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There are alot of companies out there offering various types of webmaster services. Domain names, hosting plans, SSL certificates – the service list is quiet extensive, and new companies are popping up every single day; and existing providers are constantly revamping their list of services and offerings to stay ahead of the competition. This is where we gather all that news. The latest updates to 1&1’s line of dedicated servers; GoDaddy launching a managed Wordpress hosting service; and what our own past experiences were like with various hosting providers.

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reCaptcha Is Becoming Invisible

Seeing a reCaptcha on a contact form has become pretty standard these days, and while the overall process of passing the captcha is rather harmless – it can still be rather annoying at times. Luckily Google has found a way to make the entire captcha process entirely invisible! Well as invisible as it can get. Anyone that the algorithm deems ...

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GoDaddy Launches Business Hosting With Dedicated Resources

GoDaddy has been strongly targeting the small business owner for a while now – and with good reason. Small business owners need websites, and are often the largest buyer of shared hosting. However shared hosting hasn’t always been very fair to business owners, often combining them on the same servers intended for personal blogs and cat pictures. Business websites require ...

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Amazon S3 Outage Breaks The Internet

Amazon’s S3 service had a few hiccups today – and took down a big portion of the web during it. Have you noticed throughout today that your emails look rather weird, websites don’t function properly, images online don’t seem to load, and even your smart thermostats and connected light bulbs aren’t working as they should? That’s because Amazon’s web-based storage ...

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GoDaddy Buys Host Europe for $1.79 Billion

GoDaddy is an extremely well known name when it comes to the web hosting market in America, however when it comes to the international market there are a lot of players with a significantly larger presence. To help fix this, GoDaddy has acquired Host Europe Group – a leading managed hosting provider in Europe & Germany. The final purchase came ...

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Google Testing New Chat Feature For Business Listings

Google has rolled out a brand new pilot program letting local businesses chat directly with their customers straight from their search result listing. Go look at your Google My Business dashboard right now, and imagine all of those people who were viewing your business on Google every month had the opportunity to chat with you. If this pilot goes well and ...

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Clean Up Your Online Profiles With Deseat.me

Over your years on the world wide web you have probably created your fair share of online accounts and profiles – some of which you may wish you no longer had. In the days of social logins it’s extremely easy to click “Sign In With Google” and instantly register on a new website. However that instant registration also means that ...

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Alexa Wants To Retire Top 1M Website List – Twitter Doesn’t Let It

Earlier today Scott Helme noticed that the Alexa Top 1 Million Websites list was no longer accessible online – and promptly sent a tweet to Alexa who confirmed the pages retirement. This however didn’t go over well with the rest of the Twitter community … Hey @AlexaInternet have you stopped providing your Top 1 Million Sites list? https://t.co/MT94elIaA2 — Scott ...

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Scam Alert: Email-Based Domain Name Registration Scam

It seems there is another round of domain name registration based scams going around – this time in the form of an email that arrives in your inbox from Domain Service with the title mydomainname.com Expiration – seemingly a simply notification from your registrar that your domain name is expiring. Alas this is a new scam originating from China, as the whois ...

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Google Rolls Out New Tool to Test Your AMP Pages

Now that Google search results are fully AMP powered – blog owners will want to make sure they run valid AMP pages for their latest posts if they wish to obtain the display boost given to AMP-powered pages on mobile devices. To help all the new webmasters make sure their AMP pages are utilizing the proper structure and code Google ...

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YouTube Director Let’s Everyone Easily Create Video Ads For Their Business

These days video advertising is crucial if you truly want to capture your audiences attention. Videos are all around us. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram – and people love watching them. YouTube is here to help with a brand new product called YouTube Director – designed specifically to help businesses create a professional-looking video ad without the need to hire an entire set ...

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Shutterstock Launches Photoshop Plugin To Compete With Adobe Stock

It looks like Adobe Stock is getting some competition as Shutterstock rolls out a brand new plugin for Photoshop which lets you to search for, trial, and license Shutterstock’s stock images, right from inside Photoshop. The plugin works in much the same way that Adobe Stock functions now – letting you use watermarked images from the Shutterstock library. Modify these images ...

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Bing Ads Mobile App Now Supports Bulk Campaign Editing

Bing has updated the Bing Ads mobile app to support bulk editing of your campaigns – making it much easier to roll out a change across a collection of campaigns simultaneously. Check out the video below to see how to use the new bulk editing features: The new bulk editing functionality is just the tip of the iceberg also. Bing ...

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DigitalOcean Launches Hatch – An Online Incubator Program For Startups

DigitalOcean has announced the launch of a brand new online incubator program geared towards supporting startups. Meet Hatch – a unique startup program which not only offers participants access to DigitalOcean cloud for up to 12 months with a credit up to $100,000; but it also offers up free technical training and 1-on-1 mentorship – helping to provide an educational ...

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Google AdWords Call-Only Ads Now Display Business Name

Call-only ads in Google AdWords have been extremely popular since their launch – however one constant complaint from advertisers has been the lack of business name display. This finally appears to be changing as Josh Leibner of Red Ventures pointed out on Twitter a few days ago: Google .@AdWords Call-Only Ads are now pulling Business Name into the headline. #ppcchat ...

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Instagram Starts Rolling Out Business Profiles

It seems that the rollout for Instagram Business Profiles has began today as several of my client businesses have been issued a notification to switch their Instagram accounts to a new business account. The initial notification should appear at the top of your profile page in a blue box, looking a bit like the following: However if you didn’t see ...

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Verify Your Google My Business Listing Via Email

It seems that Google is experimenting with a new method to verify businesses for the Google My Business program. Rather than waiting weeks for a post card, users who have an auto-receptionist setup on their phone will be able to verify their business listing using a company email address. This was first spotted by Kiran Kumar over on Twitter: We can ...

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Google AdWords Gets Price Extensions

Google has announced the rollout of price extensions for Google Adwords – a brand new ad extension that lets you showcase the price of your various products and services within your ads. Price extensions will currently show across multiple rows, featuring a different product/service on each row and showcasing it’s description and price. Price extensions can be used in conjunction with all other ...

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Bing Ads Now Support Keyword & Ad Copy/Paste

When it comes down to managing a successful PPC campaign you will eventually find yourself with a series of keywords or ad-copy that you know works, and that you tend to use as the basis of your new campaigns. As such having the ability to copy/paste keywords and ads across different campaigns is an amazingly useful feature – and one ...

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CloudFlare Now Offering Free HTTP/2 Server Push Support

Website speeds are everything – and these day developers are always looking for a way to squeeze more performance out of their websites and applications. HTTP/2 Server Push is one such technology – allowing web servers to send content to website visitors without receiving requests for it – essentially pre-loading various images, font files, or CSS scripts. CloudFlare has recently ...

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