Want the Chance to Win a Macbook Pro?

To celebrate the launch of SitePoint’s new Alibaba Cloud Services community forum, we’re running a huge launch competition with some AMAZING prizes on offer (courtesy of Alibaba Cloud).

Ok. How do I enter?

Simply describe your best original tip or mini-tutorial for making the most out of Alibaba Cloud services in 500-1000 words. You can try Alibaba Cloud Services by signing up for a free trial (value: $300-$1200 USD).

Your tip could cover any of these categories:

  • Best practices for cloud setups
  • Linux server configuration tips
  • Application deployment tips for optimal setups
  • Database configuration tips
  • Cloud performance tips (e.g. load balancing)
  • Networking tips (e.g. virtual private clouds)
  • General DevOps tips on Alibaba Cloud infrastructure

If your cloud tip doesn’t fit into one of these categories, enter it anyway!

Terms & Conditions


  • 1. Eligibility:

    This Campaign is open only to those who sign up at the www.sitepoint.com/alibaba-competition and who are 16 as of the date of entry. Employees of SitePoint, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

  • 2. Agreement to Rules:

    By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of SitePoint as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.

  • 3. Campaign Period:

    Entries will be accepted online starting August 22nd, 2018 PST and ending on October 3rd, 2018 PST. All online entries must be received by October 3rd, 2018 PST.

  • 4. How to Enter:

    The Campaign must be entered by submitting an entry via the Alibaba Cloud Services community forum on SitePoint Community (www.sitepoint.com/community/c/alibaba-cloud-services). The entry must describe your best original tip or mini-tutorial for making the most out of Alibaba Cloud services in 500-1,000 words. Topics for the tips and mini-tutorials can include, but is not limited to:

    • Best practices for cloud setups
    • Linux server configuration tips
    • Application deployment tips for optimal setups of everything from WordPress to a Minecraft server
    • Database configuration tips
    • Cloud performance tips, covering topics like load balancing and redundancy
    • Networking tips, covering security, Virtual Private Clouds, dynamic DNS and so on
    • General DevOps tips on Alibaba Cloud infrastructure

    The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete, are not original works, or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of SitePoint. You must provide the information requested. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of SitePoint.

  • 5. Prizes:

    The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winners”) will receive prizes in the following order:

    • First prize - MacBook Pro and $2,000 in Alibaba Cloud Credit.
    • Second prize - iPhone X and $1,000 Alibaba Cloud Credit
    • Third prize - iPad Pro and $500 Alibaba Cloud Credit

    Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize(s) shall be solely determined by SitePoint. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at SitePoint’s discretion. The prize is non-transferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for SitePoint to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

  • 6. Odds:

    The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

  • 7. Winner Selection and Notification:

    Winner(s) will be selected by the Judging Panel under the supervision of SitePoint. Twenty percent (20%) of judging criteria will be based on engagement, which includes but is not limited to upvotes, likes, comments and replies the entry receives in the Alibaba Cloud Services Community. Eighty percent (80%) of judging criteria will be based on but not limited to the technical expertise, helpfulness and proficiency of the entry as determined by our Judge(s). Decisions by the Judging Panel shall be final and will not be subject to discussion. Winner(s) will be notified by Email and/or Phone within five (5) days following selection of Winner(s). SitePoint shall have no liability for Winner(s) failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner(s) provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner(s) cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 30 Days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner(s) of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER(S) (AT SitePoint‘s SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER(S) DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER(S) OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER(S) WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

  • 8. Rights Granted by You:

    By entering this content (e.g., photo, video, text, etc.), You understand and agree that SitePoint, anyone acting on behalf of SitePoint, and SitePoint’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes for this competition only. Without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of SitePoint. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless SitePoint from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which SitePoint may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.

  • 9. Terms & Conditions:

    SitePoint reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, unauthorised human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond SitePoint’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, SitePoint may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by SitePoint. SitePoint reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. SitePoint has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Campaign rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, SitePoint reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

  • 10. Limitation of Liability:

    By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless SitePoint and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorised human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.

  • 11. Disputes:

    THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF Australia AND Victoria, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Victoria having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

  • 12. Privacy Policy:

    Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the SitePoint website https://www.sitepoint.com/privacy-policy/

  • 13. Sponsor:

    The Sponsor of the Campaign is Alibaba Cloud.

  • 14. The Campaign:

    hosted by SitePoint is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.

  • 15. By participating in the contest:

    You, the Contestant, have affirmatively reviewed, accepted, and agreed to all of the Official Rules & Regulations.