Since 2010, I use Hostgator shared hosting to host Blade Thrust Tactics, Dream City Life, this blog and Inspire Games Nexus website. Although their rate is not cheap, they provide good service. I’ve been satisfied with their service for several years until several months ago when they do server migration effort for my account. Let just say there’s been some problem. Nothing major but I’ve never face this kind of problem before.
Upon checking the Internet to find out what’s really going on, I’ve come across this info that Hostgator has been acquired by a company called EIG which has some sort of bad reputation in web hosting. Actually I don’t care about this info as long as they provide good service but that is not the case. Hostgator has been giving me mediocre service over these several months so I guess it’s time to move on to other shared hosting provider. Hostgator used to provide good service but not anymore.
Not to mention that they don’t seem to value their loyal customers much. Over 4 years I’m using their service, they don’t even give any discount for renewal. I don’t expect much but 10 – 20% discount will not hurt much. It seems they spend too much money on acquiring new customers at the expense of current customers.
The other reason is I’m tired of this unlimited marketing stuff they’ve been doing – unlimited space, unlimited bandwidth. Is is actually a false marketing. They actually don’t provide unlimited space & bandwidth. It is not possible because server has limited hard disk space and Internet connection is also limited. I will never choose any web hosting company that use unlimited marketing term because they simply lie.
After doing some research, I’ve come across this web hosting company called MDDHosting. They seems good enough after I’ve read some reviews on WebHosting Talk forum and the important thing they don’t use unlimited marketing term. This is good because I can assess how much is my requirement and match that according to their plan. So on December 2013, I subscribe to their shared hosting plan for 1 year and began migrating Blade Thrust Tactics, Dream City Life and this blog to their server. For Inspire Games Nexus, I use the domain on my special project VPS server.
Lets hope that this MDDHosting provide good service because finding a good shared hosting is hard and most of shared hosting sucks. My principle is if I find a good shared hosting, I just stick to it as long as they provide good service even though I have to pay lots for it.