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  • What’s The Difference Between The New and Legacy Servers?

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 by
    Legacy Servers   As technology evolves, it’s important for us to offer a cutting edge product while also maintaining a tried and true standard. With this is mind, we have launched our new dedicated server platform. Our goal with this post is to briefly outline the differences between our two generations of servers. The new servers build upon our legacy platform with an increase in resources, essentially offering up to double the current configuration of memory and processing power as well as SSD storage. Another feature of the new servers is the dynamic scalability. The demands of your website may change over time, and we understand the realities of this as well as the inconvenience of needing to physically upgrade to a new server when you outgrow your current one. To that end, you can now upgrade your RAM or CPU within the same physical server. This means no change of IP address or data migration. The one caveat to this feature would be a change from HDD to SSD storage. There is simply no way around a physical migration in this instance, however we have streamlined this migration process to make it as transparent and efficient as possible. Both generations of dedicated servers are still powerful and flexible in regards to SSL and operating system options, though the new servers do allow for multiple Linux distributions. The security features are still top-notch, including DDOS protection and an IP-based firewall. All told, our new dedicated servers will set the standard for the future of web hosting. Give us a call today at 844-218-7741 to discuss your new HostGator dedicated server.
  • New Dedicated Server Hosting from HostGator

    Sunday, June 25, 2017 by

    Dedicated Server Hosting

    Announcing Our New Dedicated Hosting Platform

    Very excited to announce our new Dedicated Hosting Platform with high performance options including up to 16 cpu threads, 32GB Memory and 1 TB SSD Storage.    HostGator has amped up their Dedicated Platform to meet the increasing demands of doing business online.  With Dedicated Server options that literally double both the processing power and memory available on our current platform.    Dedicated Server  

    Double the Processing Power

    With more and more business being done online, your server has to be able to handle multiple processes simultaneously as the number of visitors to your sites grow, that is why we included the Intel Xeon-D 1541 processor with 8 cores and 16 threads in our new Dedicated Platform.   What is a cpu thread?  Think of cloning yourself 16 times so that you could do multiple different things at once, wouldn’t that be great!?  

    Double the Memory

    To keep up with the increased processing power, we made sure that we had the latest DDR4 Memory with up to 32 GB RAM available on our high end package.  

    Your Choice of Storage

    Of course with the increased compute power, we had to make sure that the storage could keep up the pace.  So we now offer the choice of HDD or SSD for your storage needs.   If you are looking for a lot of storage but don’t need it to be super fast the HDD option is perfect but if speed trumps space demands for your site, the SSD storage is the right solution for you.  But don’t worry with either option, the drives are mirrored in a RAID1 configuration so your data is protected in case of a drive failure.     

    Increased Scalability

    My personal favorite is the improved scalability.  We realize that the compute demands of your website change as your site’s complexity grows and your traffic increases, that’s why we made it easier to increase the resources when you need them.  With our new platform, we are able to dynamically scale the resources so adding more cpu or memory is easy; just pick the package that fits your needs and we will resize it for you right on the same server, no physical migration required.   There is one caveat, if you choose to move from HDD to SDD, we would still need to do a physical migration but don’t worry, we have streamlined that process as well.     

    Free SSL Available

    One other important item is the SSL certificate, both cPanel and Plesk offer free SSL encryption solutions that you have full access to with the new platform.  Fear not, if the limitations of the free Control Panel SSL Options don’t work for you, HostGator still provides other options as well like Extended Validation (EV) or Wildcard Certs.     

    Choice of Operating System

    For those users who prefer command line access to the Control Panel, we now offer your choice of the latest Linux distros including Ubuntu, Debian and CentOS and on the Windows side the Windows 2012 image.  

    Beef Up with a Dedicated Server!

    Our Value Server plan offers 8GB of memory and 1TB HDD. The Power Server plan comes with twice the memory (16GB) and your choice of 2TB HDD or 512GB SSD. Finally, for the ultimate in memory, check out our Enterprise Server plans offering 32GB of memory and 1TB SSD. As always our Dedicated Servers include:
    • Full root access
    • Unlimited email accounts
    • Unlimited databases
    • Unmetered bandwidth
    • 3 Dedicated IPv4 IPs
    • cPanel/WHM or Plesk Onyx Control Panel
    • Free Reseller account with cPanel
    • Fully redundant network in Top of the line datacenter
    • DDOS Protection
    • 24x7 Support via chat or phone
    We are really excited about our new Dedicated Server Platform and hope you are too.  As always if you are looking for something we don’t offer, please let us know. We are always up for designing a custom configuration to suit your needs.  

    Ready for maximum performance?

    Get started with HostGator dedicated server hosting!

  • The New cPanel Paper Lantern Theme At HostGator

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 by
    HostGator cPanel Paper Lantern Theme We are very excited to announce the launch of the new HostGator Paper Lantern cPanel theme.    The goal of this redesigned cPanel theme is to provide a better user experience to our valued customers.   This new theme will be rolling out to our customers over the next few days. So if you don’t see it immediately, please know that it is coming soon. Some of the key features that come with this release are:  

    Search Bar to Find What You Need Quickly

    A full page window that allows you to type in any word and it will pull up the relevant cPanel sections or functions. cPanel Paper Lantern theme  

    Search Support Articles Without Leaving cPanel

    A window that allows you to type in a word or phrase and a list of matching articles in our support documentation will be listed for quick reference. Here’s an example: cPanel Paper Lantern  

    Push Notifications So You Don't Miss Anything Important

    Get notified instantly of upcoming changes or exciting news or relevant information about your account. cPanel Paper Lantern theme  

    Access Key Areas Through The Left Sidebar Navigation Menu

    We’ve also introduced a navigation on the left side so that you can easily access key areas quickly, such as:HostGator cPanel Navigation  

    Website

    This is the traditional cPanel Index page with 10 different sub-categories for faster access to the section you are looking for.  Another great feature is that if you choose to move the sections up and down to better suit your needs, the left navigation bar updates right along with it.  Just move them around to the order that you want, refresh the page, and the navigation bar will be in sync with their new order you have created.  

    Popular Links

    This is a new section that we’ve added and we hope that customers find it as useful as we intended it to be. Popular Links is where we put our most popular links across both cPanel and the Marketplace for quick access.  If for some reason, you decide that Popular Links section is in the way, you can easily get rid of it by clicking the X in the right hand corner.  

    Server Stats

    Stats at your fingertips! The stats section allows customers and support agents alike to get a quick look at the status of their account, including when the latest backup was run or how much data you’re using on the server.  We will continue to refine this page and add more information so please let us know what other data would be valuable in this section.    

    Domains

    Currently this links to the HostGator Domains page. There aren’t any changes to this page with this release, but be on the lookout for some changes coming soon to improve the overall experience of registering new domain names.    

    MarketPlace

    The MarketPlace is our new and improved QuickInstall page. It gives you easy access to things like the HostGator Website Builder, WordPress Themes, or one-click installs of many of the most popular applications.  It also provides links to add-ons like CodeGuard and Sitelock that help you protect your website and its critical data.  

    Help

    When you need help with an issue, the last thing you want to do is try to dig through pages to find it.   With the Help page, you have direct links to the support portal or one-click access to our chat system. There are links to many of HostGator’s custom self-help tools for troubleshooting performance or application problems. We know that this is a completely different experience for many cPanel users. However, we believe that it is designed in a way that everyone will be able to use it easily and effectively. If for some reason you don’t love the new theme and want to switch back to the X3 version, no worries - you can do that easily. In the upper right corner, simply select Change Style option under the user profile menu and select the X3 HG theme. This can also be found under the preferences section. Switch cPanel Theme Fair warning for those that wish to switch back, though - cPanel is transitioning to this new theme style and the X3 theme will no longer be supported in the near future. Ready to switch to Paper Lantern? Simply click on the Snappy icon in your preferences section and the new theme will be applied, or you can watch our Facebook Live video below where we walk you through the process. (After pressing play, it takes about 10 seconds or so for the video to start.)
     
  • The 25 Best WordPress Plugins Recommended By Marketing Experts

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by

    Best WordPress Plugins for Marketing

    As a marketer, you’re great at growing a website, but you probably don’t know how to make one from scratch. That’s not a problem because you can easily create one using WordPress.

    WordPress makes it super easy to create a website by installing “plugins.” Just like on your smartphone, plugins are “apps” you can install to give your WordPress website more features, and without having to write a single line of code.

    But the problem with WordPress is that there are over 44,000 plugins to choose from, and the majority of them, well… suck. Some of plugins are so bad that they can dramatically slow down your website, which may have negative consequences to your search ranking results.

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    Fortunately, with this list, you’ll only see the best WordPress plugins recommended by the best marketers. Everyone mentioned in this list have built several websites and have tons of experience using WordPress plugins.

    Let’s get started...

     

    1. Noah Kagan (Co-founder of SumoMe and AppSumo)

    Noah KaganNoah was employee #4 at Facebook, Director of Marketing at Mint, and is currently the Co-Founder of SumoMe & AppSumo.

    Suffice to say, Noah has built plenty of websites and many of them on WordPress. His favorite plugin is Share. Share makes it very simple for your visitors to share your content to their friends, family, and others. The more people that share your content, the more viral traffic you’ll get to your site.

           

    2. Pat Flynn (Owner of Smart Passive Income)

    Pat FlynnPat’s website, Smart Passive Income, has over 150,000 email subscribers and his podcast has been downloaded over 8 MILLION times. One of the most common questions he receives is which plugins his website uses.

    Here’s his response each time:

    Pretty Link: “Pretty Link allows me to take long links with lots of characters and quickly create nice looking, short and trackable links that are easy to share and remember. This is handy for me, but also handy for those listening to my podcast or watching my videos who don't have access to a computer or pen and paper!”

    CoSchedule: “CoSchedule allows me and my entire team to be on the same page when it comes to our editorial calendar. It can even help you schedule your social media posts to promote your content ahead of time.”

     

    3. Lewis Howes (Host of The School Of Greatness)

    Lewis HowesLewis has built several multi-million dollar online businesses, including The School Of Greatness podcast, which has received millions of downloads.

    His favorite plugins?

    LiveFyre: “This lets me show all the social media comments from my podcast episode posts on the actual show notes blog post as well as comments people make on the blog. It's awesome to be able to have all the comments consolidated in one place under the show notes, plus I can moderate the comments easily from that plugin.”

    Pretty Link: “I can make short, easy to remember URL links like http://lewishowes.com/book to redirect anywhere I want. This is super helpful to promote things like my books and podcast without the hassle of getting my developer to make special links for me.”

     

    4. Chris Guillebeau (Owner of The Art of Non-Conformity)

    Chris GuillebeauChris is both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He’s the author of The Art of Non-Conformity (translated into 20+ languages), The $100 Startup (300,000+ copies sold), and The Happiness Of Pursuit (NYT Best Seller).

    For his personal blog, his two favorite plugins are:

    Wufoo Shortcode Plugin: This plugin makes it super easy to include surveys into your site so you can gain a better understanding of your audience. Here’s what Chris had to say about it, “It helps me integrate awesome survey forms (example: http://chrisguillebeau.com/side-hustle-survey)”.

    Widgets on Pages: The default WordPress settings makes it difficult to manage widgets on your page. But this plugin makes it super easy, as Chris said, “It makes arranging and updating things so much easier”.

     

    5. Jeff Goins (Author of The Art Of Work)

    Jeff GoinsJeff is an author of four books including the national bestseller, The Art of Work. He also has a personal blog where he shares his reflections on writing and life. For his blog, these are his two favorite plugins.

    Welcome Mat: Jeff was able to acquire 100,000 readers in just 18 months. To do this, he used Welcome Mat to display a full-screen call to action like a welcoming landing page to collect his visitors’ emails. What were his results? Here’s what Jeff had to say, “Crazy conversions on that thing!”

    All In One SEO: On top of being an author, Jeff is also really good at SEO. Just type his domain into Ahrefs and you’ll see that he’s able to rank for some pretty competitive keywords. A big part of this is using the All In One SEO which automatically optimizes his site for SEO. Here’s what Jeff had to say about it, “Great simple tool to make sure all your metadata is solid.”

     

    6. Sol Orwell (Co-Founder of Examine)

    Sol OrwellSol has been an online serial entrepreneur for over 15 years, created 6 companies, and generated more than 8 figures. With all his current projects, he does not take any outside investments and instead bootstraps them all himself.

    Which plugins does he use for his sites?

    Yoast: “Why Yoast? Because it makes optimizing for Google, Facebook, and Twitter (modified tags are KEY for virality and social sharing) simple stupid.”

    Facebook Comments Plugin: “I'm a big fan of associating comments with the actual person who makes it; it builds a one-on-one community aspect, makes it easy to comment (most people have FB), and keeps the trolls at bay.”

     

    7. Nathan Chan (Creator of FoundrMag)

    Nathan ChanNathan is the creator of Foundr, a digital marketing magazine dedicated to helping entrepreneurs all over the world.  He’s interviewed some of the highest profile entrepreneurs including: Richard Branson, Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin and many more.

    His favorite WordPress plugins?

    Optimizely: “Great for A/B testing to find out what's working and what's not. It's extremely important for us as a data driven company to constantly re-work and out perform our conversion stats.”

    Smart Podcast Player:  “Looks amazing, and allows people to access our podcast easily. Our podcast is a big part of what drives traffic to our site, so it's important that we make it super simple for people to listen to episodes when they view our website.”

    Pretty Link: “Nice little easy tool to create custom links that we use frequently!"

     

    8. Justin Mares (Founder of Kettle & Fire)

    Justin MaresJustin is only 26 years old and has started several successful companies, including: Programming For Marketers ($60K in 5 months), Traction Book (over 175 5-star reviews), and Kettle & Fire (6 figure business in less than 1 year).

    Whenever he uses WordPress for his websites, these are his two must-have plugins:

    SumoMe: “Makes capturing email addresses SUPER easy”

    GoSquared:It's a really cool real-time dashboard to use to evaluate traffic stats.”

         

    9. Ryan Stewart (Founder of Webris)

    Ryan StewartRyan is a leading digital marketing consultant who has been featured on many of the top blogs including Kissmetrics and MarketingProfs. For his clients, he often recommends these two plugins:

    Yoast SEO: “It’s a pretty heavy plugin, but it's worth it. If you've ever optimized a non-WordPress site for SEO, you understand how much of a pain it is to change titles, metas, URLs, sitemaps, etc (especially if that site has thousands of pages). Yoast cuts through needing a dev or access to a site's root, it's incredibly powerful and the team at Yoast is constantly updating the software with new features.”

    Live Composer: “It's a front end page builder that allows you to drag and drop pages, similar to designing in Weebly. My background is actually in graphic design so I've always been a HUGE believer in building content that looks amazing. Using a plugin like this also allows us to be agile, get things done quicker without having to go through Photoshop and our dev team. I don't use it to build websites, but it's incredibly handy to design blog posts and content / guides.”

     

    10. William Harris (Founder of Elumynt)

    William HarrisWilliam is a growth marketer who has helped several businesses grow exponentially. He’s been featured on publications such as: Entrepreneur, SocialMediaToday, Search Engine Journal, and much more.

    As far as his favorite plugins goes, whether if it’s for his clients or for his personal blog, he highly recommends these two plugins:

    Postable: “I love drafting in Google Docs, but hate having to reformat everything in Wordpress.  Postable makes it super easy to migrate my Google docs articles to WordPress with literally a click of a button, which is a huge time saver.”

    Plugin Vulnerabilities: “Because I really really really hate the idea of getting hacked, and want to keep my plugins up to date”

     

    11. Sarah Peterson (Owner of Unsettle)

    Sarah PetersonSarah has built several passive income businesses and is also the Marketing Sumo at SumoMe. For every single online business she builds, she always downloads these two plugins:

    List Builder: “List Builder is one of the apps that contributes the most to the growth of my email list. By creating a bonus for my most popular articles, visitors have to provide their email to access the bonus material. Since I don’t know how to code, I use List Builder’s Click Trigger feature to do all of this. I’ve created Click Triggers that convert over 70% for my content upgrades.”

    Yoast SEO: “I love Yoast because it guides me through optimizing my content without me having to be an SEO expert. It makes SEO simple, and also allows for custom meta so you can control how your content shows up on different social platforms.”

     

    12. Benji Hyam (Co-Founder of Grow And Convert)

    Benji HyamBenji has built several websites, including ThinkApps where he was responsible for turning it into one of the top 30,000 US websites with the most traffic. For each of his websites, he installs these two plugins:

    Revive Old Post: “It automatically takes old post from your blog and shares them on Twitter. All you have to do is set it up once, and it automatically schedules and tweets out old content.”

    Shortcodes Ultimate: “It allows us to place nicely designed callout boxes and buttons on our blog, which helps us increase our conversions.”

         

    These Plugins Are Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

    We just gave you 25 of the best plugins determined by expert marketers. But there are still plenty of amazing WordPress plugins you should be aware of (we have blogs on the best WordPress plugins for photography, SEO, video display, e-commerce sites... just to name a few).

    That’s why we decided to crowdsource, curate, and brainstorm all of the best, plugins out there - no matter what you need. We then organized it so you can easily find the exact plugins that are relevant for your business.

    Click here for the 57 best WordPress plugins to help you take your website to the next level.


    Wilson Hung writes actionable step-by-step guides for SumoMe. Join our Sumo community of over 450,000 subscribers to learn how to grow your website and build your email list. Click here for the 57 best WordPress plugins to help you take your website to the next level.

  • Using Social Media To Get a Job? LinkedIn Isn’t Your Only Option

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by

    Using Social Media To Get A Job

    We’ve all spent countless hours “Like”-ing our friends new puppy and retweeting our fave celebrity tweets, but have you considered using these social media platforms to find a job?

    The social stats: Companies rely on social media to screen potential candidates. According to Adweek.com, 93% of companies use LinkedIn, 66% use Facebook and 54% use Twitter for recruiting. It’s way easier for a company to use social media and, on average, requires 20% less time for an employer to find a new hire.

    And get this: roughly 30% of the time if a job candidate doesn’t have a social media presence, they won’t get hired. Sure, it depends on the type of job, but better to appear socially savvy than not.

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    When we think about social media and job-hunting, there are some dos and don’ts:

    Do: Retweet/share an inspirational TED Talk.

    Don't: Retweet/share an endless stream of Kardashian family photos.

    Listen, we won’t judge you if you dig the Kardashians, but think about which of those two options makes you a more appealing job candidate.     

    We recommend beginning with one social media outlet to start your job hunt and then progressing to other platforms. Be consistent, and remember that you are your brand.

    Which Social Media Platform is Best for Your Job Search?

    LinkedIn

    LinkedIn is the most widely used platform for job hunters and employers. Use LinkedIn to post resume info, interests and achievements. You can search LinkedIn to find people who work in your field or for a specific company. And did you know there’s an app for that? LinkedIn offers a free app you can use to search for jobs by keywords, location and industries while on-the-go. You can also follow your favorite companies and receive hiring notifications. The app syncs with your LinkedIn profile and can make job recommendations based on your profile. LinkedIn also offers a paid Premium account where you can compare yourself to other applicants and even get estimated salary info.

    Oh, and to look even fancier on LinkedIn, add your skills and get endorsed for them by your colleagues. Need more endorsements? Try endorsing others. People usually react in kind.

    LinkedIn Endorsements

    Twitter

    If you already use Twitter for fun, consider creating a separate Twitter account for professional use only. Use hashtags to follow industries and companies in your field. Let people know you’re job hunting by using hashtags such as #Jobs, #Hiring, #Careers. You can follow industry trends by using specific hashtags: #Marketing or #Accounting. Follow industry leaders and if you find a person who tweets good advice, tell them. Think of this as a networking opportunity. Don’t just be a follower but create your own following by tweeting industry-related facts that you’ve learned.

    Facebook

    Increasingly, employers are using Facebook to screen job candidates. If you don’t want that top five accounting firm to see what a crazy (I mean, crazy) good time you had in Cancun, make sure your settings are private and delete any questionable pictures or posts.

    If you want to stay public enhance your job profile by adding work experiences under the “About” section of your profile.

    Search for friends who know people at companies you like. Join groups from your college and high school and let them know you are job hunting. So you don’t bore your non-professional friends, create a professional group from your current Facebook friends and share industry-related news with them.

    Instagram

    Instagram is a must for creative professionals. And Instagram portfolios are a thing. You can even link your Instagram account to your LinkedIn profile so employers can see your body of work.

    Pinterest

    Awesome for consultants or freelancers, Pinterest is a great place to show off your copywriting and graphic design skills. Set up your profile with pics of your own designs, infographics, and industry-related products that interest you.

    If you’re really proud of the work you’re presenting via social channels, link to them from your resume. Social media gives job applicants the opportunity to show themselves as a thoughtful, well-rounded person; so much more than just a piece of paper.

    Snapchat

    Okay, maybe it’s a long shot, but Snapchat is becoming a more legit way for companies to make money and for people to get found. Just ask Michael Platco who turned his goofy Snapchat pics, drawings, and storytelling into a massively successful freelancing career with clients like Walt Disney World.

    In today's world, anything is possible, so get out there, get social and get the job of your dreams!

    Ever land a job through social? Hit the comments and tell us about it!

    Besides social media, a sure way to stand out among other job candidates is with your own website. Leverage your online presence by showcasing your work. Build your personal brand today with a web hosting plan from HostGator - starting as low as $3.95/mo.

    Get Started With HostGator!

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    Written by Jennifer Carlisle

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