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VPN Gate Review – Free Instant VPN Access

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of research and checking into possibly changing out my Pritunl VPN server I created nearly three years ago. I mean, it’s still performing really well. However, since it’s hosted on a Digital Ocean server, I can’t use it for Netflix and the like (since I am usually abroad for work.) Netflix and other streaming services have pretty much mapped all Digital Ocean IP addresses by now and just block access from them all. Still, the VPN works great for many other purposes, and as far as performance, reliability, and security are concerned, is totally …

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Get $50 Free DigitalOcean Credit

One thing that you might notice about my site is that there is absolutely no advertising. Why? Well, I just don’t like it. I think that bloggers should write because they like to write, not because they are trying to ride the Google Gravy Train. I do, however, like free DigitalOcean credit that I can use to host this site and other projects I work on. So…. If you don’t already have one, I encourage you to use my referral link to sign up for a free DigitalOcean account now. If you do use my referral link to sign up, …

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Create an Amazon Lightsail Server in 5 Minutes

If you follow my posts (even a little,) you know I’m a big fan of quick and easy virtual private servers, such as the virtual “droplets” over at Digital Ocean. I also use other virtual server hosts such as Vultr and Linode as well. All three services do a great job of allowing you to spin up virtual servers in a matter of minutes, and do so at very reasonable prices. In the past, I have kind of steered away from Amazon AWS, as I found their EC2 platform convoluted, a mess to navigate, and (more importantly) expensive. Not to …

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WooCommerce – Display Newest Product Reviews First

With more than 1 million people using WooCommerce, it is one of the most-widely-used eCommerce solutions available. And, really the only viable option for most WordPress users. I love WooCommerce and have developed many eCommerce shops both for myself and clients. Reviews are a proven way of making your products social proof and generating more sales, and for the most part, the built-in WooCommerce review system is pretty solid. One thing I really don’t like about the built-in review system, though, is that there is no easy way to display reviews in reverse chronological orders so that the newest ones …

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How to Warm Your WordPress Cache

A few days ago, I updated to the latest version of WordPress, 4.9.4, on most of my WP sites. On a couple of the larger sites, I had been using PHP script to warm the caches to increase page load speeds. I wrote the script about 4 years ago, and it has performed flawlessly up until this latest WP update. I am not sure as to why just yet. I haven’t had the time to really dig in and investigate. As soon as I realized, though, that the code was broken, my heart sank. Warming the cache on a site …

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One Month Review of Pritunl VPN Server

Update Still using my free Pritunl VPN server with a $5/month Digital Ocean droplet, and the speed and reliability are still amazing. So, after a year and a half, I can honestly say this is the best VPN solution I have ever used. Free Pritunl VPN Server Review After One Month of Use Not long ago, I published a post on how to set up your own free VPN server using Pritunl. Since I have been using the new Pritunl server for about a month now, I thought it might be a good idea to post about my experiences with …

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