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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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JACKSONVILLE, FL – Web.com Group, Inc. on Monday announced it has acquired from Tucows, Inc. all remaining interest in the domain name aftermarket platform, NameJet, LLC. With this transaction, Web.com now owns two of the top platforms in the domain name aftermarket. The company also owns SnapNames Web.com, LLC, a pioneer in the domain name aftermarket space.

NameJet launched in 2007 as a joint venture between eNom, Inc., a subsidiary of Tucows, and Web.com subsidiary, Network Solutions, LLC. Like SnapNames, NameJet has exclusive partnerships with top domain name registrars across the globe and helps domain professionals, businesses and individuals acquire valuable domain names, including those that have recently expired.


“This move to complete ownership aligns with our goal of nurturing our core domain business, supporting and anticipating the diverse needs of our customers, and driving new opportunities for innovation and growth,” said David L. Brown, Web.com’s chief executive officer and president.

“We welcome the NameJet team to the Web.com family and are excited to leverage their thought leadership and expertise as we continue to invest in the aftermarket industry,” added Michael White, aftermarket vice president for Web.com.

“Web.com has been a great partner and we look forward to working with and leveraging their aftermarket expertise in the future,” said David Woroch, domains executive vice president for Tucows.

About Web.com
Since 1997 Web.com has been the marketing partner for businesses wanting to connect with more customers and grow. We listen, then apply our expertise to deliver solutions that owners need to market and manage their businesses, from building brands online to reaching more customers or growing relationships with existing customers. For some, this means a fast, reliable, attractive website; for others, it means customized marketing plans that deliver local leads; and for others, it means customer-scheduling or customer-relationship marketing (CRM) tools that help businesses run more efficiently. Owners from big to small can focus on running the companies they know while we handle the marketing they need.

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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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Leading cybersecurity solutions provider – Comodo Cybersecurity, announced a partnership with 1-grid.com. Under the partnership, 1-grid will be bundling Comodo cWatch website security along with its web hosting services. 1-grid specializes in providing hosting solutions for small and medium size businesses (SMBs) across South Africa. “1-grid.com is a leader in its marketplace in providing managed services for its online SMB customers,” said Jeffrey Eckhaus, Comodo VP Web Security Solutions.” Adding further he said, “Including Comodo cWatch Web in the 1-grid.com hosting control panel streamlines security implementation for hosting customers. With a single click, small business web sites gain comprehensive protection from malware and other cybersecurity threats.” Rising cybersecurity threats are not only a challenge for the large enterprises but for the SMBs too, with over 61% of the malware victims being identified as small businesses, per Ponemon Institute 2017. The intensity and risk…
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PITTSBURGH – Just weeks after announcing their 11 recent hires, Tier1 is now announcing their move to a new office location in order to support their rapid and continuous growth. For the last 15 years, Tier1 has been headquartered out of the South Side of Pittsburgh, PA. They are now located in a Northern Suburb of Pittsburgh – Warrendale, PA – at 100 Global View Drive, Suite 100, Warrendale, PA 15086.

Tier1’s new office is not only significantly larger to support the growth that they have already experienced, but it will also allow for the additional growth that they anticipate. The expansion of Tier1’s Enterprise Technology services and cloud hosting solutions into new markets has accelerated the company’s growth and resource requirements.


Rob Guidarelli, Tier1 CEO, states his excitement for taking this next step towards Tier1’s future. He stated, “2018 has been a really exciting year for us [Tier1] so far. We’ve expanded our service offerings, hired many new team members, and now we’ve moved to a new office. I knew that the future for us [Tier1] was bright, and I’m confident that the best is yet to come.”

This new location also provides the majority of Tier1’s staff with a shorter and easier commute, which was another major deciding factor for the move. Additionally, it is centrally located to many large retail shopping centers, a wide variety of cafes and restaurants and numerous flagship hotels. The building itself is even surrounded by walking trails for the tenants. All of this was considered when choosing a new location to provide the staff with not only a better working space, but also the ability to enjoy the surrounding area, as well.

Guidarelli explains, “I really want to make Tier1 the best possible place to work for our employees and I know that a commute and work environment have a large impact on people’s day-to-day attitude and productivity. I hope that the shorter commute and the newer, larger workspace, as well as the endless opportunities surrounding the building, will help our team arrive to work happy and remain happy throughout the day.”

Tier1’s newly designed website is another recent change demonstrating the effects of Tier1’s rapid growth and forward-thinking mindset. The website has been re-organized and updated to include their new services with their already expansive array of offerings. The new design was built to reflect Tier1’s mission of simplifying Enterprise Technology, which can often be complex for users, by adding streamlined navigation and easily accessible information for its visitors – along with a more modern look and feel.

Readers are invited to explore the new website and stay up-to-date with Tier1 at: www.tier1inc.com.

Guildarelli goes on to state his enthusiasm for the future of Tier1, “These are just a couple of the many changes to come to support Tier1’s growth. With these changes, I am more excited than ever about the future of Tier1.”

About Tier1, Inc.
Founded in 2003, Tier1 is a forerunner in providing consulting and outsourcing services for enterprise technology applications and databases. With 50+ employees that have a minimum of 10 years experience and over 350 clients, Tier1 has built a world-class consulting and support organization. Based in Pittsburgh, but serving clients across the United States, Tier1’s services – to an extensive range of industries – include managed services, implementations, upgrades, development services, cloud hosting, cloud services, and staffing needs.

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A massive number of websites today are powered by PHP and content management systems like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. These sites come with plugins to provide functionalities and improve user experience. However, a large number of such plugins and PHP libraries are restricting the SSL/TLS certificate validation on websites. This is leaving websites and their customers open to risk of data breach. Websites use SSL certificates to encrypt the connection between a web browser and a web server. The aim of installing these certificates is to secure the sensitive information on websites that is submitted by customers. If a website doesn’t use an SSL certificate, the information submitted on that website is at risk of being leaked. Google has made it mandatory for websites to use SSL certificates and enable HTTPS, which has resulted in a positive outcome. But these certificates are of no use if the plugins and libraries disable them. This issue was discovered by Scott Arciszewski, Chief…
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