HostGator Acquired - Precautionary Measure?

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HostGator - One of the world's biggest web host is being acquired by Endurance International Group (EIG). The deal will be completed in the next two weeks.

Are your sites hosted with HG?

If you are like me, you would be happy with HG's excellent services, but things can happen when ownership changes. Should you take precautionary measure, for safety?

What are your thoughts?

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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I use Hostgator extensively - and no, I'm not worried.

    If the quality goes down, I move my sites. If it doesn't, I don't. I expect the price was a pretty number and I doubt any buyer would want to risk profit by damaging the brand.

    I've had several hosting companies that have changed hands while I used them. Only one went down in quality and service - and I just moved on.
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  • Profile picture of the author micksss
    I don't think that there is anything to worry about. As far as precautionary measures, do what you would always do (or should be doing) with your websites and make regular backups just in case. No matter what company you host with you should be downloading backups regularly just in case. In the small chance that things go downhill after a while being run by EIG move to a different hosting company. Nothing to sweat about IMO
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    My "precaution" is to never host all my sites with just one host in the first place. I made that mistake once when I first started out. When that host went down for an extended period of time due to storm damage, I was out of business with all my sites.

    Now I spread them out over 4 different hosts. If one goes down the majority of my sites are still up and running, earning income while I tend to the downed sites. Worse case scenario, I just have to upload them to one of my other hosts and change the name servers.
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    • Profile picture of the author bhola badshah
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      My "precaution" is to never host all my sites with just one host in the first place. I made that mistake once when I first started out. When that host went down for an extended period of time due to storm damage, I was out of business with all my sites.

      Now I spread them out over 4 different hosts. If one goes down the majority of my sites are still up and running, earning income while I tend to the downed sites. Worse case scenario, I just have to upload them to one of my other hosts and change the name servers.
      excellent advice....

      Never miss the backup part, always have your own backups too.
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    • Profile picture of the author jfambrini
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      My "precaution" is to never host all my sites with just one host in the first place. I made that mistake once when I first started out. When that host went down for an extended period of time due to storm damage, I was out of business with all my sites.

      Now I spread them out over 4 different hosts. If one goes down the majority of my sites are still up and running, earning income while I tend to the downed sites. Worse case scenario, I just have to upload them to one of my other hosts and change the name servers.
      My sites are also hosted with Hostgator. I agree with your idea about spreading sites over multiple hosts. What other hosting companies would you recommend? Did you have good experience with them?
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by jfambrini View Post

        My sites are also hosted with Hostgator. I agree with your idea about spreading sites over multiple hosts. What other hosting companies would you recommend? Did you have good experience with them?
        I have used Bluehost.com and Hostmysite.com for years. I've been with Bluehost about 9 years or so, and Host My Site about 6 years. I'd recommend either one.

        I use two other hosts that, while I wouldn't recommend them at this point, it's mpstly because I haven't been with them long.

        I've only been with one about a year after dumping a host I'd grown dissatisfied with; and the other host I just signed up with because the price was stupidly low. There have been a few glitches with them, but the glitches were resolved fairly quickly, and for the price they're good enough for feeder sites.

        Come to think of it, I actually use five hosts now. The fifth one I received a free account at in consideration for a favor I did them. I'm not at liberty to reveal that host.
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      • Profile picture of the author micksss
        Originally Posted by jfambrini View Post

        My sites are also hosted with Hostgator. I agree with your idea about spreading sites over multiple hosts. What other hosting companies would you recommend? Did you have good experience with them?
        Webhostinghub and Inmotion Hosting (sister companies) are other great options. I recently spread some sites over to HawkHost and Downtownhost, so far so good with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author SergioFelix
    If you guys are genuinely worried about this, I just spoke to Brent (HG owner) a few days ago and here's his exact untouched answer:

    "Thank you very much for your support and kind words. Nobody knows the future but the last thing EIG wants to do is mess up their new very expensive company. You couple that with all my old management staying on and I think it's going to work out just great for the customers. I'll also be a hosting customer with HG when this is all said and done so I'll stay on top of them. =)"

    I read a letter he wrote about his reasons for selling HG and I resonated a lot with his decision (that's why I sent him an e-mail in the first place)

    I do believe Brent is being completely genuine.

    Hostgator grew so much because they always listened and cared for their customers, I don't think that's going to change any time soon.

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  • Profile picture of the author micksss
    Brent is a stand up guy
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  • Profile picture of the author jrianto
    Yes, he is a very stand up guy, setting up good example for the hosting industry.

    Here is a link to his email to his entire staff.

    Could EIG improve HostGator? - Page 2 - Web Hosting Talk
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  • Profile picture of the author jrianto
    Yes, hopefully HG will not change their backup functionality like BlueHost after being acquired by EIG. BlueHost's backup feature now limits where we can actually backup our website to. The only option is to back it up to BlueHost's backup server and not to our own preferred off site location.
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