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Rocket Review – Fast Managed WordPress Hosting


Rocket

$30

Pros

  • Easy to use control panel
  • Actually fast
  • Everything is pre-configured
  • Daily backups
  • Lots of features

Cons

  • Lots of (arguably unnecessary) pre-installed plugins
  • Relatively expensive


Rocket is a WordPress hosting provider that focuses on speed, ease of use, and managed 24/7 support, the 3 main things people look for on a WordPress hosting provider. Read our detailed review here.

About Rocket

Rocket was launched in 2020 by industry veterans with years of experience. It’s apparent that Rocket was launched by people that know WordPress hosting and what its user need. They’re perfect for beginners, as their platform is super easy to use and great for developers and enterprises as it’s easily scalable.

It’s a privately owned company which means the focus is still on the customers and the product itself. Ben Gabler, one of the founders and owners, has 17+ years of experience in the web hosting industry.

That’s the gist of what you need to know about Rocket, the company. We’ll move onto their features.

Best Rocket Features

There’s actually too many to choose from, so we’ll focus on 2, and just mention some of the others below.

Taking speed to the next level

Most hosting providers promote their fast servers, but there’s much more to speed than just using NVMe disks and a basic caching algorithm. They use an enterprise CDN network with Edge servers by default, and it’s included for free with all plans, which is somewhat rare these days. Everything is pre-configured and managed by them, so you have nothing to worry about.

You’ll get dedicated resources, so it’s not just another shared hosting provider.

Their experts are available to help and troubleshoot your speed issues (if any) which are often time caused by bloated code, plugins, and themes. This is where Rocket differs from other hosting providers – their support team is always available to help and take that extra step to keep their customers satisfied.

You can learn more about their speed algorithm here and their network here.

The ease of use

Everything is intuitive and crystal clear. Even if you’re a complete beginner that’s using WordPress for the first time, this hosting provider would be a great fit for you. Their easy to use dashboard along with their support team will make the process of starting and running a WordPress website just easy. Deploying a website takes seconds and everything is pre-configured, including speed and security. You can even manage your website via their platform/dashboard. More on that later.

And more

  • Free migrations. So if you’re looking for an alternative, use their free migrations offer and move your sites to Rocket. They’ll do all the work.
  • An advanced firewall and malware scanning and patching. Preconfigured by default and free with all plans. Security is taken care of.
  • Automatic updates. Core, plugins, and/or themes.
  • 30-day money-back guarantee, no strings attached.
  • Automatic daily backups are included for free with all plans. You can always start an on-demand backup anytime.
  • User control. You can add multiple users to your hosting account.
  • One-click installs and staging. Staging sites are free and included with all plans.
  • SSH, Git, SFTP, Cron jobs are included for free with all plans.

You can learn more about their features here.

Rocket has one of the best user interfaces

Their dashboard/platform/control panel/user interface, or however you’d call it (they call it Mission Control) is one of the best and easiest we’ve tried so far, and we’ve tried many. It’s intuitive and perfect for beginners.

Creating a site can be done within a minute. Choose a site name and server location, set up the admin email and password and that’s it.

Once the site is created, you can use Mission Control to manage the website. This includes:

  • Activating, deactivating, deleting, and updating plugins and themes straight from the control panel. This is where their control panel is perfect and easy to use. All of this can be done with a single click and right from the panel, without even accessing wp-admin.
  • Creating a staging site. Again, with a single click.
  • Managing backups (daily and on-demand). Restoring from a backup can be done with a single click.
  • Visitors analytics.
  • Managing FTP accounts.
  • Changing PHP versions, creating cron jobs, etc.

Rocket pricing

They’re not the cheapest and not even in the mid-range, but you get what you pay for. Considering all the features and the kind of support you get, their pricing is justified and worth it, especially for beginners or just people that want their managed hosting done right.

The cheapest plan is $30 per month and includes 1 WP install, 25K visitors, 10GB storage, 50GB bandwidth, and all other features.

You can get 2 months off if you pay annually. As of writing, there’s a launch promo going on which you can use to start your website for $1.

We have an exclusive coupon code for ThisHosting.Rocks visitors – 50% off for the first 3 months.

What we don’t like about Rocket

There’s plenty of things we like about Rocket, but here’ what we don’t.

The pretty large list of pre-installed and pre-activated plugins.

When you create a site, a bunch of plugins get installed (and some even activated) by default. As of writing, there’s no option to disable these during the install, you’ll have to manually go over and deactivate or delete them. It just seems like bloat.

Their reasoning is to make it easier for beginners, but even then, when you’re forcing a certain plugin onto a new site when there are (maybe) better alternatives, it’s a turn-off. Lots of WordPress users may disagree with this specific list of plugins and rather have the alternatives.

Disabling and/or deleting them takes seconds, but still.

Some plugins are not even necessary and require extra configurations, like OptinMonster, so enabling it by default may deter beginners rather than help them out.

They’re working on a feature that enables you to change the pre-installed plugins list, so this can be avoided in the future. Having a list of plugins and themes that you regularly use and install on all websites would be a perfect feature to have. We all have our list of plugins that we install and activate on all new sites, and it takes (a bit) of time, but having it done by default on all new sites would be great.

The pricing is expensive, but again, you get what you pay for and it is justifiable. If you need cheap, you’ll have to sacrifice something, be it speed, support, or just features. You don’t sacrifice anything with this kind of pricing though.

If they fix the plugin thing it may be the first host we like everything about.

Conclusion

We definitely recommend Rocket for everyone, but especially beginners. Try them out, test their support’s response times (which is fast btw), try their Mission Control, and we bet you’ll like it.

September 2020 Web Server Survey


In the September 2020 survey we received responses from 1,196,298,727 sites, across 264,284,761 unique domains and 10,338,585 web-facing computers. Compared with last month, this is a loss of 34,277,859 sites and 10,901 web-facing computers, but a gain of 2,463,474 unique domains.

Approximately 15 million domains have switched from Microsoft web server software to OpenResty, a web server which adds LuaJIT support to nginx. This represents a 5.97 percentage point drop in Microsoft’s market share of domains, and, accordingly, a 6.71 percentage point increase for OpenResty. OpenResty now powers 34.5 million domains, giving it a 13% market share and gaining it third place behind nginx and Apache. This huge swing is driven by GoDaddy migrating its customers’ parked domains from GoDaddy’s own hosting infrastructure to Google Cloud.

Microsoft also experienced a large loss of 49,600 web-facing computers (-3.1%), unrelated to the GoDaddy OpenResty migration. The largest increase in web-facing computers was seen for Apache (+19,100), though this was not enough to re-take the lead from nginx, which became the largest web server vendor by this metric last month.

Most of the large vendors saw drops in terms of the number of active sites hosted this month. Cloudflare and LiteSpeed are among the vendors who saw growth in this area despite the overall negative trend. Pepyaka (used by Wix) and Squarespace also both gained active sites (+3.0% and +2.6% respectively), reflecting the growing popularity of website builders.

New vendor releases

This month LiteSpeed released version 5.4.9 of the LiteSpeed Web Server. A small number of new features have been added in this update, including automatic CloudFlare CDN IP detection and support for bcrypt password hashes when using HTTP authentication.

Apache have released three new versions of Tomcat this month – 8.5.58, 9.0.38 and 10.0.0-M8. These releases each add a number of new features and security patches. Notable changes include adding support for the Expect HTTP header, and adding support for setting read and write idle timeouts on websocket connections.

Apache also released version 8.1.0 of Apache Traffic Server. This release focused on improving the stability, reliability and performance of the server’s HTTP/2 support.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

Developer August 2020 Percent September 2020 Percent Change
nginx 448,602,806 36.45% 407,086,442 34.03% -2.43
Apache 318,307,245 25.87% 330,682,809 27.64% 1.78
Microsoft 118,126,662 9.60% 95,944,600 8.02% -1.58
Google 44,326,227 3.60% 45,689,961 3.82% 0.22
Web server market share for active sites

Developer August 2020 Percent September 2020 Percent Change
Apache 50,966,410 26.62% 50,925,159 26.46% -0.16
nginx 37,794,331 19.74% 37,549,911 19.51% -0.23
Google 18,767,650 9.80% 18,663,687 9.70% -0.11
Microsoft 8,009,744 4.18% 7,861,906 4.08% -0.10

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer August 2020 Percent September 2020 Percent Change
Apache 280,158 28.02% 280,949 28.09% 0.08
nginx 257,472 25.75% 257,562 25.76% 0.01
Microsoft 72,787 7.28% 71,664 7.17% -0.11
LiteSpeed 20,348 2.03% 21,341 2.13% 0.10
Web server market share for computers

Developer August 2020 Percent September 2020 Percent Change
nginx 3,528,858 34.10% 3,531,550 34.16% 0.06
Apache 3,474,321 33.57% 3,493,422 33.79% 0.22
Microsoft 1,585,588 15.32% 1,535,962 14.86% -0.46
Web server market share for domains

Developer August 2020 Percent September 2020 Percent Change
nginx 79,757,929 30.46% 79,534,471 30.09% -0.37
Apache 70,197,130 26.81% 70,646,497 26.73% -0.08
Microsoft 36,772,587 14.04% 21,331,946 8.07% -5.97
Google 2,402,979 0.92% 2,387,975 0.90% -0.01

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How to Start an Investing and Stock Trading Blog – ShoeMoney

Starting a blog is one of the best ways to document your progress when trying to do anything new. If you scour through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you will often find that they are not only posting pictures and videos of their journey and success, but also on their blog as well.

Now, when it comes to starting a blog to document your journey, it’s usually done in the personal finance, weight loss and health industries. Heck, even starting a blog while in college to document your journey is a fun and exciting idea!

The truth is, many great blogs start out as hobbies and side projecys, then turn into much more. We are seeing a lot more of this in the world of investing and day trading, thanks to Robinhood and other platforms now making it so easy to trade. What starts out as a fun side project, quickly turns into a valuable case study and resource for others.

With this in mind, today we wanted to walk through some of the most important things you will need to know before starting a personal finance and stock trading journey-style blog of your own.

Let’s get started!

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How to Get Started with a Personal Finance and Stock Trading Blog

Before getting started with your blog, you will need to have a few things in place. We’ve listed each of them for you below.

  • A domain name for your site
  • A reliable web host
  • A free install of WordPress

These three components are the foundation for your site and once they are in place, you can start creating content and sharing your site right away.

The good news is, you won’t need to have any technical or design skills to set this up. There’s no longer a need to register your domain name in one place, sign up for hosting and then manually install WordPress.

More often than not, reliable web hosting solutions will have most of this done for you already, or done in a one-click process after sign up.

Creating Your Blog Content in Your Own Style

Once you are ready to go live with your blog, it’s all about knowing what type of content you are going to provide to your audience and what your writing style is going to be.

Are you going for informational content, building a relationship with your audience, or just statistical data?

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A perfect example of this can be seen in Max’s penny stocks to buy reference guide, which is written in an informational way to walk users through a process of how to get started with investing in stocks, while also providing them with any other necessary information.

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On the flip side, if you want to see a site that is more storyline and quick to read, Dave Ramsey’s Debt Free Journey is a great example. The text and subtitles are big, which are meant for quick and easy reading, while also relating with the audience that is likely already on the site.

Both of these content types are perfectly fine, it’s just a matter of picking the one that is best for you and your audience.

In order to create the best content for your audience, be sure to analyze other sites within your niche market and see what they are doing the best and how you might be able to improve on it even further.

How to Make Your Blog Stand Out From the Crowd

With more than 300+ million active WordPress-Powered blogs on the internet today, there are more than enough already out there — however, none of them are unique to your own experience, story or the value that you can provide to others.

Even with that being said, if you truly want to stand out from the crowd and make a different with your blog, there are a few important things you should know.

  • Most people won’t read all of your content, and will only skim through the first few paragraphs
  • The title you choose for your blog content is going to play a huge role in attention and clicks
  • Adding visual images and content to your blog articles is a great way to break up text content
  • Share your latest blog posts across all social platforms

By understanding the most basic tips of blogging content creation and marketing, you will quickly find yourself ahead of the competition.

However, don’t expect immediate results over night. And if you are absolutely desperate to start getting traffic to your site right away, try these working methods:

  • Join relevant Groups on Facebook and share your content with others
  • Leave comments on other relevant blogs in your niche
  • Invest some time in learning how to guest blog on other sites
  • Learn the process of SEO and how to start ranking in Google
  • Always share your content and use hashtags on social media

While all of these methods are great and work extremely well, some of them will work better and faster than others. The important thing to remember, is to NOT buy a ton of backlinks or traffic from low quality sources and services. This is usually just fake bot traffic and has no value.

Get Started with Your Blogging Journey Today

Blogging takes time and getting traffic through the search results is a long process as well.

In order for this to happen, your site must have quality traffic, backlinks and a good amount of social shares. These are all things that will happen over time, which is also why it’s important to try and not rush the process.

Blogging is all about you, and how you can provide a valuable experience to your site readers and potential audience.

Remember… with more than 300+ million WordPress sites already out there, be sure to put the time, work and effort in to create something special!

Help setting up Fastmail w/ my Google Domain


Purchased my domain w/ Google. Signed up for the free month of Fastmail to give it a try. I am unsure of how to set up email w/ the domain. I have the email with Fastmail, ex. “myname@mydomain.com. Fastmail says I have to change the DNS records for my domain to get the email working. When I login to my settings on Google domain there are a few sections and I’m just not sure which section to create the “MX, TXT and “CNAME”” records. There are 5 sections in the domain settings, could anyone tell me which section to add these MX and TXT/CNAME records? The 5 sections are:

  1. Name servers

  2. DNSSEC

  3. Registered hosts

  4. Synthetic records

  5. Custom resource records

I’ll add an imgur link to screencaps of Google Domain and Fastmail –

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5 Ways to Improve WordPress SEO


If you’re running an online platform, there’s a high probability that WordPress is your content management tool, which puts you in one of the largest user groups in the online world. Since most of the SEO score marks depend on various content attributes, it’s important to learn as much as possible about WordPress SEO tools and features that allow you to improve your score.

In this article, we are going to inspect five different ways to improve global SEO results for WordPress-based websites.

Recommended read: Best WordPress Hosting Providers

Carry Out Astute Keyword Research

The most important element of your SEO endeavors is the keyword strategy. You should dig online for chat rooms and forums that attract your user group to understand how they communicate, what issues they face regarding your business interests, and create a keyword strategy based on humans rather than computer algorithms.

Pay attention to keywords that work for your competitors, as well as those a little above your current rank. You can use Sitechecker ranking checker to analyze, not only keywords, but competition rank, long-tail keywords that bring the most value, and many other SEO parameters. If you are not sure how to add keywords in WordPress, there’s a wide spectrum of methods and plug-ins you can use to implement a holistic keyword strategy through the WordPress dashboard.

Review and Optimize Your Theme in WordPress

The choice of the theme has a strong influence on WordPress search engine visibility rate such as load speed, bounce rate, mobile-friendliness, all of which can be easily avoided if we follow SEO best practices and perform a full analysis of our website theme performance and design status. WordPress dashboard offers a series of settings and maintenance tools that allow you to easily, without technical knowledge, adjust your theme to its full capacity and make it lightweight, fast, easy to navigate, and well-structured.

A fully optimized theme mitigates bounce rate elements caused by a broken plug-in, poor visibility on mobile, or slow loading speed.

Optimize your site for speed

There may be some old images you used during past campaigns or leftover plug-ins you rarely use. All this extra content draws back your website speed because it takes more time for the server to load all the images and plug-ins. However, the advent of HTTP/2 protocol allows us to increase the data transfer rate from server to client through the exchange of nothing but essential information packs and a series of features that benefit the speed of your website.

Avoid large image sizes, compress your graphics to a web-friendly format, or use embedded links for videos to diminish the strain on your hardware infrastructure.

Recommended read: How Does Web Hosting Affect SEO

Write good content and write often

It’s not enough to get people to click on your link and leave faster than it took them to get there, which is a Black Hat SEO strategy called clickbait content. In this WordPress SEO tutorial, we’ll observe nothing but White Hat techniques, so our advice is to create such content that brings value to your audience. Make your posts informative and well-written so that everyone could understand the message you wish to convey. Analyze your audience’s interests, goals, and common challenges and show them through blog posts how your brand can help them overcome different challenges or improve their everyday lives and businesses.

It’s also very important to write regularly but don’t consider you should publish five posts per day to get positive results. Two or three long-form blog posts with detailed and well-structured narrative enriched by images, graphs, and other appropriate content to substantiate your claims. This is a direct road towards the establishment of authority within the community.

Set your categories and tags correctly

When search engines index your content, they act the same as users and look for information that explains what a certain page is about. It’s of utmost importance to keep your meta tags descriptive and the crawling process fast to score a high crowability score with search engines. WordPress user interface allows seamless categorization, which allows search bots to scan your website faster. You can create new categories, and even tag posts according to a certain keyword or popular phrase that relates to the topic of your content.

Conclusion

WordPress is such a feature-rich CMS that most of us can’t even imagine the extent of customization and optimization possibilities we have at our disposal and how easy this piece of software makes it. There are dozens of interesting tasks you can take to practice your WordPress skills within the platform’s sandbox section. Search engine optimization is a never-ending process, and it’s smart to automate and facilitate your workflow as much as possible. We hope this article will help you improve your website rank and adopt an interest in WordPress development.

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Can you be an affiliate marketer without a website?

Can I do affiliate marketing without a website?

It’s a question we’re asked on a regular basis. The short answer is yes. But there’s a little more to it than that.

In this article, we’ll explore common and not so common methods people have utilized which have led to success in the affiliate channel without creating their own websites. What is important to note is that some advertisers list having a website as a requirement for their affiliate program. It’s advised to look for these parameters within an advertiser’s terms and conditions prior to signing up for their program. Alternatively, you can reach out directly to discuss your chosen approach.

How can I make money with affiliate marketing without a website?

There are several common approaches to affiliate marketing without a website, and certain publishers find their profits are far higher using these methods. You will come to see that though definitely viable, each option may take either significant time or financial investment to reach their full earning potential for you.

Promote through social media 

Promoting brands through social media is one of the most common ways to share your affiliate links without a website in 2020. As there are so many different social media platforms to choose from, you should consider what content you’re confident in creating. You should also think about the target audience you are hoping to reach with your content and which platforms they might be using more often.

Facebook is currently still the most used social media platform globally and is great for a variety of content types. Here you have the opportunity for more written content that can be accompanied by images or videos. However, certain audience demographics may spend more time elsewhere. Instagram is a popular platform for brands with strong visual appeal, as it is an image focused form of social media. You can fit more information into video content on this platform but some people may not feel comfortable creating video content. It should be noted that this is a fear that should be overcome sooner rather than later, as video is increasing in popularity in online marketing. 

Twitter is great if you want to be short and succinct in your marketing, but struggles to allow for longer-form content that could be necessary for some products and brands. LinkedIn is a professionally-driven social media network. As such, products promoted here should really have more of a business focus.

TikTok is now emerging as a place for marketers to create content which could help increase sales. To fully utilize the social media app to increase sales, affiliate marketers need to be able to place links within their content. TikTok recently launched ‘TikTok for Business’ which does allow creators to do this, however, the minimum advertising spend for their features is $50 per day. Some may find this sort of cost does not create a positive CPA for their efforts.

As you can see, the four major social media platforms have their benefits and pitfalls… it all depends on where you think you can best put your energy.

Youtube videos

You may have noted that we didn’t list Youtube in the ‘promote through social media’ section above. This is for very good reason. Firstly, Youtube is commonly classified as a search engine before it is categorized as a social media platform.

Using Youtube is a great way to promote your associated brands and be part of the affiliate marketing game without needing your own website. Audiences watching Youtube videos are already primed and searching for advice and information, or ‘warm leads.’ Nurturing a dedicated audience can see very high success rates for affiliate products but, of course, it takes time to build this trust with an audience.

Paid ads

Paid ads, as the name suggests, take initial investment from a publisher to see a return on that investment. Paid ads are available on lots of platforms, with varying costs. These can be extremely effective if you find the right niche with a good CPC (Cost Per Click).

One of the most popular platforms is Google Ads. These ads are relatively easy to set up and have a good interface to be able to track the successes or failures of the adverts. However, in certain popular niches, CPC can be extremely high.

Paid advertising takes time to tweak to ensure the money you are outlying for the advert creates a profitable return for your efforts.

Forum browsing

This can be a time-consuming option but an effective one. Finding online forums where people are asking questions about your specific affiliate marketing niche takes time but within these spaces can be lots of very warm leads. Where people are asking for information, you can offer valuable advice with the knowledge you’ve gained as a publisher and then provide your affiliate marketing link alongside it. 

The key here is to ensure you are actually providing value to the reader with your comments. Only comment and insert your affiliate link if it is relevant to what they have asked and always provide context around your link – never just the link on its own. Otherwise, you can come off as ‘spammy’ and people will be less inclined to purchase from you or the brands you work with.

This technique can also work in the comments sections of relevant news articles, blogs, Youtube video comments, and even other forms of social media. 

EDMs (Email marketing)

Building an email marketing list is a tried and true form of marketing. It means you can utilize your database across other platforms but, most importantly, speak to your database very directly. Whether these emails are designed and branded or very simple in format, you’ll be able to reach them straight to their inbox.

Lots of research has been conducted as to the best trends to follow for email marketing, particularly in 2020. Optimizing for mobile users and focusing on storytelling are just two of them. The best part of email marketing is you can be as creative, or not, as you like.

Many email database management systems will allow you to segment your list too. So you can potentially separate your audience into people who have previously purchased from you, those who are warm, and those who are cold leads.

It’s very important to consider data privacy laws when it comes to email marketing, as it is your responsibility as a publisher to adhere to these in different regions around the world. 

‘Traditional’ marketing

We’re talking print, radio, and flyers here — ‘old school’ marketing tactics. These come with their own varied costs, but as long as the link or coupon code is unique to the publisher, this data can still be tracked.

At ShareASale, we have the ability to track coupon and discount codes within our data tracking using advanced coupon code tracking. So if you would like to put an ad in your local newspaper or on a flyer drop, your affiliate efforts can be monitored. What needs to be considered here is both your return on investment, as well as the inability to be as targeted as is possible other methods. You could be wasting your money promoting to an audience who simply won’t convert for you or your advertiser.

How do I host a webpage I made on Canva on my own domain?


So I have this landing page https://www.canva.com/design/DAEHY4xFx7Y/IyPimIWg2CI6igT-trRwXQ/view?website#2 that I want to host on my own domain. Canva doesn’t seem to provide a simple way to download the whole page source.

I tried downloading all the resources from the page using httrack, but it doesn’t seem to work – when I open index.html I get a page saying that I need to update my browser, so something is going wrong.

Is there a straightforward way for me to download the source code?