Best Alternatives to HostGator Hosting

Recently I made you aware here on this blog that Hostgator has been sold to EIG.  As mentioned in my post, for the next three or four weeks the future of Hostgator will remain very uncertain. There is much that needs to be finalized before we will have adequate information about the data center and other billing details. I believe this is a good time for me to offer some alternatives to Hostgator, as it would be beneficial to people like me whose hosting due date is this month to move now to another webhosting service instead of renewing with Hostgator for the next year. Let’s have a look at some webhosting alternatives that offer a hosting service of similar quality to Hostgator.

Alternatives to HostGator Hosting

When I Googled Hostgator alternatives, I was bombarded with many options, and I will list for you the top hosting services that I have personally used or used for my clients’ sites. Based on my experience and user recommendations, here are some of the best webhosting services, if you are looking to move from Hostgator.

Hostgator alternatives including non- EIG hosting:

Before we move forward with the list, here is a guide to moving a WordPress site on cPanel hosting, which will help you to move to any new Hostgator alternative hosting you may choose.

Here are few of the features which I consider when looking into any shared hosting service similar to Hostgator:

  • Server quality
  • Technology used
  • Bandwidth and storage space
  • WordPress compatibility and support
  • Technical support
  • Billing system

Siteground:

Siteground Hostgator Alternative

Siteground is a non-EIG company, and they have made numerous changes over time in their hosting quality and infrastructure. In fact, Siteground is one of the top recommended hosting companies for anyone who is looking for a non-EIG WordPress hosting service. They offer free domain for life as well as cutting edge technology such as Varnish cache, which will improve your WordPress performance by 4X.

Siteground has been creating a great name for themselves in 2015, and I’m already using them for the hosting of four of my WordPress blogs. Here is a guide to installing WordPress on Siteground. You can read my experience of moving from Hostgator to Siteground here.

Siteground does offer free Website migration which will make it even easier for you to move away from Hostgator. You can use the link below to sign up for Siteground for 60% off.

Sign up for Siteground (60% off in the link)

Bluehost:

When it comes to shared hosting, Bluehost is a well reputed name. They offer only one shared hosting package, and they are known for their reliable hosting.  Bluehost offers unlimited bandwidth and storage, and offers cPanel hosting. Many of my WordPress clients’ sites are hosted there, and I have never faced any technical issues.  Only in the case of something major would I have reason to use their support, but on the one occasion when I did request support to make some changes in php.ini, it was completed successfully in no time.

Best Hostgator Alternative

One of my clients had traffic of almost 20K/day, and Bluehost’s server was handling the WordPress load without issue. However, make sure you install any cache plugins on your blog for smooth functionality of your site. Bluehost is among the best alternatives to Hostgator.

Check out Bluehost (46% discount added in the link)

One of the best things about Bluehost is its resource protection. On most shared hosting, your site will go down because of any faulty site consuming high CPU resources. Bluehost has implemented their own technology to handle this issue. So technically you will be getting the benefits of VPS at no extra cost.

I have already shared few articles related to Bluehost, which you are welcome to refer to:

DreamHost:

Dreamhost Alternate to Hostgator

Whenever I talk about DreamHost, it makes me smile. This is the first webhosting company that hosted ShoutMeLoud. Unlike many other hosting companies, DreamHost offers custom cPanel, and in the past two years they have improved their infrastructure significantly.  Now their shared hosting plan comes with SSD hosting, which will increase your website performance by 4X. They also offer dedicated and VPS hosting plans, (though one of my clients did not have a great experience with their VPS hosting).

For a new site, Dreamhost is one of the cheapest WordPress hosting services available, and with the coupon “SML50″ you will get a $50 discount and one free domain name.

Check out DreamHost

Here are some tutorials which will help you to get started with DreamHost.

KnownHost as a VPS alternative:

This is for managed VPS hosting. Hostgator also offers managed VPS hosting, which I always find a little costlier than alternative options. I hosted ShoutMeLoud on KownHost for almost a year and never had any issues. They offer free cPanel migration, so moving to Knownhost was not an issue, and in no time my site was up and running. Unfortunately, they offer support via email only, but the response time is remarkable. Most of the time my query was answered within one hour.

Knownhost VPS

If your site consumes significant resources and you have considered a move away from Hostgator to any other VPS hosting, I recommend you to go for KnownHost.  KnownHost offers WHM, which is also useful if you want to create a reseller hosting account.

I’m not listing a large number of HostGator alternatives, because my goal here was to offer a short list of the top options available to you. To be clear, I have only hosted WordPress sites with the hosting services mentioned above, and my recommendation is based on my experience with them. If you are going to host other blogging platforms like Drupal or any other, I recommend that you check with their support before buying hosting with any of them.

I intended to include HostMonster on this list, but I decided against it because HostMonster is a sister concern company of Bluehost and uses the same infrastructure. So, you can opt for any of them, but my first recommendation would be either Siteground or Bluehost.

Many people ask about GoDaddy hosting, but I do not add GoDaddy to my recommended lists as I had a bad experience with hosting WordPress sites on Godaddy.

Use the comments section below to let me know if you have any recommendations you would add to this list based on your experiences.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a professional blogger. He loves to read & write about Blogging, SEO, WordPress, Make money online & technology. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives more than half a million PV in a month, and is an award winning blog.

COMMENTs ( 28 )

  1. Simon says

    Long time Hostgator customer.

    HostGator used to be great, fast servers, great customer support, very fast response in live chat. I’m a business account holder. I noticed a down turn in their service a few months ago. In 2013 I was moved to another server and it was noticeably slower. Previously snappy page loads are sluggish now. Initial teething issues were blamed, but it’s still slower even now.

    Live chat used to be a 1-5 minute wait, rarely more than 10 minutes. In the last few months this has grown to over 30 minutes, usually nearer an hour. Today 90 minutes and my “estimated wait time” is still 30 mins. Live chat has become pointless.

    Today my issue is PHPs mail() function has stopped sending emails. My untouched contact form script stopped sending. My email reminders to clients failed to send this morning (from a cron triggered script) and a very simple test script with nothing more than a call to mail() fails to send.

    The reason I’m working on the site is because Hostgator will restrict how many emails you send from your website. I’m guessing this is an over zealous anti spam catcher. I have over 400 clients and my newsletters only went out to 122. I cc myself on all system email so I know they did not send. I simply loop the mails to send until they are sent, and don’t hammer the server when doing it. The ones that did go went in batches of 61 (not a value set by me) at a time and only 2 batches were ever sent (hence 122). so because I can’t communicate with my customers, I’ve had to write an entire database driven “drip feed” emailer sending a few at a time with cron (many extra late nights on top of running a business). However I’ve not got to the point of sending any email from it yet, not one. So that’s certainly not the issue. I was using mail() to debug a script but never got my debug mail. I tried the simple test script above and nothing.

    Right now my contact form is down. I can only wonder how many times this has been the case over the last few years. As a small business owner I’m in shock about how bad this is.

    I’ve tried many hosts over the last 15 years I’ve been developing websites, and really thought I’d found a reasonably priced host with excellent service. But like everyone, over time they get greedy, over sell their services and decline.

    Hostgator’s bubble had most certainly burst. On the plus side I’m much more efficient at moves my sites these days.

  2. says

    EIG group bought Arvixe and asmallorange recently. I recommended my clients Arvixe, but now I am not so sure about it. If people are looking for some other hosting alternatives and don’t want to deal with EIG group, they will have to think twice before choosing another host who belongs to the same group (Fatcow, Ipage, Bluehost, Hostgator, you name it). I would recommend Siteground or MDDHosting. Those are fast, secure and with good uptime. And the prices are cheap. They might not be so popular (we all know why: affiliate commissions are not so great :)), and if you have any doubts just read the reviews on review sites.

  3. Jaikee Jaiswal says

    Due to high amount of affiliate money most of people suggest hosting like hostgator, Bluehost and Dreamhost.
    But believe me there are some other good host aswell which have prompt service. I would suggest iCertified and Hawkhost. If you are starter then go for Hawkhost its cheap and good. for people who are getting more than 1.5-2 K visitors should choose icertified.

    Also, for VPS. I would choose Hostdime or VPslatch they are really good.

  4. ansh says

    i purchase a plan with hostgator.in . . . and their service really sucks . . thay almost took 2 days to activate my account stating a stupid reason abt some backend problem with their paymant gateways . . . never ever go for hostgator.in . . .

  5. says

    CCOkoji!
    Threats do not only come from the internet, they also come from within the datacenter itself.
    Web Host must have a perfect team to tighten the security of server. Shared server hosts many sites together and if one site becomes infected, it will surely affect other sites. if the security team is unable to fix vulnerability.

    Conclusion- Web Hosting company may also be responsible for a website get hacked.

  6. Sudhir Shakya says

    Mr. Ehsan
    You are disagree to me because your site is hosted on Wiredtree not on DreamHost. You can check my site what is happening there. I have decided to move from DreamHost but I am waiting for their response.

    • CCOkoji says

      Friends,

      Hacking a site has nothing to do with a host! It is the problem with the owner of the site.

      Sometimes when you don’t update your wordpress and plugins, you will have issues with hackers.

      Cheers,
      Okoji

  7. Ehsan says

    Mr. Smitten is complaining about Bluehost and Mr. Sudhir Shakya is complaining about Dreamhost:( What’s happening here bro?

    I disagree with both of you guys because I don’t think that BlueHost and DreamHost are bad choice because I have always heard good things about those companies.

  8. Sudhir Shakya says

    Harsh Agrawal
    Please don’t recommended dreamhost to other blogger. I am currently hosting my website indianewsalert.com on dreamhost. Their email support is very bad they take 5-7 hours to reply your mail.
    My site is down for last one day. I have mail him. Dreamhost reply me after 6 hours ans says that
    “I have forwarded one of your messages to the admin responsible to get additional instructions for you to move forward and troubleshoot the problem. I will reply again with any information I collect or you may be contacted directly by that admin.”
    Now After 4 hours we have not gotten any mail from dreamhost. My site is continuously down.
    I will not recommend DeamHost to any user. I again say that DreamHost is not good webhost.
    Regards
    Sudhir Kumar

    • says

      @Sudhir
      I suggest you too try Live chat inside your panel..That will be helpful to get a quick response.
      Else, move to Bluehost which is better than Dreamhost.

      • Sudhir Shakya says

        Thanks for reply & suggestion
        I am waiting for their response. If they will not resolve my problem. I will move to BlueHost.

    • says

      Jerry
      I have seen many people recommending Bluehost without sweating. They have been great with support and I have personally experienced the same with them for my client sites.
      Best of luck with your migration.

      • Smitten by Britain says

        They have good customer service until they don’t. Your site runs great until it doesn’t. It’s just a matter of time with Bluehost. Such a shame.

        • OLJAI says

          I have more than 30 domains running under bluehost. I had been experiencing slow websites while same website/template/plug-in combo ran better in different hosts. Since morning I have no access to any of my websites, no control panel login, no ftp access. All down. Trying to reach customer support, so far waiting…Bluehost customer service is good when everything is good. Once problem is real problem no one is arounf to hold your hand…(I have been with bluehost more than 7 years, was able to tolarate small issues but today I decided to move away)

  9. Satish says

    This is disgusting ! I have recently renewed my account in hostgator :( Damn ! But will there be any issues with the customer service and support ? If not, then i am happy to be in Hostgator and i should try dream host this time :D

  10. P K Arun says

    I have used Dreamhost for 3 years, I really don’t like their support offered by them.

  11. Amrik says

    Bluеhоѕt wаѕ mу сhоісе tоо аnd аm hарру wіth thе ѕtау hеrе ѕо fаr :) Ffеw оf thе fеаturеѕ уоu mеntіоnеd, I dіd nоt trу ѕо fаr, wіll сhесk іt оut.

  12. shivam says

    13 days back i moved from blogger to hostgator…. :/ ….but hope thing would go fine even with the new owner…..

  13. says

    Damn it! I just moved to HostGator two weeks ago from Bluehost! I would warn everyone that BlueHost has started throttling CPU usage. Just Google it and you’ll see tons of people complaining about it. It’s why I moved after being with them for two years. For two years I had no issues what so ever, then all of the sudden two months ago my site started slowing down and even went down to or three times a day. The first time I called them they said they were working on the server and things should straighten out shortly. Two weeks later I was still having problem. I contacted them and they said I was being throttled. They gave me all kinds of excuses and said it was my fault. But when I looked at the error logs for their server there were other people on the server being throttled as well and my I.P. was not registering any errors. When I pointed this out to them, they claimed that there must be a plug-in or something in my scripting that was doing it. I removed all plug-ins and nothing changed. As far as scripting goes I had made no changes to my template in the last six months. They said I should hire a developer to figure it out. LOL! If you Google it, you’ll see they were telling everyone this. They absolutely refused to do anything about it, like move me to another server. It really irritates me because they advertise unlimited bandwidth yet they were throttling mine! So I left for HostGator. And guess what? My site runs like a breeze with the same the template and plug-ins that I was using before the problem with BlueHost started. What a load of rubbish!

    I used GoDaddy in the beginning but was hit with three viruses in the span of a month and had to rebuild my site three times. Of course they claimed it was my fault but mysteriously the viruses disappeared when I moved to BlueHost. I suspect GoDaddy was not protection their servers properly.

    Anyway, I just paid for a full year of hosting with HostGator. I can’t believe I may have to move again. Three providers in three years on WP.

    • says

      Hi Britain,
      I am 100% agree with you. BlueHost can never be an alternative to HostGator. Infact currently no other shared host can be a complete alternative to HostGator. HostGator offers 25% system resource limit per shared account and it uses Intel Dual Xeon processors while BlueHost use shitty AMD processors. With BlueHost, your site is down all the day and you will be unknown about it.
      //////////
      @Harsh Agrawal.
      BlueHost has already been acquired by EIG but nothing was changed with company as they still have same policies.
      ////////////
      HostGator support staff is skilled and they are very cooperative. BlueHost support staff is rude and they talk in a insulting manner. They always blame customers.
      @Britain
      I will advise you to stay with HostGator and if you require more resources for your site or if you are hosting multiple database driven sites, on a single shared hosting account, you will try SiteGround/Namecheap semi-dedicated server with pretty more CPU and RAM.
      P.S- JustHost/HostMonster is another name for BlueHost so stay away from them too.

      • Pete says

        Bluehost is part of the same EIG group as Hostgator – they share the same servers and will ultimately be the same vanilla flavor. The same is true of FatCow, iHost, iPage and many others. Before choosing a web host check up on its pedigree and who owns it – you might be shocked at how many hosting services share the same servers operated by the same owner.

        Namecheap is worth looking at as is Site5.

        Pete

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