Which hosting company is best?

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I have had a lot of problems with current host who shuts down my sites without prior notice. This has happened the third time in a year so cannot afford to use them anymore. Please recommend which hosting company you have had positive experience with.
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  • Jfambrini,

    You usually can’t go wrong with any of the main providers (i.e. godaddy, hostgator, hostway, network solutions, or maybe nexcess.net). Why were they shutting your site down? You should note that no matter which host you go with, they may shut your site down if you are exceeding bandwidth or doing anything illegal.

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    • Profile picture of the author webby0031
      Originally Posted by TheContentAuthority View Post

      Jfambrini,

      You usually can't go wrong with any of the main providers (i.e. godaddy

      Shawn
      What a LOAD of Bs Godaddy are absolute trash, poor advice
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  • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
    It would be best if you could provide some additional information on why the sites were getting shut off..
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    • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
      Originally Posted by Kingfish85 View Post

      It would be best if you could provide some additional information on why the sites were getting shut off..
      Exactly - why did they get shut down by so many hosting companies?
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  • Profile picture of the author kulwant2singh
    there must be some cause .. .have you asked them why they shut it . they will surely tell it
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  • Profile picture of the author jfambrini
    The problem is with just one hosting company. Moved the site from one hosting company to another and they kept shutting the sites down without prior notice. The first time it was a rogue search engine spider stuck in a loop which they only discovered after I made a lot of noise. The other two times it was some template issues but these sites were running on the other host for more than 5 years without any issue so I'm convinced that this is a problem specific to this big name hosting company which has become greedy after its acquisition.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
      Originally Posted by jfambrini View Post

      The problem is with just one hosting company. Moved the site from one hosting company to another and they kept shutting the sites down without prior notice. The first time it was a rogue search engine spider stuck in a loop which they only discovered after I made a lot of noise. The other two times it was some template issues but these sites were running on the other host for more than 5 years without any issue so I'm convinced that this is a problem specific to this big name hosting company which has become greedy after its acquisition.
      So, if after 5 years you had no problems, why did you move? To save a few bucks? I'm pretty sure I know where you're hosted at & can tell you that typically "unlimited" web hosts, yes, all of them, tend to jam pack their servers. Your sites are most likely attempting to use the resources you're being sold on that are far limited than what's advertised. Since there's never any room for resource spikes, the first person to hit their cap gets shut off.

      I have spent hours upon hours working with some Warriors here going through logs and top reports from their old hosts only to find that their "high usage" is actually not that high UNLESS there's no head room. Ask your current web host for the ps aux & top outputs.

      Then, I'd recommend either moving back to your old web host that had no problems or finding a new one that specifically limits the loads on their servers.
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  • Profile picture of the author monstrapecuniam
    There is no best hosting company. Use redundant hosting. Host your site on 2 hosts at once, and switch from one to the other when one host is down.
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  • Profile picture of the author jfambrini
    KingFish, am happy with my first host godaddy. Even though a lot of people bitch about them, the only problem I have with them are the occasional downtime which everyone experiences with them and lack of live chat otherwise they are great. I opted for a second host for redundancy sake as I learned not to put all eggs in one basket from my CIO years. This host gets recommended a lot on every forum so I went with them but the last few months they have been testing my patience and with this last drop I wised up.
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  • Profile picture of the author RuthStewart
    I like Hostgator. Even when I make a mistake the guys on the help desk are really patient with me. You can get to speak to a real person within a few minutes 24 hours per day.

    Don't use them for auto blogs though. I made that mistake and it cost me a lot of money.

    HTH

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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Which hosting company is best?
    Hostgator. Done.
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    • Profile picture of the author monstrapecuniam
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Hostgator. Done.
      I disagree. I found them to be clueless, and moved away pretty fast. Although, I must admit, my experience with that business dates back about a year.
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      • Profile picture of the author jfambrini
        Originally Posted by monstrapecuniam View Post

        I disagree. I found them to be clueless, and moved away pretty fast. Although, I must admit, my experience with that business dates back about a year.
        I have had a lot of problems with Hostgator as well so that is one company I want to stay away from. Interesting point about 1&1. Any one else has any experience with 1&1. There are so many negative comments about them in forums that I had stayed away from them but redundancy is music to my ears.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by monstrapecuniam View Post

        I disagree. I found them to be clueless, and moved away pretty fast. Although, I must admit, my experience with that business dates back about a year.

        That's not even remotely true based on my own experiences of dealing with Hostgator (a few years now).

        Hostgator support/uptime is great, before or after the sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    There has to be a reason they are shutting down your site.

    Remember although the companies say their hosting is unlimited - there are limits in place with each company. I prefer Hostgator but when you read their terms of service you will see that there are limits in place.

    Hostgator have very good support - 24/7/365.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimp74
    Hi, Hostgator is excellent, or even more secure and redundant is 1and1 dual hosting
    this means your data or websites are on one main server and backed up on another server, if main server goes down it automatically switches to the backup server with no delay, like a mirror image. No downtime..
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  • Profile picture of the author Rebeccha Haase
    So many disputes in choosing hosting company. Go for 000webhost. No need to pay any money.
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    • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
      Originally Posted by Rebeccha Haase View Post

      So many disputes in choosing hosting company. Go for 000webhost. No need to pay any money.
      That'll work right up until you start getting any real traffic lol
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      • Profile picture of the author micksss
        Originally Posted by Rebeccha Haase View Post

        So many disputes in choosing hosting company. Go for 000webhost. No need to pay any money.
        Originally Posted by Chase Watts View Post

        That'll work right up until you start getting any real traffic lol
        You'll have problems even before you get any real traffic. A free hosting option is not going to help the OP.
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        • Profile picture of the author bbomega
          Hi guys!
          I have some websites hosted on Hostwinds and they were good until a month or so when I've started to see problems. Each day around same hour the websites are down for 1 up to 2 hours. Do any of you have any experience with them?
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          • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
            Originally Posted by bbomega View Post

            Hi guys!
            I have some websites hosted on Hostwinds and they were good until a month or so when I've started to see problems. Each day around same hour the websites are down for 1 up to 2 hours. Do any of you have any experience with them?
            Not surprising. Pretty much everything they sell is so called "unlimited". Never in my life have a seen an "unlimited reseller" account & I've been in the hosting & IT industry for about 10 years. They've also got TONS of fake reviews over on webhostingtalk.com.
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  • Profile picture of the author thatjc
    I've had excellent results with BlueHost for my own several sites and WordPress blogs, as well as for many of my Design/Development/Marketing client's sites.

    I've also experienced a previous excellent site go bad after it was acquired by another company.

    As far as "guaranteed uptime", Keep in mind that when a site advertises 99.99% uptime, that leaves 0.01% of a year, which is still over 3.5 days of downtime.

    I've also gotten awesome phone support from BlueHost. Note that I'm an affiliate of theirs, but this is no affiliate link.
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    • Profile picture of the author monstrapecuniam
      Originally Posted by thatjc View Post

      Keep in mind that when a site advertises 99.99% uptime, that leaves 0.01% of a year, which is still over 3.5 days of downtime.
      Heuh... no... that would be 53 minutes of downtime.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarvyDery
    i think hostgator is the best. you can also give arvixe a try, they are really going good in the web hosting business
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  • Profile picture of the author Tomas Lodén
    I´ve been with site5 and hostgator for years. Cheap, no problem for years, good support and the uptime is almost 100%. Highly recommended. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShivJaiswaL
    shutting down website is annoying. Contact to host admin for respective cause.
    I prefer Godaddy and Bigrock for hosting but charges are comparatively high.
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  • Profile picture of the author srip
    My site is hosting with hostgator. i don't have any issues with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Julia Russo
    How do you host a site on TWO hosts (redundant hosting)? at the same time?
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    • Profile picture of the author jimp74
      Hi Julia Russo, are you referring to my post? My understanding is that dual hosting is
      2 servers are linked together or synced together so a mirror copy is made. So one server could be in USA and another in UK, so safe from hard drive crash or Data Center Disaster.... Any network or server admin want to correct me if I am wrong?
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      • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
        Originally Posted by jimp74 View Post

        Hi Julia Russo, are you referring to my post? My understanding is that dual hosting is
        2 servers are linked together or synced together so a mirror copy is made. So one server could be in USA and another in UK, so safe from hard drive crash or Data Center Disaster.... Any network or server admin want to correct me if I am wrong?
        That's the idea however, I have yet to see a company actually accomplish this even though the market it. On something that's less than $20-$20 per month, the roi on a hot-site is not very high.
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  • Profile picture of the author squadron
    Originally Posted by jfambrini View Post

    I have had a lot of problems with current host who shuts down my sites without prior notice. This has happened the third time in a year so cannot afford to use them anymore. Please recommend which hosting company you have had positive experience with.
    I have been shut down by some of the big providers including Hostgator and Bluehost. Believe it or not this is a good thing because it means they monitor server loads and take action.

    The primary reason you probably got suspended was because spambots were hammering your sites degrading all the other users performances.

    The way I fixed this issue was to look at the visitor logs and then ban all the IP addresses that were consuming the most bandwidth. You'll probably find a lot of bot traffic from China, The Russian Federation, Ukraine and India.

    I also installed a free Wordpress Plugin called Wordpress Firewall 2.
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  • Profile picture of the author searchnsite
    Rackspace and amazon are the best. However I have a feeling that they are overkill for the project that you are working on and you could not justify the expense. With more info people could tailor a better response for your inquiries.
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  • Profile picture of the author patco
    My favourite one is HostGator (never had problems with it). Yeah, it is professional and it could look expensive for some people, but if you want something PERFECT, you should choose Hostgator
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  • Profile picture of the author Jerry Tellier
    Been with Hostgator for 3 years now. At the beginning I new nothing about server loads and some issues...support was good with helping me understand this. Never had a problem in the last 2+ years. They've go my vote.

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  • Profile picture of the author vohimanshu
    I have always trusted inmotion hosting
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  • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
    Lets just let this thread rest in peace, shall we?
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