Just now, I let you know about Hostgator sold to EIG and as I mentioned, for next 3-4 week, we are so uncertain about future of Hostgator. As there are many things which need to be finalized before we know about data center and other billing details. I believe this is the right time to give some alternative to Hostgator, as it would be better for people like me, whose hosting due date is this month and instead of renewing for 1 year now, move to other Webhosting which offers quality hosting as HG.
When I Googled, Hostgator alternatives, I got bombarded with many options, and I’m listing down some of those top hosting,which I have personally used or used for my client site. Based on my experience and user recommendations, here are some of the best Webhosting, if you looking to move from Hostgator.
List of Top Hostgator Alternatives:
Before we move ahead, here is a guide to move WordPress site on cPanel hosting, which will help you to move to any new Hostgator alternative hosting you opt for. Now, here are few things which I look into any shared hosting, similar to Hostgator:
- Server quality
- Technology used
- Bandwidth and storage space
- WordPress compatibility and support
- Technical support
- Billing system
When it comes to shared hosting, Bluehost is one of the reputed name. They offer only one shared hosting package and they have been known for their reliable hosting. Bluehost offers unlimited bandwidth, storage and offers cPanel hosting. Many of my WordPress client sites are hosted there and I never faced any kind of technical issues. Though, I hardly need to use support until something major comes, and once I used their support to make some changes in php.ini and it was done in no-time.
The only downside with Bluehost is, they offer only shared hosting (Which is also their strength for quality service), so after year of time, when you need to move your blog to VPS, you need to move to other hosting. One of my client, had traffic of almost 20K/Day, and Bluehost server was handling the WordPress load without any issue. Though, make sure you install any cache plugin on your blog for smooth functionality of your site. One of the best option for Hostgator customer as new hosting.
One of the best thing about Bluehost is resource protection. On most of the shared hosting, your site will go down because of any faulty site consuming high CPU resource. 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 article for Bluehost, which you can refer to:
When ever I talk about Dreamhost, it makes me smile. This is the first Webhosting company, where ShoutMeLoud was hosted. Unlike many other hosting company, DH offers custom cPanel and in last 2 year, they have scaled their infrastructure to a great level. They also offer dedicated and VPS hosting plan (One of client didn’t had great experience with their VPS hosting).
For a new site, Dreamhost is one of the cheapest WordPress hosting, as with coupon “SML50″ or “SML97″ you can get maximum possible $50 & $97 discount . SML50 Coupon is only for Indian and few other Asian countries, where $50 is the maximum given discount by Dreamhost. If you are in U.S, U.K, Australia or any other country, you can use coupon code “SML97” to get $97 off and get one year hosting and 1 free domain for $22.
Check out Dreamhost
Here are some tutorials, which will help you to get started with Dreamhost.
Knownhost as VPS alternative:
This is for managed VPS hosting. Hostgator also offers managed VPS hosting, which I always find little costlier than other alternative options. I hosted ShoutMeLoud on Kownhost for almost an year and never had any issue. They offer free cPanel migration, so moving to Knownhost was not an issue and within no time, my site was up and running on them. 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 good resources and you have considered to move away from Hostgator to any other VPS hosting, I recommend you to go for Knownhost. Also, another alternative would be VPS.net. Though, I have never used VPS.net, but got great recommendation for them in Web hosting forum. Knownhost, offers WHM, which is also useful if you want to create a resller hosting account.
I’m not listing down lots of HostGator alternative, as I want to keep this list short but consist of top options. Just to let you know, I only hosted WordPress site in above hosting and my recommendation is based on my experience with them. If you are going to host other blogging platform like Drupal or any other, I recommend you to check with their support, before buying hosting with any of them.
I also wanted to list Hostmonster, but I’m not putting it in the list here as 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 Bluehost. Many people ask about Godaddy hosting, and I had a real bad experience with hosting a WordPress site on Godaddy. Though, I’m not sure about their latest 4G hosting, but instead of taking your chances, better opt for tested and tried Web-hosting companies.
Have you tried any other hosting after Hostgator and satisfied with their server and support? Do let me know via comments.
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