For the past six or so years I’ve recommended HostGator for small sites that shared hosting is designed for.
However in my opinion their customer service and hosting performance has drastically reduced in the past few months. They were purchased by Endurance International Group who own around 50 web hosting and domain related companies. These include JustHost, HostMonster and Bluehost.
Bluehost has always been one I’ve used for cheap shared hosting with a lot of clients who already had hosting – but I too and getting more and more complaints about their hosting performance and service as they are sharing a datacenter with many of these other hosts. Phone and live chat support can have very long wait times.
So I now have three recommendations for a web host, all for different levels of service:
Small site, shared hosting
Dreamhost – Shared hosting plans start from around $8.95 per month, and this allows unlimited domains so you can host multiple sites under this account. Great for small starter sites.
Dedicated WordPress hosting
WPEngine – Rock solid hosting for WordPress sites only, with backups and caching built in. Starts at around $29 per month (for one site only, they have multiple site plans). Their support is superb.
Non-Dedicated WordPress hosting
SiteGround – This is who I use. If you also have other sites or landing pages, sales pages or squeeze pages that are not WordPress you need to have non-dedicated hosting that is solid and reliable and can cope with your site demands and with WordPress.
From now on, all links for HostGator should redirect to Dreamhost.
How have your experiences with HostGator and Bluehost been recently?