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FastComet Review: Last 16-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 February 4, 2019.

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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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 February 4, 2019.

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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BlueHost Vs GreenGeeks – WINNER Based on My Experience

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We’ve previously compared Bluehost to DreamHost and Bluehost came out on top, by a significant margin. Now, it’s time to see if GreenGeeks is a better hosting provider than Bluehost.

I will compare the shared hosting products of both GreenGeeks and Bluehost. The testing categories will be:

  • Feature set – Do they offer everything you expect?
  • Performance – Will the website load in time?
  • Support – Are they friendly, fast and willing to help?
  • Ease of use – Does it just work with no messin’ around?

For each category, I’ll summarise what each company offers, where possible I’ll bring raw data in.

After I’ve compared, I’ll then assign a winner to each one. I’m an experienced web developer / consultant with experience of dozens of different web hosts, I know what features are worth having and which ones are just hot air.

It’s time to get started.

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NameCheap Review 2019: Uptime History + Pros & Cons after using it!

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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.”

This NameCheap Review was revised and updated on January 31, 2019.

In the world of domain name registration, few names are bigger than Namecheap. Namecheap is well established in domain registration for its low prices and reliable service.

Like many other registrars, Namecheap also offers hosting services. Unfortunately, while we all know Namecheap the registrar, few of us know Namecheap the host. This isn’t surprising, given that the company’s name directly refers to domains and not hosting, but nonetheless…

Today, you’re in luck! Because in this review I will summarize my findings from using Namecheap. And to make things extra special, I’ll talk about Namecheap as both a host and registrar.

So, how does Namecheap stack up? Is it only good for being cheap? Is it only good for managing its 10 million domains, or can it do the other part of the site equation as well?

It’s complicated, but we’ll get there. So without further ado, let’s talk about Namecheap!

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Volusion Vs Shopify: The Key Differences You Need to Know

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If you want to open or revamp your online store, you’re in luck: it’s now 2019, also called the future, and there are many ways in which you can do this easily.

Shopping cart and ecommerce software are part of today’s software renaissance, and that means business owners who need ecommerce tools have plenty of options.

The most famous of these options is Shopify. With over 600,000 users, Shopify has facilitated over $82 billion in transactions—perhaps the most of any fully-featured shopping cart software.

Shopify is not by any means the undisputed best ecommerce solution. It may be the most popular for now, but several competitors come quite close (such as BigCommerce, WooCommerce, and others).

Of these competitors, Volusion has proven itself to be quite a star in its own right. It may not have Shopify’s stats—yet—but it still boasts over 30,000 active users and has facilitated a whopping $28 billion in sales.

Clearly, Volusion must be

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Web.com review: Everything you should know before buying it!

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Web.com is a hidden giant in hosting. As far as popular, “household” names go, I don’t know if Web makes the list.

But Web.com has over 3 million subscribers, which automatically puts it in the major leagues, and its revenue in 2017 was over a billion dollars. “Wow” is right.

Aside from simply being huge, it was founded in 1999—so it’s also old, having been around nearly two decades.

Okay—what on earth is Web.com doing to be so quietly popular?

A lot, of course…but also, surprisingly little. I’ve been using Web.com for a little while now and I’ve come to realize a thing or two about it that I’d like to tell you about. Keep reading, and we’ll get into the details!

Pros

I’ll kick us off here with some positive aspects of Web.com.

Web.com is simple in its pricing plans—namely because

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5 Best HideMyAss Alternatives 2019 (Number #3 is Just Awesome)

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If you’re interested in the prospect of VPN technology, or if you have used VPNs yourself, you may have come across HideMyAss!

HideMyAss! is a tremendously popular VPN that was founded in 2005 by a 16-year-old trying to circumvent his school’s internet restrictions, and has been owned by Avast for a couple years (Avast being one of the world’s largest cybersecurity conglomerates).

If you’ve used HideMyAss! you’ve probably liked it. It’s popular because it works well, after all, but nothing’s perfect. And hey, it’s also possible HMA! wasn’t performing up to your expectations.

The VPN market is thriving and there are a ton of options, so no need to be limited to HideMyAss! Here, I’ll take a look at some great alternatives to HMA!

To set these alternatives in the right context, I will briefly address what you might like about HideMyAss! and what you might dislike.

Probably the biggest point HMA! has going for it is the name power. HMA! has been around for a long time, and is one of the most popular VPNs around. Using HideMyAss! means using a service that countless others have used, which is a great measure of reliability.

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5 Best Wix Alternatives (#3 Alternative is Awesome)

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Have you been thinking of shifting from Wix?

There are a few downsides of using Wix. That’s the reason most users are looking out for Wix Alternatives.

With Wix the long-term pricing is expensive. If you choose the basic plan which is the cheapest plan available, then you need to bear with the Wix Ads.

To remove Ads, you need to choose a more expensive plan. Also, ts website designer is low on design and editing. This makes creating a complex website design a tedious task.

Other issues usually faced by Wix users is its low SEO support, marketing tools, and third-party apps support. There are few technical limitations in Wix, which is again a challenge for Wix users.

Nevertheless, in case you are searching for Wix alternatives, then here is a consolidated review of its alternatives.

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SiteGround vs Godaddy Comparison 2019: My Experience

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Chris Wagner

“I have been a paying customer for both SiteGround and Godaddy.

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

This Comparision of SiteGround vs GoDaddy is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

SiteGround, as well as GoDaddy both, are well-known brand names in the web hosting industry.

Both of these platforms are used by many and have a list of features to their credit.

Which one to choose is just a difficult thing to conclude, especially if you do not get a comparative analysis of these two platforms.

While choosing a web hosting platform, there are several points which needs to be considered. It’s never easy to choose one.

Through this post, I will provide a comparative study of SiteGround and GoDaddy.siteground vs godaddy

I will discuss more in details about their pros and cons.

This will help you decide which platform would work best for you.

First, let me give a brief overview of both these hosting platforms.

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2019’s Best Joomla Hosting Providers

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When you search about Content Management System, you would often come across WordPress or Joomla.

Joomla is yet another choice of open source content management system to publish web content. It is considered as the second most used CMS after WordPress.

Joomla was first launched on 17th August 2005 and is written in PHP.

At the backend, Joomla uses Object Oriented programming and includes features such as RSS feed, caching, internationalization to name a few.

To its credit, Joomla supports over 8000 free and commercial extensions.

Before I get on the details of best Joomla hosting, let me give a brief overview of what is different between Joomla and WordPress.

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WooCommerce vs Shopify (2019): Head-to-Head Comparison

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You’ve probably heard several adages about comparing apples to oranges. You’re not supposed to compare the two because…well, they’re simply different. Comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges makes much more sense.

Comparing WooCommerce to Shopify is a bit like comparing apples to oranges. But here’s the thing my friend: in real life, billions of dollars in ecommerce transactions are more important than an apple and an orange. Comparing is essential.

WooCommerce and Shopify are both immensely popular ecommerce solutions. They’re pretty different, but they still can compete with each other for your business. So let’s compare these two delicious ecommerce fruits.

Context first: why are they different? WooCommerce basically stems its popularity from WordPress, because it’s a WordPress plugin. Accordingly, as WordPress powers roughly a quarter of websites, WooCommerce powers roughly 30% of ecommerce sites. The plugin alone has been downloaded millions of times.

And then there’s Shopify. Whereas WooCommerce is a plugin that gets added to your site, Shopify is a full-on store-building software.

It doesn’t have nearly as many installations compared to WooCommerce, with around 600,000 stores using Shopify actively…but it has facilitated over $82 billion in transactions. Among store-builders and shopping cart software—and there is some competition, believe me—Shopify ranks as the most popular, with WooCommerce probably being the bigger brother.

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3 Best HostGator Alternatives for 2019 (Number #2 is My Favorite)

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Comparison updated: January 2019

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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Wix Review 2019: Our Honest Opinion With Pros & Cons

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Wix is undisputed as a champion of website building. Anyone looking for an easy website builder will undoubtedly find Wix in the results.

So what’s the deal with Wix? Founded in 2006, Wix has grown to serve more than 110 million people, with half of that coming from the last four years alone. Wix is especially famous for its free website building plan, easily one of the best free site builders around.

Is it all just hype? Or maybe, people just care about the free website builder and the actual premium services aren’t that good, huh? Or maybe Wix is genuinely popular, but its customers don’t know true quality?

Everyone has reasons to be skeptical of a popular software, particularly one that brands itself as a “free ____” (be it free site builder, free VPN, free anti-virus, and so on).

Well, I’ve been testing Wix formally for a few months and using it on and off for years. I’ve watched it grow and I’ve grown in my expertise at the same time. And now, I would like to give an intimate review of how Wix stands as a website building service in 2018.

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2019’s Best WordPress Hosting Providers (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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