Kavoir & Whatever

Amateurish DIY Logo

source of nothing

I was bored and then I made this logo. It’d make great profile avatar for forums and other online applications! I would also like to create a logo in this style.

Have your say!

Hosting Tips & Deals

Jointly Hosted – Non-profit shared dedicated hosting service

Jointly Hosted is one of our latest ventures. Basically it’s a non-profit shared dedicated hosting service that provides dedicated hosting at shared hosting price tag, yet much better in terms of server performance than other shared solution providers. How do we do that?

  1. We make no profit by selling servers themselves. The server is provided to a number of users at almost the original price (plus 20% for PayPal fees and time spent on monitoring the server for performance and uptime, as well as administrating the user forum community).
  2. We never oversell. We try to make the monthly subscription charges of each account within $20, and we slice a common dedicated server among just 10 – 20 users. In contrast, most affordable hosting providers jam hundreds of users into a single dedicated server, severely slowing the service down, thus the performance of your websites.
  3. We only buy in fully managed, monitored and secured servers from the most prestigious hosting providers. Such as WiredTree, SoftLayer and RackSpace.

So you resell dedicated servers?

Not really because we are just middle man who consolidates people together to make sharing a dedicated server possible. We also provide a hangout place for you guys to meet and connect.


To be honestly, we can’t provide as sophisticated support as that of other for-profit hosting businesses. But we have set up a community forum for you to publicly discuss stuff and complain about things. We will respond to any reasonable requests for support such as adding software packages to the server, in the premise that it would not affect other users on the server. We will also relay the message to the server provider.

There will also be a server performance monitor script where all users of the server can check out who is using how much CPU, RAM and bandwidth, etc.

With the absolute underselling policy of Jointly Hosted, the server will be far from reaching its full capacity most of time. Vast majority of the performance problems will not be possible in the first place. Need for support is reduced to the minimum.

How do we profit then?

We will first try to maintain a non-profit state by the current pricing scheme for a while, without creating any negative balance, to see where it would head. When this all takes off and people start feeling it’s worth a few extra bucks to have a shared dedicated hosting account that guarantees cost-effectiveness and reliability, we will take the next step as to profit as a self-sustainable business. Possible venues include:

  1. Forum advertising
  2. Paid support
  3. Accompanied services

Therefore, we and our users stand in the same line instead of against each other. We will NEVER increase the profit margin by crowding the servers which goes against the rights of the users.

Not convinced?

Take a look at our first server, every account comes with a dedicated unique IP!

vBulletin Tips

How to get rid of “Powered by vBulletin” in the homepage title of a vBulletin forum?

By default the homepage of all freshly installed vBulletin forum will have a title trailing of “ – Powered by vBulletin”. While it’s forbidden to remove the copyright notice from the footer if you haven’t bought the anonymous license, you are allowed to wipe out this title trailing.

How does one do that?

First log into the AdminCP, of course, and then

  1. Open the Languages & Phrases submenu and click Search in Phrases.
  2. In the “Search for Text” box enter “powered by vbulletin” and click “Find”.
  3. In the searching results, you will have a variable named “x_powered_by_vbulletin”.
  4. Click “Edit” button of this variable and simply erase the “ – Powered by vBulletin” part, leaving just “{1}”.

You are done! Now there will be no trailing string of “Powered by vBulletin” in the forum title any more.

Update: now the powered by stuff is got rid of in official releases, know how to change the homepage title to accommodate more keywords, check out here.

Coupons and Promo Codes Hosting Tips & Deals

DreamHost Discount Code: Firefox 3 Sucks!

Why haven’t Google integrated their toolbar into Chrome yet? Firefox 3 absolutely sucks in the loading time and browsing speed. Scrolling through a heavy web page with lots of visual elements such as images is just a pain in the ass and on average, I have to restart the so-called most advanced modern browser 3 times everyday. Plus, it’s everything but fun when I have typed a thousand words in WordPress that the browser suddenly freezes itself.

I don’t know why it’s so hard, Chrome can make it a breeze, why can’t the people at Mozilla?!

To express my anger toward the Mozilla team, I’m releasing this Dreamhost discount code:


Which gives you 1 unique IP and 3 lifetime free domain registrations when you order yearly hosting plans from them. Their signing up process has gone through some changes in that you now get the chance to try it free for a certain period of time before actually plummeting into paying.

Just enter the discount code FF3SUCKS in the Promo Code box at signup.

Disclosure: I get a $15 one-time compensation from Dreamhost when you use this discount code.

Kavoir & Whatever

My confession as required by the US government

As far as fellow bloggers and affiliate marketers are concerned, there’s an update of new rules to the FTC guidance of how to give endorsements and testimonials in advertisements and affiliate promotions.

The giver of endorsements and testimonials for the promotion and marketing of a product or service should make clear of the behind-scene material connections that may have been the incentive of such activity.

Now here’s my perfect chance of confessing to my fellow readers. I’m an independent web developer and internet marketer who occasionally promotes related products and services on this blog, Though I try my best to approach only the best of their kinds because I’m personally a user of most of them, I’m compensated by affiliate commissions if I successfully persuaded you to reach for your wallet.

You know all these, of course. 😉

Hosting Tips & Deals

Free HTML website hosting service

I’m a fan of Linode and recently as I was able to acquire 2 moderately decent domains for a free HTML hosting service, I decided to start offering free static website hosting on one of my Linode VPS servers.

In case any of you might be interested in opting in the alpha testing of Free HTML Hosting, feel free to comment on this post to get your free account! 😉

Computer & Internet Literacy Hosting Tips & Deals Internet Tools My Personal Reviews

Free 2GB HTML static web pages hosting

Dropbox - Sync your filesFor every free Dropbox plan, it comes with 2GB online backup storage that has a public folder in which you can publish HTML web page files that are publicly accessible around the Web. It will give you a URL that you can hand out to your friends so they can view the page on the Web anywhere anytime.

Basically, a free static HTML web hosting space (with potentially unlimited transfer).

Simply download the software and sign up with them, put the HTML file in the “Public” folder of your specified Dropbox directory. After a few seconds’ synchronization when there finally turns up a small green tick at the bottom left corner the file icon (which means the synchronization is successfully completed), right click on the file, point to “Dropbox” for the submenu and select “Copy Public Link”. Now you have the public URL address of the page.

Paste it into the address bar of your favorite browser, bravo! Now you have your own HTML web pages freely hosted on the Web! Check out what I’ve published on Dropbox!

The brilliant part is the ease of the hosting. Just create more web documents such as audio files, images and HTML pages, put them in the “Public” folder and you will have them online in no time because Dropbox automatically synchronizes everything you put in the folder. Want to modify the existing files, fine, just do it, save the changes and Dropbox would also automatically synchronize the update to the remote server.

Dropbox is not just a public host though, it’s easy to use and rocks as a photo gallery, online backup storage, file sharing and synchronizing machine.

Coupons and Promo Codes Hosting Tips & Deals

Hawkhost promo code for 50% off

Make A Website was moved to Hawk host a few days ago and here’s my initial review of them. If you have been to their official site, you may have noticed the hosting coupon code for 40% discount off the initial payment you make to them, which seems to be only valid throughout the month. However, I have a better deal, more precisely, a better promo code that discounts 50% off your initial payment.

Use this promotional code when you are choosing the hosting plans at Hawkhost by clicking “Update Cart”:

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Which is their official campaign promotion at Web Hosting Talk, and you will get 50% off the first payment you make to them for any of the listed plans. Any. After the first billing cycle, you are bound to renew at the normal pricing, though.