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Can anyone tell me where the best hosting account is? I am currently using HostGator but thinking about making a change. Who do you recommend? Thanks in advance.
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  • Why are you thinking of changing away from Hostgator? There's no "best" hosting, but Hostgator has been pretty good to me as one host that I use (I use several companies for different reasons).

    I also like Site 5, Rackspace and Servint.

    One I'd definitely stay away from is MediaTemple. You'll find plenty of people that like them, but I found their "Grid" servers to be slooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow.
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    • You'll be hard pressed finding anything better than Hostgator. Like the poster above said Ive never had a problem with them. 2 and a half years and running. Ive tried others but have found no one better.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlondieWrites
    Host Gator and Bluehost have been the best web hosts for me over the years.



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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Johnson
    I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned Hostgator yet, but those guys are pretty good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Will P
    To better answer the question can you be more specific in regards to what kind of hosting are you referring to, shared, reseller, vps, dedicated, cloud?
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    • Profile picture of the author Chase Beach
      I agree with MicroNiche,

      Which hosting are you using? Actually, if your not using it, try Host Gators Business account with free SSL and IP, I think you can still find it with a $5 1st month and $12 bucks after that.

      Go Daddy, is ok, but without a cpanel it makes it tough for a newer marketer.

      Also, ProHosting is dependable, one of JayKays products.

      If you have multiple sites, definitely spread them over a few hosting accounts.

      Just my humble thoughts, while I freeze my Mice off in Myrtle Beach

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      • Profile picture of the author DBerth
        How many sites would you consider enough where it would make sense to go to a reseller account as opposed to the business account I currently have with HostGator? I am planning on putting up many niche websites (10s, maybe 100s). I allready have over 25 addon domains with my business account. I want to make sure I do the right thing and cover myself.
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    What's the best internet marketing training site? I'm learning a lot at the place I'm at, but I'm thinking about making a change.
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  • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
    Im liking justhost. Never had any real bad issues, support is fast and responsive. Unlimited just about everything. I do not normally promote things like this but do for them because I am happy as an IMer with them. Just too many issues with clients using godaddy.

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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    The "best" hosting account is the one where everything works without problems - together with an attractive price

    There are many mainstream hosters where my (PHP) scripts dont work, so they dont work for me

    I personally use ukcheaphosts.com..insanely cheap, very good and reliable..as well as hostnine.com. Hostnine has the advantage that they offer "semi SEO" reseller hosting where you can chose different IPs and locations/countries.

    But my main hosting is now all going to my VPS at solarvps since the shared hosting only goes so far. Once you install some scripts and have a bunch of wordpress sites, you quickly will see the limits of shared hosting. A VPS also has the advantage that you can optimize far more than on shared hosting.
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    • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      Once you install some scripts and have a bunch of wordpress sites, you quickly will see the limits of shared hosting.
      Now you got me thinking, look what you've done!!

      How many is too many WP sites in one shared account?
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  • Profile picture of the author Bryan Toder
    Originally Posted by hrbweaver View Post

    Can anyone tell me where the best hosting account is? I am currently using HostGator but thinking about making a change. Who do you recommend? Thanks in advance.
    I would stick with HostGator. They are the best, IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dalyinx
    I've had some experience with Hostgator and liked it. I'm currently using Godaddy and it's just okay. I have the deluxe account and they have a limit on MYSQL databases, which is set to 25. Once I fill that up, I'll probably add a Hostgator account as well. Can't be bothered to move all my sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author ahlexis
    If you are thinking of leaving Hostgator, was it something that went wrong, or is it because perhaps you saw something someplace else that seemed like a better deal? I ask because if something went wrong and you were dissatisfied with their resolution of the situation then it might be time to leave. But if you are just shopping around for a better deal, leaving may bring grief to your future and/or headaches you do not need which will be certain to cost you both time and money.

    (No, I don't work for them. But I can talk about hosting nightmares all day long from all KINDS of situations that would even make you cry...)

    What you have just witnessed as far as all these people speaking up about how you should not leave is rare in the hosting industry, by the way. There are more disappointing webhosting companies out there than there are places that do the things that keep internet marketers happy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Chase Beach Which hosting are you using? Actually, if your not using it, try Host Gators Business account with free SSL and IP, I think you can still find it with a $5 1st month and $12 bucks after that.
      The OP is currently with Hostgator, we just don't know what package he's on.

      If you have multiple sites, definitely spread them over a few hosting accounts.
      In my quest to get involved in this business I used one host at the beginning that was awful (Well known but awful). It's a complete nightmare to transfer anything away from. It now costs me money. I use Hostgator for everything else. I'm not saying you're wrong but what is the benefit of having your sites spread over multiple hosting accounts and how does it offset the cost of having multiple hosting packages as opposed to one reputable one like Hostgator?

      Like I say, I'm not being rude, I do well in this business and I've not seen this advice before. I'm keen to understand why multiple accounts are good in your opinion.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

        ...In my quest to get involved in this business I used one host at the beginning that was awful (Well known but awful). It's a complete nightmare to transfer anything away from. It now costs me money. I use Hostgator for everything else. I'm not saying you're wrong but what is the benefit of having your sites spread over multiple hosting accounts ...
        I can answer that for you. I use four hosts. Here's why...

        Like you, I used to use just one host. They went out of business without notice. No one knew what was going on the first couple of days, we just knew our sites were down. Slowly word leaked out they folded and packed up in the middle of the night. I didn't have that many sites back then, but still, my sites were down for several days before I got them up and running at another host.

        Did I learn from that? Nope, I just considered it a fluke.

        I kept hosting all my sites at one host. One day the city where the servers were located was hit hard by a terrible storm. The power was out for days. I didn't know how long my sites would be down, so after three days I ended up finding three new host and transferred my all domains, uploaded all my sites, installed all the CGI applications and shopping carts, etc.

        I was out of business for about a week. No sites, no sales. No product development or other production was getting done either, plus I was frustrated and a little angry at myself for not learning from the first time my sites were down for days.

        Now with my sites spread out among four hosts, if one goes down, I'm still in business with about 75% of my sites. Yeah, I learned the second time around. If having that kind of protection isn't worth a few hundred dollars a year more in hosting fees, then I'm guessing your business is in the start up phase and you don't have a big income to protect. I can understand that, but if you are making a good income from multiple sites, I'd recommend you not put your entire income at risk to just save a couple hundred bucks. I lost more than that with my misadventures.

        One other thing, if your account got hacked, the hacker could wreak havoc with all your sites if they're at one host. If they are spread out, the risk and damage is minimized.

        Lastly, different hosts, different IP addresses. It's better for SEO purposes for any cross linking.

        Hope that helps you understand why some of us don't put all our hosting eggs in one host's basket.
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        • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          I can answer that for you. I use four hosts. Here's why...

          Like you, I used to use just one host. They went out of business without notice. No one knew what was going on the first couple of days, we just knew our sites were down. Slowly word leaked out they folded and packed up in the middle of the night. I didn't have that many sites back then, but still, my sites were down for several days before I got them up and running at another host.

          Did I learn from that? Nope, I just considered it a fluke.

          I kept hosting all my sites at one host. One day the city where the servers were located had a terrible storm. The power was out for days. I didn't know how long my sites would be down, so after three days I ended up finding three new host and transferred my all domains, uploaded all my sites, installed all the CGI applications and shopping carts, etc.

          I was out of business for about a week. No sites, no sales. No product development or other production was getting done either, plus I was frustrated and a little angry at myself for not learning from the first time my sites were down for days.

          Now with my sites spread out among four hosts, if one goes down, I'm still in business with about 75% of my sites. Yeah, I learned the second time around. If having that kind of protection isn't worth an few hundred dollars a year more in hosting fees, then I'm guessing your business is in the start up phase and you don't have a big income to protect. I can understand that, but if you are making a good income from multiple sites, I'd recommend you not put your entire income at risk to just save a couple hundred bucks. I lost more than that with my misadventures.

          One other thing, if your account got hacked, the hacker could wreak havoc with all your sites if they're at one host. If they are spread out, the risk and damage is minimized.

          Lastly, different hosts, different IP addresses. It's better for SEO purposes for any cross linking.

          Hope that helps you understand why some of us don't put all our hosting eggs in one host's basket.
          Thank you Dennis.

          I did try to make it clear I was intrigued as to why from a beginners point of view this was advantageous...and not just being rude. I think I should realise thats the reason anyway with the poor hosting I've received from my initial host. I still use them but the customer service is poor. So I am myself spread across two hosts and not putting all my eggs in one basket.

          If having that kind of protection isn't worth an few hundred dollars a year more in hosting fees, then I'm guessing your business is in the start up phase and you don't have a big income to protect
          That was my point, I was (albeit perhaps wrongly) assuming the OP was a newbie and I was taking that angle. I'm not at the start up stages of my business but very much take your point. My niche sites are spread across my two hosting companies and for the ecommerce site I run it's hosted on my business partners server.

          I only mean't, what would the benefit would be to someone starting today or fairly new to the business, having said that it would make sense to have this as the plan.

          Thank you also for taking the time to answer my question so thoroughly.
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          • Profile picture of the author Shirlyn
            Hi, can you please explain what kind of website do you have? what kind of services are you deploying online?
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggerDeen
    Originally Posted by hrbweaver View Post

    Can anyone tell me where the best hosting account is? I am currently using HostGator but thinking about making a change. Who do you recommend? Thanks in advance.
    If you want to give another host a try then Bluehost is pretty good too.
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  • Profile picture of the author obion
    ok i use alutaville.com and they are pretty much good.
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  • Profile picture of the author techvic
    I've used Hostgator before and they are great, no complaints at all. Right now most of our sites are on Rackspace. They are the bomb. Instant phone support, super helpful and skilled techs too. Rackspace is good if you start to get more technical and have a lot going on.

    But if you are happy with Hostgator and they do what you need why move? It's a lot of work.
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  • Profile picture of the author tfos4941
    The best host I have used is hostgator, I wish I had never left them as i have had nothing but problems with both hosts i have used since.
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  • Profile picture of the author pmill06
    I had several hosting accounts at one time, hostgator was one of them. Don't use them anymore simply because I needed to reduce the number of hosts i had at the time. But I never had a problem with them I think the finally decision for me came down to a few extra features that they did not have but now do that lead to me dropping them. i would go back to using them again with no hesitation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Doherty192
    HostGator seems to be the favourite. I can agree. I've looked around and nobody offer their value. UNLIMITED domains, and UNLIMITED bandwidth is something that I have not seen for their prices. Pretty decent. Also, I've had no instances of downtime.
    Stick with HostGator!
    Also, their customer service has always been great to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author WilliamLark
    why would you leave Hostgator they are cheap and reliable?
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    • Profile picture of the author zcrafts
      Hostgator is recommend for US hosting , if you are looking for UK hosting I will say its Webhost.Uk.net
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    Don't leave hostgator.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    Hostgator is good, but if you REALLY want to change, then I would recommend Bluehost.
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    • Profile picture of the author daleron
      Originally Posted by schwarzes View Post

      Hostgator is good, but if you REALLY want to change, then I would recommend Bluehost.
      I second that...I've never had any problem with Bluehost


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  • Profile picture of the author JHC81
    I would stay with hostgator, they have a good customer support and price if you ask me.
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  • Profile picture of the author musiclyons
    Not sure why you are wanting to change from Hostgator. They are one of the best user friendly host providers out there. I have been using them for about 5 years. I have tried others, but always came back to Hostgator.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brian Mullis
      I've used resellerzoom.com for well over 5 years and they have been great for me. Their support is very good. I've never used their phone support but their helpdesk has almost always answered my questions within minutes.
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