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SportyDave   , 47

from Sydney

How to Host Your Own Website


When someone chooses to design, build, and operate a website, they will generally rent web space through a third-party hosting provider. That way, they can just upload their website’s files to another web hosting server or computer which they don’t even have to manage.

The problem with doing this is that you must share the resources of the hosting server with the company’s other clients.

This limits the number of actions and script processes that can be initiated on your website. Not only that, you have no control over the uptime of the server. If you invest in a website and it is not available on the internet because your hosting provider’s server crashed, then it puts your website out of commission.

The only solution to these hosting problems is to host your website on your own hosting server or computer. This will give you absolute control and use over your hosting space without having to share it with any other users.

Just remember that you need to keep the hosting hardware connected to the internet 24 hours per day, seven days per week. If the connection ever breaks or the power turns off, your website will go down from the internet.

The Basics

To get started with hosting your own website, you need to make sure that you have a high-speed internet service provider which allows you to host personal websites. Most regular ISPs forbid you from doing this.

You would be required to upgrade to a business ISP plan for a lot more money per month than your standard residential plan.

You might get away with a regular hosting plan in the beginning, but not after you get more traffic to your website.

Looking at most web hosting reviews it appears that the things that matter most are uptime, server location and Time-to-First-Byte (TTFB).

Next, you will need the hardware for the hosting. You can just use a regular computer with a hard drive and an adequate amount of RAM on it.

The computer should at least have a CPU with 1.6 GHz and 1.75 GB RAM. You can always upgrade later as your website becomes more popular. Now, just keep the permanent internet connection attached to the computer and leave the computer powered on always.

The Software

After getting your computer and internet set up, you need to download and install the proper software which will allow you to turn your computer into a personal web server.


You will either be using WAMP or LAMP software, depending on whether you have a Windows or Linux operating system on your computer. Both have separate installation instructions, but the steps are similar. Windows might be easier for novices to figure out.

Once you have the root folder established, you need to configure the MySQL and connect your main domain name to the hosting.

This will require you to do a little bit of file editing and programming. There are plenty of tutorials on the internet in case you get confused about the setup process.


Personally hosting a website will not be suitable for everybody. There can be a lot of downsides if a person does not take the proper precautions.

You need to be ready for power outages, hardware failure, and even outside hacking attempts. If you are not prepared for all these things, then the stability of your hosted website will fluctuate constantly.

This will cause your ranking in Google to be jeopardized and will frustrate your most frequent visitors.

On the other hand, if you have a power generator, internet security software, and spare parts for your computer on standby, then you have the potential to provide dedicated hosting for your website which runs fast and is not dependent on anyone else.

DJI Mavic Pro FPV Drone Review


When it comes to advanced drones, DJI is the name that pops up in the minds of a majority of people.

DJI Mavic Pro FPV is the latest release in the DJI series that has made its name in the market due to its impressive design and features.

Foldable Design

DJI Mavic Pro FPV is already compact, but its foldable design allows you to take it wherever you want.

It is a portable drone that occupies a significantly low space.

No other drone model can defeat it in terms of portability.

It is built of a durable material due to which it can survive crashes. It can accompany you on an outing or an adventurous trip.

Its advanced camera can capture stills or record videos to help you preserve memories.


DJI Mavic Pro FPV is incredibly easy to handle, and even a novice user can operate it with ease.

Its controller is also foldable, and you can keep it in your backpack. However, it is a standardly sized controller that you can use after unfolding.

It contains multiple controls to operate the drone efficiently. It is a durable system that comes equipped with Sky Autonomy technology.

It senses the obstacles in the path of flight and keeps the drone safe from potential damages.

It can detect any obstacle within an area of 49 feet or 15m. Either it automatically applies brakes or hovers over the obstacle to pass it without collision.

This technology is especially useful when the drone is away from your sight.

Camera Specifications

DJI Mavic Pro FPV drone uses a high-quality 12.7MP camera to record video and capture images. Earlier, the drone cameras used Wi-Fi to transmit multimedia content.

However, it significantly affects the content quality.

With the newly invented DJI Ocu Sync technology, the drone shares videos and pictures in high quality. It allows drone cameras to transfer content in real-time and provides efficient resistance against any interference.

It records live 4K videos at 30fps.

Moreover, it does not implement electronic image stabilization technique due to which all videos have a uniform quality.

The drone camera contains a 3-axis gimbal that ensures image stabilization.

It supports the camera to make sure that a steady image is captured even when the drone is flying at fast speed.

Smart Shooting

With a DJI Mavic Pro FPV, you do not need to hire a professional when you go on a trip.

You can adjust camera settings, and it will automatically capture as per pre-defined settings.

It is suitable for hiking or adventurous trips. The camera stays around the object to capture it from varying angles.

The foldable design of DJI Mavic Pro FPV Drone makes it a great companion for outings or events. Its high-quality camera captures stills and records stable videos.

Its advanced controls allow everyone to use it without any difficulty. 

Image: Pixabay CC0 License

Boys in Boots. Uggs aren’t Just for the Ladies


Ugg boots have been a favourite this season and for many seasons before. There’s just something about them that makes them go with any style.

 Women especially love the conventional and comfortable style. Even celebrities dig into it with the likes of Kate Moss, Blake Lively, Rihanna and Beyonce, to mention a few. The popularity of Ugg boots among women has labelled it as a women-centric fashion accessory; a label that must be changed.

 But when it comes to men, there’s a certain stigma regarding Ugg boots. Many men try to avoid them, and although the shoes have been featured as ‘manly’ in many advertisements, it just fails to bait men.

 Celebrity men, however, are quite comfortable in showing off their urban look.

 The famous sheepskin boots have featured the football star, Tom Brady for one of their ad campaigns that aim to make Ugg boots cool for men and help the brand shake off its reputation as a purely women’s wear brand.

 Who said men couldn't pull off the ‘Ugg look’? Here are a few male celebrities who not only wore the Ugg boots but also rocked them.

Leonardo Di Caprio


Image: Pinterest

When he was spotted in Malibu, the actor looked quite comfortable in a purple track suit and, you guessed it, Ugg boots. Donning a cap and sunglasses, the actor looked quite at ease as he walked down the street with a cup of coffee in his hand.

Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones was spotted in Ugg boots during Christmas season. The musician had on a mix and match of accessories that made him look quite good.

 The knitted jumper went well with the knitted scarf. Surprisingly, the bronze Ugg boots complemented his style very well. He really did rock the look.


 Image: Matrixphotos.com

Ricky Martin

Wearing Ugg classic short boots, Ricky Martin looked completely fabulous.

 So he is also one of the members of the celebrity Ugg club. On one occasion, he even dressed his twin sons in matching Ugg boots as they headed over to the SkyZone Trampoline Park in Sydney.



 Image: Smosh

Bruce Willis

Who wouldn’t love the dashing Bruce Willis dressed up in a black shirt, denim jeans and the famous fur-lined Ugg boots?

 The actor looked comfortable and was able to pull off the look. Still, don’t believe that men can pull off this look?


Image: OneIota

Adam Sandler

His film career may be dwindling, but his fashion sense has certainly taken no hit.

Adam Sandler was spotted wearing the famous boots, a t-shirt, loose, knee length shorts and sun-glasses.


Image: Metro UK

The look was a bit too casual, but the actor looked comfortable, and boots did work for him.

 Featured Image: https://www.uggexpress.com.au/

How Popular is Your Competition’s Website?


We put our house on the market a few months ago. One thing I’ve learned about real estate is that it’s vital that you analyze local comps. What this means is, you look at comparable homes (comps) in the neighborhood.

Competitors are homes that are selling for around the same general price range you are selling yours for, with similar square footage, a number of bedrooms and baths, etc.

The idea is if there are a number of other homes in your neighborhood that are around the same size with the same amenities, and you are way overpriced, good luck selling your house anytime soon.

In this post, we’ll explore how to look at your competitors on the web and get an idea how much traffic they have. This will help you figure out who you’re really competing with.

Once you know who your competition is, you can spend some time looking at what they’ve got going on and then you can decide if you need to spend the money on that granite countertop (i.e. hire a designer to do a fancy website redesign or take a class to learn about SEO).

"We watch our clients' competitors closely", says Dan Steiner of Elite Legal Marketing, "we see what’s working for them in Google and other search engines and if it’s working, we look for ways to improve on it in our own client SEO."

If you’re selling a specific line of products, you want to know who else is out there selling the same products you are."

You want to know what their prices are, how they are running sales, and how popular they are.

If they are consistently outranking you in search engines, you want to study what they are doing so you can beat them.

If you are a blogger in a specific niche, I highly recommend that you become friends with your competitors.

Link to them in blog posts, comment on their blogs, chat with them on Facebook. I have a lot more to say about this but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post.

How Popular Is Your Competition’s Blog?

Unlike the real estate industry, it’s not so easy to know how popular a blog is just by looking at it, and we don’t have an MLS where you can just look it up.

But there are a few ways to find out…


Google Page Rank Toolbar

Wondering if your competitors’ websites are getting more traffic that yours? Use the Google Toolbar (Only IE and Firefox) to view the PageRank™ display. This will tell you how Google assesses the importance of the page you’re viewing.

Here’s how it works. After you’ve installed the Google Toolbar, check the top of your browser.

See that big long green bar? That’s the PageRank meter. If you hover over it with your mouse, it will actually show you the PageRank score for the page you are visiting. Now visit your competition and compare.

Update: I use Firefox and for some reason Google has not updated their toolbar to work with Firefox. (And it’s pretty hard to avoid updating Firefox since it happens pretty much automatically.)

So I am now using this Firefox add-on instead.

Even better isthe Moz Bar these days.

Mailing List

Sometimes people will show the number of subscribers they have on their mailing list on their blog.

This is really helpful and will tell you a lot about how big of an influencer they are. It’s easy to build a Twitter fan base with the right software, and you can just throw money at Facebook to grow your fans.

But growing a newsletter subscription base takes time and effort, and money if you have it to spend.

I have tended to favour Vertical Response. It's not that it's any better than other mailing software. It's just a case of goingwith what you know.


When you visit a blog, chances are it’s probably using FeedBurner counter to keep track of its RSS feed subscriber counts. Some bloggers display the FeedBurner FeedCount chicklet; others don’t show it.


For blogs that don’t have a FeedBurner chicklet, it’s still possible to view number of subscribers provided that the blog owner has the FeedCount activated in his FeedBurner account.

All feeds on FeedBurner start with the address:


To view the FeedCount for a blog, just add ~fc/ so that the new URL becomes:

  • feeds.feedburner.com/~fc/feedname

Therefore, TechCrunch.com feed count would be:

  • feeds.feedburner.com/~fc/techcrunch

If the FeedCount is not enabled, you’ll get a message saying FeedCount is not enabled for that feed.

Alexa Rank

You can also check out their Alexa rank.

I’m also not sold on Alexa, since the numbers can be misleading. The only people who show up in the reports are people who have the Alexa toolbar.

If your audience is very techie, it’s likely they have an Alexa toolbar. But if not, this is useless information. It’s a data point, but nothing more.


Lastly, Compete.com is another tool.

I don’t really like Compete because it is not very accurate.

I included it because you can use it to give you a general idea of what your competitors’ traffic looks like, but don’t base anything on it because I’ve seen it be wildly off.

Upbeat Wedding Receptions the New Normal


Whilst the simple beauty and tradition of a white wedding continues to this day, more and more couples are moving towards fun, upbeat and energetic wedding ceremonies.

After all, couples want a wedding that is memorable, they want a wedding which not only captures the imagination of their guests but is remembered amongst friends and family as a unique experience and awesome day.

So, what's hot in the world of edgy wedding receptions? Let's take a look at some of the trends that are becoming the new Normal in haute société wedding reception culture.

Wedding Drones.

Yes, wedding drones. Drones are fast becoming a fashionable accessory heard buzzing around at weddings. Handled properly they can capture photos and videos from a unique and interesting angle.

These photos are sure to cause a buzz amongst your friends and family. The technology is new enough to have a wow factor and leave your guests impressed to the max.

Of course, wedding drones have a downside. They don't work so well in wet weather, and yes, they have been known to crash into the bridal party. Whoops! 

Accidents aside if you’re considering hiring a drone then make sure you find a reputable photographer who knows how to operate the drone properly, this will ensure you receive great images and stay safe at the same time.

As drone technology catches on more and more traditional photographers and videographers are starting to implement the technology, so finding someone is getting easier every day!

Wedding Photo Booths With A Twist.

That's right; it's time to ditch that old photo booth and embrace the latest in wedding entertainment, the open air photo booth.

Open air photo booths offer an opportunity for guests to entertain themselves whilst at once capturing priceless memories as beautiful high-resolution photographs.

Agencies like Booth Boy Photo Booths make it easy and fun for wedding reception guests to get in on the photographic action - something that has historically belonged to the bridal party only. But why leave guests out of the fun? 

A great photo booth hire company will supply all the props you need to make sure your guests are entertained all night long, this way your guests have something to do other than dancing till they drop, which is slightly less than desirable.

Kids Party Corner.

This is one that I came across recently at a wedding not far from Newcastle, let's just say the kids loved it! On each of the kids, tables were gifts and activities suitable for children. They also had a fairy floss machine (sugar overload!) and a number of games, including air hockey.

The party corner kept the kids well entertained, which is fantastic because nobody wants to be at a wedding with bored children! Of course, they also love jumping into the photo booth, another sure fire way to keep the kids entertained.

My own kids, four of them, all under 10yrs, never once complained about the time of day or the length of the event. And that my friends is a win!

Flash Mobs.

Flashmobs involve a little more work and a little more time - not to mention the possibility of a slightly higher cost. But, they are an engaging and quirky way to entertain the bridal party and guests.

In fact, many of these flash mobs are being performed by the bridal party themselves, much to the enjoyment of the reception guests.

At a recent wedding I saw the groom's entire party put on the flash mob dance for the bride and the bridal party, it took them by surprise, created many a laugh and was a huge success amongst both the bridal party and the guests.

Whilst beauty and tradition is still a huge part of weddings, technology is only adding to the experience and providing new and inventive ways of saying, "I do". 

High-tech entertainment is fast becoming the new normal for the 21st-century wedding, it’s certainly an interesting time to be hosting a wedding!

Image Source: Booth Boy Photo booth