Review Hell Blog: Web Hosting

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HostGator’s Halloween Surprise: Downtime For Days!

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Two days ago, HostGator announced that they were experiencing several issues on their servers, and that an emergency maintenance is required. More than 48 hours later, servers are still down and HostGator’s resellers are inevitably losing clients. Could this be HostGator’s Halloween treat for their clients?

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Is the new .host TLD worth it?

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First off, forgive me for the irregular blog posting activity. I’d post everyday or every other day but I just can’t find the time to do so. That aside, here’s big(?) news in the web hosting industry: the .host TLD is now available for public registration! For more information, check out the registry’s official website: get.host

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Redirecting HTTP to HTTPS through .htaccess

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Two weeks ago, Google announced that HTTPS is now a factor in determining search engine rankings. They say their reason for this is they want to help make the web safer for everyone.

I had all my web pages as HTTP before, so naturally, Google’s index had my whole site as HTTP! It was therefore necessary for me to permanently move all my HTTP pages to HTTPS so that Google, other search engines, and of course my visitors would be redirected to the secure version of the site.

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Why Your Web Developer Shouldn’t Be Your Web Host

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Before any of you even mention it — I know I’m kind of shooting myself in the foot by writing and publishing this post. I build (and sometimes host*) websites for clients myself, but I figured it would be better if people knew the disadvantages of having your web developer/designer as your web host. I’m not trying to put myself out of business. I just don’t want experienced people taking advantage of those who know very little.

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Redirecting non-www to www through .htaccess

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I get this question a lot, so I’m now writing this post to use as a reference. Here’s how to redirect yourdomain.com to www.yourdomain.com.

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Web Hosting: Overselling vs. Overloading

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When looking for a web host, a common advice you’ll get from other people is, “make sure your host doesn’t oversell.” Is overselling really bad? Is it any different than overloading, or are they the same thing? Just how correct is this advice?

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We’re Not Stupid!

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Earlier today, I had a funny yet equally annoying experience with a host’s customer support representative. I don’t like the host — they’re a really cheap “budget host” and they’ve demonstrated incompetence so many times. If I owned the account I’d move the websites away from them as soon as possible. Unfortunately the account is my friend’s and I would have to bear for a few more months with this host until the contract expires.

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Why Most Other Review Sites Suck

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I’ve been feeling lazy all day and I’ve got no work to do, so I decided to read some web hosting reviews by other people. I was browsing through many sites including WebHostingTalk but the one site that made my day was WhoIsHostingThis.

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Yet Another Reason Why MDDHosting is Awesome

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At around 3 am EST yesterday, my brother and I were working on one of our sites when we experienced sudden slowness. We couldn’t publish articles, we couldn’t update pages, we couldn’t do anything productive at all. This was very unusual so we decided to wait it out a bit. A couple minutes passed and we were going to check again but to our surprise, the site was down! In fact, we found out all the sites in our account (including Review Hell) were down!

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Giving GoDaddy a Second Chance

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Last January, GoDaddy introduced a new product called “GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting.” They claim that this hosting plan is optimized for WordPress which means users can expect a boost in speed and overall performance. It’s generating a lot of buzz lately most probably because they’re selling a package that’s very similar to WPEngine‘s $29/month plan for about 1/4 of the cost!

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