Hosting / Domain Articles

Response Time Comparison: GitLab Pages vs. Cloudflare Pages

While I compare VPS hosting providers every month, I actually don’t my personal blog (this site) on a VPS anymore. Come to think of it, I don’t even remember if this particular iteration of my own private slice of the Internet has ever been on a VPS instance. I’ve definitely […]

Speed Comparison: GitHub vs. GitLab (2020)

Been a minute since I’ve done one of these comparisons. The first one took place in 2016 with annual follow ups in 2017 and 2018. Then there was the curious case of 2019 where I had this post in my queue but never actually ran the benchmarks. I think the […]

Managed WordPress Showdown - July 2019 - Flywheel vs. Kinsta vs. WP Engine

So when I published last month’s post, later that same day it was announced that Flywheel was being acquired by WP Engine. There’s no timeline on if/when Flywheel would be fully consumed by the WP Engine brand, so they will continue to be featured on this list. If nothing else, […]

Managed WordPress Showdown - June 2019 - Flywheel vs. Kinsta vs. WP Engine

Wow, can’t believe it’s been 4 weeks since I started venturing down the path of reviewing managed WordPress hosting. Since this still a new post series, things are a bit all over the place, and I’m still working out some kinks. Fortunately, this month is going to have a few […]

Managed WordPress Showdown - May 2019 - Flywheel vs. Kinsta vs. WP Engine

Due to my ongoing efforts on my VPS Showdown series, I’m regularly being asked if I have any recommendations on hosting for WordPress. As it turns out, I don’t. Sure, you could leverage my existing reviews to pick a host to slap WordPress on, but what if you want to […]

Speed Comparison: GitHub vs. GitLab (2018)

It’s been over a year since I had last compared the speed of GitHub versus that of GitLab. In that time Github was sold to Microsoft and I’ve been adopting GitLab for all of my projects (completely unrelated to the sale, I promise ;) The reason for moving from GitHub […]

Trigger a GitHub Pages rebuild with AWS Lambda and CloudWatch

GitHub Pages is pretty damn great. I’ve been using it for years now but one thing has always bugged me. If you want to schedule your posts in advance, they just never show up. Why? Because for posts to show up you have to trigger a rebuild of the project […]

Finding old pending comments in Disqus

I try to reply to each and every comment on my blog. It’s just common courtesy to my readers and I love to extend the dialog beyond the content of the post itself. Sadly though, I tend to only be diligent about replying for a week or so before starting […]

Speed Comparison: GitHub vs. GitLab (2017)

It’s been just a bit over a year since I did my original speed comparison of GitHub and GitLab. There’s been a lot of moving and shaking from both companies over that period. Some of it has been good, like GitHub changing their pricing and private repo offering. Then there’s […]

Using S3 to host images on a budget

I love Amazon Web Services (AWS) but am always apprehensive about the pricing. To be fair, I probably over analyze my needs and I end up not pulling the trigger on using them. One thing I do rely on is Simple Storage Service (S3) for storing image uploads from my […]

Speed Comparison: GitHub vs. GitLab

There’s been quite a bit of movement in the code repository hosting space recently. Open letters have been written. Companies are attempting to capitalize on their competitor’s shortcomings. Those competitors have been improving their offerings. It’s a great time to be alive! That being said, this isn’t a post comparing […]

Migrating from WP Engine to GitHub Pages

After giving it nearly a full calendar year, I have decided to migrate my PHP blog (PHP Avenue) off of WordPress via WP Engine and on to GitHub Pages. The decision ultimately boiled down to WordPress having way more available functionality than I was actually using and me not seeing […]

Dynamic page titles with GitHub Pages

Ran into a bit of an issue today when deploying some changes to my blog. The home page, which was working just fine locally, was being treated as if it were a blog post page. What keyed me off to this was the title of the page which was “joshtronic […]

Linode is my favorite DNS hosting provider

There, I said it. Even though I’ve moved my day to day server needs to bare metal, I still keep a 1GB Linode instance spun up so that I can take advantage of what I consider to be one of the best DNS hosting providers out there. I know you’re […]

What transferring a domain to a new registrar entails

With my recent trials and tribulations with DirectNIC and my now exodus to NameSilo I’ve been asked a couple of times of how difficult a domain transfer is and what it entails. Before I discuss the steps to transfer a domain, I’d like to note that I will be posting […]

DirectNIC may have been compromised

Didn’t see any news about it this AM but it seems that DirectNIC may have been compromised. My wife just spoke with Bank of America regarding fraudulent activity on her credit card. According to the person she spoke with, DirectNIC had been compromised and there was a ping against her […]

WP Engine Review

Now that I’m back on the WordPress bandwagon and have been using WPEngine for a bit of time now, it’s time to talk about it. As previously discussed, I opted to use a hosted WordPress solution because of my utter disdain for administering WordPress. When researching WordPress hosts, I got […]

Moving from Tumblr to Jekyll (and GitHub!)

As you may remember, I moved my blog (and my wife’s blog and every other site blog I have) to Tumblr. At the time, it made perfect sense. Tumblr’s platform is quite robust and they have a dedicated staff that is enhancing the system (something my own blogging platform did […]

Fuck this, I’m going to Tumblr

After many years of maintaining my personal blog as a way to help aid in my own learning and to feel like a bad ass because of that proud feeling of building something with your hands (well fingers) I have migrated to Tumblr for the indefinite future. You may remember […]

Restoring a Linode Backup

Still kicking myself over this one, last night I accidentally dropped a database instead of just the table I wanted to get rid of. Now at one point, I had nightly database backups on my server, but when I added the Linode backup plan for $4.95 a month, I stopped […]

Ditched WordPress

To at least one person’s dismay, I have abandoned WordPress for not only my blog, but for any future endeavours. WordPress seems great if you can’t build a blog on your own and would rather interact with a series of plug-ins than get your hands dirty with some code. I’m […]

Why I recently switched to WordPress

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m not a huge fan of using canned web applications. I find them to be insecure (talking to you OSCommerce) often times a pain to upgrade and more often than that a nightmare to customize. Keep in mind that I do feel WordPress is […]

Websites are more than just buying a domain

Most people I come in contact with (still) don’t have a grasp of how much goes into having a website. This isn’t their fault, and I definitely don’t blame them for it. Hell there’s a lot of details about things that I don’t know nor do I plan to find […]

Media Temple Grid-Service... ehhh, not so much

I’m starting to feel like I’m bitching and complaining a lot on here instead of documenting steps towards resolving issues. Today’s subject, Media Temple’s Grid-Service hosting. I personally don’t have a Media Temple account (for reference, I am currently hosting on a dedicated box with ServerBeach) but have a few […]