Endurance International to Acquire Ecomdash for US$9.6 Million

Endurance International to Acquire Ecomdash for US$9.6 Million

Endurance International Group Holdings (NASDAQ:EIGI), a company that focuses on online solutions for small to medium-sized businesses (SMB), and stays behind the umbrella holding of many WordPress hosting providers (check the EIG list), signed an agreement to acquire eCommerce firm, Ecomdash for US$9.6 million in cash.

Ecomdash is a software solutions provider that enables inventory management, distribution, and multichannel marketplace listings for eCommerce retailers.

From the press release:

“We are impressed with the Ecomdash management team, and the emphasis the company has placed on delivering valuable product features to its growing customer base,” said Jeffrey H. Fox, president and chief executive officer of Endurance.  “We see an opportunity to enhance the value we deliver to our customers by leveraging the team’s expertise and platform.  We look forward to welcoming the entire team to Endurance and to investing to make these capabilities available across our email marketing and web presence platforms.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to join the Endurance family,” said Nick Maglosky, chief executive officer of Ecomdash. “We believe our inventory and listing management platform will provide a strong complement to Endurance’s current product set as we continue to jointly serve our customer base in this large and growing market for SMB services.”

Ecomdash is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Endurance will acquire substantially all assets of Ecomdash for approximately $9.6 million to be paid in cash. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close on or before October 1, 2019. Subject to the closing of the transaction, the Company expects to provide additional information on its third quarter 2019 financial results conference call

GoDaddy Appoints Expedia Veteran Aman Bhutani as New CEO

GoDaddy Appoints Expedia Veteran Aman Bhutani as New CEO

Website hosting giant GoDaddy appointed on Saturday Aman Bhutani as its new leader. He takes over from Scott Wagner, who is stepping down due to health-related issues. Aman’s tenure will begin September 4, 2019. Scott Wagner, in his turn, took over from the then CEO, Blake Irving in 2017 who helmed the company for five years.

GoDaddy hires former Expedia president Aman Bhutani as new CEO
GoDaddy hires former Expedia president Aman Bhutani as new CEO; Scott Wagner steps down due to health reasons

Aman served as Expedia Group president and although GoDaddy recorded a 13.1 percent rise in revenue in the 2nd quarter, it reported a $12.6 million loss in the same period. We reminding, that GoDaddy main business is the domains business while she trying to penetrate the site hosting business as well, although we recommend separating the two. His departure from Expedia comes amid executive and organizational changes in a bid to scale up the company’s reach.

While at Expedia, he foresaw the company’s online travel businesses such as flagship Expedia brand and Orbitz. Aman said that he was eager to work together with GoDaddy’s team and lead the company to a profitable future. Scott praised Expedia for the eight exceptional years he’s served the company.

While working in the engineering department at Expedia, Aman foresaw the successful development of a technology platform that currently supports many brands, attracting more than 90 million monthly visitors and averaging an annual gross booking of $50 billion. Likewise, during his tenure, the company’s revenue grew exponentially through the use of various growth strategies.

The Bellevue-based company expanded its product portfolio such that, travelers had numerous options to choose from. Speaking after the appointment, GoDaddy’s Board of Director’s chair Chuck Robel said that Aman is not only an exceptional leader but a result-oriented expert with a proven track record that can help you many different new initiatives like the execution of the newly launched .Inc domain.

On the other hand, Expedia CEO Mark Okerstorm, through a statement, said that Aman’s impact on the company was instrumental in its exponential growth. Aman has a BA in Economics from Delhi University. He kick-started his career at ConneXions Technologies as a senior engineer. He also worked with JP Morgan before joining Expedia.

As a GoDaddy CEO whose main business is domain registration (check out our best domain name registrars), there are a lot of challenges and opportunities ahead of him especially with the rise of the possibility to get a free domain name for your site.

Namecheap Means Business with the Launch of the Prestigious. Inc TLD

Namecheap Means Business with the Launch of the Prestigious. Inc TLD

On May 7, 2019, Namecheap, Inc., the second largest domain registrar according to Domain Name Stat, and one of our recommended domain registrars launched the .inc top-level domain (TLD). The Phoenix, Arizona-based company founded in 2000, is upbeat about its newest domain extension and has already made it available for purchase.

The domain extension is more than just prestigious. It serves as a sign of respect and trust, showing how much-committed businesses are in the digital space. The .inc TLD is the most superior of the recent launches that Namecheap has made which include .travel, .is, and .dev.

Investing in the .inc extension gives businesses a full benefits package. In addition to getting an ultra-desirable TLD, .inc customers are entitled to over $2,500 worth of free premium business tools and services. Of course, there is also an option for free domain registration if you need one.

Some of the goodies up for grabs include $150 worth of Google ad spend, $1,000 transaction fee credits from Square, $100 Indeed credits for sponsored listings and a free press release on GlobeNewswire valued at $655. Other free member benefits can be found here.

To claim the registry benefits, customers who register their .inc  domain names with Namecheap should proceed to open an account on the .inc Registry. Immediately after verification of their domain ownership, they can begin redeeming the offers right from their accounts.

According to Namecheap, the .inc TLD is bound to draw a lot of attention from the millions of companies incorporated in the United States and the larger business world. Industry giants and Forbes ‘Most Valuable Brands’ including eBay, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have already secured their .inc domain names.

Even more good news, .inc is a standard TLD. This means customers don’t necessarily need to have incorporated businesses to qualify for the domain extension. It is open to all with no special registration or management pre-requisites.

Register a domain with Namecheap >>>

In addition to domain registration and management, Namecheap also offers quality yet affordable web hosting services. Currently, the company that has a workforce of about 750 employees, manages over 10 million domains and hosts more than 2.3 million websites.

What’s New in WordPress 5.2

What’s New in WordPress 5.2

Let’s discuss all the features that are coming up in the new WordPress 5.2 and what you can expect to see from the release.

First of all, WordPress 5.2 will be the second major release in 2019, with plans to include Block Editor Updates, Site Health and WSOD protection, Fatal Error Recovery, PHP error protection, brand new block directories and update package signatures and more.

Let’s look on the main features WordPress 5.2 will introduce.

WSOD Protection and Site Health

WSOD known as the White Screen of Death protection feature which supposed to be introduced in 5.1 version. Now it has been promoted to 5.2.

Although it missed in 5.1 version of WordPress, the PHP team has redesigned PHP error protection and the goal is to release it in 5.2 version.

Site Health Checker plugin is another highly demanded feature, which being proposed into the core of version 5.2.

Updates in Block Editor

With the release of WordPress 5.0 the Block Editor feature that is also known as Gutenberg was introduced to the WordPress ecosystem. Since then, the block editor has evolved and received new features and functionality.

Now, WordPress 5.2 introduces even more new features and enhancements the Block Editor. Let’s get over them.

Performance Improvements

The block editor feature in WordPress 5.2 will be much faster than the previous editor in 5.1 version.

In earlier version, editing a long blog post with many blocks could make the experience slower. But now, with 5.2, the load time of many posts could be reduced by up to 35%.

WordPress 5.2 also cuts the keypress or typing time by half, which makes the typing feel much more faster and snappier.

New Blocks in WordPress 5.2!

A several new block will be introduced in WordPress 5.2:

  • Calendar block to display posts in their respective days of publishing.
  • RSS block that will help you to display any RSS feed that you like in your site.
  • Tag cloud block which will show all the tags you have.
  • Amazon Kindle block for inserting content from your favorite book reader.

Accessibility Improvements

The main WordPress goal is to allow everyone to express himself on the web and democratize the online presence world. With 5.2 release WordPress are improving several accessibility issues in the block editor:

  • The post URL slug will be easier to find due to the updated tags and help text.
  • Updated keyboard navigating by using landmarks will allow a more clearer styling focus.
  • Screen reader improved with new voice/speak messages in WordPress 5.2. The existing voice messages have also been upgraded and improved.
  • Gutenberg will work with reduced motion setting in your browser configuration.

Fatal Error Recovery Mode in 5.2

WordPress 5.2 will allow administrators to fix or mitigate fatal errors on their websites that were previously unresolved without developer intervention and modification of the code base.

Now, even if a fatal error will make the backend completely inaccessible, the administrator will still be able to log in and take action on the issue.

As you see, tons of great improvement to our favorite CMS platform. Now, just pick a non eig hosting and you good to go!

WordPress accounted for 90 percent of hacked CMS sites in 2018

WordPress accounted for 90 percent of hacked CMS sites in 2018

90% of hacked CMS sites in 2018 are WordPress sites

According to a report by Sucuri, 90% of the hacked content management systems (CMSs) they had investigated and helped fix in 2018 were WordPress sites. Magento, Joomla and Drupal came a distant second, third and fourth at a little more than 4% each.

They attributed it to weak plugins and themes, outdated plugins, themes and CMS, and disorganization. In fact, only 56%of the sites they had to remediate hacks from had an updated CMS.

Also, it’s important to mention that most of the hacked sites had backdoors or SEO spam and websites that were infected by SEO attacks got injections of different content placeholders from industries such as pharmaceutical, fashion, different financial loans and etc.

Infected websites platform distribution for 2018
Infected websites platform distribution for 2018

Ecommerce sites not updated for latest vulnerabilities

While only 36% of the hacked WordPress sites were up to date, the other ecommerce CMSs like OpenCart, Joomla and Magento were not updated. According to Sucuri, it’s because ecommerce sites far that an update would interrupt their functionality and working.

Sucuri however advises ecommerce website owners to update their software with the latest safety features. It’s because attackers prefer hacking ecommerce websites because of the valuable data like credit card information available here.

Sucuri also states that along with outdated CMS versions, weak components were another important reason for increased hacking.

Even more SEO spam

Sucuri also said that hackers used mostly backdoors and stored malware for other operations in 56% of hacked sites. They even released SEO spam pages on about 51% of the hacked sites, 7% more than last year.

According to Sucuri, SEO spam is growing quickly, is difficult to detect and is backed by impression-based affiliate marketing. SEO spams generally occur through PHP, .htaccess redirects or database injections where attackers use blackhat tactics like abusing site rankings to monetize on affiliate marketing.

The attacked websites either contain spam or injected content for other industries like fashion or entertainment like pornography and online gambling. Some sites even redirect visitors to spam pages with unnecessary content like pharmaceutical ad placements.

Annual trends for top 3 malware signatures for 2018
Annual trends for top 3 malware signatures for 2018