Joel Hans

Joel is equal parts tech and literature geek, and loves helping people do more in the cloud. When not working at a blank page or a Linux terminal, he’s mountain biking in the mountains surrounding Tucson, Arizona.

Perk Up Your VPS: A Better Terminal With Zsh and More

Like most things with Linux, the terminal is highly customizable. With a few switches and some additional tools, you can create a terminal experience that not only feels more user-friendly, but is also far more pleasant to use.

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Tutorial: Extending Docker and Nginx to Host Multiple Websites with SSL

In this tutorial, we'll use nginx-proxy and docker-letsencrypt-nginx-proxy-companion to host multiple SSL-enabled websites and web apps on a single VPS with the help of Docker.

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Tutorial: Installing Slack Alternative Rocket.Chat with Docker

Affected by the recent Slack outage? Looking for a free Slack alternative? In this tutorial, you'll set up Rocket.Chat in minutes using Docker.

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Cheap Cloud Hosting Price Comparison: DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr vs. Amazon Lightsail vs. SSD Nodes vs. Many Others

Want the best 1GB RAM cloud server for the least amount of money? In our low-cost cloud hosting price comparison, we break down the best value in KVM.

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2100% Growth: SSD Nodes’ CEO on 6 Years in Business

Since the beginning of 2016, SSD Nodes has grown its user base by 2100%. Matt Connor chats about that growth, company values, and his vision for the future.

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The Memory Question: How Much RAM Does My VPS Need?

The question that plagues more VPS buyers than any other. And while no one size fits all, there are some easy ways to determine your needs or current usage.

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What the Heck is Self-Hosting? A Guide to ‘Owning’ Your Webapps

Self-hosting your own web apps is freeing, but one that few understand. Let’s walk through what it is, how it works, and how you can get started.

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The Equifax Fiasco: Here’s What Devs Need to Learn

It's almost impossible to have not heard of the massive Equifax data breach that was announced last week, but in short: the credit reporting agency was breached by hackers, who walked away with as many as 143 million Social Security numbers, names, and addresses. For Americans, this is nothing short of catastrophic.

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Tutorial: A More Secure Ansible Playbook, Part 2

Last week, we started building out a more sophisticated Ansible provision playbook. We made it as far as hardening SSH with a few simple-but-logical edits to /etc/ssh/sshd_config, but there's still plenty more that we can do to improve the playbook's immediate functionality.

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September 2017: RamNode vs. OVH vs. HostUS vs. Dediserve vs. SSD Nodes

In our last VPS comparison post, we looked at some of the biggest companies in the virtual private server (VPS) space—Vultr, Digital Ocean, and Linode—and toss in our own specifications for good measure.

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