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I switched from Rackspace to "Godaddy" and I think might site appears slower. I had to make the switch because of cost. Now the question is what are people's experiences with other hosting companies and which ones do you prefer for speed and reliability?

I did a reverse look up one of my sites (Antique Outings) and it has over 8k sites sharing the server. I would assume that would make it slower. I think Rackspace had about 100 sites on the server.

HostGator, BlueHost or some other host provider
#hosting #speed
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I used Bluehost in the past and will never use their services ever again. I do not have anything good to note about them.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayBansal
    I have used hostgator for past many years and I have seen that they host a maximum of 500 sites per server. My current site is hosted on a server with round about 350 sites on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveSRS
    Originally Posted by EndTheTrendNow View Post

    I switched from Rackspace to "Godaddy"
    there is your problem why would you do that?!
    That is like switching your BMW car for a Trabant.

    Rackspace is -of course- way faster then Godaddy. Godaddy hosting is close to the worst hosting in the world. Rackspace is a good professional hosting company.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jr180180
      Originally Posted by SteveSRS View Post

      there is your problem why would you do that?!
      That is like switching your BMW car for a Trabant.

      Rackspace is -of course- way faster then Godaddy. Godaddy hosting is close to the worst hosting in the world. Rackspace is a good professional hosting company.
      I'd have to agree... GoDaddy is slow...

      I've have experience using "Godaddy," host monster, Fat cow, InMotionHosting, Amazon, Rackspace, and some others...

      From my experience, if you're just looking for cPanel shared hosting, I'd recommend InmotionHosting. They have "speed zone" technology to help speed up your websites. I've grown to like their hosting so much, I even have a virtual private server with them.

      Plus, their customer support is awesome!

      Hope that helps
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    • Profile picture of the author locke815
      Originally Posted by SteveSRS View Post

      there is your problem why would you do that?!
      That is like switching your BMW car for a Trabant.

      Rackspace is -of course- way faster then Godaddy. Godaddy hosting is close to the worst hosting in the world. Rackspace is a good professional hosting company.
      This is indeed true.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mkj
    Might be a good idea for you to use Firefox with the Firebug addon and analyze where any slow loading is occuring. It could well be your adverts are slowing the site and not the site itself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bomtik
      4goodhosting.com has provided fast hosting services which are able to satisfy the needs of any discriminating webmaster.

      By the way, they have 100% uptime.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
    Originally Posted by EndTheTrendNow View Post


    I did a reverse look up one of my sites (Antique Outings) and it has over 8k sites sharing the server. I would assume that would make it slower. I think Rackspace had about 100 sites on the server.

    HostGator, BlueHost or some other host provider
    That number is extremely high & you will most likely find 200, 300, 400, 500+ sites at a minimum on 1 server on any of the big web hosts. Depending on the hardware, a few hundred sites may not be a problem. 8K is, definitely a problem.

    GoDaddy preaches this 4GH load balanced crap - anyone in this industry knows you only need load balancers for shared/reseller hosting when you're jamming servers to their capacity.

    I'd suggest you find a better web host, and not one that claims to sell you unlimited storage/bandwidth.
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  • Profile picture of the author EndTheTrendNow
    So based on the responses it appears I should check out 4goodhosting.com or InmotionHosting.

    I would think that there is a clear winner. What are the SEO gurus using, when they are not using dedicated.
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    • Profile picture of the author micksss
      Originally Posted by EndTheTrendNow View Post

      So based on the responses it appears I should check out 4goodhosting.com or InmotionHosting.

      I would think that there is a clear winner. What are the SEO gurus using, when they are not using dedicated.
      I can't speak about 4goodhosting but InmotionHosting is definitely solid.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mkj
      Originally Posted by EndTheTrendNow View Post

      So based on the responses it appears I should check out 4goodhosting.com or InmotionHosting.

      I would think that there is a clear winner. What are the SEO gurus using, when they are not using dedicated.
      Why not consider a home server setup? With home broadband being so reliable and powerful now it makes perfect sense. I have been running one for ages and it is far better than any paid hosting I have ever had. I'm also running quite large ecommerce sites off mine with no problems. My sites are very fast and very rarely offline. I just knocked up a new site for my computer nonsense - see signature below - which is a wordpress setup with a minibb forum attached. Just a few posts but check out how fast it loads anyways. I have run tests and the front page loads in around 2 seconds!
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      • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
        Originally Posted by Mkj View Post

        Why not consider a home server setup? With home broadband being so reliable and powerful now it makes perfect sense. I have been running one for ages and it is far better than any paid hosting I have ever had. I'm also running quite large ecommerce sites off mine with no problems. My sites are very fast and very rarely offline. I just knocked up a new site for my computer nonsense - see signature below - which is a wordpress setup with a minibb forum attached. Just a few posts but check out how fast it loads anyways. I have run tests and the front page loads in around 2 seconds!
        This is probably as bad as telling the OP to go buy a bunch of class c IP addresses.

        - Cost: Do you plan on spending thousands in servers, electric internet connections or just paying 5-10 bucks a month?

        - Redundancy: There is none.

        - Reliability: Power goes out...internet goes out...all viewers lose access.

        - Availability: Power goes out...internet goes out...all viewers lose access.

        - Speed: Limited to your upload speed...

        The list goes on...
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        • Profile picture of the author Mkj
          Originally Posted by Kingfish85 View Post

          This is probably as bad as telling the OP to go buy a bunch of class c IP addresses.

          - Cost: Do you plan on spending thousands in servers, electric internet connections or just paying 5-10 bucks a month?

          - Redundancy: There is none.

          - Reliability: Power goes out...internet goes out...all viewers lose access.

          - Availability: Power goes out...internet goes out...all viewers lose access.

          - Speed: Limited to your upload speed...

          The list goes on...
          Heard all that before. Just doesn't apply.

          My internet is rock solid so my server is rock solid.

          Servers are just peanuts to buy. I paid £75 for mine off Ebay and that was with del. A rack server with dual opteron processors with 4 scsi hard drives which is a fantastic bit of kit.

          When does your power go out? Hardly ever. When does paid hosting go off? Quite often along with poor performance at times such as when backups are occuring.

          Upload speed is becoming less of an issue as broadband is becoming all the more powerful but unless you intend to supply downloads it just doesn't affect your site at all even if you only have 80kbs as I do.
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          • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
            Originally Posted by Mkj View Post

            Heard all that before. Just doesn't apply.

            My internet is rock solid so my server is rock solid.

            Servers are just peanuts to buy. I paid £75 for mine off Ebay and that was with del. A rack server with dual opteron processors with 4 scsi hard drives which is a fantastic bit of kit.

            When does your power go out? Hardly ever. When does paid hosting go off? Quite often along with poor performance at times such as when backups are occuring.

            Upload speed is becoming less of an issue as broadband is becoming all the more powerful but unless you intend to supply downloads it just doesn't affect your site at all even if you only have 80kbs as I do.
            Oh you're one of those "it hasn't happened yet, so it won't" guys. "Backups? pfft, my server has RAID, I don't need backups."

            OP - if you are anywhere close to trying to run a legitimate business or money making website, please don't do this.
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            • Profile picture of the author Mkj
              Originally Posted by Kingfish85 View Post

              Oh you're one of those "it hasn't happened yet, so it won't" guys. "Backups? pfft, my server has RAID, I don't need backups."

              OP - if you are anywhere close to trying to run a legitimate business or money making website, please don't do this.
              What on earth are you talking about?

              I regularly - like clockwork - make full file and database backups.

              I was running around 60 sites which were all datafed comparison sites with probably a combined total of way over a million products. I'm in the process of developing another monster shopping site with again thousands of products. All these sites run very fast even during a full file gzip backup.

              I will be the first to admit it isn't for the faint hearted and you must know a thing or 2 about computers obviously but it could be a viable alternative. It sure is for me and I had loads of different hosting providers prior to this. None of them comes close to the setup I have now.
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              • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
                Originally Posted by Mkj View Post

                What on earth are you talking about?

                I regularly - like clockwork - make full file and database backups.

                I was running around 60 sites which were all datafed comparison sites with probably a combined total of way over a million products. I'm in the process of developing another monster shopping site with again thousands of products. All these sites run very fast even during a full file gzip backup.
                You have a single point of failure there for EVERYTHING. And where do you back that data up to? Another drive in the server? Same location?

                How about security? OS security & physical security? I'm sure someone could kick in your front door during a burglary and steal the entire server along with your backups.
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                • Profile picture of the author Mkj
                  Originally Posted by Kingfish85 View Post

                  You have a single point of failure there for EVERYTHING. And where do you back that data up to? Another drive in the server? Same location?

                  How about security? OS security & physical security? I'm sure someone could kick in your front door during a burglary and steal the entire server along with your backups.
                  Lol. Don't panic. Got it all covered. Backups are downloaded to another computer and burnt to a cd at times. Not so sure about the burglary though. Can't see them nicking the server as it weighs a fair bit. Think they will settle for my tv instead I should think.

                  Nah it is good fun running a home server but hardly anyone does it. Once you have though and ironed out all the problems you will never go back.

                  By the way I have more than one server. I have 3 now with one being an identical server to the main one in case of any hardware failure. As you can see I have looked into this carefully and thoroughly.
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  • Profile picture of the author hostking
    Rackspace is good, I've never had issues with Hostgator but starting to here some bad things come up. Goddady has always been slow. I think you need to find a better host that can offer both. Request a trial account maybe and test your site on it if possible with each web host.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevenrenolds
    I use Hostgator and am very happy with their server speed. Also Bluehost should be similar as I think they are owned by the same company. But I believe hostgator has more options instead of just shared hosting. They have vps and dedicated as well.
    Originally Posted by EndTheTrendNow View Post

    I switched from Rackspace to "Godaddy" and I think might site appears slower. I had to make the switch because of cost. Now the question is what are people's experiences with other hosting companies and which ones do you prefer for speed and reliability?

    I did a reverse look up one of my sites (Antique Outings) and it has over 8k sites sharing the server. I would assume that would make it slower. I think Rackspace had about 100 sites on the server.

    HostGator, BlueHost or some other host provider
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    • Profile picture of the author SteveSRS
      Originally Posted by stevenrenolds View Post

      I use Hostgator and am very happy with their server speed. Also Bluehost should be similar as I think they are owned by the same company. But I believe hostgator has more options instead of just shared hosting. They have vps and dedicated as well.
      Neither hostgater / bluehost come close to hosting companies like RackSpace (and various others)..

      I have Bluehost account also (and have had tens of hosting accounts at other shared hosters) as soon as you get to medium sizes sites these hosters don't serve you very well any more .. especially if your visitors come from all over the world.. If your visitors are all from the USA this might be a different story
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  • Profile picture of the author TPS2012
    Hi
    8K on one server not possible. Anyways there are lot of factors affecting speed and hosting may not be the only reason. The fastest one is Amazon AWS . It has the facility to select the data center for selecting the virtual server location. So you can select the data center nearest to most of your visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author bewennick
    Hosting speed depend on many factor but yes it is true that 8K is really a big factor and don't know whether it can be happen or not. but rather you should quickly change your hosting than wasting your time in the long discussion as finally you are loosing many customer if you are getting good bucks from website.
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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    Originally Posted by biggenius View Post

    Compare your site with my Website Stats. 85+ on Google page speed test under load of 6k page view per hour.
    Don't.

    Google's page speed test measures a multitude of things that are independent of the host.
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