Nestify Hosting Review 2019

If managed WordPress hosting had a face, it would be Nestify. Why do we say that?

It is because not only Nestify has some impeccable features but it is also high on 24/7 customer support. If your managed WordPress hosting needs a fix, Nestify should be your go-to-hosting option.

What makes Nestify stand out of the rest of managed WordPress hosting services?

Giants such as Bluehost and Hostgator all offer managed WordPress hosting services, but for the following reasons, Nestify takes the cake:

1. Has Incredibly Fast Speed

Basing your website on a platform which has the best speed to offer is sound decision-making. In turn, your site gets faster load times and in the eyes of Google your rankings are improved. The real essence of Nestify lies in its servers which makes, especially your WordPress site a rewarding experience for visitors.

It has built-in CDN (Content Delivery Network), meaning the speed of your site is always optimal. It has a scalable infrastructure which makes it a reliable hosting platform.

According to hosting experts, Nestify makes your website run 4-6 times faster in comparison to other hosting providers. It has an advanced caching feature which decreases the overall website load time leading to a faster site.

2. Impenetrable Security

We all know how websites are susceptible to attacks from hackers. It is for this reason Nestify offers an impenetrable security to its users. Hackers have improvised their ways of hacking websites so not just any website security would cut it.

Nestify is known to keep millions of cybercriminals at bay, every day. That is no small number. In addition, it prevents brute force attack that allows the hacker to try several permutations and combinations of usernames/passwords to crack credentials.

The PHP tuning at the backend allows Nestify to block unsafe and threatening commands made by cybercriminals. Moreover, frequent vulnerability scans add an extra layer of security by updating you on the status if the site is really secure.

Although, if for some reason, the site still gets hacked, the personnel at Nestify will fix it for you at no cost. Usually, if any site is hacked, it could cost an owner a fortune but at Nestify, you can get it fixed for free!

3. Routine Backup Facility

What if we were to tell you that Nestify regularly backup your WordPress website data? It does so without fail.

Backing up of website data is crucial since it creates copies of your data, in the case if your site’s security were to get compromised or you lose access to your system in a fire, etc. Next time you get access, you can restore data to your website by simply running the restore functionality to travel back in time to the point where you left off.

Furthermore, you can create manual backups by clicking Backup Now option from your Nestify dashboard. A notification is sent to you intimating that your website data has been successfully backed up.

It is especially helpful if you aim to make major changes to your WordPress website. In this scenario, backing up data is the sensible thing to do.

Nestify – Pricing & Plans

Nestify plans are broadly categorized into three: Starter, Personal and Professional. Basic plan starts at 7.99 USD and goes on to 49.99 USD as you move further on the spectrum of high level plans.

●    Starter

If you are new to managed WordPress hosting, Starter plan will do you just fine. You can subscribe to it for 7.99 USD a month, and you get 10,000 monthly visits, storage of 5GB and an unlimited transfer of data.

●    Personal

If you are an intermediate user of managed WordPress hosting, Personal plan is for you. You are allowed 75,000 visits per month, a storage capacity of 10GB and a seamless stream of unrestricted data transfer. You can subscribe to it for 19.99 USD per month.

It is specifically meant for seasoned marketers, bloggers and anyone seeking to get their hands on the fastest experience possible.

●    Professional

Last but not the least, Professional guarantees a huge spike in visitor traffic. It is intended for huge businesses and is going to be a perfect fit – offering you a visitor capacity of 150,000 each month as well as 40GB of storage. As usual, you get unlimited transfer of data. It costs users 49.99 USD a month.

Again specialized marketers and bloggers will benefit the most from it.

24/7 Customer Support

Remember how we mentioned Nestify has a stellar customer support, well it’s time to dive into that. The team behind are experts of WordPress who are there to serve you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

No matter if it is troubleshooting you seek help with or have any query regarding Nestify which needs answering, the staff will be happy to assist. You can reach out to them via live chat or on email.

Free Migration Facility

Oh, and if you own another site that you wish to transfer current data to, team Nestify allows you to do that with zero downtime. Isn’t that remarkable?!

30-day Money Back Guarantee

Not satisfied? Think you made the wrong investment? Worry not because Nestify provides 30-day money back guarantee to its users. This is a no-strings-attached money back guarantee so if Nestify isn’t your cup of tea, you can ask for a refund. Make sure, the refund falls under the stipulated time frame or else you won’t qualify.

Nestify – Pros and Cons

We’ll now look to quickly summarize the pros and cons of having Nestify as your managed WordPress hosting provider.

Pros

  • First-rate customer support
  • No cap on bandwidth
  • Routine backups
  • A built-in CDN for faster website load times
  • Industry leaders have but praises for Nestify

Cons

  • Can prove to be a bit pricey alternative for users as opposed to Bluehost or Hostgator
  • Limit on number of visits per month

To wrap it up

Nestify is a viable option when selecting managed WordPress hosting provider for your website. It has the upper hand in terms of speed, reliability and best of all, security. The hosting provider is trusted by marketers and bloggers alike around the globe, so it is an investment as good as any.

Snagit Review 2019

SSnagit is a reliable and easy platform for recording videos and capturing screenshots. It can also be used to record audio files. Not only is it robust, but it has plenty of features that will keep users coming back for more. Individuals and businesses alike can use the tool to get their message across without having to spend a considerable amount of time and resources to prepare traditional presentations. But this is not going to be enough to determine whether the tool is of any use to you or not. To learn more about it, read on.

Overview

Snagit makes it possible for individuals and businesses to capture images, record video and audio files. This way they can demonstrate complicated procedures, convey their message, and provide feedback to their stakeholders, clients and colleagues. Simply put, the tool simplifies collaboration and communication to make business growth as simple as 1-2-3.

Benefits

Why should anyone use Snagit at all? Individuals and businesses can use the tool’s screen capture and recording features to create impressive presentations. Video and audio can be captured and integrated into presentations that serve as educational videos, product guides and more.

People that are all about creativity will enjoy Snagit, as it will inspire them to start their next big project. A lot of users can simply use Snagit to capture images from different sources to drive innovation and fuel their creativity.

Once the tool is up and running, users can choose what to capture thanks in part due to its drag and drop capability. Images captured do not suffer from pixel inaccuracy either, which also applies to videos as well. Users can trim down, narrate and create videos from their screen to use them for demos, reviews and feedback.

Features

  • Screen capture for Mac and PC
  • Skye and Google Hangout Audio Recording
  • Video Capture
  • Image Capture
  • Mobile Capture
  • Text, Shapes, and Callouts
  • Resize and Combine Images
  • Special Effects
  • Magnify
  • Library
  • Snagit Stamps
  • Video Trimming
  • Webcam Recording

Pricing

Snagit is available for download in German or English. There are several enterprise pricing packages to be had. The licenses available are as follows:

  • Free Trial
  • 1 License for $49.95
  • 5 to 9 Licenses for $39.46/license
  • 10 to 24 Licenses for $34.96/license
  • 25 to 99 Licenses for $29.97/license
  • 100 to 249 Licenses for $24.97/license
  • For 250+ Licenses the vendor will need to be contacted

Conclusion

All in all, Snagit is an efficient, reliable and beautifully designed app. It does everything a screen capture tool should do, and it does it right. What is interesting is that rival products like Microsoft Snip and Ashampoo Snap do not perform this well nor are they this stable.

If you are using Windows, it already does come with a built-in snipping tool, but that will just not be enough for those that are serious about their screen capturing endeavors, which is where Snagit comes in the picture.

SEMrush Review 2019

To be able to drive traffic to your website is no easy feat. It takes endurance and a lot of effort to achieve that goal. Agree?

Most of all, it is the task of getting to know what your competitors are doing. In an online business, your competition is only a few clicks away, literally.

So how can you stay ahead of the curve? You do so by way of SEMrush – a versatile SEO and PPC tool. If you know how to use it then nothing can stop you to fast track your site’s success.

What Is So Great About SEMrush?

Think of SEMrush as a person who feeds you intel on your competitor as if he were present at their floor office. What’s left for you is to capitalize and enact a strategy in place to win.

Through SEMrush you gain access to the most comprehensive keyword research tool providing you with rankings, backlink profiles and ad copies.

If you are worried about increasing search engine traffic to your website, well, with SEMrush you are in safe hands.

Without further ado, let’s find out how you can beat the competition and etch your name in the history with SEMrush.

1. Search Engine Optimization

SEMrush provides an organic search function that helps you explore the wide field of SEO. Here you get to mine for possibly the best ranking keywords in your niche. In other words, these will be the keywords that your target market is actually searching for when they Google, Bing etc.

The tool lets you dig deep letting you analyze a particular keyword based on its competitive density, CPC, search volume, traffic, and trend. Furthermore, you are able to see which other domains are taking advantage of this keyword.

Additionally, you can take advantage of their Keyword Magic Tool, which can come in handy. Not only it will list down the most searched keyword driven questions but will also point out the impact they have had over SERP elements.

You can also equip yourself with keyword difficulty and organize various keywords into groups. On the technical front such as hreflang attributes and link building, SEMrush carries out a site audit.

Its crawler will scan your website thoroughly like an antivirus would your system and display the findings. It can take into account up to 120 different errors that might be affecting your site’s performance in search engine rankings.

If a problem is identified you will be promptly asked to resolve the matter. SEMrush goes a step further by suggesting you possible solutions. So yeah, there’s that.

This is not a one-time process though. On a periodic basis, SEMrush will scan your website for possible errors to let you know if you are doing well online. Audit reports are subsequently generated to give you in-depth analysis or findings.

With tracking function of SEMrush, you can keep tabs on both your desktop site as well as mobile site. You can even compare this with your competitors to check how they are faring in this aspect.

Any drop in site ranking or gain, for that matter – the owner is immediately intimated.

2. Content Marketing

‘Content is King’ – we have all heard that but the distribution of that content is equally essential. SEMrush can help you with your content marketing practices. Read on.

There is Topic Research feature which will help you figure out issues your target market is facing. All you are required is to enter a phrase or a keyword you are trying to look into and SEMrush will generate a list of topics on that subject for you to ponder.

It will also suggest headings with attention grabbing hooks to entice your readers. Of course the piece shouldn’t be a clickbait or else both, your business and authority will become questionable.

Moving on, you can refine your searches and can search for actual questions people are asking concerning a specific subject. Combine all these, and you have an adequately prepared blog at your disposal.

Once published, you can further count on SEMrush to help you monitor blog’s performance and that it reaches the right audience by way of its Brand Monitoring tool.

What does it do?

This will highlight distribution opportunities that are relevant to your keyword, in addition to locating brand mentions on varying channels across the web.

If you find any channel’s authority as dubious, SEMrush displays a score for you to gauge its trustworthiness. In the case where a channel does not meet your standards, at least you can report that mention or request for it to be taken down.

Oh, and SEMrush helps you choose the right backlinking partner for boosting your promotion strategy. The idea here is to connect you with (potential) partner(s) who are already linking to your competitors.

Social media marketing is another branch of content marketing. The tool at your disposal this time is SEMrush’s Social Media Tracker. It serves as a mole by bringing you latest on your rivals such as the type of content they are using to capture the target market or what is their posting frequency etc.

The information above is no short of a gem. If used correctly you can learn of about your competition’s best engagement posts. Coupled with the hashtag tracking you can have your hands full with the social media strategy that can outrun your competitors.

When ready, strike by employing the Social Media Poster for distributing your posts on Twitter and Facebook etcetera.

The tool tends to align all your social media platforms whereby you can post simultaneously with a single click. Moreover, you can schedule your posts and integrate interesting bits into your articles (from third parties) via RSS feed.

And that’s not all. To see if your social media posts yield desired outcome, SEMrush tracks progress with its analytics feature. The reports can be accessed in PDF.

3. Paid Advertising Analysis

Organic results, according to one study, drives 70-80% of the website search traffic but wait, what about the remaining 20-30%? Well, that is why we have paid advertising.

Paid ads rank at the top of the SERPs and are marked as such. 65% of those with the intent to buy click on paid ads. To fully capitalize on this, SEMrush offers its paid functionality whereby you can create a stellar marketing strategy.

An ad builder comes in as part of its paid functionality. You can draft catchy ads related to your products. Not just any, but ads laden with keywords and are thus, optimized to rake in traffic. With some expert editing skills your ads will be created in no time!

The same ad builder keeps an eye out for ads which are similar in nature (especially of competitors) so you have a better grasp of what works. Ads from your rivals are saved as templates enabling you to craft ads with only minor tweaking. Interesting, eh?

And if you thought, this process is a cumbersome job? Well, you couldn’t be more wrong. On the contrary, it is quite easy. The ad builder has a sleek interface and design, meaning you can view the options clearly without them ever becoming cluttered.

SEMrush also has PPC Keyword Tool which very much like site audit tool (refer to point 1), analyzes your website for paid ads shortcomings (if any). It is important to learn whether or not you are on track or has deviated from the plan.

For example, it will help you identify if your keyword based ads are cannibalizing each other as that would adversely affect your online presence.

In addition to eliminating any underperforming keywords, PPC Keyword Tool will ensure only the most bankable keywords are up for grabs – in turn, minimizing your marketing budget.

It will list down recommendations for you to polish your keyword(s) selection. Consider it a little icing on the cake.

What of Google Product Listings Ads?

Good question but did you honestly think, SEMrush will leave you high and dry in that department? Of course not! Its PLA Research feature is meant for figuring out which advertisements can hamper your reach on the internet.

Therefore, it spies for you and brings in information comprising how ads from competitors look like, their corresponding positions, keywords used – you name it.

4. Competitive Intelligence

If it is the details on your rivals’ traffic you desire, look no further since here too, SEMrush has got you covered.

Through its Traffic Analytics function you can monitor different domains on the basis of their respective paid searches, link building, and social media as well as SEO game plan.

As a result, you can set a reference point that whether or not your website is ranking higher or lower in relation to the competition. These metrics could be bounce rate, pages per visit, average site duration and the likes thereof.

All in all, SEMrush’s tools are your eyes and ears for staying two-steps ahead of your rivals in terms of keywords, trends and PPC advertising.

What MORE can a site owner ask?!?

Plan and Pricing

Ah, to the question if SEMrush falls within the affordability bracket or that if it’s pocket-friendly? Its plans and pricing structure vary as per the need of a particular user and/ or business. Take a look at the table below and pick one which suits you best.

Final word

To sum up, SEMrush can prove to be a costly affair for small businesses. But, a cost-benefit analysis tells that benefits will outweigh the cost – every time. Several tools are available under SEMrush umbrella which is a plus. Although, can become overwhelming for users and trickier to navigate with so many features imbued in it.

Advanced marketers may be the only ones who can leverage its potential to the maximum. Complaints by users, so far have been far and few. SEMrush offers a 14-day free trial so if you are not impressed by the end of it, you can always switch to whatever your heart desires.

Instapage Review 2019

Building an optimized landing page is not exactly a piece of cake. As a designer, you will need to review the page time and time again, and make changes even if necessary. Things do not have to be this way anymore, as there are numerous tools online that will help you create a great landing page, that too without having any knowledge about coding at all. One of those tools is Instapage, which lets you build landing pages with amazing optimization features and useful integrations.

If you are wondering how Instapage works, and if it is worth your time and money, then read on to learn more about it.

Instapage Offerings

First and foremost, it is important you find out everything there is to know about Instapage and its offerings, which are:

  • Drag and Drop Landing Page Builder

The drag and drop landing page builder is not the same as WordPress’ builders – it is not grid-based. But the tool will help you drag and drop each element precisely where you want it.

  • Widgets

With the help of widgets, you can insert elements like countdown timers, CTA buttons, and much more.

  • Customizable Templates

With 200+ customizable templates, you will not need to start from scratch.

  • Access to Bigstock Images

Since you have access to a staggering 33 million Bigstock images, you can insert these images as you desire. Do keep in mind though; you will need to pay for each image individually.

  • Useful Analytics

If you want to track your progress based on numbers, you will feel right at home with Instapage. You will get everything from Google Tag Manager, A/B Testing, Heatmaps, and more.

  • Detailed Asset Delivery and Form Builder

No matter what type of form you want to create, you can create them all, not excluding multi-step forms. You can connect them to a number of different integrations as well.

  • AMP Support

With the help of the drag and drop feature mentioned above, design Google AMP landing pages with ease.

  • Highly Detailed Attribution Data

Apart from analytics, you can connect Instapage to Google AdWords and other similar services for integration attribution data like price data or AdWords campaigns.

Instapage Benefits

Seeing how integrations are important for websites these days, you will get numerous integration options with Instapage. This way, you can stay connected to all your customers through all possible venues. You can integrate over 20 marketing tools, which may be more than you actually need.

With Instapage, you will have designs that will respond well to mobile devices. This is important because a huge portion of internet users use smartphones and tablets than desktop computers or laptops. Due to this, you will see your conversion rates increase considerably in a short amount of time, because your customers will get a better online experience while browsing your website after all.

To work with a particular template, you can import it from any landing page you find interesting within minutes. Instapage will automatically replicate the design for you, but in a way that you can customize it as you see fit. If you dish out limited time offers every now and then, you can even add countdown timers. This is a great marketing strategy to ensure customers make the most of the limited time offer before they lose out on the unique opportunity for good.

By opting for Instapage, you will not be limited to a certain number of visitors that can visit your website on a monthly basis. Once your website starts doing well, and you gain more visitors, you will not be limited in any way.

In case you do run across a problem, Instapage’s customer support team will be more than willing to help you out. You can get your queries sorted so that your website does not have to suffer in the long run.

Instapage Pricing & Plans

Before you check out what pricing plans Instapage has to offer, it is worth noting that you can take advantage of its 14-day free trial before you actually commit to them for a longer duration. Only when you are satisfied, you can opt for either of Instapage’s four enterprise and SMB plans, which are:

1. Core – $69 or $79 per month
  • Collaboration in real time
  • 20+ integrations
  • Mobile-responsive landing page builder

2. Optimizer – $99 or $129 per month

  • Includes all Core Features
  • Heatmaps
  • Dynamic Text Replacement
  • Advertising Attribution
  • Unlimited A/B Testing

3. Team & Agency – $179 or $229 per month

  • Includes all Optimizer Features
  • Branded Lead Notifications
  • Audit Log
  • 15 Private Sub-Accounts

4. Enterprise – Contact Instapage for a Quote

  • All Team & Agency Features
  • Advanced Publishing
  • Professional Services
  • Migration Services
  • Customer Success Manager

Is Instapage Worth It?

There is no doubt Instapage is a powerful tool. In fact, it is even better than most WordPress page builders that you will come across.

Instapage is not only powerful, accessible and easy-to-use, but it is especially great for beginners. With this tool, you actually have the power to place things where you desire.

The tool is by far not the cheapest one out there, but you will not be disappointed if you wanted an optimization-oriented and high-powered landing page builder.


ConvertKit Review 2019

If you opt for ConvertKit, you will get access to almost all features no matter what plan you choose. The only feature lacking in the lower tiers is free platform migration. By purchasing a plan for more than 5,000 contacts, your lists will be migrated into their system without any effort from your end. The only thing you have to worry about is the number of subscribers you have, according to which you will be able to decide what plan you should opt for in the first place.

Now, if you are looking into ConvertKit, there are numerous factors that need to be taken into consideration so you can make an informed decision. To learn everything about it, read on.

Pros

  • Landing Page Editor

Even if you don’t have your own website, you can create simple landing pages in no time. This is especially great for those that wish to create campaigns for social media platforms.

  • Responsive Customer Support

The customer support is not only helpful and quick, but they know how to tackle problems to offer effective solutions.

  • Flexible User Subscription Management

You can easily add or remove subscribers from workflows via the tagging system.

Cons

  • Not an Affordable Option

There are far more advanced tools that are comparatively cheaper. ConvertKit does not justify the price of admission.

  • Reporting lacks Depth

Here, you will only get the basics i.e. unsubscribers, click through rates and open rates. What is surprising is they do not give an option for bounce rate.

  • Templates with Poor Designs

When it comes to templates, you only get 3 to work with, which are text-based by the way. ConvertKit needs to deliver on design options with better visuals sooner rather than later.

Is ConvertKit Right for You?

+Great for Ultra-Targeted Campaigns

ConvertKit has a flexible segmentation and tagging system, meaning you can run focused automated campaigns to very specific groups of people. The built-in landing page editor does give you the ability to manage end-to-end campaigns within the tool itself.

-Not for People on a Budget

ConvertKit is aimed at bloggers and creators, but their prices are incredibly steep. The pricing is more suited for businesses. There are far better affordable options out there, with similar if not better features.

-Not for Visual Email Campaigns

As mentioned earlier, here, you only get access to 3 email templates, which are text-based. They are not limited, but you do not get the option to select your own email templates. For this reason, you would be better off with another email marketing tool.

ConvertKit works rather well in quite a few areas. It is friendly, effective and quick, so you can’t really complain much about here. The flexibility being offered to manage subscribers is great too. There is definitely something here for bloggers and digital marketers to work with to communicate with their target audience.

You do get a landing page editor with ConvertKit, allowing you to grow your subscribers despite the fact you may not even have a website. It is specifically for social media campaigns. However, it lacks greatly in the email designs department. Other tools offer much more at an affordable cost, which is not the case with this email marketing tool.

To top it all, ConvertKit is really expensive, which is becomes more apparent when comparing its offerings with its competition. For this reason alone, it would be better if you opt for another email marketing tool instead.

Camtasia Review 2019

Camtasia is a high-end video editing program available for macOS and Windows. It comes with support for a multitude of media formats while offering great control over the videos you can create. It is incredibly easy-to-use, and even comes with a free mobile app for iOS and Android app.

Once you have finished editing, the videos you have created can be shared on platforms like Screencast.com, Google Drive, Vimeo and YouTube. But the real question here is whether or not it is great for you, since there are numerous other video editing programs out there. To find out, read on.

Overview

The video editors for Mac and Windows is professional-grade, offering great balance between a well-designed user interface and control. The tool is perfect for web content producers and videographers that want their content to look unique and professional.

Camtasia was previously known as Camtasia Studio, and its success only prompted the team behind the program to develop an app for Mac as well.

Features

First and foremost, the program is safe to use, so you do not have to worry about being compromised once the installers does what it is supposed to do. You do not have to worry about third-party apps being installed on your system.

When it comes to the features, Camtasia has plenty to keep you coming back for more. Upon accessing the program for the very first time, the user interface may seem busy. The good news is that it is carefully designed, so you not feel like Alice going down the rabbit hole. There is a sample project for you to play around with, and there is even a video tutorial that will get you up to speed with the program and its offerings in no time.

The interface has three main areas:

  1. Media and effects library in the top left
  2. Preview area in the top right
  3. Track timelines at the bottom

To import media, you will not have to do much, as it functions just like any other “File Open” feature you have come across in other programs. You can even import videos from Google drive, which is always appreciated.

If you use your smartphone to record a lot of videos, then the mobile app will come incredibly handy. It can be used to connect to your desktop computer to transfer images and videos you need to edit.

Working with media is simple and precise. You can add media you want to work with by dragging and dropping, or by using the timeline. You can create as many tracks as you need, and then arrange and rename them as required. The cutting and pasting sections are incredibly fast, no different from how it is with a good word processor.

Adding overlays is no rocket science, as it is just as simple as adding media files. Simply select the effect or object needed from the list on the left, and then drag and drop it on the appropriate timeline.

The audio features are not many, but they are enough to for most purposes.

Pricing

If you are considering getting Camtasia, you will have to shell out $249 for the 2018 version for both PC and Mac. If you have purchased the program before, then you will only need to pay $99.50.

The program may not be free, but it does offer a 30-day free trial for those that want to take it for a spin before making an informed decision about it. Do keep in mind though, any and all content will be watermarked.  

Conclusion

Users that need a professional video editing program with a simple interface will feel right at home with Camtasia. The program is great in every way, making it possible to create and upload high quality videos in an hour tops. The mobile app makes it easier to transfer files, which adds more value to the overall package. The price is where things get a little fuzzy, as there plenty of industry-standard video editing programs out there that cost less – but you will have to spend more time learning to use them for best results.

Mailigen Review 2019

Mailigen is an easy to use yet powerful email marketing tool that comes with some interesting features. If you opt for this platform, you will be able to send unlimited emails, build a list of contacts, import email addresses and run tests for different campaigns. But is all of this enough to warrant purchasing a subscription? If you wish to learn more about the marketing tool and its usefulness in general, then read on.

Pros

  • 30-dayt free trial without the need for payment information.
  • Flexible and scalable premium plans.
  • Integration of email marketing and SMS.
  • Can be used to create online surveys.
  • Allows customers to partake in its affiliate program.
  • Duplicate emails are deleted automatically.
  • A/B split testing capabilities and Google analytics available at no additional cost.
  • The email tool can be used to create responsive templates, while their HTML code remains editable.
  • Integration with over 100 CRM and social media applications.

Cons

  • Built-in reporting tools do not provide valuable insight about customer behavior.
  • No pre-designed sign-up forms or email templates. The email editor does not come with a spam checker or the ability to preview messages before they are sent.
  • List segmentation lacks functionality.

Is Mailigen Right for You?

As mentioned earlier, with Mailigen, you can send as many messages as you want. This applies to all its list-based plans, which is specifically handy for companies that need to reach their target audience frequently.

Mailigen is incredibly easy-to-use due to its automation features. For instance, the auto-responder can schedule messages that need to be sent at a later time or date. Additionally, you can auto-post campaigns or add RSS feeds to your email campaign. Once everything is scheduled and set up, the RSS-to-Email newsletter automation feature will alert subscribers on your list to receive updates about new blog posts.

Unlike most email marketing tools out there, Mailigen does not offer pre-designed template forms. Fortunately, the form creation process is not all that complicated. All you need to do is to specify design elements for your signup form. Said aspects include button position, title, and background colors and so on.

If you are more concerned about managing and growing your email list, you feel right at home with Mailigen. The tool makes it incredibly easy to do so. You can add email addresses via signup forms, individually, or by importing .XLS, .TXT and .CSV files. List segmentation features are basic, as you can only segment them based on their activities, opens, opt-ins, clicks and contact information.

Apart from email, phone and live chat, Mailigen has a useful resource center for marketers to sink their teeth into. The resource center acts as a hub of knowledge with white papers, marketing planning tools, video tutorials, how-to-guides and data sheets. This feature will be particularly useful for small business owners that wish to learn and grow.

The reporting tools are quite limited too. You can use the application to generate reports on forwarded emails, number of unsubscribers, opened emails, bounce rates and link clicks. The reports can be downloaded in PDF format or Excel spreadsheets. But the good news is it can be integrated with Google Analytics, which will allow you to gather more detailed stats than what you could have extracted from the built-in reporting tools.

Mailigen’s auto-responder is easy-to-use and comes with plenty of features. You can send unlimited emails, build a list of contact, and schedule automated message delivery of the same campaign for different audiences. The platform can be integrated into Google Analytics and mobile marketing for you email campaigns, while the email creator is intuitive despite having drawbacks. All of these features make Mailigen a great email marketing system which can cater to businesses of varying sizes.

MailerLite Review 2019

When it comes to email marketing, MailerLite is new to the industry. But that is not necessarily a bad thing, as its youth reflect throughout its features and design. It is not fun, crazy or young in any way, but is more simple, clean and modern. This could be one of the biggest reasons why it has made quite the impression, and continues to do so for office going individuals.

MailerLite’s staff and values make it out to be an international tool than other options out there. The interface comes with support for 8 languages, which is more than any other email marketing tool out there.

Despite MailerLite’s simplicity, they still manage to deliver a myriad of options for things like form options and newsletters. If that is not all, it also features a simple and fast editor, which is really a steal if you opt for their “Free Forever” plan. Even though everything looks hunky dory, let’s take a closer look at whether or not MailerLite will meet your expectations let alone exceed them.

Pros

Free Plan

You will be pleased to know the free plan has a lot of features to keep you coming back for more, not excluding marketing automation. It does lack some useful features though, like newsletter templates for instance.

Ease-of-Use

One of the best things about this service is its simple and clean interface. It works well for advanced and new users alike.

Landing Page Editor

The landing page editor is a unique feature, it allows users to design and create their own landing pages on your own domain hosted by MailerLite.

Cons

Lacks Pro Features

The prices may be great, but MailerLite does lack a few pro features, such as advanced automations, design/spam testing and full reporting.

Is MailerLite Right for You?

+ Perfect for Freelancers and Small Businesses

MailerLite is perfect for those that are on a budget, and it manages to do more than just newsletters. Features to expect include contact tagging, automation workflows and segmentation. As mentioned earlier, there is even a landing page editor, so you can run the most sophisticated of campaigns imaginable.

+ For Bloggers and Creatives

Apart from its reasonable pricing plans, MailerLite comes packed with features specifically designed for bloggers, including video marketing, WordPress integration and RSS campaigns.

+ New to the Scene

The interface is simple, the navigation is intuitive, and the email editor is easy-to-use. Basically, MailerLite is a great choice for anyone who is getting started with email marketing for their very first time.

Lacks Comprehensive Reporting

When it comes to reports, don’t go expecting something out of the ordinary. You will get the standard reports you would expect from just about any email marketing tool i.e. stats for clicks, opens etc. and purchase tracking for WooCommerce and Shopify. It does not offer social tracking, though.

Automations is a Requirement

Automate workflows can be set up based on a few triggers, but it lacks automatons for advanced triggers, which is essential in this day and age.

When it comes to user experience, MailerLite shines through and through. It is perfect for small business needs, and is a lot cheaper than other tools out there. It does have its drawbacks though, as automations are not as many as they should be.  The “Forever Free” plan was a favorite, not anymore though as they have limited some of their features.

All in all, MailerLite is simpler than most tools available out there, and if that is all you are looking for, then you need not look any further.

Private Internet Access Review 2019

When it comes to VPNs, Private Internet Access is the most popular of them all. Even though it is the cheapest VPN you can get your hands on, there are still questions about its service as a whole. If you are wondering if this VPN is worth your time and money, then this review will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision regarding using it as your daily driver for all your activities online.

Features

Private Internet Access has a ton of features that will keep you hooked, which are:

  • A single subscription can be used across 10 devices simultaneously
  • Access to 3245 servers in 33 countries
  • Kill Switch
  • P2P optimized servers for torrenting
  • Military grade encryption and beyond

One of the best things about Private Internet Access is that the encryption options go all the way to RSA-4096. Although, 128-bit encryption is enabled by default, you can switch to highest option whenever you want. It is advised that you utilize the highest encryption setting so that you get the best security. This does come at a cost though, you will be sacrificing speed. So if you are torrenting or streaming content online, it would be best to stick to the default setting instead.

Speaking of torrenting, you can download any and all content you want, without any restrictions whatsoever. Your account will not be blocked, even though the VPN provider does not state that it supports torrenting.

To benefit from Private Internet Access and all your devices, you can download the app which is available across all popular platforms. This includes platforms like Android, Mac, iOS and Windows. They even offer dedicated browser extensions for Opera, Firefox and Chrome. If you want to set it up on your router, that is doable as well. It will require some labor though, but it will be worth the effort.

Speed

When it comes to VPNs, you simply cannot compromise on speed or security. If you are wondering what speeds you will get with Private Internet Access, you will be disappointed to know you will get terrible speeds. If you have a 100 Mbps connection, you will get no more than 20 Mbps to play around with.

There are VPNs that are far worse, so Private Internet Access is not all that bad, but you will need to consider getting another VPN if all you want to do is to stream or download your favorite content.

User Security

Some VPNs are pretty clear about what data they are logging. They keep certain information for support and whatnot. But in the case of Private Internet Access, they have a no logging policy. They keep no communication logs or traffic logs. The only information they keep on file is:

  • Email address
  • Payment data
  • A temporary cookie for those that opt for the optional control panel

The VPN provider is located in the US, which is not a good thing for those that truly care about their anonymity and privacy. The good news is that Private Internet Access passes all tests with a clean installation and zero leaks.

Pricing

When it comes to pricing, Private Internet Access offers a single plan distributed into three tiers. So the pricing really depends on how long you wish to commit. This way it is easy to determine how long you wish to stick around. But if you stick for longer, you can save a lot of money.

The plans are as follows:

  • $3.49/month for 2 Years
  • $5.99/month for 1 Year
  • $9.99 for 1 Month

If you are not happy with your purchase, and if the VPN provider lacks in any way, you can take advantage of its 7-day money back guarantee.

When you are sure Private Internet Access is the right VPN for you, there are a variety of payment methods for you to check out. If you really want to keep a low profile, you can pay using Bitcoin. But that is not all; you can even pay using gift cards from Best Buy, Target, Costco and Starbucks.

Conclusion

Is Private Internet Access a good VPN? Yes and no.

Private Internet Access has plenty of servers in Europe and North America, but it does not have great coverage in other parts of the world. The VPN provider offers all major protocols, not excluding state-of-the-art encryption. Their plans are the lowest you can come across, along with a 7-day money back guarantee. However, Private Internet Access does operate out of the US, which means there is always a risk your information could be shared with government agencies without your authorization. Additionally, they do not have a 24/7 public live chat, which can be quite the turn off. But users logged in to their website can get support via live chat from Monday to Friday between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM MST; so at least there is this option.

PureVPN Review

PureVPN was founded by its parent company, GZ Systems, in 2006. It is one of the oldest VPN providers out there, which started off with two servers but has expanded operations to such an extent where it has 2,000+ servers in 140 countries.

Even though there is a lot of talk about PureVPN, you really need to ask yourself whether the VPN will meet your expectations let alone exceed them. To come to a conclusion of your own, read on to see what PureVPN brings to the table.

Features

The VPN provider offers support for all major devices, which are:

  • Windows
  • Android
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Linux

If you are looking for something different, more specifically support for your router, then you will be pleased to know PureVPN has you covered. You can set up the VPN service on your router by following the tutorials available on PureVPN’s support page.

Another interesting feature to expect from the service is the Split Tunneling feature, which gives you control over what internet traffic is sent where. This way internet traffic can be split as per your requirements, and also not to raise any red flags with your ISP.

To ensure your identity remains hidden, there is an Internet Kill Switch feature. It acts as a fail-safe, so your anonymity and privacy is never compromised.

One of the best things about PureVPN is that it supports all major protocols, and it even delivers on its promise of up to 256-bit military grade encryption.

A single subscription can be used on 5 devices simultaneously. The app itself can be customized to fit your description.

As for torrenting, there are P2P optimized servers so you can torrent to your heart’s content.

Unfortunately, PureVPN does not offer their own TOR, so you may have to check another VPN if that is primarily what you need a VPN for in the first place.

Speed

What is really disappointing about PureVPN is that it does not offer the best speeds out there. If not the best, the least the VPN provider could do is make sure the speeds are acceptable.

To put things into perspective, if you have a 100 Mbps internet connection, then you will get no more 35 Mbps.

User Security

Apart from the unacceptable speeds, PureVPN does not inspire confidence. Yes, it may have the features needed to keep you safe and secure, but what is the point if they are keeping logs?

On the surface, it may seem as though PureVPN keeps no logs, but in reality they do log your bandwidth and connection.

There are VPN companies that keep logs, but they are pretty clear about what information they keep track of. With PureVPN, they are not exactly clear about their logging activities, and even if they are, there are a lot of horror stories online about how the VPN provider has failed its customers time and time again.

Pricing

When compared to other VPN providers out there, PureVPN does come out on top to be the cheapest. Their subscription plans are as follows:

  • $3.33/month for 1 Year
  • $8.00/month for 3 Months
  • $10.95 for 1 Month

Customers can pay for the subscription plan of their choosing with almost every payment method you can think of. Aside from the pocket friendly subscription plans, customers do get a 30-day money back guarantee. But for those that opt for the monthly subscription that will not be the case.

Conclusion

The cons here clearly outdo the pros. For this reason, PureVPN is a bad choice.

The service is not only slow, but the company is quite shady to say the least. If that is not enough, its customer service is plain deplorable. If you tried accessing Netflix, that will not work with PureVPN either. So you really are better off opting for another VPN, more specifically one that at least does not keep logs on its customers.

IPVanish Review

When it comes to VPNs, IPVanish is recommended quite often. But is it really that good for internet users to use it as their daily driver? Does it deliver good download and upload speeds, enough to keep them coming back for more? To learn more about the VPN provider, and whether or not it is suitable for internet users that require internet freedom, security and anonymity, then read on.

Features

It is worth noting IPVanish is a US-based VPN provider, and it claims to be the best VPN service in the world. IPVanish has a ton of sponsorships and endorsements, guaranteeing the service is feature-rich, and there is some truth to it. The VPN provider offers 1.100+ servers in 60 locations, most of which are located in North America and Europe.

IPVanish is compatible with all popular platforms you can think of i.e. Mac, Windows, Android and iOS. Tech-savvy users can also set up the service manually on routers and even Linux. Additionally, it also supports all major protocols, and even gives users the ability to benefit from the SOCKS5 web proxy. The protocol gives internet users the benefits of a standard VPN without needing a separate third party tool.  

Other features that come with an IPVanish subscription include:

  • Netflix Unblocking
  • Customer Support 24/7
  • Zero Logging Policy
  • 256-bit Military Grade Encryption
  • P2P Optimized Servers for Torrenting
  • Multiple Login Support for 5 Devices Simultaneously
  • TOR Compatible

Speed

After running a few speed tests using a 100 Mbps, here are the results:

US Server – 34 Mbps Download Speed – Ping 133ms

EU Server – 82 Mbps Download Speed – Ping 38ms

Asian Server– 7 Mbps Download Speed – Ping 341ms

UK Server – 80 Mbps – Ping 56ms

On average, IPVanish offers respectable speeds. But then again, there are VPN providers out there that do are able to do much better without breaking a sweat.

User Security

After going through the fine print in IPVanish’s privacy policy, you won’t be entirely satisfied. Even though the provider claims they keep no logs on any of its users, they have been on the news on more than one occasion for handing out information to Homeland Security, although this happened back in 2016. Since then, the VPN provider has been taken over by a new company, and they give full assurance of security and privacy.

On the other hand, IPVanish offers 256-bit military grade encryption, as already mentioned earlier. With the number of brute force attacks increasing on a daily basis, the VPN provider does manage to keep its users safe, secure and anonymous.

Pricing

What is interesting about IPVanish is that they do not offer the traditional subscription plans other VPN providers do. Simply put, there are no tiers, so every customer gets the exact same service. The only difference lies in the duration for which the service is available to each customer. That being said, the subscription plans are as follows:

  • $6.49/month for 1 Year
  • $8.99/month for 3 Months
  • $10 for 1 Month

Customers not satisfied with the service can avail the 7-day money back guarantee, which applies to all plans. Moreover, they can pay for the plan of their choosing from a myriad of payment options including Bitcoin and PayPal.

When compared to other VPNs, IPVanish is not the cheapest. You will be surprised to know you can get an even better VPN without paying so much!

Conclusion

If you are wondering whether IPVanish is worth your time and money or not, it actually depends on what you are looking for.

IPVanish does provide a reasonable service at a relatively fair price, but it does not offer anything extraordinary. Certain features like the SOCKS5 protocol are appealing, but they are not enough to justify opting for them over their competition.

Constant Contact Review

Constant Contact is not new to the industry, and has been around since 1995! Since its inception, the service has established itself as one of the premiere email tools provider, serving over 650,000 customers.

What is really interesting about this service is that it boasts several great features, the kind that its competitors have failed to deliver. This includes features like social campaigns, surveys and an event management tool. These features add value to an already diverse email service. If that it is not enough, it also boasts an elaborate marketplace featuring 400 integrations and apps. Despite these flash features and numbers, Constant Contact’s popularity is on a decline, as evident from Google Trends.

If you were wondering whether Constant Contact is worth your money and time, then you are at the right place. This review will aim to answer all your questions, so read on to learn more.

Pros

  • Niche Features

There are some interesting features that here, like event management, that will come in handy for businesses in particular.

  • Exceptional Deliverability Rates

Based on deliverability test results, Constant Contact offers exceptional deliverability rates.

Cons

  • Poor Price to Performance Ratio

The price for the newsletter tool is too high compared to what is being offered.

  • Limited Automation

When it comes to automation, you will get the basics. It misses the mark by failing to provide flexible and sophisticated workflows.  

Is Constant Contact Right for You?

+ For Individuals and Businesses that Run Events

Constant Contact is unique in terms of how it is one of the few email marketing tools that gives you the ability to manage registration, tickets and invitations. Although you will need to opt for the Email Plus Plan.

For those that Require Advanced Automation

Even though Constant Contact charges a premium, it does not offer the kind of automation you would expect from such a service.  They do offer abandoned cart campaigns, autoresponders and triggered campaigns, but you will find cheaper tools offering the same kind of automation.

If you take a look at Constant Contact’s website, you will realize it is a tool for small businesses, for which reason it should be evaluated as such. As already mentioned earlier, the service does cover the basics, which is great for small businesses only.

The problem these days is that there are dozens of email tools that offer a lot more than what Constant Contact brings to the table, and they are quite cheap as well. If you are willing to pay for this email tool, you will fare better sticking to more powerful tools like GetResponse and ActiveCamapign.

The email tool does score a few points for its deliverability rates, social media integrations and giving users varying levels of access. But with recent enhancement to marketing reporting and automation, it does not seem as though the team behind Constant Contact is determined or willing to put in the effort required to improve the product. Considering the price point, Constant Contact is not easy to recommend.