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Is Managed WordPress Hosting Really Worth The Price?

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For the past few years, managed WordPress hosting has risen in popularity. There are various managed WordPress hosts that claim to offer, among other things, additional help with WordPress websites such as troubleshooting as well as security and maintenance services.

To make up for the extra bit of services being offered by such hosts in addition to web hosting, the pricing goes up, and a hosting configuration that might otherwise be available for $10 per month at a decent shared web host becomes $25 per month at a managed WordPress host.

Question is, are managed WordPress hosts worth the money? Does it make sense to host your WordPress website with a host that promises to take extra care of it? More importantly, are such claims of “managed” hosting really true, or are these just another marketing buzzword, much like “unlimited” web hosting?

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IX Web Hosting Acquired by Endurance International Group

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In June of 2015 Endurance International Group (EIG) acquired Site5. It was revealed today that EIG purchased another big web hosting company in the last quarter of 2015, IX Web Hosting. EIG acquired the assets of Ecommerce, LLC (the parent company of IX Web Hosting) for $28 million in November 2015.

The Ecommerce, LLC acquisition includes a total of 72,000 subscribers from three different hosting brands: IX Web Hosting, Cloud by IX, and Host Excellence (all three have been added to the long list of EIG hosting companies…)

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Does Your Website Really Need an SSL Certificate?

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It has become common knowledge by now that Google has decided to favor HTTPS websites over HTTP, assuming all other factors such as responsive design, page load times, and quality of content remain the same.

This decision by Google has sparked a good deal of debate on the Internet, with more and more webmasters moving their websites to HTTPS. Furthermore, it has also provided several web hosts and SSL providers with an opportunity, wherein they can try to upsell their SSL certificates by telling customers that their websites “need the SSL certificate in order to do well”.

The question is, do you really need an SSL certificate for your website? In this post, I will attempt to answer this question.

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Questions You Should Ask Before Signing up With a Web Host

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Anyone who has ever searched for a web host knows that there are countless web hosting providers out there, both big and small, good and bad. Nearly every web host makes a big set of promises, and while some do deliver on their promises, many others just use loopholes to evade their promises and jeopardize their clients’ websites and data.

As such, when choosing a web host, what all can be done? Of course, reading proper reviews, doing your research, as well as reading a post or two on reliable sources is really essential. However, what about certain key questions that you can put before your web host, in order to better understand their terms and conditions as well as the scope and extent to which the said web host might be willing to go to assist you. After all, asking questions and knowing what you are signing up for is better than losing your website data and traffic owing to a misunderstood clause.

In this post, I will be discussing some questions that you should ask before signing up with a web hosting provider.

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Great Web Hosting Deals: Black Friday – Cyber Monday 2015

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here are some amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday web hosting deals available only this Thanksgiving season. Don’t miss out on these once in a year crazy web hosting deals!

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cPanel vs Plesk: Control Panel Comparison

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When it comes to web hosting control panels, the choices and options are far too many. We have open source and free options, as well as proprietary ones. cPanel, Plesk, VirtualMin, InterWorx, DirectAdmin, you name it!

As such, it often gets tough to decide which web hosting control panel one should opt for. On one hand, as an end user, you need to know which control panel will make your life easier in the long run, on the other hand, as a web hosting provider, you should be aware of the pros and cons of the web hosting control panel that you are offering, so as to be able to serve your customers in a better manner.

cPanel and Plesk are two of the biggest names in this field, and each of them has a loyal following and user base, as well as a long list of advantages and disadvantages. So, which one beats the other? In this post, I will offer a comparison of cPanel and Plesk.

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Great Web Hosting Deals – Halloween 2015

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It’s Halloween weekend so I decided to share some spooky/scary web hosting coupon codes. Check out these Halloween web hosting deals and the not so spooky coupon section for more deals going on now too. Have a happy Halloween everyone!

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When is Your Web Host Overcharging You?

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Since web hosting is a saturated market, pricing tends to be competitive and you can get great deals for prices that won’t break the bank. In fact, more and more web hosts offer deals to attract new customers, and go as far as offering 50% off or more in discounts.

Yet, customers being over-charged is also a harsh reality of the web hosting industry. At times, web hosts compel their clients to pay for unnecessary services, whereas at other times, the pricing for general products such as domain names and SSL certificates is enhanced.

So, how do you figure out if your web host is overcharging you? In this post, I will provide instances of common cases wherein web hosts force their users to pay extra and indulge in unnecessary expenditure.

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What is an Acceptable Amount of Downtime?

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In the long-term achieving zero downtime is considered a myth. In order to remain in a healthy environment servers will need to go through maintenance, as it’s also a way to avoid drastic downtimes in the future. Businesses and web hosting companies need to be able to schedule maintenance to avoid and minimize any unplanned downtime or outages. In the grand scheme of things, even the largest organizations in the world are sometimes hit with outages, server issues, and maintenance that hinder their ability to achieve zero downtime.

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What to do if Your Web Host is Acquired by EIG?

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Looking at the rate with which EIG is purchasing one brand after another, one can only wonder: how exactly does one stay aloof from the EIG juggernaut, and opt for a web hosting firm that will manage to remain independent? In this post, I will attempt to answer this question.

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