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How To Get Free Magazine Subscriptions (Lifehack Tutorial)

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TL;DR Here’s how to get free magazine subscriptions like Time, Wired, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Esquire, People, etc. I’ve been doing it for years. You should too!

Hey guys, it has been a long time and I haven’t written anything for this blog in months. So to make up for that, I came up with this idea to teach you how to score free subscriptions to really popular magazines like Time, Wired, Forbes and more! Make sure you read this post and let me know in the comments section below if you have any questions.

How I Get Free Magazine Subscriptions

About an year ago a friend of mine showed me really expensive magazines. Some of them costed beyond $200 per year in subscriptions. I was curious why he would buy all of that. He told me he did not buy them; he got them for free by filling out online surveys using his least used (or dummy) email address. One day we sat down and he made me sign up on a few websites which let me take quick 2 minutes multiple choice surveys. In exchange, they gave me credits which could be redeemed for magazine subscriptions.

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Best Part: Anyone Can Do It

The coolest part about this lifehack is that anyone can do it as long as they have a US mailing address, a phone number (use smartphone app called TextNow to get a dummy number), a dummy email address, and a one-time 30 minutes of free time.

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Cricket Wireless Review: All You Need To Know About It

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This is my detailed review of Cricket Wireless. I have used their service for 2 months now and have traveled the West coast, North East and some places in between. So far I am really satisfied with the cellular coverage, 4g LTE data speeds, affordable plans and various perks of Cricket. In this blog post, I’ve tried to share my experiences in case you want to learn about Cricket Wireless!

What’s awesome about Cricket Wireless

Great Network Coverage

Cricket WirelessCricket Wireless is a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T; they both use the same cellular infrastructure which is why Cricket is able to provide much better coverage compared to other competitors. As mentioned above, I have been to the Bay area, Chicago, IL and few places urban and rural in Ohio — I have had cellular service throughout. The data speeds varied but I got enough bandwidth for streaming songs on Spotify, casual browsing, emails and iPhone app updates. I’ve included some speedtest.net screenshots below. Cricket caps the data speed to 8Mbps downstream however 8Mbps is more than sufficient for using internet. Also one would never try to stream full movies on cellular data unless they are on the unlimited plan.

Cricket Rewards – Benefits For Loyality

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Cricket Wireless also has an app called “Cricket Rewards” where you collect points for participating in small in-app activities. These are completely optional. Customers can use the points to redeem gift cards to more than 50 stores like Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc and even Cricket Wireless refill cards.

New Cricket customers who sign up for Cricket Rewards using someone’s referral code get 50,000 points for free, which can be used to redeem $25 Cricket refill card or other gift cards. All the earning/redeeming points is done through the Cricket Rewards app.

If you’re looking for a referral code, you may use mine: ANIKY-405872

Cricket Group Save – Up To $100 OFF

Group Save is essentially family plan at Cricket, but you don’t necessarily need family members. You can create groups with friends or even with random strangers on the internet! 🙂 (Check out /r/CricketGroups if you want to create groups with redittors)

The coolest thing is that with group savings, 2.5 GB 4g LTE + Unlimited talk/text costs only $20/mo! I don’t think there are other carriers that can manage to provide comparable service at such an affordable price.

$5 AutoPay Discount

Another cool aspect of Cricket is the autopay discount. If you set your payment method to auto-deduct the amount at the start of each billing cycle then Cricket gives $5 discount per month! For instance if you sign up for the 2.5 GB data plan which costs $40/mo, it will be $35/mo. However, the same plan would be $20/mo if you are on a group plan with 5 people. One thing to note is that group plans are not eligible for auto-pay $5 discount because groups are already discounted significantly.

Tax Inclusive Rates – No Hidden Fees

Also Cricket Wireless doesn’t have additional charges related to TAX or VAT like other carriers. The price shown on their website is what you pay in total. There are no separate state tax because everything is included in the advertised price.

Cricket Wireless Plans and Rates

Update May 2017, the basic plan now has 4 GB LTE data instead of 2.5 GB, for the same price 🙂

Cricket wireless basic plan 4GB

These are Cricket Wireless’s phone plans as of now. If you set auto-pay on, there will be $5 discount OFF these prices. IF you are enrolled in a group save plan, discounts will be as mentioned below.

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UberEats – Sign Up and Get $10 Discount On Your Order

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UberEats is an instant food delivery service from Uber. If you have never used it yet, sign up and apply UberEats coupon code “eats-UberKFC” to get $10 OFF on your order.

What is UberEats?

UberEats CouponA food delivery service from parent company Uber, UberEats app can be downloaded from the app store or the play store. Once logged in, you can look for local restaurants in your city. All the restaurants that have signed up to deliver with UberEats will be available. After you select where you want to order food from, it is time to select FOOD!

Just as you’d look at an online menu, users can select individual food items and add them to cart. UberEats allows you to add special instructions/comment to each item in your cart. If you’d need additional spoons, forks, napkins, etc … comment section is where to request. Once that’s done, you can go ahead and check out. There is no need to tip because all fees including tip and delivery is included in the final amount. After you check out and pay through the app, you will receive notification that your order has been received by the restaurant.

Once the restaurant gets the order, they being preparing the food. This can be seen in realtime by the user through the UberEats app as well as the UberEats website. The coolest part in my opinion is the delivery where you can track your food on the map moving towards your delivery location, just as you’d see Uber cars whenever you request one.

UberEats OrderingUberEats is similar to other food delivery apps like GrubHub, Caviar and PostMates. The only difference is that UberEats is a service by Uber. When you order using other apps, the person who delivers car able to choose their own mode of transport, which could be a bike. With UberEats, you can be assured that it is the same Uber cars that are doing the delivery. In most places, this will be faster and dependable.

Especially when you want to get food from restaurant that’s far far away. Also the delivery fee is $5 flat in UberEats. In other apps, it varies. On some services like GrubHub, you have to pay tip to the person who delivers, when you receive your food. With UberEats, you don’t need to pay tip becaue everything is affordabily included in the final price and is paid online when you order. This is a good user experience because the customer doesn’t need to worry about carrying cash. As soon as the food is delivered, all they should care about is its taste.

Tracking Your Orders On UberEats

Uber Eats Tracking DeliveryAfter you order food through the app, tracking the delivery is really convenient. As you can see in this image, the icon with spoon and fork is the food. The green and black pin is user’s delivery location. Gradually and in real time, the food icon moves towards the final destination. It feels good to see your food slide on the map and 20 minutes later – ring your door bell.

Uber Eats Is Available In:

Uber Eats is available in most of the cities right now. You can check availability on its website or through the app. Some of the cities are:

Atlanta, NYC, Washington DC, Denver, Austin, Houston, San Diego, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, Phoenix, San Francisco, The Bay area, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, etc.

Sign Up and Get $10 OFF On Your 1st Food Order

I hope you liked my short intro to UberEats. If you sign up using my promo code “eats-UberKFC”, you’ll get $10 OFF on your first order. It also covers the delivery cost. Also, you can recommend UberEats to your friends and when they use your promo code, they will get $10 OFF on their food order as well! As a bonus, UberEats will also give you, the referrer, a $10 credit to use on next food order.

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Now your turn. What do you like or dislike about Uber’s new app Uber Eats? Do you have any money saving tips or general suggestions that you’d like to share? Put them down in the comments section below!

Republic Wireless Review: Everything You Need To Know

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I have been a Republic Wireless user for over 2 years now. This is my review of its perks, benefits, phone choices and plan prices. See how Republic Wireless stacks against the competition and what makes it special.

Update: Good news! Republic Wireless supports the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones!

Republic Wireless

What Is Republic Wireless?

Republic Wireless is a hybrid cellular service provider that uses both WiFi and cell for talk and text. That way they’re able to provide cheaper service and extra coverage in places where cell can’t always reach – even abroad. They combine fast nationwide 4G LTE cell service with WiFi for talk and text, more coverage, and incredible savings. When there is WiFi, the phone uses internet for talk and text. In absence of WiFi it automatically switches back to cellular. The process of “switching” is seamless and barely noticeable to the end user but is the reason why their phone bills can be as low as $15/month.

Benefits of using Republic Wireless

Republic Wireless Phones

Republic supports some of the best Android smartphones in the market right now. To name them all, they are:

  • Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S6, J3
  • LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P
  • Moto X, Moto X Pure Edition, Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus

Republic Wireless phones selection

You can purchase the phone at Republic in which case everything (phone, SIM, cellular) comes already installed hassle-free. OR you can buy one of those phones elsewhere and pop in Republic’s SIM card. Once the SIM is activated, it will work both on Wi-Fi and Cellular. Before they added the Nexus and Samsung phones to the fleet, they had Moto phones which is what I have been proudly using so far. I might get the Nexus 5X or Samsung S7 very soon.

Republic Wireless Plans

Republic rolled out their glorious new plans recently which are easier to understand and easier to afford. 🙂

Republic Wireless Plans

You can add more cell data whenever you need it – right from the Republic app on your phone. They don’t charge any fees if you use all data for that month. Upgrading to higher plan only cost the difference between your old plan and the new plan you choose. If you ever want to switch to a lower wireless plan, you can do that too for your next billing cycle.

PS: You can use the app to change your plan, add/remove cellular data, change your phone number, or cancel your service entirely. The app has all these functionality.

Republic Wireless Network & Coverage

They rely on T-Mobile for the cellular service and data so coverage should not be a problem. Click here to check network coverage in your area, for when you don’t have WiFi. Once you’ve verified coverage – pick your phone, choose a plan, and place order. Your shiny new phone will be delivered at your doorstep within 2-3 business days.

AND here’s the best part: at times when you do not have cellular service – say when you’re working in your basement bunker – the phone will still be able to place/receive calls if there’s WiFi around. This for me has been the biggest delight because there’s WiFi when I travel internationally. Last month I was at the Dubai airport and was able to call my friends from my US phone number over the WiFi without roaming charge! There is no roaming charge.

Republic Wireless phones make international travel really easy.

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SiteGround Review: Why I Love SiteGround Web Hosting

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This is my review of SiteGround and its web hosting service after I have been their customer for over six months. I will highlight the differences between SiteGround and other popular alternatives like BlueHost, HostGator, iPage….. and it will soon be clear how SiteGround beats all the other standard web hosting companies.

Get 70% OFF on your SiteGround hosting purchase: Sign up using my coupon link

The word “standard” is important because it is unfair to really compare SiteGround (and BlueHost, DreamHost, HostGator, iPage, etc) with the expensive and premium services like LiquidWeb, Flywheel, MediaTemple, Pagely, WPEngine, etc. If you are hosting a site that gets 1+ million visitors per month, definitely get a managed dedicated hosting with one of these premium hosts. But if there’s no killer traffic, say below 100,000 visitors/mo, or if you are just starting out a website/blog — then SiteGround is a great option. Here’s why:

SiteGround’s Affordable Pricing – Pay Less, Do More

SiteGround has 3 distinct plans – StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek. GrowBig and GoGeek can be assumed as “premium shared hosting” because of the additional perks that they offer. If your website needs more resources, SiteGround also provides Cloud hosting, managed Dedicated Servers and then Reseller hosting.

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Siteground all essential featuresStartUp plan only allows 1 website per account and is suitable for ~10,000 monthly visits. For clarity, 1 visit equals access from 1 IP address over 24 hrs time. If the same visitor accesses your website 20 times in the same day, that counts as 1 visit. If you are just starting out, with just 1 website, StartUp plan is a good choice.

It comes with 1 free domain, unlimited traffic, free SSL & HTTP/2, unlimited MySQL DB, SSD Storage, Email, CloudFlare CDN, Free daily backup, etc.

Siteground premium featuresGrowBig plan is my personal favorite and the one that I am using right now! It allows hosting of multiple websites, and is suitable for ~25,000 combined monthly visits. However, if you use the CloudFlare option (included free), the limit is probably 100,000 visits/mo. CloudFlare caches the website’s data, reduces calls to the web server and also speeds up the website load time.

This plan comes equipped with SiteGround’s SuperCacher software-hardware custom feature that boosts speed and handles simultaneous website requests in spectacular ways! The SuperCacher is the reason why I chose to use SiteGround and have been pleased with the performance gain ever since.

Siteground advanced featuresGoGeek plan is what I might use when my website grows out of proportion. It is suitable for viral websites and resource hogging web-applications. It has every feature of the GrowBig plan, PLUS the Geeky advanced features (see the image attached). I would still recommend the GrowBig plan over GoGeek if your websites do not need these extra features. Why pay for extra when you can get the best out of the more affordable plan?

I have hosted many WordPress websites on Siteground. Their custom SuperCacher plugin is not just a WordPress caching plugin. The SuperCacher provides 3 levels of caching: Static Cache, Dynamic Cache and MemCache.

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$100 Liquid Web Coupons, Promo Codes & Hosting Discounts

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Liquid Web is perfect for VPS, Dedicated hosting and Cloud services. Apply Liquid Web coupons and save over $100 on your purchase at LiquidWeb today!

Introduction To Liquid Web Hosting

liquid web hosting iconLiquid Web is one of those top hosting companies that are focused on corporate and enterprise website services. It’s main products are dedicated hosting, VPS and ‘Smart Servers’, which utilize cloud technology. LiquidWeb is privately owned and has been in business since 1997. It currently owns and manages three data centers, in Lansing, MI (US), and it has an additional office in Scottsdale, AZ. With just 20,000 clients, the company is smaller but it arguably focuses on high-value services as opposed to signing up large numbers of clients. As a result, Liquid Web’s services are top rated, moderately priced, reliable and have serious resource backing them.

LiquidWeb Hosting Plans

LiquidWeb offers fully managed dedicated servers, Storm platform Cloud dedicated AND Storm platform VPS hosting plans.

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  • Dedicated servers can be selected and customized on the website. Depending on the server configuration, and there’s a choice of processors, operating systems (including Windows and CentOs Linux), the cost will vary. One, two and four-core servers are available, and add-ons such as backups, storage and firewalls can be added for an additional fee.
  • The Storm Platform VPS (Virtual Private Server) is the ideal solution for clients who require the control of a dedicated server matched with the affordable features of The Storm® Platform. Each VPS package supports 100 percent network uptime, monitoring, and a 30 minute response guarantee. For customers who want a normal VPS plan, LiquidWeb offer 5 different packages.
  • Storm Platform Cloud Dedicated Servers allow users to view complete technical server specifications and order exactly the server they need. Need a specific RAID configuration? Need an exact CPU processor type? No problem. You get complete hardware transparency and a choice between Windows or Linux.

LiquidWeb Uptime/Downtime

Dedicated and VPS customers are given a 100% network up-time guarantee at LiquidWeb, plus a 30 minute hardware replacement guarantee and a 30 minute initial response time guarantee. Impressively, the company credits customers with 10x the amount of downtime they experienced if any of these promises are not met. In other words, each hour’s downtime results in ten hours’ account credit.

The company’s data centers are prominently promoted on its website; they have three separate facilities in Lansing, MI. All are privately owned and operated by the company, and they even provide videos to show off their facilities. The company offers Tier 1 premium bandwidth (via high-profile partners such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint), electronic security systems, dedicated power transformers and various forms of UPS backup, plus diesel generators. The data centers themselves have reinforced concrete walls and are air conditioned, with redundant air conditioning systems on standby.

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Honey Review: Browser Extension That Earns You Money!

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honey reviewAvailable at joinhoney.com, Honey is a free browser extension that automatically finds you money saving coupons, AND also earns you cashback on online purchases! In this “Join Honey review”, I’ll show you how awesome this browser extension is – and how you can get started in seconds!

Click here to join Honey. (It’s free) Start saving money & earning gift cards within 60 seconds.

Honey App Review – Automated, Seamless Cash Back Earnings

There are numerous ways to save money. One of them is by using coupons, of course. Unfortunately not all stores have coupons that you can find online. But did you know that every time you shop online – regardless of if you use coupons or not – you could be earning free cash backs!

What Is Cash Back?

honey review cashback browser extensionCash back is the amount of money that you get back when you shop at a store. It is usually fixed in percentage. For example, a store might offer 10% in cash back. It means that if you buy a $200 appliance, you will get $20 back which can either be a voucher that can only be used at that store in future, or it may as well be cold hard cash.

Honey app calls this cash back offers “cash bonus” — they are the same. 🙂

Whenever you purchase at qualifying stores (which they have plenty), you will get cash bonus.

All About Honey – and how is it helpful?

Honey is a browser extension and because you almost always use a browser to shop online, this extension saves you money every time you check-out online. It has two main functions.

  1. Automatic Coupons Insertion

When you are at the checkout page of any qualifying store, in this case GoDaddy, click on the highlighted Honey icon on top right of your browser. Click on Try Codes and Honey app will automatically insert and check each coupon code to find you maximum savings. Proceed to check out, and enjoy both the coupon discount and cash bonus.

  1. Cash Back Rewards Program (also automatic)

Regardless of whether you applied coupons or not, you can enroll in the cash bonus (cash back) rewards program.

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As you see, Honey browser extension sits there on your browser and saves your money without even you having to hustle.

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How To Sign Up For Payoneer + Get a $25 sign up bonus

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If you are a blogger/freelancer from foreign countries, it can be difficult to get paid online because most of the companies do not pay directly to foreign bank accounts. Payoneer is a great alternative that allows you to receive payments from US and European companies instantly, without having a US bank account. Payoneer provides its users a virtual US-based checking account to receive payments on, and it also provides a Payoneer which can be used to withdraw the money at any ATM booths in the world.

Sign up with this link to receive free $25 bonus along with your Payoneer

What Is Payoneer?

Payoneer is a well-established financial services business based in New York. It provides online money transfer and e-commerce payment services. It is a registered Member Service Provider worldwide. Anyone who is 18 years or older can sign up for a Payoneer account and start receiving their payments online. Additionally, Payoneer also has all the functionality of Paypal where one Payoneer user can send money to another user without any fees.

In this Payoneer review, we will be focusing on how to sign up for a Payoneer account, Payoneer and also receive $25 Payoneer sign up bonus.

Signing Up For A Payoneer Account

1. Click here to goto Payoneer sign up page. (link opens the $25 bonus offer)

Sign up for Payoneer account and Mastercard

Click on the link or image to open sign up page of Payoneer. Click the “Sign Up & Earn $25” button. Select if you are US resident or not. Continue.

Note: This is a referral link which enables you to get the $25 sign up bonus when you receive $100 or more on your Payoneer account.

If you sign up on Payoneer’s website directly, you will not receive the $25 bonus. I did the same mistake back when I first started using Payoneer.

2. Fill in the information.

Payoneer mastercard account sign up formEnter your first name, last name, email address and date of birth.

Remember: You have to be 18 years or older. Before you can use provided by Payoneer, they ask you to upload a verification (driving license, citizenship, or state ID) to prove your age and to verify you are a real person.

It is a simple process. You may use your cellphone to capture image of your ID and upload on Payoneer’s website. I believe they only want to see that you meet the minimum age requirement.

3. Fill in contact details.

Payoneer sign up form addressHere, you have to fill in your contact details like country and address.

Remember: Country cannot be changed later.

You can update your email address, phone number and address whenever you want. But country is permanent. Although it will work in any ATM booth that accepts, there will be extra fees if you transact in other country that where you are located. So select your home country and when asked to verify, upload a picture of your driving license or citizenship ID.

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Ria Money Transfer Review and Free $20 Amazon Giftcard

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I recently used Ria Money Transfer to send money to a friend who lives outside the US. When deciding between Xoom Money Transfer and Ria, I opted to choose Ria this time since it had direct bank transfer to my friend’s bank in his country. Unlike the mixed reviews on the internet, my experience with Ria money transfer was perfect. The money was delivered within 4 days. If I send to the same recipient again, it will be delivered instantly, well almost instantly! In this Ria Money Transfer review, I’ll talk about the awesome service I received from Ria.

For $20 Amazon gift card, signup at Ria using this link or the image below.

Ria Money Transfer Review

Why did I choose Ria?

Because transferring money bank-to-bank (swift transfer as they call it) is not the best idea. Your own bank will charge a transfer fee. The recipient bank will charge another one. Depending upon country and banks, the total fee can be as high as 100 USD. I always try to use money transfers like Xoom, Ria and Moneygram to skip those transfer fees. Ria has an offer where you can send any amount of money anywhere in the world WITHOUT a transfer fee, within the first 30 days of signing up on Ria. That is why I opted to try Ria.

Ria Money Transfer’s Sending Limit

You can transfer anywhere in between 1 USD and 2999 USD at a time, per day.
You also have a “maximum sending limit” of 7999 USD per 30-days period. Once that period is over, you can send up to 7999 USD again.

Transfer Rates and Fees

Ria money transfer fee

For the first 30 days from the date that you sign up, they don’t charge fees for any number of transfers. After that, depending upon where you are sending the money from and where your recipient is located, there can be some fees. I said “can” because some countries do not have fees if you are sending more than $999 at a time. The fee at other times is only $5 USD. Always opt to pay using a bank account to avoid fees. Using a credit card to pay will cost $20, and a debit card will cost $8.

No matter what, sending money using Ria money transfer is always cheaper than using a bank-to-bank overseas transfer.

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Dreamhost Coupons: All Promo Codes On A Single Page

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All Dreamhost Coupons Listed On A Single Page

In this short post, I’m going to link to all the Dreamhost coupons and Dreamhost promo codes which you can use for best discounts at dreamhost.com

Dreamhost Coupons For Shared Hosting

Dreamhost coupons: Shared HostingThe shared website hosting plan is the quickest and most affordable way to get your website online. It’s perfect for blogs, portfolios, online stores and even complex database-driven sites. and best of all, with solid state drives (SSDs), your website will load 200% faster. Includes 1 Free domain name for the life of your hosting plan most companies offer a free domain for a year. Dreamhost gives you 1 free domain with hosting plan for as long as you pay your hosting bill.

NOTE: Includes 1 free .com, .net, .org or .info domain name for the life of your plan 🙂

Link to 40% Off: Dreamhost Shared Hosting Coupon

Dreamhost Coupons For DreamPress & DreamPress 2

DreamHost coupons: 40% Off on DreampressThese are best suited for WordPress websites.

Hosted on virtual private servers, DreamPress 2 is super fast and highly reliable managed WordPress hosting service. With DreamPress 2, you’ll get a WordPress-optimized server environment managed by experts at DreamHost so you can focus on creating an amazing website.

NOTE: DreamPress was recently updated to DreamPress 2 but the price remained same! 🙂
Don’t be confused. DreamPress 2 is the new DreamPress. The previous DreamPress is no longer in use.

Link to 40% Off: DreamPress 2 Coupon

Dreamhost Coupons For VPS Hosting

Dreamhost coupons: 75% OFF on VPSNow with solid state drives (SSDs), Virtual Private Servers at Dreamhost give developers, designers and businesses more power, speed and stability to successfully run their websites and applications.

If you’re a business experiencing high traffic to your site, a developer running a complex application that requires instant scalability, or a designer wanting to give your clients’ sites maximum performance, then VPS hosting is just what you need! Dreamhost is an incredibly popular provider of affordable VPS and dedicated plans.

Link to 75% Off: Dreamhost VPS Coupon

Dreamhost Coupons For Dedicated Server Hosting

DreamHost coupons: dedicated hosting couponWhen you’re done sharing and want your own server.

A dedicated server gives you the ultimate in control, power and security. With your own server, there’ll be no more noisy neighbors disrupting your website performance. You’ll have access to all the server resources and horsepower you need for your website.

Plus, with dedicated server experts managing and monitoring the performance of your server 24×7, you can focus on your business.

Link to 30% Off: Dreamhost Dedicated Hosting Coupon

Why DreamHost?

DreamHost customers are as creative as they are entrepreneurial! We’ve gone out of our way to provide everything you’ll need to get your dreams online. DreamHost.

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