This is not another website hosting review. If you’re interested in a review of GoDaddy, I suggest reading this GoDaddy Review. What I want to share with you today is this great infographic of 5 reasons that you should not use GoDaddy for hosting (which I found on Tom Jamieson‘s blog). Years ago, I hosted with GoDaddy (before they became famous for their Super Bowl ads). So, I also felt compelled to share my personal experience with you too.
Why Does GoDaddy Get Such Bad Hosting Reviews?
Why Did I Delete my GoDaddy Hosting Accounts?
I still use GoDaddy for domain registrations but I stopped using them for hosting years ago. Why? Because I simply believe that they do not have the infrastructure to support websites that are built with CMS (Content Management Systems) software (such as Drupal, Joomla and WordPress).
GoDaddy was fine for hosting back in the days of static HTML sites but once I started hosting Joomla sites with them, I ran into an unacceptable amount of downtime. The final straw was when one of their tech support technicians (and I use the term loosely) acknowledged that there was a “known issue” with the server that my sites were on. He then informed me that moving my site to another server was not an option. They not only lost a customer but I’ve warned people about hosting with them ever since that day.
What About EIG? Should You Be Hosting With Them?
So why pick on GoDaddy when there are also issues with other hosting vendors? Well, although I’ve experienced more downtime than usual with two of the EIG hosting vendors (Blue Host and Host Gator to be specific), nothing compared to my past experiences with GoDaddy. (I moved my sites from GoDaddy years ago but I have yet to move my sites from Blue Host and Host Gator – although that could be coming.)
Most everyone remembers Friday August 2nd, 2013, when EIG (Endurance International Group) the owner of a multitude of hosting companies was under a DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. The social media sites were abuzz when many of us could not access our sites. Initially, it was presented as a hardware failure issue but the truth soon came out. Most of their website servers were down for less than 12 hours and many of us forgave them and continued to host with them. However, after another recent bout of downed servers, many of the bloggers who I know have already moved their sites to other vendors or have immediate plans to.
Will I Move my Websites from EIG companies? I’m sure that at some point I will. Where will I move them to? I’m considering several hosting vendors but for now I have more of a sense of urgency to redesign my site, move to a responsive design, write that eBook and a number of other projects that I’ve been thinking about.
Over To You:
Who do you host with? What have your experiences been? Do you have plans to move your website(s)? Are you using shared or dedicated website hosting for your site?