Liquid Web Incubator Program

Liquid Web

The word ‘startup' is popular these days. Startups of all types are also finding great success in building a company, and (most importantly) gaining funding. Is this because there are smarter people in the world? Or, do people just have better ideas now? Not necessarily. A lot of it has to do with dedicated server companies like Liquid Web.

liquid webNot only does Liquid Web provide cloud and dedicated server services, but this company has also taken a vested interest in startups. Liquid Web now has an incubator program that helps seed and grow innovative companies.

Liquid Web's Incubator Program

Based in Lansing, Michigan, Liquid Web is one of the few companies that takes pride in its location. The Liquid Web incubator program provides education, support, help, and knowledge to startups looking for mentors. The company also provides free shared hosting (up to $25,000)services to incubator participants.

As mentioned, Liquid Web likes to support its home community of Lansing, but the company will also consider all startup applications. If you happen to be working on a startup currently, need free shared hosting, or just want to team up with a company that's providing startup support, you should send an application into Liquid Web. The company lists application information on the site's homepage.

Other Companies Working Towards Good

We've covered plenty of cheap hosting sites on this blog that work towards social change of some kind. Even though most people do not consider startups as working towards change, the entrepreneurs that build startups really do make a difference. Just think of all the great new local business that a startup can create.

It's tough to break into the startup world. Gaining funding is even harder to do. Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter certainly help, but these sites don't provide the experience and knowledge that a mentor can provide. That's where incubator programs like the one that Liquid Web has started come into play. If you live in the Lansing area (or not!), will you apply to become part of Liquid Web's incubator program?

Let me know below and ask away as far as startup tips are concerned, this journalist has a lot of information for you!

BlueHost: Crowned #1 For Linux Hosting Provider

BlueHost: Crowned #1

Looking for the top Linux hosting provider for your website? A premier portal has crowned who they feel provides the best services when it comes to features, technology, cost, speed, reliability, and tech support. After reviewing over 100 shared hosting providers priced under $10 per month and the reviews of their customers, the winner was BlueHost.

BlueHost's Background

bluehost-review-by-toptenhostingsBlueHost has been in the forefront of the shared hosting world since 1996. Since then, they have grown substantially, and now cater to over 2.5 million customers. They are the only shared hosting provider that invested heavily (like, 20-million-dollars heavily) in its data center that uses only Dell-brand servers and BGP4 smart routing technology with 5 fiber-lines brought directly into the building. Bandwidth exceeds 150,000 Mbits in all.

Overall Results measured hundreds of sites against their own testing as well as scouring the reviews left by actual customers to determine the results. Overall, the review site makes it clear that no one in the hundreds of sites that were reviewed had the stellar reputation of BlueHost. Whether linux hosting or shared hosting, prices are affordable and service is top-notch.

BlueHost accepts both credit card and PayPal to pay for their hosting services, and a big bonus: anytime you are dissatisfied, whether 30 days or three years, you can get your money back. That's right, an anytime money back guarantee.


Thanks to their customized Linux kernel and the data center they manage themselves, BlueHost guarantees 99.9% uptime. Their powerful web servers certainly support this. Why did they bother with a customized Linux kernel? That's simple: to offer the best shared hosting experience possible on the market today for their customers.

Using BlueHost's Linux platform means you can segregate Disk I/O, CPU, and memory used by all the clients hosted on a single server. Therefore, you don't need to worry about your information being compromised by someone on the same server.

Control Panel

BlueHost relies on the cPanel control panel, offering the best features for users. It's easy for new users, no matter if they are computer savvy or not, to use.

BlueHost customized the control panel, integrating it with the billing account system, Simple Scripts, and adding a CPU throttling feature. Simple Scripts was created by the founder of BlueHost, Matt Heaton, to give users the power to effortlessly install applications to their websites. It's comparable to Fantastico, something other hosting companies rely on, but is easier for users in terms of UI and overall experience.

Support and Pricing

Their support is truly second to none, and with shared hosting plans starting at $3.95 a month (44% off their usual price of $6.95 per month), it's the best value. Where else can you pay a fee as low as that and still get reliable, 24/7/365 support whether the toll-free US-based number, email, or live chat? The company actually employs 400 people to deal with customer support exclusively. They are all very well-trained, and know their technological stuff!

What else do you get for that low price? Well, a lot, actually. You get domain name, $50 Facebook advertising credits, $100 Google AdWords credits, and all that a Linux platform has to offer: PHP 5.3.18, Ruby on Rails, SQLite, PostgreSQL, ionCube PHP Loader, Zend Optimizer, Shared SSL, Secure Shell Access, hardware firewall and DDoS attack response, Cloudflare content delivery network integration, and more.

If you are looking for the best Linux hosting provider, it's safe to say BlueHost is an excellent choice.

Do you use BlueHost's services? Do you agree with the assessment that they are the best there is? We want to hear your BlueHost experience!

The Internet Is 20 Today!

Internet Is 20 Today

It was 20-years ago today that the World Wide Web was born. Can you believe that? The Internet is just 20-years old. The World Wide Web was first put into action on April 30th, 1993. Concepts like adult hosting and specialty hosting didn't come into play until much later.

Internet Is 20 TodayWho created the web? Well, a man by the name of Tim Berners-Lee had a lot to do with it. Lee created those codes we know today at HTML, URL, and HTTP. Where would we be without Tim Berners-Lee? Probably still writing letters instead of emails, and, you know, actually meeting people face-to-face. Imagine!

Internet Is 20 Today: How Far the Web Has Come

Berners-Lee began toying with the idea of the Internet back in the early '90's. When the World Wide Web (www) finally arrived, it really wasn't taken seriously at all (about as seriously as adult hosting companies!). Many people laughed off the concept of the Internet, and told Lee that it would never work.

Obviously, those early naysayers weren't right. The web did take off – no, exploded – and it's still with us today. In fact, we're far more addicted to the Internet today than we ever were before. Can you imagine living without the Internet? Wouldn't that be crazy? Almost as crazy as living with dial-up!

Internet Is 20 Today: An Even Crazier Idea

To really grasp the concept of the Internet, Berner-Lee's plans, and things like cheap hosting, you have to (have to!) check out Lee's original website. This site will completely blow your mind. Here's the link.

I'm betting Berners-Lee didn't have phishing and other hack attacks in mind when he built the web, but that's just how things go when something like the Internet gets so big so fast! The next time that you head to that cheap hosting site or look for information on the Internet, think of Berners-Lee.

Internet Is 20 Today: Marking the Occasion

Amazingly, the birth of the Internet has not been celebrated across the web today. Even Google hasn't created a Doodle – how the heck did that happen? Regardless, we, at Ananova, know just how amazing the Internet is. So, let this article mark the forming of the World Wide Web as we know it. Because, well, we couldn't live without it.

Want to say ‘Happy Birthday' to the Internet? Sound off below!

Phishing: Not Just In Shared Hosting Environments

Phishing: Not Just In Shared Hosting Environments

Yesterday, we talked about the rise of phishing in shared hosting environments. Of course, you probably know that you can be a phishing victim in other types of hosting environments as well. These attacks can be catastrophic for businesses, as well as the individuals whose data is compromised.

Let's take a look at the statistics of phishing : how often it occurs, who's affected, and if there is anything you can do to protect yourself. These statistics and all associated information is compiled from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) April 2013 report, and all data gathered from all over the world represents the latter half of 2012.

How Many Attacks Were There, And What Sites Were Affected?

craquelure Phishing: Not Just In Shared Hosting EnvironmentsAccording to the report, 123,486 separate attacks took place worldwide. If you compare that to the 93,462 that took place in the first half of 2012, you'll see that's quite the increase. As we discussed in yesterday's article pertaining to shared hosting, attacks occurring on shared virtual servers allowed multiple domains to be attacked all at the same time.

Because of the attack on shared hosting environments, 89,748 separate domain names were compromised. 2,489 of those attacks were exposed on 1,841 separate IP addresses instead of on domain names. It is important to note that none of these phishing attacks took place on IPv6 addresses.

IPv6 is the latest IP, designed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to address the problem they knew would come: the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses. It isn't interoperable with IPv4, but is rather an independent network working in parallel with IPv4. One of the reasons no attacks have taken place could simply be because IPv6 traffic share is only nearing 1%: the majority of internet traffic is still carried on IPv4.

Hacked/Compromised Domains vs. Maliciously Registered Domains

Out of that 89,748 domain names that were the victim of phishing, the APWG thinks 5,835 domains were maliciously registered by the phishers themselves. That is good, because it appears this practice is declining: 7,712 were labeled as malicious in the first half of 2012, and 14,650 in the beginning of 2011.

The rest of the domains were hacked, whether shared or cheap web hosting environments. When it comes to phishers using sub-domain services, the numbers fell here as well: only 14% to 8% of the overall number of attacks.

Phishers are still relying on URL shortening services to trick phishing URLs, but only 785 phishing attacks such as this took place in the second half of 2012.

URL shortening is often harmless, like within the Twitter platform, when the number of characters that can be entered is limited. Think Bitly, a URL shortening service that saw their shortened links accessed 2.1 billion times in November 2009. When a spammer or hacker uses URL shortening, it can lead to the shutting down of the URL by their cheap web hosting provider. 65% of shortened URLs found to be malicious were discovered at one provider alone,

Are Some TLDs More Popular For Phishing?

It seems that phishers maliciously register domains in only three TLDs : .com, .info, and Thailand's .tk. Phishers also seem to love PayPal, as it sees 39% of the overall attacks. 48% of phishing domains were .com.

Phishing: Not Just In Shared Hosting Environments: What About Registrars?

79% of maliciously registered domains appear to have been registered with 21 different registrars, most of them in China. They include Shanghai Yovole Networks; Hang Zhou E-Business Services; Chengdu West Dimension Digital Technology;; Jiangsu Bangning Science; Melbourne IT; Beijing Innovative; 1API; Directl/PDR; Bizcn .com; Register .com; Xin Net Technology Corp; OVH; Go-daddy;; Fast Domain; eNom Inc.; tucows; and 1 and 1 Internet AG.

There may be no way to fully protect yourself against phishing attacks. However, by staying away from a shared servers and knowing the information that could help you decrease the chances you'll fall victim, you can make cheap web hosting work for you without compromising your data.

Is phishing a concern of yours? Have you taken the proper steps to decrease your chances of being a victim?

Cirtex hosting versus Just host

Cirtex hosting versus Just host

Resellers Hosting Plans Compared among the Two Best Reseller Hosting Providers

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Cirtex and Just Host

Cirtex Hosting offers clients various reseller-hosting plans including: the ‘Micro’, the ‘Standard,’and the ‘Ultimate.’

  • The Micro plan is offered at $20.99 a month and comes with excellent  hosting features such as:  50 GB of disk space, 500GB of bandwidth and 100 add-on domains.
  • The most popular reseller plan at Cirtex hosting is the Standard hosting plan, which has features such as; 100 GB of storage, 200 add-on domains and 750GB of bandwidth each month for just $30.99 each month.
  • The Ultimate hosting plan offers clients 1.5 TB of bandwidth, 150 GB of storage and 300  add-on domains along with many other great features for $49.99 per month.

Reseller Hosting Features

Cirtex Features:

  • 30 day money back guarantee,
  • Guaranteed network up time of up to 99.9%
  • Use of RAID protected storage
  • Private label and custom branding
  • Free and instant set up
  • Around the clock technical and customer care support

 Cirtex hosting versus Just host: Now Lets take a Brief look At Just Host

Just Host operates their reseller hosting on three main hosting plans: the Silver plan, the Gold plan, and the Platinum plan.

  • The Silver hosting plan ($19.95/month) comes with the “Client Exec Billing System”, a bandwidth speed of 15Mbps, and storage of 100GB monthly.
  • The  Gold hosting ($49.95) comes with an unlimited number of hostable domains, a bandwidth speed of 25Mbps, and disk space of 250 GB.
  • The Platinum hosting plan ($89.95) includes an unlimited number of hostable domains, 500 GB of disk space, and a bandwidth of 35Mbps.

Just Host Features:

  • Free c Panel accounts
  • Free automated billing systems
  • Free website building software
  • Free WHM Admin control panel
  • Private name servers
  • Free domain registration and an anytime money back guarantee
  • Unlimited accounts
  • Unlimited sub domains
  • E-mail accounts
  • Unlimited FTP accounts and MySQL databases
  • 24hr tech support


The reseller hosting services that are offered at Cirtex starts from as low as $20.99/month. Just Host plans begin at $19.95/month.


Those Who are looking to Start Reseller Hosting Services For them Just Host is the Best Option as the cost ,features and services everything is Suitable to start hosting business.