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ANN ARBOR, MI – A2 Hosting, a committed provider of high-performance shared hosting, WordPress Hosting, and more, today announced that its A2 Optimized Plugin will be compatible with WordPress 5.

WordPress 5 first entered beta in October, and is slated for a full release in the very near future, WordPress 5 features a complete redesign and reimagining of the WordPress Editor. The update also includes improvements to the WordPress Rest API, enhancements to the custom theme and page building experience, and an overall more intuitive experience.


With an eye on simplicity, A2 Hosting provides a hosting environment that meets WordPress requirements by default. In other words, there’s no tinkering required on your end to get your site up and running smoothly (and with greater security).

The A2 Optimized plugin is designed to help users easily optimize their WordPress sites for speed, security, and performance. To that end, it’s designed to automatically configure W3 Total Cache, optimizing your website with minimal effort on your part. These tools and utilities will assist A2’s clients in building the best website possible, allowing them to focus on content and branding rather than optimization.

The plugin is offered free of charge, with additional features available to A2 Hosting customers.

“At A2 Hosting, we always strive to offer the best experience imaginable for our clients,” explains Brad Litwin, Marketing Manager at A2 Hosting. “To that end, our shared environment meets WordPress’s recommended hosting environment by default, and we offer a comprehensive set of Managed WordPress hosting solutions. Our experts are also constantly testing the ideal WordPress configuration, tweaking it to offer the fastest page loads, best performance, and highest security possible.”

“Providing webmasters with a seamless upgrade to the most game-changing version of WordPress yet is one more aspect of our commitment to excellence, and one more way our plugin can enhance our clients’ WordPress experience,” he continues. “Clients are free to enjoy all the versatility WordPress has to offer, without the technical challenges it can present – to focus on building their site, writing content, and promoting their brand while we manage the rest.”

A2 Hosting, Inc. is a high-performance hosting company located in Ann Arbor, MI. A2 Hosting provides their customers with ultra-reliable solutions and 24/7/365 US-based support from their Guru Crew team. Since 2003, A2 Hosting has offered innovative, affordable and developer friendly website hosting for personal homepages up to full-service solutions for businesses of all sizes, based in all locations. Each A2 Hosting service is hosted on their fine-tuned SwiftServer Hosting platform. Customers seeking an additional speed boost can host on A2 Hosting’s Turbo Servers featuring page load speeds up to 20X faster compared to competing hosts.

To learn more about A2 Hosting, visit https://www.a2hosting.com

About WordPress
WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day. WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as a full content management system and so much more through the use of thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes. WordPress is limited only by your imagination.

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Tampa, FL – Hivelocity, a leading provider of dedicated servers, cloud hosting, colocation and managed services, announced the acquisition of Incero.com, a Texas based IaaS provider with data centers in Dallas, Seattle and New York City.

“We are very excited to bring the Hivelocity experience to all of our new customers. Our customer centric focus is what continues to foster our growth and what allows us to do things like we accomplished today. I hope our customers, new and old, are just as excited as we are about today’s news. Every one of our customers will benefit from the addition of our 9th, 10th and 11th data centers in what is now 7 highly strategic domestic markets,” said Hivelocity COO, Steve Eschweiler. “Soon, our new data centers in Dallas, Seattle and New York will be privately connected to our other data centers in Los Angeles, Miami, Tampa, Atlanta and New York City. This private connectivity between all of our data centers gives us the ability to maximize network performance and allows our customers to exchange data between geo-diverse solutions free, fast and securely. Our new customers from Incero will now have services previously unavailable to them like Private Cloud, Rapid Restore, Managed Services and the ability to instantly deploy Bare-Metal in more than twice as many markets as before.”


Incero was founded in 2008 and quickly gained traction with aggressive pricing coupled with a no-nonsense approach to self-managed bare-metal. “We think our new customers from Incero will be thrilled when they see what Hivelocity brings to the table for them. Our pricing aligns with what they are accustomed to from Incero, but our scale allows us to offer them a great deal more in both solutions and customer service. Hivelocity has made exceptional customer service and technical support the foundation of its business since 2002. Our objective is to exceed our customer’s expectations every time we interact with them. Over the next few months our goal is to improve upon everything they have already enjoyed at Incero previously. We aim to improve their network, their support experience and give them more options to most effectively operate their online presence.”

Hivelocity provides high-performance data center services to thousands of customers from over 130 countries since 2002. Hivelocity boasts a Net Promotor Score of 81 which signifies a world-class level of customer service. In 2017, Hivelocity completed the acquisition of RackAlley, an IaaS provider headquartered in Los Angeles. Both acquisitions have been privately funded allowing Hivelocity to continue operating with only the customer’s best interests in mind.

For more information about Hivelocity you can visit them at https://www.hivelocity.net/.

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LONDON – OnApp has launched version v6.0 of the OnApp cloud management platform. More information and demos are available at https://onapp.com/v6.

OnApp v6.0 includes the new version of OnApp Accelerator, which delivers up to a 100% performance improvement for websites hosted in OnApp clouds. It also introduces Buckets, a combined Role-Based Access Control and billing engine that gives cloud service providers total flexibility in how they package and price their cloud services; new Software-Defined Networking capabilities; enhanced cloud workload import capabilities; enhanced notifications and cloud automation features; support for VMware vCenter; and improved export for usage data, to simplify integration with Business and Operational Support Systems.


“OnApp makes cloud easy for Telcos, MSPs and other service providers who have struggled to make cloud profitable – either because of the cost and complexity of building and managing their own open source clouds, or because of the commercial limitations of reselling hyperscale clouds like AWS,” said Tim Meredith, OnApp’s Chief Commercial Officer. “The new version of OnApp makes it even easier to build a cloud with OnApp, integrate cloud billing models with your existing billing systems and processes, and get to market fast with your own accelerated cloud services.”

OnApp v6.0 includes the new version of OnApp’s patented website acceleration technology. OnApp Accelerator delivers up to a 100% performance improvement for websites hosted in OnApp clouds, by automatically optimizing web content and distributing it to 20 locations on a global Content Delivery Network (CDN) managed by OnApp.

“We believe everyone should have great web performance – and with OnApp you get that for free,” said Ditlev Bredahl, OnApp CEO. “Our patented Accelerator technology makes websites up to twice as fast with zero effort. If your business depends on your website, you don’t need to know how to set up a CDN, and don’t have to pay extra for a CDN service – you just need to host your site with an OnApp cloud provider. OnApp Accelerator is a great value-add for service providers and helps make their customers’ e-commerce sites more profitable too. For customers who have more complex content delivery needs, like streaming video, we still offer a fully customizable CDN platform – but for the vast majority of website owners, Accelerator finally democratizes website performance.”

About OnApp
OnApp software makes cloud easy for MSPs, Telcos and other large service providers. The OnApp cloud platform enables service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products through an intuitive ‘single pane of glass’ user interface – including on-premises private cloud, hosted private cloud, public cloud, bare metal, containers, CDN and Disaster Recovery – and embraces multiple virtualization platforms, cloud locations and cloud infrastructure types, to create a simple, efficient, frictionless customer experience.

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BALTIMORE – Speedify.tech recently announced that it developed new software ‘FreeSSL.tech Auto’ to help web designers, businesses and laymen add the “Secure” status of an SSL certificate to their website. Using a simple download, businesses can comply with Chrome 70 SSL certificate requirements without having to outsource the costly help of additional technical experts.

Removing the glaring “Not Secure” status message from websites’ address bars has become an urgent priority for many businesses and online retailers. The recent shift in Chrome opened an entire market of predatory “experts” who charge exorbitant fees to offer a relatively easy fix. In response, the web designers and developers of Speedify.tech created a free and simple way for businesses to comply with Google Chrome’s certificate requirements.


FreeSSL.tech offers ‘A Let’s Encrypt client/app’ that is written in PHP. “The app completes the automation of a free SSL certificate in shared hosting, renewing and installing that certificate quickly and without need of additional tech help. All that is required is a web browser, the software download and a few minutes.” said Anindya Sundar Mandal, Lead Developer of FreeSSL.tech.

This SSL Certificate app:

  • Works with shared hosting.
  • Requires no root access.
  • Requires no command line expertise.
  • Works with a friendly administrator’s dashboard.
  • Is installed and configured using a browser.
  • Is mobile responsive. Users can efficiently manage its functions using a mobile phone.
  • Is completely free of cost, with no obligations.

There are some minimum system requirements necessary to use the software, including:

  • Linux hosting: cPanel or any other control panel (this client is NOT compatible with Windows hosting).
  • PHP 5.4 and up.
  • MySQL 5 or MariaDB 10.
  • OpenSSL extension.
  • Curl extension.
  • MySQLi extension.
  • PHP directive allow_url_fopen = On
  • An SSL installation feature enabled for cPanel accounts (for automatic installation of a free SSL Certificate).

Speedify.tech also maintains a free video tutorial HERE (https://freessl.tech/video) for those who would like a simplified walk-through.

Secure status has always been an important feature for websites that take credit card information, but that is no longer the sole reason for businesses to add a certificate to their sites. Google Chrome rates sites “Not secure” if they ask for any type of user content: passwords, emails, etc. And after the recent July 2018 update, Chrome now marks any site “Not secure” that does not have a certificate.

Finally, starting October 16, 2018, Chrome begins marking uncompliant HTTP websites as “Not secure” with a bright red warning color whenever users start to type in information, immediately alerting users to that site’s status. Businesses that do not add a “Secure” status soon may find themselves losing customers.

About Speedify.tech and Getwww.me
Speedify.tech and Getwww.me are related web development and design companies that specialize in PHP, MySQL, Apache, Linux, CSS, JavaScript, HTML, WordPress, Joomla, Zend Framework and others. With over 10 years of experience in the business, the designers develop new mobile responsive websites, overhaul existing sites, add new functionality, increase website loading speeds and incorporate automation to many web processes.

To learn more about what Speedify.tech can do to speed up your website, visit: www.speedify.tech.
To learn more about how to transform or update your business or organization’s website, visit: www.getwww.me.

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PHOENIX – Namecheap, the world’s second largest retail domain registrar with over 10 million domains under management, and one of the fastest-growing American companies according to the 2018 Inc. 5000, today announced a partnership with Adobe Portfolio, a platform that enables users to quickly and simply build a website to showcase creative work.

Adobe Portfolio customers can now search, purchase and connect custom domain names from Namecheap in a few clicks without ever leaving the Adobe platform. Additionally, Adobe Portfolio customers will have access to exclusive promotional prices on select top-level domains (TLDs) from Namecheap.


“Namecheap and Adobe Portfolio share a mission to help designers, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups launch their ideas to the world through their own website,” said Hillan Klein, Namecheap COO. “Namecheap’s custom integration into their platform will make purchasing and connecting a domain name easier than ever before for Adobe Portfolio customers.”

For nearly two decades Namecheap has been steadfast in creating new products and joining partnerships that improve online accessibility and affordability, allowing more people to bring their ideas and dreams to life on the Internet. Namecheap is also committed to providing unparalleled service for its millions of customers.

“Adobe Portfolio’s mission is to help creatives quickly and easily build custom, beautiful websites to showcase their work, and we’re always innovating with the creative in mind. This newest integration with Namecheap is yet another feature that makes Portfolio best-of-breed and allows for creatives to stay true to their unique brand through increased customization capabilities,” said Will Allen, Senior Director, Behance, 99U and Portfolio at Adobe.

Adobe Portfolio enables creatives of all levels to quickly and simply build a custom website to showcase their original projects and establish an online presence for both personal and professional use. The platform is available, free of charge, to all Creative Cloud subscribers, regardless of subscription level. For subscribers, it’s as simple as picking a theme, uploading content and publishing their website using the domain of their choice. With a strong international presence, Adobe Portfolio serves creatives across the globe through localization tools. Adobe Portfolio is available in 19 languages, including English, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Korean.

Customers can purchase a new domain within Adobe Portfolio, which includes a free lifetime subscription of WhoisGuard, Namecheap’s Whois privacy protection software. Additionally all domain purchases within Adobe Portfolio include Namecheap’s amazing signature customer service.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. Celebrating nearly two decades of providing unparalleled levels of service, security, and support, Namecheap has been steadfast in customer satisfaction. With over 10 million domains under management, Namecheap is among the top domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world. To learn more about Namecheap, visit namecheap.com.

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LAS VEGAS, NV (VMworld 2018) – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), announced that VMware Cloud on AWS is now available in Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Asia-Pacific (Sydney) region. VMware also announced new capabilities that help organizations around the globe to rapidly migrate applications and data centers to an intrinsically secure cloud service that meets enterprise application needs.

VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service that reduces the cost and effort associated with migrating applications to the cloud by delivering infrastructure and operations that are consistent with those deployed within customer data centers, and extending tools, processes, and practices proven to support the most demanding applications. VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered, sold, and supported by VMware and its partner community and brings VMware’s enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center software to the AWS Cloud, enabling customers to run production applications across VMware vSphere-based hybrid cloud environments, with optimized access to the breadth and depth of AWS services and robust disaster protection.


“VMware Cloud on AWS is now available across multiple regions globally including the U.S., Europe, and now Asia-Pacific, and we’ve increased the rate at which we deliver innovative capabilities and powerful solutions for our customers,” said Mark Lohmeyer, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. “VMware Cloud on AWS provides a fast and cost-effective way to migrate mission-critical applications, or even entire data centers, to the cloud. And once in the cloud, we provide the industry-leading Software-Defined Data Center capabilities of VMware, coupled with the elasticity, breadth, and depth of AWS infrastructure and services, making it the ideal platform for modern applications.”

“Customers have been asking us to bring VMware Cloud on AWS to Asia Pacific, and we are pleased to be doing that today,” said Sandy Carter, vice president, EC2 Windows Enterprise Workloads, Amazon Web Services. “VMware Cloud on AWS is the only hybrid cloud service that allows vSphere customers to leverage consistent infrastructure across on-premises data centers and AWS, allowing them to migrate current and new workloads to the cloud with the most functionality, greatest agility, and best security and performance. VMware Cloud on AWS enables customers to save costs, while also enabling them to scale depending on their application needs.”

The latest VMware Cloud on AWS updates include:

50 percent lower entry-level price and new minimum configuration: VMware will reduce the entry price for VMware Cloud on AWS by 50 percent and offer a smaller 3-host minimum SDDC configuration as a starting point for production workloads. For a limited time, VMware will offer the 3-Host SDDC environment for the cost of a 2-Host configuration.

License optimization for enterprise applications (Oracle/Microsoft): With new custom CPU core count capabilities, customers will be able to specify just the number of CPU cores they need, reducing the cost of running mission-critical applications that are licensed per CPU core. With VM-Host Affinity customers will be able to pin workloads to a specific host group to support licensing requirements.

Instant Data Center evacuation with live migration of 1000’s of VMs: Customers will be able to live migrate thousands of VMs with zero downtime and schedule exactly when to cut over to the new cloud environment with VMware NSX Hybrid Connect (previously known as VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension) powered by vMotion and vSphere Replication. VMware is offering a free migration cost assessment with VMware Cost Insight as part of the core service to assist with cloud migration planning.

New high-capacity storage option, backed by Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS): Customers will be able to independently scale compute and storage resource requirements and reduce costs for storage-capacity demanding workloads with new clusters for storage-dense environments. These clusters deliver scalable storage capabilities with VMware vSAN utilizing Amazon Elastic Block Storage and run on new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) R5.metal instances. Amazon EC2 R5.metal instances are based on 2.5 GHz Intel Platinum 8000 series (Skylake-SP) processors. Each host has two sockets, 48 cores, 96 hyper-threads, 768 GB RAM, and 25 Gbps network bandwidth.

Application-centric security with VMware NSX: Customers will gain granular control over east-west traffic between workloads running in VMware Cloud on AWS through micro-segmentation provided by NSX. Security policies can be defined based on workload attributes (e.g., VM names, OS versions) and user-defined tags, are dynamically enforced at the VM-level, and follow workloads wherever they are moved.

NSX/AWS Direct Connect integration for simplified, high-performance connectivity: This new integration will make it easier for customers to connect across hybrid cloud environments and improve network performance. Integration between NSX and AWS Direct Connect will enable private and consistent connectivity between VMware workloads running on VMware Cloud on AWS and those running on-premises. This integration will also accelerate migration to cloud and enable multi-tier hybrid applications.

Optimized cost/performance with autoscaling: Elastic DRS allows users to automate VMware Cloud on AWS cluster scaling. Elastic DRS enables automated scaling up or scaling down of hosts and rebalancing of clusters, based on the needs of the applications and the policies the customer defines.

Real-Time log management included at no additional cost: VMware has added VMware Log Intelligence to the core VMware Cloud on AWS service, providing customers with access to VMware Cloud on AWS audit logs for increased security and compliance at no additional cost.

Rapidly Growing Ecosystem Validates Demand for VMware-Based Hybrid Cloud
VMware partners are helping customers deploy hybrid cloud environments using VMware Cloud on AWS. In less than six months since launching the expansion of the VMware Partner Network to enable solution providers, managed service providers (MSPs), and system integrators to grow their hybrid cloud business with VMware Cloud on AWS, nearly 150 partners globally have achieved their VMware Cloud on AWS Solution Competency. Additionally, the number of solutions from VMware Technology Alliance Partners that have been tested and validated for VMware Cloud on AWS has increased 4x to nearly 100 solutions. Read this blog for more details on the expanding partner ecosystem for VMware Cloud on AWS.

Customers Globally Are Adopting VMware Cloud on AWS as their Hybrid Cloud of Choice
a2z, Inc. provides powerful cloud-based exposition, conference and meeting management and marketing solutions that help boost revenue for organizers and enhance value for event participants. “We started looking at VMware Cloud on AWS when we wanted to move to a full cloud environment but were concerned about the time and effort required to do a full cloud migration,” said Ramon Castro, vice president of IT, a2z. “VMware Cloud on AWS was a perfect match for us. We could evacuate our existing data center environment and seamlessly move into a new VMware cloud environment without rearchitecting our entire solution. Even better, we would have cloud adjacency whereby we could immediately start taking advantage of the capabilities AWS offered while maintaining our current VMware environment.”

GenPro is a U.S. leader in expedited transportation solutions for perishable and non-perishable commodities. “Disaster recovery was not economically possible for us before VMware Cloud on AWS,” said Ari Weinstock, director of IT, GenPro. “Now have a cost-effective disaster recovery solution that provides dynamic resource scaling to help us meet our recovery time objectives. VMware Cloud on AWS also provides us with a consistent infrastructure across our hybrid cloud environment.”

ME provides personal and business banking products and services in Australia. “One of ME’s key focuses is on consistently delivering frictionless, personalized banking services that meet our customer promises,” said Sunny Avdihodzic, general manager, Strategy and Architecture, ME. “As we explore the VMware Cloud on AWS technology and its capabilities, we’re excited by the potential opportunity to enable development and deployment of new services and resources faster than ever before, while mitigating the risk to our business. The unique platform abilities are expected to give us a greater level of flexibility, enabling our people to innovate more while meeting the security and governance standards expected in our industry.”

Stagecoach is a leading public transport company in the UK that runs over 11,000 trains and buses, transporting over 3 million passengers a day. “VMware Cloud on AWS supports our new cloud-first strategy by providing Group Technology and Change with a VMware environment in the cloud to support our business-critical applications,” said Lesley Ashman, Chief Information Officer, Stagecoach Group. “With VMware Cloud on AWS we have gained new levels of agility, scale, and resiliency through a multi-Availability Zone deployed platform. VMware Cloud on AWS mitigated our risk of moving business-critical apps to the cloud because we could leverage a consistent infrastructure and operational model.”

About VMware
VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s compute, cloud, mobility, networking and security offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to over 500,000 customers globally, aided by an ecosystem of 75,000 partners. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, this year VMware celebrates twenty years of breakthrough innovation benefiting business and society.

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