Host Gator vs. Liquidweb

by BigG95
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Which of those 2 would you recommend?

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  • Profile picture of the author Sam101
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    Originally Posted by BigG95 View Post

    Which of those 2 would you recommend?

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    I am using Hostgator, no idea about Liquidweb.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigG95
    Well, someone recommended Liquidweb, but I have never heard of them before either
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    • Profile picture of the author Bob Willoughby
      I have been with Host Gator for 5 years and have never had a problem. I can call anytime and get answers if I have problems. They even helped me with a software problem that was not theirs. I can not speak for Liquidweb.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elliott
    Have you tried using this forum's "Search" function to find threads related to "Liquidweb"?

    Elliott

    Select "Posts" rather than "threads" to be displayed.....
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  • Profile picture of the author rypher21
    haven't tried using Liquidweb...i much prefer Hostgator!!
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  • Profile picture of the author anth.elias
    I know Lquidweb, there are a great hosting company but they are not cheap, for your average or even above avearge IM er Host gator works perfectly, but if you have the money to spend Liquidweb is definitely a great choice.
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    • Profile picture of the author billt91
      I have a VPS account with Liquidweb. I have had no noticeable downtime and the support is great. Very fast response time. I highly recommend them.

      Do a search for them on webhostingtalk.com You can also find deals there. I have a competitive price with Liquidweb

      Bill
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      • Profile picture of the author alvinhuang
        I have a VPS package with Liquidweb and experienced almost zero downtime. Their support is amazing and they answer support tickets and settle issues within mere minutes. In fact we just upgraded our VPS package with them due to more capacity on our side.

        If you're just starting out, hostgator is fine. But if you run more websites and them using up more cpu resources (not harddisk capacity...you're run out of cpu resource faster than harddisk capacity), then go with the VPS with liquidweb.

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  • Profile picture of the author DS Marketing
    I agree with Alvin -- I've had a VPS account with LW for over a year -- their level service has been terrific.

    Their support is amazing and will often get back to you within minutes. I highly recommend them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Sussman
    LW gets my vote.

    Downtime? Whats that :-)
    Support? Brilliant! They really do get back to you within minutes.

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    • Profile picture of the author Shafiq Kamal
      It is definitely worth your money to use HostGator Hosting. Never heard about Liquidweb.
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  • Profile picture of the author wealth2moms
    Hi,

    I like Hostgator. the membership I am involved in uses liquidweb. I have heard from many members in the past that liquid web was the best. If it weren't for my membership, I would not be using it because of its price. Liquid web was the only hosting company that DL Guard was easily configured for. Couldn't get it to work on hostgator or bluehost.

    If you have the money, liquid web is fabulous, otherwise hostgator is adequate.
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    • Profile picture of the author pilotjoe
      Oh man this is a tough one.. hostgator for sure if you're going for the shared hosting.. but if you want a dedicated host I think Liquid is much better
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  • Profile picture of the author Jackie Tulos
    I have been using hostgator for 1 year now and love it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Ashbrook
      I've got a VPS with Liquidweb and a reseller account with Hostgator. Never had a problem with either one of them. Not really a lot to choose between the two.

      One thing with LW is that their response times to any queries is lightning fast. I usually message them but you can also phone. For this reason, LW has a slight edge for me.

      I don't think you can go far wrong with either of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author FortressDewey
    Are you looking for shared,vps or Dedicated Server? Both are reasonable at shared...not sure on the rest
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  • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
    I'll add my 2 cents...

    Never used hostgator (although some I have heard who have used it had down times or reported "over useage")

    Did days upon days of research over hosts last year because I've been through a few.

    Liquid Web got my final decision - and they've been *the best* I've ever had (and I've been online with websites since 1997).

    No downtime, excellent security, and while they don't make a big announcement about it, they'll also help you with outside scripts to ensure they work.

    I know some are saying that the costs with LW are higher, but in my experience? I cut my cost in half with LW, and gained profits because the servers actually WORK. Others block emails, upgrade you without telling you which can then knock out your scripts - and you don't find out till AFTER they've done it when something doesn't work....

    Sorry - wouldn't use ANYONE else. Ever.

    (Oh - and they really aren't that expensive. You can get some of their dedicated servers for as low as $150 or maybe less I think - I pay more than that, but I have a higher package because of what we wanted/needed at the time we signed on).

    Even my former partner, who had his own hosting co for a long time - came on and admitted we had fantastic security and support.

    Amber
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    • Profile picture of the author Kenneth Holland
      Originally Posted by dimeco View Post

      I'll add my 2 cents...

      Never used hostgator (although some I have heard who have used it had down times or reported "over useage")

      Did days upon days of research over hosts last year because I've been through a few.

      Liquid Web got my final decision - and they've been *the best* I've ever had (and I've been online with websites since 1997).

      No downtime, excellent security, and while they don't make a big announcement about it, they'll also help you with outside scripts to ensure they work.

      I know some are saying that the costs with LW are higher, but in my experience? I cut my cost in half with LW, and gained profits because the servers actually WORK. Others block emails, upgrade you without telling you which can then knock out your scripts - and you don't find out till AFTER they've done it when something doesn't work....

      Sorry - wouldn't use ANYONE else. Ever.

      (Oh - and they really aren't that expensive. You can get some of their dedicated servers for as low as $150 or maybe less I think - I pay more than that, but I have a higher package because of what we wanted/needed at the time we signed on).

      Even my former partner, who had his own hosting co for a long time - came on and admitted we had fantastic security and support.

      Amber
      Without dithering on...what Amber said...seriously.

      Tried them all since 2003 and Liquid Web is the best!

      If they ever offer additional IP's with diff Class C blocks Ill never use anyone else ever again. Thats how good they are.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
    I have had a dedicated server with Liquid Web since 2006 and I can honestly say I have not noticed any significant downtime in all that time. Minor hits - never more than a few minutes.

    Support is superb. The longest it has taken for me to get a response from their support desk was 15 minutes.

    As stated in another post, they will help with other script issues. The security is top notch. Constantly updated.

    As far as costs, I have priced out comparable servers and they are right in line with other companies.

    I have never used HG myself but have heard positive things.

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  • Profile picture of the author lienadla
    I've been using Hostgator without any problems and I only had to contact their support when I switched to a reseller account.

    I haven't heard of Liquid Web but I might check it out when I need a new provider.
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  • Profile picture of the author Xebec
    I'm very happy with HG, though I've not stressed the servers, by any means.
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    • Profile picture of the author E-Newbies
      Hostgator gets my vote - Server uptime is incredible compared to other hosts i have used. (Outlook automatically gets my emails every 5 mins don't get the failed to connect massage since i have been using HG)
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      • Profile picture of the author ced28
        Got myself a VPS account with liquidweb last week and there support is just incredible.

        They answer all my questions in a delay of 15 minutes or less and they help me out to move 7 of my sites.

        I was scare to move them by myself and screw up all the database.

        I have couple friends that are also using liquidweb for years and they never experience any downtime.

        I never use hostgator so pretty hard to compare.


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  • Profile picture of the author DJ DeMarco
    I am a hostgator user too...its very worth price for $ 10 / month..I am using Baby Plann
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  • Profile picture of the author BigG95
    Thank you so much you guys, I really appreciate all your input
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    • Profile picture of the author 4uonlinebiz
      in my opinion the best service is - hostmonster.com
      that's why i will prefer to use them
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  • Profile picture of the author fan994
    I have been using hostgator for about a year now and have't had any problems with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew W Wong
    There is something that most are not aware of with Hostgator. They have an inode limit. An inode is considered to be a file, any file. The current cap I believe is at 50,000 inodes for their web hosting plans. As for Liquid Web, better offerings can be found elsewhere. Currently I am using these two:

    MDDHosting - Professional Hosting Solutions (Semi-Dedicated Plan)
    SharkSpace - Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting and VPS Hosting (Great White)

    Hope that helps.

    Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author Stark Expressions
    Hostgator is a great place to start but if you try and run any MySQL driven scripts and such you're going to be in for a rude awakening when your account gets shut down for using too many resources.

    That's NOT a negative hostgator review, I have a few accounts there and love their service. Great for static websites, blogs, test sites and membership areas, but don't ever try a big launch on their servers or you will have launch day problems. They're not being mean, they just have to suspend your account if you use too many resources because there are dozens of other folks on the same server.

    LiquidWeb is the place you go once you've outgrown shared hosting accounts like Hostgator. When you're ready to go VPS (VDS) or dedicated server - don't bother looking around, just go to LiquidWeb. They're like 'HostGator' for the bigger players.

    I'm not affiliated with them in any way and this is based entirely on my own experience but you'd be hard pressed to find a better VPS or Dedicated server hosting option. Plus they own their own data centers - they don't rent some other company's stuff...so when it comes to support, you know that you're talking to the right people.

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  • Profile picture of the author Feral1
    Have a resellers account with hostgator and never had a problem, not sure about LiquidWeb however checking out now as always looking out for alternate hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author danhughes
    I don't want to make anyone mad here (and I mean *no* disrespect) but the difference between to the two is this:

    Hostgator = Basic needs / lower price
    LiquidWeb = Pro needs / higher price

    That doesn't mean you aren't a pro if you're using Hostgator. I just means your needs in a host are basic.

    Hostgator is fine for a lot of things, but I wouldn't say their support is pro level (timeliness, knowledge, customization). Their speed / availability / uptime is absolutely *not* pro level.

    Liquidweb - Nearly all SEO types recommended them, or hold them in high regard. I could give you a list of reasons why that is, but that would turn this into a sales pitch... There an honest company, just take a look at their website for their list of benefits.

    A nice alternative I have found to both is Reliable Web Hosting, Reseller Web Hosting, cPanel Web Hosting - Aquarius Storage - I am not sure why, but they say they are not reselling Liquidweb hosting. They say they are simply sharing the same datacenter.... Maybe they are, maybe they're not. Well, whatever, ha! Nearly everything about their backend looks the same to me, plus they use a Litespeed ( LiteSpeed Technologies Inc. ) server configuration. Litespeed is one of the few server technologies that isn't just hype and actually works. Their benefit over LW is price... they are *very* cheap in comparison ... totally inline with Hostgator.

    HTH, Dan
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  • Profile picture of the author Teleologist
    I would recommend Hostgator.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michelle Adams
      I've used VodaHost without a problem.

      I recently got a reseller account at Hostgator and have had a few problems, worst of which was having all my sites being down for half an hour recently.

      I've heard nothing but glowing reports for Liquidweb and am seriously considering them for my future hosting.
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      anyone had any experience with Acquarius Storage? it's time to get away from godaddy...
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  • Profile picture of the author gotteeth
    I have a lot of experience with both.

    I like them both but, in my experience, Liquidweb's customer support has been head and shoulders above HostGator. Once again, in my experience, when I needed help at HostGator I almost always encountered a curt, smarta** response. As if I was stupid because I didn't know know the answer.

    I currently have a VPS hosting package at Liquidweb. I needed quite a bit of help with several issues, one that took an entire weekend to solve and wasn't the fault of Liquidweb. Every person I spoke with sunk their teeth into the problem as if it was their problem...you get the idea.

    I have absolutely no hesitation recommending Liquidweb.

    Hope that helps.

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  • Profile picture of the author BurgerBoy
    I usae HostGator and I've never had any problems with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg Jacobs
    How can you even compare a Honda and a Benz in the same sentence.

    Host Gator offers great entry level services.
    Liquid Web is for Professionals.

    Just see where you are at in your IM career and the choice should be easy. ie.. can you afford to buy the $60 LW VPS without flinching... if the answer is yes, then you are ready for LW
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    • Profile picture of the author DigitalX
      LiquidWeb would be good for VPS and dedicated servers .
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      • Profile picture of the author Kesh247
        I have not really heard of Liquidweb. I have been using hostgator for a while now and their service is great.
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        • Profile picture of the author Scott Million
          Just make sure if you register a domain with host gator (I think it was required when I signed up) and it comes time to renew... it does not autorenew after payment is made... you have to contact the sales department.

          I'm very ticked off as I lost a domain I had put a year's worth of content / backlinks / promotion to and it was a PR 4 and making four figures each month. I was able to get it back by paying $250 thank god, but some rankings damage has already been done and the cash flow is significantly less now. Beware if you buy a domain through them when you start with their hosting.

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  • Profile picture of the author Janedoe
    I have used both. I never had any problems with either one, but LW was a tad expensive for my simple needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author joman1717
    I have been using hostgator for about 3 years now. No problems at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author indianbill007
    I have a windows VPS with liquidweb and they have the best of best kind of support, they have specialists who will also solve your programming issues which are not theirs.

    All good to say about them.
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  • Profile picture of the author jake2200
    I've been with HostGator for 1 year now.

    Haven't had any problems, and their 24/7 support is always in help when you need it.
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  • Profile picture of the author link8
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    Been a hostgator customer for around 3 years now, I think their support and reliability is one of the best you can find online even compared to higher or more expensive hosting.

    Definitely recommended
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  • Profile picture of the author Dexx
    Never heard of Liquidweb, have been using a Hostgator reseller account for 2+ years

    Does Liquidweb offer reseller capabilities?

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    • Profile picture of the author immick
      Yes, Liquidweb has a reseller program but it is not very good. I use hostgator as one of my reseller accounts. Liquidweb is very good if you have your own dedicated servers.

      Originally Posted by Dexx View Post

      Never heard of Liquidweb, have been using a Hostgator reseller account for 2+ years

      Does Liquidweb offer reseller capabilities?

      ~Dexx
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      • Profile picture of the author enovs
        Hi,

        I use hostgator and have no problem so far
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamian
    I think hostgator is much better than liquidweb, because hostgator is easy to use and I have no problem about it since I start hosting my sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author blackfolder1
    I just started using Hostgator- so far so good- was cheap to sign up for also- have never heard of liquidweb- but thats not to say anything negative about them -I just think Hostgator is much more well known as I had heard of them even before I got into marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author immick
    Hostgator is fine for your simple website hosting (their servers are all from theplanet.com).

    Liquidweb is a true server provider like theplanet, where as HostGator is a middleman for theplanet.

    I use both services. Liquidweb maintains my dedicated servers for me and they are first class when it comes to solving problems, whcih you will get if you have your own servers.

    I use hostgator for some sites I don't want on my dedicated servers, to get a variety of IP addresses for some blogs, and have a hostgator reseller account I use for referring some clients.

    I have found from past experience it is not only a good idea to have different IP addresses, but also to have them coming from different data centers.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoweb2000
    hostgator here, love there support . they have gone above and beyond for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary McCaffrey
    I use and love both.

    My $8 per month Hostgator account can handle most of my sites.

    But if I'm launching a site that I think will be resource heavy (which I'm starting to do more and more), I put it on a dedicated server at LiquidWeb.

    Both great hosts that I hope to use forever.
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  • Profile picture of the author FlockPad
    I have used both companies. The only difference I have experienced is that HG mangement has chimed in on many of my tickets (often with derogatory comments). Never received that kind of communication from LiquidWeb however. Personally, they're both about the same in my opinion (except for the occasional management interludes).
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    • Profile picture of the author herriott51
      I have multiple hostgator "baby" accounts, for many years, plus a reseller account; and for 2 years a shared hosting LW account with just 2 sites; and for 2 years a LW VPS for a quite large site.

      I've had no problems whatsoever with HG and found their support to be OK, even good.

      While the support from LW is phenomenal in **some** ways ... in terms of their knowledge and courtesy and response times ... for the 1st 12 months of the shared account I had major problems, all the time. I had more problems with the shared account with 2 sites than all my hostgator accounts and 1&1 accounts in 5 years; more than 40 hours of downtime in that year. They'd fix it, I'd ask for proof they'd stopped the problem re-occurring, they assured me it wouldn't, it did. Again and again, same problem. It's been very good for the past 6 months, though, almost but not quite problem-free, after they moved me to a different server. But that first year drove me to distraction.

      Their VPS has been ... OK. Maybe even pretty good. As good as I had previously, probably, but I'm paying more for it. Not problem free but not problems enough to make it worth changing.

      I recommend HG without reservation. I hesitate to recommend LW. It seems to be hit or miss. My experience hasn't corresponded with the superb reputation they seem to have.

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  • Profile picture of the author Okoji
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    Both are very good host. I have used them before now.
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  • Profile picture of the author ProvenWorthy
    Frankly, I would go with liquidweb. Their support is fantastic and super fast. They will handle your issues professionally and everyone in their support team is very knowledgeable too.

    You might run the risk of becoming addicted to them.

    If they are both restaurants, Liquidweb would feel like a nice swanky restaurant whereas hostgator would be like nandos.

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author seoviviti
    i never heard about Liquidweb. so i suggest hostgator for server hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Blaine Moore
    Sounds like you can't go too far wrong with either.

    Personally, I've been happy with HostGator, and have never used Liquid Web so I can't comment on them.
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  • Profile picture of the author instantpaypalcash
    Hostgator I know and they work pretty well.

    I will research liquidweb because it appears to me there are some pretty strong opinions on here from those who have used it.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Robert
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