Should I change hosts?

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My host provider is HostBig. My website has been down for 3 hours. I chat with tech support on a weekly basis. My website is down frequently. Usually, when I contact them, they get it up again within few minutes. Today it is different. They said they are having server issues and told me they will have it up in 20min. Three hours later, they said they will have it up in 30min-60min.

I only paid $1 per month for unlimited bandwidth and space for one yr. That is a steal. But as you can see, i guess you get what you pay for. My website was doing pretty well but I thought I lost a lot of traffic bc of this.
Should I change hosts? If so, who is good yet cheap??
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  • Profile picture of the author Gregg
    Originally Posted by everydayreviews View Post

    My host provider is HostBig. My website has been down for 3 hours. I chat with tech support on a weekly basis. My website is down frequently. Usually, when I contact them, they get it up again within few minutes. Today it is different. They said they are having server issues and told me they will have it up in 20min. Three hours later, they said they will have it up in 30min-60min.

    I only paid $1 per month for unlimited bandwidth and space for one yr. That is a steal. But as you can see, i guess you get what you pay for. My website was doing pretty well but I thought I lost a lot of traffic bc of this.
    Should I change hosts? If so, who is good yet cheap??
    save they trouble and go with HostGator
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  • Profile picture of the author therealdeal
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  • Profile picture of the author everydayreviews
    should i ask for my money back? how do I move my site if that's the case? if it wasnt such a headache, id do it right now
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    • Profile picture of the author everydayreviews
      still down, this is driving me nuts!
      i want to just ask them for my money back now but Im thinking I need to download my site first...
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      • Profile picture of the author johndougs
        Originally Posted by everydayreviews View Post

        still down, this is driving me nuts!
        i want to just ask them for my money back now but Im thinking I need to download my site first...
        What's on your site - backend -
        Is it a CPanel and do you have a Wordpress - then it's easy to move. Youtube has many videos on moving sites. Or pay someone to move it for you. Some hosts offer a free move with new registrations. Try Hostgator, bluehost etc .

        For a beginner it would take about an hour or so to move a site to another host.
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        • Profile picture of the author everydayreviews
          Originally Posted by johndougs View Post

          What's on your site - backend -
          Is it a CPanel and do you have a Wordpress - then it's easy to move. Youtube has many videos on moving sites. Or pay someone to move it for you. Some hosts offer a free move with new registrations. Try Hostgator, bluehost etc .

          For a beginner it would take about an hour or so to move a site to another host.
          i have both wordpress and cpanel. web hosting hub has free transfer. goodbye hostbig
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          • Profile picture of the author ContentIn48Hours
            I've been having a big problem with a host that I signed up with from this forum. My websites are constantly down, and the support is not up to par.

            I'm going to go back to the old trustworthy webhosts of either HostGator or Bluehost.

            Steve
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            • Profile picture of the author johndougs
              Originally Posted by OverDeliveryKing View Post

              I've been having a big problem with a host that I signed up with from this forum. My websites are constantly down, and the support is not up to par.

              I'm going to go back to the old trustworthy webhosts of either HostGator or Bluehost.

              Steve
              Absolutely, go for reliability. Sometimes a few bucks saving is not that bright. Besides that, hostgator and similar heavy weights usually have great support and very reliable servers and network plus man-power to service their computers, networks and customers.

              Cheap Hosting is not good on the internet and in my opinion it's downright bad to see someone offering you cheap hosting.
              Cheap hosting is really cheap and it lacks service, reliability and support.
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          • Profile picture of the author johndougs
            Originally Posted by everydayreviews View Post

            i have both wordpress and cpanel. web hosting hub has free transfer. goodbye hostbig
            So you are good to go, right?
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      • Profile picture of the author gsuccess
        I suggest you move to another host very fast. Hostgator is very good. I have never had any problem with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author visimedia
    you have to move your hosting because that's too essential to be happening (the hosting trouble). No hosting = no internet business
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  • Profile picture of the author johndougs
    Don't expect a rollsroyce of a service for $1 per month. You better off getting a free blogspot or wordpress site.

    Go with one of the big guys that offer cheap hosting not the best but better than what you're getting now. I believe bluehost, hotgator, hostmonster, etc.

    Don't waste time with a host if your website goes downseveral times during a week.
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  • Profile picture of the author everydayreviews
    ok, im signing up for a new host. how should i get my old site on there? my old host said they'll give me a refund. take it now or wait until the other site is set up?
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    • Profile picture of the author johndougs
      Originally Posted by everydayreviews View Post

      ok, im signing up for a new host. how should i get my old site on there? my old host said they'll give me a refund. take it now or wait until the other site is set up?
      First register with new hosting and then make sure your new host is accessible.

      Backup your current site to your local computer.

      Download it using Filezilla or some other ftp program.

      Goto to your new host and upload files using filezilla.
      Unzip to public_html (CPANEL users) directory.
      Go to your domain registra and change your Nameserver settings for your domain (i.e ns1, ns2 records ...)

      and you're almost there. Don't cancel your account with current hosting company until your domain is served from the new hosting companys server. The nameserve records for your domain usually takes anything upto 48hours to replicate itself on the web.

      You may want to upload a simple new page to the new hosting account

      I usually do this to find if domain settings on webw have been updated to new server.

      Goodluck!
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  • Profile picture of the author BarryWheeler
    People go with bargain basement hosting get bargain basement service.

    Why trust your business to someone offering hosting for $1 a month. Is that what you're valuing your business at?

    Get a reliable host, pay more, get service - you and your readers deserve it.
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  • Profile picture of the author everydayreviews
    thanks guys. that answers pretty much everything. one last thing, ive been reading good reviews about webhostinghub.com. anyone have experience with this one?
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    • Profile picture of the author johndougs
      Originally Posted by everydayreviews View Post

      thanks guys. that answers pretty much everything. one last thing, ive been reading good reviews about webhostinghub.com. anyone have experience with this one?
      They are on the east coast of the US and are one of the big guys, just did a google search and found that theire reviews are guite good. Goto webhostinggeeks dot com and see for yourself.

      If I was looking for a server hosting on the east coast of US I would robably buy their services and test it out with few domains running wordpress.

      Impressive hosting company.
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      • Profile picture of the author everydayreviews
        Originally Posted by johndougs View Post

        They are on the east coast of the US and are one of the big guys, just did a google search and found that theire reviews are guite good. Goto webhostinggeeks dot com and see for yourself.

        If I was looking for a server hosting on the east coast of US I would robably buy their services and test it out with few domains running wordpress.

        Impressive hosting company.
        thanks. yea, I was refered by webhostinggeeks dot com. I am actaully on the east coast so it might work out for me pretty well. talked to their sales guy too, really helpful
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    • Profile picture of the author micksss
      Originally Posted by everydayreviews View Post

      thanks guys. that answers pretty much everything. one last thing, ive been reading good reviews about webhostinghub.com. anyone have experience with this one?
      HUB is great hosting! I recommend you go with them. Just do a cPanel backup of your old hosting account and have WebHostingHub's tech support restore it on your new account. Best of luck to you
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  • Profile picture of the author TolyZ
    Check out JustHost. I host over 50 websites with them, and they are great. They ranked higher the hostgator. Pm me your e-mail and I can get you a deal for unlimited hosting for less the $3. I can also transfer your web site for you if you are having trouble.
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  • Profile picture of the author everydayreviews
    I just wanted to thank everyone once again for your input. I did switch hosts and got a refund from my old one. My new host is awesome. Fast and stable
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  • Profile picture of the author learn
    I would change hosts.
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    • Profile picture of the author goldie22
      You most definitely should change web host! As others have said go with Hostgator! They will also help you move your sites over to their servers. How many sites they move for you depends on your plan. If you get the reseller plan, they will move up to 30 sites. You can get the details here HostGator Website Transfers « HostGator.com Support Portal

      Cheers,

      Debbie
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  • Profile picture of the author Sohel Parvez
    I bad host can down your web site from search engine ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholls
    hosgator is the best hosting site
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketing Merit
    I actually changed FROM Hostgator due to problems that I was having. I had one hosting account that was great but the second was an absolute nightmare. Sites really slow to load and virtually impossible to use Wordpress as, once logged in, each action would take around 30 seconds plus to load.

    HG kept telling me that they couldn't recreate the problems I was experiencing (also kept getting database errors when logged into wordpress).

    So, I made a Camtasia video which recorded the screen and showed the problems. I also demonstrated that there was nothing wrong with my internet connection (simply search on Google etc).

    Still, nothing improved. So, as I generally take out my hosing around Black Friday for the best offers, I found one with Certified Hosting for $10 for the year. Believing, as Everydayreviews does, that you get what you pay for, it had originally been my intention just to use this as a stop gap whilst I looked around for something else.

    Anyway, I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised. Gripes are that there doesn't seem to be any access to Awstats and the back end of the Cpanel looks cheaper than Hostgator's. But, so far, it has been doing really well.

    Also, I did wonder about the level of support, But when I sent in a ticket, I received a detailed response within a matter of hours.

    I'm not sure what went wrong with my hosting but, I'm wondering if it was something that another host subscriber was doing. Guess that's one of the risks with shared hosting but HG didn't or couldn't sort things out for me!
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  • Profile picture of the author harrietfredge
    hi everydayreviews!

    I'm glad that you switched your hosts. Hostbig is not really that helpful it's great that you finally get your hands off them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Wessman
    Definitely change if you're dealing with that kind of downtime... you'll be hard pressed to find any hosts that are any good for a buck a year though so spend a bit more next time
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  • Profile picture of the author Zara Marie
    Originally Posted by everydayreviews View Post

    ...My website is down frequently. Usually, when I contact them, they get it up again within few minutes. Today it is different. They said they are having server issues and told me they will have it up in 20min. Three hours later, they said they will have it up in 30min-60min. I only paid $1 per month for unlimited bandwidth and space for one yr. That is a steal. But as you can see, i guess you get what you pay for. My website was doing pretty well but I thought I lost a lot of traffic bc of this.
    Should I change hosts? If so, who is good yet cheap??
    I advice that you change your host provider as soon as you can. If you compute the expense and loss of your website, I think your loss is higher. If your website cannot operate even for just 5 minutes, you are already losing significant amount of traffic. It will eventually affect your web presence on search results because of this problem. Search engines especially Google consider the load time of a website. So it will be safe for you to just leave your current host provider and move on to a better one.
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