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Nord VPN 2020 Review

Nord VPN

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Panama, Nord VPN is a strong contender in the VPN industry. A reputed and branded VPN service provider, Nord has millions of customers and supports access on multiple platforms – macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, Raspberry Pi, Chromebook, Synology, Western Digital, Dray Trek, Socks 5 and more. The genesis of the name, Nord, was inspired by “Nordic ideals of confidence, trust, and innovation”, as the CMO Marty Kamden said. Our team signed up and used the Nord VPN for weeks, and came back with the following review.


Nord Account Setup


The account setup is seamless. Simply download the software in the chosen devices, login with
credentials, and start surfing. You can connect up to 6 devices simultaneously across many platform
types. All the connected devices will be secured individually. Through the personal dashboard, you can
remove any device anytime.


Nord VPN Servers


Nord VPN has around 5100 servers in its network spanning 62 countries. Even if a couple of these
servers do not work or gives slow speed, there are thousands of options to choose from. Most of the
servers are based in the USA, followed by Europe. The number of server networks in Africa and the Asia
Pacific is limited.


Nord VPN Speed


Our team checked the Nord VPN speed on various geographical locations and the results were good. The
overall speed was good. You can check the VPN speed through Speedtest.net. We regularly got 45Mbps
speed on a 50Mbps line. As the distance between your physical location and chosen server location
increases, there can be a slight drop in the ping time but overall, it was extremely satisfactory. During
testing, we could stream 4K HD and 2K on YouTube without any disruptions.


Streaming Options


With the Nord VPN premium account, you can use their servers to access these international platforms
– Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Yle, HBO Now, BBC iPlayer, Globo SportTV, Eurosport, Channel 4, Comedy
Central, Player.PL and ORF.
Do note that Netflix hates users who try to bypass their content restrictions. However, Nord has set up a
dedicated page highlighting how you can access regional content on Netflix – bookmark this page.
Torrenting activities are supported only on their selected servers. It is categorized as the Onion Over
VPN, Double VPN, Dedicated, or P2P. It gives greater options for torrenting but the speed was not too
good as it was with normal streaming or browsing activities.


Nord VPN Privacy


The privacy features of Nord VPN are similar to other VPN industry leaders. They have a “no log data”
policy which means that all your Internet activity via the VPN is not logged and stored on their servers.

Since they are headquartered in Panama, they don’t need to store your data for legal enforcement
purposes.
However, it does collect non-personal and personal anonymized data to improve its performance
metrics. These anonymized data include IP addresses, ISPs, operating system, browser type and version,
and access date/time, email address, name, address, payment details, billing method, country, and
credit card (partial) information. Do note that you can buy the Nord VPN subscription with Bitcoin,
Ripple, and Ethereum to avoid providing your credit card information or via Cash if you are in the US.


Nord Security


Nord VPN does not use redundant Internet security protocols. It works with industry standard
encryption technology. Nord is known to provide IKEv2/IPsec and OpenVPN protocols, apart from
CyberSec which constantly monitors the Nord servers for malware and virus. CyberSec keeps track of
bot activities and blocks DDoS attacks swiftly. It also automatically blocks your access to dangerous
websites, auto-play videos and pop-ups unless you manually switch off the Settings to allow pop-ups
and videos.


Moreover, Nord VPN uses the Double VPN technology, which means that two VPN servers are linked to
give you a double layer of protection and identity masking. Your computer first connects to the first
VPN, the first VPN connects to the second VPN before reaching the desired web address. In short, your
data is twice encrypted

. In conclusion, the performance of Nord VPN is good and commendable. Their privacy protection laws
are strong and they have a 30-day refund policy, which not many VPN service providers offer. Nord VPN
is a reputed and a strong VPN provider that we can recommend. You get security, privacy, and speed at
a throwaway price.

ZenMate VPN 2020 Review

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Founded in 2013 in Germany,  ZenMate has around 45 million customers and is one of the high-rated VPN service providers presently. It is a beginner-friendly VPN and supports multiple platforms – Windows, macOS, iOS, Linux, Android, Firestick TV, Chromebook, Smart TV, Apple TV, Raspberry Pi, and routers.  

Our team signed up and used the ZenMate VPN for weeks, and came back with the following review.  

ZenMate Account Setup  

The account setup is seamless. You can connect up to 5 devices simultaneously. Simply download the software in the chosen devices, login with credentials, and start surfing. Through the personal dashboard, you can remove any device anytime.  

ZenMate VPN Servers 

ZenMate does not specify the number of servers they operate but they are available across 30+ countries. There are dedicated VPN servers for torrenting and streaming. You can view the distance between your current location and the ZenMate server to help with optimizing the speed. Select locations nearer to your actual physical location for optimal speeds. 

Bookmark favorite servers for quick selection. Do note that the ZenMate service is not available in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and China. You can download but the company does not guarantee service. Users from the UAE, Pakistan, and Turkey might face issues as well.  

ZenMate VPN Speed  

We monitored the speed of ZenMate servers for a few days and over multiple servers and found that their speed is quite good for online gaming, browsing, and streaming. Best speeds were recorded from New York, Sydney, London, Frankfurt, and Hong Kong servers. ZenMate has private DNS servers to prevent DNS leaks.  

There were no issues with connection or streaming lags that inconveniences any user. Establishing a connection to the U.S Netflix though leaves much to be desired until they upgrade to better connectivity. If you are looking at buying ZenMate just for accessing U.S Netflix, we will not recommend it. There are better options.  

You do have unlimited bandwidth but the speed is capped at 1GB/s, which is sufficient for a large number of users.  

Streaming Options  

With the ZenMate premium account, you can use their servers to access these international platforms – Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Yle, HBO Now, BBC iPlayer, Globo SportTV, Eurosport, Channel 4, Comedy Central, Player.PL and ORF.  

During our ZenMate testing, we sometimes experienced network disconnections with their US server but the GE and UK servers were more stable.  

You can also use ZenMate for torrenting through their dedicated servers for faster downloads and without the concern of being monitored. The dedicated servers display server load and user count in real-time to avoid download slowdown.  

ZenMate Privacy  

Similar to other high-rated VPNs, ZenMate follows the “no log data” policy which means it does collect information about your online activities. It does not keep a log of websites visited and content downloaded, and other sensitive information that can put your identity in danger.  

However, it does collect non-personal data such as the IP addresses, ISPs, operating system, browser type and version, and access date/time and personal data such as email, name, address, payment details, billing method, country, and credit card (partial) information. The data is anonymized and used for improving its product line.  

ZenMate Security  

The VPN users are protected by the industry standard AE-256 encryption and their browser extensions encrypt the traffic totally. A new encryption key is created for every session as part of their commitment towards implementing perfect forward secrecy measures. This means that even if someone manages to hack your current online session, once logged out, the encryption key becomes useless.  

The ZenMate VPN connects with L2TP, IKEv2, and OpenVPN protocols. The user can also turn on and off the automatic kill switch, and there are dedicated anti-tracking and anti-malware technologies in-built with the system.  

Customer Support 

Unfortunately, with a company operating on a large scale, their Support system is unreliable. The FAQ section is not updated and they take 1 to 5 working days to answer the Support tickets, which is way higher than the current industry standard.  

In conclusion, the ZenMate VPN is a recommended option if you are looking for high speed, convenient, strong, and a reputed VPN provider.  

CyberGhost VPN 2020 Review

cyberghost vpn

Founded in 2011 in Romania, CyberGhost is one of the best available VPN services available. The VPN networks with around 3600 servers in 58 counties, and with a single CyberGhost VPN account, you can connect up to 7 devices. The VPN supports desktop, Android, and Apple devices. We tested the premium VPN service for weeks and wrote out the following review.  

CyberGhost Account Setup 

The onboarding process is simple and quick. Once you buy a subscription package, the software download begins automatically. An email is sent with login information. Remember to change the system-generated password immediately. For retrieving account access, CyberGhost sends a special key code – keep it safe.  

CyberGhost VPN Server Range 

The servers are located around the world, but mostly in Northern Europe and Northern America. In the Southern hemisphere, their server networks are in Australia, South America, and South Africa. After creating an account, you can browse and select specific server locations, and can also view what that server allows you to do. While one server can just allow streaming, another one can enable global browsing.  

We spoke with the CyberGhost team and learned that they are actively adding on to its server network to give expensive options to the user.  

CyberGhost VPN Speed 

Speed is of high importance when using a VPN service. Slow speed is a common cause of complaint with many VPN service users. In the fast-paced Internet world, slow speed is a dampener. After creating the account, we checked the CyberGhost VPN speed and it turned out well.  

After logging in to the premium CyberGhost VPN account, test the speed of the Northern Europe and Northern America servers. You can use Speedtest.net for this. While the speed of Northern Europe and Northern America servers were good, the speed from South-East Asian servers was slow.  

The best way to use a VPN is to choose a location near your current location. When data has to travel a greater distance, the speed slows down automatically. Hence, choose a nearer location and there will not be major drops in speed and connectivity.  

Of course, do remember that if you want to view content from any geo-blocked country, you have to access the content from the country where it is allowed. For example, to access the U.S Netflix, you have to access the server from a North American server or an Australian server.  

Streaming Options 

With the CyberGhost VPN, you can access BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Disney+, HBO, Hulu, Kodi, and do torrenting. This VPN is an excellent choice for 4K or HD streaming, and you have Chrome and Firefox extensions from quick connectivity.  

A quick note on torrenting – unlike many other VPN service providers that ban torrent downloads, CyberGhost premium plan gives you access to dedicated servers from where you can download torrents, and that too from multiple locations. In fact, a unique feature we were happy to see was that you can see in real-time how many other users are using the dedicated server for the same purpose.  

They have taken torrenting a step further. With their “No-Spy” premium upgraded package, you can frequently download torrents through servers directly managed by CyberGhost employees. This feature has dedicated uplinks, better speeds, higher bandwidth, and robust hardware.  

CyberGhost Privacy and Security 

CyberGhost VPN believes in “no log files” policy, which means that your activities will not be recorded for further use. Other VPN service providers collect your usage data, which means that there is a record of all the sites you are visiting and the content you are downloading. In a legal situation where they get subpoenaed, they are bound to hand over this information to authorities. However, CyberGhost VPN does not fall under the 14-Eyes Alliance, which means that they are not legally bound to store any users’ data for law enforcement purposes.  

Their technology uses 256-bit military-grade encryption to keep your account and access safe. There is an Internet kill-switch too for immediate shutting down of current server activities. There is also an anti malware feature which when turned ‘on’ will scan the sites visited for malware infections. In short, you are kept secure from accessing unsecured sites.  

In conclusion, the CyberGhost VPN is highly recommended if you are new to using a VPN setup and want a pocket-friendly option. 

ExpressVPN 2020 Review

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Founded in 2009 and headquartered in the British Virgin Islands, ExpressVPN is an industry leader in the
VPN segment. A reputed and innovative VPN provider, does it still live up to its reputation after 10 years
in the business? Our team set out to explore and came back with the following review.
ExpressVPN Speed
We tested the ExpressVPN server speed across multiple geographical locations and theirs is one of the
fastest we have ever seen in the VPN segment. The tests were run using a 50Mbps wired connection
using 256-bit OpenVPN. The speed results from servers nearer to our locations were excellent, and the

speed maintained its range as the distance grew between locations. Reduction in speed from long-
distance locations was minimal, barely noticeable.

If you want the best speed from their fastest servers, select the “recommended server” feature from the
Dashboard. The system will automatically recommend the best speed servers based on your location.
ExpressVPN Security
ExpressVPN server speed is excellent but what about security? Presently, ExpressVPN uses SHA-512
HMAC authentication with 4096-bit RSA key and AES 256-bit encryption – the unbreakable industry
standard without compromising good performance. They also follow the Perfect Forward Secrecy
protocol received through the Diffie-Hellman key exchange.
There are four VPN protocols available in the ExpressVPN app – OpenVPN UDP, OpenVPN TCP, PPTP,
and IPsec/L2TP. But you can use the “Automatic” mode for the ExpressVPN system to select the ideal
VPN protocol based on your network settings.
Next, they have a “Network Lock” kill switch feature which helps to keep your data secure that will block
all the incoming traffic in a situation where the VPN connection drops. This helps to ensure data
encryption. The feature is available in Linux, macOS, Windows, and Routers. Our team checked this
feature and it worked smoothly!
ExpressVPN Privacy
British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a self-governing and independent entity that follows strict business and
individual privacy protection laws. Due to this, it is not mandatory for them to store and retain user data
for law enforcement purposes as it is required for US or UK headquartered VPN companies. BVI has
strong data secrecy policies. Being an ExpressVPN user, your data falls under privacy jurisdiction BVI is
not a part of the 5 Eyes, 9 Eyes, and 14 Eyes surveillance.
As such, ExpressVPN follows the “no data logs” policy – we verified it! They never log IP addresses,
browsing history, DNS queries, metadata, and traffic destination. This is also proven from the 2017 news
when the Turkish police seized one of the ExpressVPN servers to retrieve data in the Andrey Karlov,
Russian Ambassador to Turkey, murder case. ExpressVPN officials gave the statement that they are not
bound by Turkish law and therefore, they have no data to provide.
ExpressVPN Servers

ExpressVPN has a wide and authoritative network of servers. It has around 3,000 servers spread over 94
countries and 160 locations. Best server coverage is available in North America and Europe, followed by
Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. On their server page, you can see the VPN
protocols of each server and their online availability status.
The servers are run in RAM disk mode, which means that nothing will be stored on any hard drive. Any
time the RAM is powered off, all the data in the server gets wiped off and starts afresh. It is referred to
as the TrustedServer feature in the industry. According to us, it is the perfect way to follow the “no log,
no data” feature.
Do remember that there are no dedicated IP server options available yet. It has browser extensions for
Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. The ExpressVPN Android and iOS apps are excellent.
Netflix Streaming
ExpressVPN streams Netflix perfectly. It is currently the highest recommended VPN to stream Netflix
due to its 24×7 access to Netflix and excellent speed. If you face any network-wide blocks, contact their
Support system and they will tell guide you towards the best server.
Dedicated VPN Router
If you want unlimited connections, you have to choose their dedicated VPN router app with which all
the connected devices will have location anonymity, new IP address, and encrypted traffic. You can
easily switch between VPN servers, access kill switch, and also have the split tunneling feature.
In conclusion, ExpressVPN is a robust, military-grade, and secure VPN service provider.

SurfShark VPN Review 2020

Surfshark VPN

Founded in 2019 and headquartered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), SurfShark is a new entrant in the
VPN market. It was a finalist at the Cyber Security Awards 2019 in the Startup of the Year category – a
great accomplishment indeed.
Given the presence of stellar and reputed VPNs already, do we need another VPN? What does this have
that the others do not? This question was running in my mind while purchasing its premium plan to
review. Let us see.
SurfShark vs Other VPNs
SurfShark differs from the rest for the following reasons:
(1) Accessible in China – This is a major accomplishment when compared to other VPNs. It seems that
SurfShark has successfully bypassed the VPN ban in China, meaning that Chinese users can use the
SurfShark VPN to access any global site. We do not know how long will they be able to successfully
remain bypassed before the Chinese authorities get wind of it but until then, this is a major
differentiator between SurfShark and other VPNs.
They have built a dedicated site for Chinese residents and bypasses The Great Firewall of China using the
NoBordersTM mode. To access this, navigate to the “Advanced” menu option from your Dashboard
“Settings” and activate the “NoBordersTM” mode to connect to SurfShark China servers.
(2) Netflix – Even with other VPNs you can access Netflix US but SurfShark has gone a step further and
unblocked Netflix access to 16 Netflix libraries, including the USA, UK, Japan, and Denmark. The
Dashboard shows which servers you need to connect with for accessing the relative Netflix account.
SurfShark Security
SurfShark uses OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols, and 256-bit AES encryption, which are the leading
encryption standards. The use of these two protocols means that it can be installed on a variety of
devices and routers. For additional authentication, it incorporates SHA512 authentication hash and
2048-bit DHE-RSA key exchange.
Through the OpenVPN setting, you can switch between UDP and TCP. The server technology has
interwoven WebRTC leak protection. There is the kill-switch feature to terminate a session if there is
network connection disruption – other than iOS, it has to be manually turned on from the Settings.
They have a HackLock feature to detect data leaks and a BlindSearch feature to yield purely organic and
uninfluenced search results. The BVI-based company also passed a full security audit by Cure53 and its
Warrant Canary is clear of any threats.
SurfShark Privacy
Being based out of BVI gives users protective coverage. BVI follows strict company and individual data
protection policies and does not record or store any user data as part of their “no log data” policy.
However, it does collect anonymized data to improve its services such as IP addresses, location, name,
browser history, session timestamps, network traffic, and bandwidth.
SurfShark Servers

Being a new entrant in the market, it has an impressive server count. Currently, their 1000+ servers are
spread across 61 counties, which includes countries where the Internet is censored like Turkey, China,
Korea, and Cuba.
SurfShark Speed
I tested the server network speed across the US and Europe. Servers that were located in relatively
remote cities did experience some time lag but overall, the speed was good. I streamed 4K HD videos
with a 60Mbps connection and a server in Hong Kong, and the average clocked speed was around 40
Mbps. The speed is good enough for sharing files, gaming, media streaming, and torrenting. It works
with uTorrent, qBittorrent, Deluge, Vuze, and BitTorrent. You can successfully download torrents from
RARBG, LimeTorrents, TorrentDownloads, 1337X, and ThePirateBay.
Pricing
The SurfShark VPN has a 30-day money-back guarantee. Their monthly plans are a bit steep but if you
are up for a straight 24-month commitment, the price is affordable. A free trial is only available for Mac
users, iOS and Android mobile devices. Apart from paying via credit card, you can pay with Google Pay,
Amazon Pay, PayPal, Alipay, and cryptocurrencies.
Customer Support
Perhaps, SurfShark is the only VPN service provider in the market with 10 modes of offering customer
support 24×7. Woah!
In conclusion, the SurfShark VPN shows a lot of potential and lives up to its promise of being a secure,
private, and strong VPN service provider.

Bluehost Review 2020

Bluehost is a web hosting tool that hosts nearly 2 million domains globally. It includes services like shared hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, cloud hosting, and many more. 

It is considered as one of the best-shared hosting platforms with a speed of 405 ms. It has 24/7 live chat support with unmetered bandwidth and storage features along with free email accounts. 

Bluehost customers can get access to data on 3558049 websites. India has 2742 live sites, while the USA has 664,785 sites.

In this review, we will breakdown the features of Bluehost for a better understanding of the tool.

Uptime

Uptime must be your top priority while choosing any web host. Bluehost fits into this criteria with an excellent uptime of 99.99% throughout the year. 

This is considered to be the best when compared with other web hosts. It is therefore considered as one of the most reliable in times of crisis. 

Performance

The best element to determine the performance of any web host is its speed. Bluehost is 85% faster than many other web hosts. The site loads within less than two seconds. 

According to 2018 reports, through the use of Pingdom, a third-party tool, Bluehost has performed well with a speed of 405ms, which got it ranked 5th among the fastest tested site. 

On the other hand, Cloudflare also helps it to improve its loading speed. 

Regular Backups

Backing up the data or information for later use is important when running a website, which is often overlooked. It is important to have an automated backup option. Bluehost fulfills this criterion and ensures regular backup and restoration of the website for emergency use.

However, it would be best if you upgraded your third-party backup software when you have a severe shortage of backup space. This feature of Bluehost allows you to restore all your data safe when any error occurs. 

Bluehost Is Beginner-Friendly

Building up a website involves many processes that might be difficult for beginners to understand. Bluehost is very easy to use even if you are a novice in the field. It has an excellent customer boarding experience with a simple user interface where the complex technical elements are well explained. 

Bluehost has many user-friendly tutorials for easy navigation whenever you are struck.

Flexible and Scalable

Bluehost is very flexible as it offers various plans to scale up your site. Upgrading from one plan to another is very easy, without any downtime during the process. 

The customized interface allows you to determine when to upgrade and how.

Security Features

With the help of a free SSL certificate for each plan, Bluehost offers a good range of security options. The domain privacy feature, which is included in all the plans, ensures to keep all the personal information safe and prevents hackers from illegally handling your data. 

Sitelock is also included in its security feature that prevents the entry of any malware. CodeGuard helps in daily backup and restores all your data in case your account gets hacked.

Integrations

Besides the security option, Bluehost also allows many apps and integrations. WordPress can be installed with a single click. Other popular content management systems like Drupal, Joomla, etc. can also be installed. 

Bluehost has access to Content Delivery Network that takes care of your images, files, and delivers faster to the users globally. Bluehost has excellent customer service and support through various live chats, email ticket support, and even phone support that connects within two minutes.

Pros:

  • Outstanding uptime
  • Good for WordPress sites
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Integration compatibilities
  • Excellent customer service and support
  • Several hosting options

Cons:

  • No free automatic backups
  • Pricing is high and confusing
  • Does not support Windows hosting
  • Slow support response time
  • No free site migration

The reason that people prefer Bluehost is due to its uptime and loading speed. Besides, it has stable security features with a guarantee for money return. However, it has higher renewal rates, even though its introductory price is low. Overall, Bluehost has a secure performance value.

Site123 Site Builder Review 2020

Site123 Reviews

Surveys suggest that it takes about 0.5 seconds or 50 milliseconds for users to form an impression about a website; this decides whether they stay or leave. Most users do not recommend a poorly designed website, and they stop engaging if the layout is not attractive enough.

If you’ve got a big business plan too, have a dedicated team, and the push to work with it, all you need is a web presence. We understand you are no pro to build a website, but you don’t have to be either.

There are a few killer website builders who are professional to the core and will get your website up and running in the most seamless of ways. One such website builder is Site123.

In this article, we will give you a complete review and discuss its plans, pros, cons, and even worth.

Site123: Overview 

Site123 is an independent Israel-based website builder that is known for its user-friendliness and mobile-responsive templates. It is an all-inclusive website builder solution where you can customize the website entirely as per your choice, but you do not need to indulge in manual coding to build the site.

The ready templates are one of the best aspects of Site123. You can pick your website’s category, which can be great for beginners, like online store, blog, tourism, recreational, community, handyman services, health & wellness, and many more.

Site123: Features

Most website builders have ready-made templates at hand, but what really drives the builder is its customization features. It has a simple sign-up process, followed by a step-by-step tutorial that walks you through the process of customization and content addition to your website.

#1 eCommerce Tools

Site123 comes packed with various eCommerce tools. While not all of them are available in the free version, you can get your hands on them in the paid subscription plan.

#2 Product Integration And Apps

One of the best benefits of using Site123 is its extensive list of product integrations. It offers multiple plugins like analytics tools, advertising software, marketing, or support, other than the hosting and DNS services. A few of its available plugins are:

  • Marketing: Drip 
  • SEO: Google Analytics
  • Conversion Optimization: Hotjar
  • Customer Support: Zendesk and Facebook Chat

Site123 also has a considerably good app market wherein you could pick your choice of tools for online bookings, inventory tracking, form building, shipping, and many more. The catch is that if you want to use the integrations, you have to opt for a paid plan. 

#3 No commission

Site123 does not request any sales commission. This means you only have to pay for any transaction fee, which is mostly common across all platforms, i.e., 3%.

#4 Easy Use And Multiple Languages

Site123 does not support drag and drop options, but it has an easy user-interface, which is extremely simple for editing and adding content, customizing, or navigating. Site123 is more of a quick builder rather than a creative one. 

It supports 21 different languages where you can use any five languages to display on the website. Again, you cannot use the multi-lingual option without a paid subscription. 

#5 Domain, Dashboard, And Editing Options

If you are purchasing a new domain or adding an existing one, you will need a paid plan. In case you are buying a new domain from the Site123 available ones, you also get a year of free registration. 

The editing options in Site123 is quite accommodating. You can edit, add or delete pages, content. There is also the option to add content blocks like testimonials or FAQs. You can apply the call-to-action buttons and incorporate videos or photos to customize the website as per your choice.

The dashboard is also quite user-friendly and lets you have a quick view of the website performance like sales, sign-ups, or form submissions. The plugins or apps that you have added will also appear in the dashboard, and you can manage your domain here.

#6 Pricing and Support

Site123 has a single paid subscription plan, i.e., the Premium plan. Although the free plan offers a fair number of features, it only gets better with the paid subscription. You get more bandwidth, storage, custom domains, languages, and access to plugins and also some eCommerce features. 

  • Basic or Free (500MB storage, 1 GB bandwidth, subdomain)
  • Premium: $5.8/month (free domain for one year, 10 GB storage, 5GB bandwidth, connect existing domain, remove floating tags, eCommerce)

Site123 also has a 14-day money-back guarantee, so if you are not sure of the tool, you can request a refund within 14 days from signing up.

PROSCONS
Simple sign-up processLimited features in free version
Easy to use interfaceUnable to switch templates 
Several product integrations, apps, pluginsRestricted flexibility
Customizable templates
Live chat
PROS and CONS

Bottom Line

If you are considering Site123, we’d like to highlight that it does provide the basic required elements to create and publish a new website with its free plan. It can be perfect for beginners who do not want to engage in website building but more in customizing it. 

Thrive Theme Review 2020

Thrive Theme

With conversion-optimized plugins, themes, and a simple interface Thrive Themes is an advanced WordPress Suite with a range of website tools that commendably boosts your business. It incorporates conversion focused themes and plugins which revamps your website converting visitors to potential customers, subscribers, and clients.

Thrive Themes aims to provide its customers with an all-in-one toolbox for WordPress along with value-based actionable content at a comparatively low price. The cutting edge tech and strategies help you build and customize a next-gen website within no time at all.

Thrive Theme offers access to over 255,587 websites, which include hosting data, location information, as well as contact details. It also provides live websites and additional domains which redirect to the listed sites. 

Features like the intuitive drag and drop editor, mailing list, quizzes, A/B testing for landing pages, professional online courses, countdown campaigns, and testimonials Thrive Themes lets you customize every aspect of your website to realize your entrepreneurial ambitions online.

In this review, we will take an extensive look at the features that Thrive Themes has to provide. From its themes, plugins, dashboard, to its API connections, license keys, tutorials, and more.

 

Themes

Built for speed, clarity, and readability, Thrive Themes has given a facelift to its theme builder to emphasize better on the conversion elements rather than just the design and aesthetics of it.

 

Thrive Theme

Few of the standard features in the themes are:

#1 Landing page templates –these templates remove every possible thing that could distract a visitor like header-navigation links, footer widgets, and sidebars.

#2 Focus areas –relevant content to keep visitors glued for longer for more clicks and better sales.

#3 Easy page generator –build opt-in pages, sales pages, or legal pages in a matter of clicks.

#4 Built-in plugins –packed with relevant posts, improved image galleries, social sharing buttons, and font managers. 

While some themes suit selling products and services, some are catered for magazines or blogs. Whether or individual or an organization, Thrive Themes does has solutions for all.

Thrive Dashboard

Coming to the dashboard, it is here that users can manage and configure settings for their product suite. This gets split into two parts, the Thrive features, and installed products. 

#1 Thrive features –this section of the dashboard mainly tailors to the general settings that are applicable for all your Thrive products. Like API connections, fonts, notification manager, and more.

  • API connections – to connect leads to email delivery services or reCaptcha.
  • Custom fonts – to edit fonts in your Thrive products.
  • Notification manager – to opt-in for updates on events on your website.
  • Retina Icons – font icon manager, which lets you add and edit fully accessible icons to be incorporated in plugins.
  • General settings – customize shared settings like for social media handles like Facebook app ID and more.

#2 Installed Products –here, you can see all your installed Thrive products like plugins and themes. When you click the drop-down on the upper top right of the products, it redirects you to the appropriate knowledge base and tutorials for each of them. 

Plugins

 

Thrive offers one of the best and most applicable sets of WordPress plugins for extended functionality and seamless integration. Let’s quickly go over the few of its best plugins.

#1 Thrive Leads – design any opt-in forms, build your mailing list and run A/B tests effortlessly.

#2 Thrive Clever Widgets – you can now display different content in separate widget areas depending on pages, posts, tags, targeting rules, or even categories.

#3 Thrive Architect – add advanced elements, buttons, drag, and drop layouts with the visual editor. You can pick and use opt-in pages, forms, webinar registration pages from the existing 150 landing page templates.

#4 ThriveUltimatum –run campaigns, or add countdown timers.

#5 ThriveApprentice –build online courses with quick and straightforward processes, almost like a professional web developer. 

Pros and Cons

Pros: 

  • Conversion optimized plugins
  • Easy to use Thrive theme-builder, smart plugins
  • Drag and drop content feature
  • Effective landing page plugins
  • Constant improvements and updates
  • Responsive support service
  • Affordable

Cons: 

  • Only forum or text support
  • No payment processing integrations

Thrive Themes offers excellent value for money when considering the hundreds of available plugins and themes for both individuals and organizations. 

Easy to navigate, quick access to relevant information, tutorials, and licenses, Thrive Theme has left no weak links for the suite. It can be the right choice, given that the plugins and themes are continually updated and revamped to its highest standards.

SEMrush SEO Tool 2020 Review

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SEMrush Review

A Boston based software company, SEMrush offers an online visibility management platform while providing solutions for PPC, SEO, and content, research as well as social media. It extends intelligence data like website traffic information, keywords, site audits, lead generation, etc. SEMrush is an ideal tool that analyses the competition, audit websites, links for building SEO, and many more. 

With over 150 geodatabases, 17 billion keywords, 580 million domains 22 trillion backlinks, 277 million display ads, and 1 billion Google Ads, SEMrush is all set to raise your marketing strategies a notch higher.

SEMrush is known to provide a just and concise overview of how a company’s visibility ranks among that of its competitors. The features like SEMrush competitive intelligence, advertising research, can be used to analyze and scan every domain which holds the most used keywords. 

Domain Analytics at SEMrush ensures a through and through information about various domains, subdomains, and URLs offering a complete competitive intelligence to complete your PPC and SEO tasks. 

As per records, in India, it has over 18 million desktop keywords, 19.5 million desktop domains, 1 million mobile keywords, and 685K mobile domains.

The SEMrush traffic analytics, on the other hand, is built on global data that analyses the competitors, potential partners while quickly estimating the capacity of new markets. It holds about 500 TB raw data from across 190 regions and countries with 200 million panelists who analyze over 1 billion events per day.

The Keyword Magic Tool of SEMrush enriches your keyword research for better SEO and PPC campaigning. The complete count of keywords in SEMrush surpasses 18.3 billion. It offers new keywords with precise volumes that can be segregated based on topics and later analyzed for the best keywords. 

As per sources, the USA has 2.4 billion; Brazil has 1.8 billion, France has 1.1 billion, and the UK has 841 million desktop keywords, thus ranking among the top countries with the maximum number of desktop keywords.

Let’s move to the backlinks in SEMrush. SEMrush allows its users to have a complete overview of a company’s backlink profile. It uses its database, which in itself houses trillions of backlinks, helping to spot any domain that mentions to your website. 

On the other hand, it also accumulates new backlinks regularly and updates every two weeks publicly. It keeps a record of all the lost backlinks within two weeks of its creation. 

According to the latest report, SEMrush has 23.6 trillion backlinks, 17.3 billion URLs and over 1.2 billion referring domains.

Moving on to display advertising reports in SEMrush, it helps evaluate the effectiveness of how other companies build display ads. There are over 46 countries available in the SEMrush ad research database. 

According to the latest reports, SEMrush has 5.2 million advertisers, 3.5 million publishers, and 310 million ads globally. The USA has 130 million ads count, Canada has 27.6 million, Germany at 26.6 million, and the UK has 25.2 million.

SEMrush is an easy and complete organic research that helps in figuring out traffic driving keywords. It evaluates and analyses the daily variations and assists in finding new competitors. The smooth traffic analytical feature with an authoritative site audit tool gives preferences to SEO and other AMP related issues. In contrast, the on-page SEO guidance fixes errors for better ranking on the landing page. 

Pros:

  • Thorough and comprehensive keyword analysis
  • Extensive information about visitors
  • Monitors variations and gathers relevant backlinks
  • Easy traffic analytics
  • A potent site audit tool
  • CPC map for easy comparison

Cons:

  • Not very user friendly and requires the experience of online marketing
  • Users complain of inaccurate data

Top 5 Sales Funnel Builders: 2020

Do you feel your monthly sales have been slow lately and need a boost? Having a sales process that is well-structured is crucial for the growth of a business. 

While a regular check on churns and refunds is one of the ways to deal with low sales, building a good sales funnel is another. 

There are way too many reasons why you should consider a sales funnel builder for your business. Whether in terms of profit, sales automation, or any other, sales funnels are exceptionally helpful in the overall potential of a business. 

One important thing to consider, though, when incorporating sales funnels, is its metrics. Knowing the potential, you must invest in a process that is but obvious before you start working with them.

Sales Funnel Metrics

#1 Entry Point Number: The number of potential customers entering the sales funnels in a given time. A defined number is crucial, no matter which way the customers come in.

#2 Conversion Rates: A quick check on all leads’ conversion rates, including new, existing, cold, and interested. 

#3 Approximate Sales: the value generated at the end of your sales funnel equally crucial in the expansion of sales. 

#4 Duration Of Process: Calculate the approximate time a lead takes to convert into a buyer. Keeping a check on this can help you understand the underlying issues and adapt or change accordingly.

Now that you know the basics of sales funnels, we check which sales funnel builder will be the aptest for you. Again, things to consider before choosing a sales to funnel are the product you are selling, budget, and other additional items.

In this article, we have reviewed five of the top sales funnel builders that are doing great and have exception market reviews. 

Top 5 Sales Funnel Builders

#1 ClickFunnels

Almost handmade for small to medium size businesses looking for a systematic and organized sales funnel builder. 

ClickFunnels has a decent user-friendly interface, which is great for both newbies as well as experienced businesses. The handy templates are a real timesaver where you can simply customize it aligning it to your business objectives and adding content likewise.

Coming to its primary features, it has a drag and drop editor, email automation, analytics dashboard, several sales funnel templates, A/B split testing on your landing pages (unlimited), opt-in forms and pop-ups, and also social media campaigns.

ClickFunnels also allows you to opt for a few add-ons with its highest plan, the Etison Suite. It provides auto-responder series, STMP and other billing integrations, a flexible segmentation, priority templates, unlimited affiliates, and commission plans. However, ClickFunnels has a significant drawback that is also to be considered, which is the lack of CRM and management functionalities.

ClickFunnels Pricing

Given the number of features, ClickFunnels is slightly on the expensive side. It has three different subscription plans.

  • Starter: $97 monthly
  • Platinum: $297 monthly
  • Collective: $1497 monthly

Pros:

  • It has easy data tracking or analytics
  • An all-in-one tool
  • Wide range of integrations

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Limited funnels in basic plans
  • Some users complain regarding the user-friendliness or interface

#2 GetResponse

With tons of features, GetResponse is no doubt of the most affordable and easy to use sales funnel builders. It has a seamless interface to work your way with it. 

GetResponse has an easy and quick sales funnel builder which can be set up in just a matter of minutes. With the automated sales funnel generators, the process of selling or recover orders is extremely easy. 

A few of its features include unlimited funnels, email marketing tools, sales page templates, contact imports, analytic and social integrations, email scheduling, webinar support, and CRM or team management. It also offers a unique online store, which even helps you sell physical products. 

One exciting feature in GetResponse is the email inspector, which lets you view how your emails appear on different browsers as well as devices. 

GetResponse Pricing

GetResponse offers four different subscription plans which are affordable and pretty decent. Each of the plans has a different set of features that come with it. You can also check out the free trial version for 30 days to get the hang of the tool before investing in it.

  • Basic: $15 monthly
  • Plus: $49 monthly
  • Professional: $99 monthly
  • Enterprise: Custom Quote 

Pros:

  • Spam testing
  • Easy to use interface
  • Subscriber list automation

Cons:

  • Landing pages are sometimes tricky to customize
  • Import issues
  • Poor deliverability test

#3 LeadPages

LeadPages is a perfect sales funnel software for beginners or small-sized businesses. It allows you to create appealing custom designed webpages, to encourage users or visitors to hover longer on the website than the usual. 

Coming to its features, LeadPages is more oriented towards a better conversion rate, optimized templates, and other SEO features. The pre-made landing page templates and designs make it extremely easy to work on them. Also, unlike many other similar software, the templates are well-built and come pre-incorporated with images and different marketing strategies. 

Also known as the ‘Conversion ToolKit,’ LeadPages offers tools like alert bars, website builders, Facebook ad creators, opt-in, pop-up forms, and a vast number of integrations. You can either use LeadPages as a complete website or only as a sales funnel, both ways it works exceptionally well.

LeadPages Pricing

The features in each of the membership plans in LeadPages becomes better as you go higher the rates. It is billed annually and allows a 14-day free trial option as well. 

  • Standard: $25 monthly
  • Pro: $48 monthly
  • Advanced: $199 monthly

Pros:

  • Wide range of templates
  • Several integrations
  • User-friendly interface

Cons:

  • Slightly high on budget
  • Users complain of bugs and poor experience
  • Limited template customization options

#4 ThriveThemes

ThriveThemes offers an array of designer themes for WordPress and several additional features to enhance the engagement and performance of the website. It is quite a conversion-friendly sales funnel with pretty affordable pricing, given the number of features it provides. 

ThriveThemes houses features that include mailing lists, landing page templates, A/B testing for sales pages, drag and drop editor, quizzes, testimonials, online courses, as well as countdown campaigns. 

It provides access to a massive number of websites all in a single toolbox. A few of the standard features in its themes are page generators like opt-in forms or even legal pages. Various plugins only expand the functionality of the tool, and also a dashboard where you can easily configure or manage your products and settings.

ThriveThemes Pricing

As of now, ThriveThemes has 19,135 active members. Each of the two membership plans allows a different set of features and are charged on an annual basis.

  • Thrive Membership: $19 monthly
  • Agency Membership: $49 monthly

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Good documentation and knowledgebase
  • Allows extensive customization of templates
  • A/B testing mechanisms
  • Several tool integrations

Cons:

  • You need to buy external solutions like payment carts
  • Slow website
  • Third-party plugins not allowed

#5 ConvertKit

ConvertKit has an entirely different approach when it comes to nurturing your prospects into the marketing or sales funnel. It primarily targets creating a valuable audience, which can significantly help a business grow. 

ConvertKit is perfect for professional bloggers with extensive features like the auto-responder, visual automation editor, tags and segments, embedding options, email editor, subscriber management, segmentation, and various forms and landing pages. Also, it allows multiple integrations to connect to other tools like Shopify, Crowdcast, and Teachable.

Besides providing a landing page and form templates, ConvertKit also allows a whole new set of advanced features, including automatic emails to new subscribers, text alteration, and even content change for return visitors. It has newly added a feature that lets you choose the action you would like when a user fills in a form. 

One of the primary benefits of using ConvertKit is its analytics. It gives you a complete overview of how the various aspect of your marketing process is performing, be it email marketing, landing pages, or other forms. 

ConvertKit Pricing

Each of the plans in ConvertKit has a different set of features catering to different goals. The free version helps you have a trial run if you want to go for the higher plans.

  • Free version
  • Complete: $29 monthly

Pros:

  • Allows tags and segmenting
  • WordPress integration
  • Visual automation builder
  • Flexible user subscriptions

Cons:

  • Poor templates and designs
  • Limited A/B testing 
  • Lacks customization of templates

Bottom Line

Sales funnels are super crucial for any ecommerce venture, but what’s more important is to know which funnel will work best for your business.

In this article, we have listed all significant and salient features of the best-performing tools in the market and pricing options. These platforms aim to ease your process of sales funnel building while generating better and more leads.