I'd be so grateful if someone could offer some advice about which host to use. I'm driving myself mad trying to decide! It seems everyone has both good and bad reviews. I've had terrible experiences with web hosts in the past which is why I'm so anxious to make the right decision this time.
I've narrowed it down to hostmonster.com or hostgator.com.
My site is PHP and MySQL based and uses Flash. It's an online shop so I need a host who is reliable as I'm worried about losing business during downtime.
My last host was unbelievably bad (dailywebhost.com) - their servers were down at least once a week for several hours; their customer service was none existent; and after 45 emails they still would not close my account and kept on billing my credit card. They are an absolute disgrace. So you can see why I'm very worried about which host to go for!
Basically I want a host that has a reliable server and excellent customer service (I hate it when I wait 24 hours for a totally useless reply!).
I've narrowed it down to hostmonster's $3.95/month plan for unlimited domains, and hostgator's $9.95/month 'Baby' plan.
I'd be so grateful if anyone ca offer some advice.
My vote would go to HostGator. If you are having trouble finding out more about Hostmonster, just look for info on Bluehost, since they are basically "two menus form the same restaurant" (same ownership that is).
If you are running a business, I would recommend you stick with a host that you trust -- send some hosts support requests, see how fast they reply (you should get a reply in under 1 hr). Check the server's uptime, any good host will be able to provide real statistics for you. And most importantly, you get what you pay for, don't except to be paying < $10 for quality hosting (w/PHP & mySQL)!
Last edited by anon-e-mouse; 09-06-2006 at 08:10 AM.
Yep, Hostmonster and Bluehost are the same. Go to their about pages and they are pretty much the same. Heaton (ceo) said it himself.
If your so worried about downtime and loosing business, try not to be too tempted by very low prices. Pay a little more with a reputable company. Bluehost has been around longer than Hostmonster (2 years, not the 10 years they claim.) but I wouldn't recommend them either.
Sure, they provide different plans and another face but their address is the same. So is their data centers and backbone. -well, it looks like it. See below. Not sure about anything else but it looks like you'd get 2 versions of something very similar.
Okay, you got me. They are not exact but it's close enough in my book.
traceroute to bluehost.com (220.127.116.11), 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 192.168.0.1 (192.168.0.1) 16.210 ms 0.796 ms 0.953 ms
16 gw0-cust-bluehost-com.slkc.eli.net (18.104.22.168) 81.046 ms 82.224 ms 82.317 ms
17 www.bluehost.com (22.214.171.124) 84.579 ms 81.633 ms 85.026 ms
traceroute to hostmonster.com (126.96.36.199), 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 192.168.0.1 (192.168.0.1) 2.967 ms 0.739 ms 0.726 ms
16 gw0-cust-bluehost-com.slkc.eli.net (188.8.131.52) 84.092 ms 81.474 ms 79.710 ms
17 www.hostmonster.com (184.108.40.206) 81.368 ms 81.740 ms 81.243 ms