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cPanel and Plesk — Will Change of Ownership Affect Development?

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Recently, it was announced that cPanel has been acquired by Oakley Capital. This also happens to be same company that owns Plesk, thereby implying that two of the world’s most popular control panels are now under the same parent company. At this point, the question is: what does the future hold now that two leading […]

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How to Migrate from WordPress.com to Self-Hosted WordPress – A Step-by-Step Guide!

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WordPress.com is a great way to start a blog or website with ease. You do not have to worry about web hosting, security, or other things that come associated with hosting your own WordPress site. However, at times, you might need to migrate from WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress website.

The reasons for such a migration from WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress installation can vary. With that said, how can you migrate from WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress? This guide will offer a step-by-step explanation of how to do it.

But first, let us discuss when and why you would need to migrate from WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress.

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How to Start a WordPress Blog: A Guide to Themes, Plugins, Hosting and More!

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WordPress has long been the world’s most popular content management system. However, while today it can be used to power virtually any nature of website, WordPress began as a simple blogging platform. Even now, more and more blogs are being built using WordPress.

The question is, how do you build a blog using WordPress? Are there any special considerations that you must keep in mind? Simply put, what is needed when you intend to start a blog with WordPress?

If you have ever faced such questions, this page will answer them all. We will now discuss how to successfully start a blog using WordPress.

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When Should You Opt For Windows Hosting?

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If you are just getting started with the world of web hosting, you might already have come across enough technical jargon. Such heavy terms and concepts can seem daunting for a new user. Which type of hosting plan do I need? How much space and bandwidth will I require? And so on.

One such question that often comes up is: which platform or operating system should you be using? Should you opt for a Linux hosting package or go with a Windows hosting solution?

This article will explain the differences between the two and also help you narrow down on which one you ought to be using.

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Separate Domain Registrations from Your Web Hosting

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For years, many web hosting companies have offered customers the option to get a free domain name along with their purchase of a web hosting plan. Some web hosts offer a free domain name for the first year, while others offer it for free for as long as they’re a web hosting customer.

Yes, it may seem cost-effective for you to get a free domain name, but there’s more to think about before choosing this option. More often than not, it’s beneficial to register your domain name through a third-party domain registrar (e.g. NameCheap) than to have your web hosting company do it for you.

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Do You Really Need to Spend Money on SSL Certificates Anymore?

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Of late, SSL certificates have risen in popularity as more and more webmasters are now using them. SSL certificates can add a level of trust for your website and also ensure your site has better and enhanced security. However, do you really need to spend a good deal of money on SSL certificates? Nowadays, there are various options that can help you install SSL certificates on your site for free.

As a result, you do not really have to spend big bucks on SSL certificates. Yet, does this mean paid SSL certificates are totally unnecessary? Again, the answer is not that straightforward. In this article, we will be discussing the same.

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Features of Web Hosts You Should Consider Avoiding

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The web hosting industry has a lot of competition. To set themselves apart from the crowd, many web hosting providers offer a custom set of features. While most of such custom features are generally very useful, there are certain special “features” that you should stay away from.

So, which offerings and customized solutions of web hosts you should try to avoid? This article will answer the question.

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Best Ways to Resell Hosting — Reseller, VPS, or Dedicated Servers?

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Reselling web hosting is often a lucrative business if done correctly. You need to provide good support to your clients and offer a decent set of features, but other than that, you are mostly free from worries. Of course, this depends on the nature of reselling model that you have. If you are cutting corners and relying on poor upstream hosting provider, your reselling business will not fare well.

Thus, you need to pick an upstream hosting provider that offers reliable uptime. Beyond that, you also need to have a business model that is profitable. One such concern that you should have is: which is the best way to resell web hosting? Should you opt for a reseller plan, get a VPS, or have a dedicated server? This article shall answer the question.

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EIG Hosting Talk: Non-Strategic Brands

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Endurance International Group (EIG) has been raising prices and streamlining operations for all “non-strategic brands”. They haven’t named any of these non-strategic hosting brands, but have stated that BlueHost, HostGator, and iPage are not a part of this group. Instead moving forward these three web hosts are considered EIG’s “key hosting brands”.

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Best Server-side Caching Solutions For Hosting Your Websites

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When it comes to web hosting, speed matters the most. If your server is slow, your site will not perform well. Therefore, many web hosts go out of their way to ensure that their servers utilize the latest tools and resources to host your data.

One such method is to make use of server-side caching. You might have heard of web hosts speaking about “solutions” such as Memcached, xCache, Varnish and what not. Each promises to make your website lightning fast — “up to 200 times faster” in some claims!

But what are such caching solutions all about? And how can they benefit your website? In this article, I will explain some of the leading server-side caching solutions so that the next time you hear about either of such methods, you know exactly what to expect!

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