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DreamHost Review

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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.”

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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3 Best HostGator Alternatives for 2018 (Number #2 is My Favorite)

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HostGator has had several network outages since its original owner sold it to Endurance International Group (EIG) back in June 2012.

The latest HostGator server outage was in December 2016. With the yearly outages plaguing its network since 2012, we wonder when the next HostGator outage may be.

Since we haven’t heard from the company what steps they’re taking to prevent similar network outages from happening again in the future, we can only surmise that they have taken care of the problem internally.

One other concern that some have raised about HostGator is its worsening customer support, which again came about after its acquisition by EIG.

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HostPapa Review: You’ve Heard of it. But Should you Use it?

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What is HostPapa?

HostPapa is one of the more spirited hosting companies out there.

Maybe it’s the name, maybe it’s the small-to-medium sized community of users, but HostPapa strikes me as a friendly platform.

It’s a smaller hosting service, but it’s still managed to make a name for itself.

Whereas the bigger hosting companies have provided for millions of sites, HostPapa’s number is closer to 200,000 (it was 160,000 two years ago, so grain of salt).

HostPapa claims

It’s been in business since 2006 and seems to have done nothing but grow since then.

It sells itself as a familial platform, where everyone is connected in a warm-hearted HostPapa community.

I kind of see the appeal—actually, HostPapa makes me think of a local, popular pizza place, but for the hosting world.

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4 Best Shopify Alternatives

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As time passes, Ecommerce is increasingly relevant.

Regardless of how you feel about Shopify, it’s pretty undeniable it’s the reigning ecommerce software. It’s an earned title, as Shopify packs in a very powerful set of services with its platform.

However, just because it’s the most popular doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. Maybe Breitbart’s ties to Shopify are turning you off, or maybe Shopify just isn’t doing one thing you really need well enough. Maybe the feel isn’t right.

Well, don’t worry, there is a diversity of alternatives to Shopify. Their pricing varies and you can look it up easily, so I won’t be too detailed here, but they can all be worth it depending on what you want.

Each of these provides all the basics you need to have a good experience running your shop, but provide some benefits that may be far more suited to you, things that Shopify just doesn’t do as well. And of course, some of them may just click with you more.

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FatCow Hosting Review

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What is FatCow Hosting?

FatCow is a name you may not have come across in your journey to find the right web hosting service.

It’s a pretty small company—though it was founded in 1998 and has therefore been around as long as some of the best in the biz, FatCow’s name hasn’t exerted as much pull as its other, larger, competitors.

And yet, FatCow has managed to stay afloat in a very competitive area of online business for two decades—so clearly, it’s not too shabby despite its size.

And this leads us to wonder—what is up with FatCow?

Is it staying alive by luck, or is it a hidden gem in the hosting world?

In this review, I’ll take a look at FatCow and discuss my experience using it.

I’m happy to report that this underdog is a solid hosting company, but there are a few caveats to look out for.

So—let’s get to it!

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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.”

 

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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1&1 Hosting Review

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Chris Wagner

“I have been a paying customer for 1&1 hosting since August 2018.

I am monitoring 1&1’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-11.website.

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

Who is 1&1 Hosting?

1&1 is one of the leading web hosting providers worldwide. The company was first launched in 1998 and was founded by Ralph Dommermuth in Montabaur, Germany.

It supports multiple forms of hosting, which includes Shared hosting, managed hosting, VPS hosting and many others.
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1&1 provides few other distinctive features along with its hosting platform. If you are looking for feature-rich and affordable hosting options, then here is one where you can find these.

Like every other hosting platform, 1&1 has few pros and few cons.

Let me run you through a detailed review of 1&1 hosting platform based on my personal experience of using it.

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NameCheap Review 2018

Reading Time: 8 min read

Chris Wagner

“I have been a paying customer for NameCheap since November 2017.

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

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

Started in 2000, Namecheap began it’s journey into the hosting industry offering domains and then stepped up it’s services in terms of hosting and other add-on services.

From Domain registrations to shared hosting, Reseller hosting to dedicated servers, today Namecheap has a host of services under it’s umbrella.

One of the most transparent and honest providers I have found online, Namecheap’s honesty reflects in it’s mission :

We never bombard our clients with unwanted upsells or in-your-face advertising. Our goal is to be honest, straightforward, friendly and helpful.”

For most of my projects, I generally use Namecheap to book my domains. Here are reasons why I am using NameCheap over Godaddy.

And here is the guide to register domain on NameCheap and tools to generate domain name ideas.

Recently, I had a chance to launch a small project, and I decided to try out Namecheap’s shared hosting plans.

Based on my experience, here is my review of Namecheap as a hosting provider along with it’s pros and cons.

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A2 Hosting Review

Reading Time: 9 min read

Chris Wagner

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

I am monitoring A2 Hosting’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-a2.website.

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

What is A2 Hosting?

A2 Hosting has been in the web hosting business for 16 years running, starting out as Iniquinet in 2001.

Two years later, the company changed its name to the current A2 Hosting, in tribute to Ann Arbor, MI, where it is based until now.

A2 Hosting is A+-accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and has garnered several prizes given by reputable industry organizations in recent years related to its excellent performance in the web hosting industry.

A2 Hosting essentially offers a full gamut of hosting services designed for individuals, small businesses, and large corporations.

Its shared hosting plans, although a bit pricier than competitors, are still ideal for budget-conscious business owners and individuals.

A2 Hosting also offers both managed and unmanaged VPS hosting, cloud servers, managed and unmanaged dedicated servers, as well as reseller hosting, all competitively-priced.

So, what makes A2 Hosting a viable hosting service for your website? Is it good enough for your needs? We’ll try to answer that question in this review.

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

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

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Hostinger Review: Awesome Uptime (100%), How About Features?

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Chris Wagner

“I have been a paying customer for Hostinger since August 2018.

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

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

What is Hostinger?

It’s about time we get an updated review of Hostinger up. After all, Hostinger has been a major hosting force in an internet full of different hosting platforms.

If you haven’t heard of Hostinger before, you might be surprised to learn it is in fact a sprawling hosting provider. I mean it: Hostinger has over 29 million users, and subsidiaries in 178 countries.

It started in 2004, but from its small beginnings it’s become a fantastic hosting option.

In this review, we’ll talk about a lot—but to give you a quick answer, Hostinger is good. Not perfect, but overall cheap relative to what you get for the buck.

But hey, that’s an oversimplification. So what are we waiting for?

Let’s dive in.

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Godaddy Review 2018: 5 Pros & 3 Cons of Using it! (99.97% Uptime)

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Chris Wagner

“I have been a paying customer for GoDaddy since August 2018.

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

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

When it comes to hosting platforms, for sure you would have heard GoDaddy.

GoDaddy is definitely a well-publicized and popular hosting platform. Probably this is one of the few hosting services that even beginners would have heard about.

GoDaddy provides domain registration as well as web hosting services. This was first launched in 1997.

Yes, you are right. This has been in the market for a very long time as compared to its competitors. Yet another reason why GoDaddy is so popular.

GoDaddy has its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, US and was founded by Bob Parsons. To its credit, GoDaddy has over 17 million customers. That definitely is a huge number.

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One.com Review

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If you have ever searched about One.com, then chances are that you would have stumbled a mixed review.

Some good and some bad review.

However, I thought of reviewing it myself and list down the good and not so good points about One.com.

But before that let me give a brief about the company based on whatever information I could gather.

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GreenGeeks Review: From Speed to Customer Support My Experience

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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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SiteGround Review: Pros & Cons after 11 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.”

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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