VPS: More Cores The Better?

Short answer? No. It’s actually far worse.

If you’ve been shopping for a new VPS, you’ll likely come across specs for the server like RAM, disk transfer (incorrectly, but often times referred to as ‘bandwidth’), and CPU. When you compare packages and one host offers 4 or 8 vCPUs or core while others offer only 1 or 2 vCPUs, do you automatically go with the larger number of cores? Let me explain why going with more cores is a bad idea.

The whole point of VPS hosting to virtualize a physical server node so many smaller chunks of servers can co-exist. The goal is isolation, first and foremost. Coming from shared hosting, you’ll likely be sick of those who are oversold and other people’s accounts are stealing all the server’s resources. This has come a long way with the advent of CloudLinux, but most people still flock to VPS for the isolation, whether it’s isolation of resources or isolation of software packages. Either way, a VPS is your own server and you can do anything you want.

While the idea of 8 vCPUs sounds enticing as their marketing likely tells you that you can burst up to 8 cores when the server is idle, you’re just one of many who finds this enticing and you immediately sign up and migrate your high-resource website to the VPS. What people don’t seem to comprehend is that CPU steal is a real thing and when you give everyone access to 8 cores, they’re all stealing from each other and the performance of your own VPS becomes very shaky and inconsistent. One point your site is flying and all of a sudden, it’s crawling. No one wants this. Limiting each VPS to only have access to 1 or 2 cores makes the playing field much more fair. An individual VPS cannot burst and steal CPU from others.

After years of using VPS, you’ll come to appreciate the right host that divides up their nodes fairly.

Zappos SEO Bait and Switch

Shame on Zappos and shame on Google for not catching this and knocking them out of #1. While searching for a pair of new shoes I wanted to purchase, I of course went to Zappos first to check if they had them. They didn’t. Checked a few more of my usual stores, nada. Then I proceeded to Google in hopes of stores carrying this particular shoe in stock. Lo-and-behold, the sitting in the number 1 spot is Zappos!

Zappos SEO Bait and Switch

I thought, oh man I must have missed it when I checked. Yes, now I can buy my shoes at the store I purchase all shoes from. I clicked and then…

Zappos Bait and Switch

What the hell, a Zappos search page with my Google query in the search bar? This is classic SEO bait-and-switch. If you notice the Google SERPS, Zappos indicated their TITLE tag was “Chuck Taylor Classic Boot Low Sneaker | Shipped Free at…” and their URL was “www.zappos.com/chuck-taylor-classic-boot-low-sneaker.” This was all indicative of an actual product page where I could purchase the item I was searching for. Instead, they’ve gamed the system to still rank #1 for people searching for shoes they don’t actually carry. Google, let me ask you, isn’t the point of your search algorithm such that people should be able to find what they’re looking for, whether it’s information or ecommerce? But you’re ranking Zappos so high for search terms related to shoes, and the actual Zappos page is absolutely useless. I vote a penalty to be handed out. Zappos is gaming the system, pure and simple.

You may have noticed Sears, which is ranked #2 is doing the same thing, however, they’re at least transparent in their displayed URL so you know beforehand that it’s going to be a search query on their website. Zappos, have you no shame? So desperate for orders, you had to resort to these tactics? C’mon.

Easily Convert Images to PDF Using Automator

Quick tip for those looking to convert images you have into PDFs. There are a bunch of apps available, but did you know you could easily make your own using OSX’s Automator? Automator is a tool that allows you to create apps that performs a variety of tasks and it’s all built into OSX. Once completed, you’ll have an application sitting on your desktop and you’ll be able to drag and drop images onto this application and it’ll immediately convert and create a PDF from the images you’ve selected. Let’s get started.

 

1. Start Automator within your Applications

 

automator

 

2. Select “Application” from the wizard

 

automator wizard

 

3. Scroll down the list of tasks and drag “New PDF from Images” to the right panel

 

automator pdf from images

 

4. You should see a screen that looks like this. Edit the filename output and output location if you wish.

 

automator application

 

5. Save it!

That’s it! Now you have this application sitting on your desktop and anytime you need to convert images to PDF, just select your images and drag and drop them onto this application. A PDF will instantly be created and placed on your desktop. PRO TIP: You can also drag and drop PSDs to this app and it’ll create PDFs out of your PSDs. Cool, eh?