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  1. #1
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    Hostgator Semidedicated Review

    I used Hostgator for a few years (believe it was a little less than three) and just moved hosts recently. For the first part of my time with them I was on a dedicated server. It ran very well, I kept it updated, and the few times I needed support they were quick and often solved the problem within 15-30 minutes. Since December of 2005 I was on their semi-dedicated plan. Again, the server usually responded well and support was always good. Around October of 2006 I started noticing performance issues, with the CPU going up to 3 or 4. From what I could tell, the load was not affecting my site, so I did not concern myself. Around the end of October the load became an issue, sometimes reaching 8 or 9. I checked for anything I was doing that could be causing it, then submitted a trouble ticket. It took some follow on, but after within a day i received word back from a tech that he had done some tweaking. After that the load would sit right around 1, rarely going as high as 2.

    So why did I leave? Well, a great deal of it is that I could not see the site from the USMC network. From what I can tell, a large part of Hostgator is blocked (at least, the IPs and domains I checked on). In my case, a quick bit of research revealed that a couple of adult sites were (or had been) hosted on the same IP as my site. It was something I wanted to resolve, so I moved to a new host.

    Hostgator's support was good and timely and the network was very stable.

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    It sucks that you had to move as it sounds like you weren't having many issues and the issues you had were solved.
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    HG proves itself time after time! Too bad the marine servers blocked your website....
    hi there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amygdela
    HG proves itself time after time! Too bad the marine servers blocked your website....
    Yeah . . . Anyway, thanks for stopping by to let us know your experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badmovies
    So why did I leave? Well, a great deal of it is that I could not see the site from the USMC network. From what I can tell, a large part of Hostgator is blocked (at least, the IPs and domains I checked on). In my case, a quick bit of research revealed that a couple of adult sites were (or had been) hosted on the same IP as my site. It was something I wanted to resolve, so I moved to a new host.
    Why couldn't hostgator move your host to a different IP address?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJThomas
    Why couldn't hostgator move your host to a different IP address?

    -JJ
    That was tried, but after checking it appeared that large parts, if not all, of Hostgator's IP range are blocked by the USMC firewall.

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    Do you know the reason?
    They use The Planet, a huge DC, I found odd that the USMC is blocking all those IPs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedito
    Do you know the reason?
    In my case, a quick bit of research revealed that a couple of adult sites were (or had been) hosted on the same IP as my site. It was something I wanted to resolve, so I moved to a new host.
    I believe that is why his IP is banned.
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    So why did I leave? Well, a great deal of it is that I could not see the site from the USMC network. From what I can tell, a large part of Hostgator is blocked (at least, the IPs and domains I checked on).
    Wasn't there any attempt by HG to get these IP's cleared?

    In my case, a quick bit of research revealed that a couple of adult sites were (or had been) hosted on the same IP as my site. It was something I wanted to resolve, so I moved to a new host.
    I was under the impression that HostGator host adult and non-adult content on separate servers. However sharing your IP with adult sites does not necessarily mean that it will get your IP blocked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyNetHosting
    Wasn't there any attempt by HG to get these IP's cleared?


    I was under the impression that HostGator host adult and non-adult content on separate servers. However sharing your IP with adult sites does not necessarily mean that it will get your IP blocked.
    Not that I know of. And, that would probably take a good bit of work. Once an IP gets on that block list, it tends to stay there. I cannot get the full reason(s) why that chunk of IP's are blocked, only verify that every single one I checked on was. Probably about a dozen, randomly sampled as possible.

    I would also point out that Hostgator.com is blocked as well.

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    Hostgator's support was good and timely and the network was very stable. <--- Ya, your choose is right. HostGator is great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badmovies
    Not that I know of. And, that would probably take a good bit of work. Once an IP gets on that block list, it tends to stay there. I cannot get the full reason(s) why that chunk of IP's are blocked, only verify that every single one I checked on was. Probably about a dozen, randomly sampled as possible.

    I would also point out that Hostgator.com is blocked as well.
    If onw was looking to see if a potential host is showing up on lists as being blocked, how would one get that info?

    I imagine hosts are far from eager to admit they are being blocked....

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    Badmovies, that you for the non emotionally charged review. I take it as a mark of objectivity.

    I was under the impression that HostGator host adult and non-adult content on separate servers.
    No, adult sites share the server with non adult ones. Separating them would be a logistical nightmare, considering HG's current offer.
    Last edited by ldcdc; 11-19-2006 at 11:53 AM.

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    Is theplanet.com blocked as well?

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    USMC = ?
    I searched on Google and only came up with US Marine Corps......
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    The IP block may not necessarily be the fault of HostGator, but the previous owner of the IP before they had purchased the server from The Planet. I am not sure if they have their own Class C or not, but i dont think they do.

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    US Marine Corps is correct.

    I attempted to reach theplanet.com today and found that it is also blocked. I did not research it any farther than that. It appears that entire IP range is blocked. If I had to guess why, then it would be that a large number of "infractions" were coming from the IP range - be it adult sites, spam, or other things that would be flagged. Because it is a commercial network, the NOC just banned the entire IP range.

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