Simple Tips for Streamlining Inventory & Preventing Common Mistakes

Simple Tips for Streamlining Inventory & Preventing Common Mistakes

Are you gearing up for a new eCommerce business? Or maybe your current online shop has just experienced an embarrassing inventory blunder?

Either way, knowing how to resolve common inventory mistakes, and more importantly how to prevent them from occurring, can protect your small business from losing out on profits, inventory costs, and even customer relationships. So if you need help with your inventory, here are a few pointers you should keep in mind:

Use Inventory Apps to Avoid Inventory Mistakes

Mistakes will happen from time to time, but using inventory management apps to prevent issues from constantly impacting your small business is always a smart move. For instance, Sortly and SOS Inventory are apps that provide multiple features and tools that can streamline your inventory processes and eliminate many inventory mishaps in the first place.

These apps do require a paid subscription, however, so if you are on a really tight budget, you may want to consider using a free inventory app, such as Goods Order Inventory or Stock Control. While these apps are perfect for managing inventory from your iPhone or Android, you may also want to look into inventory management software, to further protect your small business from the high costs of potential inventory issues.

Of course, it’s also important to have a reliable web hosting, preferably not an EIG one (check with the list).

Get Familiar With Techniques to Prevent Mishaps

Preventing some of the most common inventory issues, including data entry mistakes and mis-shipped items, can be simple with the right inventory management tools and apps.

If you want to ensure that future inventory mistakes don’t end up costing your small business, you should also educate yourself around inventory management best practices. Being more familiar with inventory management terms and techniques, such as ABC analysis, safety stock inventory, and dropshipping, can better prepare you to work with software companies and inventory experts, to design inventory management processes that work for your business.

For example, if you choose a dropshipping model, working with a dependable dropshipping supplier can eliminate the risk for customer-facing order mistakes and expensive inventory issues.

Understand FTC Regulations for Order Mistakes

When you send the wrong item to a customer, you may think that the recipient is legally required to send that mis-shipped item back. Per FTC laws, however, consumers are never required to send these items back to a business, and attempting to charge those recipients for your inventory mistakes could result in costly fines for your small business.

This is just one more reason to use the tools and tips above to streamline your inventory operations and prevent order mishaps, so that you can protect your business from potential losses.

Of course, you can request that your customers return unordered merchandise as long as you pay for shipping, so look for ways to lower your shipping costs, so that your small business is not severely impacted by these inventory mistakes and added shipping expenses.

Establish Excellent Customer Service Standards

Even when using the safeguards mentioned above to enhance your inventory management processes, order and inventory mistakes can still happen. When those mistakes affect customers, it can be bad for your business, but if those customers already trust you, they will be more likely to forgive occasional mistakes.

With a commitment to excellent customer service, you can build that trust and satisfaction that will encourage more positive responses to order mishaps, so this should be a primary focus as you improve your business processes. This means being available to answer customer communications and offering clear return policies on your website. You also need to be fully prepared to take on tough customer service issues, if you want to preserve connections and your reputation.

Inventory mistakes do happen, but they don’t have to cost your business a fortune. With the right inventory tools and policies in place, you can quickly resolve inventory mishaps and prevent small mistakes from becoming even bigger issues for your small business. So dedicate some time to implementing these techniques and tools into your inventory management plan, and also make sure your customer service is strong enough to protect your business.

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How to Test VPS Performance Over a Long Time Period?

How to Test VPS Performance Over a Long Time Period?

We believe that every hosting should be benchmarked and tested before usage. If you want to test the performance of your VPS server solution as well, you can do it with nench VPS benchmaking script.

Let’s see how to do it exactly. First of all, you can learn more about how to use nench benchmarking here. Now, add the next command to the cron of your VPS webhosting:

(crontab -l; echo "0 * * * * (wget -qO- wget.racing/nench.sh | bash) 2> & 1 | tee -a nench.log") | crontab

A warning no crontab for root may appear, but it’s normal, the task is installed. You can verify the command by running crontab -l.

Leave the server for a week or at least a day, and then return for the results, they will be in the nench.log file.

Under Windows, a long file can be copied directly from Putty. In the settings Change settings … -> Window -> Lines of scrollback, you can put 20,000. This is enough for a test for 10 days. You can display the entire file with the command cat nench.log

You can copy the entire contents of the screen by right-clicking on the title of the Putty window and selecting Copy all to clipboard.

Of course, you can simply download the log file via SFTP.

When you are done testing, be sure to remove the task from cron using the crontab -e command

We strongly recommend you to test the performance of your VPS service and if needed, migrate on a better alternative. A key decision here can be to avoid EIG-owned hosts which are known for their degraded performance and support issues. If you got any open questions about nench script, be sure to check out nench benchmarking tool FAQ.

Full List of EIG Web Hosting Companies Brands With Details (+ Non-EIG Hosting Recommendation), Beware of EIG Hosting (Updated 2020)!

Full List of EIG Web Hosting Companies Brands With Details (+ Non-EIG Hosting Recommendation), Beware of EIG Hosting (Updated 2020)!

The History of Endurance International Group (EIG)

In this post, we are going to take a closer look at the big conglomerates that took over dozens of web hosting companies for the past few years — the Endurance International Group, aka EIG.

In case you are not aware  –  EIG is probably the biggest player in today’s web hosting industry. EIG initially began as BizLand in 1996 and is HQ in Burlington, Massachusetts, but began buying smaller web hosting businesses to grow their customer base. Today, they own some of the most well known hosting companies such as BlueHost and HostGator.

In 2011, EIG was acquired by Accel-KKR and GS Capital Partners for an undisclosed amount. Today, the company is listed on NASDAQ (under the ticker EIGI) and valued at $1.2 billion dollars.

If we look at the companies stock, we can see that it’s a pretty huge corporation with a market cap of over 1 Billion dollars.

Endurance International Group EIGI Stock Price

At this time of writing, EIG has more than 80 web hosting brands under its umbrella (more on this shortly) and over 5 million subscribers all over the world. We will try to cover them all and prepare a list of non EIG hosting companies you can safely use as EIG alternatives.

EIG Hosting, Why Should I Care?

Today, pretty much everyone got the option to start an online business, and one of the main reasons for this opportunity is the wide availability of potential web hosting solutions out there, for every use case and pricing requirement.

That’s probably the reason why you here as well, looking for a great web hosting solution suited for your needs, but, you heard about EIG web hosting and what to learn a bit more about it. Why should you care? The reason is due to the fact that although it seems like there are dozens of potential hosting providers out there, many of those well-known hosting brands such as HostGator, BlueHost or iPage are owned by one company, EIG. OK, but why it matters?

First of all, it’s a monopoly-like price setting practices when one company controls the pricing of the hosting solutions by a wide range, firstly seems disconnected, hosting companies. It’s called price-fixing, and with this control, EIG companies would be able to set any price they’ll desire without leaving you any choice because you already have a site on their hosting solution and migrating is not an easy task. So that’s one.

Secondly, because all the hosting infrastructure is shared, EIG had several large scale outages over the years. The most famous, and perhaps eye-opening, for many customers occurred on August 2nd, 2013. Millions of HostGator, BlueHost, and HostMonster customers lost services as the EIG datacenter in Utah took a hit.

It affected phone lines and servers in all their hosting facilities and was one of the biggest outages the web hosting industry has seen in recent years. As multiple large hosting companies were all under EIG, it made it apparent as to why they all went down at once.

In addition, they are known for the technical issues they have and the throttling they do on bandwidth, connections and etc. Customer support suffers as well from long waiting times and delays in providing the help you looking for.

What Happens for a Hosting Acquired by EIG?

If the past is any indication of the future, we can safely assume that EIG will continue to expand its operations and acquire more and more web hosting properties. As soon as EIG buys a hosting company, it typically makes several changes to the company such as changing the control panels, equipment, data center locations, operational changes to existing staff and starts moving customers to their own network.

Also, some customers have noticed a significant reduction in the level of customer/technical support following the purchase of a hosting company by

Another example. Since the purchase of HostGator, some customers have become frustrated with their quality of service. Some have noticed a delay in response time when submitting tickets. Also with accounts being moved from SoftLayer to the EIG data center in Provo, UT there has been an increase in customer complaints. On the outside, HostGator among most of EIG’s other acquisitions has remained the same, while all the changes took place in the administration and technical side of things. It is possible that HostGator is not the same company we once knew to be reliable and performance-based. So it’s a great idea to stick to hosting companies not owned by EIG.

The Sad Truth — With EIG owning a number of the top web hosting companies in the industry, even if you are dissatisfied with one host and choose to switch to another there’s a good chance that you might still end up with a company owned by EIG (see the full list of EIG brands below and stick to non EIG web hosting).

You should remember to verify that the hosting you going to work with is a non-EIG one. For example, the non-EIG & highly secured hosting service by DreamHost.

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Hosting Companies and Brands Under EIG

What is EIG? EIG is an umbrella company for over approximately 80+ companies, many of which are web hosting companies. Some others are online presence studios and services that are eventually, tightly coupled to the parent company (EIG) business.

The following is a list of the host companies acquired by EIG over the years with a list of EIG alternatives to follow:

  • 2slick (2slick.com)
    Probably belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • AccountSupport (accountsupport.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • ApolloHosting.com (apollohosting.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • AptHost (apthost.com)
    Belongs to EIG as a part of wwwh.com since at least June 25, 2015.
  • A Small Orange (asmallorange.com)
    Acquired by EIG in July 2010.
  • Arvixe (arvixe.com)
    Acquired by EIG in October 2014.
  • Athenix Corporation, Athenix Inc. (athenixinc.com)
    Belongs to EIG since 2012 or earlier.
  • Berry Information Systems L.L.C. (berryinfosysllc.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • BigRock (bigrock.com)
    Acquired in January 2014.
  • BizLand (bizland.com)
    Former name of EIG. Founded in 1996.
  • BlueDomino (bluedomino.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • BlueFur (bluefur.com)
    Belongs to EIG since at least 25, June 2015.
  • BlueHost (bluehost.com)
    EIG Bluehost acquisition is one of the biggest here. Acquired by EIG in November 2010. Now it’s Bluehost EIG.
  • Constant Contact (constantcontact.com)
    Constant Contact is a member of EIG from around 2019.
  • Cloud by IX (cloudbyix.com)
    Acquired by EIG in Q4 2015 with IXWebHosting.
  • Directi Web Technologies (Directi, directi.com)
    Acquired in January 2014.
  • Domain.com
    Belongs to EIG since October 2011 or earlier.
  • DomainHost (domainhost.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • Dotster (dotster.com)
    Belongs to EIG since July 2011 or earlier.
  • Dot5Hosting.com (dot5hosting.com)
    Belongs to EIG since May 2007 or earlier.
    iPower, StartLogic and Dot5Hosting were acquired by EIG at the same time in 2007.
  • EasyCGI (easycgi.com)
    Belongs to EIG since July 2009 or earlier.
  • EntryHost (entryhost.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • Escalate Internet (escalateinternet.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • FastDomain (fastdomain.com)
    Has become part of Bluehost since December 2006 (or earlier).
    Bluehost was later acquired by EIG.
  • FatCow (fatcow.com, fatcowhosting.com)
    Belongs to EIG since May 2007 or earlier.
  • FreeYellow (freeyellow.com)
    Belongs to EIG since May 2007 or earlier.
  • Globat (Glob@t, globat.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • Homestead Technologies, Inc. (homestead.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • HostADay (hostaday.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • HostCentric (hostcentric.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • HostClear (hostclear.com)
    Bought by JustHost in October 2011, which was later acquired by EIG
  • Host Excellence (hostexcellence.com)
    Acquired by EIG in Q4 2015 with IXWebHosting.
  • HostGator (hostgator.com)
    Acquired in June 2012.
  • HostNine (hostnine.com)
    Is a sister company of A Small Orange (ASO), which is an EIG.
  • HostMonster (hostmonster.com)
    Is a sister company of BlueHost, which was acquired by EIG.
  • HostYourSite.com (hostyoursite.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • HyperMart (hypermart.com, hypermart.net)
    Belongs to EIG since May 2007 or earlier.
  • IMOutdoorsHosting (imoutdoorshosting.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • IdeaHost (ideahost.com)
    Belongs to EIG.
  • Impress.ly (impress.ly)
    BigRock, which is a part of EIG, launched impress.ly since 15, Dec 2015.
  • Intuit Websites
    Acquired in August 2012.
  • iPage (ipage.com)
    A tool used by iPage and turned into a brand.
    Belongs to EIG since May 2007 or earlier.
  • iPower (IpowerWeb, ipower.com)
    Belongs to EIG since May 2007 or earlier.
    iPower, StartLogic and Dot5Hosting were acquired by EIG at the same time in 2007.
  • IX Web Hosting (ixwebhosting.com)
    Acquired by EIG in Q4 2015. Now redirects to BlueHost.
  • JustCloud (justcloud.com)
    Belongs to EIG since February 2014 or earlier.
  • JustHost (justhost.com)
    Acquired by EIG in 2010.
  • LogicBoxes (logicboxes.com)
    Acquired by Directi, which was bought by EIG.
  • MyDomain (mydomain.com)
    Belongs to EIG.
  • NamesDirect (namesdirect.com)
    Belongs to EIG since 2011 or earlier.
  • NameZero (namezero.com)
    Belongs to EIG since 2011 or earlier.
  • NetFirms (netfirms.com)
    Was acquired by EIG in 2011.
  • NetworksHosting (networkshosting.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • Nexx (nexx.com)
    Was acquired by EIG in 2012 or earlier.
  • PowWeb (powweb.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2006 or earlier.
  • PureHost (purehost.com)
    Belongs to EIG since May 2007 or earlier.
  • ReadyHosting (readyhosting.co.uk, readyhosting.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • ResellerClub (resellerclub.com)
    Acquired in January 2014.
  • SEO Hosting (seohosting.com, seowebhosting.net)
    Was part of HostGator which was later acquired by EIG.
  • Site5 (site5.com)
    Belongs to EIG since the 4th of August 2015.
  • SiteBuilder (sitebuilder.com)
    A part of EIG since Q2 2015.
  • Sitelio (sitelio.com)
    A part of EIG.
  • Sitey (sitey.com)
    A part of EIG since Q2 2015.
  • SouthEastWeb (southeastweb.com)
    Probably belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • Spry (spry.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • StartLogic (startlogic.com)
    Belongs to EIG since May 2007 or earlier.
    iPower, StartLogic and Dot5Hosting were acquired by EIG at the same time in 2007.
  • SuperGreen Hosting (SuperGreenHosting, supergreenhosting.com)
    Merged with JustHost, which was later acquired by EIG.
  • TightHost (tighthost.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • TypePad (typepad.com)
    Belongs to EIG since 2014 or earlier.
  • UsaNetHosting (usanethosting.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • Verio (verio.com)
    Belongs to EIG since the 4th of August 2015.
  • Virtual Avenue (virtualave.net)
    Belongs to EIG since May 2007 or earlier.
  • VPSlink (vpslink.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010.
  • Web2010 (web2010.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • WebDevHosting (webdevhosting.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • WebHost4Life.com (webhost4life.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • webhosting.info
    Acquired by Directi, which was bought by EIG.
  • WebSiteBuilder (websitebuilder.com)
    A part of EIG since Q2 2015.
  • WebstrikeSolutions (WebstrikeSolutions.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • Webzai (webzai.com)
    Acquired by EIG in the 3d quarter 2014.
  • World Wide Web Hosting (wwwh.com)
    Fictitious Names: PRESSED, WEBSITE.ME, WP MANAGED HOST.
    Belongs to EIG since at least June 25, 2015.
  • Xeran (xeran.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier.
  • YourWebHosting (yourwebhosting.com)
    Belongs to EIG since April 2010 or earlier

Conclusion, Avoid EIG Web Hosting

The fortunate fact is that there are several other highly reputable hosting companies in the industry that still have not been taken over by EIG. Slowly but surely, many hosting companies are finding out about EIG and will refrain from a deal if it means a reduction in service, support, and reliability for their customers.

That’s why I recommend you avoid any hosting provider from EIG umbrella and choosing non EIG hosting services for your site. At the end of the article, you will find a list of non EIG hosting companies you can safely use.

EIG Alternatives for Web Hosting

There are options available for those who are looking for non-EIG web hosting. The following independently owned and operated web hosting companies are some of the best options for reliability, price, customer service, and performance.

DreamHost Hosting

For example, check out DreamHost, a non-EIG, reliable and SSD based web hosting solution. Already using them for a couple of years on numerous websites and absolutely satisfied with them. Great uptime and support when I need it. It’s one of the best non EIG hosting services available.

Also, with 90 days money-back guarantee period, it can feel safe with your money.

Start hosting with DreamHost >

SiteGround Hosting

SiteGround is a non-EIG hosting solution which positions itself as a company offering high-quality, “well-crafted” hosting solutions. It got more unique developer-oriented features. For example, on “GoGeek” plan they do free PCI compliance and free Git & staging areas.

Start hosting with SiteGround >

WP Engine Hosting

Web hosting offering by WP Engine is an expensive and premium managed WordPress non-EIG webhosting for demanding users such as agencies and enterprises.

Start hosting with WP Engine >

I’ll be updating this post once new companies will be acquired by EIG. Bookmark this page to be able to refer to it once you decide to buy hosting to make sure it does not belong to EIG.

Feel free to ask us any questions about the hosting provider you consider!

DreamHost Review : Pros, Cons & Comparisons of DreamHost WordPress Web Hosting (2020 Updated)

DreamHost Review : Pros, Cons & Comparisons of DreamHost WordPress Web Hosting (2020 Updated)

DreamHost is perhaps one of the oldest hosting companies out there, who are had the time to master the art of providing top quality web hosting with plenty of perks, features, and plans.

DreamHost started as a project of some enthusiastic undergraduates of Harvey Mudd College of Claremont, California in 1996. These students were Dallas Bethune, Josh Jones, Michael Rodriguez. One year later in 1997, The name DreamHost was conceived and registered and DreamHost came into being an officially recognized hosting company.

Before long DreamHost was being counted as one of the renowned and reliable hosting companies of the USA. It garnered fame especially for being non eig hosting and a cheap-and-powerful-hosting providing company.

Not many hosts offer a 100% uptime guarantee, but DreamHost do. This means they have a lot of pressure on their shoulders to provide that consistently to their users. The service provides shared hosting, VPS and dedicated plans that come with a 14 day free trial so you can explore what DreamHost has to offer before jumping straight in. Once you have accustomed yourself to the hosting dashboard you will find that there are plenty of unlimited features and tools but they do lack a telephone number.

A 97-day money-back guarantee will also provide you with a confidence boost in case you find that the service isn’t to your expectations.

Also, right now they have a promotion for 50$ discount! A great deal.

DreamHost Shared Website Hosting Provider

DreamHost is the only WordPress shared hosting provider I’ve seen to offer unlimited storage, domains, email, and monthly data transfers even on its basic plans. This is a huge plus for more advanced website owners and helps get over the higher price on hosting.

Most other website hosting companies only provide some of these unlimited services on the higher-level packages and few offer unlimited domains or monthly data transfers at any price.

Once you sign up for a DreamHost hosting plan, the control panel is easy to use. There is no website builder which really wasn’t an issue for me since I have all my sites made in WordPress anyway.

DreamHost does offer a simple, one-click install for WordPress, making getting your site going fairly easy. Once in WordPress, you’ll simply install a theme and start working…or do what I do and just hire a cheap developer to get you started.

The hosting provider starts you off with some free WordPress themes and plugins as well as all the unlimited features mentioned above.

DreamHost customer service is managed through email, ticket-based support on the platform and through online chat. I have contacted them a couple of times and each time received great service which solved all the issues I had. I was able to get on chat support multiple times without waiting for more than a minute. The DreamHost customer rep was knowledgeable and able to guide me through several questions.

I asked another blogger that uses DreamHost to share her experience with the webhost’s reliability. She uses uptimerobot.com to automatically monitor her site every five minutes. It basically pings your site to make sure it’s working right.

She reported only one instance where the site was down over the last three months and then only for eight minutes late at night. It’s right up there with the best site reliability I’ve seen in other website hosting reviews.

Check the 50$ discount promotion currently offered!

DreamHost VPS and Dedicated Hosting

DreamHost offers Linux-based virtual private server plans (VPS) for larger websites and businesses that need more security or higher traffic. The packages start at $15 per month with 1GB of RAM, which is pretty nice. Also, you do get unlimited email, storage and monthly data transfers and higher RAM is available for a little more per month.

Dedicated server plans start at $149 per month, a little more than other hosting providers but you get 1 TB of storage and unlimited data transfers. DreamHost doesn’t offer Windows-based dedicated servers which will be a non-issue for those familiar with Linux.

You get anti-spam software on DreamHost email but no malware protection. You will also need to set up your own SSL certificates for websites.

There are a few other security features you get with DreamHost but you will need some developer skills to manage them. It’s another reason why I only recommend DreamHost to more experienced website owners or those with help.

DreamHost Price Comparison

DreamHost doesn’t have a no-frills package for shared WordPress hosting with its cheapest plan starting at $10 per month (and that’s before the 50$ discount promotion!).

For that pricing, DreamHost offers extra features like multiple WordPress sites and domains as well as much larger storage compared to other hosting providers. For those that will use the extra services, it’s a good deal.

This pretty affordable deal combined with 1-click WordPress install making it suitable for beginners as well.

What I Liked About DreamHost Website Hosting

DreamHost is a strong contender for experienced and amateur website owners that will be able to use its extra features on the hosting plans. Newbies will probably want to go with a more basic tier such as the shared hosting one around $10 per month (which stay consistent for the whole period – other hosting services usually bump the hosting price after your first year with them, a dirty trick that DreamHost avoids).

For those with larger websites or that don’t need a site-builder, you’ll like the quality you get from DreamHost’s managed hosting and some of the other features

DreamHost Cons

DreamHost is a hosting solution that will be exactly what is needed for many website owners, advanced and beginners alike. There are some great features in its hosting services that users of every expertise level could benefit from. DreamHost monthly price is fair compared to other shared hosting providers. Yet, there are still some cons that we must to point out:

  • There aren’t servers based on Windows
  • Chat and email support

But, the lacking of Windows servers is, in my opinion, an advantage. Linux based ones are much reliable for web hosting.

As for phone support, I never needed it. The LiveChat support was ultra fast and helpful.

Oh, They’re Carbon Neutral (AKA Green)

Being a web host takes tons of resources. Just the amount of electricity it takes to run servers alone is tremendous.

That’s why DreamHost is committed to reducing its impact on the environment. One way that they do this is through the purchase of carbon offsets.

In fact, DreamHost has been a carbon neutral company since 2007. In just 10 years, the company has neutralized a whopping 29,298.1 tons of greenhouse gases.

That’s huge! If you’re proactive about reducing your carbon footprint, DreamHost is a great web hosting option to consider.

What’s Good About Dreamhost

Let’s Summarize. What’s good about Dreamhost web hosting solution, should you go with it for your next website?

  • Great uptime (almost 99.9%).
  • Page loading times are 18% faster than competitors (~870ms).
  • High-quality, helpful, and fast customer support.
  • Generous 97-day money-back guarantee (most web hosting companies willing to offer 30 days refund policy).
  • Bandwidth is truly unlimited.
  • They’re carbon neutral (AKA green).
  • A generous 2 weeks free trial during which the user can test and get used to the platform.

Alternatives to DreamHost

DreamHost makes an excellent choice among managed WordPress hosts and with its tiered plans, you won’t overpay for features you don’t need. But, given the vast WordPress hosting offerings, you may consider some other DreamHost alternative.

Our alternative hosting favorites are SiteGround which is a great SSD based webhosting provider and WP Engine who offers quality and fast WordPress only hosting for bigger companies and enterprises.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Keep Web Hosting and Domain Registrar Separated (Updated 2020)

6 Reasons Why You Should Keep Web Hosting and Domain Registrar Separated (Updated 2020)

It’s important that you keep your web host and domain registration separate. Before getting into why we’ll start by defining what the two terms mean and why they are the foundation of any successful website.

The domain registration is sort of redirection work, such as ebay.com – that directs people to the files of a particular website through an internet browser. For example .com, .net, .org, .inc and many more.

The web host is the account on a server that stores website files and serves them to users through the internet. It’s basically a kind of file storage. Think of Dropbox, but it’s connected to the network an instead it’s something that serves the files to internet users.

The domain of a website is their internet “address”, while the hosting is the “land” that the website is built on.

Now we’ll look at the reasons you should have a separate domain and hosting providers.

1. Holding your hosting or domain as a hostage

Many hosting and domain registration services offer the two tied together in confusing and obnoxious ways.

If you want to cancel just your hosting, you may find that your domain has become more expensive. Or perhaps the domain is canceled with the hosting because everything was offered as a “bundle”.

Keeping your registrar and web host separate allows you to prevent this kind of thing from happening. It stops one company from having so much leverage against you.

2. Easier to switch web host provider service

Having fewer service commitments makes it easier to change web hosting providers.

If you are getting downtimes from your current supplier, are disappointed with the lack of support, are paying too much for renewal, or facing a similar problem, you’ll have an easier time changing hosts without impacting your domain. All you have to do is move the files across to the new host and redirect the DNS settings.

Site hosting and domain registrar separation is more secure

3. Separate security from the file management

Companies typically specialize in either hosting or domain registration, and not both. It’s hard to find a company that can excel at both at the same time.

The very best domain registrar services offer privacy, advanced DNS settings, sub-accounts, and other benefits. The best web hosting companies have great file management, backups, site-lock features, and more. It’s good to have separate accounts for domain and hosting to get the best of both worlds.

4. Hacking to your account or website

Let’s assume that you have your domain and web host handled by the same company. What happens if the hosting website gets hacked or something happens to your host or website? What if someone stole your files and your domain and injected malware, or your hosting company locked your account? That means you lose access to your web domain too.

By keeping domain and hosting separate, you have an easier time dealing with these problems without affecting your domain. You’ll still have access to your domain dashboard and are in control.

5. Several domains support and control

So you’ve got multiple domains, each of which is hosted on a different service. This makes it easier to manage your domains all under one roof as you are able to manage several domains all from a single account.

6. Keep problems and concerns separate

Will your host provider still be in business in five more years? Will your domain provider? By keeping your registrar and web host separate like this, you reduce the risk of a total and complete outage. Especially true if you went with EIG hosting.

Summary – Separate hosting and domain registrar

If you are considering a website project, then it’s critical to understand the difference between domain registration and web hosting and the way they work together but also act like different products.

A domain is critical to any website project — whether you go with a hosting company or bundled services so you must learn how to buy a domain name.

We also understood what it’s recommended to separate the web hosting solution and the domain registrar. But, what solution should we go with?

For a web hosting provider, we recommending DreamHost. They are global, SSD based, non-EIG hosting service and provide a free SSL (by Let’s Encrypt) with great support and uptimes. Check out this DreamHost review.

As for domain registrar, we are fans of NameCheap, which is an affordable domain service with constant pricing, quick support, features rich and 14-day money-back guarantees. Look into our domain registrars review.

What domain registrar and hosting solution to pick?

Beginners Strategy Guide to Start Selling and Make Money on Fiverr (Updated 2020)

Beginners Strategy Guide to Start Selling and Make Money on Fiverr (Updated 2020)

It doesn’t matter whether you are a college student, a graphic artist, talented writer, software developer or stay at home mom who is thinking to start making money from home. There are a lot of ways you can use to make money online, and most of them are reliable sources that help you make a decent income every month.

Fiverr one of the most popular options today to create an online income where you create and provide your services, also called gigs, which will allow you to start making some real money online. Let’s learn how to earn money on Fiverr with the Fiverr guide we wrote for you.

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Let’s Start With… What is Fiverr?

Fiverr is a global online marketplace to buy or sell services that offer people to get whatever they want just for $5, hence the time. This is the reason why Fiverr has become such a huge hit in no time. Fiverr was founded in 2009, since then it has been helping people to outsource and also helping many sellers to make money online.

The marketplace is primarily used by freelancers who making money on Fiverr by offering their services to its customers on a global, cross-country, scale.

What are Fiverr gigs?

A Fiverr gig is simply a task that is provided by a seller. Fiverr gigs can be anything from logo design, software developing, video transcribing to writing articles and hiring virtual assistants (VA). You will get more clients if you focus on offering the best Fiverr gigs that help you make more money.

You need to create gigs to start earning money from Fiverr.

Here’s how to start a new gig on Fiverr:

  • Click on “Sales” on the top bar of the Fiverr page.
  • Click on the “Create A New Gig” button on the right side.
  • That’s it! Let’s process with learning on how to create a gig on Fiverr.

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What Should You Sell on Fiverr?

Since you will begin with getting 4$ from each sale (and later you can go to more highly-priced gigs!), you should start with gigs that won’t require much hard work and time. This is true because the buyers on Fiverr want their service ASAP. And you will also not spend your whole day for just one gig. And if you do this, you will be out of time to complete other gigs.

It’s important to remember that there are mainly three types of buyers in the Fiverr ecosystem which are individual buyersfun buyers, and businesses, companies, and organizations.

Let’s talk about each of the Fiverr buyer types.

Individual Fiverr Buyers

These are the regular people who spend on some gigs that help in their home life, business or work. You can target such people by creating gigs like:

“I will write a promotional article for your website”

“I will transcribe your YouTube video”

“I will design a logo for your business”

This kind of gigs sells a lot on Fiverr but to get orders for such services is hard as there is a lot of competition in these gigs sector. Moreover, people prefer to buy the services of those people who got good reviews or ratings.

But that’s not the point of worry. Where there is a competition, it means that BIG money got interested in it, so it will be enough for everyone. Second, if are worried about the competition, then you will never succeed in life. Just give it a shot and check whether you are getting a response or not.

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Gig Buyers for Fun

Funny buyers usually buy gigs for entertainment or fun. They don’t mind to spend 5$ on a funny video gig for a friend or an astrology gig for a bachelor party.

Funny gigs categories for example:

“I will say anything dressed as Harry Potter”

“I will write your message in the sand on a beach”

“I will write your name in calligraphy”

“I will reveal spoon bending trick”

Well, these gigs have got a good market because there are many different things you can do and sell on Fiverr. Just search yourself for some fun and bizarre gigs and you will get many ideas of what you can do and earn.

Organizations / Business / Company Gig Buyers

These buyers are similar to individual buyers but these buyers are usually long term buyers.

A survey showed that company, business and organization buyers tend to keep a long relationship with their sellers. So if your gig is ordered by any company or a professional team, then you may get future projects with them. For this reason, it is very important to maintain good contact with such buyers. 

Not only this, these buyers can order your gig in bulk. But the best part is that these organizations have a strong social circle. So if they are impressed with your service, they might share it with their clients and such other people. This can get you more orders.

Eventually, once you progress with your seller profile on Fiverr, it’s important to catch more of business type of gig buyers in order to grow and sell even more on Fiverr.

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Okay, these were the gigs that can be sold on Fiverr. But there are some gigs you should avoid selling and promoting on the platform.

What Kind of Gigs to Avoid Selling on Fiverr?

Don’t sell gigs that will require days of work from you. Like “I will develop a full web application for you, for 5$” or super-tight schedule ones like “I’ll illustrate and design a logo in 1 hour”.

Because of this type of hard-to-deliver gigs, your profile would be filled with negative ratings and reviews from people that weren’t satisfied with your final product. So try not to sell such gigs that can destroy your Fiverr profile and then you will have to create a new account. Follow those rules on how to make money from Fiverr with a long-term, business making approach, and avoid this practice.

I also did the same mistake once. The gig was “I will setup your template on Blogspot blog”. I just got one order but that order became a mess when it took so long to fix one bug in the template. At that time, I was not familiar with HTML and CSS. But this gig can get even worse when you are providing the person with a free template and are not able to fix an issue. So never try to sell gigs about which you have no knowledge.

So since now you know what you can sell, we can head over to the next section about creating gigs.

Creating Gigs That Sell on Fiverr

As previously described, you need to create a new gig on Fiverr in order to start making money on it. Now, how to create gig on Fiverr? It’s pretty simple:

  • Click on “Sales” on the top bar of the Fiverr page.
  • Click on the “Create A New Gig” button on the right side.
  • That’s it, you inside of a Gig creation process, let’s dive a bit deeper here.

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Creating New Fiverr Gig Title

The title is one of the most vital aspects of your Gig, try to make your titles short and attractive. You can use 1 word with capital letters.

It’s your first chance, together with your Gig image, to tell buyers exactly the services you offer. Think about what a buyer is looking for, and write titles that indicate you can meet that need.

Consider going a little more focused and niche with your Gigs — rather than just saying “I will design your logo,” say “I will design a logo for your business consulting service.” One of the neat tricks on how to sell on Fiverr, it’s trying to catch these long-tail gig names that customer looks for.

Use evocative language in your title — don’t say “I will write blog posts” say “I will write beautiful, powerful blog posts.”

Use the terms your potential buyers are searching for. Google Trends and the Google Adwords Keyword Tool let you type in certain terms to compare them and see which are most popular.

Fiverr Gig Description

When I created my first Fiverr gig, the description I wrote was much longer than it should have been. This is not a recommended practice since the buyers want everything explained to them in a detailed yet concentrated manner.

What type of description would you want to read when you buy gig? The answer is simple. Make descriptions short yet elaborated and precise about the value that the gig buyer would get from it.

Do not add other matters that are not related to the gig. Also, make your important keywords bold and highlight text wherever necessary. If you are thinking to highlight text, don’t make your description fancy with different so much bold text and underlined words.

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Fiverr Gig Description Video

It is recommended by Fiverr to add a video to your Fiverr gig. It is a very important factor to get buyers for your gig because videos increase engagement by up to 40%.

They also do something else that’s really important — they create trust. Trust is one of the most vital aspects of selling online, and on Fiverr, you are selling yourself. Videos allow you to talk directly to your customer, detail what you will do, and build a connection.

Here are some of the key areas you should cover in your video:

  • Introduce yourself and thank the person for watching.
  • Address your viewer directly, with “You” statements.
  • Tell them how this specific Gig will help them and their benefits.
  • List your experience, expertise, and approach.
  • Finish by asking them to order.

This is true because if your gig provider service that needed to the buyer, then the buyers also approach it in a serious matter. There are some buyers on Fiverr who use their money very carefully.

So if they watch a 60-second video of yours saying what you are selling and some features of the gig, the buyers will order your gig in comparison to those without the video.

Picture and Portfolio

Upload relevant pictures about your gig. Create your own picture using paint or other simple software. Don’t even think to use Photoshop for a minute job of creating an image. Also, upload some other pictures of your work you will do.

Your portfolio is very important for buyers. So if they want a logo that you are providing but haven’t uploaded any projects, then the buyer will never turn back.

Never copy images that you don’t have the right to use and upload it as yours. Use Google images to search for relevant pictures of your gigs and then turn on the label rights filter.

Tags

Use tags that are relevant to your gig. Do not use unnecessary tags for your gig. If you looking to learn how to make money with Fiverr properly, you should know that such practice can lead to your gig be deleted because Fiverr will consider it as spam.

Also, it’s just bad targeting and will “mark” you gig to Fiverr internal systems as a bad one because no conversion of it will be made due to the fact that the gig will be shown in such places where it is not required and as a result, you will get no orders.

Getting more orders on your gig

Here comes the part of a promotion. You can create a personal YouTube channel to promote your Fiverr gigs. Many people get flooded with orders by creating a blog about their services and promoting it. But the most helpful part is social media.

Create a fan page on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media websites to promote your gigs. Join Fiverr groups and promote your gig. But maintain a limit of your promotion because Fiverr can delete your gig anytime. This happened to many people and you can read on Fiverr forums about such cases.

Tips to Maintain the Flow of Income

If you are getting orders then it is necessary to maintain your income. You should continue getting more orders. In this way you can earn passive income by Fiverr which can be a great addition to your main income stream and even with time, to become your main money income source. So, let’s consider some tips for doing this.

Conversation with buyers

It is always important to be kind to your buyers and having a good conversation. Never use false language or talk rudely to your customers.

If your buyers are happy with your service, they can come back again with more orders or refer your gigs to other people also. It’s super important in how to start on Fiverr journey.

Maintain your gigs

If your gig is selling good and you have added some gig extras, then do not make any drastic changes to your rates. If you are thinking that buyers love your gig and increasing the price of your gig extras (if any) will help you, be careful. To learn how to earn on Fiverr for the long-term, you need to carefully practice with your pricing and extras. Try only small changes at a time and see how your customers will react.

Just keep in mind that you are not the only one who is selling on Fiverr. There are people better than you or people who can be better than you if you do some silly mistakes.

Creating and Revision of Existing Gigs

Just never get stuck at a limited number of gigs. Expand your gigs and create different revisions of your gig by always trying to offer more service to your buyers.

Try to level up as fast as possible to Level 1 and Level 2. It will allow you to add even more Fiverr gigs for sell and will position your profile as a more reliable person for the buyers.

If you don’t know what Fiverr seller levels are, let’s explain it and it’s assistance to with understanding on how to make money on Fiverr.

Fiverr Seller Levels

All the sellers on Fiverr are rated on a scale of New Seller who allowed to have 7 active Gigs, Level 1 Seller that can have 10 active gigs, Level 2 Seller with 20 active gigs and Top Rated Seller with 30 gigs and much more options for pricing, VIP support, custom offers and more.

Now, to be featured on Fiverr homepage, usually, you need need to be at least Level 2 seller, so it’s worth to invest in your progress in Fiverr seller raking levels.

How is it done? Buy successfully selling your services. So to progress to Level 1, you need to complete 10 individual orders and maintain a 4.7 star rating over the course of 60 days and for Level 2, you need to complete 50 individual orders (there are some other requirements here as well, but you can dive into those once you will learn all the Fiverr how to sell instruction.

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Promoting Your New Fiverr Gig

One of the most important rules on how to use Fiverr is to contact your friends and family to get your first few gig orders just to kick the ball and start rolling some reviews and get Level 1 and Level 2 fast.

Do great work to get your first few clients. For example, if you offer an article writing service and everyone is offering 250 words for $5, then offer 500 words.

Start with promoting your gigs on social media channels. The channels that will show signs of interest, put more effort into them. Focus on the kinds of social media promotion that got a positive ROI.

If you’re a writer, start a blog and use it to promote your Fiverr page. If you don’t like to write and enjoy speaking, start a podcast. Or if you enjoy video creation, do regular Google Hangouts and make use of your YouTube channel. Focus on having fun, being personable, and creating or sharing fun content.

As mentioned, the best way to promote your Fiverr gig is by creating a website where you can easily build up your portfolio in addition to promote Fiverr gigs. And it’s not only limited to promoting just Fiverr gigs but it also builds up your portfolio claiming your self-promotion. You can also link your blog to the Fiverr account. In the personal blog, you should include the following things:

  • What are you offering in the Gigs?
  • Why should the clients hire you?
  • Your pricing packages.
  • Your previous seller ratings and reviews.

Learn here on how to start a WordPress website which will allow you to earn even more income and increase your passive money stream from Fiverr.

Making Your Fiverr Seller Profile Shine

If your Fiverr profile is updated and has everything about you, then it’s a good start because the profile matters a lot in regard to how to start selling on Fiverr. Write an awesome Fiverr bio. Don’t write fake information or skills about you. Just write what you are but in a good way.

Also, upload your profile picture. Check the profiles of top sellers. You will see what and how they present their profiles. If your profile is neat and clean then there are more chances of getting orders on your gigs.

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Detailed Fiverr Seller Profile

Conclusion

Well, that’s all. I hope you may have understood how to use Fiverr correctly and how to make money with it. Just a few more quick tips that can help you with your first Fiverr sell:

  • Use proper English and grammar in your gigs and in your conversations with buyers.
  • Do not use Stock images and avoid copyright claims.
  • Explain what you are offering in your gig service.
  • Explain what the Fiverr gig buyer will get and the exact value for him out of it.
  • Respond to negative feedback positively.
  • Use gig keywords relevant to your niche and gig topic.

Good luck and feel free to leave us any questions about your gig selling practices.

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SiteGround Review : Hosting Plans, Pros & Cons (2020 Updated)

SiteGround Review : Hosting Plans, Pros & Cons (2020 Updated)

SiteGround Hosting Overview

With more than 2,000,000 domains supported on their various hosting plans, SiteGround is arguably one of the most popular web hosting companies in the WordPress community. On Trustpilot, SiteGround has close to 3,000 reviews, 94% of which are in the ‘excellent rating’ category giving an overall TrustScore of 4.8/5.

Most customers praise SiteGround for its excellent 24/7 technical support, available on phone, chat, and ticket. They quickly pick up and resolve hosting and related issues.

Also, the hosting company has one of the most feature-rich control panels with WordPress tools such as WP Auto Update for automatic upgrades, SG-Git plugin for creating GIT repositories, and SuperCacher for enhancing the number of file requests a website can handle as well as boosting its loading speed.  SiteGround has a staging tool supporting Joomla and WordPress developers.

Data security is guaranteed with SiteGround’s robust data centers located in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. So if you asking yourself how is SiteGround hosting solution, that answer is that it’s a pretty good choice.

SiteGround is a European hosting company that started on March 22, 2004 and headquartered in Europe. Over time, the company has grown to 6 office locations, 500+ employees, 5 data centers spread in three continents and over 2,000,000 domains hosted.

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SiteGround servers all over the world
SiteGround servers all over the world

Features of SiteGround Web Hosting

There are lots of features and benefits open to customers who opt for SiteGround as their hosting partner. One of the most outstanding attributes of this company is the regular features updates they roll out which gives you a fresh experience each time.

Fast SSD hosting in SIteGround
Fast SSD hosting in SIteGround

Ease-to-Use CPanel

SiteGround has an industry-standard, easy-to-use cPanel that allows you to undertake technical tasks in just a few clicks. The Softaculous app installer on the cPanel grants you access to a world of applications such as Joomla, Magento, and WordPress that you can install in a few clicks.

The cPanel also has dedicated WordPress and Joomla tools such as auto-updates, installers, toolkits, SuperCacher, SG-Git and staging environment. These dedicated features allow for the modify your domain, configure SSL, reset admin passwords, secure your admin page against cyber threats and unauthorized access, fix broken permissions, and accomplish so much more.

SiteGround users also benefit from Cloudflare’s security features against malicious activities such as malicious bots, DDoS attacks, and other intrusions. Cloudflare also enables you to install applications onto your website with ease, you don’t need a developer!

There is a detailed SiteGround cPanel tutorial to help you figure all this out just in case you feel overwhelmed or lost at some point.

SiteGround webhosting offering features
SiteGround webhosting offering features

Bandwidth & Disk Space

Depending on the number of website visitors you are expecting or currently experiencing, you’ll need an appropriate bandwidth and disk space. SiteGround offers up to 30GB of space on its shared hosting plans and 2x960GB SSD space on its dedicated hosting to handle unlimited monthly visits with a 99.9% guaranteed uptime and blazing speeds.

To complement the massive disk spaces, SiteGround offers up to 10TB of data transfer (bandwidth) to enable you to handle website hits of any magnitude. The 5 data centers in London, Chicago, Milan, Amsterdam, and Singapore not only guarantee you of distributed risk but also immense support to all your data transfer and visitor file requests.

Hosting Plans

SiteGround has developed hosting products that accommodate every site owner’s needs from a single website business to multinationals with country or language-specific websites. The company offers shared hosting, cloud hosting solutions, WordPress hosting, dedicated hosting and enterprise hosting. Below is a breakdown of the unique features of each plan.

SiteGround hosting packages for webhosting
SiteGround hosting packages for webhosting

Shared Hosting           

If you are a startup, growing business or a tech nerd with a thirst for faster loading speeds and massive bandwidths, shared hosting gives you just that! the right platform to host your web properties.

There are three shared hosting plans:

  • StartUp -This plan supports approximately 10,000 site visitors a month on 10GB of disk space. It is appropriate for single-site owners.
  • GrowBig- This plan gives you up to 20 GB of web space. It can host unlimited websites with average monthly traffic of 25,000
  • GoGeek -This is the highest shared plan with a 30GB web space and can accommodate up to 100,000 monthly visits.

WordPress Hosting

SiteGround WordPress hosting refers to a customized shared hosting arrangement optimized for WordPress. It has essential, premium and geeky WordPress features such as WP Install, WP auto-update, WordPress SuperCacher, 1-click WordPress staging, free WordPress transfer, advanced priority WP support, among others.

Suitable for pretty much every WordPress hosted website that will allow you to create a real, functional site in minutes (with the one-click WordPress install tool).

SiteGround WordPress Hosting
SiteGround WordPress Hosting

Cloud Hosting

As your business outgrows the startup phase, shared hosting solutions may not serve your needs. Moving to the managed cloud hosting platform is the best decision for you. You’ll get powerful dedicated resources to guarantee your speed and efficiency.

The cloud platform is flexible enough to allow you to add CPU and RAM with a single click. SiteGround has an auto-scale option for adding more resources during traffic spikes. This prevents downtime and traffic loss.

Dedicated Hosting

SiteGround’s dedicated hosting gives you premium managed hosting services on high-class dedicated machines. As opposed to shared hosting, you have the entire server all to yourself to organize and layout your web resources.

There are three main plans under this hosting arrangement:

  • Entry Server -This plan gives you 3.20Ghz CPU Clock Speed and 480 GB SSD
  • Power Server -This plan guarantees you 3.50Ghz CPU Clock Speed and 960 GB SSD
  • Super Power Server -This is the most powerful dedicated hosting plan with 2 x 6 CPU Cores, 2x960GB SSD, and 64GB DDR3 RAM.

In addition to the plan-specific features, you also get 24/7 dedicated VIP support, full management, and an exclusive selection of top performance machines. You also get to choose the data center to host your website.

Enterprise Hosting

If you are running a large business with massive spikes in traffic, enterprise hosting could be the ultimate solution for you. Instead of picking a plan, this hosting arrangement requires that you discuss your needs with the SiteGround team for a customer-made solution.

With enterprise hosting, the whole infrastructure is crafter based on your needs be it a single instance setup, a public or private cloud configuration or a geographically dispersed cluster architecture.

SiteGround enterprise hosting offering
SiteGround enterprise hosting offering

Email Features

Whether or not you have a developed website, you can host your emails on SiteGround. Based on your domain, you can host unlimited personalized email accounts complete with in-house and third-party developed solutions. Among the features of SiteGround email hosting solutions are:

  • SMTP, POP3 and IMAP email protocols to enable you to securely send and receive emails
  • Built-in Anti-Spam solution on all the severs. Customers may decide to opt into Barracuda or choose to stay with the built-in SpamExperts solutions.
  • A Simple to manage cPanel-based email interface. You can create accounts, delete users, set autoresponders and forwarders.

The emails are also very fast and can be easily integrated with any email client such as Gmail, and Outlook.

Drag and Drop Website Builder

With SiteGround, you don’t need any technical experience to build a website. You can use the drag and drop WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) feature.

Not only do you get responsive themes to choose from, but you also get top of the shelf content templates such as images, text holders, video, maps, and photos. If you want blog and eCommerce capabilities, SiteGround allows for that plus full integration with some of the internet’s best CMS platforms like Joomla, Magento, and WordPress.

Technical Support

When you need help on any technical issues such as site migration, plugins not working, staging, or installation of complex software, you can reach out to the customer service team. They are quick, knowledgeable and available 24/7 around the globe.

You can get customer support by phone, live chat, and ticket with the first two being the fastest. If you are a DIY enthusiast, there is a knowledge base comprising articles, tutorials, guides and videos you can draw from.

On average, SiteGround processes 1,500 support tickets, 3,000 chat requests, and 1,000 phone calls per day.

SiteGround highest rated support squads
SiteGround top-rated support squads

Bottom line: Should You Choose SiteGround for Your Next Site?

Following this detailed analysis of the top features, products and general information on SiteGround, you could still be thinking if you should host or transfer your site to this host.

Well, SiteGround is more or less the gold standard in web hosting. You get speed, customer support reliability, and affordability all in one package so it’s a safe choice for your site hosting needs.

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Alternatives to SiteGround

SiteGroundis a reliable hosting choice for pretty much everyone. However, in case you want to host your site on SiteGround alternative, there are other hosting options you can check out.

From the alternatives, our favorites are WP Engine which is a great WordPress-specific provider for bigger companies and enterprises, and DreamHost who offers a reliable and SSD based hosting that’s pretty affordable for everyone.

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All you have to do is click on the following link to purchase. The discount will be applied automatically to the pricing packages.

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Best Domain Name Registrars Top Recommendations (Updated 2020)

Best Domain Name Registrars Top Recommendations (Updated 2020)

You know that buying a domain name is a must when you starting a new site and you can’t dodge the need to register a domain name but where’s the right place to buy a domain name?

Buying a domain name is normally the first thing you need to do when creating a website. It may sound simple enough – you should simply look for a domain registrars sites and you’ll be on way.

Here’s the thing, with the sheer amount of domain registrars available (with much more less known and reliable) and simply choosing the first that comes up is probably not a good idea.

If you’re wondering, “what’s the difference between them and is one selling you anything the other can’t?” Glad you asked because we’re going to answer those questions while giving a list of the best domain name registrars to get your domain name in a reliable name for an affordable, constant and without-surprises pricing.

But, if you need help in finding the best domain registrar today and learn on how to register a domain name, we’ve compiled the top domain registrar services that you should definitely check out.

So, let’s start.

Best Domain Registrars, Buying Domain Name

1. Namecheap

Often listed high within the registrars ranking list, Namecheap is one of the bigger names in the industry, and for good reasons. The company was founded in 2000 and was named the most popular domain name registrar in 2012.

Today, Namecheap is a leading ICANN-accredited domain name registrar. They combine a solid trifecta of affordable domain pricing, great customer support, and have a huge selection of top-level-domains (.com, .net, .uk, .inc, etc.) that you can choose from.

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Namecheap features and pricing

When it comes to pricing, Namecheap is hard to beat with some domain names going as low as $0.98 for the first year. Their pricing for year after year renewals can range anywhere between over a dollar for less-common top-level-domains (TLD) to around $9 for more favorable options.

They also offer a completely free WHOIS privacy protection (WhoisGuard) for everyone, forever, a guaranteed uptime with their PremiumDNS system at $5 per year, and the option for SSL certificates which starts at $9 per year.

Namecheap offers online support via its ticket and a live chat system. Their chat support system is responsive and customers have praised both its system and support staff. However, if you ever want to call someone for immediate help, you won’t be able to do so.

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Namecheap is a solid choice for registering your domain name. Plus, their site is incredibly intuitive and easy to use, especially on their domain management pages, which can be incredibly helpful. They offer reasonably priced domains and have a free DNS service, and free WHOIS protection. They also offer SSL encryption, for those looking to beef up the security of their domains.

It’s one of the best domain name registrars today.

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2. NameSilo

Founded in 2009, NameSilo advertises the lowest domain name prices in the industry. They focus strictly on domain registry and reselling domains. By utilizing in-house designed backend tools, NameSilo does not depend upon third-party tools to manage domain names.

An added benefit of using its own backend system is that domain transfers and registrations are not bungled- a rare problem throughout the industry of domain registry. NameSilo is truly an innovator in the field when it comes to keeping overhead operating costs low.

On the downside, NameSilo user interface is a bit dated one and we prefer the UX of Namecheap.com.

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NameSilo features and pricing

A unique selling point that makes NameSilo competitive is that their annual fees do not increase after the first month. There are a lot of domain name companies who advertise for a lower price but lock in the customer at a higher price after the first-year renewal.

NameSilo is one of the few domain companies that offer an array of alternate convenient payment options in addition to all major credit cards. These include Paypal, Skrill, Dwolla, AllPay, and BitCoin. (Most companies offer credit card payment options only). This makes it much easier for the millions of app customers who can buy a domain using these popular apps.

NameSilo charges higher fees for alternate Top-Level Domain names like .org, .net, .co, .info and .biz, ranging from $2.89 for a .club extension to $22.69 for a .co extension. Those are the extreme pricing on both ends of the spectrum, with the most common TLDs being $9.89 to $9.99/year. Compared to most domain companies, these prices are low. Some alternate domains run for $13.99 and higher.

For the negative parts, NameSilo does not offer a mobile app that lets customers manage their domains from a smart device. This makes them inferior to the few companies that offer a mobile app for iOS and Android. NameSilo does, however, let customers link their domain name with Google Apps. This will allow for some mobile functionality.

Also, there is an issue with transfer domain policies. Customers that want to transfer their domains away from NameSilo will find information buried deep in the Support Home section. Most companies offer transfer instructions within their ‘knowledge base’ pages.

Registrars, in general, have a terrible reputation for holding names hostage, making it difficult to switch registrars if you become dissatisfied. Some charge exorbitant fees or create delays to avoid losing business. NameSilo does not do this, but by means of ‘omission’ of external transfer instructions, they “discourage” customers from moving their domains elsewhere.

Buy a domain name with NameSilo.com >>>

3. Hover

Hover focuses purely on being a domain registrar site. Compared to others on this list, when you load up Hover, it’s clear what their strengths and focus are.

They are also upfront when it comes to pricing. Domain names can cost about $5 per year and they also include the cost of renewals and transfers on the same page itself. If you’re buying more than 10 domains, they offer discounts for purchasing it all at once.

Buy a domain name with hover.com >>>

Hover features and pricing

Hover offers a number of options for top-level-domains (TLDs), ranging from popular TLDs such as .com to more trendy ones such as .io. Since they don’t offer any hosting options, they try to make it easy for users to set it up with other hosting companies.

For those who are privacy-conscious, Hover provides an additional benefit that most registrars don’t, which is to include a WHOIS privacy protection for all of its packages for free. They believe that you “shouldn’t have to opt-in to protect identity”, which shows that they take privacy a little more seriously than others.

Buy a domain name with hover.com >>>

Hover also offers other features such as the ability to forward emails to your domain name at $5 per year and creating a domain inbox for $20 per year. When it comes to customer support, you can contact them via phone call, email, or live chat, but it’s not available 24-hours a day.

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To Wrap it Up, the Best Place to Buy a Domain Name

Having the right domain name could be fundamental to the success of your business and website.

And, buying your domain name from the best domain registrar is the key to reach successful domain integration and management. Ideally, you would only have to make this decision once and go back to your preferred registrar whenever you need a new domain name.

Now you know the features and differences between the best domain registrars, you can make a clear decision with the options.

  • Namecheap  – One of the best domain name registrars today for its affordable domain extensions, tons of unique TLDs and personal domains, plus a free DNS and WHOIS privacy protection. Our #1 pick.
  • NameSilo – A decent domain name registrar that offers affordable pricing, along with a host of free services.
  • Hover – Purely domain registrar site. Free WHOIS privacy protection.

All of the domain registrars that we’ve presented in this list are the best, so to speak, and they’re more than capable of handling any of your needs through your website’s lifespan while providing you with your desired domain. Choosing which one works best for you will depend on the details.

Depending on whether you need additional services, such as hosting, adding SSL security, and so forth, one company might better suit your needs by offering these services compared to others while some might be more affordable. We recommend you take a good look at the companies on the list for the best domain name registrar which will fit your needs.

10+ Great Online Business Ideas to Start an Internet Business (Updated 2020)

10+ Great Online Business Ideas to Start an Internet Business (Updated 2020)

Today, there are dozens of potential ideas to start an online business from the comfort of your home. Let’s go over the most recommended ones, and don’t forget, the most important thing is to just do it!

Writing

If you have a passion for writing, but running a blog is not quite your cup of tea, there are other blogs or sites like Textbroker that are always looking for people to write for them. Another option may be to write an interesting e-book. E-books don’t have shipping or printing fees, which makes them a cost-effective option.

If you have strong language skills, you may be able to become a copy editor that webmasters will gladly use to read and edit their articles so that you can correct any grammatical errors that may have been overlooked.

Writing online is a great online business you can start pretty much everywhere.

Start writing on Fiverr >>>

Becoming an Affiliate Marketer

A relatively easy way to make money online is through affiliate marketing. Affiliates are basically people who receive commissions for selling another company’s products, be it through a channel like eBay, Amazon or on their own website. The good part is that you won’t have to develop a product, but simply sell other company’s products.

It is simple to sign up as an affiliate with many different companies. You’ll sell their products while using a special referral link, and you’ll typically get a commission for every product you sell. The commission depends on the products you sell and it typically increases in stages depending on how many products are sold through the clicks your link generates. The highest commission tier is typically 8%. If you promote products with that commission rate, it could add up to serious money every month.

Start with Repixel >>> new and revolutionary ad network that allows you to earn money by placing retargeting pixels on your website. Earning money without displaying ads! Amazing concept. Read our full review of Repixel ad network service.

Start with ShareASale.com >>> – one of the world’s leading affiliate marketers based in Chicago, IL USA. ShareASale services two customer sets in affiliate marketing: the affiliate, and the merchant. Affiliates use ShareASale to find products to promote and earn a commission for referrals on those products.

Start with Fiverr affiliates program >>> the world’s biggest marketplace for freelancers with over 12 million users in almost 200 countries. Got a generous commission plan, with CPA of up to $150. Plus, there’s no referral limit and you get lifetime attribution.

Start with ClickBank >>> a popular choice among affiliate marketers with digital product in over 20 categories that reach about 200 million people all over the world.

Don’t forget, to get out the most of the available affiliate products, you will have to launch your own affiliate website, we suggest you use DreamHost for this.

Starting a Blog

Starting a blog is a great business opportunity, especially if you can do so in a niche that you know well or passionate about. Blogs can be monetized through online advertising such as Google AdSense, info products like eBooks, affiliate links with Amazon Associates, direct product advertising and many other methods.

The best blogging platform today is the one by WordPress which runs about a fifth of all the sites on the Internet – a reliable and widely adopted blogging platform used by many who want to create an online business.

This is the best option for those who want a great combination of power, smart settings, and usability. WordPress itself is free, you will need to pay just for the hosting (just a few bucks a month).

Start a blog on DreamHost with 97 days money-back guarantee >>>

Creating an Ecommerce Store

With a modern eCommerce solution such as WooCommerce, Shopify and Magento it has become quite easy to start your own online store with a very low investment.

Also, by using business management strategies such as drop shipping, you don’t have to worry about or spend time on things such as inventory management, warehousing, and deliveries.

Our top suggestion here is to start an online store with WooCommerce or Shopify, which is a complete eCommerce platform that lets you start, grow, and manage a business.

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Buying and Selling Domains

Many individuals are buying and selling domain names online to earn money, as it requires very little investment or time. Domains can be purchased at their registration price or cheaper and can then be resold for a profit.

To get a fair idea of popular domain names, be sure to first do research on websites such as Sedo.co.uk, Afternic.com, or other websites auctioning domain names. A good way to find really profitable names is to look at lists that contain expired names that have made their way back into the available pool and are available for purchase.

For example, expireddomains.net is a good site for this and you’ll be able to search the desired keyword that needs to be in the domain names. As for a recommended domain registrar to use, personally we love the services by Namecheap, Hover, and NameSilo.

Start buying domains with Namecheap >>>

Starting a ‘Fulfillment by Amazon’ (FBA) Business

You can list your products on the Amazon website and when any of them are sold, Amazon will actually do the hard work for you and prepare your product to be sent out and will deliver it to your customer. You are essentially leveraging Amazon’s customer base and extensive distribution network.

Amazon will warehouse your products, fulfill your orders, and provide customer service, so you don’t have to.

Amazon enables you to operate like major corporations do, without the problems of actually being one. You will, however, have to find and develop suitable products and then send these to Amazon to sell.

If you decided to go with FBA businesses, we still recommend you to have in addition, a more independent online store with another platform like WooCommerce or Shopify online stores solution.

Freelancing

Freelancing via the Internet is a great way for professionals in various trades to help clients all over the world.

Several project-based and freelancing websites allow businesses that look for extra help to list their projects and tasks. Next, freelancers and small businesses that visit those sites submit bids, ideas, or proposals, allowing the buyers to choose easily what they require by the task scope.

Sites like Fiverr, Upwork and Elance cover a huge range of industries, including creating graphic design, writing content, data entry, and programming.

Start freelancing on Fiverr >>>

Designing WordPress Themes

The demand for website templates and WordPress themes is continuously rising as more people and companies want to establish an online presence. If you are able to design websites and can do the HTML coding, you can make a good chunk of money by creating website themes.

Once you have created them, you can sell them on online marketplaces like TemplateMonster and ThemeForest to generate a steady passive income.

Becoming A Social Media Consultant

Business firms and large corporations can easily afford to hire a social media agency or full-time staff to run their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts, but smaller companies most often have to manage their own marketing on social media. They do however also have many other responsibilities, and business owners are often too busy or overwhelmed to spend much time on maintaining their social media presence.

As a social media consultant, you will be able to steer them in the right direction regarding implementing schedules, ideal tactics and posting content suitable for their target audiences. This also means that as their business grows, yours will too.

Starting a Podcast

Podcasting is an easy way to create content that audiences can consume easily. As it is cost-effective and portable, it can often engage with audiences better than for example written content can.

Once your podcasts become popular and your audience trusts you, you can monetize your podcast with special offers and sponsorships. It is however vital that you first earn the trust of your listeners, as they won’t buy the things you promote if they don’t trust what you’re saying.

Start a podcast with our guide >>>

SEO Professional

A highly desired profession in the online world at the moment, this type of work could be really suitable for entrepreneurs that are tech-savvy, loves numbers and oriented for highly automated service creation.

Although many companies are obsessed with optimizing the SEO of their site, not many people are actually able to understand it and do it properly. If going into this field appeals to you, you could offer things like on-page SEO optimization, content creation, link building, and similar SEO oriented services.

How to Start a Podcast: Step by Step Guide (Updated 2020)

How to Start a Podcast: Step by Step Guide (Updated 2020)

Why should you create a podcast? Well, the answer is simple enough. Podcasting is a way of reaching your online audience using your voice on recorded audio files. It’s similar to having your own radio station or an audio version of a blog. Just think about the traffic and the fellowship it can bring to your content!

The audience for podcasts is recording faster growth than that for blog readership. At least four out of every ten Americans have listened to an online podcast according to recent reports. According to the latest Google trends, online searches for podcasts have surpassed searches for blogs. So, it’s the right time to start one.

Also, advertising revenues for podcasting grew by 80%+ per year according to the Internet advertising bureau. All the largest corporations such as Google or Apple have taken note of this with its release of a dedicated podcast app which makes finding podcasts online easier. It’s easy to see why starting a podcast could be a great idea.

How to Start a Podcast Step by Step Guide

The wide listenership it enjoys makes it an attractive complement to running a blog and could even help you increase your blogging audience.
It’s easier for an average person to connect and engage more with a podcast than with a blog as hearing someone speak his/her views is more personal than reading an author’s thoughts. This makes them place more trust in podcasts than in blogs as it is believed they present a more authentic voice. 

Right now, podcast content lags demand according to Google trends which makes it a good time for you to start a podcast. So, if you believe you have what to say, a message to deliver or amazing content to speak about, then you’re more than ready to start your own podcast. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you through the process.

Hot to pick a reliable podcast hosting

Picking a great podcast hosting provider is a must as you will need this to be able to distribute your show via RSS feeds, online podcast directories and podcast apps. For a user-friendly experience, we recommend the Podbean podcast publishing platform. It has different categories of podcast webhosting including a free option.

Our most recommended Podcast hosting service is Podbean, which is a full-featured podcast hosting platform with unlimited storage and bandwidth, iTunes and play store support, search engine optimized, your own domain and branding. The first month is FREE!

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Or, if you didn’t like it, we can suggest trying the podcasting host Blubrry, which provides unlimited downloads, the possibility to cancel anytime and optimization for Apple and other podcasting platforms.

Register on Blubrry podcast hosting >>>

Let’s continue.

Pick a reliable podcast hosting service

How to acquire a reliable podcast microphone

A good and reliable microphone suitable for podcasting is essential to ensure your message comes out loud and clear with good sound and isn’t interrupted by technical issues. This should be your first step as the quality of your microphone can make or break your podcast.

If you are looking for a quality podcast microphone that’s not too expensive we recommend the Samson Q2U, Audio-Technica ATR2100 or the Blue Yeti microphone.  It’s USB microphones that you can plug into your laptop, desktop or tablet and retails for around $100. Those podcast microphones are being used by many podcasters today. You can check it as well as complimentary products like microphone stands, pop filters and more.

For more expensive ones, we recommend the Rode NT-USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone or the Audio-Technica AT2020 podcast microphones.

For now, as a beginner, there’s no need getting mixers, portable recorders, and headphones. The microphone is the only technical equipment you need for now to start podcasting.

Get a quality podcast microphone

Create great content and podcast title

First, you have to know what you want to talk about. Make sure you have an in-depth knowledge of your topic. Conduct research on it so that you come across as knowledgeable. Then choose a title/name for your podcast. This should reflect your topic or the host depending on the circumstances.

Make sure you plan your podcasting routine beforehand as it will make your job easier. Decide how often you will be podcasting (Daily, weekly, biweekly, etc.) as well as when you will be podcasting.  We recommend that you start with a twice-weekly podcast.

Then get the topics you will be covering as well as when you want to podcast them depending on your prearranged schedule.  Make sure you have enough topics to cover a particular time period as that will make your podcasting routine easier. With all your topics researched beforehand, recording your content will be a breeze.

Make sure your topics are scheduled in a logical order. For example, if you’re podcasting about music, make sure you schedule ‘songwriting’ before ‘studio recording’.  Some topics can be very broad so we advise that you break them into subtopics that you can cover within a given time frame. With this, you could make a month or a period about a particular theme, for instance, October could be ‘marketing month’.

Get a well-made podcast cover image

Packaging, they say is everything. Make sure you have a great cover image for your podcast. This will help convey an image to your audience as well as an arsenal in your marketing plan.

Get a professional graphic designer to make your podcast cover image. You can get them at an affordable rate on freelance sites like Fiverr.

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Have a good idea of what you want your cover image to look like. Provide a rough sketch of what you want to your designer so he will be on the same page with you. The cover image has to project your personal brand so make sure the designer gets the graphics and style to match it.

Avoid cluttering your art with too many details so that potential listeners will be able to identify it clearly in a small format. It should be readable even at 200px wide. 

Ensure your cover image is clear and visible even when small. This is to ensure visibility when it appears as a thumbnail image which is how most podcast streaming services project their content.

Your cover art should be in JPEG or PNG format, should have 1400 x 1400 pixels and be a maximum size of 500kb. These specifications should help you avoid issues with podcast directories.   

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Have a great outro, intro, and voice over

This will be used to tell listeners the name of the podcast, who the host is and what you expect to hear in that particular episode. It’s similar to the theme song and opening credits of a TV program. Having a great intro, outro, and voice over will help set your content apart from others and draw in more listeners.

To get professionals to help you do a quality job at an affordable price, check out the freelance sites like Fiverr where you could get a voice over artist at $5. For an additional fee, he/she could also add music to the voice over.

Register on Fiverr to create your podcast voice over, outro and intro >>>

Produce and edit your content

Listeners will be expecting a high level of production on your podcast so you have to ensure your production level stands out. Even if it’s just simple elements like intro music, episode introduction, background music, story introductions and telling as well as the ending, make sure your production values are top-notch as this is essential element listeners use to judge a podcast.

You could hire someone to edit your audio files. Alternatively, if you want absolute control on how your finished podcast sounds, you could do the editing yourself. There are tutorials all over on how to do this as well as free editing software such as Audacity, one used by a lot of podcasters. 

Get your Podcast on iTunes and other platforms

Now that you’ve produced those first podcasts episodes, you must get them to where there are a lot of potential listeners and the number one place for this is iTunes.

It hosts the majority of the podcasts out there and is the first place where most people look for podcasts so applying here is a must. iTunes has most of the podcast directory market through Spotify and Google music is growing.

For an easy how-to guide, check this link. It’s on Podbean, the podcast hosting service we previously recommended.

Get your listeners to subscribe and review your content

Podcasts with a lot of positive listener reviews on iTunes appear in the ‘New and Noteworthy’ section. This helps increase their visibility and even attracts more listeners. You want your podcast here when you get on iTunes so at the end of each episode, tell your listeners to subscribe and leave a review about what they think about the show.

If you have a blog, embed a podcast player on it or include a link to your podcast. Appeal to your blog readers to subscribe to it and leave reviews.

Benefits of starting a podcast

Maybe you still not sure if it’s worth the effort to create a new podcast and starting this journey, but, let me assure you that podcasting got many benefits. For example, making a podcast will allow you to create a new relationship with your friends, community and potential customers if the podcast is commercially oriented.

Also, podcasting will allow you to create a lot of new friendships in the area you will podcast about. It can be for a common hobby, or business benefits in case you looking for those. And most importantly, podcasting will establish you as an expert in the field you started a podcast about. You will become a trusted voice for any related question or opinion which will transform in the growth of your personal brand.

Now you’re ready to begin podcasting. At the start of it, when you learn how how to speak to the microphone, you might get a bit too much self-conscious and sound robotic. But don’t worry. Just relax and be yourself as you record your show. With practice, you will sound better and each podcast episode producing will get easier and smoother.

Remember, people want to connect with the person behind the microphone so feel free. Express your emotions if you can as that’s what makes us human. Forget about hiding your accent if you have one. With time and diligence, you will have listeners begging you for more episodes.

To sum it up:

Now you know the basics needed to start your podcast. So keep on recording, producing episodes and enjoying what you do. Please leave a comment if you got any questions.

Full guide to start a podcast