Introducing Twitch Tips

Very few of you may recall back in 2015 that a goal of mine was to purchase an established website. Going this route guarantees several benefits, such as an existing userbase, quality traffic, and a whole lot of backlinks. In other words, picking up a project that has already been worked on may cost a bit of money in the beginning, but in theory the end result will be more than worth it. I'm happy to announce that day has finally come.

I have officially acquired Twitch Tips — and completely redesigned it, for that matter. Twitch Tips is an unofficial resource that is completely dedicated to enhancing a Twitch streamer's experience. From in-depth posts and videos submitted by fellow gamers to a section created solely for showcasing the best technology, Twitch Tips features everything any Twitch streamer will ever need. Let's break it down by page.

Get Started

If you are new to streaming on Twitch, the Get Started page is perfect for you. It features guides on setting up necessary software, like OBS and IRC clients, making it easier to manage your community. This page also features numerous tips on how to gain more followers, stay consistent, and most important of all — create kickass content.

Posts

Head on over to the Posts page to discover the best chat moderation bots available, step-by-step guides on setting up your new Elgato capture card, and much more. Because Twitch Tips is heavily focused on community, I strongly advise you to consider submitting your own content to be featured on the site. More information can be found on the Contribute page.

Videos

Why read when you can watch? The Videos page features several videos that can help improve your Twitch streams. From the greatest tech to helpful OBS tips, you're sure to learn something new. And don't forget, you can Contribute your own videos!

Gear

Perhaps one of the most exciting pages on Twitch Tips, Gear features all kinds of products that can greatly enhance not only your Twitch streams, but your gaming experience as well. This page, while potentially not friendly to your wallet, has all the tech any gamer will ever need. From curved monitors to mechanical keyboards, I think you'll like what you see.


While the all-new Twitch Tips is radically bigger than its predecessor, I would like to extent my gratitude to the original owners of the website.  Your team has certainly done a fantastic job at publishing some truly helpful content. I'm excited to keep things going with my own personal approach. The future of Twitch Tips is a bright one, and I cannot wait to see where it goes.

My fellow gamers, let's game.

The Ultimate Sony RX100 Mark V Bundle

As much as I appreciate my Canon 80D and how it's helped me create higher quality video content, it was time to invest in another camera that would enable me to create even more content. I have decided to finally check out the highly anticipated Sony RX100 Mark V — a camera that seems to be quite popular amongst YouTubers.

While the Sony RX100 Mark V is still selling for a very expensive $948 on Amazon, it's apparently incredible at what it does. From its new lightning fast autofocus system to 4K recording capabilities, I'm excited to see what the RX100 does for my content creation. But if only the camera wasn't so damn expensive...

Similar to when I bought my Canon 80D, I decided to go the bundle route with the RX100. Needless to say, I'm so glad I did. For just $10 extra, opting for the RX100 bundle has given me so much more in the box than I would normally get if I bought the camera alone.

Below is an overview of everything included in the particular Sony RX100 Mark V bundle I purchased via Amazon:

Sony RX100 Mark V - Of course, the bundle includes the RX100 itself, as well as any other accessories that were officially packaged by Sony.

2x NP-BX1 Batteries - Per my research, the RX100 doesn't offer the best battery life, so having a spare battery or two is a must. This bundle includes two spare batteries, giving you three batteries total.

Battery Charger - What good are lithium batteries without a battery charger?

SanDisk 64GB Extreme Memory Card - SanDisk is a favorite brand of mine for memory cards. 64GB is also a sweet spot, providing you with plenty of space for storing photos and videos

Corel PaintShop Pro X9 - Worth $45 alone, PaintShop Pro X9 is professional-level photo editing software that offers a ton of features and tools that can be used to improve your photography.

Ultimaxx Pro Camera Case - This is just a basic camera case, but at least it's something to get you started. After all, you don't want to risk damaging or losing a camera that costs nearly $1,000.

12-inch Rubberized Spider Tripod - Setting up the shot while on the go will be easier thanks to this 12-inch portable tripod. It features an adjustable angle and rubberized grip for handheld usage.

Mini Tabletop Tripod - Get the perfect shot using this basic mini tripod that will take up hardly any space.

Beach Camera SD Memory Card Reader - Insert your SD card into this USB compatible reader to import photos and videos.

Micro-HDMI to HDMI Cable - Output your photos and videos to any TV or monitor that supports HDMI.

Vivitar Tri-fold Memory Card Wallet - Keep track of your memory cards using this organizer.

LCD Screen Protectors - Included with the bundle are three screen protectors to shield the screen on your RX100 from being damaged.

LCD/Lens Cleaning Pen - Easily clean the RX100's display or lens with this included cleaning tool.

Lens Cleaning Kit - This 3-piece kit includes a small bottle of cleaning solution, a microfiber cloth, and several cotton swabs.

Beach Camera Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - Pretty self explanatory.


I'm just getting started with my coverage of the Sony RX100 Mark V, as I plan to record several videos in the coming weeks. If you are interested in staying up to date, please sign up for my email list below. Also, keep an eye on my YouTube channel.

How I'm Making Website Creation Easier for You

Building websites is something that I have always encouraged through my content. Whether it's sharing what I enjoy about Wix in my YouTube videos or providing design advice on this very website, I strongly believe everybody needs a place on the Internet that they can call their own. Sure, social media is great, but how much control do you actually have? Sites like Facebook and Twitter aren't going to be around forever.

There is, however, one problem that seems to be holding most users back from moving forward in creating a website — they think it's a difficult process. But you know what? It's so much easier than you may think, especially if you have some guidance along the way. That's where Build A Website 1-2-3 comes in.

Build A Website 1-2-3 is an all-new resource that I have been putting together for a little while now. It's exactly what it sounds like. This new website is focused on solely one thing — making web creation easier for you, the user. No longer are you forced to search high and low for the right resources.

From a 3-step guide to reliable web hosting reviews, Build A Website 1-2-3 walks you through the process of building a successful website — minus the headaches. In other words, I have done all the research for you, leaving more time for you to be creative and create awesome content. After all, isn't content the key factor in attracting attention and growing your brand?

Of course, the primary focus of Build A Website 1-2-3 is the simple 3-step guide:

1. Find a Domain Name

2. Get Web Hosting

3. Create Your Content

But if you're looking to go beyond the 3-step guide, Build A Website 1-2-3 has so much more to offer:

5 Ways to Make Your Wix Website More Social

How to Start an Engaging Blog

Find Domain Names Instantly Using Instant Domain Search

If you have any questions about Build A Website 1-2-3, just head on over to the Contact page and fill out the form. You are guaranteed to receive a response from me within 24 hours.

Now it's your turn to get creative. Start building!

Why 144hz (or 120Hz) Is the Way to Go for Gaming

For quite a while, I would occasionally get people asking when I'm going to invest in my first 144Hz monitor. As a gamer who had clearly never taken the time to research the topic, I usually dismissed the idea and said I was happy with what I have — and that's true. I'm typically pleased with the tech that I own. But then something happened...

I decided to finally look into 144Hz monitors, so I eventually came across the Dell S2716DG. And that's when my interest suddenly piqued. Having read several reviews on Amazon and watching a handful of YouTube videos, I knew I had to check this thing out for myself.

Before we get into why I cannot recommend going with a monitor that has a refresh rate lower than 120Hz, check out my unboxing video of the Dell S2716DG below:

So, what's so special about a monitor's refresh rate — and what does it mean, exactly? The refresh rate of your monitor is a calculation of how quickly it refreshes the image within one second. For example, a 60Hz monitor refreshes the image 60 times every second. Replace that number with a refresh rate of 120 or 144, and you get the point.

The faster the refresh rate, the smoother performance you'll experience. And believe me, going from 60Hz to 144Hz is a massive upgrade. It's the same feeling I experienced when I first used the iPad Pro with ProMotion. Everything in general, gaming especially, appears more natural and lifelike.

Having used my 144Hz monitor for a few days now, below are some interesting points you might find enticing:

  • Whether you're gaming or not, performance is significantly better that I had originally imagined
  • 144Hz is far smoother than anything I've experienced with 60Hz
  • 1ms response time is excellent, and especially useful when gaming
  • Adjustable height and angle controls are easy to use
  • Thin bezel allows for seamless integration with other low-profile monitors
  • Quality 27-inch display for less than $500

It's also important to note that despite the Dell S2716DG using a TN panel and not IPS, you can hardly ever notice. Colors appear to be quite vibrant, viewing angles are forgiving, and build quality in general is something to be appreciated.

Oh, and you know what? I've been enjoying the monitor so much that I decided to buy a second one. Check out a preview of my dual 144Hz monitor setup:

Are you interested in buying the Dell 2716DG for yourself? Check it out on Amazon. You'll be glad you did.

Why Wix Has Been Blowing My Mind

We have all seen those Wix ads on YouTube. "You need a website. Why not do it yourself?" That's just one example. You know the ones I'm talking about, right? They're the kinds of ads that you see so often, you eventually become curious and see what all the hype is about. That's exactly what I did. As a longtime Squarespace customer, I finally bit the bullet and decided to give Wix a fair try.

But before I go into my initial impressions of Wix, I have one question for myself — "What took you so long?"

Really, what took me so long? I suppose you could say I have been biased to Squarespace for years now. I mean, I'm going on almost ten years. That's a long time to be committed to any kind of product or service.

So, let's talk about Wix and why it's been blowing my mind. There is so much I want to cover, but to save you time, I'm going to focus on the key features that I think most creators will find interesting. For more in-depth coverage of Wix, feel free to check out my walkthrough video below.

  • ULTIMATE FLEXIBILITY - With hardly any limitations in place, Wix allows you to freely move text, images, etc. to any position on your website.
     
  • FREE STOCK IMAGES - Wix offers thousands of free stock images (and videos) to use at your leisure. Similar stock media would normally cost a fortune once combined.
     
  • BEAUTIFUL GALLERY LAYOUTS - I've always had a thing for galleries, which is why I am impressed by Wix's offering. From grid layouts to full-width galleries, you are sure to find something that will spruce up your website.
     
  • VIDEO BACKGROUNDS - Utilizing video backgrounds on your website can be a great way to visually please visitors and entice them to stick around. Wix has a plethora of stylish videos to experiment with.
     
  • FILE MANAGER - Wix makes keeping track of your files a breeze. Simply upload files that you would like to use on your website (such as images, videos and documents) and they'll be stored securely for access at any time.
     
  • WIX APP MARKET - Yes, Wix has an entire market of free apps that can be added to your website. From social apps to business tools, this has to be one of my favorite aspects of Wix. The possibilities are endless.
     
  • FREE DOMAIN NAME - This is common for most website editors/hosts, but I'm glad to see Wix is following the trend. Sign up for one year of service and you get a free domain name. Simple as that.

This is just the beginning of my Wix coverage, as I still have so much more to explore and share. However, if you have any specific feature requests that you would like more information on, please let me know in the comments.

Click the button below to get started with your free Wix website.