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Has Your Site Been Blacklisted?

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The unfortunate experience of having your site blacklisted can cost you money, reputation and time spent finding and fixing the offending site behavior. When you’re blacklisted, potential visitors are alerted that your site has been blacklisted, and they’re advised to back out. No good for business.

You can also be blacklisted by having your emails get rejected. Same applies: bad for business.

If you’re innocent of malicious behavior but you’ve been blacklisted through no fault of your own, you probably got hacked. If you didn’t get hacked, it could be your web host’s email server.

No worries, it happens everyday and there’s a way out.

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3 Ways You’re Probably Inviting Hackers to Your Website

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You may not think hackers are interested in you or your website. Sorry to burst your bubble but you are so wrong. They covet your site, actually, for its ability to spread malware and malicious code that does all sorts of evil things in the world.

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Is Your Data Safe in the Cloud?

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Since 2011, the Federal Government has pushed an initiative to get all its departments to move to the Cloud. It’s one of President Obama’s pet projects, and the Feds are spending about a quarter of their annual IT budget on the move.

If it’s good enough for the Feds, who house arguably the most sensitive data in the world, why shouldn’t it be good enough for the rest of us?

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Are You Being Greenwashed By Your Web Host?

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Come on, admit it: you want to save the planet. Somewhere, deep inside all of us, there’s a tiny voice telling us that “going green” matters… that we can make a difference.

That’s what web hosting companies are counting on anyway.

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Busting the Myth of SEO Hosting

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So, you think you need a dedicated IP address? Well if you’re running an e-commerce site that may be true. But for the rest of you, what is it that you think you’re getting when you shell out the extra dough for SEO Hosting?

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How to Avoid the Catastrophic Event of Losing Your Website

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It never fails to surprise me how cavalier business owners are when it comes to backing up their websites. Of course it may simply be ignorance (“nobody ever told me!“) or it may be from misguided advice (“your web host keeps all that on file for you“) but sometimes it’s plain old negligence.

And that, of course, is inexcusable…

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Why the Lack of Live Chat Support Shouldn’t Be a Deal Breaker

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People shopping for web hosting have different requirements, but I noticed a trend amongst customers who are new to web hosting — they all want live chat support!

I can’t blame them though. The idea of being able to get a hold of your host whenever you need assistance seems great, especially when you know very little about how things work. But is live chat support something that could spell the difference between having a good or bad experience with a host? Not really.

There are many reasons why the lack of live chat support shouldn’t be a deal breaker and I’ve listed a few interesting ones below.

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How Some Hosting Companies are Taking Advantage of Auto-Installers and Trying to Sell You Stuff

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While some hosts add totally benign plugins to WordPress, like WP Super Cache or JetPack, a few are now inserting what look to be advertisements for “premium” features for your blog. Are some auto-installers now taking a dark, new direction?

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EIG Hosting Alternatives For Those Leaving Arvixe

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When HostGator was acquired by Endurance International Group (EIG) a few years ago, many people experienced a decline in quality of service. Sites went down frequently, support was no longer stellar, and simply being a HostGator customer was a frustration. A lot of HostGator clients sought refuge and Arvixe was one of the more popular HostGator alternatives.

In late October 2014, a lot of people were surprised when news about EIG buying Arvixe spread like wildfire. Arvixe clients couldn’t help but be worried because we all know what happens to a host when it’s acquired by EIG. More and more people are now transferring their sites away from Arvixe and other EIG hosts (A Small Orange, BlueHost, HostGator, Site5, etc. see the full list of web hosts EIG owns) in order to avoid the clusterf@#k that’s bound to happen sooner or later.

If you’re one of the many people who are looking for a new host that is not owned by EIG, check out the EIG alternatives I listed below. I believe it’s very unlikely that EIG will ever acquire the following hosts, so don’t worry because you’re going to be safe with them!

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Great Web Hosting Deals – Black Friday 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here are some amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday web hosting deals available only this Thanksgiving season. You can’t let these pass!

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