Today I stumbled upon TopTenREVIEWS’ review about the best web hosting providers for 2014. I shocked by seeing that iPage, one of the worst hosts, is listed as the no. 1 host for the year. After viewing the list, I realized that the best title for their page must be like “The Cheapest Web Hosts in 2014 Where Performance isn’t Guaranteed” or something similar. I am with iPage for last one year and I have understood what they are. In TopTenREVIEWS’ list, 4 brands, HostGator, iPage, Bluehost and Hostmonster, belong to EIG (Endurance International Group) and everyone knows that EIG’s servers are the slowest.
If you aren’t familiar with EIG, then I will explain it briefly. The company was founded in 1996 and it is counted among world’s largest web hosting providers. Soon after its establishment, the company adapted a unique approach. It didn’t established its own brands, instead the company started buying already built-up hosting businesses. Till now, the company has bought several brands among which HostGator, Bluehost, Hostmonster and iPage are the popular ones.
Among EIG brands, only two hosts are stable which are the HostGator and Hostmonster. Bluehost, which was recommended by WordPress community once, has become too slow at present and it isn’t a good choice for hosting your online business anymore. iPage has the poorest support, has slowest servers and doesn’t provide cPanel for shared hosting accounts. Their old-fashioned vDeck Panel is a headache for the users. In addition, several scripts, including CoffeeCup Web Forms, don’t work on their servers 🙁 . Then why TopTenREVIEWS ranked iPage as the best web hosting provider for 2014? It creates several questions in mind.
Almost all EIG brands pay a very big commission for its affiliates. It seems that TopTenREVIEWS has made the list for earning commissions. In this list, HostGator, Hostmonster and Bluehost deserve to be listed, but iPage’s name at the top makes this review completely odd. Some well performing hosting providers like MyHosting aren’t among top ten hosting companies and that isn’t fair at all.
As far as my experience concerns, I have used EIG’s all four brands. I have purchased a 2 year hosting plan with iPage last year and it is still going on. I have just parked some spare domains there. Their vDeck Panel is the most frightening thing. The support is also horrible. Bluehost has a very good support but their servers are comparatively slower than HostGator, Hostmonster and other affordable and stable hosts. HostGator is stable in almost all aspects. I was hosting this blog with HostGator where I didn’t faced any big issues. But over last few months, my blog traffic increased considerably and I needed to upgrade for VPS. HostGator’s VPS plans were somehow costly, so I moved to Hostmonster where I found a brilliant support, fast servers and very affordable plans 🙂 .
Although HostGator and Hostmonster are stable and performing well these days, but it seems that they may slap down too in future like iPage and Bluehost did. EIG isn’t caring about the performance. The proof is iPage’s viral promotion of website hosting for just $1.89 a month. This promotion was started in early 2013 and is still going on. Their servers are getting more and more crowded but resources aren’t added. Similarly, HostGator is discontinuing support via email.
A few days back, I read an article somewhere in a forum where a discussion was going on. There several participants were acknowledging that after purchasing any hosting provider, EIG expels out most employees including both support and technical staff to minimize its expenses. It increases the revenue for EIG but the performance is ruined down. EIG doesn’t change the brand name and common users even don’t know that the brand has been sold. Very few people know the fact that HostGator and BlueHost aren’t owned by their original developers anymore. The original owners of the sold hosting companies go away after handsomely paid by EIG.
So the most important question, is it wise to select a hosting company blindly by reading a single review? No, it isn’t wise at all. Now if someone goes for iPage after viewing TopTenREVIEWS’ list, the deal will end in a crappy host with poorest support and performance. So before choosing any hosting provider for your blog or website, first find and read the reviews by actual users. Message boards like WebHostingTalk are the best places to get legitimate information about the hosting providers. Reading multiple reviews by real users will ensure that you aren’t distracted by any odd review.