Over the 5 years or so, Endurance International Group (EIG) — formally BizLand hosting — has purchased MANY of the most popular hosting companies, kept the previous brand name, but essentially took over and provide JUST HORRIBLE service all around. So when you change hosts, you get the same host. HostGator, BlueHost, JustHost, and so on are all EIG companies. I used to love HostGator, now it is pathetic in many respects. In fact BlueHost, JustHost, HostGator, and SuperGreen Hosting — all the hosts that I used in the past and got great service from have gone downhill significantly. And GoDaddy (not EIG), we’ll everyone knows (or should know) that you should only use them for domain registration, their hosting is pretty pathetic and their WordPress managed hosting is very frustrating. WebHostingBuzz is also a non-EIG host, but unless you’re paying for VPS, they kinda suck. Yes, I’ve tried to do many normal things like migrate databases with a good host it’s smooth, with one that is unstable or has cryptic work arounds, it can add many, many hours. If a new client comes to me for development on a bad host, I usually add a lot $ more for dealing with it. So save yourself some money and use a good host.
So you need a list of what hosts to avoid and what hosts are not EIG companies. On the right (top if you’re on a small device) is a list of them in the image (click to biggerize). The list is kept up-to-date all the time by Michael at ResearchAsAHobby.com, who does a very thorough job.
Non EIG Hosting Companies I recommend!
All of these companies are very good, so It was hard to put them in order. I put InMotion first because they are my host, but it doesn’t mean that they are any better than LiquidWeb, which as far as tech support response time, LiquidWeb may be better.
This is the host I use and I have had very good, reliable service with them. They are available by phone 24/7 and they are a Green Host. In the middle of the day the wait times are long on the phone for support. Currently they are training more techs (in the USA) to help with the increase customer demand.
Extremely good host with the latest technology and they are very inexpensive. Checkout their VPS hosting. If you ever want to get into the reseller hosting business, these people are amazing!
Now this is the host I hear about being truly great on the WP forums I belong to.
Holy smokes: At Liquid Web, we pride ourselves on the simple offer of great customer service. Our support team is the backbone of our company and transparency is our Heroic Promise. Every month, we publish our support statistics so you can see exactly how fast we’re responding to tickets and taking phone calls.
Actually, I'm thinking of moving to this host because of their LiteSpeed Powered Servers, LiteSpeed is up to 9 times faster than Apache web hosting, processes PHP 50% faster, and 3 times faster than SSL Apache Hosting. I'm kinda lazy though, maybe a customer will sign up with them so I can play around.
WordPress focused hosting with an excellent reputation.
Excellent reputation and very inexpensive hosting. I love frogs!
So, there you go. This is my quick list and later on I’ll do an in depth article on each one. I would really like to try MDD with their 9x faster than Apache hosting.
All the best,
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