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‘You destroyed my business’: Webmasters and SEOs react to Google’s latest algorithmic update

by Jason Smith about 11 days ago

A Google core algorithm update, colloquially titled the “medic update,” has rolled out in full according to Google’s search liaison Danny Sullivan, and webmasters’ reactions to the update have been mixed. While some have taken to popular internet forums like webmaster world to report very little change in their websites’ rankings, with some even reporting […]

More than 1,000 US news organizations are still blocking EU users – but that doesn’t mean they are contravening or circumventing the GDPR

by Jason Smith about 12 days ago

More than 1,000 US news organizations are still blocking traffic originating from the EU, according to records compiled by archivist Joseph O’Connor. O’Connor’s database currently features 1,071 news organizations and includes prominent brands like the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, both of which are Tronc properties. Some online commentators have taken the view […]

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Web host rankings July 2018: Hostgator, Bluehost and Hostinger perform best overall

by Jason Smith about 14 days ago

Hostgator, Bluehost and Hostinger maintained uptime of 100 percent and performed best overall in our web hosting rankings for July 2018. GreenGeeks, A2 Hosting and Dreamhost also maintained uptime of 100 percent but maintained comparatively poorer response times. Hostgator, Bluehost and Hostinger maintained response times of 390ms, 502ms and 513ms respectively. The full results for […]

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Siteground

Per month

  • Their restrictions are transparent; they restrict CPU minutes, script executions and storage
  • They frequently update hardware and all shared accounts use SSDs; they’re also relatively cheap
  • They offer HTTP/2 and fantastic customer service; they’ve got good uptime but there’s no free domain

Great on features, uptime and cost; average on response time and they don't offer a free domain

Bluehost

Per month

  • No uptime guarantee and poor customer service
  • Excellent uptime and response time
  • Cheaper to renew than a lot of web host

No uptime guarantee, poor customer service but excellent performance

Host Papa

Per month

  • Their admin panel is in an iframe; it feels constricted
  • They’re about average on price but customer service is poor
  • Their money back guarantee is 48 hours for pay monthly customers

Poor average uptime but acceptable customer service. They charge a premium for automated backups.

iPage

Per month

  • They’re cheap – $35.88 per year
  • They claim to offer ‘unlimited bandwidth’ but we’re not convinced.
  • They do support HTTP/2 (but there’s nothing on their website about it)

A very cheap host with poor response time and limited features