What is a CDN?


A Content Distribution Network (CDN) is an easy way for busy websites to make their site both faster to load and cheaper to run. And with MaxCDN and the free WordPress plugin W3 Total Cache it also VERY EASY to implement. I've been using MaxCDN since April, 2010 ... and it was probably just a few months after that I discovered the W3 Total Cache plugin for my WordPress sites. How a CDN Works A CDN makes your website faster by taking static files (such as images, CSS, and Javascript) and distributing copies of these frequently used (and often very large) files on their worldwide … [Read more...]

Best ATM and Credit Cards for International Travel

ATMs are the cheapest and most convenient way to get cash overseas.

I've been asked this question so many times, I had to finally answer it publicly. First of all, back in the day, savvy travelers would stock up on traveler's checks before hitting the friendly skies. Traveler checks had the advantage of being replaceable if they were lost, and could be converted to local currency at a bank or a hotel (hotels never give the best rate, but they sure are convenient.) But today you get the best exchange rates (and convenience) from ATMs, as long as you know a few tricks. So here are the tricks. There are several kinds of fees you may encounter when … [Read more...]

Become the Parent You Always Imagined You Could Be

Yikes! The clock is ticking. I really, really meant to post this earlier. Ugh. But there's still time. Don't miss this great opportunity to become the parent you always imagined you could be. In just a few days, my friend Adina Soclof is offering a parenting class you can join from the comfort of your own home. If you’ve ever wondered if you’re doing the right thing (haven’t we all?) or wished someone would just give you a solid plan for solving a tough parenting issue, then you’re in for a treat. Adina's assembled a team of highly respected parenting experts to teach and encourage … [Read more...]

Last Minute Gifts via Email

Still have gifts to buy that need to arrive by Christmas? Don't sweat the overnight shipping hassle. Send a gift via email! Whether at the holidays (or for a birthday, graduation or anniversary), gifts that are sent via email are convenient and FAST! Here are some of my favorite online stores that sell gifts that can be sent via email. Netflix Gift Subscriptions: I'm a huge fan of Netflix, their Watch Instantly program, and giving the gift of movies and entertainment. You can gift anything from a single month of service up to a full year. Audible Gift Cards, Memberships or Audiobooks: … [Read more...]