Host Gator Alternative???

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I know there are alot of other ones out there, but I just wanted some opinions on some other ones. Although I know most people go with host gator. I was looking for a better monthly deal for unlimited domains, but still reliable.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
    If you're wanting to pay on a monthly basis then you may run into some problems because a lot of the bigger hosting providers have moved away from letting you pay on a monthly basis. Besides HostGator I have tried DreamHost, BlueHost, and GreenGeeks but none of them were as good as HostGator.
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  • Profile picture of the author AksGame
    as its not alternative but you can still get 1 year hosting in 6 $

    Win web hosting try it its cheaper
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  • Profile picture of the author jthom804
    Ok. I will definitely research these. Thanks : )
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  • Profile picture of the author esskay85
    Have a look at some of the hosting alternatives posted here on Warrior, there are some great deals and the reviews are good too. The offers are for WF members only so the prices really can't be beaten.

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  • Profile picture of the author stingrays06
    Try Bluehost
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  • Profile picture of the author jeffreyhuan
    BlueHost is my second choice besides HostGator. Use them for 3 years with no problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author net101
    byethost.com is a good hosting service and they also have free hosting plans
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  • Profile picture of the author braincandy7
    Bite the bullet m8. Hostgator are second to none. Their live 24/7 customer service is priceless. They do state in the terms that they will only help with certain things but they tend to ignore that when you are talking to them live by phone or chat.

    Search all the forums and you will be hard pressed to find any complaints about the service and that is rare these days with large international companies.
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    • Profile picture of the author Graham Maddison
      Originally Posted by braincandy7 View Post

      Bite the bullet m8. Hostgator are second to none. Their live 24/7 customer service is priceless. They do state in the terms that they will only help with certain things but they tend to ignore that when you are talking to them live by phone or chat.

      Search all the forums and you will be hard pressed to find any complaints about the service and that is rare these days with large international companies.
      I second this whole heartedly, I would never move from hostgator, they have always helped me enormously.
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  • Profile picture of the author ibacklinkpro
    I use 2 hosts, 1 is IX hosting, but I really hate them, they are slow and their servers are constantly down... but it works well because you can host an unlimited(maybe not unlimited but, it's a lot) amount of sites for like $70 per year, most of my WIP sites are hosted there. WHen a site starts getting some traffic and making me money, I take it over to ICDsoft hosting... one of the best hosting providers that I've ever encountered, their email servers are kind of weak though...
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    • Profile picture of the author Prisqua
      I have used IX hosting for a few years and I think they have the best customer support ever but I have to agree with you that their servers are always down or down too many times for too long, so I gave up and went with Host Gator and I'm pretty happy with them. Customer support by mail is good but talking to them on the phone, most of the time I do not understand the accent... but good prices and up 99%-100%.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        I was looking for a better monthly deal for unlimited domains
        Unlimited domains for $25 a month with HG - it's a great deal. If you have multiple sites and think $25 is high to host them all, something is skewed.

        Put 25 sites on one reseller account at Hostgator and you have sites hosted for $1 each. What more could you ask?
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        • Profile picture of the author Winson Ng
          Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

          Unlimited domains for $25 a month with HG - it's a great deal. If you have multiple sites and think $25 is high to host them all, something is skewed.

          Put 25 sites on one reseller account at Hostgator and you have sites hosted for $1 each. What more could you ask?
          Thanks Kay King. HG is quite good !
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        • Profile picture of the author braincandy7
          Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

          Unlimited domains for $25 a month with HG - it's a great deal. If you have multiple sites and think $25 is high to host them all, something is skewed.

          Put 25 sites on one reseller account at Hostgator and you have sites hosted for $1 each. What more could you ask?
          Where do you get the $25 figure from? You can host UNLIMITED Domains, UNLIMITED Disk Space, UNLIMITED Bandwidth on the baby plan which i have for $10 per month
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  • Profile picture of the author ibacklinkpro
    Does anyone know why CNET chose inmotion hosting as best hosting ever? Is it really that good or is it just because they pay huge affiliate fees to CNET?

    Anyone here tried them?
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  • Profile picture of the author Paleochora
    I have an account with Hostgator and two with Byethost.

    Byethost is considerably less expensive and I can discern no difference in speed or quality of service between it and Hostgator.
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  • Profile picture of the author RylanClayne
    I know it might seem counter-intuitive especially when money is a big factor but I would really advise against moving your hosting from hostgator for that reason alone.

    The simple fact is Hostgator is really that good. I agree with many of the posts above, for support and simple up time they have you covered. If you are doing any sort of business online you really need to make sure your basics are solid and skimping and saving on hosting in my view is not an area you should be looking to make cost savings. Instead cut out a subscription to a costly service or make savings in other areas in order to maintain your hosting with what arguably is one of the best around.

    That is just my feeling, and I am not affiliated in any way with Hostgator but simply have used their services since 2008 and I have not had single problem unlike several other hosts that I have used alongside since that time. Hope that helps and good luck with whatever decision you eventually make.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    I get a lot of positive feedback for fatcow hosting.

    Btw isn't black friday coming up soon?
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  • Profile picture of the author dave147
    Originally Posted by jthom804 View Post

    I know there are alot of other ones out there, but I just wanted some opinions on some other ones. Although I know most people go with host gator. I was looking for a better monthly deal for unlimited domains, but still reliable.
    Try Hostmonster
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  • Profile picture of the author Adnan Firdous
    HostWinds is another great webhost! The speed of their sites are great!
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    • Profile picture of the author Winson Ng
      Originally Posted by Adnan Firdous View Post

      HostWinds is another great webhost! The speed of their sites are great!
      Thanks Adnan for the suggestion, will definitely have a look at HostWinds..Cheers !!
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    • Profile picture of the author dukestravels1972
      Originally Posted by Adnan Firdous View Post

      HostWinds is another great webhost! The speed of their sites are great!
      Just don't ask for a refund from them.

      Had a horrendous experience with them. I noticed a mistake in my domain name and asked for refund. The owner said we don't refund domain names. I said your TOS says you offer full refunds without questions, with no mention of it excluding domain names. He changed the TOS, banned my ip address so I couldn't even use login to hostwinds and manage a domain I paid for.
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      • Profile picture of the author hendrata
        You can't refund domain, even hostgator can't refund a domain.

        btw, hawkhost.com (not unlimited..but great! you can go to froghost for unlimited hosting --they're in the same company) and webfaction.com (no cpanel but I like their 256mb dedicated RAM)

        Originally Posted by dukestravels1972 View Post

        Just don't ask for a refund from them.

        Had a horrendous experience with them. I noticed a mistake in my domain name and asked for refund. The owner said we don't refund domain names. I said your TOS says you offer full refunds without questions, with no mention of it excluding domain names. He changed the TOS, banned my ip address so I couldn't even use login to hostwinds and manage a domain I paid for.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I'll stick with Hostgator. Move to some cheesy, cheap host and you'll most likely end up regretting it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Freeboi
      Originally Posted by freetraff View Post

      We often use site5.com - great service.
      I find site5 to be a horrible site. For the past 30 days my site was down several times. And today they disabled web access to my site for some vague reasons. Until now my site is still down.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    I wish there was one. Most low cost vendors are not reliable companies. I will probably re sign up as a reseller next year. Problem is HG is S-L-O-W and it is getting worse. OK as they say, you get that for which you pay.
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    • Profile picture of the author Silent Warrior
      Web hosting is the backbone/foundation of your entire business. Why try to skimp and save a few bucks a month? You definitely waste tons of time and will be extremely frustrated if you go with a cheap host with no support.

      Hostgator may not be the best answer for you, but definitely find a host with reliability and support first, then consider price.

      I had to learn the hard way. You should learn from other people's experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    Compared with a few years ago, I find that most posts are quite good. in a shared hosting platform most post all for a similar level of service. they will respond to your support ticket and will offer online chat. they will have a similar level of resources such as disk space and bandwidth. however, if you are running a mission critical website you should plan to get a dedicated or simi dedicated server. some companies to offer dedicated frequently offer a very high level of support in which you have access to high level personnel and rapid response times.
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  • Profile picture of the author samuelsss
    I use ixwebhosting.com to host all of my websites. Their rates are fair.
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  • Profile picture of the author WildaGorskic
    I am hosting all my blogs in arvixe.com , and i feel they are good , so , i suggest try out arvixe if you even want a hostgator alternative
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  • Profile picture of the author WebmasterDeluxe
    I use HostSo.com....they are DIRT cheap and reliable
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Problem is HG is S-L-O-W and it is getting worse.
      I've seen this complaint a couple times and wonder what I'm missing. I have multiple html sites on HG accounts and they load quickly. Makes me wonder if the problem is with blogs and multiple plug-ins rather than the hosting.

      That's the only thing I can think of that would account for it when other sites seem load fast when hosted with HG.
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      • Profile picture of the author TheRedPill
        What ever hosting you DO decide to go with be sure that it has Cpanel. you don't want to be without it's flexibility and customization.
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  • Profile picture of the author wrongnumber
    Originally Posted by jthom804 View Post

    I know there are alot of other ones out there, but I just wanted some opinions on some other ones. Although I know most people go with host gator. I was looking for a better monthly deal for unlimited domains, but still reliable.
    Being On HostGator, you will never think twice of any issue, these guys are pretty good and experienced, they helped me sort my database problems on a large autoblog, they even helped me edit some files, drasticlly improving the site load performance, I am on BabyCroc and host around 40 websites, plan to add more, never had a problem, no downtime since I joined two months ago, chuck the price factor out of the window... level of satisfaction... Priceless with HostGator staff... Its awesome.

    I would recomend buying off a year or two plan at once, because the offer discounts on first billing use coupon code 25SUPERHOST2011 and you will get a flat 25% of on your first paid amount. that means you pay $161 for 2 years straight works out $6.7 a month... along with super satisfaction.

    All the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    For the most part Hostgator is great and you get live support from them which has helped me a lot on more than 1 occasion.

    However, I am a little irritated with them right now, since they shut down my sites for caching problems without giving me any warning beforehand.

    I still am with them, but host only about 20 blogs with them, 20 blogs with another provider, etc. to not put all my eggs in 1 basket....
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  • Profile picture of the author Alfred Shelver
    Just wait for black Friday or whatever the name of that cheap day is in the US after thanksgiving. Last year I bought 3 years of reseller hosting for only a two hundred dollars with host gator. There normal hosting was 50-80% off. They are the best when it comes to service.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick Tew
    If you are serious about your business, you should at the very least be okay with the costs of hosting companies like HostGator. I have websites hosted with both HostGator and Bluehost. There are quite a few horror stories with Bluehost about shutting down your site and I too have hit many bumps in the road with them. But if you keep it simple or have a team that knows what they are doing then they are both decent.

    If you think you will have trouble, then I would steer away from Bluehost as their support seems to either be outsourced or the people responding have issues with understanding English.

    I had to send about 10 e-mails back and forth with support explaining to them to check up on why one of my websites was not being forwarded. I received about 5 different e-mails from different names saying the my site didn't exist. But first they blamed Google Chrome which didn't even make sense. Then they blamed Hostgator and finally landed on the assumption there was no website at all. Each one more ridiculous than the next.

    This was after I sent them screen shots of the site loading in my browser and screen shots of the site coming up in Google. They were too TECHY to simply go outside their own service and CHECK. I was lucky after getting very frustrated with them that an actual support tech decided to check his phone and could indeed see my website. Should I really have to fight my way through the haystack to get a good response to a support question?

    Anyway... other than that, Bluehost has been decent except for....

    when they deactivated my account (bringing EVERY website down) completely with only an e-mail saying that there was something wrong with my site and until I fixed it, they would not re-activate it. But... I did have access to CPANEL. The issue was with a Wordpress Plugin. I couldn't get into Worpress because they locked me out and since I didn't know what plugin was they Issue I just had to go through deleting them with FTP. I am not a wizard in PHP like many tech hosts ASSUME. Many of us are just business people trying to figure it out as we go.

    Anyway... you could get Bluehost and never have a problem. I can't say that I won't have that issue with Hostgator down the road either.

    But you should be okay with paying more for better service. From the posts I have read here so far it seem that either everyone is an affiliate with Hostgator or the feeling is unanimous that its a great place to start. So I would take that into consideration since you asked HERE.
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  • Profile picture of the author jthom804
    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. Sounds like I need to bite bullet and go with hostgator : )
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  • Profile picture of the author DudeAndy
    I know a lot of people are gonna hate me after I say this but, go godaddy!
    At least this is what I prefer. I always got quality service at resonable prices.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by DudeAndy View Post

      I know a lot of people are gonna hate me after I say this but, go godaddy!
      At least this is what I prefer. I always got quality service at resonable prices.
      The World's Worst Hosting. Ok for domains, but their hosting sucks big time.
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      • Profile picture of the author DudeAndy
        Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

        The World's Worst Hosting. Ok for domains, but their hosting sucks big time.
        I always get this, don't know why people always say godaddy hosting sucks even though many didn't tried it.
        I personally had no problem and I'm using their services for the past two years.
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    • Profile picture of the author CodeCactus
      Originally Posted by DudeAndy View Post

      I know a lot of people are gonna hate me after I say this but, go godaddy!
      At least this is what I prefer. I always got quality service at resonable prices.
      I've had godaddy before and they are great for domains but for hosting they lack behind better providers like hostgator, host the name, bluehost, etc.

      nowdays even for domain names, namecheap is giving them a run for their money. I'd stay away from godaddys hosting, imho
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  • Profile picture of the author braincandy7
    The constant up sell up sell up sell from godaddy gets very annoying too
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    • Profile picture of the author CodeCactus
      Originally Posted by braincandy7 View Post

      The constant up sell up sell up sell from godaddy gets very annoying too
      Agreed. Also the premium domains pricing is ridiculous. Yes they are premium but my God you can't get any if not over $1000 +
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  • Profile picture of the author Osman_M
    I have heard good things about Hostwinds as well. Maybe give them a try. Would this be your first hosting account?
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    If you're thinking of building an online business..

    For something as important as hosting i would go for the best, which for me is hostgator.

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author William Prawira
    If you are looking for an alternative, blue host seems to be next in line when it comes to money and performance. But believe me, I'm with hostgator from the start, their Support team is the Best.

    I even get myself a deal on the black friday offer. It's now as cheap as a bluehost fee, only with a better speed and better support
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  • Profile picture of the author Allan Leadbetter
    I honestly can't see past hostgator, their technical support is amazing, I'm in the UK and there is always someone available to help 24/7 and they have always gone above and beyond. Also their baby plan allows unlimited domains for $7.96 per month , can't ask for more than that!
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    • Profile picture of the author BarbaraP
      Have used HG and found it reliable and helpful customer service.

      Also have registered domains and use namecheap for hosting. Very responsive customer service, speed for fast loading, and great pricing too. Customer service personal via email and incredibly helpful beyond contractual boundaries. SSL and Whois Guard free or cheap. Always a coupon or sale except for domain renewals.

      GoDaddy complete rip off. Moved all clients from GoDaddy registration and hosting so less headaches for me. GD bought by investment firm so look for upsells to get even worse.
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  • Profile picture of the author coloradoseo
    Besides Hostgator which I use for one of our sites, I like Hostmonster.com they've never failed me or my clients. They have great support and the instant WordPress plugin and built in statistics included in the C-panel....excellent site uptime too.

    Best of all if you can use their promotion link, hostmonster.com/promo and actually get $3.95/mo. hosting by signing up for 3 years, we usually migrate our clients to this program eventually and it's been good for all parties in the short run and long run.
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    I use Justhost and have always had great service.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Just don't ask for a refund from them.
      If I made a mistake and mis-typed when registering a domain - I'd blame myself and eat the $10. In business, you don't always get do-overs without paying for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author gatorbrent
    I'm the owner of hostgator and while we have millions of site hosted and hundreds of thousands of customers I'm still personally available to anyone who may ever have an issue with our hosting. =)

    I welcome anyone and everyone to email me at brent@hostgatordotcom if you should ever need assistance.
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    Look at Hostmonster
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