Ghacks Technology News is a technology blog created by Martin Brinkmann in October 2005. Its primary focus is on web browser and Windows tips, software, guides and reviews.

Type of businessSubsidiary
Type of site
FoundedOctober 2005
Founder(s)Martin Brinkmann
Key peopleMartin Brinkmann, Editor-in-chief
ServicesReviews / Recommendations

Editorial edit

The editor-in-chief and founder is Martin Brinkmann. All authors that contribute articles for the site are listed in the footer area on the website.

An average of five posts are published each day of the week with topics ranging from Windows[1] and Linux operating system news to web browser tips (focusing on Firefox,[2] Google Chrome and Opera, online services like Gmail and, and general tech news and tips.

Popular posts include login related troubleshooting guides like Gmail[3] or Facebook.[4]

Ghacks Technology News articles are often republished by sites such as Lifehacker, Gizmodo,[5], and other sites due to its coverage of cyber security, troubleshooting and FOSS.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

History edit

Ghacks was created in 2005 as a development blog for a software called Google Hacks.[13] Trademark issues made the founder of the site pick ghacks as the domain name. The software was soon thereafter discontinued and Ghacks turned from a development type blog to a software and online news oriented blog.[citation needed]

In April 5, 2008, Grand Effect blog advertising network, co-founded by Sarah Perez and David Peralty, included eXtra for Every Publisher, gHacks, ParisLemon, SheGeeks, Sarah in Tampa, and The Last Podcast!.[citation needed][importance?]

From 2008 to 2011, the site held an annual Christmas Giveaway, with commercial software given away to readers.[14][15][importance?]

The website received more than 400,000 visitors per day as of January 2017,[citation needed] and as of June 2019 has an Alexa traffic rank of 9,537 worldwide and 4,269 in the United States.[16]

In October 2019, Ghacks was acquired by Softonic.[17]

Reception edit

Ghacks Technology News has received recommendations by DL.TV,[18] Diggnation[19] and KNLS Radio's "Eye on the Web with Mary Westheimer".[20]

Technorati listed Ghacks as a top 100 blog in both the general technology and info technology category; in September 2013, it occupied position 21 in the Info technology category and 68 in the overall technology category on Technorati.[21]

References edit

  1. ^ "Windows News, Updates, tips and software". gHacks Technology News.
  2. ^ "Firefox Archives – gHacks Tech News". gHacks Technology News.
  3. ^ Brinkmann, Martin (2009-05-04). "Gmail Login Troubleshooting". gHacks Technology News. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  4. ^ Brinkmann, Martin (17 October 2009). "Facebook Login Page Help And Troubleshooting". gHacks Tech News.
  5. ^ "You've Been Moving Chrome Tabs Wrong This Whole Time". Gizmodo Australia. 3 September 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  6. ^ Chen, Jason (18 October 2011). "Instant Elevator Music Automatically Plays Whenever You Move Files Around".
  7. ^ "Patch Tuesday Lowdown, April 2019 Edition". Krebs on Security. 19 April 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Recover Lost Drive Space From Windows 10's Technical Preview". Lifehacker Australia. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Your Windows 10 Upgrade May be Using More Space Than it Should". Gizmodo UK. August 10, 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  10. ^ "You've Been Moving Chrome Tabs Wrong This Whole Time". Gizmodo Australia. 3 September 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  11. ^ Papadopoulos, P (2020). "Keeping out the Masses: Understanding the Popularity and Implications of Internet Paywalls". Proceedings of the Web Conference 2020. pp. 1433–1444. arXiv:1903.01406. doi:10.1145/3366423.3380217. ISBN 9781450370233. S2CID 211010637. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  12. ^ "W3C in the Press – 2018". World Wide Web Consortium. 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Welcome to – gHacks Tech News". 3 October 2005.
  14. ^ "Christmas Giveaway". Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  15. ^ "Christmas Giveaway". Archived from the original on 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  16. ^ " Traffic, Demographics and Competitors – Alexa".
  17. ^ Brinkmann, Martin (October 7, 2019). "Ghacks has a new owner, and that is a good for everyone". Ghacks.
  18. ^ "Cool Websites". DL.TV.
  19. ^ "Diggnation On The Web". Diggnation. Archived from the original on 2005-08-06. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  20. ^ ""Eye on the Web with Mary Westheimer", sponsored by sculptor Kevin Caron". Kevin Caron. KNLS Radio. Archived from the original on 2019-11-10. Retrieved 2011-10-24.[failed verification] (broadcast from 2005 to 2012)
  21. ^ "gHacks technology news". Technorati. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2011.