Last year I had some trouble with a web hosting provider. Although I paid for their more (I think most) expensive shared hosting plan, the kept complaining I was hitting limits. I did everything I could to reduce resource usage (and did bring it down by turning off back-ups, blocking IPs, and even removing at least one site), but you have to understand that I just dabble on the web. This blog may have the most traffic, but it only has double-digit views each day. (Although, I think my Bowflex C6 Indoor Cycle review may have almost hit 400 views one day.) If I was butting up against limits, it wasn’t from popularity. 🙂
Either way, this unnamed provider basically was extorting me to move to a much more expensive VPS solution, which made no sense since I am a dabbler, not a serious web content provider. (Extorting me in the sense that they were going to shut down my service.)
Enter HostGator. All I can say is that I couldn’t be happier. Within my budget I was able to sign up for their Cloud Business hosting, which is significantly faster than the old host and the second web hosting provider I have. They provide all the same “unlimited” features we’ve grown to expect from these less extensive all-you-can-eat offerings, but without taking a hit on speed, having my WordPress back-ups (via the Duplicator plugin) fail, difficult DNS configuration, etc. They have none of the issues I had (and have) with other companies.
Not only that, but their customer service is tremendous, right from the beginning when they moved all my sites over from that nefarious provider. They did it promptly, completely, and painlessly. Whenever I have a question or hiccup, they are easy to reach and prompt in response and resolution. If I cannot figure out how to do it in cPanel myself, they are right there to help me.
They give me the confidence to expand the time I invest in web sites. They deserve this shout out!
Oh, and I have to say that I am loving the CodeGuard back-up offering. Part of my “expansion” is setting up some non-WordPress sites, so I cannot leverage my normal back-up plugin. For 5 bucks a month (highly discounted from CodeGuard’s normal prices), I am readily able to safely back-up my three non-WordPress sites and all my databases. (I can back-up up to 10 sites and unlimited databases for that price).
If you are in need of a good hosting provider, I highly recommend HostGator!
P.S. I realize that it is ironic for me to say, “All I can say…,” and then say lots more. 🙂