SITEGROUND WEB HOSTING review

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Developer SiteGround
Website www.siteground.com

CO-review by Hosting.Review

 

ABOUT SITEGROUND WEB HOSTING

 

Founded in 2004 by a few university friends, SiteGround gradually but steadily turned into a leading web hosting service provider. With only a handful of people working from their university dorm rooms in the beginning, today the company has more than 400 employees and is constantly growing. We process 1500+ tickets, 1000+ phone calls and 3000+ chat requests per day. We proudly host more than 500,000 domains with this number growing by the hour.


WHY YOU NEED a WEB HOST

 

Well its obvious really. Like us, you want to have your own website on the internet. Blog or E-shop, anything is possible for you personal or as a small or large company. The internet is the best way to make yourself known to the world. This is where the search for a good or the best web-host begins. Web-Hosting companies are plenty around, too many to be frank. They all cost money and its almost impossible to find the best around for a fair price. You just need to rely on reviews by trusted companies.

 

WHICH TOOLS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR

 

Larger companies probably will have their website ‘build’ by professionals. Its all about money, really. Private build customized websites can cost a small fortune if its complex, where you as a private person may opt for the easy way and get involved with pre-builds like WordPress. WordPress for dummies is NOT as easy as it may seem when you look at all finished websites created with WordPress or Joomla etc. However there is ONE real advantage why most people choose any of these builders (programs), and thats the No Coding necessity to accomplish a great looking website. Only programmers know how to code HTML, and these packages make all your problems disappear. Still after starting with WordPress or Joomla, it all comes down to your creative skills to make it look nice.
The next thing you will notice when running a website, is SPEED ! You want every picture to popup instantly, you want your website to Backup in case of accidents, you want your web-host to load your uploads fast, you want security, you want ‘Memory Cache’ to speedup loading-time. There is a growing wish for extra’s to serve your purpose. But WHO is offering all that and MORE for a fair price ? Don’t worry just keep reading and we will give you your best Christmas gift ever.

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Chat and ticketing systems

 

 

The FIRST and MOST important thing you’ll need when having your website hosted is SUPPORT!! And believe me they all claim to have brilliant support, but there’s only a few really up to the task claiming 100% satisfactory. SITEGROUND has the BEST service we have come across. To test their support and knowledge, we started a new website which was hosted on another server (web Host ) and needed te be transferred fully to SiteGrounds servers. So full website transfer and full domain transfer.

This sounds easy but in practice these changes are not that simple if you have no experience in how to.

So this is where service comes in place; Service means knowledge and response time. You won’t feel comfortable when you run into a real problem and have to wait a day or more for an answer from servicedesk. SiteGround is OUTSTANDING in terms of response and knowledge on subjects.

Average response time ( and we made 10 tickets ), was max. 30 minutes! Which is fantastic really. SiteGround built a great ticket system making it easy to use and providing all tools/tutorials possible. Truly amazing.

SiteGround has engineered an in-house chat software allowing users to select and rate customer service agents with whom they’ve worked/spoke previous time.

 

SITEGROUND offered SOLUTIONS: Shared, WordPress, Joomla, Cloud, & Dedicated

 

SiteGround created their in-house software solutions for customer support themselves.  All of their infrastructure and coding are done in-house !

Their shared hosting service, are created in an one-of-a-kind server isolation system that prevents vulnerable servers from taking down entire networks. Customers benefit from their unique downtime prevention mechanism, which has helped SiteGround have reputation for uptime rates: 99.996% annually and 99.999% monthly.

 

SUPERCACHER and BACKUPS

 

SiteGround’s customers make use of the FREE  in-house SuperCacher, which has a range of options to make all page loads at optimum speeds. SiteGround customers also receive FREE daily backups from a system that only takes about an hour. These options are not commonly found on most web-hosts. If offered then at extra cost, SiteGround again proofs that extra FREE service pays out in the end.

 

SITEGROUND OFFERS  DIFFERENT HOSTING PLANS

 

99.9% Uptime Guarantee, Free Daily Backups, Free Cloudflare CDN, Unlimited MySQL Database Storage, 24/7 Support, cPanel, and SSH Access

 

“STARTUP” Plan.   $3.95/month »

“GROWBIG” Plan  $5.95/month »

“GOGEEK” Plan  $11.95/month »

SiteGrounds offers will surely meet your expectations if not even offer more !

 

VERDICT

 

To be honest I cannot find any flaws in this review making me say less then Best User Experience ever found. If you are looking for Premium service, Free extra’s like domain and website transferes noting can beat SiteGround. We tried the whole process ourselves and are impressed with the skill and devotion offered. Their commitment is unique in the industry, so don’t hesitate and try it out. You won’t be disappointed, we guaranty ! Get to it, if you want to have this best user experience money can buy.

  • FREE site transfer or new site setup with 1-click install
  • FREE automated daily backups, CDN, email, and SSL
  • 24/7 expert support with no wait time on phone or live chat
  • Recommended by WordPress as a top WordPress host
  • Ideal for business email hosting, with 99.9% uptime
Money Back Guarantee

30 days

Disk Space

10 GB – 30 GB

Domain Name

New or Transfer

SYNCMATE EXPERT 6 review

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Version 6.5.329
Developer Eltima
Website http://mac.eltima.com/sync-mac.html

 

ELTIMA

Eltima is a software developer for Windows and Mac related applications. They are in business for 15 years and provide smaller but useful utilities. SyncMate and Folx Pro are some fine examples of their applications. This time we will review their SyncMate Expert application and see how it performs.

WHY USE ELTIMA SYNCMATE EXPERT

The SyncMate Expert edition is an ideal backup manager. It syncs everything in your phone like Messages, Images, Music, Documents, Reminders and Call History.
One of the nice features is the expert edition also allowing you to manage your phone from your Mac. Just use your Mac for typing and sending messages, a useful and neat feature I think.
The ability to mount your cloud storage data as a local disk is a nice extra bonus to a full backup and sync utility.

SyncMate Sync Service

SyncMate features own Sync Service which lets you sync locally avoiding any cloud mediums in OS X 10.8.5 and later. In this way the sync process is secure and safe, and you totally control your data.

INSTALLATION

Eltima SyncMate installation is straightforward, just drag the application to your Mac applications and you’re set. Now its time to make your choices in items you wish to sync with your other devices.
Your Apple OSX itself sync’s trough iCloud with your other Apple devices, but Android for instance is not achievable without any third party software. SyncMate Expert will give you the possibility to sync with your ‘cloud’ storage like Google Drive and Dropbox. Just hit the button of your choice and fill the credentials and approve of the access to your cloud-account.
Syncmate will provide a popup asking for access to your contacts.

OSX Fuse installation is necessary for mounting cloud storage. ( If you experience any ‘file permission issues’ install SSHFS to resolve any connection or permission errors )

SYNCMATE EXPERT Preferences

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Pay attention to the default marked anonymous app usage statistics sending to Eltima. If you feel you want to keep your data private uncheck the box !

AUTOSYNC option

With SyncMate you can sync data between Mac and other device automatically. Configure all the settings for the first round and they will be used in further sync. If you wish to add more sync
options to an account or connection type, just add by choosing the ➕ sign.

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The Autosync option provides a kind of scheduler which is really basic. I would like to see a full scheduler integrated in the utility which makes it far more useful.

 

SYNC OPTIONS ( Free and Expert )

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All possible sync options proof this application to be not your ‘pandora box’ , but your ‘panacea box’ your swiss knife for syncing your data with your devices.

MOUNT DISK

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Mounting cloud storage as a local disk, is easy to setup. A disk will be shown on your desktop. Check the box MOUNT and ADD new pair, choose sync direction and setup the desired sync folders or files. Now you may set the period for required sync. You will be notified after every synchronization. A log file is created and visible also during sync.
OSX Fuse installation is necessary for mounting cloud storage.

COMPARE FREE vs EXPERT

OPTIONS FREE EXPERT
Connect multiple devices ✔️ ✔️
Contacts sync ✔️ ✔️
Calendar synchronization ✔️ ✔️
Background sync ✔️ ✔️
Activity log ✔️ ✔️
Read SMS ✔️ ✔️
iPhoto gallery sync ✔️
Sync videos in iPhoto ✔️
iTunes media sync ✔️
Folders synchronization ✔️
Send SMS from Mac ✔️
Export SMS backup ✔️
Call history ✔️
Safari bookmarks ✔️
To-Do and Reminders sync ✔️
Sync multiple devices ✔️
Autosync ✔️
Mount your device as additional disk ✔️
Convert media files to the popular formats ✔️

DEVICES COMPATIBLE with AUTOSYNC

Device DEVICE TO MAC MAC to DEVICE BOTH directions
Android Device
Android OS 3.x-6.x Phone/tablet ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
iOS Device
iOS 5.x-10.x iPhone iPad and iPod Touch ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Another Mac
OS X 10.8.5 or later ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Dropbox
Support of multiple accounts ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Mounted Device
USB FireWire and more ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Google Account
Support of multiple accounts ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
iCloud
Support of multiple accounts ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
MTP Device
Any device with MTP mode ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Outlook account
Support of multiple accounts ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Office 365 Home
OneDrive & multiple accounts support ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Office 365 Business
OneDrive & multiple accounts support ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

 

VERDICT

Eltima SyncMate takes its job very serious by syncing all your devices like Android and iOS, MTP and storage devices and Microsoft Office apps. Its the ‘ yin – yang’ solution for keeping your stuff synchronized. With its clean and clear interface, it makes life a little easier providing you the ability to use your data on any of your devices. Just use your Mac for typing your messages and send it from your phone. The mounting feature of your cloud storage places complete a great utility. The scheduler / auto sync time feature needs some upgrading but still this is a great sync utility a full 5 star recommendation.

5 STARs

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ADGUARD for MAC review

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Version 1.3.0
Developer: ADGUARD
Website: https://adguard.com

 

ADGUARD for MAC

Browsing the web nowadays is not without showing unwanted advertisements and being tracked by advertisers. We all like to earn money but we should be able to have control over the things we want and the things we don’t want to see. Unubstructive browsing is what I call it. This is where tools like ADGUARD come in. ADGUARD protects from trackers ( tracking is knowing all your searches and visits on the web ) and later confront you with advertisements in areas you might be interested in. We do not want such behavior and applications like ADGUARD keep us a little in control.

All free adblockers are implemented in your browser by adding extensions. Only one developer ( ADGUARD ) has a paid stand alone application available. ADGUARD is not only a simple
adblocker but adds ‘privacy and browsing security‘ as well. It works with all known browsers and also provides automatic internet traffic filters in addition to your firewall.

ADGUARD is perfectly working with Safari and makes your internet browsing safer and provides extra pleasure without advertisements and pop ups.
Mind you, some websites NEED pop ups to function, but that is for the user to find out and whitelist the related website.

ADGUARD FEATURES

—  Ad Blocker. Subtle filtering of all incoming traffic, and what is more, ads are blocked before they load to the page.

—  Browsing Security. Adguard checks every page for any malicious content using our databases, and blocks requests from potentially dangerous ones.

—  Privacy Protection. Any counters and tracking instruments will be blocked by powerful Spyware filter. With Adguard you can stop worrying for the privacy of your actions on the Internet.

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HOW DOES IT WORK

Introduction

One of the main functions of Adguard is filtering ads on websites. In this article, we will describe in details how exactly Adguard filters online advertising.

Adguard’s work is based on the use of various advertising filters that define rules, based on which the program removes ads. Adguard may use a variety of different ad filters. We create some of them ourselves (you can learn more about it on this page), some of the filters are created by enthusiasts.

Ad filtering

Ad filtering mechanism depends on what product you use. Browser extensions rely on the capabilities that browsers provide them with. Adguard for Windows, Mac and Android works independently of your browser, using a completely different filtering algorithm. Below we describe all the stages of ad filtering that Adguard uses.

Page code filtering

Before a page is loaded into browser, Adguard processes its code removing elements according to the ad filtering rules. Thus browser does not recognize that there were actually those elements on this page and will not try to load them.

Adguard: Page code filtering

Page code filtering technology is used only in Adguard for Windows, Mac or Android (if high quality filtering is enabled). That is because of the fact that capabilities of browser extensions are limited, and they can not change the page code before the browser processed it.

Request blocking

Browser loads all the necessary elements on a page, defined by the page code. Based on filtering rules, Adguard can block the load of advertising elements, such as banners ads or Flash objects.

Adguard: Blocking of queries

CSS Injection and Javascript

Not all advertising can be blocked within the first two steps. For instance, there is such a kind of advertising that is embedded in the page dynamically with the help of Javascript, and does not require loading of additional items that we could block.

CSS is a special language used for web pages design. Display style of elements on a web page can be set by rules. By style we mean color, font, location, and even the visibility of the element. And that is of interest to us, because we want to hide the banner from you. Javascript is also a special language that allows you to dynamically change any element on the page.

Post-processing of pages

This is an approach for browser extensions only. It is necessary, because the first step of processing (page code filtering) is unavailable to them. During post-processing, the browser extension removes all the elements, loading of which was blocked, from a web page. If we didn’t remove them, you would see not fully loaded elements, such as “broken” graphic.

 ADGUARD PREFERENCES
 

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 ADGUARD in ACTION

 

ADGUARD unlike all other ad-blockers is NOT an extension in the web browser but a standalone application, with its preferences located in the menubar. ADGUARD used to have some impact on your processor, but this latest version 1.3.0 has no or little processor use.

 

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ADGUARD blocks adds and pop-ups unobstructive. There is no impact on speed browsing the web. ADGUARD provides Privacy and Browser Protection from most of malicious, phishing and scam websites. These features are a real bonus and justify the paid app compared to free alternatives.

Another great feature of ADGUARD is the ‘ automatic filter of all internet traffic ‘ using the traffic interception module. This is a great addition to the standard firewall. Secure ( https ) connections are also filtered if selected.

ADGUARD uses Web of Trust ( WOT ) information in order to make decisions wether a website is to trust or not. This information is updated regularly to maintain the level of protection.

ADGUARD has the ability to add your own user filter, along with the other preset (spyware ) filters. The whitelist can be edited if needed, to grant a known website access. All in all, it works without any obstruction.

Browsing the internet, ADGUARD automatically comes to action, Safe websites get a small Green sign in the right bottom corner telling you its safe to proceed. Entering an unsafe or possible unsafe website triggers a WARNING, but gives you the option to proceed anyway. Trying out the warning action interception on different websites shows that

 

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 VERDICT

ADGUARD is not your average adblocker. This application has a mind of its own and sorts out he good from the bad.
ADGUARD does provide safety and relaxed internet use. No more obstructive advertisements and pop ups, just plain and simple internet browsing .
A pleasure to have it doing its job without any hassle. I recommend ADGUARD fully, if relaxed and safer browsing is your thing the price should be no deal breaker.

 5 STARs

 

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