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LANSING, MI – Liquid Web, the market leader in managed hosting and managed application services to SMBs, and Nexcess, the premier managed web hosting provider for eCommerce platforms have joined forces. With over 50 years of combined hosting experience, the move supports the company’s mission to dominate the Web Professional hosting market for SMBs.

“This combination of companies demonstrates our commitment to be a leader in the Application hosting space and to deliver innovative solutions for the Web Professional customer that we are both focused on — designers, developers, site and store owners,” said Liquid Web CEO Jim Geiger. “Nexcess is the premier eCommerce hosting provider for SMBs, and this union gives them access to more scale and capital to continue growth for the long term. With the combination of our two companies and strong expertise in Magento, WordPress and WooCommerce, Liquid Web and Nexcess will now be able to further develop the product and open source platform capabilities that SMB customers and their developers have been asking for,” said Geiger.


Current and future Liquid Web clients can expect to soon gain access to the technology and scalability of Nexcess Cloud. Likewise, present and future Nexcess clients will obtain access to Liquid Web plans and services.

The companies will operate largely separate. Existing customers of Nexcess will not see changes in products or pricing, will not be migrated and they will continue to contact the Nexcess team they know today for service and support. Chris Wells, CEO, and founder at Nexcess, remains with the team and assumes a senior technology leadership role.

A technology industry veteran, Carrie Wheeler, will lead the Managed Applications Business Unit which combines the Nexcess and Liquid Web focus on Magento, WooCommerce, WordPress solutions. “Nexcess has built a very successful business in Application hosting with a strong brand and a solid go-to-market strategy,” said Carrie Wheeler, EVP & General Manager, Managed Applications.

“We sought Nexcess, recognizing that the combination of their leading Managed Magento platform with Liquid Web’s WooCommerce and WordPress focus allows us to combine products, services, capabilities and team to deliver the best hosting experience to SMBs and the designers, developers and agencies who create for them,” said Wheeler.

This partnership expands the global reach of both companies, now with 650 employees, 11 data centers, and a full-service Application Web Hosting and Managed Cloud portfolio. Both companies look to expand their legacy of best-in-class support and customer service. Plans include more product development, event sponsorships, white papers, code contributions, and other ways to expand both companies’ footprint in the eCommerce community.

About Liquid Web
Liquid Web is an industry leader in applications hosting, managed hosting and cloud services known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support. With over 30,000 customers spanning 150 countries, the company has a world-class team, global data centers and an expert group of 24/7/365 solution engineers. The company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for twelve years. With over 1 million sites under management, they have the scale in support, leadership, and financial backing to deliver the best customer experience in the hosting industry.

About Nexcess
New technology comes with a promise. Almost 20 years ago, from a small garage in Michigan, one man set out to fulfill that promise: to become a hosting provider that empowers clients to create and grow the businesses they want. Now, from its Southfield, Michigan headquarters, Nexcess holds data centers around the world that offer the best in terms of performance, reliability, and control. By embracing complexity, providing stability, and working with clients, partners, and team members, Nexcess has managed to create innovations that have changed the face of web hosting support and management forever.

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The usage of Linux on Azure has exponentially surpassed the Windows, confirmed Microsoft Linux Kernel developer, Sasha Levin, to ZDNet. The battle between Windows and Linux has been going on for over a decade. While Windows became a clear dominant OS on desktops, the Linux has won the battle on server. In 2016, Azure CTO Mark Russinovich had revealed that 25% of the Azure instances were Linux, which increased to 40% the next year. Then in 2018, Microsoft told ZDNet that around 50% of Azure VMs were Linux. This shows that Linux hasn’t won the battle overnight. More and more enterprises are choosing Linux over Windows when it comes to server. “Every month, Linux goes up,” Scott Guthrie, Executive VP of the cloud and enterprise group, Microsoft told ZDNet in September last year. Microsoft users have been actively choosing Linux and open-source software for over 10 years, since Microsoft open-sourced ASP.NET. “We recognized open source is something that every developer can…
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At the Microsoft Build 2019 Developer Conference, the tech giant is making remarkable momentum in the cloud. It has announced a broad range of innovations that will help its Azure to dominate the world of cloud computing. The three-day conference taking place in Seattle, WA, brings several new opportunities for the developers and the enterprises looking to dive into the latest cloud technologies, explore client development techniques, or discover new open source tooling and libraries. The biggest news at Microsoft Build 2019 spanned Windows, Linux, Edge browser, Fluid Framework, and more. Major announcements at Microsoft Build 2019 Developer Conference 1. Kubernetes Event-driven Autoscaling (KEDA) Microsoft is adding a number of new features to its Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), which includes Kubernetes Event-driven Autoscaling (KEDA) and Azure Policy for AKS. KEDA is an open source component that supports the deployment of serverless event-driven containers on Kubernetes created…
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Ubuntu 19.04 ‘Disco Dingo’ is finally here. Canonical has released the latest version of Ubuntu with a focus on open infrastructure deployments, developer desktop, internet of things (IoT), as well as cloud to edge software distribution. Ubuntu is a leading open source Linux distribution based on Debian, and an operating system for desktop, server, and cloud computing. The latest version of Ubuntu will bring integrations with the main open infrastructure projects, including OpenStack, Kubernetes, and Ceph. There will be advanced life-cycle management for multi-cloud and on-premise operations. For IoT, it will add support for AWS DeepRacer, a developer-centric model for autonomous ground vehicle community development. Along with this, Ubuntu 19.04 will also have integration with the Edge X stack and multiple smart display solutions. The company said that over 2,000 independent software publishers distribute their apps to Linux desktops, appliances and cloud virtual machines (VMs) via…
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AUSTIN, Texas – Bluehost, an Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) company and top-rated web host by WordPress.org, today announced the release of Blue Flash, a new service designed to get WordPress websites online fast. This free onboarding service offers personal guidance that helps users build their websites quickly and efficiently.

“We’ve worked hand-in-hand with WordPress users for more than a decade and understand that building a website from scratch can be overwhelming given WordPress’ robust functionality,” said Suhaib Zaheer, general manager of Bluehost. “By offering individual support and training during the initial setup process, we can get our customers published quickly so they can focus on what’s most important to them: getting visitors to their websites.”


WordPress offers incredible flexibility and control, but new users may face a learning curve; and with access to the more than 50,000 plugins and themes, it can be challenging to parse through the options. According to a study conducted by Endurance International Group, 74 percent of respondents plan to build their own website, but 54 percent of respondents have little to no experience with website management. Enter the Blue Crew, Bluehost’s specially trained support team, delivering guidance through Bluehost’s new onboarding service, Blue Flash.

Bluehost customers range from people creating their first website to support their side hustle or hobby to established small businesses and enterprises scaling their online presence. Now available to all new customers, this free service is part of Bluehost’s ongoing commitment to ensuring customer success. Customers can call into Blue Flash 24/7, as frequently as needed, during their first 30 days with Bluehost. The Blue Crew provides assistance to users of all experience levels, from newbies who are still wondering “what is WordPress” to more experienced users selecting plugins to meet specific needs. The service complements Bluehost’s guided onboarding, which is designed for those who prefer a complete do-it-yourself approach.

“WordPress is the most powerful content management system on the market, and with the right know-how, the sky’s the limit,” said Zaheer. “Blue Flash is a concierge-style service tailored to each customer, providing them a guided tour through WordPress’ tools and functionality, with a touch of moral support along the way.”

For more information on Blue Flash, visit www.bluehost.com/blue-flash.

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 3,800 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – cPanel, the Hosting Platform of Choice, is excited to be part of a brand new platform to connect developers with the applications they need: DigitalOcean Marketplace. Launched today, this is the first partner-led offering by DigitalOcean, making it easier for companies like cPanel to deliver their solutions to developers on demand.

Marketplace presents DigitalOcean customers with a focused ecosystem of partner-built 1-Click Apps — pre-configured software and infrastructure stacks running on DigitalOcean. By listing cPanel & WHM solution on Marketplace, we make it even easier for DigitalOcean to provide its community of 3.5 million developers with the services, components, and tools necessary for modern app development.


“DigitalOcean’s highly-performant Developer Cloud, coupled with the power of cPanel & WHM’s automation will help administrators, and developers host the applications their customers want more efficiently than ever before,” said Eric Ellis, cPanel’s Vice President of Customer Experience. “This historic partnership is also a huge step forward for the thousands of developers who work with cPanel & WHM and already use DigitalOcean. We’ve enjoyed using DigitalOcean over the years to benchmark our installers, and can’t wait for our customers to take advantage of it. DigitalOcean’s commitment to the developer community and open source software make them an excellent choice for any cPanel customer.”

First released in 1997, cPanel & WHM is the leading web hosting automation software globally. Its ever-growing user base prefers the familiar, feature-full, and simple interface. Coupled with the ease of DigitalOcean 1-Click Apps, this removes the biggest hurdles in managing a server. The 1-Click Apps on Marketplace makes it simple to build your server with cPanel & WHM installed already, allowing users to get straight to work building and maintaining an online presence.

While highly technical features like its robust APIs and EasyApache make managing infrastructure simple, features like the Website Builder and WordPress Manager make it easy to for even technical novices to build and manage stunning websites. This Linux-based software allows you to take control of your website files, databases, web directories, and email accounts as well as set up domains in one single interface. Even website owners can handle this software without fuss.

About cPanel, L.L.C.
Established in 1997 by CEO Nick Koston, cPanel provides one of the Internet infrastructure industry’s most reliable and intuitive web hosting automation software platforms. With its rich feature set and customer first support, the fully-automated hosting platform empowers infrastructure providers and gives customers the ability to administer every facet of their website using simple point-and-click software. Based in Houston, TX, cPanel employs over 220 team members and has customers in more than 70 countries.

“cPanel” and “cPanel & WHM” are registered trademarks of cPanel, L.L.C.

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