Which Hosting Companies Do You HATE?

by Terry Kyle 69 replies
We use a bunch of hosting companies around the world - some are appalling, some are OK, most are mediocre.

As we're about to get a lot more new hosting for various projects, which ones have you personally used and had terrible experiences with (so that we can avoid them)?

Thanks in advance.
#off topic forum #companies #hate #hosting
  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    Justhost, total lack of support when having a virus or anything of that kind.
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  • Profile picture of the author micksss
    Originally Posted by Terry Kyle View Post

    which ones have you personally used and had terrible experiences with (so that we can avoid them)?
    Avoid: Host The Name, Web Hosting Pad, Go Daddy, 1&1,
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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    +1 for Namecheap indeed,

    About Hostgator, maybe it's cause it's the host where my personal seo website is hosted, and I don't browse that site every day but in the times I did it has been 5 times offline already due to temporarily bugs or maintenance. Maybe I'm just unlucky.
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    • Profile picture of the author jfambrini
      Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

      +1 for Namecheap indeed,

      About Hostgator, maybe it's cause it's the host where my personal seo website is hosted, and I don't browse that site every day but in the times I did it has been 5 times offline already due to temporarily bugs or maintenance. Maybe I'm just unlucky.
      Nik, I have had only bad experience with them since they got acquired so add me to this list of hostgator naysayers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Kyle
    Do namecheap still have that manual approval process for a site that can take up to 12 hours?

    HG's performance in 2013 hasn't been great.
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    • Profile picture of the author KingRoyal
      Originally Posted by Terry Kyle View Post

      Do namecheap still have that manual approval process for a site that can take up to 12 hours?

      HG's performance in 2013 hasn't been great.
      Whats been up with the G?
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    • Profile picture of the author IM Ash
      Originally Posted by Terry Kyle View Post

      HG's performance in 2013 hasn't been great.
      I really like HG but they are the most glorified resellers on the planet (now known as Softlayer).

      With HG, one is paying for great customer service and Softlayers servers are also top-notch!
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  • Profile picture of the author Surminga
    I've never had an issue with GoDaddy for domain purchasing - and yes another +1 for HostGator for their response and support.

    HG are very quick to respond to me when I have an issue with a domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author HassanAjmal
    hostgator & bluehost rocks, godaddy sucks and is super slow
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      My Worst host of all time goes to Ninja Lion.

      servers went off line for days at a time SEVERAL TIMES and so did all ticket responses (in fact don't think they EVER answered a ticket) but the bill kept still coming. They are a sister site to Downtownhost which I would avoid like a plague also

      Best all time host ever now only offers VPS but if you need a high performance service its Knownhost.
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      • Profile picture of the author IM Ash
        I use alot of cheap shared hosting for my network and I was quite surprised at the high quality of many of these hosts.

        The worst I have used and will NEVER recommend anyone to use is Turnkey Internet! Servers are down for hours at least once a week, sometimes up to 5x a week (no exaggeration). Strange things happened to one of my sites where everything was rolled back about a month... I thought my site was hacked. I went in an started updating things then the next day things were back to normal (this happened a few times and they did not even alert me).

        There is also no warnings from them when they engage in any sort of server maintenance.

        They the worst I have come across to date!
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      • Profile picture of the author micksss
        Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

        My Worst host of all time goes to Ninja Lion.

        servers went off line for days at a time SEVERAL TIMES and so did all ticket responses (in fact don't think they EVER answered a ticket) but the bill kept still coming. They are a sister site to Downtownhost which I would avoid like a plague also

        Best all time host ever now only offers VPS but if you need a high performance service its Knownhost.
        Never heard of Ninja Lion but I've been very happy with Downtownhost.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
          Originally Posted by micksss View Post

          Never heard of Ninja Lion but I've been very happy with Downtownhost.
          Ninja Lion is a brand of DowntownHost - FYI. There's a lot of web hosts now a'days that have the EIG thing going on - operating under 25 different brands and the customer doesn't have a clue.
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  • Profile picture of the author FakeItTilYouMakeIt
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    I've always liked bluehost but this last month they have been phenomenally terrible. I've had about enough
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  • Profile picture of the author patco
    I don't like bluehost. For me, HostGator is the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author lennyk1313
    Dreamhost used to be good but lately they have been having way too many issues. I have been thinking of moving to Hostgator.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I will never do business with Bluehost again. I suggest that no one does business with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author innozemec
    Gigaservers.net, that disappeared 10 days after i signed up with them for a VPS..
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  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    I hate HostGator, they constantly sent me "High CPU" complaints and would shut down my site without notice. I think they were trying to scam me into buying a bigger package.

    I moved my website to KnownHost, am SAVING TONS of money, and never had an issue. KnownHost have better support. They will do anything you ask them to do...

    HostGator wouldn't do the "extra" stuff outside of their specifics.
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    • Profile picture of the author jfambrini
      Originally Posted by gearmonkey View Post

      I hate HostGator, they constantly sent me "High CPU" complaints and would shut down my site without notice. I think they were trying to scam me into buying a bigger package.

      I moved my website to KnownHost, am SAVING TONS of money, and never had an issue. KnownHost have better support. They will do anything you ask them to do...

      HostGator wouldn't do the "extra" stuff outside of their specifics.
      Had to agree with you on your comments about Hostgator. Never heard of KnownHost though.
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    • Originally Posted by gearmonkey View Post

      I hate HostGator, they constantly sent me "High CPU" complaints and would shut down my site without notice. I think they were trying to scam me into buying a bigger package.
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      Hostgator used to be the best but once they got acquired they were shutting my site down the first time it experienced a spike without forewarning. Once I was on vacation and one of my site was down for 7 days. I have had enough and moved all my sites the next day. Godaddy despite its slowness will never shut you down like this no matter what temporary or permanent spikes you experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author ffranks01
    Web Hosting Pad and Justhost are the worst!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
    I highly suggest Warrior Forum create a new forum for web hosting reviews, I think a lot of people ask about what host is good and bad and there is a lot of great information and would be nice to have that available in its own section. Just a thought.
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  • Originally Posted by JackSarlo View Post

    godaddy neither for domain registrar nor for hosting..
    Agreed! I HATE godaddy hosting!

    Also hate some of the local ones in Netherlands. They limit EVERYTHING for the clients. Sometimes I log into a cpanel with almost NOTHING on it!


    On the flip side I LOVE hostgator lol!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rideem3
    I personally like GoDaddy for domain hosting, and iPage for web hosting.

    It's pretty hard to hit iPage's limit.
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    • Profile picture of the author ronrule
      Just moved away from GoDaddy today...

      Moved from Bluehost to GoDaddy some time ago, didn't like them either. Bluehost supposedly has good service on their higher paying account but for the basic wordpress sites they overload the crap out of their servers.

      For GoDaddy they were rate limiting CDN requests and had some weird outbound firewall configuration that was messing with the PayPal IPN. Washed my hands of both of them.

      I've had a Windows site on Arvixe for a while and was happy with it, giving their Linux servers a try now.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvm3
    Avoid Dreamhost at all costs. Their 99% uptime a few years ago turned into about 85% and sites are slow loading. I lost a lot of money due to them even though I was only paying about $4/month. I switched to Hawk Host and the speed improvement is like night and day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lanx
    go daddy is junk for webhosting, and had some weird format/password a few years back(it was 5 years ago, and it just wasn't standard)
    never had an issue with them for domains tho.
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  • Profile picture of the author drem
    iPage for my one client was horribly slow. 1&1 has also been pretty bad on my end.
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  • Profile picture of the author ProSence
    Well, I love HostGator

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    I hate Godaddy hosting service..
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  • Profile picture of the author Jerry Tellier
    Thumbs up for Hostgator and I have continuing nightmares with Host the Name...there was a thread here about host the name and I've detailed my continuing problems.
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    • Profile picture of the author micksss
      Originally Posted by Jerry Tellier View Post

      Thumbs up for Hostgator and I have continuing nightmares with Host the Name...there was a thread here about host the name and I've detailed my continuing problems.
      Yeah I went through the Host the name nightmare last spring too. A few reviews here if you want to share your experience too. Although probably the same story...
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      • Profile picture of the author danstairs
        Yes, Hostthename is definitely a load of rubbish. The server hosting my websites has been undergoing maintenance since the 21st February and still no sign of any update. I cannot access admin or control panel, so unable to do some urgent work, which is so unacceptable. 11 days and counting. This hosting service was heavily sold on this forum, but too cheap for their own good. You pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
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      • Profile picture of the author heavysm
        Originally Posted by micksss View Post

        Yeah I went through the Host the name nightmare last spring too. A few reviews here if you want to share your experience too. Although probably the same story...
        Hostthename *shudders*

        I might actually be doing 5 figures a month right now instead of mid to high 4 range if not for their constant downtime and slowness (lost of a ton of money during "maintenance and upgrades"). Slow and vague support reply with chat only available every other day? Check that one too.

        HG's support within the past 4 months for me as been iffy at best. Very slow and circular with never ending verification this and that on my account.

        Also, chat sessions now last at least 15+ minutes even if I have only one question. Never mind the queue to be helped, I get that, but why does it take 5+ minutes to ask what my problem is? I ALREADY typed it in lol.

        They used to be so speedy I actually enjoyed asking different questions about my account. Now contacting support is done only on a desperate need to know basis.
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    GoDaddy for sure, never invest your money there.
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  • Profile picture of the author skiing
    When getting hosting, always make sure your site gets hosted in your target country. I have a friend who went with Go Daddy in the UK, but the site is hosted in the Netherlands, 1&1 customers get servers in Germany (unless that changed recently)

    DON't use Fasthosts, the hosting is cheap but Fasthosts are blocking googlebot (all sites hosted with them get notification from Google cannot access site, support dont know a thing & all sites with them are down in rankings).

    Tried UK2.net once, left after a month, the hosting did not work most of the time and was a VPS

    Eukhost is good for using in UK, never had issues and have access to full Cpanel/WHM

    I also use aseohosting so I can get a package with 5 to 10 different C class IP's in my target country, hosting is a bit slow though.
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  • Profile picture of the author ckdaro
    Hostgator, DreamHost are pretty good. I understand what some of you are saying about Godaddy being slow, I agree, but I still use it. Hopefully I'll move my sites soon.

    But, Godaddy do have some pretty cheap domains though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ducksauce
    Nightmare on Godaddy
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  • Profile picture of the author Irmscher
    I love Hostgator, can vouch for them!
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    Godaddy
    1&1
    EIG brand = HostGator, Bluehost, JustHost, iPage, etc = all the same company!

    Yuck.
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  • Profile picture of the author loggableim
    Never NEVER EVER go to mediaon! They are the worst host/registrar ever!

    After having problems with them they shut my sites down and put gayporn scripts onto my urls -.-
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  • Profile picture of the author BrandVortex
    Justhost
    Bluehost
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    Godaddy

    In no particular order.
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  • Profile picture of the author Baba Pandey
    There is a company called Zyma ! Which is the worst, terrible hosting i have ever encountered in my life. Hostgator is mediacore. MDDHosting is one of coolest.
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  • bluehost and goDaady are the worst, had a very bad experience with bluehost..
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  • Profile picture of the author time4vps
    Any experience with so call "SEO hostings"?
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  • Profile picture of the author iluvatoq
    Godaddy is the worst . I like altushost . I have myself a reseller account for 9.95 a month and can host up to 20 domains .
    there is always someone on live chat aswell if there are problems
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  • Profile picture of the author Elfen Lied
    1. I hate downtime, PERIOD
    2. I hate when any part of the network is lagging
    3. I hate when I call and I have to explain to the tech how to fix the problem because they have no clue what they are doing.
    4. I hate when you need a manual reboot (like if a server crashed), and it takes them an hour to do so.
    5. I hate when the server bill comes each month
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  • Profile picture of the author TequilaShot
    Hate is a strong word...

    I choose to avoid any of the 50+ hosting companies by the EIG brand, the list is long and growing: Endurance International Group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    As I am moving out of hostgator, I've done extensive research on non EIG hosting in the past 3 days (I'd rather spend the time researching now than having to move again anytime soon).

    I narrowed it down to stablehost and liquilayer and will most likely get started with stablehost for now and I may try out liquidlayer a bit down the road for other sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author bmw040
    The worst hosting I have used was 1 & 1.

    I HATE their Customer Support!

    Even canceling it was a nightmare.
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    • Profile picture of the author RimaNaj2011
      I've only used hostgator but I once had to use godaddy for a clients site. WOW, their "cpanel" is confusing and shit. Java based and everything is slow.
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    GoDaddy, obviously.

    Though I've heard horrible things about 1and1 as well.
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    ruskahost & godaddy suck ***
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  • Profile picture of the author Texjd
    I've been with HostGator for just about as long as they have been around and starting last summer (around aquisition) they started dropping the ball big time. I have a lot of clients on HG and frequently now have problems. Mail service has gone down on at least three this month. One for several days!!!! Are you kidding me? They lost the entire server and when they restored it was very old backup. I had to go in and do another restore from my backups that was current. Another good example to do you're own backups and don't depend on the webhost.

    I would suggest everyone put some kind of monitoring on their websites (if like me with many) to keep track of any problems. I just did this a few months ago and it really showed how HostGator has been very troublesome in the last few months. Slow downs, website down for hours, email problems, you name it.

    Looking around right now and really haven't found any replacement yet. But I will and after I test for a while I will be moving all my own and customer sites. This will be a huge pain in the ass but dealing with unhappy customers and websites down is far worse.
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    • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
      Originally Posted by Texjd View Post

      I've been with HostGator for just about as long as they have been around and starting last summer (around aquisition) they started dropping the ball big time. I have a lot of clients on HG and frequently now have problems. Mail service has gone down on at least three this month. One for several days!!!! Are you kidding me? They lost the entire server and when they restored it was very old backup. I had to go in and do another restore from my backups that was current. Another good example to do you're own backups and don't depend on the webhost.

      I would suggest everyone put some kind of monitoring on their websites (if like me with many) to keep track of any problems. I just did this a few months ago and it really showed how HostGator has been very troublesome in the last few months. Slow downs, website down for hours, email problems, you name it.

      Looking around right now and really haven't found any replacement yet. But I will and after I test for a while I will be moving all my own and customer sites. This will be a huge pain in the ass but dealing with unhappy customers and websites down is far worse.
      Hostgator was bought out in June 2012.
      Reports like these are common. It's not the same Hostgator you used to have.

      Replacements are easy:
      - Stablehost is an excellent host, and price is cheaper than Hostgator.
      - If you want "unlimited" then use Site5, JaguarPC, or Arvixe.
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    Godaddy and Hostgator
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  • Profile picture of the author ina696
    I'm looking for a good reliable host, too. My HostGator is coming to an end next month and I just decided I won't go with Host the Name again. I notified them through Customer Support that I will not be continuing with them and that I need them to cancel the invoice they generated. Well, now, I've been informed that this request has been "escalated" to someone on a higher level, I suspect. I don't know why, when all I need to do is cancel my service.

    Strange.

    Ina
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  • Profile picture of the author Simpilot938
    I've been using LionHosting.co.uk who, I have to say, have been terrible the last couple of months. I have 10 domains and currently can't access any of them or their home page or support page to complain. And this is the second time in as many months. Also not helped by having a couple of SQL attacks on 3 of my Wordpress sites.

    I could be paranoid and think 'why me' but I'm sure I'm not alone. Since changing the configure.php permissions to 640 and installing Wordfence the attacks have dropped off, but that still doesn't stop me being annoyed about the hosting.

    I'd gratefully accept any recommendations although Hostgator is the current favourite choice for change.
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    • Profile picture of the author cooler1
      Originally Posted by Simpilot938 View Post

      I've been using LionHosting.co.uk who, I have to say, have been terrible the last couple of months. I have 10 domains and currently can't access any of them or their home page or support page to complain. And this is the second time in as many months. Also not helped by having a couple of SQL attacks on 3 of my Wordpress sites.

      I could be paranoid and think 'why me' but I'm sure I'm not alone. Since changing the configure.php permissions to 640 and installing Wordfence the attacks have dropped off, but that still doesn't stop me being annoyed about the hosting.

      I'd gratefully accept any recommendations although Hostgator is the current favourite choice for change.
      For UK hosting, Vidahost and Heart Internet are considered two very good hosts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simin
    NxgHost.com is worst...
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  • Profile picture of the author squadron
    Originally Posted by Terry Kyle View Post

    ... which ones have you personally used and had terrible experiences with (so that we can avoid them)?
    * Bluehost (used to be good 3-4 years ago, but now subject to DoS and hacking attacks and emails from Bluehost Ip addresses often get stopped by spam filters)
    * Jumba (bad from day 1, overloaded, DoS attacks weekly, and very slow support)
    * Crazy Domains (too many shared accounts, overloaded servers)
    * TechXpert (hacked at least once per month)

    I now only use Hostgator
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  • Profile picture of the author metricrank
    Godaady and host-gator is the best hosting service providers.
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  • Profile picture of the author mkohtm
    JustHost - The server which my domains are hosted are under DDoS attack and it slow down my sites greatly. Asked what can be done, the customer service suggested to upgrade...
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    hostgator is the best so far, I used to love godaddy hostings but now they seem to be very down and doesn't work good. It gets slow many times.
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    cihost!

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