One of the questions I get pretty often is what tools I use, not only in my work as SysAdmin, but also for this blog. The blog started as a hobby, but with more than 100.000 users each month I needed to professionalize the blog.
Just like in the IT, stability, speed and security are the most important factors to keep everything running. So choosing the right products or partners is essential to keep your network running or your blog.
To tools below really helpt the grow of LazyAdmin.nl and helpt me in my daily work. I hope they also work for you!
Tools I use for blogging
When this blog started to grow I switched over the SiteGround. The most recommend hosting platform and for a good reason.
Their up-time and support are amazing and unmatched WordPress performance they never let you down.
Make sure you pick the GrowBig plan to start with so you can use the super cacher to speed up your site.
LazyAdmin.nl get visitors from all over the world. To make sure that the site load blazingly fast I use Cloudflare to deliver the content.
There is always a copy of the site close to you with more than 190 data centers around the world.
Cloudflare also protects your website against vulnerabilities. The free plan is more than enough for most websites.
You can use a fast hosting platform, but if the structure of your site isn’t optimized it will still load slow.
The GeneratePress framework one of the fastest themes for WordPress available. The framework itself is free, but you want the premium add-ons to create your own theme.
Make sure you give GeneratePress a try, you are going to love it.
Ads are annoying, I know. But 100.000 visitors per month cost a lot of money on hosting (and time). To earn some money back I started using Ezoic in 2018.
The great thing about Ezoic is that they not only increased my income with more than 200%, they also keep a nice balance between readability and income.
You can fine-tune the amount and type of ads displayed to your visitors while increasing your income.
Their support is also really great, they really take care of their customers. If you have more then 10.000 visitors a month, make sure you try Ezoic instead of Google Adsense.
Get notified about issues before your users report it. I have been using PRTG for more than 10 years now to monitor the network and they never let me down.
To keep your network stable it’s important to see the signs of potential problems soon enough. By monitoring all your network components you know what is going on, so you can pro-active fix issues before the systems go down.
You can try PRTG for free with 100 sensors, give it try, I bet you will like it.
Advanced Ip Scanner
A great tool to find all the network device in a network. I use this free tool a lot, it’s really great to find that new network printer or Ip camera or whatever you are looking for.
It comes with a portal version (you can just run the executable), so I always have a version on my USB stick.
My favorite remote desktop manager, mRemoteNG. I use this tool daily to connect to servers or open ssh session. This tool supports a lot of remote connection protocols and allows you to easily manage them.
Another great benefit is that it’s a free tool and if you store the XML file on a shared drive you can easily work together with it.
Make sure you try it out if you are looking for a new or better remote desktop tool