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  • Snappy’s ProTips, pt. IV

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by
    The inspiration for today's ProTip is going to be the following KB article, which addresses how to modify DNS information from within cPanel: However, we're going to drive a little bit deeper into DNS; how the various parts function and we'll even be sharing some of our internal documentation on DNS. snappy_protips04  
  • 2015 Holiday Dash

    Monday, September 14, 2015 by
    1. Eligibility
    The HostGator Holiday Dash Giveaway (the "Giveaway") is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including District of Columbia) who are eighteen (18) years or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of The Endurance International Group, Inc. or any of its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, or any other company or individual involved with the design, production, execution or distribution of the Giveaway and their immediate family (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children) and household members (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year) of each such employee are not eligible. The Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor's decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Giveaway. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
    1. Sponsor
    The Endurance International Group, Inc., 10 Corporate Dr., Suite 300, Burlington, MA 01803.
    1. Timing
    The Giveaway begins on September 28, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") and ends on October 23, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the "Giveaway Period"). Sponsor's computer is the official time keeping device for this Giveaway.
    1. How to Enter
    During the Giveaway Period, you will automatically receive one entry into the Giveaway for doing one of the following:
      1. Tweeting your favorite tip from HostGator’s Holiday Dash email series using the hashtag #dashwithsnappy; or
      2. Alternatively, you may enter by hand printing your name, age, complete address (including zip code), daytime phone number and e-mail address on a 3"x 5" card and mail it, postage prepaid, to: The Endurance International Group, Attn: HostGator Holiday Dash Giveaway, 10 Corporate Dr., Suite 300, Burlington, MA 01803. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by October 23, 2015 and received by October 28, 2015. Mail-in entries will NOT be accepted via messenger/courier delivery service or any means other than United States Postal Service mail. Sponsor is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail in entries.
    Limit one (1) entry per person during the Giveaway Period regardless of method of entry. Any attempt by any participant to use multiple Twitter accounts to enter will be ineligible. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the twitter account used to submit the entry will be deemed to be the entrant. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person listed as the owner of the twitter account. Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. All entries become the sole and exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be returned
    1. Winner Selection
    On or about October 29, 2015 the Sponsor will select one (1) entry as the Prize winner in a random drawing of all valid entries received during the Giveaway Period. The entrant will be contacted using the Twitter handle or email address provided with the entry and may be awarded the Prize (subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these rules.) Sponsor's decisions as to the administration and operation of the Giveaway and the selection of a potential winner is final and binding in all matters related to the Giveaway. The winner will be notified one day after the drawing.
    1. Verification of Potential Winner
    The potential winner must continue to comply with these Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential winner will be required to sign and return to Sponsor within five (5) days of the date notice is sent, an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (except where prohibited) in order to claim his/her prize. If a potential winner of the prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period (if applicable), or if the Prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the potential winner forfeits the Prize. In the event that a potential winner of a Prize is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor may award the applicable Prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries.
    1. Prize Winners
    One (1) prize winner will receive a goMobi bundle, which includes a professionally set up mobile site and one (1) year of goMobi service (the “Prize”) for a total value of Two Hundred and Fifty-Nine Dollars ($259). The Prize is non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the listed Prize for one of equal or greater value for any reason. The winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use. Odds of winning a Prize depends on the number of eligible entries received during the Giveaway Period.
    1. Entry Conditions and Release
    By entering the Giveaway, each entrant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Giveaway; (b) release and hold harmless the Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, the Prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Giveaway and all of their respective past, present and future officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Released Parties") from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a participant's entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Giveaway, acceptance or use or misuse of a Prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, exploitation or use of an entry; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsor from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant's participation in the Giveaway and/or entrant's acceptance, use or misuse of a Prize.
    1. Publicity
    Except where prohibited, participation in the Giveaway constitutes winner's consent to Sponsor's and its agents' use of winner's name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.
    1. General Conditions
    Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Giveaway, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor's reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Giveaway, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Giveaway may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
    1. Limitations of Liability
    The Released Parties are not responsible for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Giveaway; (b) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (c) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Giveaway; (d) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Giveaway or the processing of entries; or (e) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Giveaway or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant's entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant's sole remedy is another entry in the Giveaway. No more than the stated number of Prizes will be awarded. In event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than the stated number of Prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of Prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, unawarded, eligible Prize claims.
    1. Disputes
    Entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Giveaway, or any Prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Giveaway or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Giveaway, or any Prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the appropriate court located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; (c) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual and reasonable out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Giveaway, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (d) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Giveaway, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
    1. Entrant's Personal Information
    Information collected from entrants is subject to the Sponsor's Privacy Policy.
    1. Giveaway Results
    For Giveaway results send a hand-printed, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Winners List – HostGator Holiday Dash Giveaway c/o The Endurance International Group, Inc., 10 Corporate Dr., Suite 300, Burlington, MA 01803. Requests for the winner list must be received by December 15, 2015. Twitter is a trademark of Twitter, Inc. Twitter is in no way affiliated with or a sponsor of the Giveaway.  
  • Constant Contact And Email Marketing

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by

    Despite the stigma that surrounds email marketing, due primarily (and justifiably) to “spammers,” this channel remains a valid and profitable avenue for generating leads, sales, and generally just reaching people.

    Roughly 10% of HostGator customers are Non-Profit businesses, and a recent study shows that these businesses actually get the highest open rates of any industry.  An “open rate” is defined, fairly self-explanatorily, as the percentage of email messages that are opened (and presumably viewed) relative to the total number of emails sent out as part of a given email campaign.  In other words, people are more likely to open an email sent from a Non-Profit than they are any other type of business.

    However, email marketing remains one of the best performing and most-effective ways to market a business.

    The aforementioned study, which was created by Constant Contact, also contains valuable information regarding the optimization of email campaigns and was created via the analysis of over 100 billion customer emails.

    Constant Contact is an excellent tool for small businesses to execute successful email marketing campaigns.  HostGator customers can learn more by visiting this link.

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    Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by
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