How to Choose a Hosting Provider

You have an idea for a website. You’ve secured the best domain name. Now, all you need is to choose a hosting provider. Immediately, you Google for potential options. Instead of just picking the first provider from the search engine results, it’s important to take some time to consider the differences between hosting providers. Each host has different features, pricing, and limitations based on the plan you select. Having used many hosts over the past decade, we can unequivocally say that the research you’re doing now is well worth the time investment. Below are several things to consider when evaluating website hosting providers.

Choose Hosting Provider

Research Customer Reviews

Before choosing a hosting provider, make sure it has a stellar reputation. You’ll find hundreds of sites that claim to provide reviews on the best hosting companies. Unfortunately, there’s little consistency between their results and sifting through them will leave you in no better a position to choose a provider.

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10 Website Analytics Tools Every Publisher Should Use

Online marketing is important to the success of your business. Your marketing efforts have to be effective though. To know if they are, you need to analyze what is happening every time you share your site and its content with other websites and on social media. Since it’s impossible to manually track every article, video, or other piece of content you publish, you need to utilize website analytics tools.

Website Analytics Tools

1. Google Analytics

Almost every publisher online uses Google Analytics (GA). It’s made by and for the Google search engine, which is the most popular one right now. GA enables you to understand how Internet users are interacting with your site. It shows you how many people visit your site, where they are coming from (referrals), and sets up campaigns, so you can track how close you’re coming to your online marketing goals. While GA provides a lot of ways to determine how well you’re doing with your content marketing, most people use it in conjunction with other analytical tool to gain a clearer picture of what they need to do next.

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WordPress Web Hosting

  • WpEngine is a very special hosting company that focuses only on WordPress hosting, where the support is provided by WordPress experts.
  • Shared Hosting – HostGator to clients who are getting started or have growing sites.

So you acquired a domain name, and are now looking at web hosting providers for your WordPress sites. With all the different choices and providers out there, where should you start your search for the best web hosting? In this article, we explain the various types of hosting, features to consider, and provide a few recommendations.

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WordPress 3.1 Features

What are the new features in WordPress 3.1? Many of you have read the WP 3.1 release and some have upgraded but don’t know what the big fuss is about. Let’s go over some of the really neat features introduced in WordPress 3.1.

Post Formats

This will be the most talked about feature in the WP 3.1 release. Post Formats support definitely takes WordPress to a new level of CMS capabilities, and we’re quite excited about it here at Gabfire Themes. In short, Post Formats allow you to choose a format that determines how the post is displayed. In concept, it is similar to Page Templates, however there is a standardized set of options that can be used. Available formats can be found on the WordPress Codex here and are shown below:

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