The End of Paid SSL is Finally Here. Hooray!

When Google announced in 2018, that they were factoring HTTPS into their search rankings, I predicted that no one would need to purchase SSL certificates anymore. The announcement forced large hosting companies like Hostgator and Bluehost to announce free SSL on their shared hosting plans via Let's … [Read more...]

How to Point a Domain Name to a Server’s IP Address

When you buy a VPS server, you can access it with an IP address. This tutorial will show you how to access the server with a domain name instead. Setup: Domain Points to Something Else Say you have a DigitalOcean VPS, and an IP address to access it. For example, I've just set up Apache on a … [Read more...]

Hostgator Free SSL is Here! GoDaddy Still the Laggard

Major development. Hostgator announced that they're providing free Let's Encrypt SSL for ALL their shared hosting plans! This follows close on the heels of Bluehost announcing the same. The message is clear - SSL is a necessity that's too closely tied up with web hosting to treat it as a separate … [Read more...]

Why I Recommend InMotion WordPress Hosting

On my page comparing yearly WordPress hosting prices, I recommend InMotion as my provider of choice. This is despite some excellent competition from top class hosts like SiteGround and DreamHost. Indeed, you can't go wrong with any of these three. The only reason I don't talk about Bluehost … [Read more...]

How to Enable Free AutoSSL with InMotion Hosting

When you purchase hosting from InMotion, you can enable free AutoSSL. This allows you to access HTTPS on your domains. This is included with ALL their hosting plans. Here's a complete list of their coupons and discounts. Don't purchase hosting without a free SSL certificate! The inclusion of … [Read more...]

Bluehost Free SSL Finally Arrives – Will GoDaddy Follow?

I woke up this morning to the good news that Bluehost free SSL is now available with Let's Encrypt for ALL its hosting plans - not just WordPress. This is great. I went over to check their website, and it's true: Going through Twitter, I heard that Hostgator was also in the process of … [Read more...]

2 Traps That Make You Overpay for Web Hosting

You think you've gotten a great deal on web hosting? Think again! Because you probably pay too much. Hosting providers know exactly how to extract money and still keep you in the dark! Here's the typical thought process of a regular person searching for cheap web hosting: Compare the prices of … [Read more...]

You Don’t NEED to Buy an SSL Certificate!

This article is a bit of an anomaly. You've heard from everyone that you need to buy an SSL certificate from your site or risk being penalized by Google. Both in the search results, and when users visit your site from Chrome. All of this advice is true. You SHOULD get an SSL certificate. Your site … [Read more...]