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7 Best WordPress Hosting: Based on our Experience (Number #1 is Awesome)

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WordPress is easily one of the best content management systems out there—by many metrics, it is the content management system. Just about everyone has heard of WordPress—though many consumers might know better than is an incredible tool and it’s free to use, but it doesn’t come with hosting. If you can take care of your own hosting (and presumably your own domain) you can use WordPress to edit the site itself.

WordPress is so popular that many hosting companies offer plans specifically geared towards WordPress. Now, a couple things need to be explained here.

First of all, some of this is a bit exaggerated. You could use normal shared web hosting plans to connect to WordPress most of the time—so companies that offer shared/web WordPress hosting are basically offering dressed up web hosting. It’s something to be wary of.

At the same time, some of these options also have extra features or decent prices, are still worth looking into. Plus, some companies offer managed WordPress solutions that are on the pricier side, but also provide more premium, WordPress-oriented services.

Now there’s a lot to sort out here. Most individuals can install WordPress on a normal web hosting account and it will work fine—so some of the items on this list are here because they offer web hosting prices for WordPress-oriented hosting.

Other items here offer managed WordPress solutions that are better for businesses. And of course, some companies here do both.

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Liquid Web Review: The Right Managed Hosting for Your Needs? Find out here

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This Liquid Web Hosting Review was revised and updated on December 27, 2018.

Most prominent hosting companies are flexible in what they offer: they can provide hosting for individuals or even large businesses. While they may be good, this of course means that some degree of specialization might be lost.

Enter Liquid Web: founded in 1997, Liquid Web has become a leading brand in managed hosting products. Managed hosting is basically high-end hosting: akin to dedicated hosting, the company leases servers (or server space in the case of VPS hosting) to clients, but the company also handles a lot more on their end than in normal hosting options.

Managed hosting typically costs more because the company is providing a lot more for its customers. It’s especially sought after by small or midsized businesses (also known as SMBs).

As such, Liquid Web only has 30,000 customers (though in 130 countries) and helps manage half a million sites—nothing compared to the millions the big names in hosting count. But again—Liquid Web only offers managed hosting.

In other words, unless you’ve got a lot to throw down, Liquid Web isn’t the best option for most hobbyists or individuals. If you run a small or medium sized business, or if you’re a designer or developer with heavy needs, or a digital agency—well, Liquid Web is probably perfect.

So how does Liquid Web do in this niche?

After testing out Liquid Web for a few months, I can say that Liquid Web truly has managed to make itself a great option for its target. However, I don’t think it’s for all SMBs—so let’s jump into the details.

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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 December 27, 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)
  • Pixpa (Full design control)
  • Volusion (Unbeatable hosting security)
  • Jimdo (You can create a website in less than 3 minutes)

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AltusHost Review: Everything you should know before buying it!

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This AltusHost Hosting Review was revised and updated on December 21, 2018.

Getting the right hosting partner is indeed challenging at times. If you have still not found your right hosting platform, then why not check AltusHost.

AltusHost is more popular in the European region owing to its more prominent market presence in Europe as compared to other parts of the world.

AltusHost rolled out their hosting services first time in 2008.

It has over 10,000 customers worldwide. While it is not very widely spread, yet it caters to a significant chunk of hosting in the market.

Predominantly one of the main reasons, AltusHost is gaining popularity is its versatile hosting services which comes with some out of the box and customized features.

Well, all in all, AltusHost seems attractive with a few pros and few cons.

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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

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

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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Turnkey Internet Review 2019: 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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TMDHosting Review (2019): 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 (2019) – 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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Wix vs Squarespace (2019) — A Comparison Review

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Wix and Squarespace are giants in the world of site-building: they are among the most popular website building platforms in the world.

Unlike traditional hosting companies, which include website builders but emphasize the actual hosting of space on servers more, Wix and Squarespace emphasize the process of creating and designing websites (though they are also hosting companies by default).

This is part of what has made them very popular, especially for those looking for very easy and efficient solutions.

If you Google hosting options, for example, you’ll get a ton of results for companies that really emphasize the hosting aspect of websites.

If you Google website builders or something similar—how to make a website, for example—you’re very likely to get results for Wix and Squarespace.

So that’s where these two are—titans of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) site-builder world, competing fiercely today just as they have been for over a decade.

On to the obvious question: which one, then, is the better one?

Which is more affordable, which offers more features, and as they’re both advertised as easy to use, which is easiest to use?

All these questions and more will be answered in the following sections, so keep reading!

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SmugMug Review For 2019 (Pros, Cons, Pricing, and Features)

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Disclosure: The links to SmugMug and other sites in this post are ads and we earn commissions if you shop through them.

What is SmugMug?

Who here has heard of Flickr?

Yes, all of you.

Who hear as heard of SmugMug?

Ah, the amount of hands up drops considerably.

Those who hypothetically lowered their hands might be surprised to hear that SmugMug is in fact two years older than Flickr…as well as its owner!

Yes, Flickr changed hands and became a subsidiary of SmugMug in April 2018.

In some ways, SmugMug is pretty similar to Flickr—it’s essentially an image hosting platform.

However, whereas Flickr is more of a social media site, SmugMug is more of a website builder.

It might be best to think of SmugMug as something of a cross between a paid web hosting service, and a free image hosting site.

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Epik Review: Is it Good for Domain & Hosting? (Personally Tested)

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A lot of people misleadingly think Epik to be only a web development company.

And yes, you would not find too many forums discussing Epik details.

Epik, does this name sound familiar?

Chances are you must have bumped across this name while reviewing about web hosts or domain registrar or website builder.

So here I go.

I will un-shield few basic details about Epik before I get any further.

Epik is primarily a domain registrar which also provides other website development capabilities.

It was first started in 2009.

Epik also referred to as “Swiss Bank of Domains” is the largest domain name lease management provider across the globe.

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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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