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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 WordPress.com better than WordPress.org.

WordPress.org 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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10 Best (+1 Special) Domain Registrars of 2019

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Think of a website. Do you know why you can think of a website? Because it has a title, a name. This title isn’t just something that goes onto the web page itself, but something that goes into the URL, or address, of the site.

If you want a site, you’ll want to name it. Whether it’s for your business, a potential business, a personal blog, or even if you’re investing in bulk purchases of domains, everyone has an interest in finding good names for their websites.

How do you do this? You go to a company called a domain name registrar, and you pay them to make sure a particular name is registered with you. You become the owner of that domain for as long as you’re paying for it, however the terms of the contract work out.

A domain name registrar is exactly what it sounds like: it’s an organization that manages the registration of domain names. To be official, a registrar has to be accredited by a generic top-level domain registry—don’t confuse the two—and a registrar will operate in accordance with the registry.

Registries are an article for a different time, but briefly: registries are databases of domain names and all the information of the people who registered them. Registries are managed by an organization called ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), which is a huge deal for domain registration.

Basically, you can only register from companies that have been accredited by ICANN. This won’t narrow things down for you, because there are still a lot of ICANN-accredited options.

So now we know what a domain name registrar is.

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What is 403 Forbidden Error & How to Fix it (5 Solutions Explained)

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What is 403 Forbidden Error?

One of the most commonly seen errors while browsing is Error # 403.

It is basically a hypertext transfer protocol response that a user can get due to numerous reasons.

While browsing, if you land into a 403 Error, it is because you are not authorized to access the specified URL.

In this article, we will walk you through its different versions, causes, possible resolutions, and workarounds, if any.

Variants of 403:

There are different scenarios where a user will face one of the multiple versions of the 403 Error.

The most common Error 403 variants are:

  • 403 Error
  • 403 Forbidden
  • 403 Forbidden Error
  • 403 Forbidden Nginx
  • 403 Forbidden: Access Denied
  • Error 403 Forbidden
  • Forbidden
  • HTTP 403 Forbidden
  • Nginx 403 Forbidden

How does the HTTP Error 403 work?

A user will see one of the Error 403 while communicating with a server via HTTP mainly due to an authentication or access error.

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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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10 Best Free Website Builders (Yes, Totally Free – No Payment)

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So, you’re interested in free website builders. And why not? There’s a ton of free stuff on the internet, after all.Unfortunately, quality free website builders are a little more difficult to find. There are a lot of free website builders.

But the truth is, you’re going to have to be ready to make some concessions if you want a free website builder—because most free website builders are part of “freemium” models.

As the name implies, freemium pricing structures offer both free and premium options. The natural result is that the free options are less well featured, or carry some noteworthy downsides.

But hey—a free website builder is still worth looking into. Maybe you just want to experiment with a software before you begin paying for it. Maybe you want to create a site for an idea you have, and you just need an immediate outlet.

Or maybe the usual drawbacks of free plans don’t phase you.

Fair enough. Well, much experience with website building and free website builders has led me to create this list of the top free website builders.

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CyberGhost VPN Review 2019 (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 (2019)

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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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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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