Hostgator is a joke. My website was down several times in my 2 years contract. I’ve been using Ionos and GoDaddy for 20 years and hardly any problem but HostGator has dropped my websites for several reasons, first time the server was down almost 6 hrs for a resource issue, they tried to upsell me to a dedicated hosting (I have already a $600 reseller plan), second time a problem with their billing system. And then ina a 2 months period my account was deleted 3 times!!! Everytime, after dealing with their almost inexisting tech support I had zero follow up on their guarantee of uptime which is only on word becuase no one ever contacted me EVER.
One thing we learned in reviewing the services listed here (and many more) is that even though the packages are very similar, they are not identical. Some are more security-focused than others, offering anti-spam and anti-malware tools. Others offer a variety of email marketing tools. While most of the hosts we've reviewed have built-in e-commerce, you may want to consider using a more-robust third-party online shopping cart application like Shopify instead.
Bluehost is a respectable and highly stable web host that makes setting up a website a breeze. The features and the user experience are similar to stablemate HostMonster's, and the only reason I would suggest picking Bluehost over HostMonster is because of the former's array of security options. If you are looking for a web host that's easy to get set up and running, however, you get much more for your money from DreamHost or HostGator, two Editors' Choice award-winning services, both of which are feature rich and simple to use.
Bluehost's WordPress plans are quite good, but the Linux-based A2 (3.92 Per Month at A2 Hosting) remains the PCMag Editors' Choice for WordPress hosting. A2 offers four excellent WordPress hosting tiers, starting at $7.99 per month, offers unlimited storage and monthly data transfers across the board. The plans top out with the $24.46 per month Managed package that includes unlimited databases and websites. You also get a free SSL certificate with all plans, too.
Over the next 2 weeks I contacted customer service looking for an update on the migration. I finally got a response the third time that it would take 4-6 weeks! So they lied and did not update me that they were “under a heavy workload”. So they lied to me about migration time. Then the rep said he was sorry that “I misunderstood the terms and conditions”. Here we are 5 weeks in… They still have not migrated my data.
The most basic VPS plan, Snappy 2000, offers 2GB of RAM, 120GB of disk space, and 1.5TB of monthly data transfers starting at $79.95 per month (or as low as $19.95 per month with a three-year commitment). The mid-tier Snappy 4000 package, starting at $119.95 per month (or as cheap as $29.95 per month with a three-year plan), boasts 4GB of RAM, 165GB of storage, and 2TB of monthly data transfers. The most advanced plan, Snappy 8000, offers 8GB of RAM, 240GB of disk space, and 3TB of monthly data starting at $149.95 per month or $39.95 per month if you sign up for 36 months. The plans are much more flexible than what's offered by Network Solutions, but not quite as well rounded as Hostwinds, our Editors' Choice for VPS hosting.
Additionally, at the first hack I discovered the issue before they managed to make any damage to my account. However, they acknowledged receiving my message, but explicitly refused to do anything to prevent the hacker from causing harm to my account. Again, even if they are just following processes, what kind of process is this? Who came up with these rules that the support team is apparently following.
I have been with the hostgator for many years and although their customer service is good my dedicated server goes down at least once or twice a month. I have about 40 wordpress sites on the server and a lot of unhappy clients. They always give me the same excuse that is was caused by an attack on the server from an unknown IP address. I don't believe this is the cause.
HostGator plans start at just $2.75 per month for shared hosting – it also offers VPS, WordPress, cloud, reseller, and dedicated hosting plans. Dedicated hosting is the most expensive, starting at $118.99 per month. These are discounted prices, so look out for renewal costs, plus any additional charges such as domains, CodeGuard backups, and other extras.
If you're planning on selling a product, look for a web host that offers a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate, because it encrypts the data between the customer's browser and web host to safeguard purchasing information. You're probably familiar with SSL; it's the green padlock that appears in your web browser's address bar as you visit an online financial institution or retail outlet. A few companies toss in a SSL certificate free of charge; others may charge you roughly $100 per year for that extra security layer.