If you’re reading this article, chances are that you’re pretty happy with your current setup but you wish you could find ways to reduce your AWS hosting costs. We’ll assume that you’re not all that interested in migrating to a different hosting provider. Frankly, you’ll probably spend more short-run money migrating and resolving any post-migration issues than you if you had simply left things alone. What we’ll do here is target the 2 main costs: Infrastructure and Labor, and then touch on some of the ways you can cost-cut in those areas with AWS. …

If you’ve been looking at our Stripe Terminal plugin, chances are you’ve been interested in bringing your in-person transactions out on the road. Like many small business owners, WooCommerce and WordPress offer really affordable solutions for an eCommerce experience which makes this plugin a much more appealing solution than custom-coding a mobile app with Stripe’s BBPoS Chipper. With over 6 million WooCommerce sites out there, it’s clear that small businesses would benefit a great deal from an in-person transaction experience that’s plug and play ready for their storefront. Unfortunately, the Verifone P400 is not a mobile solution and while Stripe’s…

Question: Why is our legislature largely dismissing tax policies targeted at keeping small businesses afloat? I’ll reserve my opinion on that and focus on the important stuff (earth to Americans, now is time to focus on important things, not the 24/7 partisan bologna).


The details of the stimulus package, regardless of partisan contention, are entirely irrelevant to the fact that the basis of this package is mediocre economics. At its very core this package is aimed only at minimally addressing some symptoms of the shut-down without sufficient effort to slow the bleeding and does so by leveraging a tool…

We asked Arcane Strategies’s engineers to come up with a 9 Question questionnaire to help business owners determine if the cloud is right for their business. These questions and answers will help participants learn about the capabilities and downsides of both Managed Cloud Support Providers and Dedicated Servers.


This questionnaire goes over various parts of your business to determine what is most important, relevant to the Cloud vs Dedicated Server question. Hovering over answers will give a bit more information on what each answer represents or the benefits it has. …

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Talking to customers about their current hosting providers has revealed that there is some uncertainty between which providers have which features. Mike and Lou break down common Cloud Support Providers into different “MLB style leagues” to help listeners understand which providers will be able to meet there needs. You can listen to all of our podcasts on ArcaneRadio.com.

Here is an excerpt:

The “pros” — look at the pros as more of like they do a whole bunch more. Not necessarily they do it better. Would that be a fair way to say it?


There are a lot of terms and phrases to learn in the IT field: Hosting Provider, Integrated Solutions, DevOps, CI/CD, Managed Services, and many others. While we could write a post on each of these (maybe we will…), Managed Services is something we are getting a lot of questions about and something we have been wanting to talk about.

So, What is Managed Services? It is a term that can cover a lot of parts of Tech, which causes confusion. …

Trying to figure out which Stripe Card Readers work best with Arcane’s Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce plugin, we’ve got you covered. Some card readers may not be compatible with your setup. Or perhaps you just want to know what alternatives there are for working with Stripe. We’ll go through each of the available options on the market, below, to give you all the information you need to make your decision.

Before we dive in, it’s important to know how Stripe processes card reader transactions.

  1. Embed forms via Stripe.Js
    This is for web-based forms which off-loads PCI to Stripe. It is pretty…

Now that 2020 has begun, there have been a lot of tech bloggers talking about the top 2020 DevOps Trends to look out for. Mike and Lou review some of these to let you know if they are real changes or just noise. Starting with IOT and some of the talks we had with Matthew Romagnoli we cover several topics from various articles (linked below).

Some of the trends that we cover include; AI Adoption Will Rise, Tool Fatigue Will Get Worse, Reemergence of (some) Standardization, and more!

Here is a small excerpt:

Lou — I don’t know if you’ve…

We decided to put together a quick Stripe Terminal with WooCommerce Setup Video to help users install and activate their Terminal for Stripe and WooCommerce plugin. In this video, we walk through how to download, install and activate the plugin as well as the Verifone p400. You can watch the video here and follow the written instructions below.

We are also currently running an offer of a Free Verifone p400 with any purchase of a 1-year subscription to our Pro Plugin. Use promo code: Free400 at checkout to take advantage of this $300 savings.

How-To Complete Stripe Terminal with WooCommerce Setup

Our plugin is easy to install…

Our Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce plugin has been getting a lot of attention and questions from users. Most of the questions have dealt with availability and installation. To help with both of these, we thought it would be helpful to put together an installation guide and talk about its availability in a blog post.

How to Install Terminal for Stripe and WooCommerce Plugin

Our plugin is easy to install and add to your WooCommerce website/store. Follow these 3 easy steps to set up your new plugin and card reader:

  1. Download, install, and activate the plugin.

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