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Anyone facing similar issues with their hosting?

  1. Ultimate Hubber profile image61
    Ultimate Hubberposted 12 months ago

    Hello there

    I've been using hostgator for many years. Slowly but steadily they are damaging my account...

    First they charged me for three years of hosting at the time of renewal but did not renew my primary domain, which gets free renewal with hosting payment.

    Next, I wasn't able to register new domains there

    Next, my websites started having downtime

    Next, I can not contact them, through chat... Can not even create support tickets while signed in.  Sign out and as I verify my account, again ticket is not created

    There is much more.... but for now I would like to know if anyone else is facing these issues with hostgator???

  2. Marisa Wright profile image97
    Marisa Wrightposted 12 months ago

    I used Hostgator for many years and never had any trouble with them.  However eventually, I started having unacceptable downtime. 

    There are several good alternatives out there, and most of them will move our account for you if you switch to them, so the process is painless.

    1. Ultimate Hubber profile image61
      Ultimate Hubberposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Ty... Can you please suggest a few alternatives? Which one are you most satisfied with?

      1. promisem profile image98
        promisemposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Yes, I have used many hosting companies over the years as a full-time online publisher. I strongly recommend Rochen. They have outstanding customer service. Nobody else comes close.

  3. WryLilt profile image91
    WryLiltposted 12 months ago

    Hostgator was fantastic until they were bought out by EIG. After that, they began to go downhill steadily - 1 minute live chat waits turned into 45 minutes and ticket replies went from 1 hour to 12 hours, with most replies being "We don't know".

    Last year, my website went down due to a viral traffic burst and Hostgator gave me no warning. I spent hours on live chat and lodging tickets and their final reply was basically "We can't do anything, maybe you should clean up your site." They didn't offer any help, they didn't even offer to upsell (which I would've happily done, desperate as I was, losing hundreds of dollars).

    I did some research and moved over to my own cloud server on Siteground. They are fantastic! 10 second live chat wait times, 15 minute ticket times and very knowledgeable staff. My second choice was WP Engine, but due to the high cost of servers, Siteground was a better price.

    I now warn everyone away from EIG owned hosting companies - Hostgator, Bluehost, Hostmonster and a stack of others.

    Also, it's good practice to have your domain registered at a different place than your hosting. wink

    1. lobobrandon profile image89
      lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Why is it a good idea to have your domain at a different place than your hosting? I did at one point of time, until they both merged lol Godaddy bought over the smaller company.

      EDIT: I never had the intention of having my domain and the hosting on different providers to begin with. Just that hosting was cheaper on one and the domain on the other. And I was a affiliate newbie back then, so didn't want to spend much on website stuff.

      1. WryLilt profile image91
        WryLiltposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        There are a variety of reasons, but I think this quote sums the main ones up:

        "Disreputable hosting companies can hold your domain name ransom if you decide you want to switch to a rival hosting company. They can use the advertisement of a free domain name to lure you in and keep you trapped as their customer by making it very inconvenient to switch. Some web hosts may even keep the domain name if you cancel your hosting account. Since your domain name is part of your branding and an essential piece of your site, this leaves you little choice but to stick with the web host you originally wanted to leave. Also keep in mind that a “free” domain name may only be free for the first year. After that, the web host may charge an unfair price. Always be sure to check what price your domain name renews at. Web hosts can often be more expensive than via a domain registrar." via How to Get Online

        1. lobobrandon profile image89
          lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          Understood smile

          It was more expensive at the hosting site that's the reason I bought the domain name elsewhere even though the first year was free. But the ransom thing was a major yikes moment. Never expected any of them to stoop that low.

    2. Ultimate Hubber profile image61
      Ultimate Hubberposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Ok that might be the reason of bluehost being so irritating. I will definitely check the two names you suggested. Ty

  4. carolynkaye profile image97
    carolynkayeposted 12 months ago

    I also really like Siteground. Their support is fast and I've had almost no downtime.