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CyberGhost VPN Review 2018 (Our Thoughts After Testing It)

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If you’ve looked at lists of top-tier VPNs, you’ll certainly have encountered CyberGhost.

CyberGhost is not the largest or most popular VPN, but it is certainly one of the most acclaimed.

CyberGhost has surprisingly only been around since 2011. CyberGhost has maintained a strong sense of identity as a promoter of internet privacy and freedom.

Yeah, all VPNs say that, I know. Well, CyberGhost was the first VPN company to publish a transparency report, and the entire company is less than a decade old.
So, it might be more than just show with CyberGhost.

And despite not being the most popular VPN in the world, it does support over 20 million users, so surely something is going right.

But hey, you can’t judge off what CyberGhost says about itself. Luckily, I have been using CyberGhost for a little while by now, and I can give you a full rundown of the good, the bad, and the awesome. Let’s get started.

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10 Best Free WordPress Themes: Handpicked – with Screenshots, Links, etc.

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WordPress is one of the most preferred platforms for website building. It is popularly known to facilitate the building of intuitive websites.

Creating a musician’s website is equalling simple using WordPress customizations. WordPress provides an extra touch of creativity with its themes.

A musician’s website needs to be creative, appealing, and quick to load. A known fact is, a well-designed website can do magic to your business.

To build an appealing musician inclined website, you need to focus on several smaller aspects of web designing.

So, you have taken up the task of building a musician based website. That’s amazing!!

However, the question is how do you know which WordPress theme suits your requirement?

Believe me, not all themes are suitable for building a musician’s website.

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Shopify vs. BigCommerce: Key Differences You Should Know (Dec 18)

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Note: We have tested both platforms. Based on that, we have done a comparison that would help you to decide which one would be great for you.

The world of ecommerce site-building has a few giants. Perhaps the largest of them is Shopify: since its founding in 2006, it has processed more than $72 billion in sales—the GDP of a small country.

This staggering volume has set Shopify far apart from most of its other competitors.

There is, however, a rival shopping cart and e-commerce platform that holds substantial influence of its own.

That would be BigCommerce; like Shopify, BigCommerce was once a start-up with a small team that ballooned over the years.

Since its founding in 2009, BigCommerce has processed $17 billion in sales; although far from Shopify’s walloping figure, BigCommerce has certainly set itself out from the competition to become one of Shopify’s main rivals.

What’s more, BigCommerce has become the platform of choice for many of the world’s leading brands, such as Toyota, Motorola, Camelbak, and Ben & Jerry’s (among others).

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GoDaddy Website Builder Review: Our Expert Opinion with Pros & Cons

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Website Builders are practically a boon, especially when you do not wish to hire expensive web developers.

When you do web designing by yourself, then choosing an affordable and reliable website builder is the surest way forward.

A popular brand for hosting, GoDaddy is equally present in the market when we speak about website builders. Being a well-known brand, you surely cannot miss GoDaddy’s website builder.

There is a lot of buzz about GoDaddy in the market. Being one of the largest domain registrars, how competent is GoDaddy’s website builder is a question most people ask.

I have used GoDaddy website builder for quite some time now and decided to review and put forth my thoughts.

With no delay let me start by providing what I found really appealing about GoDaddy’ website builder.

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Wix vs WordPress: Our Experience by making a Site on Wix & WordPress

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Chris Wagner

“We have built test website to monitor Uptime.

We are monitoring both Uptime and Performance through our website chrisw51.wixsite.com/hpsite and pillhwp.wordpress.com/.

This Comparision of Wix vs WordPress is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

So, it’s come to this. I can’t overstate the popularity of Wix and WordPress.com: both are extremely popular content management systems (CMS).

The former is known for being a major pioneer and force in easy website building. The latter is known for being the go-to website builder for many blogs, though “ordinary” websites also use it frequently.

Note: technically, there are two types of WordPress. The first is WordPress.org, which is a free and open source software for content management. Using WordPress.org requires more stuff on your end, namely getting hosting and getting a domain name from different parties.

The second is WordPress.com: this is a commercial version of WordPress that looks very similar but works more like a paid CMS. WordPress.com is a one-stop-shop, meaning paying for it includes hosting and domain names (like Wix).

In this review, I’ll be talking about WordPress.com, and I’ll be referring to it just as WordPress.

In any case, these two really are giants. Wix claims to have had 110 million users in 2017. WordPress is frequently said to power 32% of websites on the internet (meaning both WordPress.com and WordPress.org), but figures for WordPress.com specifically are harder to come by. One estimate is that 37 million sites use WordPress.com.

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Betternet Review: Should we use, or move to Alternative? (Tested)

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What is Betternet VPN?

If you’ve been interested in getting a VPN for the first time, or perhaps acquiring a new one, you’ve likely heard of Betternet.

Betternet is easily one of the most popular VPNs around, mostly because of its presence in the mobile app market.

Betternet has been the #1 VPN app on both the Google Play Store and the Apple’s App Store.

On the Play Store alone, it counts over 10 million downloads, and in total Betternet claims to have 38 million users worldwide.

Clearly, Betternet is popular. How? Why? There are so many VPNs nowadays, especially for mobile users. What makes Betternet among the most popular?

Betternet’s popularity would have you expect an extremely well-featured, comprehensive VPN.

This is not the case: Betternet’s essence is simplicity and ease of use. It also gets its tremendous appeal from being one of the better free VPNs around—or at least, that used to be the case.

Within the last week, it would seem, Betternet has undergone a significant change in its pricing, and judging from unhappy comments on the app stores, one wonders how much longer Betternet will be able to maintain its popularity.

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iPage Review: 6 Pros & 3 Cons of Using it!

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Chris Wagner

“We have been a paying customer for iPage hosting since August 2018.

We are monitoring iPages’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through our website hostingpill-ip.website.

This review of iPage hosting is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

This iPage Hosting Review was revised and updated on December 5, 2018.

iPage is a well-known and popular hosting platform. If you have been frequently checking for different hosting platforms, then surely you would have heard this name before.

iPage is a web hosting and domain registration company. Well, it is a part of Endurance International Group, which also includes Bluehost and HostGator. This is relatively an older web hosting platform as compared to its competitors.

It was first launched in 1998 by Thomas Gorny. iPage has its headquarters in Burlington, MA, USA. It does provide a range of services and hosting options to choose from.

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iPage serves over 1 million customers worldwide. It is large and well-known, but are they good enough is a question yet to be answered.

To get every question answered, I decided to review iPage and its web hosting services in particular.

Through this post, I will help you decide if iPage suffices your purpose of using it for your website.

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CrashPlan Review: Should You Buy this Online Backup Service?

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Here at HostingPill, data and its movements are very important to us.Whether you want to consistently add content to your site or work offline, digital storage is an essential part of everyday life now.

A single computer can hold and process vast amounts of information, and made almost everything about information (creating it, accessing it, sharing it) more efficient.

Of course, the downside is that if your device crashes, breaks, or gets stolen—you may have lost all those files you kept in one place.

Hence the importance of backing everything up. But hey, that’s easier said than done—we might back up once in a while manually, but I doubt anyone regularly does manual back-ups consistently enough to preserve all the new stuff on their device.

Enter CrashPlan.

CrashPlan is a product developed by Code42, a software company that deals with backup software.

Code42 offers two main products: Code42 Enterprise, which is backup software for big businesses, and CrashPlan, which is for small businesses.

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DreamHost Review – Based on Our Experience

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Chris Wagner

“We have been a paying customer for DreamHost since April 2017.

We are monitoring DreamHost’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through our website hostingpill-dh.website.

This review of DreamHost is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

This DreamHost Hosting Review was revised and updated on December 5, 2018.

Ah, DreamHost. Of all the companies we’ve looked at, DreamHost is certainly one of the most recognizable.

Having purportedly serviced 1.5 million websites, DreamHost is up there with the other major players in the hosting game.

Another reason it’s such a major player, and viewed so credibly, is its history: DreamHost has been running since 1997, which might as well be a few decades in internet years.

So you’ve been looking into your next potential hosting platform. Maybe you have no idea where to start, or maybe you’re already thinking of specific companies and specific plans.

We’re here to help you figure out what different companies can offer you, and right now I’m about to tell you how DreamHost performs based on my own experience with them.

Does DreamHost’s reputation far outweigh its performance?

Or are things pretty aligned?

Keep reading to find out!

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HostGator Review: Why I Love/Hate HostGator (Solid Uptime)

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Chris Wagner

“We have been a paying customer for HostGator since August 2017.

We are monitoring HostGator’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through our website hostingpill-hg.website.

This review of HostGator is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

 

This HostGator Hosting Review was revised and updated on December 4, 2018.

If you’ve looked around a few lists of top hosting providers, you may have come across a certain name: HostGator.

HostGator is not the largest hosting platform, but it is on the larger side.

What is HostGator?

It’s been in business since 2002—which, for the hosting world, means it’s pretty well established—and it’s gotten big enough to have international offices in addition to its HQs in Austin and Houston.

In 2012, HostGator was acquired by Endurance International Group (EIG), which also owns another major hosting provider—Bluehost.

We don’t know the final number of subscribers HostGator has, but it surpassed 200,000 customers way back in 2009.

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Google Domain Review: Great For Domains, But Expensive [here’s why]

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This Google Domain Review was revised and updated on December 4, 2018.

Google Domain Review:

Unknown to many, Google Domain Registration services is provided by Google Domains. However, the service is still currently on beta, despite launching way back in January 2015.

It is not available worldwide as well; rather, only people with billing addresses in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vietnam can make purchases on Google Domains.

The above does not mean that you won’t be able to manage your existing domain accounts when you’re travelling outside these countries.

As long as you have a valid billing address in these countries, you will be able to purchase a domain from the service.

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SiteGround Review: Pros & Cons after 14 Months of Monitoring!

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Chris Wagner

“I have been a paying customer for SiteGround since October 2017.

I am monitoring SiteGround’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-sg.website.

This review of SiteGround is based on actual testing done on their servers and interaction with their customer support.”

This SiteGround Hosting Review was revised and updated on December 3, 2018.

Ah, Siteground. If you’ve been looking into web hosting lately, there is no way you haven’t stumbled across this name.

Easily one of the biggest names in the world of web hosting, it can be a little hard to know where to start.

It’s mostly stayed out of the news, minus its vocal opposition to the United States bills SOPA and PIPA a few years ago (if you’re unfamiliar, it was in good company here, joining many major online companies in protest).

If it’s stayed out of the news though, it definitely has not stayed out of articles and reviews. It’s just too notable to not hear about if you’re curious about this stuff.

But is bigger always better? How many online Siteground reviews can you really trust anyway? What makes Siteground stand apart from some other top names?

Of course, I can’t fully answer those questions, but I hope to at least shed some light about Siteground nonetheless.

Keep reading to learn more about my thoughts regarding this hosting giant.

Get SiteGround’s 60% off discount here.

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FastComet Review: Last 14-Months Performance Stats & Comparison

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Chris Wagner

“I have been a paying customer for FastComet since October 2017.

I am monitoring FastComet’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-fc.website.

This review of FastComet is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

This FastComet Hosting Review was revised and updated on December 3, 2018.

So you’ve been looking into web hosting.

You’ve heard all the big names and you’ve seen plenty of top ten lists.

If you’ve seen a list of the top ten hosting options, there’s almost no way you haven’t seen the name FastComet come up.

But maybe if you decided to Google around, you haven’t found many (if any) news articles featuring FastComet.

Well, nothing from a reputable source anyway.

So of course you ask yourself one of the most common questions of our age—is it legit?

Well I have good news (or bad, in that more options can make your decision more difficult): yes, FastComet’s legit!

First of all, don’t be too put off by the lack of news articles. The biggest hosting companies may get some mentions in the news, but bigger doesn’t always mean better, even in the world of hosting.

In fact, in my opinion, it’s a testament to FastComet’s versatility as a platform that it has managed to maintain such a positive image online without encountering significant negative press from big sources.

So don’t worry!

FastComet may not be in the news, but it’s definitely in the reviews, and it’s in good ones at that.

Take, for example, this review.

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Bluehost Review: Solid Uptime (100%), What about Customer Support?

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Chris Wagner

“I have been a paying customer for BlueHost since April 2017.

I am monitoring BlueHost’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-bh.website.

This review of BlueHost is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

Updated: Last month (November 2018) Uptime Score — 100%

One of the well-known and popular hosting brands includes Bluehost, with no doubts about it.

Through this post, I will provide an unbiased review of Bluehost services in terms of different qualitative metrics and would help you understand if Bluehost caters to your business needs.

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Bluehost was first launched in 2003 and has invaded the market gradually over a period of time. It caters to over 2 million websites worldwide.

This was founded by Matt Heaton and Danny Ashworth and is headquartered in Provo, Utah.

Bluehost provides shared hosting, Cloud hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, WooCommerce hosting and Dedicated hosting.

The average monthly searches for the exact keyword BlueHost, establishes the fact they’re one of the most popular hosting providers.

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Turnkey Internet Review 2018: My Honest Opinion With Pros & Cons

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What is Turnkey Internet?

Turnkey Internet, does this name sound familiar to you? If you have never heard, then don’t worry.

Many people admit of not being aware of Turnkey Internet or simply never heard about it. On the contrary, there are also few geeks who have heard as well as used Turnkey.

Overall, in terms of popularity, you would find a mixed reaction towards Turnkey. Before I get any further, let me give a brief introduction about Turnkey.

A simple answer is – Yes, Turnkey Internet provides hosting services. Interestingly, unlike most other hosting platforms, Turnkey was not initially focused on hosting services.

It was first started in 1999 to provide consulting services to ISP and Enhanced Telecommunication Providers, before gradually moving on to be one of the several hosting solutions.

Turnkey is based out of Latham, New York and provides green hosting services.

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