Why I Don’t Host My Blogs Myself

Today was one of those days. As I got to the office, I received a notification that a server was down. Fixing this web server put a claim on all of my time that day, and even bit a chunk out of my free time as I got hime.

Web servers are complicated beasts. In principle, setting up your own hosting is very simple. You lease a server or VPS, install MySQL, PHP and Apache and get started. However, the devil is in the many details. You need to set up all those different modules, and so on. It’s like you are opening a puzzle box, and not all the pieces are marked properly.

In theory, I could setup my own web server. It sounds tempting: spend 10 to 20 dollars a month on a VPS, quickly setup LAMP and host as many sites as I want. Or, in reality, as many sites as my server can handle.

Because that’s the problem, isn’t it? It’s all simple in theory. But in reality, dealing with web servers is often a frustrating venture. You can run into all sorts of problems just to set them up. And when the time comes to keep your server secure, you need to spend the time updating the different parts and hoping that you don’t somehow break something in the process.

I admire the people that can setup their own server. They are probably saving money in the long run. However, if I were to follow their lead I’d have to invest a lot of time into the ordeal. Time that I’d rather use on things I’d rather be doing: writing blog posts, looking into interesting technology or making videos.

Why I benefit from shared hosting

For me, shared hosting is simply a better match. I pay roughly the same what I’d pay for a VPS, but I don’t need to invest any time in setting up the server.  There is no need to do updates of the server. Maintenance wise, shared hosting couldn’t be easier for me.

There’s also a big set of tools that you can use that’ll make your life easier. Installers for WordPress and Joomla, setting up a new database with just a few clicks, monitoring tools built straight into Cpanel. When you want to dig deeper into your websites and start tuning and optimizing things, the options are there. But they’re strictly optional.

Of course, there is a dark side to shared hosting. You are sharing resources on a server. Depending on your hoster, this might lead to poor site performance.

Fortunately, the Joomla community pointed me into the way of Siteground. I had my doubts at first, but after using them for three years I can say that their shared hosting is top notch. Websites hosted on their server are fast, responsive and have an extremely good uptime. Combine that with the usual tools and some very cool WordPress and Joomla tools that the guys at Siteground have built themselves, and some features you don’t find in other shared hosting solutions and you’ve got a winning solution if, like me, you don’t want to host your sites yourself.

When using Siteground, even managing updates is taken out of your hand. Joomla and WordPress will be updated automatically for you, which means you’re always up to date. All you need to look after, are the plugins you’ve installed on your website.

Another upside of shared hosting, and using Siteground specifically, is the support. Now, I rarely need or use their support options. But on the rare occasion that I did, their support was fast, knowledgeable and more than willing to solve my problem.

The fact that I can just sit back and relax thanks to Siteground is a big reason why I prefer not to host my websites on myself. If you’re wondering ‘Should I host my own websites’, then the answer is ‘It depends’. Are you willing to commit the time, or are you more interested in taking care of your website yourself?

If you are looking for a hosting solution where they take the hard work out of your hands, then give Siteground a try.

Let’s help each other out

Are you looking to sign up for quality hosting? Cool! Consider giving Siteground a try. In the process, we can help each other out. If you sign up through my affiliate link, you

  • Get an optional free site transfer
  • Get a big discount on your 1st year of hosting
  • Might be eligible for a discount, if you’re coming from another hosting company.

Of course, there’s also something in it for me. If you sign up, I get up to three months of hosting for free. That’d be an awesome gift, allowing me to focus on my writing.

You can sign up for this deal right here!

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Checking on your disk usage in Windows 10 (and beyond)

In this day and age, running out of disk space should be hard. I mean, if you haven’t got at least an 1TB hard disk in your computer, isn’t it about time to consider an upgrade?

However, we can still be surprised by running out of place. How can you figure out where all that storage capacity went off to?

In today’s video we teach you two ways to check your disk usage. The first option uses a new option that shipped with Windows 10. It’ll allow you to get a rough idea of what’s eating up your disk space.

For a more detailed look into your hard drive, you we highly recommend using WinDirStat. It offers more details on both the folder level and the file level and helps you identify who’s claiming all that space. It’s usable in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and, if you’re really be hind the times, probably works on Windows Vista and Windows XP.

You can see both of the options explained in our latest video.

Opening Shared Mailboxes in Outlook 2016 for Mac

If you are using Office365 for Mac you might be wondering how to add shared mailboxes that have been assigned to you. In Outlook 2016 for *Windows* they seem to appear automagically, but that isn’t the case on the Mac. Fortunately, the steps to open those shared inboxes are really simple. So simple, in fact, that the companion video we tried to make was only a minute long. If we spoke slowly.

Without further delay, here’s how you can open those shared inboxes so you can start receiving, sorting and sending e-mail.

Continue reading Opening Shared Mailboxes in Outlook 2016 for Mac

You can now publish from Adobe Lightroom to WordPress.com using an official plug-in

Photographers using both Adobe Lightroom to edit their pictures, and WordPress.com to publish their work (like yours truly) can now save a lot of time. WordPress.com has just launched a plugin for Adobe Lightroom which allows you to upload photo’s to the WordPress.com site of your choice, from within Adobe Lightroom.

To achieve this, you can install their brand new plugin 

Using the plugin, you can select the image(s) you want to add from within Lightroom, and publish them to their blog directly.

If you want to use the plugin to upload to your self-hosted WordPress sites, you can. If you’ve got Jetpack installed and can manage your site from within WordPress.com you can easily connect Lightroom to your self-hosted site as well.

We’re looking forward to using this tool (as soon as I figure out how Adobe Lightroom works).

[Q&A] Are we dissappointed in Joomla?

Here at Joomla and More we have never tried to hide the fact that we aren’t always happy with all things Joomla. That lead to one Twitter user asking what, exactly irritates us and “where we moved on to” (which we alluded to in a tweet.

We decided to answer the question in a video, instead of writing a long form blog post. You can see the video at the bottom of this post.

In the video we discuss:

  • What we believe Joomla’s strengths are
  • Which things irritate(d) us.
  • What has been keeping us busy when we weren’t working on Joomla things.

The video is roughly 20 minutes long.

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