Brexit is Certain to Cause Chaos For EU Domains and Web Hosting

Fri, 13th December 2019, 18:19

After the UK’s historical landslide election victory by the conservatives, Boris Johnson has been handed "a stonking mandate" to make Brexit happen. And happen it will. Britain will leave the EU by the end of January, 2020. After years of debate and procrastination, for many both ‘in’, and ‘out’ of the EU, there  will now be very little time to ensure legal compliance of their online presence, domain names, and physical location of their data storage.

In recent years there have not only been a number of rulings in the European Union around requirements to address the physical location of data storage, but also around privacy issue of EU citizens, and the legal procedure required to gain access to data by those outside the EU.  While there is little doubt that many UK and European firms have contemplated various scenarios and maybe even drafted what if plan, putting them into play always raises the possibility of service disruptions. It may also raise questions for some European clients of UK based web hosting firms whether migrating to an EU point of presence offers the same legal protections as working with an EU based firm.

For many there may be larger issues around domain name extensions. While there is always the possibility of some form of deal prior to the January deadline, should the UK leave the EU without a deal, or a deal that does not include a provision for dot EU domains ownership by UK entities, it’s highly likely that the EU will at some point revoke any eu domain extension unless you can provide an EU address.  This could have long term effects and consequences for web presences created using a soon to be retired domain.

The EU Domain Registry released a statement prior to an earlier Brexit deadline which provides some guidance on the timeframe. The rules are pretty cut and dried stating the following persons are eligible to register .eu domain names:

(i) a Union citizen, independently of their place of residence;

(ii) a natural person who is not a Union citizen and who is a resident of a Member State;

(iii) an undertaking that is established in the Union; or

(iv) an organisation that is established in the Union, without prejudice to the application of national law.

In that same statement EURid also provided some indication of the timeframe before enforcement of this and other provision would begin stating:

that after Jan 1 2020 UK citizens that are resident in the EU27 will remain eligible on the basis of the residence country code that they have provided. UK citizens living outside of the EU, on the other hand, will no longer be eligible.

Surely in three months they can get er done… or maybe not!

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'Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison Ties The Knot With SquareSpace

Thu, 12th December 2019, 18:29

According to his new website, fans of the hit reality shows Bachelor and Bachelorette can now request to have host Chris Harrison officiate on their own special day. Harrison, an ordained minister with Universal Life Church, will customize each ceremony to the couple and is available for travel throughout the continental United States, including Hawaii. International venues are also an option as Harrison will travel to officiate at destination weddings!

In order to have the host of the hit franchise officiate a wedding, couples must provide their name, email, phone number, wedding date, wedding venue/location, budget and wedding details through a contact form on Harrison’s website. The handy contact form makes booking easy but does stipulate that due to popular demand and limited amount of select dates available, serious inquiries only!

While Harrison forte may be akin to cupid’s, he’s not limiting his skill set to archery and bringing couples sweet happy bliss. If marriage isn’t your thing, Harrison will host/emcee events, and is even available for corporate functions as well. How about a video to promote your business, a collaboration or endorsement, Harrison can do it all according to his website!

He’ll even rent you his pad. Just go to the website where a link allows you to book the Bachelor mansion. “Villa de la Vina is the ideal setting for hosting corporate conferences, team-building workshops, seminars, proposals, weddings and event receptions. Nestled on a beautiful 10-acre property, Villa de la Vina is situated within the Santa Monica Mountains of Malibu. It offers 10,000 square feet of interior space and 20,000 square feet of outside space.”

Picture of Villa de la Vina 

While there is little doubt that Harrison will endeavor to placate every fanciful little whim that comes his way, scheduling conflicts and budget constraints will dictate the reality that not everyone gets a rose. Second best is second only to the feared friend zone, so yes life can be disappointing. Then again it could be an opportunity. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so if you can’t have Chris Harrison...   what about his website!

The domain was registered recently using domain registrars and web hosting mega player GoDaddy. Apart from those scantily clad models in advertisements the internet won't forget, GoDaddy is best known for its custom domain names and web hosting services. It is less well known for its great website builder software. Which may be why Chris Harrison, or his agent, have chosen to use SquareSpace for the building and deploying his website. (editor’s note: it was indeed the agent.. The founder and former editor of Style Unveiled is now endeavoring to remove the ugly from the internet one website at a time!). While Squarespace may have its faults and blemishes, it has never been accused of being ugly. More likely than not, Squarespace would be described as the flashy and hipster version in the website building space

Squarespace is one of the better known brands in the drag and drop website builder marketplace, having spent a small fortune on affiliate marketing and advertising with everything from podcasts to the Super Bowl. Regardless of the reviewer’s allegiance, Squarespace will get consistently positive marks for the quality of it design templates.

Squarespace does allows you to upload your own design if you prefer but their primary appeal is the large selection of templates available for use that will make your site look professional in no time at all. They make it easy to give any template a customized makeover. Just switch out the stock photographs in the template with your own and you’ll have an impressive site. (editor’s note: oh yeah.. just swap all their high-resolution, professional images for your crappy Polaroids. We all know how that will end!). The coding is such that most templates will keep your colorization, typography, and responsiveness aligned even with the photography switch which means your site will always look good on mobile (even if you are not able to make mobile-specific edits).

Squarespace hosting is always optimized and you can have confidence in the fact that your template and site are compatible. The monthly subscription price includes your website, hosting, security, and back-ups so the days of ensuring various 3rd party providers play nice and work harmoniously together becomes redundant. You don’t have to worry about plugins, widgets, or apps when you use this builder. Everything is built in. If you’re familiar with WordPress, Blogger, or a similar platform, then you’re ready to use Squarespace. Even website analytics are included with the overall platform. That means there are fewer issues with troubleshooting a site because something added to it has suddenly become incompatible with a recent update.

Everything may fit together just right with a website builder like Squarespace, but that may or may not be what you’re looking for. Squarespace is like leasing and customizing an apartment in a really classy development instead of buying and owning your own house. You’re still in control of decor, cleaning, and everything living-wise – but you leave the construction, plumbing, security, and infrastructure to the property owner.

Squarespace all-inclusive solution provides everything you need to get started quickly. It contrasts with solutions where you buy, install, and manage all the “pieces” of your website separately. Many of the out of the box drag and drop site builders models lock you into their hosting service and platform. It can’t be overstated that exporting your data is not necessarily the same as exporting your website! If you're afraid of commitment or think you might want to switch as your business model evolves, consider options that allows you to readily download your website files for easy setup on another web host.

Putting basic content and images on Squarespace is a straightforward process. The new features and options which do get rolled out for this platform must be rolled out by Squarespace, meaning you have less control over its functionality. Trying to edit your design templates, add or move elements, or add functionality can be time consuming and complex. There is no regulated ecosystem for quality extensions and apps to get integrated into Squarespace. 3rd party features are possible, but you have to use a developer to integrate it…which kind of defeats the main purpose of using an inclusive drag and drop website builder. Squarespace setup is uniform, beautiful and apparently easy…until it’s not.

Squarespace does have 24/7 support through email tickets and live chat boxes. There is no phone support but they do have a thorough Knowledge Base and a pretty high-quality customer forum.

Squarespace paid annually plans starts with the $12-a-month Personal plan, which includes unlimited storage, bandwidth and a domain.The $18 Business website plan that includes unlimited contributors, a Gmail pro account, and e-commerce capabilities. Basic and Advanced Commerce plans up the price between $26 and $40 a month, the latter of which includes a few final touches like abandoned shopping cart recovery and gift cards. It's important to note that the $26 online store plan comes with no transaction fees. Depending on your sales volume those savings for an online store could really add up. Billed on a month-to-month basis, will increase the personal plan to $16, with business plan seeing the biggest jump, going to $26 per month for your site. Commerce plans are $30 and $46 respectively. There is no free domain with the billed monthly plans but Namecheap will set you up with a domain cheap! 

Squarespace may have some drawbacks but they also have truly beautiful designs and lots of functionality. If the all-inclusive website builder is the right solution for you then Squarespace may be one to consider. Launching the website is a good first step. But unless you are some reality TV star like Chris Harrison, the work has just begun!


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Dowry Calculator Website; Dedicated to all the match making aunties of India

Tue, 10th December 2019, 22:04

Back in 2011 Tanul Thakur launched a website as “a satirical comment on the existing state of dowry demand in India". His website  - dowry calculator - functioned without any hitch from May 2011 to May 2018, when a prominent politician expressed discontent with his website on social media platforms and called on the then WCD minister to take action.

Subsequently, the WCD minister wrote to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) to ban the website and in September 2018, access to the site was blocked by all internet service providers (editor’s note: It was banned in India. Everywhere else in the world we are still able to determine what we are worth to some nieve unsuspecting potential piece of chattell aka a bride!)

The Delhi High Court is now seeking response from these ministries after a plea was filed by Thakur challenging the blocking of a website . Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued a notice to the Ministries of Electronics and Information Technology, Women and Child Development and Communication, seeking their stand on the website owner's petition, which claimed the site was blocked by government in September last year without giving him a hearing. The petitioner is seeking a quashing of the action and directions to restore access to it.

The petition claims the website was designed as an online form that visitors could fill up with options from drop-down menus, on social, educational and personal characteristics of a groom, to arrive at a "fictional dowry amount" that he could attract.

It has further claimed that the choices in drop down menus "were meant to parody societal mores across India for marital desirability, such as an emphasis on fair skin colour".

"Upon submitting the form, the site offered one of nine pre-designed fictional dowry amounts, coupled with a satirical message that ridiculed emphasis on dowry in society and how it could cause extreme financial hardship upon bride's family," the petition has said.

Tanul Thakur states that it was only through a freedom of information request that he became aware of why his site was blocked as no notice was issued to him and even the order to block the website was not communicated to him.

Mr Thakur has termed the action taken by the government "arbitrary, excessive and unconstitutional" and claimed it "unreasonably restricts his right to freedom of speech and expression and the public's right to know".

Well that's India but here in the land of the free we have no such restrictions so of course our elitist editor just had to check out his worth using the dowry calculator…

Getting there, slowly but surely. Right now, your dowry rate is 25 Lakh. If you want your dream dowry, this might not be the most optimum time for you to get married. There are times in life when we are standing on crossroad and need to take some tough decisions. You could go either way from here. Be the master of your destiny and steer it towards your dream dowry. Best of luck!

The dowry calculator domain and website are registered and hosted on Endurance International (EIG) company sites. The domain was created on 2011-05-04 using the services of FastDomain. The website is hosted on IPAGE.COM nameservers.

Total Webhosting Solutions Acquires KPN Web Hosting Company Argeweb

Tue, 10th December 2019, 16:14

KPN web hosting subsidiary Argeweb has been acquired by fellow Dutch company Total Webhosting Solutions (TWS) for an undisclosed sum. Argeweb provides services such as domain registration, web hosting, email hosting, Office 365 and online storage. The sale of its web hosting portfolio is in line with telco KPN’s ongoing strategy to simplify its operations. KPN recently started migrating all of its domain and web hosting related services to Argeweb.

Koen van Deudekom, CEO of Argeweb, said:

“With TWS as a partner, we can continue to guarantee our premium service in the future, and we will continue to invest in new and relevant services for our customers.

“We have gained a lot of operational knowledge and experience regarding technical migrations in recent years, which we are happy to use to do our own acquisitions in this rapidly consolidating market.”

Matthieu van Amerongen, CEO of TWS, added:

“The web hosting market is not growing fast and is expected to consolidate further. Web hosting companies have built a stable customer base and are now looking for opportunities to continue their success in this changing market.

“We’re very pleased that we can welcome Koen and his team to TWS to further expand our leading position in the Dutch market.”

TWS has acquired a number of Dutch and Spanish companies. Argeweb is a significant addition. InforTelecom, Axarnet and Cartagon of Spain were acquired this past January and PC Extreme and Savvii were bought in March 2018. Argeweb has operated as an independent company since being acquired by KPN in 2014, and is expected to continue as such under the TWS umbrella. 

Other companies operating under the TWS include Yourhosting, Versio, PC Extreme, RealHosting, De Heeg, Savvii, Provider, Neostrada, InforTelecom, Axarnet, Cartagon and SoHosted.

Remove Material Deemed Illegal or Face Sanctions Including Jail

Sun, 21st April 2019, 13:50

Laws framed as emotional responses to horrific events may be understandable but rarely survive the subsequent court challenges that are surely to arise.  A new Australian law threatens social media and web hosting companies up to 10 percent of their annual global turnover and imprisonment of up to three years for executives if violent content is not removed expeditiously under the new law. The European parliament voted on Wednesday to fine firms up to 4 percent of their turnover if they persistently fail to remove extremist content within one hour of being asked to do so by authorities.

The new laws are in response to the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand, which killed 50 people as they attended Friday prayers. The gunman broadcast his attack live on Facebook and it was widely shared for over an hour before being removed, a timeframe Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described as unacceptable.

Under the new Australian law it is now an offence for tech and social media companies not to remove any videos or photographs that show murder, torture or rape without delay. Companies must also inform Australian police within a "reasonable" timeframe. Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter described the laws as a "world first in terms of legislating the conduct of social media and online platforms".

While the finalized draft of the text for the European law will not happen until after the election of the new European Parliament in May, EU officials moved to regulate because they believe internet companies are not doing enough under voluntary measures. Draft measures call on the bloc’s national governments to put in place the tools to identify extremist content and an appeals procedure. The one-hour rule would apply from the point of notification by national authorities.

In response to industry concerns that smaller platforms do not have the same resources to comply as speedily with tougher EU rules, lawmakers said authorities should take into account the size and revenue of companies concerned.

Yet the emotional knee jerk response by politicians is already causing headaches for website owners.

Internet Archive denies hosting 'terrorist' content

The Internet Archive is reporting that it has received 550 "false" demands to remove "terrorist propaganda" from its servers in less than a week. The Internet Archive, a non-profit organisation that archives historical snapshots of the web, said the demands wrongly accused it of hosting terror-related material.

If the Archive does not comply with the notices, it risks its site getting added to lists which ISPs are required to block. The demands came via the Europol net monitoring unit and gave the site only one hour to comply.

Chris Butler of Internet Archive says that it had received notices identifying hundreds of web addresses stored on as leading people to banned material. However, the reports were wrong about the content they pointed to, or were too broad for the organisation to comply with. Some of the requests referred to material that had "high scholarly and research value" and were not produced by terror groups. Even US Government-produced broadcasts and reports were flagged for content.

Initially the sender of the demands to remove the URLs was identified as Europol’s EU Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU). The sender was in fact, the French national Internet Referral Unit, using Europol’s application, which sends the email from an address.

Still Butler states:

We are left to ask – how can the proposed legislation realistically be said to honor freedom of speech if these are the types of reports that are currently coming from EU law enforcement and designated governmental reporting entities? It is not possible for us to process these reports using human review within a very limited timeframe like one hour. Are we to simply take what’s reported as “terrorism” at face value and risk the automatic removal of things like THE primary collection page for all books on

Other Technology firms said they are already working on the issue. Digital Industry Group Inc (DIGI) - of which Facebook, Apple, Google, Amazon and Twitter are members - says the laws fail to understand the complexity of removing violent content. With the vast volumes of content uploaded to the internet every second, this is a highly complex problem.

Companies rely on a mix of automated tools and human moderators to spot and delete extremist content. However, when illegal content is taken down from one platform, it often crops up on another, straining authorities’ ability to police the web.

Content is King

Sat, 30th March 2019, 13:36

Writer’s Block. The curse of being neither unable to think of what to write, or even how to proceed with writing. It’s like getting the Windows ‘black screen of death’, or those wretched iPhone updates! It stops everything!

For countless minions, satisfied with a static single page web presence that’s akin to those old yellow page placements,  writer’s block is not an issue. But for websites vying for top rank in search results, content is king, engagement is queen and yes, consumers are the kingmakers. Lack of new content could be interpreted by the search bots crawling and indexing your website, that it is dead!       

(Editor’s ponders the good old days when a ‘business card-sized’ listings in the Yellow Pages cost $250 to $400 a month. A quarter-page would run about $1,250 per month. A full-page listing, sans color, would set you back a cool $2,500 to $5,000 per month. Think about that the next time your web hosting comes up for renewal!)


It has been said that Bill Gates coined the phrase “content is king” in a essay written in the latter days of the last century. While the whole essay is a worthy read, (got to love Gate’s reference to downloads using dial up connections), here an excerpt for brevity:

“Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting. The television revolution that began half a century ago spawned a number of industries, including the manufacturing of TV sets, but the long-term winners were those who used the medium to deliver information and entertainment.

One of the exciting things about the Internet is that anyone with a PC and a modem can publish whatever content they can create. In a sense, the Internet is the multimedia equivalent of the photocopier. It allows material to be duplicated at low cost, no matter the size of the audience.”

Gates expounds on how easy it is to imagine a future where legions of soft cover magazines readers migrate to online editions because of their shared common interests. Gates also gave voice to what many were only beginning to perceive - the very existence of printed magazines with the widespread adoption of the Internet   

But Gates also foreseen that to be successful online, a magazine couldn’t just take what it has in print and move it onto a electronic platform.

“There isn’t enough depth or interactivity in print content to overcome the drawbacks of the online medium.

If people are to be expected to put up with turning on a computer to read a screen, they must be rewarded with deep and extremely up-to-date information that they can explore at will. They need to have audio, and possibly video. They need an opportunity for personal involvement that goes far beyond that offered through the letters-to-the-editor pages of print magazines”. 

(editor's note: 'possibly video'... Google didn't even exist when this was written never mind youtube and vimeo!)

It would be hard to argue that much of what Gates expounds on in his essay hasn’t become the reality of today’s internet connected world. Yet many traditional brick and mortar entities are struggling to survive simply because they never heeded the warnings heralded by Gates “that to be successful online, a magazine couldn’t just take what it has in print and move it onto a electronic platform.” In the early days success was measured by the ability of a website to attract visitors. Relevant and useful content was the bait. Despite the Internet ability for information to be distributed worldwide at basically zero marginal cost to the publisher, far too many in their haste to monetize their success are driving away the very audience they once sought to attract through an endless barrage of adverts, pop-ups, and firewalls.

For the Internet to thrive, content providers must be paid for their work. But content providers also need to grasp the reality that in today’s society, the breadth of information readily available on the Internet has indeed become enormous. The endless barrage of adverts that are dealing death blows to the cable industry will be the same nails in the coffin of their online forays.

Content is king. Those who succeed in providing relevant content will propel the Internet forward as a marketplace of ideas, experiences, and products-a marketplace of content. But engagement is queen and consumers are still the kingmakers.  

On the Hook for Multi Million Dollar Web Hosting Tabs

Sun, 24th March 2019, 19:14

Initial public offerings (IPO) of companies venturing into the stock market can provide a great opportunity for outsiders to view the inner workings of many of today's new tech giants, providing insights to their corporate focus, and how they do business in general. Often buried within those IPO’s are revelations on the firm's web hosting expenses!

Pinterest’s recently filed IPO reveals it has signed a long-term contract with Amazon Web Services (AWS), requiring the social media giant to spend at least $750 million on Amazon Web Services by July 2023.  The contract, first signed in May 2017, had a balance of $441.1 million remaining as of December 31 last year to meet that minimum. That suggests Pinterest has spent approximately $308.9 million on Amazon's cloud in the last year and a half. Also noteworthy is that the May 2017 deal was an extension to a previous contract that Pinterest negotiated with Amazon:

"Cost of revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 increased by $62.9 million compared to the year ended December 31, 2017. The increase was primarily due to higher absolute hosting costs due to user growth, which were partially offset by lower relative hosting costs due to the May 2017 amendment of our enterprise agreement with AWS," says the filing.

The filing also says that Pinterest paid $125 million to AWS in an initial commitment through June, 2018. Although Pinterest is not obligated to meet monthly cloud purchase minimums, the contract does stipulate full payment regardless of shortfall between actually usage and the $750 million mandated in the agreement.  There is also a termination clause allowing Pinterest to end its AWS deal early, provided it pays "liquidated damages" to Amazon. AWS hosts the majority of Pinterest's software and apps on its Cloud Hosting Service.

While the numbers at first seem staggering, it’s not uncommon for social media type startups to rely on public cloud-computing platforms, such as AWS and Azure. The platforms allow developers to rent minimal hosting capacity from the tech giants massive-scale data centers and add more computing capacity with the push of a button as demand increases.

Another company, ride hailing service Lyft, had buried within its IPO a contractual obligation to pay at least $300 million to Amazon Web Services (AWS) between January 2019 and December 2021.

Lyft committed to spending at least $80 million in each of the three years of the deal, with the stipulation that it will spend $300 million in aggregate overall. The S-1 filing said this figure was actually an addendum to an existing deal — in March 2018, Lyft agreed to pay AWS $150 million by June 2021. Then in January of this year the deal was again modified to its present terms. If Lyft's usage of Amazon's cloud doesn't hit or exceed that $300 million threshold, it'll have to pay the difference.  AWS hosts Lyft entire app and platform.

Then there is Snapchat. It’s parent company went public in 2017 and it was revealed that it was paying Google Cloud $400 million a year through 2022. Although the terms of Snap's agreement with Google allow Snapchat to use other cloud providers, it’s hard to imagine there is much appetite to do so. It's been rumored that the company recently recruited a inhouse data center specialist.

Proponents of public and hybrid clouds models claim that cloud computing allows companies to avoid or minimize up-front IT infrastructure costs, get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance. It also enables IT teams to more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable demand. Cloud providers typically use a "pay-as-you-go" model and are often billed as being cheaper than maintaining your own servers in a data center. Possibly so but often that's generally only true at small scales. At larger scales, the costs can quickly add up to be significant. Recently some large-scale web companies like Dropbox have actually moved from the public cloud back to their own servers. That however can also be a costly project that requires significant investment and commitment.

Moral of the story.. Well there isn’t one but for those of us with awesome web hosts to keep our sites humming along 24/7, it does kind of make us feel better and our web hosting cost seem trivial!

MDD Hosting Clients Suffering Major Downtime

Sun, 23rd September 2018, 15:16

Clients of MDDHosting have taken to the web to express their outrage, anger and frustration at the extended period of downtime websites are experiencing after some routine maintenance corrupted beyond repair all the data on the company servers.

MDD Hosting’s Michael Denney writing in the community forum states:

“While I was hoping to save some of this for the official RFO [Reason For Outage] - enough people are getting tremendously upset over this that I'm going to spell out what I can now - keeping in mind that I will provide more details when I can.

First and foremost - this failure is not something that we planned on or expected. A server administrator, the most experienced administrator we have, made a big mistake. During some routine maintenance where they were supposed to perform a _file system trim_ they mistakenly performed a _block discard_. The server administrator essentially told our storage platform to drop all data rather than simply dropping data that had been marked as deleted by our servers

So why is restoration taking so long?

Initially the company believed that only the primary operating system partition of the servers were damaged so they worked to bring new machines online to connect to their storage(back-ups) to bring accounts back online. Denney states “Normally we would rely on snapshots in our storage platform - simply mounting a snapshot from prior to the incident and booting servers back up. It would have taken minutes - if maybe an hour. We are not sure as of yet, and will need to investigate, but snapshots were disabled. I wish I could tell you why - and I wish I knew why - but we don't know yet and will have to look into it”.

MDD Hosting is now working to restore client data from cPanel backups from their disaster recovery server of ‘last resort’ in Phoenix Arizona. By the company’s own admission, this is the only copy remaining of all client data.

While hoping they are wrong, the time to undo the damage for all clients is being estimated at 96 hours.

“Do I really expect this to take 96 hours? No. I don't and I hope not - but I don't want to say 24 hours and have 10 people not restored yet get really upset about it. At the end of the day I want to be as accurate as I can be and I don't want to lie or mislead. This situation is really bad for us - the worst thing we've faced since we founded this company in 2007".

The company also admits that backups may not be complete with most servers from restore point that is within the past 24 hours prior to the start of the incident (this can be anywhere from a few hours or up to 24 hours depending on the time the account was backed up). For some less fortunate, a very small number of servers may have restore points going back 48 hours before the outage. While it may be a small consolation, in times past many hosting providers, having faced this many failures, the perfect storm so to speak, have simply lost their clients data entirely and gone out of business!

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What You Should Expect From Your Web Host

Wed, 31st January 2018, 18:21

Not so long ago banking was done with the help of human tellers and grocery shopping happened solely in-store. But the internet, social media and mobile devices have dynamically changed this. Today’s consumers are “plugged in” 24/7. They demand instant access to information and transaction capabilities when they want them, are savvy when it comes to making purchase decisions, and are not afraid to make a change if a company no longer meets their expectations. This is exacerbated in that much of today's vibrant business community only exists online. There is no brick and mortar building for consumers to even see, let alone visit. Web hosting has become uniquely situated where uptime is an essential service and communication is key.

To survive and flourish in this new global society, businesses and organizations alike must now differentiate themselves across multiple channels, touch points, and interactions, not only to engage customers, but to set themselves apart from a multitude of others zealously competing to increase page rank and replace them in the search results.

So while the failure to deliver positive customer experiences or provide responsive customer service may still be the surest way to hemorrhage clients, the rise of services such as MailChimp or Constant contact suggests it helps to retain clients by cultivating loyal, long-term relationships. It is no longer enough to have a pretty website. To truly make an impact, a company must be a constant presence in its customers daily lives. (editor’s note: ‘daily lives’. It better be some kind of special because it’s a very fine line between ‘special’, and spam. ‘Spam’ from a can, good. Otherwise it’s getting deleted!)

So there were a couple of recent surveys looking at how customers wanted to be contacted, the idea being that a better understanding allows organizations to better adapt, and possibly set themselves apart from the crowd. I found these results interesting as there has been a growing trend among certain web hosts to limit the available types of customer support options offered. Then again, some web hosts have never offered any support options to begin with. Others, as reviews will attest, offered the sun moon and stars but just never bothered to answer the phone, or their email, or social media taunts. But possibly that’s getting ahead of myself.

Paraphrasing, The survey says:

  • When customers initiate the interaction, 77% rated speed to resolution as the best indicator of good service.
  • 55% opt for convenience when contacting a company.
  • 65% of customers prefer to talk on the phone, compared to 55% for email and 48% for online chat.
  • But when companies contact customers, 82% prefer email for notifications and 77% for questions and issues.
  • 49% wanted notifications by text, compared to 25% from a live person in a contact center.
  • 45% want questions to be asked by a live agent, compared to 37% by text.
  • In the last six months, 77% of consumers have opted out of a company’s communication. 45% of customers who opted out said communication was too frequent. 30% said the message was irrelevant. 25% of opt outs were due to other factors, including redundancy, too much information and lacking a human touch.
  • 55% of women have opted out of company communication because it was too frequent, versus 37% of men.
  • When making, changing or confirming appointments, 53% of customers choose to contact a company by email, 50% by phone and 34% by website.
  • To learn about a new product, 51% go to the website, 44% use a web tutorial and 38% call a representative.
  • 23% of millennial prefer a mobile app for notifications. 16% prefer online chat.
  • When asking questions, all age groups preferred phone calls to online chat, including 86% of baby boomers, 69% of Gen Xers and 59% of millennial.
  • 40% of millennial prefer to make purchases via mobile app, compared to 36% of Gen Xers and 16% of baby boomers.

Not surprisingly, more than three-quarters of consumers rank speed to resolution as the most likely indicator of service, men are still from Mars, and women from Venus. It also appears that Millennial also have different preferences than baby boomers! Who’d have guessed.

The surveys reinforces the importance of companies understanding and adapting to the marketplace, rather than vice versa, to ensure high customer loyalty and satisfaction.

So how does your web host measure up. Leave a review.

Namecheap alleges Tucows thwarted effort to transfer domains

Mon, 4th December 2017, 01:24

Earlier this year we wrote a piece about Canadian based Tucows announcing an agreement to acquire wholesale domain name registrar eNom from Rightside Group. Tucows paid $83.5 million for the acquisition of eNom, the 14.5 million domains under its management, and a additional 28,000 active resellers. Tucows now had a total network of over 40,000 resellers globally and 29 million domains under management making it the second largest domain registrar in the world. All sounded good until you considered that 7 million of those domains were registered through Enom on the reseller account of Namecheap. Although the timing may have been coincidental, NameCheap announced pretty much simultaneously that it had stopped reselling domain names through Enom and domains coming up for renewal would be automatically transferred from Enom to NameCheap.

In a lawsuit filed in Seattle (pdf) at the end of August, Namecheap alleged that Tucows was thwarting its effort to transfer domains registered through Namecheap when it was an Enom reseller.

According to the court filing, the issue seems to revolve around whether this transfer qualifies for a “Bulk Transfer After Partial Portfolio Acquisition”, or BTAPPA. This type of transfer was setup to transfer a bunch of domains between registrars in bulk when one registrar acquires another.

Namecheap says that Verisign has already approved the transfer of these domains through BTAPPA and that an transfer agreement was in place prior to the sale of eNom. But Tucows, according to the suit, says it doesn’t qualify:

Tucows has refused to complete the bulk transfer of the VeriSign Domains to Namecheap using the BTAPPA service based on the unmeritorious argument that doing so would violate ICANN/VeriSign rules, regulations and processes….

Namecheap also claims that Tucows is concerned that the mass transfer of domains “would wreak such havoc and confusion” because of the volume and because .com is a thin Whois in which registrant data stays with the registrar, not the registry.

Namecheap reasoned that Enom/Tucows might want to slow the transfer stating that even if eNom’s margin on Namecheap’s domain registrations were quite low and the agreement allowed Enom to retain 100% of expired domain revenue and all parking revenue during registrations and during the expiration cycle.

Namecheap also said it offered to make a cash payment to Tucows and execute a separate purchase agreement so that the deal would be considered a partial acquisition “and thereby obviate any further basis for disagreement about whether the VeriSign Domains transfer qualifies for the BTAPPA service.” Tucows rejected this option according to the suit.

In October Namecheap voluntarily dismissed this case without prejudice, meaning that it could refile the claims at a later time. Domain name registrar Namecheap is big, but until this year it didn’t show up on charts ranking registrars by domains because Namecheap acted as an Enom reseller. Once Namecheap began registering new .com domain names on its own registrar accreditation, it has been generally ranked as the fifth largest registrar each month when it comes to new .com registrations.

ICANN published the latest official .com transactions report from Verisign on December 1st 2017 but this only includes data by registrar until August 2017. The top registrars in terms of new .com registrations for August showed no changes in ranking from July.

  1. GoDaddy* 922,658
  2. Tucows** 193,081
  3. PublicDomainRegistry 135,332
  4. HiChina 128,586
  5. Namecheap 121,858

That is likely to change as on the latest list of Registrars with the Highest Net Growth, Namecheap ranks number two, surpassed only by GoDaddy. (editor's note.. GoDaddy is ranked far and away number one, a league of its own. But that is a whole different story).

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What If Walmart Were A Webhost

Fri, 4th August 2017, 08:13

Late last month, reports came out on an emerging row between Walmart and Amazon. The conflict in question began when Walmart instructed partners and suppliers not to run on Amazon Webservice (AWS) infrastructure. A spokesperson for Walmart more or less confirmed the story, citing the potential security risks of ‘sensitive data’ being stored on competitors’ platforms. Amazon responded curtly, questioning their rivals’ understanding of the degree to which AWS supports Amazon’s retail business. There’s little doubt that this spat has to do with Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, bringing the realms of e-commerce and brick-and-mortar one step closer to all-out battle. Mega-corporation slap fight aside, this piece of the ongoing saga of the War for Retail may in fact be even more salient to a struggle yet to come.

It’s been argued rather convincingly that one of the prime (sorry) keys to Amazon’s meteoric rise has been their ability to externalize the internal: spinning off the data and delivery services of their corporate infrastructure into businesses in their own right. Naively, the value is financial- after all, AWS represents about a tenth of Amazon’s revenue. But the bedrock value comes in the appraisal of the market itself. An internal Amazon service’s success or failure can be used as evidence of its competitiveness, freeing the company from much of the internal obsolescence that plagues long-lasting giants of its kind.

What does Walmart have to do with this? Therein lies the question. We know that Walmart has already released its cloud management platform, OneOps, to the public. OneOps obviously doesn’t constitute direct competition with the AWS juggernaut, although the ability to switch freely between clouds does dovetail nicely with Walmart’s new, ahem, preferences for their upstream partners. But there’s more to come. At this year’s Shoptalk, President and CEO Marc Lore revealed the company’s new tech incubator: Store Number 8.

One of the first seeds planted by the new initiative is Code Eight, dedicated to the creation of ‘highly personalized shopping experiences’ headed by Jennifer Fleiss, previously of fashion rental service Rent the Runway. The parallels to Amazon’s upcoming Prime Wardrobe couldn’t be clearer.

So the incubator isn’t purely internal, its goal being the promotion of handpicked, Walmart-funded startups intended to seize future innovations in retail, with the obvious subtext of bringing the fight to Amazon. But the difference is essentially academic: Store Number 8 will be working in the context of Walmart’s enormous distribution chain and national coverage. The flexibility and litany of benefits provided by AWS are already on the minds of the competitive thinkers at Walmart. With this new investment in cutting edge technology, services and channels, it’s only a matter of time before Walmart has a ‘friendly suggestion’ for where its suppliers should move to, rather than from.

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Web Hosting: The Weakest Link

Tue, 18th July 2017, 22:12

In The Age of Automation, the Weakest Link is Man

Earlier this February, you could be forgiven for having the impression that the internet itself was falling apart. A number of popular websites and consumer tools seemed to crash all at once, leaving affected users- and especially administrators- scrambling for answers. The culprit? A single engineer at Amazon Web Services, the titan of web infrastructure through which up to 70% of all global traffic flows through. The error was simple enough: a botched command intended to remove a handful of sluggish servers for maintenance instead swallowed up key subsystems underpinning a huge portion of S3 server processes. The problem was quickly fixed, and Armageddon itself was postponed for another day, but the swift impact goes to show the damage that can be done by an individual mistake- and to err is human.

Human frailty may be an occasional pitfall for simple maintenance, but it’s the Achilles’ heel for security. Verizon’s latest Data Breach Digest suggests that fully 90% of all data-loss incidents involve some form of phishing or social engineering. The recent spate of ransomware attacks has mostly depended upon carelessness in the face of spear phishing campaigns, as in the case of a Canadian firm forced to pay $425,000 after tainted PDFs posing as shipping invoices infected their systems. That, combined with a handful of unpatched databases, was enough to expose the entirety of their data stores to the attackers.

That payment pales in comparison to the cool $1 million extracted from South Korean webhost Nanaya after vulnerabilities were found on their servers… running Apache 1.3 from 2006. (They were probably better off with their previous system: cuneiform based servers from 3200 BCE.)

There is an unavoidable tradeoff in webhosting when it comes to questions of uptime and security. The smart money is of course on larger firms, with smaller outfits simply lacking the capital and the latitude to possess the kind of 24/7 crisis response and automated infrastructure necessary to respond to threats and errors in real time. But the challenge introduced in these ever expanding giants is the uniform decision to outsource and underpay technicians with critical roles in server infrastructure, giving them ample opportunity to cash in on a growing trend of digital hostage taking.

A smaller team may be less limber than a larger one, but a tighter net has historically been one of the best protections against social engineering, and a small core of adequately compensated employees is much less exposed to the kind of internal attacks that large companies are so vulnerable to. There’s no perfect solution: bigger may be stronger in the grand scheme of things, but ultimately you’re only as strong as your weakest link.

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751 Domains Managed by Gandi Hijacked to Serve up Malware

Sun, 16th July 2017, 14:10

Domain registrar Gandi has admitted that more at least 751 domain names were hijacked late last week after an unknown individual managed to get hold of the company's login details for one of its technical providers.

The changes went unnoticed for a number of hours hours until one the registry operators reported the suspicious changes to Gandi. Within an hour, Gandi's technical team identified the problem, changed all the logins and started reverting the changes made – a process that took three-and-a-half hours, according to the company's incident report.

Gandi is adamantly stating that the attack did not involve any breach of their databases or back end nor did it involve a breach of the technical partner’s infrastructure.

The attacker was able to make the changes by accessing the web portal of our technical partner using our login credentials, which they obtained surreptitiously. These credentials were "likewise not obtained by a breach of our systems and we strongly suspect they were obtained from an insecure connection to our technical partner’s web portal" (the web platform in question allows access via http).

Gandi stated that taking into account the delay in name server provisioning at the individual registries in question and the TTLs of the relevant DNS zones, the unauthorized changes were in place at the most for 8 to 11 hours.

The attack

One of the domains impacted by the attack was Swiss information security company SCRT. The company in a blog post about the incident provided a more concise explanation of where the attacker was able to manipulate the process while stating that they still haven’t received any news from Gandi as to what made all of this possible in the first place.

The domain is registered at Gandi where we configure the IP addresses of our name servers. Gandi is responsible for propagating this information to, enabling the resolution for our domain globally.

Last Friday, an attacker was able to compromise a technical provider used by Gandi to communicate with various TLD registries. This compromise allowed him to request changes to registries, including, to modify the name server information for several domains, including ours.

At this point, a rogue DNS server was introduced in the DNS resolution path. Looking at the DNS resolution process described above, the hijack happened where was providing the rogue DNS server instead of the valid one to any resolver, allowing the attacker to redirect any requests for impacted domains to IP addresses owned by the attacker himself.

SCRT also noted that all of its emails were redirected during the attack, but fortunately whoever carried out the attack did not set up email servers to grab them. They also stated that only visitors who had never visited their site where affected as prior visitors as HTTP Strict-Transport-Security would have forced their browser to use a valid HTTPS, which the attacker could not emulate resulting in a connection error.

Gandi manages more than 2.1 million domain names across 730 TLDs, spanning some 200+ registries.

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EIG CEO Stepping Down after 20 Years of Endurance Transformations

Thu, 27th April 2017, 09:37

After over a year of striving to bring his company out of an SEC probe, Endurance International Group (EIG) CEO Hari Ravichandran has finally decided to step down. The Massachusetts-based company recently announced in a statement that amid “significant” expansion of business, risk management, and an SEC investigation regarding non-GAAP metrics, the EIG board of directors and Mr. Ravichandran agreed on a CEO transition plan.

According to the plan, Mr. Ravichandran will step down from his position as soon as the company finds his replacement. EIG has hired international executive recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles to help the web hosting company find its new CEO.

Troubles for Mr. Ravichandran started back in December 2015 after EIG received a subpoenas from the Securities and Exchange Commission after the company agreed to acquire the online marketing company, Constant Contact Inc. for $1.1 billion. A class action lawsuit was filed against Constant Contact as the authorities claimed that company failed in their fiduciary duties to shareholders by selling the company at too low a price. The deal was however completed in February 2016.

It is also important to mention the famous report by Gotham City Research in which the firm accused EIG of using “shady” business practices and deceit.

Hari Ravichandran, 40, dropped out from Stanford and bet his $8,000 savings on the dot-com boom. He started offering his digital services to establish and host websites for businesses in newspaper ads. That was the start of Ravichandran’s empire. He founded BizLand (now Endurance International Group) in 1997. The company now owns famous hosting services including, and It has 3,900 employees in 15 offices globally. The company has about 5.4 million customers. EIG’s revenue in 2017 is expected to come in at $1 billion.

The dot-com bubble crash of early 2000s brought the first real test for Ravichandran. The company that was delved deeper in its macroeconomic cycle, overgrown spending and rapid growth was shook to the core after advertisers started backing off and revenues declined. Ravichandran took it as a challenge and decided to turn the tide. He planned to transition Endurance towards a subscription model. About 2% of the company’s top-tier customers were charged for the services. This brought a whopping $2 million in revenues within a year.

Ravichandran had successfully driven his ship out of the troubled waters. He decided to rename his company from Bizland to Endurance International Group. The new name alluded to years or endurance, tenacity and perseverance.

Ravichandran’s next task was to do something about the dwindling customer base of EIG, which was the result of subscription model. Instead of burning dollars in marketing and advertising, Ravichandran, who also holds an MBA with a focus on Entrepreneurial Management, decided to go on an acquisition spree. The strategy was to acquire small web hosting firms to expand customer base. For example, in its first deal, EIG bought a web hosting company with around 300 customers for $30,000. EIG grew rapidly over the next few years, and became an attractive buyout target. However, EIG also acquired a reputation for acquiring good companies and then ruining their quality and customer services.

In 2008, capital market firm Accel-KKR bought a huge stake in Endurance. In 2011, Warburg Pincus and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners acquired EIG from Accel for $975 million.

But Ravichandran wasn’t ready to stop. He wanted to grow EIG internationally. In 2014, EIG acquired web business of Mumbai, India-based company Directi for $109.8 million. The plan was to enter the Asia-Pacific market. Last year, Ravichandran said that EIG was also planning to expand to the Russian market through Directi.

Hari Ravichandran was the highest-earning CEO of all the publically traded companies in Massachusetts, as of 2016. Ravichandran reportedly took home a whopping $36 million in 2015. EIG’s Board of Directors slashed his annual salary from $750,000 to $200,000 and reduced his annual cash bonus with respect to calendar years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

My Domain Has Been Hijacked. Help!

Sun, 23rd April 2017, 13:34

The integrated Canadian steel producer Algoma Steel has lost much of its sheen from those lofty rail and iron horse days of the early 20th century. Founded in 1902, the company appears to have spent more time in recent years going from one court proceeding to another than it has producing the products its name suggest. In 2004 after emerging from another round of bankruptcy protection, the company under the guidance of then President and CEO Denis Turcotte had a resurgence of sorts and became quite profitable before being purchased by India's Essar Group for US$ 1.63 billion in April 2007.

The latest twist in the saga of Essar Steel Algoma ongoing drama fests with workers, investors, debtors, governments etc etc involves the company's tech services. More specifically its domain name.

Recently the Ontario's Superior Court was asked to order New Delhi-based Net4, an Internet domain registrar and web hosting company, to transfer the domain registration back to the Sault Ste. Marie steelmaker. The Algoma domain is owned by Essar Steel Algoma, but in 2008 registration was moved to a Net4 account controlled by Jayantha Prabhu, chief information officer at the parent company Essar Group.

Court documents suggest that Prabhu has not responded to requests to arrange to have the control of the domain transferred back to Canada. Essar Algoma wants hosted at GoDaddy instead of Net4, with the account registered to an Algoma employee.

Brenda Stenta, Essar Algoma's manager of corporate communications, in a sworn affidavit stated:

“All access to Essar Algoma's webmail, mobility gateway, customer portal, virtual private network and other applications goes through the domain. The Algoma domain is an essential asset in the operation of Algoma's business. The Algoma domain serves as the principal gateway for all of Algoma's email, webmail and world wide web facing applications, including Algoma's website and secure customer web interface. Algoma needs the ability to control all material operational elements of the Algoma domain. Algoma is currently unable to do so because the Algoma domain is registered in Essar India's customer account on Net4, and because the administrative contact on the account, Mr. Prabhu, is not an employee of Algoma,"

"Mr. Prabhu's unresponsiveness and unwillingness to co-operate in transferring the Algoma domain to a customer account controlled by Algoma is unreasonable and prevents Algoma from exercising its rights as the legal owner of the Algoma domain," said Ashley Taylor, a lawyer acting for Essar Steel Algoma, in a filed court factum.

Meanwhile, Net4 says it needs a resolution from Essar Steel Algoma's board to transfer the account to GoDaddy, but two company directors are said to be unwilling to participate because board meetings are no longer held and directors are not being paid for their services. (editor’s note: okay drama fest may be an understatement)

While the continuing soap opera at Essar Steel Algoma is unique for its twists and turns, losing control of a domain name is a common enough occurrence. Hostjury has written about this on prior occasion like when a thief was targeting "Web Design" domains. While that one also had some unique attributes, there are numerous scenarios where domains are ‘hijacked’ by disgruntled employees, partners, through hacking, social engineering, or even the numerous horror stories on the web about domains being stolen by someone’s webhost.

As noted in the Essar Algoma case, controlling the domain name can also mean access to a company’s email, website, customer portal, virtual private network and/or other applications that are dependent on the domain. It can be essential for the operation of a business and can really be an issue.

So how does one go about regaining control of their domain. The real easy answer is don’t lose control in the first place. In most cases, with few exceptions, there are no simple answers although boutique law firms have sprung up with ‘domain name lawyers’ coming out from under their rocks to help you answer that question!

The body assigned to oversee domains, ICANN/Internic has put in place Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policies.

Many, if not most, web hosting companies and domain registrars use wholesale domain name registrar like Enom. They are effectively just reselling domains, which makes sense if domains are a small part of the bottom line and the host doesn’t want to get ICANN accredited to sell generic domain extensions. When these resellers don’t play by the rules, although frustrating and time consuming, it is relatively simple to regain control of the domain.

Relief can also be sought through the domain registrar and ICANN in some instances where there is evidence that the domain’s control was maliciously reassigned through hacking or social engineering (someone gaining access to your account by posing as the owner).

It’s cases where there is some hint that control was voluntarily relinquished, then it gets dicey.

It should be self explanatory but never do business with a web developer or webhost that even suggests registration of the domain name in their own name. The domain owner must control the registrant login and information at the registrar level. This means that the company/owner itself must be listed as the registrant, and the primary email contact must be the owner or a high level company employee. The web host or web developer can, in some instances, legitimately be listed as the administrative contact.

Many a good lawyer (editor’s note: well if that isn’t a good oxymoron!) will tell you “If the company can establish that the domain name is protected by trademark, then that trademark can be leveraged against any other third-party registrant. Only the trademark holder is allowed to register a protected domain name”… except ICANN has these rules stating…

“All registrars must follow the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (often referred to as the "UDRP"). Under the policy, most types of trademark-based domain-name disputes must be resolved by agreement, court action, or arbitration before a registrar will cancel, suspend, or transfer a domain name. Disputes alleged to arise from abusive registrations of domain names (for example, cybersquatting) may be addressed by expedited administrative proceedings that the holder of trademark rights initiates by filing a complaint with an approved dispute-resolution service provider. To invoke the policy, a trademark owner should either (a) file a complaint in a court of proper jurisdiction against the domain-name holder (or where appropriate an in-rem action concerning the domain name) or (b) in cases of abusive registration submit a complaint to an approved dispute-resolution service provider.

While going to court may be one possibility to regain control of your domain, it’ likely neither the cheapest, nor the fastest option.

Domain Name:
Registrar URL:
Creation Date: 1996-02-11T05:00:00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2018-02-12
Registrar: Net 4 India Limited
Registrant Organization: Essar Steel Algoma Inc
Registrant Country: CA
Registrant Email:

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Best Rated Web Hosts In 2017

Tue, 7th February 2017, 17:50

So just how does one go about choosing a decent web hosting provider when there are thousands of hosting companies? It’s like going through the yellow pages trying to find a decent restaurant when the only recognizable names coming to mind serve fast food dished up with mediocre service. Web hosts are like restaurants. There’s lots of them but not all may be suitable for that someone, or something special.

HostJury motto has been, and continues to be one of not giving our opinionated view of web hosting providers (often geared towards the host that pays the most for advertising). Still we do give users the ability to recommend and review their web hosting provider to other users and to share their real hosting reviews.

Based on those reviews, here is the list of the best rated hosts:


Important factors

When writing a review, users are given the opportunity to rate their experiences with their webhost based on uptime, features, support, and pricing.

Important factors in selecting a web hosting company include the percentage of server uptime. Every web host will experience downtime, but 98 to 99% uptime is optimal. A lower number may not necessarily eliminate a host… remember some reviews are written by disgruntled users. Then again some webhosts in the HostJury database are diving to the bottom and coming up with zeroes for uptime. Those ones have a lot of disgruntled users and would certainly demand closer scrutiny.

Another consideration is how much diskspace is provided for the files that will make up your web site (There is no such thing as unlimited). How much bandwidth is in their packages. Monthly bandwidth is the amount of data transfer allowed for visitors to view and use your web site. Ideally in today’s hosting environment you want ‘unmetered’ but remember, unlimited is not the same as unmetered! Those may be the big two but features like:

  • Free Domain Name
  • Free Website Builder
  • cPanel & SSH Access
  • SSD Storage
  • Free Daily Backup
  • Unlimited Emails & Data Bases
  • HTTP/2 Enabled Servers
  • A Content Delivery Network such as Cloudflare or MaxCDN
  • Unlimited addon domains to host multiple sites
  • SSL certificate included for free.

The features (and terminology) may vary and may not be be included in every level of plan. But the more the merrier.

Support is like insurance. You hope you never need it, but you are sure glad you got it if you do!

  • 24/7 Technical Support (yes some web hosts think they are bankers)
  • Free Setup (yeah some not only think like bankers, they have hidden fees like bankers)
  • Free Transfer of your site from another host
  • Pay to play support (premium) or is everyone equal
  • Back ups. Remember that daily backups may delete the prior backup. Some hosts keep multiple backups of your website. Again, more is merrier.
  • 30 Days Money Back. (like insurance)

Price. What does one say. You get what you pay for although many web hosts do offer discounts.. then raise the price at renewal. Some require multi year commitments for deep discounts. Others nickel and dime you with annoying upcharges and hidden fees. Some do all of the above. Others have upfront pricing and no hidden fees. There is no magic formula and one size fits all. Ask questions, and ensure there is a 'no questions asked money back' type guarantee.


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FastComet achieves excellence in the three most important aspects of providing a high-quality web hosting experience - speed, security and customer service. By investing heavily in the latest hardware and software technology FastComet gives you up to 300% better performance for your website in compare to other hosting providers. Utilizing SSD-only storage for files and databases and providing Global CDN access, FastComet focus on achieving just-a-second load time for your website content.

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  • 45 Days Money - Back: We are so confident you will love our service that we offer 45 days money-back guarantee.


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Bootstrapped and cashflow positive since day one. We've always concentrated on offering great service & support & apparently hard work pays off, we still have our very first client & many that rave about our support. Although our hosting offerings & team have changed slightly over the years, we constantly strive to ensure every client is satisfied.

We will be available when you need us, regardless of hour & help resolve any problems you encounter & to communicate in human terms when doing so. We'll never sell you anything you don't require, nor your information to anyone under any circumstances.

  • Hassle-free migration: We can handle 100% of your web hosting, email & data migration, hassle-free.
  • 24/7 Technical support: Our response time is measured in minutes instead of hours. Our team is alerted via text for any critical support request submitted.
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  • Nightly backups: We backup accounts nightly & retain backups for 75+ days allowing you to restore your website, email & databases to any point.
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Founded in 2004 by a few university friends, SiteGround gradually but steadily turned into a leading web hosting service provider. With only a handful of people working from their university dorm rooms in the beginning, today the company has more than 400 employees and is constantly growing. We process 1500+ tickets, 1000+ phone calls and 3000+ chat requests per day. We proudly host more than 500,000 domains with this number growing by the hour.

SiteGround gives you all the essential hosting features you need to accommodate a "just getting started" website or an existing average-size blog, personal, or business website. The StartUp Plan works well even for smaller online shops with a reasonable number of products.

  • Free Domain Name
  • Free Website Builder
  • cPanel & SSH Access
  • Free Setup & Transfer
  • 24/7 Technical Support
  • SSD Storage
  • Free Daily Backup
  • 30 Days Money Back
  • Unlimited Emails & DBs
  • HTTP/2 Enabled Servers
  • Free Let's Encrypt SSLs
  • Free Cloudflare CDN

Larger plans include:

  • Premium Support: Your tickets are answered with priority.
  • Premium Speed: Our SuperCacher is included to make your website faster.
  • Premium Security: We keep up to 30 backup copies of your website.
  • Unlimited Websites: You can use unlimited addon domains to host multiple sites.
  • Premium E-Commerce: One year Wildcard SSL certificate is included for free.
  • Premium Joomla & WordPress: Our unique dynamic caching makes these apps fly.


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MDDHosting is a privately owned company that was formed in 2007 to provide services that are often overpriced at affordable prices for individuals and businesses around the world. Unlike most newer web hosts we do not hide who we are, when we were formed, or what we have to offer to our clients. We may be small but we pride ourselves in providing high quality services and support for each and every one of our clients. We do not see our clients as a number or a dollar sign.

Our LiteSpeed Powered Servers are up to 9 times faster than Apache web hosting, processes PHP 50% faster, and 3 times faster than SSL Apache Hosting. LiteSpeed hosting fully supports .htaccess, mod_rewrite, and everything else that Apache is well known for - if your site works on an Apache host it will work even better and faster on our LiteSpeed based solutions!

All of our plans come with generous amounts of CPU, Disk I/O and RAM to run most websites up to 350,000 visitors per month. When your site grows and you need more resources our premium plans offer double the resources of our regular shared plans.

  • 1 CPU Core
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 20 Entry Processes
  • 100 Processes
  • 10 Megabytes/Second Disk I/O
  • 25 Concurrent MySQL Connections
  • 250,000 Inodes (Files/Folders)


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ProperHost is a leading provider of premium hosting services with a strong focus on Magento hosting and other performance-critical applications. Since our interception in 2004, ProperHost has attained a solid market position in the premium hosting market through our devotion to mission-critical hosting and commitment to customer satisfaction. The company is based in Norway, with servers located in several US and UK data centers.

  • Free Site Migration:We will migrate your website for free from your current hosting provider.
  • Fast Servers:Dual Intel Xeon E5-26xx series CPU and minimum 64 GB DDR3 RAM.
  • Magento Optimized:Our servers are fine-tuned to speed up any Magento web site.
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  • 24/7 Support:Our highly trained support team is available around-the-clock.
  • LiteSpeed Enterprise: High-performance web server that is up to 9x faster than Apache.
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  • Free cPanel: Manage every aspect of your account through our control panel.
  • Security Lockdown: We use CloudLinux, CageFS and PHP suEXEC for maximum security.
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 Phi9 Web Hosting



There are many choices when it comes to choosing a web hosting provider. At Phi 9, our 9 Promises set us apart from our competitors. These promises permeate every aspect of our business from our dealings with customers to our corporate culture in the office.

  • No Overselling, No Overloading EVER!: Overselling is a recipe for disaster for web hosts and customers alike. We go out of our way to provide both quality and quantity but when we have to choose between the two, we opt for quality.
  • 24/7/365 Phenomenal Support™: We provide the same high quality support to all customers regardless of which plan they are on, how long they have been a customer, or how much they pay.
  • Premium Web Hosting - Pure and Simple
  • Redundant Hardware:At Phi 9 we invest in only the best hardware. We are proud that we use only enterprise level hardware, dual redundant hard drives and dual-redundant uninterpretable power supplies. If there were to be a hard disk failure, our customers experience no downtime.
  • Golden Promise™ - The 99-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • Greener Hosting: Phi 9 is intimately tied to our oceans and our environment. It is our utmost priority to assure we are operating with the least possible impact on our environment.
  • Secure and Reliable: Security is taken very seriously at Phi 9. We utilize both hardware and software firewalls to protect our customers’ data.
  • Straightforward Pricing: All of our services have honest, straight-forward pricing. There are no hidden fees or taxes.
  • Socially Responsible: We believe that helping others is not only good business, but everyone's business. At Phi 9, we believe in paying it forward.
  • $300 in Free Services!: With free software, marketing tools, tutorials and resources to empower your website, Phi 9 is the clear market leader for value-added service.



As always, HostJury recommend that while price may be a consideration when choosing a web host, it should only be one of the many factored into your research. Page load speeds, additional features, good communication, and a fast knowledgeable support team will always top saving a few cents per day... or even a few bucks! As always, HostJury makes no recommendation or endorsement of any listed providers. Web hosts are presented in the order our algorithm has calculated based on reviews . You are encouraged to practice due diligence.. and at some point leave a review of the services provided.

California-based i3 Brands Sues Rackspace Over Security Breaches

Thu, 2nd February 2017, 18:47

It’s regular enough that some annoyed client of a hosting company writes a review threatening legal action or states ‘they should be in jail’, but it’s not so often that someone actually follows through with it. Rackspace touts its “fanatical” client support, but one California e-commerce firm begs to differ and has charged in a new lawsuit that it lost numerous customers after the San Antonio company failed to provide web-hosting services and security as promised.

I3 Brands has filed suit in Bexar County District Court accusing Rackspace of providing “inadequate and non-existent security,” causing customers, including two unidentified carmakers to desert the business. I3 Brands is seeking more than $1 million in damages for lost revenue, $700,000 plus in fees it paid to Rackspace, and unspecified punitive damages.

Rackspace is staying mum on the legal action saying that the company has not been served and therefore has no comment. Rackspace went private again in August of 2016 after accepting a $4.3 billion cash offer from private equity firm Apollo Global Management.

I3 Brands is a technology based corporation with a deep portfolio of entities specializing in software and data-driven solutions that has several automobile manufacturers and thousands of individual dealerships as clients and has been a Rackspace customer since 2008.

According to the suit, in May 2014 i3 Brands uncovered a security breach relating to its data and customer information on Rackspace servers. New security measures were slated to be implemented in September 2014 but i3 Brands discovered the “load balancers” — which distribute network traffic across different servers — were insufficient for the enhanced security measures.

I3 Brands says it was forced to enter into another deal with Rackspace to stabilize the thousands of websites i3 Brands hosts or manages. Last April, the suit adds, i3Brands uncovered a second security breach involving the Rackspace servers. I3 Brands said it learned that Rackspace had installed the the more expensive load balancer without the necessary security patches. After security upgrades were completed, i3 Brands said Rackspace’s servers would repeatedly crash.

“Numerous calls with Rackspace’s ‘experts’ proved fruitless” the suit alleges. The suit also claims that an outside contractor hired by i3 Brands determined Rackspace servers were “misconfigured”, and “Rackspace, however, had no solution, even though Rackspace had recommended and implemented the new security platform”.

I3 Brands also alleged in the suit that its customers were vulnerable to hacking and theft of data as a result of Rackspace failing to activate another security device. Ultimately, i3 Brands said, it was forced to switch to another web-hosting company. It had been paying Rackspace $35,000 a month.

Although a mute point, Hostjury out of curiosity ran a who-is on i3 brand domains for the ‘other’ hosting company.

Domain Name: I3BRANDS.COM is on a Microsoft server at Google (go figure)
Domain Name: PARTS.COM is also on a Microsoft server at Google.
Domain Name: well it's just on a server at Google.
Domain Name: is also on a server at Google.
Then there is Domain Name: which happens to be on RACKSPACE.COM Name Servers.

I3 Brands has sued Rackpace for breach of contract and negligence. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

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EIG's ResellerClub Latecomer To The Party. Adds Google G Suite

Wed, 1st February 2017, 22:15

Endurance International Group (EIG) first announced back in December that it has worked a deal with Google to bring G Suite to international sub-reseller accounts through one of its numerous brand but for whatever reason ResellerClub India is now sending around another ‘news flash’ puff piece informing web designers and developers that they can offer the intelligent productivity and business collaboration of G Suite to their customers directly from their ResellerClub control panel at competitive prices.

Back in the original release, Endurance CEO & Founder Hari Ravichandran gushed:

"Endurance has a longstanding relationship with Google, and we are thrilled to embark on this journey to empower international small businesses by introducing Google's G Suite through ResellerClub. Our ResellerClub customers will experience equivalent customer support and service as they would if they were to purchase products directly through Google."

In the latest regurgitated piece, Shridhar Luthria, Sr. Vice-President of Channel Partnerships at Endurance International Group shared his thoughts on the collaboration saying:

At ResellerClub, we're constantly striving to give our customers the best - the best hosting solutions, the best prices, the best brands. Google Cloud's apps are frequently used by people all around the globe, every single day - be it Google Drive, Docs, Gmail, you name it. By choosing ResellerClub to offer G Suite, Web pros can now manage domains, hosting and professional email, all from their ResellerClub panel and enjoy advantages in support, pricing and management.

ResellerClub is touted as part of Endurance International Group's family of brands and a leading provider of cloud solutions, web-hosting and other web-presence solutions. In reality it’s just another platform to hock some of EIG’s other brands like BlueHost and HostGator.

And in 2014, Endurance began offering G Suite to customers on the Bluehost,, iPage and HostGator platforms. The product subsequently launched on some of Endurance's largest international brands in 2015 including BigRock in India, Bluehost and HostGator in Mexico and on HostGator Brazil in 2016.

I guess someone forgot to tell the people over at ResellerClub. Oh well, the only bad news is no news!


About ResellerClub

ResellerClub was founded with the objective of offering domain names and hosting products to web designers, developers and web hosts. Today, ResellerClub has evolved into a one-stop-shop marketplace for all products and services that a web professional can use to enable small businesses to build a meaningful web presence.


About Endurance International Group (EIG)

Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc (Endurance) is a provider of cloud-based platform solutions designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) succeed online. The Company serves approximately 4.7 million subscribers across the globe with an integrated suite of over 150 products and services.

An incomplete list of Endurance's (EIG) brands include A Small Orange (ASO), Apollo Hosting, Arvixe, BigRock, BizLand, BlueDomino, Bluehost, Dollar2Host,, DomainHost, Dotster, easyCGI, eHost, EntryHost, FastDomain, FatCow, FreeYellow, Globat, HostCentric, HostClear, HostGator, HostMonster, HostYourSite, HyperMart, IMOutdoors, Intuit Websites, iPage, iPower, iPowerWeb, StartLogic, JustHost, MyDomain, MyResellerHome, NetFirms, Networks Web Hosting, Nexx, PowWeb, PureHost, ReadyHosting, Saba-Pro, SEO Hosting, Site5, Spry, SuperGreen Hosting, USANetHosting, Verio, VirtualAvenue, VPSLink, WebHost4Life, Webstrike Solutions, and Xeran.

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Bluehost support staff disappear

Fri, 27th January 2017, 18:10

It appears that Endurance International Group (EIG) customer tech support bloodletting is continuing with Bluehost workers in Utah being the latest to get the axe. The layoff is expected to affect more than half of BlueHost’s 750 employees.

The layoffs were announced at a meeting on January 19th and will affect 440 accounting, customer support, human resources, and training staff. According to a Reddit thread, the layoffs will occur between March through October of this year.

While an audio clip recorded at the meeting is worth the listen, the statement issued by Endurance provides the gist visually:

Transitioning our Orem office is a significant business decision that impacts approximately 440 Bluehost jobs locally. We’re evolving the way we take care of our customers by consolidating the support function from Orem to our existing office in Tempe, Arizona. Many of these roles may also relocate to our offices in Provo and Salt Lake City. This will enable the Bluehost brand to continue to grow as a choice provider of online services.

This was not an easy conclusion, made more difficult because of the sense of community and camaraderie we embrace in Orem. Shifting the majority of our resources and attention to centralize support, sales as well as professional services is a long-term strategy for the benefit of the business and our valued customers. This decision will enable greater efficiency across our family of Endurance brands for the benefit of our customers.

It is our priority to ensure a mindful transition for our valued employees and we are extremely grateful for their dedication.

Of course this statement is exactly what one would expect from a publicly traded company with backing from private equity firms. When corporate entities acquire competing brands, there’s a reasonable expectation that streamlining and efficiency will render some positions redundant. Hence Endurance laying off over 200 employees at Constant Contact – 15 percent of its workforce – days after its $1.1 billion acquisition closed last February isn’t that surprising.

While not privy to the motive, beyond all that pro capitalist wall street jargon, this isn’t that.

BlueHost customer support and sales are moving to Tempe, AZ which is where Endurance manages a couple of their other brands, Hostgator and iPage. In the latter part of 2015, EIG eviscerated the Arvixe support team when A Small Orange (ASO) took over managing Arvixe tech support. Within months the ASO and Site5 brands were also being ‘streamlined’. You have to wonder why spend hundreds of millions of dollars acquiring successful brands with good reputations and talented staff only to get rid of everything except the customers (editor's note: Read on for more about the customers!).


EIG may give a hint in their third quarter 2016 filing.


We have certain hosting and other brands to which we no longer allocate significant marketing or other funds. These brands generally have healthy free cash flow, but we do not consider them strategic or growth priorities. Subscriber counts for these non-strategic brands are decreasing. While our more strategic brands, in the aggregate, showed net subscriber adds during the quarter ended September 30, 2016, the net subscriber losses in non-strategic brands and certain gateway brands contributed to a decrease in our total subscribers of approximately 42,000 during the quarter. We expect that total subscribers will continue to decrease in the near term.

Overall, our core hosting and web presence business showed relatively slow revenue and subscriber growth during the first nine months of 2016. We believe that this is due to flat marketing expenditures relative to 2015 levels on this business in the first half of 2016 as a result of our focus on gateway products during that period, and to trends in the competitive landscape, including greater competition for referral sources and an increasing trend among consumers to search for web presence and marketing solutions using brand-related search terms rather than generic search terms such as “shared hosting” or “website builder”. We believe this trend assists competitors who have focused more heavily than we have on building consumer awareness of their brand, and that it has made it more challenging and more expensive for us to attract new subscribers. In order to address this trend, during the third quarter of 2016, we began to allocate additional marketing investment to a subset of our hosting brands, including our largest brands,, HostGator and iPage. We plan to continue this increased level of marketing investment in the near term, and are evaluating different marketing strategies aimed at increasing brand awareness.

It appears that Endurance plans to continue with increased level of marketing to attract new clientele to replace the ones they are shedding. They are also evaluating different marketing strategies aimed at increasing brand awareness…

There are a couple of adages about marketing strategies that come to mind. One is about a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. Another attributed to a Harvard article is that it costs five times more to acquire a new customer than to retain an existing one. Endurance’s 2016 4th Q report is out in February so maybe then we'll know how that is working!

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Lightning Base. Reliable Managed Wordpress Hosting Acquires Latin America Based

Wed, 25th January 2017, 20:35

Citing its international growth strategy, has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Latin American-focused, a leading web hosting and domain registration company.

David L. Brown, chairman, chief executive officer and president of states:

“The addition of to our organization will be an important next step in our international growth strategy. Latin America has a large and growing base of small-business customers who are looking for website and internet solutions and need assistance. Over the last 15 years, CEO and Founder Guillermo Tornatore has built an impressive service-oriented business that focuses on the customer, and we look forward to Guillermo and his experienced, Argentina-based team of approximately 90 employees joining the family”.

Guillermo Tornatore,'s chief executive officer and founder adds:

"We are pleased to enter into an agreement with We look forward to combining our expertise and success in helping small businesses with's online marketing solutions to better serve this market"

Argentina-based provides a wide range of services such as email marketing, VPS and dedicated services in the Latin American region. The company was set up in 2002 and also specializes in web hosting and cloud servers.’s customers primarily comprise small and mid-sized businesses.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2017. other brands include Network Solutions and



Founded in 2002, is a leading Latin American technology company that provides web hosting, cloud servers, dedicated servers, email marketing and domains services to small and medium-sized businesses. is one of the largest providers in the Latin American market and has achieved constant growth by simplifying the process of building a web presence for its customers.


About started out as Micron Electronics and sold computers. After closing down its PC business and entering the website business, Micron Electronics started to acquire related businesses. It then changed its name to Interland in 2000. After changing its name to, the company continued to grow when in 2007 it merged with Website Pros in 2007. now provides a full range of Internet services to small businesses to help them compete and succeed online. meets the needs of small businesses anywhere along their lifecycle with affordable, subscription-based solutions including domains, hosting, website design and management, search engine optimization, online marketing campaigns, local sales leads, social media, mobile products and eCommerce solutions.

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Tucows Acquires eNom. NameCheap Leaves eNom

Tue, 24th January 2017, 19:41

Canadian technology company Tucows, a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services has made a hasty announcement saying that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire wholesale domain name registrar eNom from Rightside Group, Ltd. Tucows will pay $83.5 million and will be funded through an amendment increasing Tucows’ existing credit facility to a total of $140 million.

This acquisition of eNom will add 14.5 million domains under management and 28,000 active resellers. That will give Tucows a total network of over 40,000 resellers globally and 29 million domains under management, making it the second largest domain registrar in the world.

David Woroch, Tucows’ Executive Vice President of Domains says:

For years, eNom and OpenSRS have been the two leading registrars primarily focused on the needs of resellers. This focus means these businesses fit very well together. The acquisition keeps eNom resellers where they will be well understood, well valued and well served and creates tremendous value for Tucows and resellers on both sides through efficiency and scale.

Elliot Noss, Tucows’ CEO threw in his two cents saying:

This industry has changed so much since Tucows and eNom each launched wholesale registrar services over fifteen years ago and .com, .net and .org essentially represented the namespace. It is a lot more challenging and complex now. At the same time, it is more mature and much more competitive. Scale is absolutely critical. This is a rare deal that gives Tucows and its investors exactly that while offering an immediate cash on cash return.

Sounds great except… 40,000 resellers globally may have its first casualty

Many web hosting companies and registrars use Enom to resell domains which makes sense if domains are a small part of your bottom line and you don’t want to get ICANN accredited to sell generic domain extensions. (You do not need ICANN accreditation to sell country code top level domains.)

So while it may make sense to resell domain names when registration volume and domains under management are low, over the years some companies have grown aggressively by marketing heavily to web developers, webmasters, and anyone else that needs online web services including domain names, web hosting, SSL certificates, etc.

NameCheap is now stating that it has stopped reselling domain names through Enom and that new domains registrations and transfer will be directly through NameCheap. Namecheap also says that when a domain is renewed it will be automatically transfered from Enom to NameCheap.

Domain Name: ********.COM
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 1068
Whois Server:
Referral URL:

Updated Date: 21-jan-2017
Creation Date: 21-jan-2017
Expiration Date: 21-jan-2018

While the exact number of domains managed by Namecheap through Enom is not known, their latest website states Namecheap “has about 3 million customers and more than 7 million domains under management”. I'll leave it for Tucows, Rightside Group, and Enom to do the math!


About Tucows

Tucows is a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services. Ting delivers mobile phone service and fixed Internet access with outstanding customer support. OpenSRS manages nearly 15 million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 13,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses.


About Namecheap

We work hard to provide unparalleled levels of service, security and support. We strive to offer intuitive products at the most competitive prices in the business. We never bombard our clients with unwanted upsells or in-your-face advertising. Our goal is to be honest, straightforward, friendly and helpful. And that's all.

Namecheap sits right at the doorstep of the web, so we know how important a domain name can be for your business. Our support staffers are some of the smartest, nicest people in the industry. In fact, every member of the Namecheap staff is skilled, well-trained and ready to help. We want you – our customers – to feel like rockstars and royalty, because that's what you are, as far as we're concerned. Making customers happy is our top priority.

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Liquid Web announces the acquisition of Chicago-based managed web host WiredTree

Thu, 19th January 2017, 21:49

They say that no news is bad news and it appears that Liquid Web is taking that to heart by announcing the acquisition of yet another company, this time Chicago-based managed web hosting company WiredTree. HostJury first wrote about this at the end of November but the companies have publicly announced it today so its a fairly newsworthy tidbit. The acquisition follows the completed purchase of Rackspace's Cloud Sites business late last year.

In a letter to WiredTree clients, Liquid Web CEO Jim Geiger says that Liquid Web sought out well-run businesses with similar products, services, and customers – and WiredTree was a perfect match. WiredTree and Liquid Web have a shared history, a remarkably similar platform, and a common philosophy. We have been working behind the scenes preparing for this announcement and during this time, we’ve put in a lot of hard work to ensure this change is an elevation to your hosting experience.

  • First, your pricing will not change. In fact, we intend to upgrade your services at your current pricing level. You will have the same or better products and services.
  • We will be providing you with the same - or better - dedicated and VPS hosting products. Additionally, we have a broad portfolio of products and services available to you including Managed WordPress, Email, CDN, Advanced Spam protection, DDoS Protection and more.
  • Additionally, if you are a reseller of hosting services, we have specialized programs and dedicated resources that can help you grow your business.
  • Your IP address will stay the same and you may continue to use the same nameservers. Your new server will be given an additional IP address and when it is time to move traffic to the new server, your current IP addresses will be transferred so that no DNS changes are required.

Liquid Web CEO Jim Geiger also states in a publicly released statement that:

“With the addition of both WiredTree and Cloud Sites, we further our mission to empower web professionals worldwide to create content and commerce without worry. For web professionals whose websites fuel their businesses, we understand they need a partner to provide both a technological advantage and support, with a broad portfolio of products and a whatever-it-takes attitude. We're purposefully building a smart, easy, flexible experience that does just that – on our fully owned infrastructure, which is backed by the most helpful humans in hosting.

As their managed hosting provider, we want our newest customers to know that we are willing to go above and beyond to help them succeed. We look forward to creating an exceptional business partnership and would like to welcome each WiredTree customer to the Liquid Web family."

Liquid Web focuses its managed hosting products and highly responsive support on tech-savvy, web-reliant professionals. These professionals rely heavily on the web and cloud to grow their businesses or to power multiple websites and applications. They need a reliable, secure partner who is building products for them and guaranteeing 100 percent power and uptime.

Liquid Web wants to solidify its place as that partner and says their networking and security capabilities are significantly more sophisticated than the current configuration with WiredTree and have implemented a “double-protection” DDoS security architecture (addresses both volumetric and targeted attacks) which WiredTree clients will have by default when they are upgraded to the Liquid Web infrastructure. Liquid Web also guarantee 100% network and power uptime or they’ll credit your account 10x for the amount of any downtime experienced. If there’s a problem, we fix it fast. Liquid Web says they own and control their own data centers so if there’s a problem, they’ll fix it fast. They’re never closed!

WiredTree clients can review the transition here!

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Google Domains Chose BlueHost To Provide WordPress Hosting

Fri, 13th January 2017, 17:58

An Endurance International Group (EiG) news flash is making the rounds declaring that Google Domains has selected Bluehost to provide WordPress hosting solutions to both new and existing customers. The puff piece touts Bluehost's unique architecture offering customers proven performance, reliability and functionality for running a WordPress site.

WordPress is one of the most popular online publishing platform available and currently powers over 25 percent of the web so many SMB have come to rely on WordPress for their business websites. A recent SMB Trust Index cited WordPress as the most trusted brand for small businesses.

This latest Bluehost offering extends the relationship between Endurance and Google and reflects both companies' joint efforts to get small businesses online and help them grow. The declaration goes on to state that Google Domains customers can now link their domains and create new accounts from Bluehost’s website.

Endurance CEO & Founder, Hari Ravichandran says:

“Bluehost and Endurance have worked closely with's parent company, Automattic, for years now to ensure our web hosting platform would seamlessly run WordPress websites. We're honored to begin working with Google Domains to make it easier for small business customers to get online and manage their online presence”.

This isn’t the first time Google has got in bed with Endurance International having partnered with another EiG brand, StartLogic, for their “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” initiative.


Google Domains

Google Domains is the domain name registrar launched in 2014 by Google. (editor’s note: Like many of Google’s pet projects, you never know what’s a keeper. At this point Google Domains is still in “beta”).

Google Domains is strictly a domain registrar for claiming, registering, and managing domain names. They do not offer services such as hosting although Google does separately offers email and business services through Google Apps, gmail, etc. Google makes its money through adverts so naturally they have a vested interest in making “getting online” simpler & less daunting for small and/or less tech-savvy businesses.

Google Domains endeavors to be simple and transparent so you’ll notice their homepage is so minimalist that it’s nearly blank. Google Domains focus is on doing one thing and one thing only – domains so the design has no upsells, no cross-sells and no visual clutter. And no adverts!

When you need to point your domain to a host or website builder, it’s all there in a single place. When an option is chosen, the user is provided with further options eg: “to start your trial with Bluehost and your Google domain, follow the instructions below or go to Bluehost site. That said, Google Domains provides easy integration for Google web tools (Blogger, Google App Engine, Google Sites), Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, or any other third-party web hosting provider.


Screenshot of Google Domain options for managing domain


Google Domains maintains a single price for each top level domain (TLD) and is not the cheapest out there. They are pricing is slightly more expensive per year than companies like NameCheap and they don’t offer short-term first year discounts like GoDaddy. Google Domains does bundle Privacy Protection with all their domains whereas many companies would have this option as an upsell.

Google Domains allow people the option to register a very inclusive list of top-level domains. (editor’s note: everything from A to Z… dot academy is $30, dot accountants will set you back $120, dot zone is also $30.. dot coms are $12. Google Domains don’t have the sink but they do have dot kitchen)

What Google Domains does not have is country designated TLDs. It’s a US-only service and has only “generic” TLDs. If you want a or .ie domain – you’ll be out of luck. If you don’t live in the US.. yeah you’re out of luck also although there is an option to get notified if and when this changes. Google Domain does have some support options but Google is not exactly known for being the best in the industry. (editor’s note: never clicked on the links… might just go to the Google search page!)

Most hosting companies offer domain registration and SSL certificates. Many webhosts, including BlueHost, include one free domain along with the hosting purchase.

About BlueHost

Bluehost's WordPress solutions are built on an innovative platform which offers instant WordPress provisioning, automatic upgrades, Jetpack, MOJO Marketplace, as well as powerful security features and more.

Bluehost hosts over 2 million WordPress websites, supports full-time WordPress Core developers on staff and has been recommended by since 2005. Bluehost experts are available to offer customers 24/7 WordPress support, one-click installation and access to custom WordPress tools to scale their website presence as they grow.


About Endurance International Group

An incomplete list of Endurance's (EiG) brands include A Small Orange (ASO), Apollo Hosting, Arvixe, BigRock, BizLand, BlueDomino, Bluehost, Dollar2Host,, DomainHost, Dotster, easyCGI, eHost, EntryHost, FastDomain, FatCow, FreeYellow, Globat, HostCentric, HostClear, HostGator, HostMonster, HostYourSite, HyperMart, IMOutdoors, Intuit Websites, iPage, iPower, iPowerWeb, StartLogic, JustHost, MyDomain, MyResellerHome, NetFirms, Networks Web Hosting, Nexx, PowWeb, PureHost, ReadyHosting, Saba-Pro, SEO Hosting, Site5, Spry, SuperGreen Hosting, USANetHosting, Verio, VirtualAvenue, VPSLink, WebHost4Life, Webstrike Solutions, and Xeran.

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Google Ups Ante On Social Engineering Policies

Thu, 12th January 2017, 19:17

Last year Google announced it would start warning users when they were about to visit a website with "deceptive embedded content." Google describes this deceptive content as "social engineering ads," most commonly pop-ups that persuade the user they need to install software in order to view content, or official-looking forms that deceive people into sharing their passwords or calling a premium-rate tech support telephone helpline.

Website found to be violating some form of the rules were flagged and every user visiting their page got a hard to miss bright red warning. But the warning only lasted as long as the problem and once the offending issue was fixed, everything returned to normal.


Google deceptive site warning


Seems Google has had enough of individuals looking for ways around their Social Engineering Policies, and are bringing down the mallet on violators. The days of offenders fixing their site and playing nice long enough for the warning to be removed, before going back to their old ways are over. The updated policy for repeat offenders will see offender receive a warning on their page but they will also have to wait thirty additional days after the fix before losing the warning tag.

Google is hoping this change will incentive players not to be evil!

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Server Mania Promo: 30% off Cloud Servers

Wed, 11th January 2017, 20:32

Server Mania’s slogan - "Hosting Empowered" - reflects their dedication to the needs of their client and their devotion to equipping them with all the resources needed to be ahead of the competition. Backed by Server Mania’s powerful Surge platform, Cloud, Hybrid and Dedicated Server Hosting solutions can be deployed in as little as 2 minutes. Server Mania offers Free DDoS protection up to 1 Gbps on all server hosting accounts and offers custom options designed to meet the needs of any business.

Now Server Mania is running a special sales promotion till the end of the month that's giving 30% off the first month for High Availability Cloud Servers. The main benefit of the Openstack public cloud hosting service over traditional hosting delivery models is the rapid deployment and elasticity. All cloud servers are automatically backed up and will deploy in 15 minutes!

30% off ServerMania Cloud Servers

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