4 Free Tools to Support Hostgator Web Hosting

Hostgator is one of the cheapest web hosts. Anything lower than that, and you're likely getting scammed in some way. Their web hosting is as solid and reliable as you can get for the price and the list of Hostgator coupon codes is a testament to cost-effective hosting. But because of this, you don't … [Read more...]

Cloudflare’s “Cache Everything” + Cheap Hosting? Nope!

You're not the first person to have thought of it. If you can use Cloudflare's "Cache Everything" page rules for free, then you can store your HTML on their EDGE servers throughout the world. This means your visitors will get almost instantaneous responses, and you no longer have to upgrade your low … [Read more...]

Best Web Hosts for Optimizing LCP and TTFB

Towards the end of May 2020, Google updated one of the metrics by which it judges page speed. This new metric called Largest Contentful Paint or LCP, refers to the time it takes for the page to render the biggest visible element. "Biggest" here means most visible - not the number of HTML nodes. … [Read more...]

Enabling Cloudflare Server Push with .htaccess

In mid-2016, Cloudflare announced that they were adding support for "Server Push". This is a very cool technology that can dramatically reduce the time a browser spends downloading resources. Basically it means that the server can send some files to the browser even before the browser actively … [Read more...]

Hostgator Hatchling vs Baby: A Huge Upgrade

The biggest difference between Hostgator Hatchling and the Baby plan is that you can host unlimited websites on Baby. But there are a few other changes too! The Hatchling plan is the cheapest package available from Hostgator. It's great value for money, especially considering that Hostgator … [Read more...]

Bluehost CodeGuard Not Worth it: Alternatives

The in-built Bluehost backup is pretty pathetic. Even worse than Hostgator's. So obviously you need something to help protect your website when something goes wrong. The Bluehost CodeGuard add-on starts at $2.74/m. But in my opinion, it's just not worth it. Too little disk space, and the basic plan … [Read more...]

Monitor Website Error Logs via Backups

Many website applications generate error logs sprinkled throughout their directory structure. For example, WordPress has hidden error logs even though you might not have enabled them via the "WP_DEBUG" directive in wp-config.php. It's hard to keep track of all these logs on a daily basis. A … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Use Managed WordPress Hosting

I love the idea of managed WordPress hosting, and have considered moving to it myself several times. I've written a glowing review of Kinsta, because I believe they really do try their best to make WordPress as painless as possible. However, I've always pulled back at the last minute. There are … [Read more...]

UpdraftPlus + Shared Hosting = Boom!

It's understandable if you want to backup your site on shared hosting. After all, many web hosting services like Hostgator have terrible backup policies. However, you must absolutely avoid plugins like UpdraftPlus on any kind of shared hosting platform. These plugins will eat up your server's … [Read more...]

Why DropMySite Beats Jetpack and CodeGuard

I've been looking for an automatic backup solution for my website for some time. I gave up on plugins like UpdraftPlus because they place a huge load on your site, and during that time your pages will be slow. I finally narrowed my choices down to these three … [Read more...]

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