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Puffy vs. Penguin: Getting Started With OpenBSD

Tags: , , , Date/Time: March 2, 2021 @ 5:24 am, by raindog308

Puffy vs Penguin Getting Started With OpenBSDIn this tutorial, we’re going to get up and running with OpenBSD on a KVM VPS.

What is OpenBSD

OpenBSD is one of the three primary BSD-based operating systems. While FreeBSD focuses on x86 architectures and NetBSD focuses on supporting as many architectures as possible, OpenBSD focuses on security and correctness. Many popular programs have come from the OpenBSD project: OpenSSH, OpenNTPD, OpenBGPD, LibreSSL, and others.

If you’re coming from a Linux background, OpenBSD will be very familiar because they both come from the same two ancestral fountainheads (SystemV and BSD Unix). While there are more differences at a systems programming level (i.e., if you were doing kernel work), the differences for a user or sysadmin are probably not that much greater than moving between CentOS and Debian.

One notable difference is that everything in OpenBSD is integrated into one source tree. This is very different than Linux, where you have hundreds of independent packages bolted together to form a distribution. Additional software is available through ports, which are similar to packages on other systems.


VisualWebTechnologies: Shared cPanel from $12.99/year in Chicago!

Tags: , , Date/Time: March 1, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Hello again, VisualWebTechnologies!  I think they’re getting a bit addicted to posting LEB offers.  We last had VisualWebTechnologies on back in January 30, 2021.

Frequent readers will remember their previous offers, which gave us some pretty nice shared hosting specs for pretty nice prices.

  • They’ll start you out on shared hosting using cPanel for only $12.99/year!
  • Reseller hosting as low as $26.99/year!

They are registered in India (0879L1ZN). Their Terms of Service is available on their web site. They accept PayPal, credit or debit card (via Stripe), RazerPay (INR).

Here’s a little about VisualWebTechnologies in their own words:

VisualWebTechnologies is was founded March 2014 and is focused on providing high quality solutions in a low end market. VisualWebTechnologies of the few companies that aims to provide web hosting at very affordable rates. Our mission to help people in developing their startups, small and medium size businesses, corporate level to run their online business. We are particularly proud to offer a combination of powerful features that few companies can match, including 24/7 support, 99.99% uptime, affordable DDoS protection, and RAID-10 disks.

If you have been a customer of VisualWebTechnologies or you give them a try out now, please comment below.

Now read more to see the offers!


Guest Post: How to Choose Your Products by Dustin B. Cisneros, CEO of RackNerd

Continuing our Guest Article Series, today we are talking with Dustin B. Cisneros from RackNerd about how to choose your products as a business. Are you planning to start a new business, or do you already have an existing business that you would like to refine and grow? If so, we believe that you’ll be able to take home some advantageous tips that you can start implementing today from this article.

Perhaps you’re entering a marketplace with little to no experience, or maybe you’re already in the marketplace but are in confusion on what products you should be offering, or are already missing. Truth be told, you’re going to have to confront sales – everything in life is a sale. To be successful in business, you are going to have to learn how to sell, what to sell, and what to avoid selling.

 1) Products are important, you need multiple: Let’s say you’re a web hosting provider. In this example, you currently sell shared hosting which essentially is a product that helps businesses have a web presence on the internet, at some point you’re going to need to consider offering domain registration, this way, new businesses or those looking to create a new website can consider you a one-stop shop whereby they can order their domain with you, along with the shared hosting – versus the customer having to obtain the services from multiple providers. Making the process easier for the customer, makes the customer sticky to you! These customers then renew these services for years to come, or if you’re able to sell these businesses services with prepayment terms, do it. This allows customers to secure the best rates with you while reducing your overall churn. The concept is simple, and while this may not be your “niche” or desired customer in the hosting industry, you need to start thinking similar for whichever is your niche market. This is just a simple yet easy to understand example. You need multiple products, to increase opportunity and revenue. You need products that are scalable and allow for easy entry as a customer, which later can be sold another suitable service as their business grows with you. This could as an example be shared hosting -> virtual private servers -> dedicated servers -> private cloud. The upgrade and growth pattern for the customer is there, as needed.


LosAngelesVPS: First Offer Of 2021! Unmetered Bandwidth KVM VPS’s from $11.99/year

Tags: , , , Date/Time: February 26, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Zheng from LosAngelesVPS contacted us to share their first offer for 2021.  They posted several times last year, most recently back on November 26, 2020 during Black Friday.

In this offer,

  • Get an unmetered bandwidth VPS in Los Angeles (where else?) starting at $11.99/year!

I’m old enough to remember when $12/month didn’t get you a VPS…now you get 768MB RAM, SSD disk, unmetered bandwidth, and 10Gbps DDoS protection for $1/month.  Awesome!

Their WHOIS is public.  Their Terms of Service is available on their web site. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Alipay, Bitcoin, Litecoin, & Ethereum.

Here’s a little about LosAngelesVPS in their own words:

Los Angeles VPS was founded with the goal to provide the absolute best VPS experience in Los Angeles. Today we host over 3500 VPS customers on our network. Hosting your server in Los Angeles provides various advantages, from a network connectivity standpoint as well as redundancy. Despite our name, Los Angeles VPS eventually grew to offer more than just VPS hosting solutions. After successfully hosting thousands of Virtual Private Servers on our network, we also expanded to start offering hosting for the individuals too. From just offering Shared Web Hosting to a complete, fully scalable product line featuring Reseller, VPS, VPS Resource Pools, and Dedicated Server solutions – LosAngelesVPS is your all-in-one solution provider for all your hosting needs!

Remember that the LEB community would love to hear about your experience in the comments section below!

Now read more to see the offers!


Getting Started With the Dolphin: MySQL 101 – Full Setup and How to Guide

Tags: , , , Date/Time: February 25, 2021 @ 6:53 am, by raindog308

How to Setup MySQL - A Full Setup and How to GuideMariaDB and PostgreSQL are the two leading SQL databases. Both adhere to many ANSI SQL standards, but these ANSI standards don’t specify all behaviors. The SQL statement themselves (such as SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE) are the areas where they have the most commonality. Where they differ the most is in their DDL (data definition language) commands, and the administrative/server components. In this tutorial, we’ll cover MySQL.


MariaDB is a fork of MySQL. MySQL was originally an independent company but when they were acquired by Oracle, some users got the willies and forked the project to start MariaDB. Both products (MySQL and MariaDB) have continued to be developed. In this tutorial, we’ll focus on MariaDB, which is the more license-friendly option. Note that while the product is called MariaDB, you will still see the term “mysql” in many areas, such as directory paths (/var/lib/mysql), etc.


To install MariaDB on Debian systems:

apt-get install mariadb-server

On CentOS systems:

yum -y install mariadb-server


RackNerd Chinese New Year 2021 Specials – KVM VPS from $13.99/year – FREE Red Envelope Credits!

RackNerd submitted their lunar new year specials to us recently, and we felt this was an interesting one to share as they are giving away red envelopes (credits), which we thought was quite creative! RackNerd was also recently voted by the community as the #1 top provider – we certainly appreciate their devotion and commitment to the community, and for continuing to share deals with us, while maintaining an excellent reputation for providing commendable service.

All plans are instantly set up after payment. Their WHOIS is public and you can find their ToS/Legal Docs on their website. RackNerd is a registered business, with real office space (you can view their office photos here). They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Alipay, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ethereum, USDT, UnionPay, iDEAL, India NetBanking, India UPI, and Boleto as payment methods.

Here’s more details about RackNerd’s Red Envelope event, and how it works:

RackNerd is pleased to announce our Red Envelope event, in celebration of Chinese New Year! Our development team has devoted a significant amount of time (and consumed a lot of coffee in the process of doing so) to develop this proprietary system, so we hope you enjoy!

No matter where you are from, anyone can participate in this creative & fun event and win some free credits towards a new VPS order! On any of the below promotions listed on this post — upon finishing the order and navigating to the invoice for the order, you will be greeted with a screen that looks like this:

From there, you’ll want to choose the envelope of your choice, and then you will see how much you’ve received! The amount you’re given is completely random by the computer, and will be applied as a credit against your order’s invoice.

Eligible Chinese New Year Specials below!


Need a Ton of Bandwidth? HostSlim You Covered for $4.43/mo! (1GB VPS in the Netherlands)

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: February 23, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Hello again, HostSlim!  We last had them on back in October 23, 2020.  Last time they brought us a dedi offer – this time it’s a KVM or OpenVZ VPS.

Now you might think a 1GB VPS for $4.43 is pretty standard…but these come with 5TB of bandwidth!  Wowie zowie.  Perfect for small web sites, VPNs, or anything else that is bandwidth-intensive.

HostSlim is a registered business in the Netherlands (52966887). Their Terms of Service is available on their web site. They accept iDeal, Bitcoin, Wire Transfer, Credit Card.

Here’s a little about HostSlim in their own words:

VPSslim offers a wide range of virtual server solutions and was founded in 2009. Over the past 10 years we have grown into one of the larger hosting providers in the Netherlands. We have a tight partnership with Alticom datacenters where we operate our own floor/ datacenter. We own and operate all our equipment, hardware, routing & switching. We have in-house engineers that are available 24/7 for any of your support needs. Our floor is redundant in both power, aggregate, UPS as well as fiber and network peering partners. When you join VPSslim you are instantly connected to a global premium network of over 1.2 Tbps. Enjoy your endless hosting needs in our incredible wide network, while at the same time benefiting from effective DDoS protection.

If you decide to give HostSlim a try, please tell others how it goes in the comments below.

Now read more to see the offers!


ProximCloud Celebrates It’s Third Birthday With Great Shared Hosting Savings! (As Low As $11.70/Year in London!)

Tags: , , Date/Time: February 22, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Happy Birthday, ProximCloud!  They turn three on February 28.

Ben popped by from London to share another offer with our readers.  They were last featured on January 4, 2021 and have been posting with us since April of last year.

I’ve always gotten a good vibe about ProximCloud.  They are of the “do one thing and do it well” mindset instead of trying to offering everything to everyone.  And their pricing is more than fair.  An example:

  • Shared hosting with 25GB disk, 250GB bandwidth, generous resources, daily backups, ssh access, and DDoS protection in London for as low as $11.70/year!

They’re giving you a couple promo codes.  Take 20% off on monthly or 30% off on annual if you want to lock-in long-term savings.  All the details after the jump but first,  here’s a little about ProximCloud in their own words:

ProximCloud is a small website hosting business, which has been in operation for over two years (since 28th Feb 2018), which has strived based on the reliability and low-cost factors of our services. ProximCloud always puts the customer first, and has ensured to provide our customers with many support-methods to ensure they can reach us when they need it, and when it suits them.

Their WHOIS is public. Their Terms of Service is available on their web site. They accept PayPal.

If you decide to give ProximCloud a try, please tell others how it goes in the comments below.

Now read more to see the offers!


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Tags: , , Date/Time: February 21, 2021 @ 11:47 am, by Jon Biloh

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How to Fire Up WordPress in Three Commands

Tags: , , Date/Time: February 20, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Typically when you setup WordPress, you’ve got to do the following:

  • Install MySQL
  • Run mysql_secure_installation (not strictly necessary but you should!)
  • Create the MySQL database
  • Create the MySQL user
  • Grant the MySQL user database privileges
  • Install a web server such as Apache or NginX
  • Install PHP
  • Configure the web server to support PHP
  • Create the web root directory and set permissions
  • Create log files if necessary, and setup logfile rotation
  • Configure your web server for the site you want to run
  • Download WordPress and untar
  • Set permissions on the files and directories

…and then you’re ready to run the WordPress install script.

True, if you’re on shared hosting, you may have a 1-click installer such as Softaculous or Fantastico available. But if you’re running things on your VPS, you’ll have to do these things manually.

If only there was a way to…oh, I don’t know…bundle up all these tasks and setup and components and put them in some sort of…what would we call it…container…


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