Siteground Hosting Review: Stay Away


I rarely do hosting reviews unless the host is bad. This is my Siteground Hosting Review: Stay Away.

On the surface, Siteground hosting looks good. And they are for most things except one: their FTP service is extremely slow and inconsistent. For example, sometime when I upload a file, it takes a few seconds, as it should. But more often, it takes 30-60 seconds to upload a file. And I’m talking about small files; eg, 656 bytes.

I called them to complain and got the run around and they said there were no problems. But I’ve worked on about 8 sites on Siteground and FTP is always an issue. It is important to note that I NEVER have this slow FTP problem with wp-engine, Bluehost, Hostgator, DreamHost.

Migrating to WP Engine to Speed Up My Site


In the good old days of the internet (eg, 4 years ago), I found the standard shared hosting packages on Hostgator or Bluehost to be more than adequate for client sites and for my OWN website. But in the last two years, shared hosting for CMS systems like Joomla or WordPress has gone from more than adequate to adequate to adequate only at certain times. As a result, I moved my site to WP Engine and I’m very happy with the speed. Both the front and back end runs a LOT faster than any shared hosting I’ve used so far. In fact, it runs as fast as the VPS servers I have worked on. [Read more…]

How to Install MAMP on a Mac


I just installed MAMP (Mac, Apache, MySQL, and PHP), a tool that allows you to view php and database driven websites like WordPress or Joomla locally on your Mac. It’s a great tool, and the price is reasonable: Free or $65 for Pro Version. But the documentation does not explain how to actually set up a site and be able to view it on your Mac. The following tutorial will fill in the gaps and save you a lot of time searching for answers like I did. Thanks to Chris at css-tricks for the video on using MAMP. [Read more…]

Shared Hosting Versus VPS Versus Dedicated Server: What You Need to Know

Do You Need Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Server, or Dedicated Server?

If your website seems slow and you’re on a shared hosting account, you might be thinking of upgrading to a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or a Dedicated Server. Before you do that, consider what you already have on shared hosting. [Read more…]

Use Safari or Firefox Desktop Versions to View Mobile iPhone Web Pages


How can you test the mobile version of your website using a desktop browser? With mobile browsing at 10% worldwide, your cannot ignore mobile traffic anymore. Luckily, both Joomla and WordPress have mobile plugins to convert your website into a mobile version. Also, many WordPress and Joomla templates come with a mobile version. But if you need to modify the CSS design for your mobile version, you need to use a desktop browser like Firefox with Firebug, or Safari or Chrome developer tools so you can see the CSS rules you need to modify. [Read more…]

Web Site Page Speed: How to Test It. How to Fix it.

How to speed up your website

How to speed up your websiteYour website page speed, how fast your page loads, is important. First, it can positively or negatively affect your search engine rank. Second, it can positively or negatively affect your site visitor’s experience. If your pages load slowly, many visitors will move on. How can you determine your page speed? How can you fix your page speed? [Read more…]

Review: GCalendar, Google Calendar for Joomla

GCalendar Calendar Screen

GCalendar for JoomlaGCalendar for Joomla is a great extension for displaying a Google calendar on a Joomla page or in a module position. Of course, if you have Joomla configured to allow iFrames, you can easily inset the Google Calendar iFrame code, but this method does not allow you to configure the calendar colors: you’re stuck with the Google blue outline of the calendar. [Read more…]