WebHostWhat The What of Web Hosting 2018-02-23T03:36:05Z http://www.webhostwhat.com/feed/atom/ WordPress http://www.webhostwhat.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-PrdpJvS_400x400-32x32.png Tim <![CDATA[Linux VPS Guide to Remote Ubuntu Desktop & VNC: Easy Instructions]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=3839 2018-02-23T03:36:05Z 2018-02-23T03:30:29Z These are easy step-by-step instructions on running the graphical GUI of Ubuntu Desktop remotely on a Virtual Private Server (VPS); connected with VNC.

This guide was made for 16.04 version of Ubuntu Desktop; also beneficial for users of other versions but some steps may differ. No prior Linux experience required!

Linux Ubuntu VPS

Included are the complete steps to:

Note: This post is part of the HitLeap Linux Guide (The leading website traffic exchange program) with some notes included. You can safely ignore them.

Deploying Linux Server (Ubuntu VPS)

For this Linux VPS Guide I’ve selected VPSServer Hosting because of their:

  • fast SSD storage & unique IP addresses;
  • multiple VPS locations around the world;
  • more resources than it’s competitors for the same low price;
  • 14-day free trial.

So let’s get right to it!

Linux Ubuntu VPS: Step 1

First; click here to register yourself an account.

Linux Ubuntu VPS: Step 2

Proceed to the Dashboard and Add Server from the list of locations.

Available servers are: Miami (US), London (UK), New York (US), Frankfurt (Germany), Amsterdam (Holland), Chicago (US), Dallas (US), Silicon Valley (US).

Linux Ubuntu VPS: Step 3

Select (1) Ubuntu OS (2) the version number with 16.04 being the latest (3) choose between 64bit or 32bit architecture (x86 is 32-bit and x64 is 64-bit).

Alternatively available operating systems are: Centos, Fedora, Debian, OpenSuse, Windows, Centoo, ArchLinux, ScientificLinux, ClearOS, Mageia, CloudLinux, OpenFiler & Forex — however in this guide I will focus on Ubuntu.

Hitleap note: You will need a 64bit system & 16.04 recommended!

Linux Ubuntu VPS: Step 4

Then select the size of the VPS you want to start with (can be upgraded later).

Linux Ubuntu VPS: Step 5

Make sure all selections are correct and proceed to create server. Set Server Hostname as anything; you will be using your unique IP address to connect to the VPS.

Linux Ubuntu VPS: Step 6

To complete the deployment; all that’s needed is a $0.01 charge that will be made from your credit card to start the 14-day fee trial.

Linux Ubuntu VPS: Step 7

Please, wait for a moment for the server to become available and select Manage.

Installing Desktop Interface & VNC Server

These are all the most basic steps needed to get Ubuntu up and running.

Linux Ubuntu VPS: Step 8

The manage window panel looks like this with all the necessary information about the server. We need to go to the Linux command line to set up everything.

Please, select the Console icon.

Linux Ubuntu VPS: Step 10

Prompted with a login — see the top of window for your login & password.

Now you are inside the system. First type in the following command to fetch and install all the necessary packages for the graphical desktop environment & remote VNC server.

apt-get -y update; apt-get -y install ubuntu-desktop x11vnc

Note! If you see a blank window, it’s in screen saver mode — just hit any key to view the screen. Also during the installation the screen can go black if left unattended.

Linux Ubuntu VPS: Step 11

You will need to create a separate user account for the desktop. For this use the following command, enter a password & keep pressing the enter key until finished.

adduser user

Note: you can give any username instead of [user]

Linux Ubuntu VPS: Step 12

Not mandatory but recommended step is to create a swap file which will make Ubuntu faster; especially if you have selected a package with little RAM memory.

fallocate -l 1G /swapfile; chmod 600 /swapfile; mkswap /swapfile; swapon /swapfile

You will then need to make this permanent so it’s active after a reboot.

echo '/swapfile none swap sw 0 0' | sudo tee -a /etc/fstab

Linux Ubuntu VPS: Step 13

The last step is to set up the VNC server so that it automatically starts on every boot and enable it. So that you can remotely connect to the VPS.

First create a password for the remote server connection:

x11vnc -storepasswd

Then you will need a x11vnc.service file in /lib/systemd/system directory; I’m providing a ready configured file for easy install (you can see it here).

cd /lib/systemd/system; wget www.webhostwhat.com/archive/x11vnc.service

Finally just enable the service:

systemctl enable x11vnc.service

Last but not least; press the Ctrl+Alt+Del button at the top to reboot (or alternatively just type in the command ‘reboot’).

Connecting to Desktop on Mac OS

Now all you need to do is connect. For windows instructions; see below.

Connect Linux VPS with VNC: Mac OS Step 01

Search for and open the ready installed Screen Sharing app.

Connect Linux VPS with VNC: Mac OS Step 02

Enter the server IP address to connect to; and the password you set for the VNC server in a previous step.

Connecting to Desktop on Windows

Windows has no built-in VNC software; the most popular free, light-weight client that I’ve used is TightVNC — see website for installation files.

Connect Linux VPS with VNC: Windows Step 01

When installing; make sure to include only the TightVNC Viewer in the custom setup if you are only planning to connect to the Linux VPS from your computer.

Connect Linux VPS with VNC: Windows Step 02

Add the Server IP address as Remote Host and enter the VNC password you set in the previous steps above.

Ubuntu VNC User Login Screen

The GUI version of the Ubuntu Desktop login prompt will look like this.

Ubuntu Desktop on VNC

And there we have a fully working; operational remote Linux VPS!


In this part I will add solution to some of the common problems of running Linux operating systems in a desktop VPS environment. Questions welcome!

If you find yourself in trouble that you cannot get out from. Simply go to the server dashboard and select Reboot. If you followed all the steps above correctly; the system will fully restore itself after the boot.

Click here to find out more about VPSServer Hosting.

VPSServer offers hosting for these Ubuntu distributions: 16.04 x86, 16.04 x64, 15.04 x64, 14.10 x86, 14.10 x64, 14.04 x86, 14.04 x64, 13.10 x86, 13.10 x64, 13.04 x64, 12.10 x86 & 12.10 x64 — starting from 5/month for 768MB of memory, 2 CPUs, 50GB SSD disk storage, 1TB traffic and 24 hour live chat support. Server locations are 8 in total, 5 in North America and 3 in Europe (Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom).


Any questions, suggestions, comments? Please, go ahead! Thanks!

Monetary notice: Certain links on this page may track sales with cookies made on third-party websites. This does not influence my opinion on the associated companies, or the (already low) cost of service. Huge thanks for your kind support.

Tim <![CDATA[Coinbase Sign up Bonus! How to Get $10 Free Bitcoin with Invite Friends Referral Link]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=9964 2018-02-21T10:35:32Z 2018-02-21T05:00:19Z Follow this guide to earn free bitcoin as a sign up bonus for new Coinbase users, by using the “invite friends” referral link — detailed steps can be found below.

Click here to go straight to collect your free sign up bonus!

CoinBase Free Bitcoin

As one of the oldest exchanges of cryptocurrencies, Coinbase has been around since 2012, and is based in the heart of California, San Francisco.

The site was founded by Brian Armostrong, a man which set out to build a global, and open financial system. In the west, Coinbase is one of the most popular exchange sites, reporting more than 13 million active users in 2018.

Use the following link to join, and earn free bitcoin to get started!

Coinbase Sign up Bonus

You are suggested to see through each step in detail to make sure that everything works for you fine, and you end up with $10 worth of free bitcoin.

Step 1. Make sure you are logged out of any Coinbase.com account.

Step 2. Click here to open the ‘invite friend’ referral link.

Coinbase Invitation

Step 3. You will land on the friend invitation page.

Coinbase Join

Step 4. Simply fill in your details to sign up for a new Coinbase account.

It should say; “Mr Inviter has invited you to try Coinbase! With Coinbase you can send bitcoin to Mr. Inviter or anyone else. Because Mr. inviter referred you, when you sign up and buy or sell $100 of bitcoin or more, you’ll both earn $10 of free bitcoin!

  • Fast and cheap global payments
  • Buy goods and services online
  • Advanced security features

Lastly, hit the join button and confirm your email.

Coinbase Dashboard

Now login and use Coinbase with the cryptocurrency of your choice. Sooner or later, your new account should be rewarded with free bitcoins.

Thanks for joining Coinbase!

This is how it all works according to coinbase.com/invite_friends;

You can now invite your friends and new users to sign up to Coinbase, by using your personal referral link. The system allows both parties to earn, free bitcoin!

This friend needs to first register through the referral link, and within an open timeframe, either buy or sell at least $100 (or 800EUR) worth of any available digital currency in total. Once requirements are met, both the referee and your friend is eligible to earn $10 (or 8EUR) of free bitcoin. No strings attached!

This is to help the community of digital currency holders to grow, and a financial opportunity to earn free bitcoin. Exchanging, selling and buying bitcoins as well as other digital currencies is more fun with friends anyway!

Supported currencies are; Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum & Litecoin.

And that’s nearly everything there is to it.

Hope you benefitted from this guide for obtaining the free bitcoin bonus.
Comments, questions on Coinbase.com are very welcome!

Notice to visitors; a portion of links contained within the guides, and other posts are affiliate links which help to promote the work put into the blog. This is a sincere effort from my part, which will never cost anything additional. Also you may opt out if you wish by clearing your cookies. Thank you for your kind support! Tim.

Tim <![CDATA[Complete List: BigWetFish Data Center Server Locations]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=2428 2018-02-19T04:37:02Z 2018-02-19T04:30:04Z BigWetFish or BWF hosting has global data center locations at five high-end server facilities. Here is a complete list of server locations and their specifications.

Read: Find out essential BigWetFish server features

BigWetFish Data Center List

The UK based “Big Wet Fish” is known for it’s hosting expertise, much thanks to their impressive server portfolio providing realibility and stability since 2003.

  • London, UK
  • Orlando, USA
  • Chicago, USA
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Germany, Europe

Server Specifications

London, UK

The main server facility in London is one of the most advanced and well connected data centers in the whole of United Kingdom. Located at Maidenhead, UK which is in the South Eastern county of Berkshire near London, England.

Thanks to it’s carrier neutrality, the data center is interconnected between multiple tier 1 service providers to bring optimal diversity, speeds and connectivity through fiber optic lines. Backed up with two independent power supplies, bringing uninterrupted operation and 100% network up times. Maximum security and 24h/7 on site engineers guarantee full emergency rediness and fast hardware adjustment capabilities.

This is an optimal location for companies with high performance requirements and visitor base focused on the European market.

Orlando, USA

Servers located at DimeNOC Data Center just outside Orlando, Florida.

Hosting Services

Read: See all the available hosting plans and specs

BigWetFish provides a range of hosting plans such as “Weebly Sitebuilder”, “Web Hosting”, “Multi Site or Reseller Hosting”, “Virtual Solutions or VPS”, “Dedicated Servers” as well as “Domain Registration”.

Please note: No service locations are provided for the Asian, Australian, African or South American continents. For global reach CDN is the best used in combination with their quality server infrastructure for optimal reach.

What’s your experience with the “Big Wet Fish”? Questions and comments in the box below please and I’ll get back to you. Thanks!

Tim <![CDATA[Easy CDN! BunnyCDN Review & WordPress Step-by-Step Guide]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=2160 2018-02-17T07:52:45Z 2018-02-17T07:50:36Z 17I am delighted to have discovered BunnyCDN. Opening up new possibilities; they provide a simple, fast and affordable CDN — now it’s easy for anyone to hop in.

In this review I’ve gone through the nuts and bolts of BunnyCDN.


Easy BunnyCDN Review Index

Below I’ve covered the essential bits. Trust me — it’s all easy!

BunnyCDN Speed Test

First things first! To get an idea of what kind of benefit and speeds to expect, I’ve conducted a simple test with the Pingdom website speed tool.

I’ve run the test with a page on my WordPress blog that loads a 10MB image file to see how long it takes to load — comparing both; with and without the CDN enabled.

Test 1: Near Server & CDN Disabled

BunnyCDN Test New York

First, I ran the speed test without BunnyCDN from the closest location to the actual website, which in this case was New York City, US.

So far so good — the site is well optimized and on fast VPS hosting which loads the heavy page in just 2 seconds from nearby or well connected locations.

Test 2: Far from Server & CDN Disabled

Without CDN Test Stockholm

Next I’ve done the test again without CDN; but this time from a location on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in Northern Europe: “Stockholm, Sweden”.

The load time has suffered greatly because of the distance between locations. A typical situation that needs to be solved with a Content Delivery Network.

Test 3: Far from Server & CDN Enabled

BunnyCDN Test Stockholm

Now with BunnyCDN enabled — we are back to speeds and interestingly it’s even faster than in the US. That is simply because the files are cached on the CDN’s server in Europe, so the speed is between those two points.

I have to say I am impressed by the results. Obviously speeds will vary on any CDN service depending on different factors like the type of connection a visitor has, but overall we can conclude that their “lightning fast CDN” claims are justified.

There are a total of twelve different CDN locations around the world which is enough for most visitors to get optimal speeds from the nearest BunnyCDN network. On top of everything we are spoiled with price — the cheapest rates on the market starting at $0.010/GB of transfer. So it costs peanuts for most sites to run.

CDN Setup Step-by-Step

Having tried many of the popular CDN services, I’ve never before seen an easier interface for setting up the “pull zone” needed to utilize CDN. These are the steps.

Step 1. Register with BunnyCDN

BunnyCDN Add Pull Zone

Step 2. Navigate to “Pull Zones” and “Add New” on dashboard

Step 3. Enter website name as “Name” & website URL as “Origin URL

Step 4. Save with “Add Pull Zone” button

Optional Step — create own CDN hostname, recommended!

Step 5. Fill in desired hostname, usually “cdn.domain.com” and “+Add

Screenshot from Godaddy DNS Zone Editor..

Step 6. Go to your domain registrar and add the CNAME record “cdn.domain.com” to point to the BunnyCDN Hostname, eg: “yoursite.b-cdn.net

Step 7. The CDN is setup and ready to use. You can use the service for free during 14 days or until you transfer a terabyte (1000GB) of traffic.

To continue using the service use the client area to easily charge your account balance – BunnyCDN is unbeatable value » just $0.010 per 1GB of traffic and no hidden charges to worry about either. Bitcoins accepted!

Free SSL Secure Connection

Value doesn’t stop there, BunnyCDN supports free Let’s Encrypt SSL/TLS certificates to use HTTPS for the CDN connection. They are trusted by all browsers and devices like regular commercial SSL certificates (& easy to setup on WordPress).

This means that you can easily encrypt the connection between the CDN and your visitors. As a result, Google will give you a boost in rankings and you will increase trust with your website visitors of course. In modern times SSL is considered a must for any business or serious website.

Read: Find out about all the BunnyCDN features

CDN Enable HTTPS free certificate

There is only one step! — Go back to the client area and look for the “Enable SSL” button for your CDN linked hostname. And that’s all there is.

BunnyCDN Error Could not load certificate

Please note that you need to have the CDN hostname working before you enable it or otherwise you will see the error message above or something similar.

Also it’s important to understand that this secures the connection between CDN and visitor only. To secure the connection between your website and CDN (very important for full security) — you will need another SSL certificate setup with your hosting provider.

Tip! Here’s a list of hosting companies that offer free SSL.

Installing CDN on WordPress

Last but not least, you will need to enable CDN for your WordPress website with an easy to use plugin. Other CMS have similar extensions available.

I will show you the best and easiest way, both paid & free.

Recommended: WP Rocket


Enabling CDN for your WordPress website or blog is as simple as filling out the newly created hostname and saving changes. But WP Rocket provides much more than that, it is also a fully versed caching plugin and speed optimizer.

Caching and other optimization techniques such as JavaScript and CSS file minimizing is a must for anyone who is concerned about website speed. Having CDN and Caching on the same plugin makes sure that they work together without problems.

Read: BunnyCDN has instructions for setting up WordPress & more

Sorry — I haven’t been satisfied with the freely available plugins, but I will continue research and update accordingly.

Questions & Answers

Any questions about CDNs? Just leave a comment in the box below and good questions & answers are added to the stack. Thanks!

Do I need to create my own hostname for the pull zone?

Simple answer is no. However there are possible benefits of using a hostname, eg: “cdn.mydomain.com“, instead directly using the provided subdomain from BunnyCDN, eg: “yourname.b-cdn.net” but they are not obvious. Setting up a CNAME with your domain registrar is easy, and something you won’t regret. In terms of SEO it just looks better to use your own domain instead of someone else’s.

If you are unsure about setting up a CNAME — your registrar will provide instructions for it. If it seems straight forward enough for you, I recommend it!

Which is better, Cloudflare or BunnyCDN?

The popular free version of Cloudflare is not really a real CDN and is lacking on features, and security, however it is a good basic way to tackle global speed issues for small websites and blogs. Paid plans are significantly more expensive with Cloudflare than BunnyCDN. Also Cloudflare doesn’t provide free TLS/SSL like BunnyCDN does and it’s not as easy and intuitive to use in my humble opinion.

Questions, comments are most welcome thanks!

Tim <![CDATA[Just Host Server Location & Data Center Speed Test]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=2326 2018-02-15T11:27:22Z 2018-02-15T10:00:48Z This post contains the most recent, updated information on the data center & server location of Just Host also known as “JustHost”. Mended with updates as needed.

Read: Just Host Server Specifications and Features

Just Host Data Center

Just Host Data Center

Despite the low price tag, Just Host is committed to providing a reliable and highly secure environment for all kinds of hosting purposes, from personal websites to business solutions. Their data center moved to Utah, USA in 2011 and serves as a strategic location for redundant connections ensuring good network availability and low-latency for optimal global coverage.

All websites are hosted on high performing quad processor servers that are backed up with UPS power generators to maintain a perfect uptime. The network is monitored 24/7 for quick response times if emergency situations were to arise.

Questions? Click here to live chat with Just Host staff

Just Host Server Location

Data Center Server Location #1

  • City, State: Provo, Utah
  • Country: US

The server rooms are run by Unified Layer at the city of Provo, & state of Utah in the US. Parts of the infrastructure is also used by other reputable hosting companies.

JustHost Data Center

Please note that since the acquisition by Endurance International Group (EIG) sites are no longer hosted at the Chicago, Illinois data center. The new Utah hosting location is an improvement in infrastructure, reliability and connectivity.

Despite the possibility to switch the customer country service location between United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Europe — this will only change the currency applied to all billing events (US, Canadian & Australian Dollars, Pounds, Euros) and the actual server location will remain the same in the US.

If you require fast connections to other locations such as Europe or Asia, Australasia it is recommend to utilize CDN services for high speed worldwide coverage.

Just Host Speed Test

As with any host, websites are as fast as you make them to be. Just Host provides special VPS hosting for high traffic websites and the ability to withstand heavy loads. However, with simple tweaks like enabling caching and minimizing JS/CSS one can achieve equally fast speeds with the affordable shared hosting plan.

I’ve tested a regular website that loads within 883ms, slightly longer than it takes for you to blink your eyes. Test was done on seolinkxpress.com hosted by JustHost.

JustHost Pingdom Speed Test

So if you are going with the cheap shared hosting plan, heavy non-optimized resource consuming sites will not withstand the load without opting for the business targeted VPS plan. However, this is true for pretty much all other hosting companies. So make sure to use a good commercial website theme that doesn’t slow down your site. If you are using WordPress, you will have many available plugins that can optimize speed for you such as WP Rocket. Good thumb rule is to optimize until page loads are 2seconds or less.

About Just Host

JustHost started from basically nothing to one of the top 10 hosting companies in the world, all within a few year period thanks to their aggressive advertising, affiliate program and smart SEO approach.

As the name suggests, the company provides straight forward hosting services that are focused on a good combination of both reliable and cheap website allocation, operations and maintenance. You receive all that’s needed in one neat and affordable package, unlimited domains, traffic, outstanding uptime and fast support through means of email, phone or the most popular, convenient online chat.

All operations are run under cPanel which is the world’s most favorite and supported hosting management platform. With an intuitive and iconified user interface, you can achive all tasks from the most simple to advanced depending on your level. It’s a system that is better to get to know more over time as anyone who is interested in hosting website is bound to get into grips with cPanel.

Read: Check out more info on JustHost hosting plans

What’s your experience with JustHost. I’d love to hear more in the comments and I will do my best to answer all questions!! Updates most welcome!

Tim <![CDATA[My Favorite Free Ways to Generate Real Automated Traffic]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=3292 2018-02-13T07:08:32Z 2018-02-13T07:00:07Z Searching for free or even paid traffic can be daunting; with quite a few sites offering dodgy services or just plain old crap it’s easy to end up wasting your time.

In my experience only a very few are good. These are my favs!

Automated Traffic

First, please consider:

(1) If you are looking for free traffic from real human visitors who haven’t been spammed or tricked into visiting your site and converts into a customer, you are in the wrong place my friend; and should be doing SEO.

(2) If you are looking for free automated traffic that is completely “hands-free” generated but comes from real, different home IP (not proxy) addresses and engages with your content, is referred to from google search or any website you want.

Then this might be just the post for you.

Traffic Exchange

Hooray; you knew it was coming! Exchanging traffic is really the only hope for non-spammy free traffic. If done in a smart way; there is a way to have traffic that:

  • comes from real different IP addresses and web browsers
  • comes from google search or any website you want
  • browses website in the order (or as randomly) as you want
  • browses each page as long as you want (youtube views, etc.)
  • finds a link on a site and clicks on it
  • does it in a way that looks like a real human visitor
  • has a zero to low bounce rate

Pandabot Advanced Traffic

Out of all the services I’ve tried in the past; the best has been Pandabot’s Panda Smart Browser which has big potential in the right hands.

But wait! — Having searched for a good traffic generator for hours it’s hard to wait on starting to build your own traffic campaigns. But that’s not the way Pandabot works; there’s a learning curve as is with all good things, especially when free.


This is the most important thing to know:

Understanding Traffic Time Credits

(1) As with other traffic exchange programs, you need to run software on your computer; in this case the (a) Panda Smart Browser which does the work of browsing other peoples websites for you. And (b) other people will browse your websites with their Panda Smart Browser in return.

(2) Every user has an asset which is called Traffic Time Credits. You (a) collect these credits by running the software in the background on your computer. When (b) other people bring traffic to your website; it uses those credits.

The amount of time they used to do the tasks you want them to do on your site is then reduced from your total balance.

(3) The system is prioritized so that those with more saved up credits will receive their traffic first. So users are competing against each other; with how much unused Traffic Time Credits they have. If you have a low balance of credits — it will not be enough to receive a good amount of traffic.

(4) That’s why the first thing to do is to just run the software and start collecting credits for as long as possible (before starting to use them with your own traffic campaigns). The biggest common mistake is to just use up your credits and go to forums to complain that you are not getting any visitors to your website.

Tips to Get Traffic Time Credits

  • The best way to success is to make sure you are making more credits than using them — so your balance is always growing bigger
  • Patience is key! Start by testing with small amounts of visitors at a time
  • Run the Panda Smart Browser from multiple computers (they need to be on different IP addresses) to double.., triple build up of credits
  • Or just pay for a subscription to gain credits faster

This is the complicated one out of the bunch, so once you have the software running in the background; you need to take your time to read the tutorials and guides to work out all the limitless possibilities  — click here to sign up with Pandabot.

You can also use Pandabot to boost your SERP rankings by generating user engagement metrics on Google; having selected keywords searched on Google and clicked on after which the bot will browse the website so as not to bounce.

There are also campaigns to get visitors (and high retention views of course) to YouTube videos and social campaigns for Twitter engagement and so on.

HitLeap Mass Traffic

Sometimes you just need lots of traffic to land on your website from different IPs. For that you need HitLeap Traffic Exchange which is the most popular — and therefore thanks to a large user base; able to get you all the hits you need.

They also have a minutes balance system — but minutes are very easy to collect even on the free account level. Use their own automatic browsing software for Windows; which is very stable and supports both Windows & Linux OS platforms. You can also run two browsers on different IPs on the free account level.

This way you start receiving (bouncing) website visitors in an instant! 🙂

The Basic Features Are:

  • Visit duration in seconds — how many seconds they will stay on your desired URL
  • Maximum hits per day — you can get up to 10,000 hits/day
  • Hits limit — optional limit of total traffic for the specified URL
  • Traffic Source — set a custom referrer for premium accounts only

Googling for traffic exchange programs there are so many sites that are just too small to be useful. So even if the system is good there is no point without popularity; which is needed to deliver large amounts of traffic — click here to sign up on HitLeap!

However HitLeap is not good for YouTube views because it looks like robotic (mass-browsing the internet) activity; detected by Google’s algorithms. Pandabot’s smart browser has breaks in between, browses popular sites in random and changes the browser type along with other tricks to make it count like a real human visitor.

HitLeaps is quick fix and obviously has none of that; but works great for what it is.

Please note: Another well-known traffic exchange program is 10KHits; I would not recommend it as HitLeaps is simply much superior and delivers much better results.

What’s your favorite way to generate traffic and why in 2018?
Comments and questions are most welcome as usual! Thank you.

Tim <![CDATA[42 Hosting Affiliate Programs by Best Minimum Sale Earning]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=2112 2018-02-11T10:27:13Z 2018-02-11T10:00:17Z This is a growing list of the best paying web-hosting affiliate programs — sorted by minimum sale earnings, recurring commission or one time sale percentage. Details provided on each program and suggestions/edits welcome in comments.

Web Hosting Search

Web hosting is a lucrative and popular affiliate market with some of the best paying commissions out there. It’s also a widely applicable marketing niche for all kinds of websites — I’ve seen anything from cooking sites to travel and fashion blogs making a profit from teaching their readers how to setup a blog or website of their own.

So just how much can you make being a web-hosting affiliate? Choosing a good partner could land you with a nice monthly profit with just a handful of signups.

Affiliate Program Index:


»» Minimum Sale Commission

Sorted by minimum — one time earning from referral sales.

WP Engine — $200 minimum

Company with ‘WordPress perfected hosting‘ — founded in 2010 and based in Austin, Texas. Focus on blazing fast WordPress performance, ease of use, customer service and high-tech data centers from Google Cloud & Rackspace. They pay $200 or 100% of first month’s payment — whichever is higher.

  • Minimum Commission: $200
  • Data Centers: California (US), London (UK), St. Ghislain (Belgium)
  • Plans: Personal, Professional, Business, Premium, Enterprise Grade
  • WordPress only
  • 2nd tier commission
  • Linking to Inner Pages Allowed
  • PayPal payouts

A2 Hosting — $85 minimum

Speed focused hosting company with a highly reputable brand and friendly customer service. Based in Michigan and founded in 2003. Big variety of hosting plans and cumulative earnings, from a $85 minimum to $140 depending on the amount of monthly sales.

  • Minimum Commission: $85
  • Data Centers: Michigan (USA), Amsterdam (Europe), Singapore (Asia)
  • Plans: Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, Reseller Hosting, WordPress Hosting, Blog Hosting, eCommerce Hosting, Forum Hosting and a lot more..
  • Linking to Inner Pages Allowed
  • PayPal payouts

Hosting24 — $75 minimum

Offering “First class hosting since 2004“. Rewards start at $75 or alternatively choose a 50% recurring fee payment program. Note: you need to print out the affiliate agreement, sign it and scan both the signed agreement and your passport, then send it over for verification.

  • Minimum Commission: $75
  • Data Centers: Asheville, NC (US), UK
  • Plans: Unlimited Hosting, Reseller, VPS
  • PayPal payouts

HostMetro — $65 minimum

Affordable web-hosting from Illinois, US — all plans with unlimited space, bandwidth, domains and so on. Basic hosting only. Fixed minimum capped at $65 for every sale.

  • Minimum Commission: $65
  • Data Centers: United States
  • Plans: Shared Web Hosting
  • PayPal payouts

Bluehost — $65 minimum

A well known hosting company and affiliate program, offering “fast and professional hosting services” based in Utah since 2003. Payment’s have a minimal threshold of USD$100. They have been acquired by Endurance International Group (EIG) — a web hosting conglomerate.

  • Minimum Commission: $65
  • Data Centers: United States
  • Plans: Shared, Cloud, WordPress, WooCommerce, VPS and Dedicated Hosting
  • PayPal payouts

Hostwinds — $65 minimum

This Oklahoma-based company was founded in 2010. Offering the “industry’s cheapest website hosting” with unlimited space and bandwidth. Every sale earns you a minimum of $65 and more than 19+ monthly sales will land you with a payout of $135 each. Custom coupon codes, and many landing pages available.

  • Minimum Commission: $65
  • Data Centers: Dallas & Seattle (US)
  • Plans: Shared, Business, Reseller, Budget VPS, Dedicated
  • PayPal, Skrill, and Bank Wire

Just Host — $60 minimum

An old web-hosting service offering cheap and easy ‘just‘ hosting. A fixed $60 per referral and payment threshold at $100. Acquired by EIG.

  • Minimum Commission: $65
  • Data Centers: United States
  • Plans: Web (Shared) Hosting, VPS, Dedicated
  • PayPal payouts

WebHostingPad — $50 minimum

Providing cheap hosting since 2005. Website says $75 commission and once you sign up it says $50 which is probably more like the truth. If you don’t reach a balance of $200 within 6months, the commission will be forfeited.

  • Minimum Commission: $50
  • Data Centers: United States
  • Plans: Shared, WordPress & VPS Hosting
  • PayPal payouts

SiteGround — $50 minimum

Privately held hosting company with ‘quality-crafted hosting services‘ — founded in 2004 and based in the US. Cumulative sales earnings, from a $50 minimum to up to $125/sale for accounts with 21sales or more/month. Relatively short payment withholding period of 30 days and commissions paid out weekly.

  • Minimum Commission: $50
  • Data Centers: Chicago (US), London (UK), Amsterdam (NL), Singapore
  • Plans: Web (shared) Hosting, Reseller Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Servers, WordPress Hosting and more..
  • Linking to Inner Pages Allowed
  • PayPal payouts

GreenGeeks — $50 minimum

The ‘powerful & eco-friendly’ hosting company from California, founded in 2006. All plans run with renewable energy. Cumulative earnings, from $50 for 1 sale, $60 for 2 sale, … up to $100 for 6 or more monthly sales.

  • Minimum Commission: $50
  • Data Centers: Chicago (US), Phoenix (US), Toronto (CA), Amsterdam (NL)
  • Plans: Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Servers, Website Builder, WordPress Hosting, and more …
  • Targeted landing pages
  • PayPal payouts

InMotion Hosting — $50 minimum

Los Angeles based old host founded in 2001 — built on trust, technology, customer service and commitment on open source. Fixed payout of $50/signup with bonuses opportunities up to $25/sale. With IP tracking of sales and 2nd tier commission, it’s an affiliate friendly option in the mobile age.

  • Minimum Commission: $50
  • Data Centers: Los Angeles (CA), Ashburn (VA)
  • Plans: 
  • Custom landing pages
  • IP & cookie based tracking!
  • PayPal payouts
  • no 2nd tier commissions (program ended January 31, 2017)

HostGator.com — $50 minimum

Founded in 2002, this US web-host is a classic with massively popular beginner hosting services and affiliate program. Headquartered in Houston, TX the company sells with a big brand name and offers cheap solutions and loads of promotions. Earnings increase with sales — up to $125 for 21 monthly signups or more. Acquired by EIG.

  • Minimum Commission: $50
  • Data Centers: Houston (TX), Provo (UT)
  • Plans: WordPress Cloud Hosting, Web Hosting, Cloud Hosting, VPS, Reseller, Dedicated…
  • Targeted landing pages
  • Electronic funds transfer or PayPal payouts
  • Hosted on Impact Radius

Flywheel — $45 minimum

Managed and fast WordPress hosting for designers and other creatives. Flywheel was founded in 2012 now headquartered in Nebraska. Reward for the tiny plan is $45 and the five tier level system goes up to $500 for their agency level plan.

  • Minimum Commission: $45
  • Data Centers: New York City (Main), Singapore (Asia), Toronto (Canada), Amsterdam (Holland), Frankfurt (Germany), London (UK), San Francisco (US), Atlanta (US), Dallas (US)
  • Plans: Tiny, Personal, Professional, Freelancer, Agency

DreamHost — $30 minimum

DreamHost is a privately held popular, outspoken and ‘award winning‘ hosting company founded in 1997, based in US. They have a massive customer base and a popular affiliate program — monthly plan minimums staring at $30, annual plans and monthly dedicated plans go up to $200/sale earnings. Holding period is 97 days, after which you can apply funds to your hosting account or cash out with PayPal.

  • Minimum Commission: $30
  • Data Center: United States
  • Plans: Web, WordPress & Green Hosting — Dedicated, Virtual Private Servers
  • Promo landing pages available
  • PayPal or account balance payouts

ResellerClub — $30 minimum

Indian hosting company founded in 1998 — selling all kinds of hosting including reseller plans despite the name. The minimum of $30/sale is for 1-5sales per month, and earnings can go up to $125/sale with 21 or more monthly sales. Landing pages are available in Global English, India English, Turkish and Chinese. Acquired by EIG.

  • Minimum Commission: $30
  • Data Center: United States, India, United Kingdom, Turkey
  • Plans: Web Hosting, Servers, Cloud, Reseller
  • PayPal or Wire Transfer
  • Post Affiliate Pro

AccuWebHosting  — $25 minimum

Founded in 2003 and US based, an an expert on Windows hosting solutions but does Linux packages as well. Cloud VPS on SSD seems to be the main offering. They changed from fixed 12.5% earnings to a tier program where commission per sign up is from $25 to $200 depending on the number of monthly sales and hosting product.

  • Data Centers: US, India, Singapore, Amsterdam
  • Plans: VPS, Dedicated, Reseller, Website Hosting

GeekStorage — $25 minimum

Focused on performance and affordability, going 7+ years strong with their “Geeky” services. Flat $25 payout for the shared and VPS plan, and party worth a $100 for dedicated signups. Also there’s a 10$ signup bonus.

  • Minimum Commission: $25
  • Data Center: Chicago, Illinois & Falkenstein, Germany
  • Plans: Unlimited, Performance, Reseller, VPS Hosting and Dedicated Servers

FatCow — $25 minimum

FatCow has been around since 1998 with it’s “simply smart web hosting” and provides green powered services with oodles of disk space and bandwidth. Their “Cheap Sheep” plan starts with a commission of $25 and reaches up to $150 for dedicated services.

  • Minimum Commission: $25
  • Data Center: USA
  • Plans: Cheap Sheep, Shared, VPS, Dedicated

x10Hosting — $25 minimum

A classic free web-hosting provider, there is a very small payment for free signups but upgrades earn a fixed $25/sale. The US based company was founded as early as 2003 and carries a well known free hosting brand.

  • Minimum Commission: $25
  • Data Center: United States
  • Plans: Free Web Hosting, Premium Web Hosting
  • PayPal payouts

Cloudways — $25 minimum

Managed and feature rich cloud hosting platform by Malta headquartered company founded in 2011. Offering straight up $25 minimum for all signups and a recurring commission of 10% for the rest of the year if customers continues their subscription. This could land you with a $270 on their cheapest 1GB plan.

  • Minimum Commission: $25
  • Data Centers: London, San Francisco, Singapore, New York, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Toronto, Bangalore
  • Plans: Managed Cloud Servers
  • Post Affiliate Pro

Lunarpages — $20 minimum

Lunarpages Internet Solutions was founded in California, 1998 and offers “intelligent web hosting” solutions. They completely redesigned their website in 2016. Tier based commission structure starts at $20 for starter, $70 for basic plans on the bronze level and can go all the way up to $300 for diamond affiliates. Signup bonus $10 and coupons available.

  • Minimum Commission: $25
  • Data Center: Hawthorne, California (main). Irvine, Denver, Chicago, Ashburn, Las Vegas
  • Plans: Basic, Business, Windows, Webmaster Reseller (Shared), Linux, Windows, Colocation (Dedicated), Scalable, Private (VPS Cloud)
  • Platforms: Post Affiliate Pro and CJ (Commission junction)
  • 2nd tier commissions

PeoplesHost — $10 minimum

A private hosting company founded by industry professionals, excellent support and super fast shared hosting plans. Payment after $100 threshold for referred sales active for 60 days or more. Low minimum for monthly plans at $10 but good payout with 6, 12 and 24 month plans up to $170 for shared hosting.

  • Minimum Commission: $10
  • Data Center: United States
  • Plans: Linux, Windows & WordPress Shared Hosting, Linux & Windows VPS Hosting and Dedicated, Business plans.
  • PayPal payouts

AdroitSSD LLC — $10 minimum

Cloud SSD hosting company focused on speed and cutting edge performance, founded in 2011 and HQ in Delaware, US. Earn $10 to $40 for a signup on their main plans, the rest are a recurring 10% commission structure.

  • Minimum Commission: $10
  • Data Center: Chicago, IL, USA
  • Plans: Incredible Promo, Incredible One, Incredible Plus

Crucial Hosting — $10 minimum

Established in Arizona since 2006, Crucial Hosting provides scalability, availability and performance in their web hosting solutions. You can choose between 100% of first month payments, between $10 and $100 according to plan. Or recurring 10% of all monthly payments. You can also create your own coupons of up to 50% off.

  • Minimum Commission: $10
  • Data Center: United States
  • Plans: Split-Shared Hosting, Split-Dedicated Hosting, Dedicated Servers

Web Hosting UK — £4.00 GBP minimum

A multi-award winning and cheap hosting company from the UK, founded in 2001.

  • Minimum Commission: £4.00 GBP
  • Data Center: Reading, Nottingham and Maidenhead
  • Plans: Personal, Business & Enterprise Hosting Solutions

MDDHosting — $5 minimum

Professional hosting solutions from 2007. Basic shared plan starts at $5 per signup and goes up to $25 for resller, premium and VPS. Signup bonus of $5.

  • Minimum Commission: $5
  • Data Center: Denver, Colorado
  • Plans: Shared, Premium, Reseller Hosting and VPS


»» Lifetime recurring commission

No minimum — recurring percentage of all future payments.

Big Wet Fish Hosting — 15% recurring

BWF Hosting is a small UK based company founded in 2003 and provides true expertise in the web-hosting field. Note: Commission is only counted towards their shared and reseller hosting accounts.

  • Data Centers: London (UK), Orlando (USA), Chicago (USA), Dublin (ROI), Germany (Europe)
  • Plans: Site Builder, Web Hosting, Multi-site, Virtual, Dedicated
  • Paypal, UK bank accounts, account credit

Evohosting Ltd — 10%-15% recurring

UK based company with a datacenter in Berkshire that uses 100% green energy. Earning scheme has changed from first sale percentage to a percentage of all recurring payments.

  • Minimum Commission: Around £1
  • Data Center: United Kingdom
  • Plans: Shared Hosting, Virtual & Dedicated Servers

RoseHosting — 10% recurring

This US based company excels in VPS and Cloud hosting since 2001. Get 50% of first payment and a recurring 10% earning thereafter, there is also a signup bonus of $5 and many other incentive bonuses. Warning — only monthly subscriptions count as earnings!

  • First payment 50% commission
  • Data Center: St. Louis, MO
  • Plans: Linux VPS Hosting, Shared Hosting, Custom SSD VPS, Dedicated Servers


»» First sale percentage commission

No minimum — paid per percentage of first payment only.

Ultra Web Hosting — 75% of payment

Variety of web Services since 2002 and based in Seattle. Information contradicts between a 75% and 100% commission, likely the former. Signup bonus $5.

  • Data Center: Seattle, USA
  • Plans: Web, WordPress, Reseller, Weebly Hosting, VPS & Dedicated Plans
  • PayPal payouts

Hawk Host Inc — 40% of payment

Privately held, 2004 founded company with ‘affordable web hosting‘ with a good range in available data center locations. Earnings at yearly and biennial plans.

  • Minimum Commission: $2
  • Data Centers: Dallas (Texas), Washington (DC), Los Angeles (California), Singapore, Amsterdam (Netherlands), Hong Kong (China)
  • Plans: Shared, Reseller, Semi Dedicated Hosting and VPS
  • PayPal payouts
  • $15 signup bonus

Namecheap, Inc — 30% of payment

Popular domain registrar, providing “powerful tools and rock-solid security” for it’s hosting services, US based and founded in 2001. You get a low 15% commission for the first payment of first-time customers. Payments can be withdrawn after 30 days from sale.

  • Minimum Commission: $1 (approx.)
  • Data Centers: Atlanta, GA (US), Phoenix, AZ (US), Dallas, TX (US)
  • Plans: Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Servers, Email Hosting
  • Linking to inner pages possible
  • PayPal or account balance payouts

Host4Geeks — 10% of payment

Smaller hosting company from Pune, India founded in 2012. They are focused on affordable plans, speed and efficient customer service. Payment threshold of $100 to be able to request for withdrawal of funds. Earnings at longer subscriptions.

  • Minimum Commission: Less than $1
  • Data Centers: East Coast (US), West Coast (US), Maidenhead (UK)
  • Plans: Shared, Semi Dedicated, Reseller, VPS, Dedicated
  • PayPal payouts

AltusHost — 10% of payment

European web hosting since 2008, headquarter in the Netherlands. They have a signup bonus at $25.

  • Data Centers: Stockholm, Sweden & Amsterdam, Holland
  • Plans: Dedicated Servers, VPS Hosting, Colocation, Shared Web Hosting
  • PayPal payouts

TsoHost — yearly payment / 12

UK Based, 2003 founded company with focus on quality support. Commissions for monthly subscriptions are based on the yearly fee which is divided by 12. Yearly subscriptions can earn anything from £7.50 to £150 on dedicated. Coupons available.

  • Data Centers: 2 in UK
  • Plans: Cloud Hosting, cPanel Hosting, Virtual Private Servers, Dedicated Servers
  • PayPal or account credit payouts


to be continued (this is a lot of work)…
new suggestions and edits most welcome!!


Tim <![CDATA[TradingView Pro Review: What are TradingView.com Advantages]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=9923 2018-02-09T07:59:06Z 2018-02-09T05:00:58Z TradingView Pro is one of the fastest growing trading platforms attracting Crypto-Currency & Traditional Market investors and traders alike. Read this review for an insight look into the advantages of TradingView.com in 2018 — enjoy.

And did you know? Get 30-day TradingView Pro free under this link.

TradingView Review

Tradingview was first launched in 2011 and it’s a free to use platform with paid pro, pro+ or premium upgrades for extra accessibility. It has an aggregated coverage of data from many different providers, it lists almost every crypto asset (including Bitcoin) and even fundamental financial data from Quandl.

It has many advantages over other trading platforms, with the community being the unique focal point, apart from it being a great charting platform, it’s also a great place to meet and learn from other traders (demo chart features here).

Next let’s discuss these advantages in this review.

TradingView Advantages

TradingView Pro has a clean and professional graphical interface which is quite refreshing as most trading platforms have a harder to use interface. When trading, you need a clean and intuitive design since you need to spend your time thinking strategy instead of clicking through drop down boxes.

The charts are of much higher quality than everything else I’ve seen, everything, including lines and bars look smooth and beautiful.

You’re able to modify the visual aspect of the charts and indicators straight from the settings, without needing to modify any piece of code.

TradingView Pro employs every drawing tool the usual trader would ever use such as basic lines, channels, Fibonacci levels, etc. There are also quite a few advanced drawing tools to satisfy the professionals such as Gann box, Gann fan and Fibonacci speed levels, Fibonacci spirals and much more.

There is a library for a variety of generic indicators but also a good number of new indicators which were created by the community. So far there are now over 5000 indicators which were created by the community which is written in Tradingview’s PineScript language, it allows you to build indicators and automatic bot strategies with ease. Pinescript is a form of simplified Javascript, it is still being improved by the team but you are able to develop complex scripts with it.

On the social side of the platform, it has advanced chat features, there are public chat rooms for different markets and trading methodologies which people can discuss their ideas with other like-minded traders. It is also possible to create private chat rooms and of course, private messages.

This is all seamlessly implemented within the platform.

Tradingview also has a sharing feature which allows you to share your charts with other traders and get feedback. This is a great feature, as you can get feel of the market sentiment and get better at trading by learning from other professional traders (find a full list of pro features here).

TradingView Review Overview

As you can tell by now, Tradingview’s platform is very good with people, It has a clean and intuitive design, has chatting features which allows you to discuss ideas with like minded people, and allows you to share your charts, ideas and even indicators and strategies.

This is a great advantage over other platforms as there is a lot of value which is being put out by the community, be it in trading ideas or Pinescript indicators. There is also a mobile version only available on the Apple store.

Everyone has a unique perspective on the markets so learning from other people’s point of view is a great learning experience.

Sharing your perspective with others is just as valuable as you will likely receive feedback and form relationships with other like-minded traders, and in turn incentivize others to share their ideas more often.

So there you have it.

Click here to sign up for a pro account and find out more.

What’s your take on TradingView Pro, charts, decisionbar in 2018?
Your comment, short-review is welcome in the field below.

Tim <![CDATA[Bluehost Data Center: Server Locations, Specs, Speed Test]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=2226 2018-02-07T11:47:08Z 2018-02-07T11:00:13Z Check this page for essentials on Bluehost server locations and find out suitability for your web hosting needs. I’ve also conducted a speed test and found out if their data center is as good as they say — now with updated info.

Bluehost Data Center

New! Bluehost Announces Free SSL for WordPress on Secure HTTPS

Index of Contents:

Bluehost Data Center Location

The main US hosting operations are focused at their Unified Layer servers in Utah. With strategic location in central USA in a highly connected facility.

  • Location 1. Provo, Utah: Main US Data Center
  • Location 2. Orem, Utah: Secondary US Data Center

Hostnames: box1.bluehost.com – box999.bluehost.com
Nameservers: ns1.bluehost.com – ns2.bluehost.com

More on Bluehost’s US data center technology

Bluehost India

Collaborating with EIG and Mumbai (Bombay) based ResellerClub — Bluehost brings hosting services to India. It’s Mumbai data center is purposely situated for redundant connections throughout India. Their website is — bluehost.in

  • Mumbai Data Center

Note: All plans include Global CDN for an extended high speed global connection. Also US servers are available through the India website.

Bluehost China

There are two divisions of Bluehost China — (1) cn.bluehost.com & (2) bluehost.cn

The first (1) is available in both Chinese and English, targeting Chinese or China-based customers who want to expand mainly through Hong Kong for good connection to both mainland China (connected to China Unicom & Telecom) and beyond, hosted at Telehouse data centre. Also hosting provided to UK, India and US locations.

  • Hong Kong, HK Data Center
  • Mumbai, India Data Center
  • London, UK/Europe Data Center
  • Utah, US Data Center

The second (2) is only in Chinese language, targeted at deploying low latency and redundant mainland China hosting through their stable, high-speed Shanghai server location — with Shanghai Blue Network Technology Co., Ltd.

  • Shanghai, Mainland China Data Center

Note: With Shanghai location, ICP license is required.

Server Details

The Utah hosting facility is connected to the Unified Layer “United Layer” data center and hybrid cloud network, which spans across North America for seamless connections throughout the country. Here are the specifications.

See what Bluehost says about the features of their servers

Bluehost Data Center

Tier 3 Data Center Classification

The tier classifications tells the type of hardware that is deployed and the uptime/redundancy capabilities. Three is the second highest from a scale of 1 to 4. This means that a downtime of 1.6hours/year and availability of 99.982% is to be expected. The weakness compared to tier 4 is that it’s vunrable to serious outages or incidents that could at worst case produce longer downtimes.

Defense in Depth Security

Considered as the future of enterprise level network security — creating an onion-like security around the network. Great for fast disaster recovery and data security.

Server Speed Test

Not just the server, but also the website has a lot to do with page speeds. So to make this a fair test I’ve selected a WordPress website hosted on Bluehost that hasn’t done any significant mistakes; also they have done nothing to optimize the website.

Poor optimization is still the unfortunate reality for many websites, and therefore it also makes this a realistic case scenario to test. Seeing the performance in a more demanding, non-optimized environment (details below).

They could easily double the performance with some tweaks. But anyway.

Bluehost Speed Test

This engineering company in Lima has a WordPress site “powered by bluehost” and has managed to achieve a 727ms page load time for their homepage.

In other words — if it takes around 400ms to blink your eyes, most of the page has loaded by the time you open them.

Let’s go through the rest of the stats:

Page size 1.0MB

All the files that have to be loaded to show this page are 1.0MB in total. This is decent, while many websites (like this one) can afford to improve. Squeezing image file size and minifying CSS and JS files can significantly reduce page size, and thus make your website much faster.

Requests 28

This basically just means that 28 different files were loaded when viewing the web page. Again, something normal with webpages nowadays — however totally unnecessary when you can automatically combine most of these files into one file for significantly faster load times.

Leverage Browser Caching

This is the easiest tweak in the book of tweaks — turn on cache. Which often has tremendous impact on performance — halving your page load times.

This website has missed out on all of the above mentioned, simple and effective opportunities to speed up their site — yet it is performing very well. It just makes me wonder what kind of speeds could we get with better site infrastructure.

Maybe content for a fun case study article — what do you think?

Questions & Answers

If you have any concerns about speed, location or just the hosting — please, leave me a comment with your question and I will get back to you soon.

Why is Bluehost not disclosing their data center locations?

Many hosting companies prefer not to, for various reasons. In Bluehost’s case — they are obviously a big company, which has and does use different data centers to utilize optimized infrastructure. So the situation is not so obvious. Especially after being acquired by Endurance International Group (EIG) — they have broadened their collaboration with other hosting companies and data centers to continue to look for optimal business solutions and to grow their operations.

The other factor is for security reasons, where they would simply prefer to keep information confidential that is connected with their client base.

Should I be using a CDN with Bluehost?

This is a very broad question to which there is no straight answer. But I can say that with Bluehost’s central location in North America, many smaller or medium-sized websites, or websites with no heavy content can manage without — even with a global audience.

However generally there is no harm in utilizing CDN and there are many affordable solutions available in today’s market. If you have high traffic or heavy content, such as videos, big images, files for download etc. I recommend utilizing CDN.

What is the availability of European locations?

Pretty null as the only available location for the continent in London, UK can only be deployed by Bluehost China. If concerned about latency for European customers, using an CDN on their US server is advised.

Read: Click here to see Bluehost hosting options

Thanks for reading and comments welcome!
This document will be updated with new information when necessary.

Tim <![CDATA[A2 Hosting Affiliate Review: Essential Terms to Get Approved Not Banned]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=2020 2018-02-05T10:04:56Z 2018-02-05T10:00:29Z For this review, I’ve been in contact with A2 Hosting and carefully examined their terms & conditions to find out how to get approved and how to avoid being banned from their awesome affiliate program. This is a must read before singing up!

New! The $10 signup bonus is no longer available. Earnings have increased for all affiliates instead — read announcement and information here.

A2 Affiliate

Related: Click here to join the A2 affiliate program.

The Must Know

These are the most important rules to understand the limitations, and possibilities of what you can do with the affiliate program.

If you treat them with fairness and respect, they’ll do the same to you. Their terms are flexible and in my experience staff always very helpful. I suggest to contact their affiliate manager to make friends with them and not get into trouble.

1. They can disapprove your website at their own discretion

Getting approved is generally easy, but they reserve the right to terminate your account later if your website contains “material deemed inappropriate” or generates poor quality traffic. No porn, gambling, crime, illegal/unlawful sites or anything that would be harmful to their trademark’s reputation.

2. You can mask the affiliate URL

Also a tool is provided to protect your affiliate link with PHP, JavaScript or HTML redirection methods.

3. No coupon sites or promotion pages

This is a general rule, if you want to promote coupons or discounts, you will need permission from the affiliate manager.

4. Keyword bidding allowed for anything but “A2 Hosting”

Bidding for ads is allowed as long as you don’t mention the name A2 Hosting or any other variant of their trademark name.

5. Stating affiliate relationship is strongly advised

Following FTC guidelines on clearly stating promotional relationship and existance of affiliate links is supported but not mandated by A2 Hosting. They also reserve the right to terminate the relationship if you are deemed non-compliant with FTC’s blogging guidelines. There for it’s more than advisable to act on it.

The Basics

I think we are lucky to have such an excellent webhost and staff to work with. They offer high quality, speedy (SSD powered) and affordable hosting that includes free SSL certificates and excellent customer service.. it also has one of the biggest paying earnings in the industry. Even smaller affiliates can reap the benefits.

A2 Hosting
A2 Hosting and it’s logo is a registered trademark of A2 Hosting, Inc.

Commission depends on the amount of sales with a $85 minimum! — 1-10 sales: $85/sale, 11-20 sales: $100/sale, 21-30 sales: $120/sale, 31+ sales: $140/sale. Or contact them with your own proposal.

The negative:

  • Competitive keywords for hit and run marketers
  • No commission for one month subscriptions that cancel after first month
  • No 2nd tier commission

The positive:

  • All possible hosting plans available: Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting (managed, unmanaged, managed with root), Reseller Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, WordPress Hosting, eCommerce Hosting, Blog Hosting and more!
  • Global hosting: Michigan (USA), Singapore (Asia), Amsterdam (Europe).
  • World known and trusted brand
  • Long cookie life of 90 days to track sales
  • Payments monthly, 15th on the dot
  • Inner page linking (anywhere on the site!)
  • Affiliate panel uses leading Post Affiliate Pro software
  • Stats are in real time
  • Sub-affiliate program available

See these links for further information:

Terms and Conditions Explained

For your convenience, I have quoted the most important parts of the affiliate terms. Please note that the information is subject to change, provided here for reference only. You must always read the latest Program Terms & Conditions before joining the affiliate program. I take no responsibility of any misconduct caused.

  • Respect is the basis of the agreement

— “Our affiliates are very important to A2 Hosting. We want to treat you with the fairness and respect you rightfully deserve. We simply request that you do the same for us. Our Terms and Conditions were written with you in mind and to protect A2 Hosting’s good name so please bear with us during this legal formality.”

  • Communication and honesty is encouraged

— “Please ask us if you have any questions. We strongly believe in honest and straightforward communication.”

A2 Hosting Affiliate Banners
Example of provided promotional banners

Affiliate Restrictions

  • No self affiliation

— “Affiliates may not use their affiliate link for self-referring accounts used for their own personal use. — Affiliates cannot earn commissions on their own hosting accounts or domain registrations. “

  • Only legitimate clicks on affiliate links – no pop-ups or automated redirections

— “Cookie stuffing will not be tolerated and result in the termination of the affiliate account.”

  • You cannot give rewards to visitors for clicking the link

— “Affiliates using traffic exchanges or incentive offers.”

  • No iFrames or hidden pages

— “Affiliates may not format pages with affiliate links through to A2Hosting.com with iframes or any other disguising methods”

  • No promotion on browser add-ons or toolbars

— “Affiliates may not promote A2 Hosting via a browser add on or toolbar.”

  • No coupon/promotion code sites

— “Affiliates are prohibited from promoting A2 Hosting on sites where the primary function or value of the site is to distribute coupon/promotional codes.”

  • No use of coupon, discount or similar keywords in title

— “You may not use the keywords coupons, discounts or similar terms in your SEO, the title of the page or meta title without advanced permission, even if you have a custom code you are promoting. Whether an affiliate is classified as a coupon affiliate is the the sole discretion of A2 Hosting’s affiliate manager.”

  • Bidding ads allowed but not for their trademark

— “Affiliates ARE allowed to keyword bid. The only restriction are on trademark terms relating to “A2 Hosting” and any other variations including and not limited to A2Hosting.”

  • No unsolicited email marketing or spam — must be able to opt-out from mails

— “We do not and will not tolerate the sending of unsolicited email messages and will prosecute all offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”

Affiliate Approval

  • Using their trademark is not allowed in your domain

— “It is to our discretion whether to allow affiliates into the program based on the content of their website who have “A2”, “ATWO” or any variation, misspelling or combination of words in the primary domain name of their site and/or social media websites where an A2 Hosting, Inc affiliate link resides.”

  • It is strongly advised to clearly state the affiliate relationship

— “We strongly advise affiliates to stay compliant with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines on testimonials and endorsements. All endorsements, reviews, testimonials on A2 Hosting’s products and services, as well as relationships between other types of content websites (forums, blogs, microblogs and other Social Media channels) and A2 Hosting must be clearly disclosed in a separate policy on the affiliate sites.”

…continued: “FTC points out that when there exists a connection between the endorser and the seller of the advertised product it is imperative that such connection is fully disclosed. FTC deems the relationship in an endorser-sponsor light, and believes that the end user has the right to understand that one exists. We share the undergirding idea of this approach, and strongly encourage our affiliates to adhere to the FTC’s rules. We also reserve the right to terminate relationship with any non-compliant affiliates.”

Payment Policy

  • Payment void if sale is cancelled within 45 days

— “Sales will be voided when these rules are violated following occur. Other occasions when an affiliate sale will be voided include: Cancelled before 45 day approval period, Test transactions (by affiliate or by A2 Hosting), Duplicate sales.”

  • Payouts on the 15th by PayPal in USD for balance of $100+

— “Commissions are paid when affiliates reach a $100 commission balance. Commission balances that have not yet reached $100 will carry over to the next month until the $100 minimum has been reached. Commissions are processed on the 15th of each month and paid by PayPal. Payments will be made payable to the PayPal account you provided in your affiliate account. All funds are paid in U.S. dollars.”

Refer A Friend

A2 Hosting also has a Refer a Friend Program where active customers can earn $50 worth of hosting credit for each person that signs up with any of their hosting plans, using an account specific ‘Refer-A-Friend link‘. No signup is required and the program is ready activated for all clients. Also promotion terms are more relaxed.


Once the referred person has been on A2 Hosting for 30 days, you will receive an automatic email notifying you of added hosting funds. It’s that simple.

Questions & Answers

More questions? Read the FAQ or leave a comment below.

Is the use of 301 redirects allowed?

We would not have an issue with that.

Is the signup bonus still available?

We are no longer offering a $10 signup bonus for joining our affiliate program. Rather we’re offering an increase in commission, up to $140/sale.

Please note that an affiliate relationship with A2 Hosting has been established for this website, where WebHostWhat is incentivized to include affiliated links on this page. Sales made through clicking on those links will become commission and support the blog. This has not effected my view on the company and my readers always have my deepest thanks.

Best of luck with your marketing endeavors!

Tim <![CDATA[Let’s Encrypt WordPress Guide! Free SSL WPEngine Hosting Review]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=1703 2018-02-04T04:31:35Z 2018-02-03T10:00:21Z In today’s SEO powered world — the most cost effective way to run your WordPress website is to combine high performance web-hosting with a free SSL certificate.

Many hosting companies are not willing to loose their certification business. But the trend is changing — and the WordPress perfected WP Engine Host has implemented the free Let’s Encrypt initiative to take all their websites to the next level.

How does it work? Are they crème de la crème of free SSL WordPress hosting?

In this review I’ve done my best to find out!

Free WordPress SSL

Read: WP Engine Let’s Encrypt Announcement 

How Does it Work

To install the free SSL/TLS certificate is extremely easy. It’s 1 minute faster to activate HTTPS before you install a new WordPress site. If you are migrating a new site or have one ready installed — it’s easy too (see below).

Warning! There are other guides that show overly complicated or old methods. I have made sure this is the latest and the simplest way.

Here are the steps:

  • Step 1. Login to the WP Engine User Portal (What’s user portal?)
  • Step 2. Go to where is says “SSL” in the menu
  • Step 3. Tick the box for both www and non-www versions of your website
  • Step 4. Press the “Request SSL Certificate” button
  • Step 5. Make sure that these boxes are selected:

Use https:// for WP-Login
Use https:// for WP-Admin
Allow non-SSL configured pages to use https://
Secure all URLs
Auto renew

  • Step 6. Optional — if the website already exists.

– Go to mywebsite.com/wp-login.php
– Go to “Settings”, “General” and change below from http to https

– WordPress Address (URL): https://www.mywebsite.com
– Site Address (URL): https:/www.mywebsite.com

Finally: Check the WP Engine SSL Guide for all the necessary details.

Benefits of Let’s Encrypt

For many who run an e-commerce business or websites that process user sensitive data, commercial SSL/TSL certificates have long been in common use. When it comes to blogging and ordinary website owners, the bar has been lifted with Let’s Encrypt.

It’s no longer a question of outweighing the benefits with cost.

It’s just the smart thing to do!

To enjoy optimal benefits in terms of search engine visibility and protecting, creating trust with website visitors, we need both (1) security (2) performance — as the combination of both is the basis of hosting success.

WP Engine Let's Encrypt WordPress
WP Engine is a registered trademark of WPEngine, Inc.

Read: WP Engine on Benefits of Let’s Encrypt

Perhaps the biggest downside of SSL certification itself, is that there is a slight increase in network and resource intensiveness. But these increases will be left unnoticed unless you are on really bad hosting.

With WP Engine you are covered:

  • Websites are hosted on top-of-the-line Google Cloud servers in California. Yes — if you want to rank on Google, being hosted on Google is not a bad idea!
  • The platform uses HTTP/2 which is the latest version of the HTTP protocol over SSL/TLS which improves page load times.

Let’s Encrypt Benefits:

Many of you know by now that Google gives an advantage in rankings and search engine visibility for websites that are encrypted with SSL certificates. And even though Let’s Encrypt is totally free, it covers some great benefits in itself.

  • Certification install is easier than traditional commercial certification
  • Certificates are updated and renewed automatically by themselves

Let’s Encrypt Downsides:

  • Some browsers favor commercial certificates in giving them more clear indications to website security, such as the “Norton Trust Seal” for Symantec.

So there you have it.

The times are exciting as technology improves. I hope I’ve covered the essentials and I am always willing to elaborate and update the post as new information surfaces. Hope this was helpful and thank you for reading.

Any questions about securing WordPress with SSL or WPEngine?
Comments are most welcome below.

Please note: WebHostWhat.com is affiliated with WP Engine and some of the links on this post are tracked through cookies to reward me with commission for purchases made through them. This won’t affect your purchase or my judgement in any way. Thank you.

Tim <![CDATA[Does Support Let’s Encrypt? Free TSL/SSL? Check here! (UPDATED)]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=1843 2018-02-04T04:27:42Z 2018-02-01T10:00:09Z Check this list of web hosting companies for updated information and status for Let’s Encrypt free SSL/TSL support — check back for updates.

City CloudIf you know of any updates to the information below — please leave a comment.

Note! See this list for Let’s Encrypt supported hosts.


Click here for more info.

InMotion Hosting

We do not currently offer support for Let’s Encrypt and as of this time we have not heard any word on whether we will. That isn’t to say we won’t at some time in the future however.

— InMotion Hosting (November 29, 2016)

  • HQ: Los Angeles, US
  • Founded: 2001


It is not currently supported.

— @JusthostSupport (November 29, 2016)

  • HQ: United States
  • Founded: 2008


Unfortunately we do not have an ETA for letsencrypt implementation.

— @HGSupport (November 29, 2016)

  • HQ: Houston, TX
  • Founded: 2002


Unfortunately, we do not offer Lets Encrypt SSL’s as we are partnered with Comodo for SSL’s. Lets Encrypt is currently considered a competitor. However, you would be able to use Let’s Encrypt manually, if you wanted to. We do currently offer our Business plan that includes a free SSL.. You would have to renew this yearly, but it would be free with your plan.

— Midphase Billing Department Representative (November 29, 2016)

  • HQ: United States
  • Founded: 1998


Please be informed that now we don’t support Lets Encrypt at this moment and we support it in future.

— GreenGeeks Support (November 29, 2016)

  • HQ: Agoura Hills, CA
  • Founded: 2006


Unfortunately at this time LetsEncrypt has not been setup with our Shared, Business, Reseller accounts.

— Hostwinds Support Technician (November 28, 2016)

  • HQ: Oklahoma, US
  • Founded: 2010


Unfortunately, we do not provide Let’s Encrypt certificate. You will have to contact the support team of Let’s Encrypt and get the certificate and provide us, we can get that installed.

— Arvixe Web Hosting (November 29, 2016)

  • HQ: California, US
  • Founded: 2003


We do not support Let’s Encrypt with our shared hosting service. We do have a plan that contains the SSL as part of the plan. You can take a look into our website under web hosting for the Business Pro plan as that includes SSL as part of your plan.

— Customer Support Representative, HostPapa INC. (December 2, 2016)

  • HQ: Unknown
  • Founded: 2006

Lunarpages Internet Solutions

Thank you for your inquiry. Our plans that are hosted in a shared environment (Basic, Business, Webmaster reseller) do not support Let’s encrypt, but you can use Let’s encrypt on any of our dedicated solutions (Scalable Cloud, Dedicated Servers).

— Lunarpages Internet Solutions Helpdesk (December 2, 2016)

  • HQ: California, US
  • Founded: 1998


You can use Let’s Encrypt SSL on the hosting plans of our sister company Evo Hosting and on our VPS and Dedicated Servers.

— Tsohost Support (December 2, 2016)

  • HQ: Slough, UK
  • Founded: 2003


Our Shared hosting services do not support Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates. This is due to the way the certificate interacts with the server. If you have or would like to use that service, you would need to look into our VPS or Dedicated server options.

— WesHost Billing Representative (December 2, 2016)

  • HQ: Utah, US
  • Founded: 1998

HostRocket.Com, Inc.

We do not offer Let’s Encrypt certificates ourselves (as we already offer GeoTrust SSL certificates).

— HostRocket Support (December 2, 2016)

  • HQ: New York, US
  • Founded: 1999


We provide the ability to purchases SSL certificates directly through Backstage.

— Site5 Support Team (December 2, 2016)

  • HQ: Austin, TX
  • Founded: 1998


We do not have any plans to support Let’s Encrypt SSL’s at this time. They currently do not support Centos server environments.

— HostMetro Sales (December 2, 2016)

  • HQ: Illinois, US
  • Founded: Unknown


Sorry, we do not support Let’s Encrypt with our shared hosting plans. We recommend you to purchase a VPS (of course if it is within your estimated budget) and get the flexibility that a VPS solution offers.

— RoseHosting.com Technical Support (December 5, 2016)

  • HQ: US
  • Founded: 2001


As of now we do not have this Product “Let’s Encrypt”. We do not have a tentative date of when will we include it in our Product Portfolio.

— Business Development Specialist ResellerClub (December 6, 2016)

  • HQ: Mumbai, India
  • Founded: 1998


Our premium service includes the ability to use Let’s Encrypt but our free hosting service does not at this time. This is something we are considering adding but I do not have a release date for this upgrade as of yet.

— x10Hosting Support (December 6, 2016)

  • HQ: US
  • Founded: 2003


As of now, we do not LetsEncrypt SSL certificates. However, we will planning out to offer it in future.

— AccuWeb Hosting Sales (December 8, 2016)

  • HQ: New Jersey, US
  • Founded: 2003


Unfortunately our shared hosting doesn’t support Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates. However, it can be installed on our dedicated and VPS hosting accounts but we don’t support it directly.

— HostNine Support (December 9, 2016)

  • HQ: US
  • Founded: 2006

If you are a representative of any of the above mentioned companies and wish to mend your information/statement, please get in touch. Thank you (HQ = Headquarters).

Tim <![CDATA[WP Engine Affiliate Review: Must Read Human Readable Terms!]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=1738 2018-02-04T02:49:57Z 2018-01-30T10:00:10Z In this review of the WP Engine Affiliate program I will explain the details of the terms & conditions that you need to know — before you sign up!

Reading through and figuring out the 4,855 word paragraphless terms on ShareASale was no fun. It’s also the way to not get banned. But not everyone has the time. So I hope this will help out other affiliates to know what to expect. And please, if you decide to join the program you are declined to read and agree to the terms.

ShareASale WordPress Affiliate Program
ShareASale is a registered registered trademark of ShareASale.com, Inc.

Note! The terms are not clear-cut, leaving some room to interpretation. Logic must be used to find common ground for your promotion methods. Questions welcome below!

The 5 Must Knows

1. Application can be rejected without reason

When reviewing your website or blog — they reserve the right to use their own preference to determine if you have a quality website that is suitable to promote their brand.

2. No coupon promotions

Any kinds of coupon sites, like RetailMeNot are not allowed and trying to promote coupon pages on your website will get you banned.

3. You should disclose “material relationship” with WP Engine

Each page that contains an affiliate link should disclose your affiliation with WP Engine and that you receive commission from those links (instructions below).

4. You should include a privacy policy

The website should contain a privacy policy that discloses how you track visitors and store their information.

5. No ads or bidding on brand terms

Placing ads that are bidding for their brand names will get you banned.

About WP Engine Affiliates

The current version of the WP Engine Affiliate program was launched in 2012 and is hosted at the Chicago based ShareASale affiliate network — in business for 16 years. Here are some of the features and perks of this popular program.

WP Engine
WP Engine® is a registered trademark of WPEngine, Inc.

Read: These plans available for promotion

  • Minimum payout $200 per sale, 100% of first month’s payment if bigger
  • Monthly payments for referred accounts maintaining subscription for 62days
  • Tracking with cookies only, 6months validy
  • Earn $50 for every sale of a sub-affiliate
  • Custom linking to inner pages allowed
  • Bonuses for bigger sale amounts

The Rest of Terms

Here is a further to look at what’s being said in the terms. If you have any questions I suggest filling out the WP Engine Contact Form or leave a comment below.

Use of Content

  • Banners cannot be modified without consent.
  • You can use WP Engine logos, trademarks, names and other identifying material in connection with selling their services on your website under their guidelines.
  • Placing ads which contain or refer in any way to any of their trade names are not allowed.
  • You have to use copyright and trademark notices when appropriate.
  • No spammy emails are allowed and you must get approval before including the affiliate link in any email campaign (conflicting statement).

Placement Website

  • You are allowed to display the price of WP Engine services but carry the responsibility to keep the information up to date.
  • You cannot place affiliate links to third party websites without consent.
  • You have to be the owner of the affiliate website.
  • You have to place a disclosure for every page that contains the affiliate link which at minimum says: (a) site contains affiliate links (b) you earn commission from those links.
  • You must disclose the “material relationship” with WP Engine.
  • You must have your own privacy policy which describes all the information about your method of tracking visitors and storing information about them.
  • Material relating to coupon promotion techniques is not allowed.

WP Engine Rights

  • They have the right to reject an order places through your link in which case you don’t get commission.
  • They have the right to monitor your website.


  • Commission paid out only for customers who keep a minimum subscription of 62 days (45 days for “trusted affiliates”).
  • No commission for renewals.
  • If you refer other affiliates to the WP Engine affiliate program, you will get $50 for each sale they make. Sub-affiliates still get the $200 minimum commission.
  • Sales are counted from the last affiliate link the customer has clicked on. Cookie to track last click referral is valid for 180 days.

Disclosing Material Relationship

Browsing through associated blogs, I can say that not everyone financially benefiting from this relationship is including a discloser. I would give it thought if you fall under the U.S. Federal Trade Commission guidelines that mandate material relationship disclosure for all product and service endorsements (read: FTC on affiliate marketing).

It could be something like: “This page contains affiliate marketing links, I will get commissions for purchases made through them”.

Questions & Answers

Below answers from the affiliate marketing coordinators.

Is the affiliate relationship disclaimer required on every page?

The disclaimer is a requirement for our affiliate program. You can have it added on every page that contains an affiliate link or on a separate disclaimer page that can be used as a blanket for the entire site to let users know there are affiliate links present.

Is the use of 301 redirections allowed for the links?

We do allow for redirects.

Is it allowed to include WP Engine name in title and permalinks?

Yes, using our company name in the title and link of a post will be acceptable.

Is it allowed to use unedited version of the company logo?

Yes, you can use our unedited logo.

And that’s the end of this review.

What’s your experience with the WP Engine affiliate program?
Questions and comments most welcome!

Note! I have an affiliate agreement with WP Engine which pays me commission if they receive sales through visitors coming through some of the links on this page. I humbly, humbly thank you for your support and help to pay my bills.

Tim <![CDATA[PeoplesHost: Hosting Redefined! Free SSL, Speed Test, Review+]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=1586 2018-02-04T04:25:54Z 2018-01-28T11:00:43Z It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or a total novice.. PeoplesHost provides the two things we all need from web hosting: speed and good support.

And there’s more — Free SSL certification to secure your site!

Website owners are increasingly turning to smaller hosting companies like PeoplesHost for better, personalized service. But just like with big companies, choice is crucial — behind the PeoplesHost team, there are experienced industry professionals who decided to go their own way. Now redefining the cheap and slow stigma of shared hosting and beating their competition.

So let’s get to the practicalities, shall we — the review.

Test Website WordPress Blog

Just like other hosts — PeoplesHost uses cPanel and for good reason; it’s the easiest to use, has the best support and provides a one-click WordPress install function (and anything else from beginner to advanced features).

So nothing new there — “easy to use” is no longer a market, it’s the default.

What you are getting with PeoplesHost, is essentially a winning combination; everything that Google wants — with fast page loads and a trusted SSL certificate, you’ll rank, convert and be trusted more.

Speed Test & Case Study

In this simple case study I have tested how a WordPress blog can achieve top performance by using the cheapest, basic shared hosting plan.

Now that site performance is more important than ever, many are investing on expensive hosting to speed up their site and business. While advanced VPS hosting is still recommended for big companies or the tech-savvy, with PeoplesHost, shared hosting will be adequate for most people as demonstrated below.

PeoplesHost Speed Test Nr1

Test Number #1 — 832ms

Every website should be using cache to speed up their websites. But for test purposes, I’m still seeing page loads of less than a second with cache disabled — this is a basic WordPress install, loading many images, fonts and a list of blog posts.

PeoplesHost Speed Test Nr2

Test Number #2 — 400ms

Second test is more realistic. I’ve used the free WP Super Cache plugin to enable PHP Caching for the blog. It’s all I did and we are down to less than half a second.

PeoplesHost Speed Test Nr3

Test Number #3 — 372ms

Next I’ve minimized the CSS and JavaScript code on the page with Autoptimize — another popular and free WordPress plugin. Minifying is also a really basic trick that most people use, and the load time keeps improving.

I could keep on pushing by removing render-blocking, improving browser caching and compression.. or installing a commercial cache plugin.. but you get the point.

To put this in practice: You barely have time to blink before a page is loaded — given that it takes from 300 to 400 milliseconds to blink your eyes.

Free SSL How to

Traditionally SSL certification has been a significant cost over hosting, used mostly by businesses that mandate protection of secure credit card transactions or other user sensitive information. PeoplesHost is part of a movement to change all that.

Not long after Google announced HTTPS as a new SERP ranking factor, a completely free SSL certificate authority Let’s Encrypt was born. Making certification accessible to everyone – and there is a catch! Your hosting company needs to support it; sacrificing their commercial certificate sales business.


To install the Let’s Encrypt certificate for your website, you will need to contact support staff and ask them to enable it for you — and that is all there is to it.

You’ll be able to access your site at https://www.yourname.com

Let's Encrypt SSL Issued

Read: The announcement to support Let’s Encrypt

“The way we’ve got it set up is that a customer must put in a request, we enable it on their account, and they’re good to go. There’s no module/icon in cPanel that you can see when logged in. We’re working on getting an icon/module so customer’s can log in and see it themselves as well.”, explained Gregg from PeoplesHost.

If you ask me — there’s not much point in supporting hosting companies that are not offering free SSL certification, unless you have a big business that wants to profile their company with an expensive certificate authority.

I’m hoping free SSL will be the next industry default after “easy use”.

Support & Service

Support is crucial when sudden situations emerge — nothing is worse than congested support and lack of dedication to customer service. Something that troubles many businesses and one of the reasons to read reviews in the first place.

“24/7 support via .. live chat, support tickets, and phone.”

Over the course of being in contact with PeoplesHost, I have began to know a competent team that stands behind their words. They know that for them to beat big business, they need to have meticulous support which they have indeed.

PeoplesHost Support Saved Cat

Gregg commented on the issue: “We are a smaller hosting company! Just passed our 1 year in business this October. We offer 24/7 support via our support channels; Live chat, support tickets, and phone.”

To which he added: “Additionally, we monitor our servers very closely and are aware when there are any issues. Even though we’re a new(er) company, I believe our reviews online speak for themselves. We’ve focused heavily on providing exceptional support from day 1, which has helped separate us from our competitors as we’ve built a solid foundation from our support.”

Enough said? Get in touch with PeoplesHost.

The Tech Specs

There is plenty of more great features not mentioned in the review — here I’ve tried to cover the rest of the essential bits. The biggest ‘downside’ of the service is that storage, and bandwidth is mostly limited. If it fits the resource needs and your budget, then at least you know what you are getting as this is no marketing ploy.

All websites hosted at a “tier 4 data center“, which is a technical term, meaning that the server location is equipped with the most reliable uptime technology available. The physical location is in Orlando, Florida. If high performance on a global scale is required, they support CloudFlare CDN and other content delivery networks.

Linux Shared Hosting

  • Storage: SSD (Starting from 5GB)
  • Bandwidth: Limited (Starting from 15GB/m)
  • Free Domain: Yes
  • Number of Websites: Unlimited
  • Email: Unlimited
  • Support: 24/7 (Phone, Chat, Mail)
  • Uptime: 99.9%
  • Backups Included: Daily
  • Server Monitoring: 24h/7
  • Free SSL: Yes
  • Money Back Guarantee: 60days
  • Detailed specs here.

Linux VPS Hosting

  • CPU Cores: Starting from 4 until 8
  • Storage: SSD (Starting from 30GB)
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Free Domain: Yes
  • Operating System: CentOS 7 (64-bit)
  • Support: 24/7 (Phone, Chat, Mail)
  • Uptime: 99.9%
  • Backups Included: Weekly
  • Server Monitoring: 24h/7
  • Free SSL: Yes
  • Money Back Guarantee: 60days
  • Detailed specs here.

Final words:

If I’m being overly positive, not finding anything wrong with their hosting services — I am still realistic and think that no host is free of mistakes or bad calls. That’s why being transparent and effective in responding to problems is one of the most important traits a hosting company can have. I am simply thrilled to see a smaller player like PeoplesHost to excel in so many areas — beating the corporate hosting takeover.

Thanks for reading — if you want me to cover something else in this review or have any questions just let me know. And good luck.

Tim <![CDATA[Publisher Review at TradeTracker.com – Read Before You Sign up!]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=1561 2018-01-27T01:29:47Z 2018-01-26T11:00:54Z Tradetracker is a privately owned Affiliate Network founded in 2004. Currently operating in 19 countries with a focus on the European market — connecting you to more than 5000 advertisers. In this review I’ve covered the essentials on what publishers should know when considering a sign up to tradetracker.com!

TradeTracker.com Trademark
TradeTracker is a trademark of TradeTracker International B.V

Tip: Read the TradeTracker blog for latest insight from the marketing industry.

I’ve been around since 2013 and at the time was signed up out of necessity — as it was and still is the only way to create key affiliate partnerships with some major European companies. At the time the dashboard was a terrible user experience and didn’t get much of my attention — until everything changed in 2015.

Currently TradeTracker is going strong with more than 250,000 active publishers under their belt, so they must be doing something right!

What changed in 2015 — and got me interested in TradeTracker, was an updated, completely new affiliate platform that was innovative and easy to use. It also made me realize how flawed other affiliate platforms were (I’ve dealt with 6 in Europe).

So let me introduce what I’ve discovered within in the past year.

The TradeTracker Approach

Every network has a different brand personality, and in my experience TradeTracker is one I can most relate to. They don’t leave customers on their own luck or pretentiously favor the side of advertisers like some not-going-to-name here are.. they are what every affiliate network in my view should be – a good communicator.

They take all website and blog owners seriously, willing to put in the effort and share their insight to empower you as an affiliate marketer. They understand that each customer is different and the need to understand ones own audience. Their way of optimizing their profits is to optimize their customers.

It’s a winning combination of their strong human element — read: great support and a genius for platform system design. They simply give you all the tools needed to entrust them with your online advertising.

Advantages and Disadvantage

First Advantages

  • Real time statistics

Having the system stats update on the go gives you a valuable edge in work performance. Something that you hardly notice before you have to get serious with a system that doesn’t. All account activity is in real time and fresh for work.

  • Fast payments and low threshold

It’s up to you — but if you want, they can pay you up to four times a month. As well as the minimum threshold for payments is as low as 25euros.

  • Intuitive platform

They have managed to fit in all the most useful stats right on page one, and finding what you want is easy and intuitive. You can divide the stats between mobile, table and desktop users. All clicks, leads, sales and conversion stats are quickly accessed.

  • Multiple countries done right

Finally a network that has many country locations but manages to keep it neatly all together. Everything under the same account name, and it’s easy to navigate between  different country locations and apply for them in the backend.

Then the Neutral

  • Bank transfer only

As a mostly european affiliate network — they only support bank transfers for payments. But for the europeans it’s the cheapest and most convenient option….

Last Disadvantages

  • Smaller UK program

It’s a pity that clearly a lot of the programs are bigger than the one in UK. While containing a lot of value — a lot of us would like to see more advertisers.

Company Locations

Here is the list of 19 countries (including 16 office locations), they operate in and host advertisers from. Currently 147 employees are working for them.

Belgium (Brugge), Denmark (Copenhagen), Estonia (Tallinn), Finland (Helsinki), Germany (hamburg), Hungary (Budapest), Italy (Cascina), India, Netherlands (Almere), Norway (Bergen), Poland (Warsaw), Russia (Moscow), Spain (Las Palmas), Sweden (Stockholm), United Arab Emirates & Middle East (Dubai), United Kingdom (London).

Ready? Click here to signup with TradeTracker!

Advertising Opportunities

The company covers every niche imaginable to get a good start for your converting needs — Categories include: Adult, Art and Living, Animals, Baby & Kids, Books, Papers & Magazines, Cars, Motorcycles & Bikes, Dating, Department Stores, Domain Names & Hosting, Employment, Education & Career, Entertainment & Leisure, Family, Fashion & Jewellery, Financial Products, Food & Beverages, Free Services & Price Contests, Games & Fun, Gifts & Gadgets, Hard & Software, Health & Beauty, Hobby & Leisure Time, Home & Gardening, Household Appliances, Lottery & Gaming, Office, Other, Party Supplies, Professional Services, Sport & Recreation, Telecommunication, Toys, Travel & Holidays.

Here are examples of some the biggest advertisers exclusive on TT:

  • TUI Group (Tourism & airline company, Hannover)
  • Desigual (Clothing brand, Barcelona)
  • Qatar Airways (State-owned airline, Qatar)
  • Disneyland Paris (Entertainment resort in Marne-la-Vallée)
  • trivago GmbH (Technology company, hotels and metasearch, Düsseldorf)
  • Meetic (Europe’s Largest online dating service, largest in Europe)
  • Ziggo (Largest cable TV and broadband provider in Holland, former UPC)
  • Unibet Group (Online gambling, Malta)
  • 888poker (Second largest online poker network, Gibraltar)
  • Lebara Mobile (Global telecommunications, London)
  • Vodafone (Telecommunications company, London)
  • Orange S.A. (Telecommunications corporation, France)
  • Tele2 (European telecommunications, Stockholm)
  • G-Star RAW (Designer clothing, Amsterdam)
  • AliExpress (Online Commerce, Alibaba Group, China)
  • InkClub (Swedish E-commerce, Sweden)
  • Allianz (Financial services company, Munich)
  • AXA (French Insurance firm, Paris)
  • Kreditech (German online lender, Hamburg)
  • Zaplo (Personal loans, Delaware)


Thoughts on TradeTracker? Comments, questions welcome!


Tim <![CDATA[A2 Hosting – Free “Let’s Encrypt” SSL on Shared Hosting & VPS!]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=1511 2018-01-25T01:18:03Z 2018-01-24T11:00:25Z The Michigan born A2 Hosting, also known as ‘A2hosting‘ — started as a modest startup business in 2001 and has since surfaced as the friendly alternative to the corporate hosting takeover. Not only is their hosting fast but so is their adaptation of new technology — so naturally it was time to bring free and easy SSL hosting with the Let’s Encrypt certification, for both shared and VPS hosting plans.

Let's Encrypt A2 Hosting
A2 Hosting is a registered trademark of A2 Hosting, Inc.

When A2 Hosting was asked why they decided to compromise their certificate business — Linux Support Analyst, Chad Akers had this to say:

While it’s certainly great when clients purchase SSL certificates through us, our specialty is based around hosting. Free, or paid SSL, as long as we’re able to provide hosting services, we’ll be happy! — Chad

Their sympathetic attitude is a great strength of the brand — to which I will sign up any day. So, let’s get to the nitty-gritty..

Related: Knowledge Base SSL/TLS Instructions.

Let’s Encrypt Shared Hosting

To secure your website on the regular shared environment, register as usual and once you have your account set up — get in touch with A2 Hosting and the support team will be happy to enable the Let’s Encrypt plugin on a per-cPanel account basis.

Related: Find out more details on Shared hosting.

Although they can assist you setting it up, using the plugin couldn’t be easier.

  • Select the Let’s Encrypt SSL icon from the list of functions in cPanel
  • Make sure your website is selected and enter your admin email address
  • Select install and wait for the automatic installation to complete
  • Finally test the HTTPS version of your website with <<SSL Checker>>

The certificates are renewed automatically every three months.

Please note: Doing a Google search you can find some complicated steps for setting up shared hosting — this is outdated information and does not include automatic renewal.

Let’s Encrypt VPS

Let’s Encrypt certificates are now officially supported by all the A2 Hosting VPS environments: including Managed (non-root), Core (with root access) and Unmanaged VPS. Please note, that the certificates expire after three months.

Related: Find out more details on VPS hosting.


I recommend to open a support ticket and ask them to install the easy to use cPanel plugin that supports automatic renewals — if it’s not ready installed.

Setting up the certificate is self-evident through the cPanel function.

Older method:

You may also choose to use the Let’s Encrypt client application to generate and install the certificate. This will be done on command line and only works with the Core or Unmanaged VPS plans that provide root access.

Let’s Encrypt on WordPress

A2 Hosting also has a WordPress dedicated environment for those who want to get the most out of their blog or website. The Swift or Turbo plans are recommended for those who are running a business on WordPress and need fast page loads and time to first byte (TTFB) to increase conversions. And now of course, free SSL to improve search engine (namely Google) rankings.

For details on Let’s Encrypt, please see the above section for the shared environment.

Related: Find out more details on WordPress hosting.

Once you have the SSL certificate up and running you are advised to first change your settings to redirect all pages to the new HTTPS version of the website.

  • Login to the Dashboard (administration area) of your website as admin
  • Navigate to Settings –> General
  • Change both “WordPress Address (URL)” and “Site Address (URL)” addresses from HTTP –> HTTPS

After that it’s recommended to go to Google Webmaster Tools to notify Google about the new secured address of your website.

Let’s Encrypt on Windows Hosting

Windows plans use Plesk as the control panel — which has a ready installed plugin to easily manage SSL/TSL certificates. Detailed instructions are made available.

Important Read: Instructions for Plesk Let’s Encrypt plugin.

Under “Websites & Domains” in Plesk — you have a “Let’s Encrypt” icon that takes you to the plugin. Simply fill in an email address and select the “include www.yourdomain.com as an alternative” option to make sure that both www and non-www versions of the website are included. Finally click on the install button.

To verify the install — please go to “Hosting Settings” in Plesk. Under “Security” section, confirm that the checkbox for “SSL support” is selected and the previously installed certificate is listed and checked in the list of certs.

Related: Find out more details on Windows hosting.

Any questions, thoughts about A2 Hosting?
Leave me a shout below and I’ll get back to you soon!

Tim <![CDATA[Affilinet European Affiliate Network Review & How to Get Approved]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=1427 2018-01-23T11:31:16Z 2018-01-23T11:00:02Z Affilinet or Affili.net is one of the biggest names in “quality” European affiliate networking, with operations in 7 countries across the continent. I’ve pieced together the essentials of how they operate and what you need to know to get approved.

If you enjoy the review — please share your experience in the comments!

Affilinet GmbH

Review Contents

Brief History

Affilinet GmbH was founded in 1997 under the name imedia, and the first public version of the site was released in 1999 — after which the name was changed to Affilinet. It’s one of the major affiliate networks in Europe — hosting over 3,500 affiliate programs, including big European brands.

Their main office is located in Munich, Germany. They operate in 7 countries: United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The company was acquired by AdLINK Group in 2005 which also owns the domain name trading platform Sedo.

Approval Process

The company claims to maintain a high quality of publishers, possibly to attract big companies to their portfolio of advertisers and scare off unlawful publishers. They manually review each website with a set of validation rules. Here’s the basics.

Affilinet Sign up

Check out: Official Affilinet Inside Blog has the inside scoop from the industry.

They will have you fill out a basic form asking for website and contact details. Access to their system is granted immediately after email verification — however the actual approval of your website can take a few days.

Their website says: “40% of all publishers who apply to join our network are rejected by our qality control team because they do not reach our high qualiy standards” — making it seem like approval is difficult. But this is not the case.

..contact details must match with your domain WHOIS information — applications that fail this requirement… instantly denied.

What is perhaps contributing to such a high number of refusals (if true) is that the contact details given at the time of registration must match with or “link to” your domain WHOIS information. And the fact that this is not mentioned anywhere on their website. All applications that fail this requirement will be instantly denied.

Also the website review process is unlikely to be thorough — visiting your website for just over a minute to quickly check the about page and the post format if nothing suspicious is found. Also large or well established sites are not a requirement.

All the programs are separated by their respective partner programs. So you will need to register and apply for an individual publisher account for each language. If for example, you have been approved to the UK program but the affiliate is German, you will need a separate account through their German program. Each country’s platform has it’s own separate billing and support system. Also you are suppose to have your website or parts of it in that language.

If you have any doubts about meeting their requirements, or have any other questions about the program, you are advised to reach their courteous support staff. Although there can be delay in getting a response.

Affiliate Terms

Here are some important rules to take note of.

  • Use of trademarks and logos on your website is restricted to those who have the consent of Affilinet or the Advertiser.
  • They can remove your account if you have no sales within a 12 month period.
  • They can terminate your account without reason (this is normal).
  • Affiliate commission is paid out each month on the 15th for accumulated amounts of 25 pounds or more. Payment is only possible through bank transfer.
  • If you have been found to have breached the terms in any way, they have the right to charge back any paid funds from within the last 6 months.

You can read the full English terms over here.

Affili.net Alternatives

If you cannot get approved to Affilinet, there are several good alternatives with big presence in Europe. Here are some big names in European affiliate networks.

Extensive network, covering affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, India, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Site interface is intuitive and attractive — having your site approved to the system is straight forward.

Tim <![CDATA[Host4Geeks VPS Hosting Review: The Essentials & Speed Test]]> http://www.webhostwhat.com/?p=1286 2018-01-22T13:01:50Z 2018-01-22T11:00:47Z Smaller hosting companies like Host4Geeks are tough competition on all three areas of demand — server performance, customer service & price. Increasingly many are turning away from big insensitive companies (like those acquired by EIG) and finding much better service elsewhere. This is how I made the swap!

As a customer of Host4Geeks — in this review I’ve covered the essentials on what to expect with their blazing fast Managed VPS plans.

Host4Geeks VPS


Server Infrastructure

The servers of Host4Geeks, especially with VPS — is designed to withstand demanding infrastructure requirements. But don’t take my word for it, I’ve conducted a speed test (more on that later) to see how well they perform in practice. All VPS plans come with full access to 4 CPU cores which is why everyone gets to enjoy impressive processing power, ensuring websites run smoothly.

Storage starts at 50GB for the most basic plan — they are storing the data on RAID 10 arrays, but it’s actually a hybrid setup with SSD caching. In this way the most frequently accessed portions of the website is accessed through the SSD drives, keeping data transfer optimal. Don’t be fooled by VPS providers who claim they are fast just because of SSDs — this actually proves very little.

Bandwidth is also limited starting at 2TB/month — due to high speed, high quality datacenter infrastructure, an unlimited plan at this would be unlikely. Also you’ll get advanced mitigation technology and DDos attack detection. Together with good uptime (planning to release data on that later), you can trust on your site to keep your business on track. Three strategic datacenter locations in North Carolina US (East Coast), Los Angeles US (West Coast) and Maidenhead UK.

Host4Geeks WHM

You will have access to WHM (Web Hosting Manager) where you can create hosting accounts that run with cPanel. This is the easiest and most standard hosting format so you don’t miss on any action.

Cost & Benefits

The VPS pricing is one of the most competitive on the market — in comparison to the level of service. One of the reasons is the use of SAS RAID 10 HDD drives which are much cheaper than SSD. As well as factors like limitations in bandwidth and storage although generous as such. Starting at 26.95/mo, you can already host an extensive site portfolio. Add only 2/month for extra IPs and you can run all the sites on different IP addresses.

And importantly pricing is transparent without annoying upcharges or hidden fees, so most customers will be fine with the base price. You will have to pay extra for automatic backups though, but that’s something easy to setup for yourself. So I’m not personally paying for it.

Host4Geeks Managed VPS Order Summary

You may add a small discount to your plan, the best is 10% off and it’s recurring so it will become significant over the course of time. See this Host4Geeks Discount Guide for more detailed information on that.

And one more thing! Host4Geeks supports easy two-click install of Let’s Encrypt which is a free SSL certificate authority.  Meaning that you can secure your website with SSL for absolutely free. Already there you can make huge savings — catch two Google ranking factors with one stone: SSL and fast page loads.

Customer Service

Perhaps one of the best perks of Host4Gator besides speed, is the equally speedy and super friendly customer service. Something almost impossible to get with big hosting companies. If you have a support question, they are ready to respond around the clock — but not just that, they go way and beyond to help you with anything you need. Read: They won’t give you ready written answers to annoy you. But actually try to get to the bottom of things with whatever issue you are having.

I have been truly impressed as the support goes beyond regular hosting services — willing to work hard to make the VPS work for any specific needs.

Host4Geeks Technical Support

Another example is when the server is deployed, usually within four hours — they will keep in constant contact with you throughout the process.

Speed Tests

To get a perspective on just how powerful of a hosting environment Host4Geeks really is — I’ve done a few simple tests to compare VPS speeds with the massive DreamHost company.

The test was done on exactly the same website, running WordPress and Piwik Analytics — with both Host4Geeks and Dreamhost VPS plans. Without any cache plugins, just to see how each can handle raw power with a loosely configured, resource intensive setup.

Even though Host4Geeks has it’s own East Coast server in North Carolina, to put a little spin on things, I’ve used the West Coast server in California. One of the tests was done from New York — 3500km further than the DreamHost server in Virginia.

Here are the specs:

DreamHost VPS: 15/month + MySQL VPS 50.30/month = 65.30/month

  • 1GB RAM, SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth & domains, core power undisclosed.
  • Hosting over 1.5 million websites
  • Test location: Virginia -> New York, Virginia -> Australia

Host4Geeks: 26.95/month

  • 2GB RAM, 4 cores CPU, RAID 10 storage with SSD caching, 2TB bandwidth, unlimited domains.
  • Over 5000 customers
  • Test location: California -> New York, California -> Australia

Host4Geeks vs Dreamhost Speed

Over a span of speed tests from New York, the page load time was significantly faster with Host4Geeks despite having much more latency. Also the speeds were constant, compared to DreamHost which was averaging a second slower than it’s fastest speeds.

DreamHost VPS, Virginia Server:

  • New york: 2.45s (page load), 611ms (time to first byte)
  • Australia: 5.52s (page load), 1.32s (time to first byte)

Host4Geeks California:

  • New York: 1.19s (page load), 430ms (time to first byte)
  • Australia: 2.32s (page load), 896ms (time to first byte)

Testing Host4Geeks VPS from other locations, you could see further significant improvement when there was less latency:

  • San Jose: 730ms (page load), 280ms (time to first byte)
  • Dallas: 906ms (page load), 340ms (time to first byte)
  • Sweden: 2.35s (page load), 831ms (time to first byte)

Then I made it a little easier and added caching to WordPress:

  • New York: 794ms (page load), 128ms (time to first byte)
  • Dallas: 581ms (page load), 62ms (time to first byte)
  • San Jose: 468ms (page load), 20ms (time to first byte)
  • Australia: 1.57s (page load), 310ms (time to first byte)
  • Sweden: 1.64s (page load), 327ms (time to first byte)

About Host4Geeks

The official address of the company “Host4Geeks LLC” is located in Walnut, California but the CEO is originally from Pune, India and obviously has staff in India too.

Host4Geeks CEO Kushal Raha

Here’s what the CEO & Co-Founder of Host4Geeks had to say:

My name is Kushal Raha, presently I am working and living from Pune, India. For the most part of the year I’m usually traveling around and working from various parts of the globe. To start off I always had the business spirit within me, so even in my younger days I was selling video games to my high school friends, doing some small website design works for various local businesses and you know, doing whatever i can as a youngster to get some extra cash in hand. And then, I also worked remotely for various web hosting companies, and that allowed me to gain some really important industry experience, which really helped to start Hosting4Geeks and today I’m the CEO and co-founder at Host4Geeks. We are basically a full-service web hosting and infrastructural service provider. We host about 5000 clients who host their websites with us and trust their online businesses on our platform. We serve customers from all over the world.


Have an experience with Host4Geeks or questions about their services?
Please, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!