Using Background Processing to Speed Up Page Load Times

This article is part of a series on building a sample application — a multi-image gallery blog — for performance benchmarking and optimizations. (View the repo here.) In a previous article, we’ve added on-demand image resizing. Images are resized on the first request and cached for later use. By doing …

The Top 5 Advantages of Private Lending to Real Estate Investors

There have been tremendous developments in the investment market and as a result, more people are looking for options that will meet their needs. Many investors are looking for opportunities to invest as private lenders. These options provide them with a lot more control of what they are investing in …

Four Jobs Every Entrepreneur Should Work Before Building a Business

Many entrepreneurs people read about today have everything. Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban, Bill Gates, and Sara Blakely seem to have effortlessly climbed to the heights of business. Bill Gates and Paul Allen dropped out of Harvard and scored big with Microsoft. Mark Cuban sold his startup to Yahoo …

How to modify the hosts file on Windows and Mac

If you’ve been around the internet for more than 10 minutes, you already know that computers find each other using unique numerical addresses, or internet protocol (IP) addresses. The domain name system (DNS) serves as the telephone directory that a computer uses to look up the IP address associated with a …

5 Insanely Important Tips for Students Looking to Start Their Own Businesses

In the past, college students would open up brick and mortar locations to start their businesses. What is interesting though is the shift in how many of the new stores are internet based versus brick and mortar locations. Internet based businesses are quickly gaining popularity over local locations. And it …

HTTP vs. HTTPS: The great migration

Editor’s note: This HTTP vs. HTTPS article was originally published on October 25, 2016, and was updated on July 25, 2018. Cybersecurity has spent the last few years emerging from a relative obscurity to a topic grabbing worldwide headlines. But despite internet security’s growing importance, a lot of folks are unaware …

The global problem of overwork and the right to disconnect

Anybody who doubts the importance of work and working culture to people’s lives should look at the resistance to President Macron’s mooted changes to labour laws. His attempts to modernise and liberalise French workplace legislation marked the first cracks in his reputation and brought millions of French workers to the …

Regulators in China Are Ousting Foreign Forex Entities

Information has been streaming in about Chinese authorities kicking foreign forex brokers out of the country. Several brokers operating in that country have come out to decry the new directives by the authorities that seem to not only target the foreign firms but the forex industry as a whole. For …

Travel agents — How to market your best summer vacations to boost sales

The evenings are getting longer, and there’s a sense of optimism in the air: Summer is on its way. And that means travelers are looking for the best summer vacations to book. As a travel agent, the summer season is one of the best money-making opportunities of the year. But …

How to grow your newly purchased site using content

Hey everyone, Greg here. Today we have a guest post from Dom Wells, founder of HumanProofDesigns.com. Dom has been in the content and affiliate marketing game for a long time, since 2012. His company sells pre-made affiliate websites with done-for-you keyword research and content creation based on aged domains. For …

Podcast: Thrive in the Gig Economy! Interview with Gig Guru Marion McGovern

Click to Listen or Download Podcast Is the Gig Economy where you should plant your home-based business flag? The gig economy offers opportunities for the future. We explore the gig economy with industry expert Marion McGovern. The traditional workplace has been flipped on its head. Now, gig economy pioneer Marion McGovern is …

Explore New Content Monetization Opportunities with NING

This article was created in partnership with NING. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. Remember when Facebook was only starting out? These were the mid-2000s, and online social networking as we know it today was just shaping up. At that time, in 2004, NING came onto …

Find Love on the Lift with Chairlift Speed Dating at Afton Alps

WHAT & WHY: Adventure provides a natural spark for romance, and generations of couples have met cute on snow-covered mountains. For the second year, Afton Alps is hosting a Chairlift Speed Dating event to help skiing (and snowboarding) singles meet their mates on the mountain. The event is open to participants between 21-70 years old. …

What Are Meta Descriptions and Why Does My Site Need Them?

Increasing traffic to your site can be done by creating powerful SEO content along with a strong meta description. In this quick post, you’ll learn what a meta description is, why your site needs them, and how it can impact visitors. Let’s get started! What Is a Meta Description? A …

Protect Your Business in 2018 from Last Year’s Data Mistakes

The biggest breach of 2017 was arguably the attack that exposed more than 145 million Equifax customers and resulted in the theft of SSNs, birth date information, and other valuable data. The breach will cost the company hundreds of millions, and the impact on consumers could be even more due …

How to plan your company blog editorial calendar for 2019

One of the most difficult parts about running a company blog is regularly publishing posts. It’s extremely easy to forget about an assignment, quickly fall behind and fail to post. But there is a way to stay on track. It’s by using a robust, annual blog editorial calendar. An annual …

Heading West: Sometimes a Change of Location Is a Great Idea

When we think of “the West”, we often envision cowboys, cattle, and campfires. Cool nights in the mountains and freshwater streams where we can fish, swim, and enjoy a great day. This image is what has led many businesses to relocate to the Western States! The open air, bustling commerce, …

Smarten Up Your Office With The JBL Link 300 Voice-Activated Speaker With Built-In Google Assistant

Many home-based entrepreneurs love listening to music throughout the workday, as it helps keep them motivated and focused on the tasks at hand. Business owners are also always looking for new ways to make their offices more efficient, in turn enhancing their own productivity. Now, there is a whole new …

Why a Lack of Money Shouldn’t Stop You from Starting a Business

Do you not have a massive arsenal of funds but want to change the world with your business idea? No problem. In this article, I will take a look at why a lack of funds doesn’t need to blockade your route to success in the business world. There are numerous …

The mere expectation that we check emails outside working hours harms our wellbeing

Employer expectations of work email monitoring outside of normal working hours are detrimental to the health and wellbeing of not only employees but their family members as well. A new study suggests that employees do not need to spend actual time on work in their off-hours to experience the harmful effects. …

MPs say more effort needed to tackle widespread sexual harassment in workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace is widespread and commonplace, with unwanted sexual behaviours such as sexual comments, touching, groping and assault seen as an everyday occurrence and part of the culture in workplaces, and the Government, regulators and employers are failing in their responsibilities to tackle the problem says an …