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Old 02-05-2011, 06:49 PM
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The Bluehost Sellout?


From the excerpt of the article below, it looks like Bluehost has been sold to Endurance International.

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On Monday, U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball granted Koch Industries' request for accelerated discovery from subpoenas it issued to FastDomain Inc. and Bluehost Inc., both based out of the same office in Provo, Utah. The companies are owned by parent company Endurance International Group Inc.

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Old 02-05-2011, 07:09 PM
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That would be news to me. I haven't heard of EIG buying Blue Host, although Mattie has mentioned he may want to sell at some point in the near future. May be incorrect information in that article...

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Old 02-05-2011, 07:45 PM
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The sale is not a surprise to me, though I didn't have a confirmation it was EIG who bought them. The number of big independent hosts is getting smaller by the day.

It's interesting to see Endurance buying up cPanel based hosts (Justhost last year), and not announce it to the world. I guess it's better for them when people are unaware of the connection.

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Old 02-05-2011, 07:53 PM
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That would be news to me. I haven't heard of EIG buying Blue Host, although Mattie has mentioned he may want to sell at some point in the near future. May be incorrect information in that article...
Indications of Bluehost selling out to EIG surfaced on the internet around Nov. 07, 2010 in a twitter post:

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BlueHost sold to Endurance International. I'm sure that wasn't cheap considering their current yearly revenue exceeds $85 million per year.
Only time will tell if the information is correct or not. One thing is for certain niether EIG nor Bluehost has said anything publicly of such a transaction.

Interestingly enough EIG was silent after the acquisition of Justhost as well.

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Old 02-05-2011, 08:04 PM
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Matt's LinkedIn profile hasn't changed yet:
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=51961872

Although he stopped updating his personal blog on Nov. 13. I guess if Blue Host was sold, then so was hostmonster (his other holding).

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Old 02-05-2011, 08:49 PM
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I've actually heard rumors about this for awhile. One thing I am curious to know is how much it was sold for and if they plan to make any changes?

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Old 02-05-2011, 08:53 PM
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I've actually heard rumors about this for awhile. One thing I am curious to know is how much it was sold for and if they plan to make any changes?
Generally once a companies reputation is tarnished it is hard to get it back, however, in saying this people still choose both the companies that were owned, so makes you wonder
But then it would be great to see a change.

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Old 02-05-2011, 08:58 PM
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It's not a rumor, they were acquired by EIG.

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Old 02-05-2011, 09:02 PM
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Generally once a companies reputation is tarnished it is hard to get it back, however, in saying this people still choose both the companies that were owned, so makes you wonder
But then it would be great to see a change.
This is true, I guess only time will tell.

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Old 02-05-2011, 09:31 PM
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Everyone knows how "great" bluehost is! I wonder if they will "new and improve" them.

let's hope they tame them

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Old 02-05-2011, 09:45 PM
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So I wonder if their TOS will change to allow cussing on your own website? Also, I find it interesting that Matt had a moral issue with cussing and porn being on his servers, but no issue selling his customers to group of known craphole creators who care for nothing but the root of all evil?

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Old 02-05-2011, 09:51 PM
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So I wonder if their TOS will change to allow cussing on your own website? Also, I find it interesting that Matt had a moral issue with cussing and porn being on his servers, but no issue selling his customers to group of known craphole creators who care for nothing but the root of all evil?
Where in their TOS does it prohibit cursing?

Why is it bad they sold? No one really knows the agreements - for all we know nothing changes in the operation aside from the fact EIG now is the primary owner. Businesses as large as BlueHost simply don't change overnight. As far as I know JustHost didn't have too many operational changes (albeit I haven't followed them closely).

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Old 02-05-2011, 10:38 PM
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Where in their TOS does it prohibit cursing?
Bluehost TOS:
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Profanity. Profanity or profane subject matter in the site content and in the domain name are prohibited.
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Obscene, Defamatory, Abusive or Threatening Language. Use of the Services to store, post, transmit, display or otherwise make available obscene, defamatory, harassing, abusive or threatening language is prohibited.

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I don't think any changes would happen so quick. It may take some time for them to make changes and if they do what would you members & bluehost clients like for them to change?

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Old 02-05-2011, 11:02 PM
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Why is it bad they sold? No one really knows the agreements - for all we know nothing changes in the operation aside from the fact EIG now is the primary owner.
From a marketing perspective it will position the EIG companies very well concerning the "top ten hosting review" type of sites. In many cases they will hold 7 out of 10 spots on such a site.

By acquiring Fastdomain, EIG becomes an instant ICANN registrar.

EIG may integrate the SimpleScripts auto installer in their other brands.

But at this point only EIG knows what they desire to do with Bluehost. So everything from outside the loop is just speculation.

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