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"WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org" (4 Things to Know & How to Switch)

What's the Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

I live in WordPress. Every morning, I log into the backend of HostingAdvice.com, and a huge chunk of my 9-to-5 hours are spent fiddling with posts, pages, and various custom fields. In my... read more »
By: Alexandra Leslie, 3/23/2017
10 Best Squarespace Templates (For Blogs, Videos, Photographers, etc.)

10 Best Squarespace Templates Perfect for Any Area of Interest

Most people want to share the things they’re passionate about with the world. For me, this includes talking tech in my professional life and discussing hobbies, like eating hamburgers and... read more »
By: Sean Garrity, 3/21/2017
7 Expert Tips to Secure Web Hosting — Featuring the Top Threats of 2017

Experts Discuss Top 7 Threats and Tips to Secure Web Hosting

In the hosting industry, hacked websites, botnets, malware, DDoS attacks, and various other forms of security vulnerabilities are all very commonplace. When you sign on to owning a website, you... read more »
By: Alexandra Leslie, 3/16/2017
"Shopify Plans" - Basic vs. Lite vs. Advanced vs. Plus (Pricing Table)

Comparing Shopify Plans: Lite, Basic, Standard, Advanced, & Plus

Whether you aim to be the next Amazon or you just want to see if your handmade jewelry could become a secondary revenue stream, your online store begins with a web host. Needless to say,... read more »
By: Alexandra Leslie, 3/15/2017
Start a Blog for Free (2 Options) — The Best Free Blog Platforms of 2017

Start Blogging for Free: 2017's Best Free Platforms for Writers

Blogging has many benefits. Aside from the therapeutic nature of expressing your thoughts and chronicling your adventures, blogging gives aspiring authors a prime chance to practice writing. The... read more »
By: Laura Stamey, 3/18/2017
"What is Wix.com?" (2017 Review, Costs, and Other Site Builder Q&As)

What is Wix? Our Review and How It Compares to Other Builders

In general, I’m a proponent of DIY. I don’t want to pay someone to come out and set up by cable box, I don’t want hand-holding as I play around with keyboards to determine which... read more »
By: Alexandra Leslie, 3/18/2017
10 Best Free Website Builders (2017)

10 Best Free Website Builders: Simple Tools to Start Your Site

“Free” is a powerful word. It’s natural to include it when searching for stuff online, just as it is human nature to be skeptical when the deal seems too good to be true. Being... read more »
By: Laura Stamey, 3/8/2017
10 Best "Photography Website" Hosting & Photo Hosting Sites (2017)

Top 10 Photography Website Builders for Beginners or Pros

Few 20th-century photographers were more creatively and technically adept than Ansel Adams. His photography of Yosemite and the Sierras is the stuff of legend. Adams’s signature black and white... read more »
By: Sean Garrity, 3/18/2017
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How to Unzip a File in Linux/Ubuntu

Linux/Ubuntu Help: Unzip a File

File compression can be accomplished in many different ways on a Linux system. The easiest way to determine which method to use to de-compress your file is to look at the extension. If your... read more »
By: Ryan Frankel, 10/9/2015
How to Change File Ownership & Groups in Linux

How Can I Change File Ownership and Groups in Linux?

File ownership and groups for files are fundamental to the Linux operating system. Every file in Linux is managed by a specific user and a specific group. Figure Out Who Owns the File, Then Use... read more »
By: PJ Fancher, 10/9/2015
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