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Microsoft-owned GitHub has announced a couple of major updates to make the open source platform more accessible to developers. The updates include unlimited private repositories for users of GitHub Free edition, and a simple and unified Enterprise offering. The first update, unlimited private repositories with GitHub Free version, will enable developers to use the open source platform for their private projects with up to three collaborators per repository. They wouldn’t need to pay anything for this. Before the update, the users of GitHub Free needed to host their code in public repositories. Now they can do the same in private repositories. The update will be especially useful for those who look to use private repositories for a job application, work on a side project, or try something out in private before releasing it publicly. “Starting today, those scenarios, and many more, are possible on GitHub at no cost. Public repositories are still free (of course—no changes there) and…
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AUSTIN, TX – Hostway, the world’s most trusted managed compliant hosting provider, today announced that it has been awarded FERPA attestation. When combined with its HITRUST, HIPAA, and PCI certifications, FERPA compliance makes the company one of few hosting providers to have a full suite of compliance certifications. The company is now uniquely positioned to provide educational IT systems with superior compliance and security in protecting student information.

To maintain FERPA compliance, Hostway employs multiple layers of security to ensure the protection, privacy, and integrity of student data. The company has policies and processes in place to ensure that data is safeguarded at all times, to ensure the physical security of its data centers; and it employs strong authentication and authorization controls for its infrastructure. By including federal and state regulations, standards and frameworks, and incorporating a risk-based approach, Hostway’s FERPA compliance helps organizations address privacy challenges through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls.


“We are an EdTech company that works very closely with top educational institutions and students from around the globe, and we understand the extreme importance of maintaining the integrity of student data,” said Jamey Vester, Chief Technology Officer of IES Abroad. “We chose Hostway as our global managed hosting provider because of their commitment to strong security, strict compliance, and great customer service. Their announcement that they are FERPA compliant now is just another reminder of why we choose them.”

“We’re very proud to say that EdTech companies and educational institutions can rely on Hostway to store and maintain electronic student education records in accordance with FERPA regulations,” said Emil Sayegh, CEO and president of Hostway. “By strictly following FERPA regulations, we can deliver on our promise to be the most trusted cloud provider for our customer’s mission-critical software applications.”

In addition to safely storing electronic student records, Hostway also works with clients to host a wide variety of education applications, such as content management systems; digital education, on-demand learning materials and webinars; academic research data; digital media for speaking events, sport events, and fine arts performances.

About Hostway Services
Hostway Services, Inc. is the world’s most trusted managed compliant hosting provider, delivering managed cloud infrastructure and application hosting solutions for software companies including healthcare, SaaS and e-commerce focused organizations. Its team of engineers in North America, Europe, and Asia deliver reliable, secure and scalable private cloud, managed cloud and hybrid cloud hosting solutions to thousands of customers across ten geographically diverse SAE 18 and ISAE 3402 data centers around the world while ensuring strict compliance such as HITRUST, PCI, FERPA and HIPAA. At Hostway, every customer interaction is treated as an opportunity to develop a long-term relationship based on trust.

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Microsoft is adding support for OpenSSH client and server to its Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 version 1809. The tech giant had announced the preview of Windows Server 2019 in March this year, which became generally available in October. It is the latest version of Windows Server that addresses four important customer challenge areas: hybrid workloads, security, application platform, and hyper-converged infrastructure. OpenSSH is the open source version of Secure Scripting Host (SSH) tools used to administer Linux and other non-Windows operating systems for cross-platform management of remote systems. The OpenSSH comes with a set of client and server solutions used to enable secure remote login, remote file transfer, and public or private key pair management. Originated as a part of the OpenBSD project, the OpenSSH is now powering several ecosystems including BSD, Linux, macOS, and Unix. Microsoft is adding OpenSSH to Windows Server 2019 to enable enterprises to use a consistent…
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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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AUSTIN, TX – – Bluehost, an Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) company and top-rated web host by WordPress.org, continues to evolve its platform with the launch of WordPress Pro, an all-inclusive web hosting package optimized for WordPress websites. In addition to improved performance, WordPress Pro bundles popular add-ons like JetPack analytics, domain privacy, CodeGuard, and Sitelock into a new, easy-to-use customer Marketing Center.

“Bluehost is committed to continually evaluating and improving the hosting experience for our WordPress customers through innovation, new technologies, and customer feedback,” said Suhaib Zaheer, general manager, Bluehost. “WordPress Pro is a compilation of Bluehost’s popular services and tools packaged into an intuitive and easy to use website management experience. In addition to existing tools, WordPress Pro features the new Marketing Center dashboard, which will help customers save time by bringing important website analytics into a single view.”


The new Marketing Center, a dashboard included in all WordPress Pro packages, streamlines the management of multiple channels into a single view. From the Marketing Center, customers are easily able to monitor and manage SEO, social media, site analytics, and business reviews from Google and Bing. Website owners no longer need to log into a variety of third-party dashboards to manage their WordPress websites.

WordPress Pro is available in three packages: Build, Grow, and Scale, allowing small businesses to pick the plan that best fits their needs and growth plans. Build is the perfect entry point for professionals who have simple website needs but want improved performance over traditional website hosting. Grow is ideal for users with more complex needs and want control over their traffic dynamics and ad revenue. Scale fits the needs of small businesses with a large catalogue of content looking for advanced website features and hands-on support.

“We are extremely proud of this new web hosting experience And cannot wait to share it with the WordPress community at WordCamp US in Nashville this weekend. Attendees can stop by our booth for a demo of WordPress Pro and learn more,” stated Brady Nord, vice president of product development. “Whether through our engagement with the community or our WordPress focused solutions, Bluehost is committed to supporting the growing number of WordPress users around the world.”

Since 2013, Bluehost has been a global sponsor of WordCamps, community organized conferences that take place in cities around the world where WordPress enthusiasts meet to share knowledge about the online platform. Bluehost has renewed its sponsorship for 2019 and will continue to attend, speak, and support the WordPress community.

About Bluehost
Bluehost, an Endurance International Group company, is a trusted partner for WordPress users. Founded in 2003, Bluehost enables novices and experts alike to create and maintain a web presence with reliable web hosting, eCommerce tools, marketing applications, automated security, and WordPress tools. Its one-stop dashboard makes it easy for users to manage many aspects of their website from metrics to site security. Built on open source technology, Bluehost continues to support and participate in a wide range of open source projects to help push the internet to its full potential. For more information, visit www.bluehost.com.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EIGI) helps millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to enhance their online web presence, email marketing, business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and SiteBuilder, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,700 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – LayerHost, an IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) company, and a premier server hosting and IP transit provider with an emphasis on DDoS mitigation, is celebrating the rebranding from its former name and shift of focus, Global Frag Networks and gaming servers, respectively. A launch party is planned at Mrs. Fish, 448 S Hill St. Los Angeles, CA 90013 on Thursday, January 10th from 6PM to 10PM. The mood will be set by an in-house DJ, and the dance floor will subsequently be open for business. Delicious hors d-oeuvres will be provided by Mrs. Fish from their signature menu, and the open bar will feature cocktails concocted by the mixologists of the establishment. There will be a raffle with prizes, including an Apple watch, an iPad, as well as a special prize which will be announced at the event. All guests will receive a custom LayerHost branded swag bag full of awesome goodies. Entry to the event will require a ticket, so please RSVP at http://launch.layerhost.com.

The roots of the company can be traced back to 2008, back when it was called Global Frag Networks. The operations of Global Frag Networks were rooted deeply in the game hosting industry of the time, serving as the web hosting provider for such games as: Counter Strike 1.6, Day of Defeat and Team Fortress Classic. With such a direct connection to video games, the name “Global Frag Networks” was strangely appropriate. But as the gaming industry privatized the hosting of their games, that is, game developers began to host their own servers for its multiplayer matches, a necessary pivot was desperately needed (and desired). In 2012, still under the name Global Frag Networks, the services provided by the company began to expand to include colocation, IP transit, as well as DDoS mitigation. As the company outgrew its previous operations, the same operations which its foundation was built upon, it became evident that a new name had to be created. Welcome into the arena, LayerHost, as the complete rebranding of Global Frag Networks. The growth of LayerHost saw many challenges and accomplishments, and the lessons learned throughout ultimately led to the optimization of how the company does business today. LayerHost has learned from its journey, and ultimately, has the same priorities in mind which made operations under Global Frag Networks successful: the focus on the clients, as well as their complete satisfaction.


Given this in mind, this launch party is a toast from LayerHost to all of the guests in attendance, and to those who unfortunately will not be able not make it. It is a big “thank you” to all of the clients who made Global Frag Networks successful and allowed it to transition to LayerHost, those customers who still are with the company today, and to all of the amazing new faces which LayerHost would be humbled and excited if given the opportunity to partner in mutual growth. Also, it highlights the efforts of the founder and CEO, Mohamad Kazah, who started the company as the aforementioned Global Frag Networks and now, has a small team of hard-working individuals with LayerHost. And because of the company growing to a state where there are several dedicated employees, it is also a celebration of the team’s hard work. But most of all, to the old friends and the new friends LayerHost will meet at the event, it serves as a way to say a big thank you, as well as a session to relax, enjoy good food, treats, and company.

Please RSVP at: http://launch.layerhost.com

The venue chosen for the event is the exquisite sushi restaurant, Mrs. Fish located in the heart of Downtown, Los Angeles. When you walk inside, the magnificent plethora of artwork on display by artists from Japan makes it difficult to establish the line between restaurant and museum. However, when you see the presentation of the food mimicking the real-life art on display at Mrs. Fish, only then does it become evident that there needs no distinguishing; it’s both. LayerHost chose this venue not only because they believe the guests will have an amazing experience there during the launch party, but because the ambience and je ne sais quoi mirrors that how the company interacts with its clients and operates. At LayerHost, even though the provided services such as: dedicated server hosting, IP transit, DDoS mitigation and VPS hosting are equivalent, if not better than the other providers, they pride themselves on giving the customers an experience that is hard to beat. This is possible because at LayerHost, the satisfaction rating of client is the quantifiable measure which comes before revenue and quotas. When you partner with LayerHost and and benefit from their products and unmatched reliability, you not only get an amazing product, but an unforgettable experience as well.

While the food of Mrs. Fish seeks to titillate your taste buds and the artwork, the senses, LayerHost operates to ensure that the care that their clients receive after the transaction is nothing short of a tender, familiar interaction. In this sense, the launch party for the rebranding of LayerHost is nothing more than a welcoming family gathering, complete with great food, elegant drinks, great music, great company and thoughtful gifts put together by the team. LayerHost hopes to see all of you in attendance and cannot wait to spend time with all of you!

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