What is the HOST to BOAST about – Selecting a good hosting company.
It’s the never ending question of which hosting company is the best for your website. I can’t tall you how many discussions I have been involved in on this topic. I decided to let you in on the thoughts and comments of some very smart people when it comes to selecting a company to host your website. These comments come from a WordPress group on Facebook called WordPress For Business. Take a look below at the vast thread of comments and get an idea of who you might select as your hosting company.
My site got hacked (through supposedly theme “support”)
Hostgater, detected and fix within 20minutes of me contacting them. Always friendly , helpful and knowledgeable.
And I agree with the godaddy opinion….
Godaddy is ok as loing as you don’t want to move or have technical issues….
Can’t say good or bad about bluehost.
I do hate GoDaddy entirely. But it’s because of their horrible treatment of elephants. Otherwise I’d register domains there.
And after hassles and hassles trying to move names from godaddy somewhere else, I won’t even get names there. I don’t like getting “boxed” in. I want to use who and when I want…not them.
When my ftp went numbnuts and deleted half of my website the customer support techs at hostgator sorted it out within 24 hours saving me months of hard work.
They have also helped me sort out .htacces issues where they arent obligated to help out but did it anyways.
I am confidant, without any doubt, that hostgator customer service can bridge the gap between their cpanel and blue hosts cpanel in terms of ease to use by either explaining or helping sort stuff out.
Hostgator has really great support and can upgrade all the way to a dedicated if need arises.
If you have lots of traffic I use liquid web or rackspace cloud these are a tad expensive but worth it if you are making good money on your sites.
I told the guy to get me a supervisor, which took the better part of a half hour. While I was waiting I did some googling and found that others were also having my experience. And that their issues were going unresolved. I got the same runaround that the others were reporting. My sites are really sporadic – sometimes they load in 5-7 seconds, other times they take close to a half minute.
Bottomline: HostGator’s exemplary service is a thing of the past. EIG has turned them into another “we don’t give an effin’ eff” about you” company. So I’m on the hunt for a new hosting company.
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Hobby sites are small to medium businesses, local business, static sites, consultant sites, etc. Which translate to low traffic sites, sites that may only get small and/or in-frequent traffic bursts, casual streaming, etc.
$5/$10 a month hosting accounts are fine for this. I think over time all the low cost solutions have the same highs and low, so it does not matter which on you choose and their SLA’s are fine for hobby sites. That is way you have so many different experiences.
However, if you run a production site with high traffic or periods of high traffic like during a product launch were you have heavy traffic for 30 to 45 days straight then hosts like bluehost and hostgator just don’t cut it.
Even if you are using a hostgator dedicated (virtual or not) does not make any difference. They are just not the same infrastructure when compared to a proper high traffic host.
For example, I think anyone would have a huge problem trying to say that a hostgator dedicated and infrastructure are equivalent to a rackspace solution. It’s like comparing a banana peel to a diamond.
I have seen product launches with mailing list of 8k to 10k take a virtual hostgator site to halt on the first day of launch.
I do lots of high traffic product sites, to the point that amazon s3 stops streaming (which is about 1000 to 1200 connections) so I have a host that works very well with high traffic. I also have low traffic sites and run them on the same sever…because it does not make since otherwise.
I only mention this because if most of your sites are low traffic the cost difference from a host that is more traffic capable to a hostgator reseller can be only $5 to $20 more per month.
I never have any of problems mentioned in this thread or other threads on the same topic. My sites run problem fee 99.9% of the time.
So even if you are not involved with high traffic sites, for a few extra bucks a month you can go from slow server, down time, problems etc. to almost no issus at all.
But in the end the answer this hosting is relative at best.
There are so places calling themselves a ‘host’ you can run into them with your eyes closed and lots of them are resellers.
To me they are not a real host if they don’t have their own server farm. It makes a huge difference when trying to solve problems, quickly.
Jason A. Kinney You are 100% correct sadly most are just resellers. For my company we have our own servers. The only thing I do not control is the hardware part because the data center handles that but everything else from software installed on the server, updates, etc is all managed by myself or my team. Our hardware setup is a big difference from most host. It’s in a group of cloud cluster servers (hypervisors) so if the server processing the websites fails it switches to another server to keep the websites live. For anyone that wants the geeky details haha http://onapp.com/cloud/technology OnApp helps hosts and service providers create their own next-gen cloud, CDN and storage services – quickly, easily and at very low cost.
Also, just an FYI, if you want to get in the nitty gritty hostgator is a reseller of servers. They use softlayers data center and hardware for their hosting. http://www.hostgator.com/network I do know what you meant most are just reselling from a provider such as site5, hostgator, etc.
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