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