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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.

iPage review

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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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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GreenGeeks Review: From Speed to Customer Support Our Experience

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Chris Wagner

“We have been a paying customer for GreenGeeks since January 2018.

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

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

This GreenGeeks Hosting Review was revised and updated on November 29, 2018.

Web hosting is a big deal and it’s only becoming a bigger deal. I’m sure you’ve heard names like Squarespace, Wix, Bluehost, Hostgator, and so on.

From simple website builders to dedicated hosting, carving out your space on the internet is an important rite of our time.

Ever heard of GreenGeeks? Well, you may not have. If you have, it’s probably been from an article talking about top hosting platforms, or most likely ecologically friendly web services.

Otherwise though, it’s stayed out of the news. It’s not really that big, so it makes sense that it’s not been discussed too much in the mainstream hosting world.

But it is gaining traction, that’s for sure, and the eco-friendliness is only part of it (a big part of it, but not all of it).

GreenGeeks is not perfect, but it is a powerful package for people interesting in affordable and easy web hosting solutions.

Keep reading to see just what I mean.

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TMDHosting Review (2018): My Honest Opinion With Pros & Cons

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What is TMDHosting?

TMDHosting is one of the most underrated hosting companies I’ve come across.

That might be a slight misstatement: for those who have rated it, TMDHosting does pretty well.

The only thing is, not many people have really taken a good, hard look at TMDHosting.

TMDHosting is not very well known—there isn’t even a Wikipedia article yet! This is surprising, considering its high reviews.

Before I started using TMD, I had only barely heard of it—I would have guessed it hosted thousands or tens of thousands of sites. The number is closer to 300,000 sites!

TMD has grown a lot in the 11 years it’s been around, minding its own business and providing quality services.

Of course, the usual questions pop up: if it’s not too famous, can we trust the quality?

What’s the catch?

Is this product best for a specific audience?

In this review, I’ll address all these questions and more, using my own experience with TMDHosting.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think this underdog should get much more coverage than it does—so consider this review a first step in that direction.

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Media Temple Review (2018) – Everything you should know before buying it!

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What is Media Temple?

Media Temple is one of the more peculiar names in hosting.

On one hand, it’s not nearly as famous as major hosting companies (including its parent, GoDaddy).

On the other hand, Media Temple claims to service over 100,000 customers and 1.5 million websites.

This isn’t insignificant in the hosting world, but even more impressive are some of Media Temple’s clients.

Media Temple’s more famous clients include Adobe, Obey, Samsung, and CBS, to name a few.

So is Media Temple another hidden gem—less well known, but secretly selling the top-tier hosting packages?

Or is Media Temple only good for a select few, perhaps the top-paying and most technically-minded customers?

The truth, as usual, is complicated.

Media Temple isn’t perfect, but it sure packs a punch—even if it’s not ultimately for everyone, quite a few will find the services they didn’t know they needed.

Luckily I’ve tested out Media Temple personally. So without further ado, let’s dive in!

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Top 7: SquareSpace Alternatives (Option #2 is awesome)

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This SquareSpace Alternatives article was revised and updated on October 29, 2018.

If you are searching for SquareSpace alternatives, then in all probability you are tired using SquareSpace or are certainly looking for a better option.

And why would you not search for an alterntive!!

SquareSpace does have its own set of limitations. As an user you would have experienced some of these.

Common complains of SquareSpace users are-
  • SquareSpace has a less intutive website editor
  • High e-commerce package pricing
  • Lack of quick customization
  • Limited analytic support
  • Lacks advance marketing tools
  • Low on third-part apps and extension

To name a few, these are some of the existing problems in SquareSpace. In many cases, this would seem like a roller coaster ride for most users.

Needless to mention, over a period of time these shortcomings trigger Squarespace users to look for other alternatives.

However, finding a suitable alternative is never an easy task. Wouldn’t it be great if someone could make this daunting task easier.

Nevertheless, through this post, I will provide you the top 7 alternatives for SquareSpace.

Alternatives to Squarespace:
  • Wix (Good collection of templates)
  • FastComet (My Favorite)
  • Godaddy (Inbuilt SEO optimizer functionalities)
  • Shopify (Best platform for ecommerce store)
  • Webflow (Full design control)
  • Volusion (Unbeatable hosting security)
  • Jimdo (You can create a website in less than 3 minutes)

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A2 Hosting Review: Give Us 5 Min, We’ll Give You The Facts

Reading Time: 10 min read

Chris Wagner

“We have been a paying customer for A2 Hosting since July 2017.

We are monitoring A2 Hosting’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through our website hostingpill-a2.website.

This review of A2 Hosting is based on actual testing done on their servers”.

This A2 Hosting Review was revised and updated on November, 2018.

Every now and then I review a company that is simultaneously unknown to most of the public (even on the internet public), and very well-regarded among those who follow hosting.

A2 Hosting is one such company.

Founded in 2001, A2 has gone from hosting a few websites to a few thousand.

That’s great growth, but is a few thousand really something to brag about?

Even the quality hosting providers on the smaller side service hundreds of thousands of sites.

And yet, A2 has managed to stay in the game for 17 years without losing its competitive edge.

As they like to show, A2 has won quite a few hosting awards from popular sites.

It’s natural for you to wonder if A2 is as capable as its reputation suggests.

Are you looking at a hidden gem, or a mediocre service that’s fooled a few people into going along with it?

Does its small size mean it lacks features, or that it focuses more on quality—or both?

All these questions and more, I will address in this review.

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4 Best GoDaddy Alternatives 2018 (Number #2 is Just Awesome)

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This article has been updated in November 2018 to add more relevant alternatives to Godaddy.

You know, millions of Authors and Hundreds of Enterprises have changed their hosting from GoDaddy to BlueHost, FastComet, GreenGeeks, and  SiteGround in recent past. All of them were tired of expensive renewal plans, irritating customer service and vulnerable servers.

GoDaddy offers new domains for as cheap as $10 per year but when you plan to renew it the very next year they charge ten times of the initial amount. This marketing tactic must have brought in a few customers but it is not a good practice to continue with.

Web Hosting Alternatives to GoDaddy:
GoDaddy Alternatives to buy domain name:

Now let us look at the Top 4 GoDaddy Alternatives:alternative-godaddy

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1&1 IONOS Review: Features are Awesome, but what about Uptime?

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Chris Wagner

“We have been a paying customer for 1&1 IONOS since August 2018.

We are monitoring 1&1 IONOS’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through our website hostingpill-11.website.

This review of 1&1 IONOS hosting is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

This 1&1 IONOS Hosting Review was revised and updated on November 14, 2018.

What is 1&1 IONOS Hosting?

I like to think of 1&1 IONOS as the hidden giant of the hosting world.

This seems to be the case for America, at least—most people who aren’t familiar with hosting, and have taken only a few cursory looks, know more about GoDaddy and Bluehost.

Despite that, 1&1 IONOS is one of the largest hosting providers in the world: they service more than 8 million customers and 12 million domains.

Perhaps it’s because 1&1 IONOS is mainly centered in Europe, but nonetheless it has a massive reach.

Although 1&1 IONOS has been around since 1988—which is incredibly old in internet company terms—it hasn’t stopped growing.

In fact, they just recently changed their brand name to 1&1 IONOS, reflecting a new integration with the cloud.

So, how does this hidden titan perform?

Is it truly outcompeted by the other famous names in hosting, or does it quietly dominate?

In this review, I will speak from my experience and knowledge of the hosting landscape.

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