secret Revealed

Web Hosting Secret Revealed

Venturing out into the wild-wild world of web hosting can be intimidating if you're a beginner and sometimes a real headache if you're a veteran. Finding a solid webhost can be tricky and sometimes the quality of a webhost will decline or your demands and needs may fluxuate over time. Personally, for the client websites I host as well as ChurchMag, I've experienced many different hosts as I was determined not to “settle” when it came to website hosting. As I scoured the Internet looking ... Continue Reading

Top WordPress Hosting Solutions

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For a few weeks, wpmu.org conducted comprehensive reviews of the most popular WordPress web hosts. They included: Page.ly Bluehost Go Daddy DreamHost WP Engine If you care to read the individual reviews, you can find them on wpmu.org: ... Continue Reading

Common WordPress Mistakes [Part 2]

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[This is part of the Common WordPress Mistakes series to help bloggers, churches, ministries and nonprofits avoid common mistakes when creating a new website using the WordPress CMS.] Here we go! In part one, we covered two important things to understand when moving into the world of WordPress: Understand the difference between dot-org and dot-com and understanding web hosting pricing. If you are a beginner—building your first church website or starting a new blog—these are mistakes ... Continue Reading

Common WordPress Mistakes [Part 1]

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[This is part of the Common WordPress Mistakes series to help bloggers, churches, ministries and nonprofits avoid common mistakes when creating a new website using the WordPress CMS.] Alright, let's get this started! I am hopeful that by going over these common WordPress mistakes, many WordPress rookies can avoid headaches down the road or those getting ready to build their first blog, ministry or church website will find this guide to be helpful as they shove-off into new waters. As I ... Continue Reading

Simple Website Monitoring with Monitor

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Monitor is a new website monitoring service that's made simple. Although simple, it does include a few really nice features. First, you can setup Monitor to send you a text message (SMS) when one of your websites go down and you can also look at your server health for the last 30-days. This is a super great way to know if your hosting server service is serving you well! ... Continue Reading