Category: Web

Web based information and tutorials to help everyday people follow step by step guides to help them get ahead online.

Creating an account with Vultr.com

This is a step by step instructional tutorial of how to set up an account with Vultr.com, the VPS provider who provides excellent speed, and robust features, and support.

Step 1. Go to Vultr

First, navigate to https://vultr.com (use the clickable link here, it gives me referral $) At the top right is the create account button. Click or tap here to be brought to the account page.

Step 1 Vultr

Step 2. Set up email, and password.

When you get to the account page you will be prompted to enter an email, and a password in order to create an account. Make absolute sure you use an email account this is checked regularly, that you cannot be locked out of. All major email providers provide security and backup features. Your password needs to follow the strict guidelines they set forth.

Note: If you are setting this up for me to configure MAKE THE PASSWORD SOMETHING RANDOM so I don’t know any of your other passwords please.

Step 2 Vultr

Step 3. Set up payment method

After your account is set up, you will immediately be brought to a payment screen. You can pay here with Credit Card or Debit Card. Changing it can be a hassle, so choose a card you know you won’t change anytime soon. You DO not have to make a deposit, just check the box saying no deposit, and they will bill by the hour. So if you use the service for a week, they will bill you $0.70 and that’s it. (A month is $2.50 for the base server, which is powerful enough to run 2 websites and 20 email addresses with no hiccups as long as it receives less than 1000 visitors per day (99% of websites).

Step 4 Vultr

Once you’re done, and see this screen, you are ready to deploy your own server!

If this is being done as one of my clients, please contact me with the details of your login credentials via email, using the following website for secure password transmission:

PRIVNOTE

That’s it. You will now own your own server, space, and have no noisy neighbors on your web server. The costs to deploy a server range from $2.50 to $960 depending on need. $2.50 is fine for most people, and is the chosen package ($30 annually) I go with. Most hosting packages give you less features, and charge that MONTHLY. However they provide support, whereas Vultr does not.

Now it’s time to deploy your first server. 🙂

The Simple Guide to Crypto Currency

What is a cryptocurrency?

Bitcoin is just one of many ‘crypto currencies’. What is it? Long story short, it’s digital currency that was created, and proven to be unhackable, and no one owning it (no central bank)

What is cryptocurrency bitcoin

A cryptocurrency like Bitcoin (BTC) is a digital currency that runs parallel to USD, with it’s own exchange rate (usually volatile) that is not owned or operated by a central bank, like our current Federal Reserve notes that replaced the gold standard. The first cryptocurrency of this nature was created by Satoshi Nakamoto, which may be one person, or a group, but is widely accepted as an anonymous pseudonym.

Bitcoin has a document called the ‘White Paper‘ that explains the process and implementation of Bitcoin. Many cryptocurrencies have a similar ‘white paper’ to describe their methodology, as well as elaborate the structure of the coin, it’s creation date, value (perceived) and so on.

These currencies can be obtained via computer mining, and via exchanges. The transactions are verified by what’s called a blockchain, which is stored on all of the computers which are also mining, storing the currency. This ensures correct transactions, and prevents fraudulent transactions by verifying each one with many other computers. These are called confirmations, and the average time it takes to pay someone in Bitcoin is 3 confirmations or 20-45 minutes.

As of this writing, Bitcoin is worth $8,000 and started at 10c US in 2009.

So Bitcoin, Blockchain, etc, but are all cryptocurrencies the same?

No. Some don’t even use a blockchain (not a good sign) and some have a hidden blockchain. While it still protects transactions, it can ensure the privacy of the transactions better than the well known Bitcoin. zCash (ZEC) is is private blockchain Crypto with approximately $300-400 in value currently, and it’s been rising steadily. There are over 1300, and some of them are for specific purposes like online trading within a video game, or tokens that can be used for trade of coupons. The primary purpose of the currency is to be used as an exchange.

Understanding mining

To obtain new coins, the coin collections are built so that instead of earning them, they are mined, just like coal in coal mine, except by having computers do complex calculations over and over until they hit a block, which then rewards the user with coins. Mining the first coins, if you were the only computer would net you instant coins. Now that crypto – currency is so popular, the probability of you finding a block of Bitcoins is extremely low. Usually nowadays, people choose to join mining pool, which is a group of individuals combining computer power to split the coins when they are mined. This allows them to increase (or in some cases guarantee) a payout, albeit far less than mining on your own.

Mining is done by using the CPU (The brain of your computer, usually 2 or 4 cores made by Intel or AMD) or GPU to solve the complex calculations. A CPU with 4 cores can process 4 calculations per instance, but these cores are very powerful, which is not a requirement of the mining process, so instead, miners use video cards, which have 1000 cores, much weaker than CPU, but can process many more calculations per second, allowing you to get more coins more quickly. Usually the power of the mining ability is rated in hashes. A $800 Geforce GTX 1080 Ti can do 700 h/s (hashes per second) when mining zCash on Windows 10. This is about $8 a day in profit when with a pool. If I was to mine by myself, I may get a block of coins, instantly giving me $400 per coin x 10 coins (average reward) but it may take over a year, so at this point, everyone joins a pool unless they have a very insane setup.

Are there other ways to get CryptoCurrency?

Yes. But it is becoming increasingly hard as banks try to block the purchases. However sites like coinbase.com sell some crypto directly via bank account, and debit card (after ID verification). Any Google search of Bitcoin exchange will net over 100 results of places to purchase Bitcoin at it’s current value. 99% require identification and bank verification, as well as a few lower amounts to establish trust, as Bitcoin and other crypto have been used for abusive activity due to their hidden nature.

Sites like Local Bitcoins allow you to get them deposited via payment like Western Union, Moneygram, bank deposit, etc. You do not have to buy a whole Bitcoin, or 1.0 of anything. Currently I have .0053 of Bitcoin. 🙂

So what’s the big fuss?

It’s exciting to most because of the recent explosion of Bitcoin’s price. What once was 10 cents is now $10,000 (and has been as high as $18,000) and has made many people into millionaires, and a few people billonaires.

Can I get into mining? Or should I buy it outright?

Depending on what you plan on mining, it can always be profitable. As long as you supply enough compute power and don’t use more electricity than you’re earning, you’re OK, but if the currency fails, or falls too far down, you could end up with worthless coins, unless you are selling them immediately.

As for purchasing them, this is usually done as a hope that they will rise up and provide a quick extra buck. Currently Bitcoin is $10,000 so it may not be wise to invest, but Kala Token (probably worthless) is only 10 cents, and if it every went to $10,000 you’d make a ton of money. This is purely speculation.

So if you are looking to get immediate cash, or want to hold onto coins, you can do either. If you just want to mine to get your hands on as many as possible without paying full price, then mine. And if you have a hunch about a sudden rise in a crypto about to happen, maybe buying on the exchange is your thing.

Thanks for reading, if there is anything I didn’t answer, please feel free to let me know.

How much does a website cost? – November 2017

TL;DR – $100 a year if you are willing to learn it. ~$1000 or more if not. (Plus annual server fees $5-$40 monthly)

How-to-Build-a-Successful-Website

First, let’s break down costs.

Domain (this is your whatever.com or .net or whatever you choose) – $12 annually.

Hosting (this is where your files will sit)

Build (Actual Labor)

Misc (images, text, etc)

That’s it! Now let’s detail this a bit. It’s not supposed to be confusing, but because of the vast amount of difference one site can have to another, it may seem that way. Hopefully you will brave it.

A website’s cost will vary on a few factors. What purpose does it serve? How much time is going to go into it? How much is the owner of the website familiar with basic customizations? Are you willing to learn how to do some things yourself? Depending on these and a few other answers, your website can cost anywhere from $75 a year to $25,000 + $500+ yearly. It all depends!

What purpose does it serve?

A pizza place, may only need a menu page, and the normal 4 pages (Home, About Us, Contact, Services, etc) would take a web developer anywhere from 4-40 hours depending on details and methods used. Web Designer typically charge based on skill, so assume $20 an hour minimum for good results.

This puts the average 4 page website at about 20 hours or $400 for the build of the site. Then because websites exist on a server, server fees would have to be paid, and these range from $5-25 monthly for a regular 4 page site. Updates may cost more as well. So with all these numbers on the high average, about $800 for a 4 page site, and then $100 a year thereafter.

Now if the pizza place wanted to add online ordering, a store, or other features, that may require more money, and possibly a more skilled web designer. This puts the site at about double for the build ($2,000) and still around $150 a year thereafter.

How much time is going into it?

Web designers charge by the hour, job, or contract depending on how many different aspects are needed. The average charge for a web designer is $20 an hour, and the average time per page is 8 hours. $160 per page for basic websites is a nice rule of thumb. If you’re paying less or more for 3 pages and a contact form, you may want to consider giving the designer your own graphics, text, logo to ensure it is done timely.

How willing or able is the person who needs the website?

If I told a pizza place that they would be able to update their own website, and that didn’t make them nervous, then a website would cost them significantly less than if it has to be managed by someone else. You can technically, with zero knowledge build your own website a few different ways, but some people prefer to have a professional at least get them started. However if you are willing to do some of the work yourself, the costs would be significantly cheaper.

The website you are currently reading I could teach an intelligent monkey to do in about 3 hours. It’s not easy, and the learning curve is not steep.

So to cap off, the cheapest hosting you can get is $2.50 and comes wiyh nothing requiring you to build from scratch (which isn’t very hard, requires having a few tabs open and copy and paste). The most expensive server for a regular website (unless you need 1000 pages) is about $40 a month. So from $30 a year in server costs to $480 depending on how serious the site is.

And then in terms of construction, $10 an hour for a college student, $50 for a graduate with full knowledge of more than just basic web design. Basic sites are 10 hours. Normally serious ones that have no content would be 40 hours.

So from $100 to $2000 for the actual site build, depending on how is doing it, and what is being done.

Stay tuned for the next update, which is actually getting the site noticed. Also soon to be published is my guide to build a website in an hour with no prior knowledge for less than $75 a YEAR.