Bluehost is getting unreliable, hosting suggestions?

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I have used Bluehost for a few years now. They are a good value for the price but recently (last 6-12 months) I have noticed that my sites that are hosted with them go down a lot.

I will be working on a site, trying to put content up or something, and suddenly the site just doesn't load. Sometimes this lasts for up to a few hours. I'll come back to my site later in the day and occasionally it still doesn't load. Then I'll come back at night and finally the site will be working. But in the meantime I've lost valuable time that I wanted to use working on my site. Also the visitors can't be too happy about it either.

(Before you suggest it, no, it is not a problem with my internet)

So... I need hosting suggestions. Ideally I'd like a shared hosting plan similar to what Bluehost offers. But I need something that is reliable and doesn't have so much downtime as Bluehost has (seriously, I get downtime with Bluehost at least once every other week while I'm working on my site, it's ridiculous).

Suggestions for reliable hosting?
#internet marketing #bluehost #hosting #suggestions #unreliable
  • Profile picture of the author marketingva
    Hi,

    I like JustHost. I was working on a client site adding a subdomain on BlueHost and they claimed that action wiped out our main database. When they reloaded a 24 hour old backup it was missing several critical files. The technical service person was completely unhelpful.

    Bonnie
  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    Been using HawkHost for about 2 years now and am very pleased with them...
  • Profile picture of the author MichaelNz
    Using hostgator and everythings been fine so far. also they use wind power to power all their servers and equipment which is a plus.
    • Profile picture of the author jewels2me
      Originally Posted by MichaelNz View Post

      Using hostgator and everythings been fine so far. also they use wind power to power all their servers and equipment which is a plus.
      HostGator WAS awesome but they were bought last year and they moved my VPS last month to a Bluehost server and it's been down more times in a month than the whole time it was hostgator.

      hostgator = bluehost
  • Profile picture of the author 10kaday
    What i like is hostgator , i use them for most of my sites
  • Profile picture of the author XinYun
    HostGator is a reliable alternative, their baby plan is not only cheap but also reliable, exactly something you're looking for. I personally have used them during my initial business startup.
  • Profile picture of the author firentire
    Curtis2011, do you have specific requirements in mind?
    • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
      I'd like to add my own vote for Hostgator. They're reliable, user friendly, AND they have 24/7 customer support that's knowledgeable, helpful, and very, very patient.

      Plus the baby plan is a great deal, as XinYun pointed out. I've been with them for years now and have several accounts including a reseller account. Love them!
  • Profile picture of the author sminozzi
    Hi,

    Been using softlayer.com for about 5 years now and am very pleased with them...
    Regards,

    Bill
  • Profile picture of the author srip
    My site hosting with hostgator and its fine for me.
    • Profile picture of the author owais211
      My vote is for HostGator

      - Extremely affordable pricing

      - They have an extensive security custom firewall that protects its server

      - 99.9% Uptime guarantee.

      - Availability of customer supports via telephone, email and live chat
  • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
    I've been with HostGator for years and never considered moving hosts
  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    What is your Current requirements for your websites, I mean how much disk space and Bandwidth you need.
  • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
    Funny, 90% of the comments are recommending companies owned by the same exact parent company. You're bound to have similar problems.

    What are your requirements? I'd recommend checking the hosting offers section however, read the threads entirely as some so called web hosts have advertised too good to be true packages and then provide poor service.

    Web Hosting Offers

    At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. When you pay peanuts, you'll get monkeys.

    What's your max budget and requirements? What types of sites are you looking to host and what additional features are you looking for?
    • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
      Originally Posted by Kingfish85 View Post

      What's your max budget and requirements? What types of sites are you looking to host and what additional features are you looking for?
      Honestly I don't know my requirements.

      I am building static websites that currently have low traffic but of course, plan to have high traffic in the future. They are non-interactive sites, just html+css with no programming elements.

      I really just need a host that is reliable and has high uptime, and high page load speed. Bluehost is just getting ridiculous, almost every single day I work on my websites I end up with a bare minimum of 10 minutes of downtime, which I think is quite high. And that is only the downtime I see while I am working (a few hours a day). I can't imagine how much downtime there is in a 24 hour period!

      My budget... probably $30/month max. Preferably lower, at least for now while my traffic levels are low.
  • Profile picture of the author jcadrin
    HostGator all the way!
  • Profile picture of the author DJL
    Here is another vote for HawkHost.
    I have found their service to be rock solid, with excellent tech support.
  • Profile picture of the author pressreleaseagency
    justhost and bluehost are sister companies. for 100% uptime, you can go to jauguarpc.
    • Profile picture of the author ZerocooI
      I have been a customer with Hostgator for a couple years. I monitor the downtime on my website with SiteUptime - Website Monitoring Service and have only had 5 min's down in the last 2 months. Page load times are great. Hostgator has alot of customers but they don't seem to oversell the servers so its not a problem.
  • Profile picture of the author Igor Fridrihs
    Hey,

    I use iPage and GVO. Both are good enough for hosting. Some reviews for iPage show that their hosting is the best for quality/cost.
  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    Bluehost = Hostgator = JustHost = 50+ other "brands" to hide who they are.
    It's the same company -- EIG.
    Leave EIG. Avoid those fake "top 10" lists that only list EIG companies. They're not there to help you.
    Try somebody good for a change, like Stablehost (not "unlimited") or Site5 (unlimited).
  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You should consider Yahoo Web Hosting. Their uptime is great, unlimited storage, 24/7 support, security tools, SSL, blog hosting, secure FTP, a website builder, a cheap price, and the list goes on and on. Hostgator is pretty good too, but i like Yahoo better.
  • Profile picture of the author Radioheada
    Hostgator
  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    It's funny how HostGator say they eat up the competition when most of the competition is owned by EIG.

    Choose a non EIG owned host such as Stablehost.
  • Profile picture of the author jivens
    Site5.

    They have a free 30 day trial and are among the cheapest I've seen. They have the best support ever and an easy interface. I've been using them for about a year now and I couldn't be happier with them!

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