The Truth About Unlimited Hosting

Unlimited WebhostingIf you are like many other people who are searching for an affordable web host for their site, you have probably come across companies offering unlimited hosting. For a few dollars a month, you get things like unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage, unlimited domains, unlimited email accounts, unlimited MySQL databases, and more.

The prudent shopper will stop and wonder what is the catch here. Just how is this possible and how “unlimited” are these services. Should you even consider unlimited hosting plans?

Read More

The Tenant Screening Guide to Avoid Nightmare Renters

How To Screen TenantsWhether you are an aspiring real estate investor with plans for dozens of properties or if you are renting out your residence because you have to move for a job, knowing how to screen potential tenants can reduce the amount of stress and headaches from being stuck with a problem tenant.

I’ve been a landlord and I’ve also been a renter so I’ve been on both sides of the screening process. Here are some tips and a step-by-step guide on how to find great tenants.

Read More

Thinking About Buying A Gas Station? Read This First

Purchasing A Gas Station BusinessThinking about buying a gas station or convenience store? In the last year alone, three new gas stations have popped up in my part of town. This would seem like a good business to get into considering there are estimated to be over 263 million cars on the road in the United States and almost every single one of them needs to buy gas.

Before you plunk down your life savings to become a gas station owner, here are some things you should consider first.

Read More

Smart Tips to Improve Your Website’s Speed and Performance

Snow Covered MountaintopAs a website or blog owner, how fast your site loads has an enormous impact on your site’s success. As internet speeds get faster, people are less willing to wait around for a site to load if it takes too long. With millions of other sites to choose from on the search results, it’s too easy for a visitor to hit the back button and click to a competitor’s site next on the list. Page speed is so important, Google has made it a ranking factor in their search algorithm.

In this guide I’m going to go over everything you can do to improve your website’s performance.

Read More

Lenovo Ideacentre 720 Ryzen 5 Review

Lenovo Ideacentre 720 ReviewRecently we were on the hunt for business computers for a family member’s new office. Being a computer geek who has built my current PC from parts all sourced on sale during one Black Friday, I was tasked with finding something affordable yet still speedy enough for a business on a budget. In the end, we settled on three Lenovo Ideacentre 720 computers from Costco. Here are my thoughts on everything about this PC – the good, the bad, and the ugly, and why a self-proclaimed computer geek would buy a pre-built computer from a manufacturer.

Read More

Creating Let’s Encrypt Free Wildcard SSL Certificates Tutorial

Free Wildcard CertificatesIn a blog post from last year, I wrote about why as a blogger or website owner you should use SSL for your sites, how to get free SSL certificates from LetsEncrypt and set them up to work with Apache webserver.

On March 13, 2018 LetsEncrypt announced support of wildcard certificates with the release of their new ACMEv2 protocol. So it’s time for a new tutorial on how to create a wildcard certificate. This time we will be setting them up to work with the webserver Nginx.

Read More

DIY: Steelcase Player Chair Reupholstery Project

DIY Reupholstering ProjectA relative is currently venturing into starting their own business. One of the things that every office needs is furniture. Normally you can find used office furniture such as desks, bookcases, and file cabinets on Craigslist for amazing bargains and in some instances, even for free. In his case, he needed guest chairs for the waiting room. And he needed a lot of them and they needed to match.

Read about how we bought 24-year-old chairs, reupholstered them ourselves, and saved hundreds over buying new chairs, and thousands over paying someone else to do it.

Read More

Buying 8TB Western Digital Red Drives For Almost 30% Off

Western Digital Easystore 8TBLike money, there is no such thing as too much hard drive space. You can never seem to have enough disk storage and it disappears quicker than you think thanks to things like high resolution photos from cameras, 1080p footage from GoPro’s, disk hungry video games, movies and TV shows, and system backups (you are making backups, right?). It also doesn’t help that Windows 10 requires 20 gigabytes just for a fresh installation before all the system updates that surely will be coming. Online cloud storage has gotten a lot of press lately, but for many people, storing their files privately and offline is still preferable. Or maybe you are like me and have a 144TB file server that you want to backup at the lowest price possible.

Read More