About Us

About Us


We eat, breathe, and sleep all things web. As full-time programmers and tech managers at a leading web development firm, we get paid the big bucks to know our stuff.

About Us


There’s too much bad advice on the web. There just is. So we figured, why not spend our time providing great advice, guides, and reviews that people can actually trust? Voila!

About Us


Building and launching sites isn’t just a hobby — it’s our way of life. No team is more detail-orientatedoriented than ours, as we go the extra step every day to be experts at what we do.

Our Hosting Experts

Boasting a combined 54 years of hosting experience, our experts have built and launched everything from vertical-leading sites with millions of visits to small-scale personal projects. We collectively spend more than $48,000 annually on hosting services and personally operate numerous hosting accounts. For the ins and outs of hosting, look no further than HostingAdvice.

Sean Garrity is a Managing Editor at HostingAdvice with more than 10 years of experience researching, writing, and editing for numerous industry-specific trade publications. At HostingAdvice, Sean is charged with orchestrating the site’s content production, overseeing a team of writers, and ensuring the quality of feature and how-to articles. His goal is to keep organizations and entrepreneurs informed on the latest trends and technologies that can help them streamline operations and thrive online. When he isn’t wrapped up in discussions with experts, you can find Sean in front of his monitor, looking for what’s coming next in the fast-changing tech landscape.

Christine Preusler covers the hosting and technology space through in-depth feature articles and interviews with the biggest names in the industry. With more than a decade of experience managing and publishing print and digital publications, Christine leverages her communications skills to keep readers up to date on the latest web hosting services and innovations. Her goal is simple — to distill complex hosting concepts into clear yet thought-provoking narratives suitable for developers and tech newbies alike.

Ryan Frankel has been a professional in the tech industry for more than 10 years and has been developing websites for more than 15. With his background in integrated circuit design and digital signal processing, he has a fundamental understanding of hardware systems and the software that runs them. Ryan now sits as the CTO of Digital Brands Inc. and manages all of the server infrastructure of their websites, as well as their development team. In addition, Ryan has a passion for guitars, good coffee, and puppies.

Toby Sembower built and hosted his first website in 1998, when the Internet was often annoyingly referred to as "the information super-highway." Toby is the first to admit that site was plain terrible. Nonetheless, it piqued his interest in the Web, and he would go on to build, own, and operate (and host externally) sites totaling 100+ million visits on a variety of subject matters. Today Toby is CEO at Digital Brands Inc., a fast-growing firm that owns and operates a number of popular web properties.

Alexandra Leslie’s interest in website administration was sparked in her teens, priming her for a fast-paced career in managing, building, and contributing to online brands, including HostingAdvice, Forbes, and the blogs of prominent hosting providers. She brings firsthand experience reviewing web hosts, perfecting website design, optimizing content, and walking site owners through the steps that add up to a successful online presence. Today, she combines her extensive writing experience with technical understanding to unpack some of the most complex topics that daunt novice website owners, as well as the subjects that excite veteran technologists within the HostingAdvice readership.

PJ Fancher is a professional web developer with 16 years of experience. His background began with writing small web applications using Perl, PHP, and MySQL in 1998. He has well-rounded experience with all aspects of web development, from server and database configuration, to scripting, styling, design, and SEO. Today he brings his passion for web development to the team at Digital Brands Inc., helping to develop unique, high-quality, highly-optimized websites. He is ready to share his extensive knowledge and experience with the world of web hosting.

Roberto Sanchez got his start with web hosting when he was still in high school, with a Perl script to conjugate verbs on a shared host. Roberto has been involved with web development ever since, experimenting with many web languages and hosting types. Roberto is on the web development team at Digital Brands Inc., where he applies his knowledge of PHP and WordPress to improve performance for the firm's various web properties. Roberto also leverages NodeJS to develop exciting products at Digital Brands Inc. and is eager to share his experience with HostingAdvice.com users.

Jon McDonald is a Contributing Editor for HostingAdvice who has more than 15 years of writing and editing experience. His articles have appeared in New York Times publications as well as numerous online media outlets and he brings a passion for emerging technologies to his role at HostingAdvice. Jon likes to keep individuals and entrepreneurs informed on the data trends impacting their industries while keeping complex topics easy to understand. He enjoys covering industry segments, including cloud hosting, digital security, and mobile platforms, among many others, and is always looking to share new technologies with readers.