|Hosting Provider||Other hosting provider name||Monthly price for hosting?|
Customer Support (1 low, 5 high)
|Uptime (1 low, 5 high)||Features (1 low, 5 high)||Value (1 low, 5 high)||Comments|
|A Small Orange||150||5||5||5||5||We have a dedicated server with hostdime, not a small orange, and love it! Their support is the best we've ever had!!|
|Bluehost||25||2||5||5||5||Switched to Bluehost when Mike Hansen conspired to get me a 1 year free VPN. Couldn't be happier with the service after switching from DreamHost but their support is lacking.|
|Dreamhost||15||5||5||5||5||I'm pretty much in love with DreamHost - now building my third site there & one of them runs EE4.|
I inherited my first site running on GoDaddy - awful uptime, nonexistent customer service, although I think they may have recently realized they were 5 years behind the times. My life got much easier after I moved that site to DreamHost
|GoDaddy||15||4||5||3||4||I have 3 Websites. 2 up.|
|GoDaddy||5||5||5||5||5||So many people have bad things to say about Godaddy that it actually confuses me. I have never had a real problem. Sure, there have ben minor problems and they always get solved. I'm extremely happy with my service and hosting and wouldn't use any other company!|
I'm in online marketing as well as have been a freelancer since 2008. I have 53 clients of my own and I work on over 137 clients through my day job. I have problems with Host Gator, Pair, 1 and 1 and a host of others all because my boss at my day job THINKS Godaddy is bad. So we suffer because of it, have sites go down all the time, databases get disconnected, we get hacked and many other issues that I don't have with my own clients. Sad really.
|GoDaddy||5||4||4||3||5||We're using their managed WordPress sites. They have restrictions on the plugins you can use but the server maintenance is done for you and the pages come up fast.|
|GreenGeeks||25||5||5||5||5||I have tried many and none have come even close!|
|Liquid Web||250||5||5||5||5||Liquid Web is one of the best. Top level support each time even for difficult linux issues that I had, the first person was able to rattle off a sound solution almost before I was able to fully explain the issue or within minutes. I tried many other common hosting companies and always had low level support techs and shoddy service. LiquidWeb.com is a sound decision for building an infrastructure at. (I do not work for them, but my livelihood is definitely dependent on them.)|
|Not Listed||Amazon Web Services EC2||7.5||5||5||5||5||I started on Dreamhost's VPS services due to their excellent admin panel, with SSH access to boot. Eventually we started having serious performance problems with no discernable cause (our CPU & RAM use was well below what we paid for). Dreamhost support was less than helpful about this, and blamed it on "WordPress plugins" instead of explaining how response times were so poor despite low apparent resource usage.|
So I set up a server on AWS EC2 to test it out. For about $7/month (a jaw-dropping fraction of our Dreamhost cost) we were getting SUBSTANTIALLY better performance than Dreamhost... so I put everything on AWS and never looked back.
|Not Listed||9th Node Networks||5||5||5||5||5||I would love for you to consider 9th Node Networks in your list of hosting providers. We have been in business for over 7 years, and are preparing a huge marketing effort in coming months. We have a very large customer base, and you will be hearing a lot more about us very soon.|
PS - We also have hundreds of clients that we have recommended Event Espresso to over the last 1-2 years and support many of those on a day to day basis. :-)
CEO / Founder
9th Node Networks
|Not Listed||Mediatemple||150||3||3||4||3||Mediatemple's DV has been a big step up from shared hosting with Bluehost. I was on the old DV 4.0 for a couple years with no issues. I recently migrated to their new DV with SSDs and have had too much downtime with the host server. Nearly every week or sometimes two times a week in the last month they've been down for 20 minutes at a time. I never really get a clear answer from their tech support which has me considering a move to a new company.|
|Not Listed||midPhase||55||5||5||5||5||UK2 Group or Go Home. There is no better datacenter than the distributed global DC from midPhase. Period.|
These guys run circles around any host anytime, anywhere. You can count on your business with them.
|Not Listed||Big Scoots||85||5||5||5||5|
We do UI/UX design and development and web, webapp and app development. We also host a lot of customers sites because they don't want to deal with DNS, hosting, and the pains that come with it.
We started out way back when on a co-located server in a former employer's data center. It was something they let me do for free and an easy way to get going. Later after some growth and cursing over maintaining hardware I vowed that I would never maintain my own hardware again and we moved to MediaTemple (pre-Godaddy acquisition). We were happy there for a number of years until they had a hardware failure on their primary SAN that took down 3 or 4 of their host machines and all the virtual machines on them. Our VM was down for 48 hours. When it came back up it was without any data. Another 8 or so hours of recovering from backup had me looking for a better solution. This led me to where we are today - Rackspace. We have been running everything on between 4 and 8 Rackspace cloud servers (depending on need) since 2010. We have never had any downtime or service interruption. Their support, on the rare times we have needed it, has been fantastic.
If your business depends at all on your website or hosting you are right - you should love your hosting company. There is no excuse for downtime and connectivity problems. I've lost count of the number of sites I've moved from the Host Monster, Hostgator, Bluehost and similar ilk to more stable hosting. I have a rule of thumb that has served me pretty well over the years.. if it is a hosting company with "host" in the name it should be avoided. :)
|SiteGround||250||5||5||5||5||Excellent support for Wordpress|
|SiteGround||150||5||5||5||5||We've been using one of SiteGround's Cloud Servers for a couple months now and it's a huge leap from the 'managed vps' we used for our sites before.|
SiteGround's understanding, and contributions to the WordPress community, along with their solid infrastructure, speed (advanced caching - even for shared accounts), and security make it a solid value for us and many of our clients.
For analysis and commentary please see: http://eventespresso.com/2015/05/2015-hosting-survey-results/