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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today launched Online Appointments for GoCentral to help service-based businesses acquire and retain customers. GoCentral’s Online Appointments gives businesses, such as hair stylists, fitness coaches and home cleaners, the ability to book client appointments online 24×7, sync with the most popular calendars, and get paid easily through a new integration with Square. An estimated 80 percent of US small businesses are service-based ventures and more than 10 million of them rely on customer appointments. Today, most of these businesses rely on a set of disconnected tools for scheduling, notifications, payments and customer management that makes daily operations frustrating – and increase the likelihood of missed appointments and lost sales.

GoCentral’s Online Appointments lets customers quickly and easily schedule appointments directly from a businesses’ website. It enables two-way calendar syncing with the most popular online calendars from Apple, Google and Microsoft and is optimized for both desktop computers and mobile phones. Regardless of where an appointment is scheduled, business owners will see it on their calendars and website immediately to eliminate double-booking. Online Appointments also provides automated text notifications and email reminders to both business owners and customers, so appointments are not forgotten.


GoCentral users can quickly accept payments for services and products both online or in-person through the Square integration. If customers partially pay for a service, GoCentral automatically keeps track of what has been paid and what remains. For example, a personal trainer can request customers to make an upfront partial payment online, and then have the customer pay in-full in the trainer’s gym.

“GoDaddy is hyper-focused on enabling small businesses to win with customers,” said GoDaddy Vice President, Presence and Commerce, Greg Goldfarb. “There are millions of service-based businesses who get bogged down with scheduling clients. Missed calls, multiple emails and texts and calendar malfunctions lead to missed appointments – which directly impact their success. Online Appointments eliminates the hassles of scheduling appointments, getting paid, synching calendars, and appointment confirmations by seamlessly integrating everything into your website.”

Online Appointments is the latest addition to GoCentral’s expanding capabilities for building a powerful online presence. GoCentral enables anyone to build a professional, mobile-optimized website in under an hour. After building a website with GoCentral, customers can then drive traffic and engagement with its integrated marketing features for SEO, social media and email marketing.

To learn more about Online Appointments, visit: www.godaddy.com/appointments.

About GoDaddy
GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 17 million customers worldwide and nearly 73 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company visit www.GoDaddy.com.

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, announced two new integrations with Square that help small businesses thrive with online and offline selling and payment capabilities.

Increasingly, businesses need to operate both in person and online to succeed. By collaborating with Square, GoDaddy is making this an easy reality for tens of millions of people building small businesses. As a first step in the partnership, GoDaddy has integrated Square payments for e-commerce product sales and online appointment booking in GoCentral, GoDaddy’s mobile-optimized website builder. Integrating GoCentral Online Store and Square online payments enables small businesses to easily sell their products and services online and in person through a single Square account and GoDaddy website.


The second integration provides service-based businesses, such as personal trainers, hair stylists and photographers, the ability to book client appointments online, sync calendars using GoCentral, and get paid using Square. Payment transactions can be processed online, in-person or both without switching accounts.

“Teaming up with Square will simplify the path to success for a wide range of small businesses from clothing and apparel makers to fitness trainers,” said Greg Goldfarb, Vice President of Commerce Products at GoDaddy. “We’re solving everyday problems for millions of ventures that need to operate both online and offline so they can realize their potential with customers.”

“Increasingly, businesses need powerful, integrated tools to grow an omni-channel business,” said Pankaj Bengani, Square’s Partnerships Lead. “By working with GoDaddy we’re making it even easier for businesses to simplify their operations and manage all the ways they sell and get paid.”

About GoDaddy
GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 17 million customers worldwide and nearly 73 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company visit www.GoDaddy.com.

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Web hosting companies that use influencer marketing should take care not to fall foul of the FTC's guidelines concerning paid endorsements.
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced the launch of Pro Managed WordPress, a new hosting platform designed specifically for WordPress web professionals. Pro Managed WordPress bundles together high-performance and highly-reliable hosting, with end-to-end security, and the essential tools necessary to efficiently manage multiple clients and websites. This complete solution for WordPress professionals includes Pro Advanced Care, a new WordPress-centric 24/7 expert customer support service.

GoDaddy introduced its first WordPress hosting product three years ago, and today the company is the largest WordPress host globally, serving over four million sites. GoDaddy has been working closely with its GoDaddy Pro Program community, a group consisting of over two hundred thousand web professionals. Based on the feedback from the Pro Program and our in-house WordPress experts.


The Pro Managed WordPress Solution includes:
• Modern Platform: The new hosting architecture employs a containerized, isolated environment for every site using the latest technologies for enhanced performance, scalability and security.
• High Performance hosting: Pro Managed WordPress was designed to make WordPress sites load fast. PHP7, HTTP/2, CDN image cache by Sucuri, multiple layers of caching, everything a hosting platform needs to make WordPress sites load fast. The containerized environment means each site has its own dedicated resources and automatically scales so sites run at optimum speed even during heavy traffic and resource spikes.
• Highly Reliable: 99.9% uptime with built-in redundancy that will recover a website if it goes down. If there’s ever a server issue, GoDaddy will automatically move a site to a new container, ensuring reliable uptime.
• Secure by default: Free SSL is automatically installed on every domain so customers’ sites are protected from the get-go. Sucuri monitoring stops malware before it penetrates the site and prevent DDoS attacks with the optional paid Website Security Firewall (WAF).
• Pro-Ready Features: Every site includes one-click staging for testing new features, SSH access, dedicated web cache, on-demand and scheduled backups with one-click restore for up to 90 days of backups. Customers also have the option to defer WordPress core updates for 30 days to insure ample time for testing client sites.

“Web pros tell us that the most frustrating and time consuming part of their job is the administrative work, and that they struggle to juggle all of their clients’ websites,” said Gabe Mays, Product Manager of WordPress at GoDaddy. “Pro Managed WordPress streamlines client site maintenance and allows these developers and designers to build and manage safe and reliable sites for their clients, all through one central solution.”

To help with these administrative tasks, Pro Managed WordPress includes access to the Pro Program, a set of rewards and tools designed specifically web professionals. The Pro Program includes:
• Pro Sites: Best-in-class multi-site management tools, including one-click WordPress updates for themes and plugins, site cloning and migrations, real-time performance, security and uptime monitoring.
• Pro Clients: Streamlined client management tools that simplify management of client product purchases and client invoicing.
• Pro Rewards: A rewards program that includes exclusive discounts and in store cash credit for purchases.
• Pro Connect: Provides access to GoDaddy’s 17 million small business customers for new client referrals.
• Pro Advanced Care: 24/7 expert Pro support to answer any questions and provide extra support.
• Pro Academy: Free education content including how-to videos, tutorials, monthly webinars, e-books, and articles, to help web pros with their WordPress and business skills.

For more information, visit www.godaddy.com/hosting/pro-wordpress-hosting

About GoDaddy
GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With nearly 17 million customers worldwide and more than 72 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company visit www.GoDaddy.com.

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(Bloomberg View) — If you thought internet ads were annoying, consider this: The websites you visit could now be harnessing your computer to do cryptocurrency mining.
Digital currencies demand a lot of computing power. To complete each block of transactions, computer owners around the world must race to solve an extremely difficult cryptographic puzzle, with the winner getting paid in the relevant cryptocurrency. To increase their chances, such "miners" invest vast amounts in processing capacity — building server farms in far-flung places where electricity is cheap — and are always on the lookout for inexpensive ways to get more.
Website publishers, for their part, are constantly seeking new ways to generate revenue. Subscriptions can be a hard sell. Ads are less than ideal: They often repel users, they can be hijacked by bots and Russians, and big players such as Google typically take a cut of the revenue. So some are resorting to an untapped resource: selling miners access to the computing power of the people who visit their sites.
Here's how it works. Let's say you go to a site devoted to cat pictures. When your web browser loads the first page, it also initiates a script that instructs your computer's processor to do calculations for a cryptocurrency miner, who could be located in Germany or just about anywhere. You might notice nothing more than a slightly slower computer and a slightly higher electricity bill. The miner
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DENVER, CO – SiteColo, a Wadsworth Littleton, LLC company, announces the acquisition of controlling interest in MuchPages, LLC. SiteColo will be the single largest shareholder at 70% percent.

SiteColo, one of the fastest growing web hosting companies of 2017, provides cloud web hosting and domain services to organizations of all sizes. Since the last fiscal quarter, SiteColo has grown in revenue by over 240%. The addition of the MuchPages drag and drop page builder will add yet another service to this award-winning lineup.


“We’re excited to be able to provide our customers this new service,” said Jason Jersey, President of Wadsworth Littleton, LLC. “Our infrastructure will only enhance the current overall customer experience.”

MuchPages was initially developed as a specialty site builder, offering users the ability to easily and quickly create stunning landing pages, capture pages, and the growing market segment of single page websites. The real power of MuchPages is that it is simple enough for an amateur to use, yet powerful enough to be the go-to tool for any digital marketing agency or department. In addition, this move brings additional value to the existing MuchPages customer base as well by being able to offer other services in one convenient place.

“I am looking forward to working alongside the SiteColo team. With these additional resources, MuchPages will be able to fulfill it’s potential, and provide our customers the best possible experience.” Bill Gelwick, Chief Marketing Officer of MuchPages, LLC.

The combining of these services offers customers the utmost in flexibility. Businesses have a need to rapidly create custom pages to support various promotions, social campaigns, or even paid advertising. Anyone with a website can benefit from the use of MuchPages, which is why we felt it would be the perfect acquisition. These combined services offer businesses efficient, cost-effective solutions.

“If we can help generate more business for our customers, it will, in turn, provide more business for us,” said Jason Jersey, President of Wadsworth Littleton, LLC. “It is a true win/win, something very rare in the business world today.”

About SiteColo
SiteColo is a managed cloud hosting and domain registration provider with 24/7 support. Their Operations Center is located in Denver, Colorado and their main Data Center is headquartered in downtown Chicago, Illinois. SiteColo is beyond a standard hosting company – they’re an innovation company, developing proprietary technology used to drive customer success. The company currently provides managed cloud infrastructure to several notable car manufacturers, dealers, fitness centers, rehabs, and notable religious organizations. Additional information about SiteColo can be found at https://www.sitecolo.com/ and for information about the newly acquired service offering, visit https://muchpages.com/.

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