EIG Hosting Alternatives For Those Leaving
Last updated on Sep 22, 2021
When HostGator was acquired by Endurance International Group (EIG) a few years ago, many people experienced a decline in quality of service. Sites went down frequently, support was no longer stellar, and simply being a HostGator customer was a frustration. A lot of HostGator clients sought refuge and Arvixe was one of the more popular HostGator alternatives.
In late October 2014, a lot of people were surprised when news about EIG buying Arvixe spread like wildfire. Arvixe clients couldn’t help but be worried because we all know what happens to a host when it’s acquired by EIG. More and more people are now transferring their sites away from Arvixe and other EIG hosts (A Small Orange, Site5, BlueHost, HostGator, etc. see the full list of web hosts EIG owns) in order to avoid the clusterf@#k that’s bound to happen sooner or later.
If you’re one of the many people who are looking for a new host that is not owned by EIG, check out the EIG alternatives I listed below. I believe it’s very unlikely that EIG will ever acquire the following hosts, so don’t worry because you’re going to be safe with them! Also if you’re concerned about how you’re going move your website(s) to a new hosting company, don’t worry, all of these web hosts will gladly help you with the transfer process.
EIG Hosting Alternatives
The non EIG web hosts below are listed in alphabetical order.
A2 Hosting is one of the most reliable hosting providers I have used so far. They started out back in 2003 and are based out of Michigan. I’ve been using A2 for years and I’m very pleased with how well my sites load on their servers. Overall their uptime has been well above the 99.9% standard and I haven’t run into problems on their end where I’ve needed any help.
Review Hell is currently hosted on a A2 Hosting Turbo Boost shared hosting plan. I feel well taken care of with A2 Hosting and I’m confident that they will remain a reliable web hosting company for a long time to come.
GreenGeeks has been around since 2008 and is located in California. I would be extremely surprised if GreenGeeks was ever acquired by EIG. They have three datacenter locations (Chicago, IL, Montreal, CA, and Amsterdam, NL) and offer shared, reseller, VPS, and dedicated hosting plans. I've had close to 100% uptime in the first year of using GreenGeeks. They don't have coupons but do offer great promotional prices for the initial hosting term. GreenGeeks promo pricing currently starts at $2.49/month.
InMotion Hosting is considered to be one of the big guys, but in their case it's not a bad thing. A larger company with a well trained, and dedicated in-house staff, that knows what's going on can be a good thing. Their prices are on the high side after the first invoice period ends. They don't use coupon codes but have a decent promo/discounted rate for the initial invoice period.
InMotion has two datacenter locations you can pick from (Herndon, Virginia or Los Angeles, CA) and their loading speeds have been impressive. If you are looking for a host that has been in the business for a long time, that hasn't been sold to EIG, and most likely never will be sold, definitely look into InMotion Hosting.
MDDHosting is one of my favorite shared hosts simply because when you host your sites with them, you can be sure you're in good hands. And if you're wondering if there's a chance they'd ever be acquired by EIG, here's what MDDHosting's owner has to say:
We've had more than our fair share of generous buyout offers and haven't accepted any. At the end of the day we would never sell to a company that we did not trust 100% to provide the service and support our customers are used to experiencing. That said - I only know of a small hand full of companies that I would trust and none of them could afford us.
Their service is excellent and it's very apparent that their business is being run by knowledgeable professionals. They love what they do and they'd bend over backwards for their clients. I don't think I could ask for anything more from a host especially at the less than $10 per month price point!
MonsterMegs isn't a very popular host and I'm willing to bet a lot of you haven't even heard of them prior to reading this post. They're a relatively small web hosting company based in Wisconsin, and they've been around since 2010.
My experience with them has been excellent so far. Solid uptime, professional support, basically the ideal host if you're looking for something that just works. While they're a bit more expensive than your usual $3.95 per month unlimited host, MonsterMegs offers quality hosting that's well worth the money.
Namecheap has been in business for many, many years. They're more known as a dependable domain registrar but they've also been providing hosting services for quite some time now.
Namecheap is the exact opposite of how EIG brands operate. Namecheap prioritizes clients, they listen to their customers' concerns, and they are transparent when technical issues arise. If you're looking for a large company that offers cheap hosting but does not and will never treat clients like EIG does, then Namecheap is for you.
SiteGround is a well-established company that's dedicated to providing quality hosting. They're speed freaks just like me. They're friendly and they love their customers. And they're very committed to providing rock-solid, reliable hosting.
SiteGround's sales team told me they don't do coupon codes but all their shared hosting plans are currently at 50% off. They've been at 50% off for so long it makes me think those "discounted" rates are the regular prices -- this is actually one of the very few things I hate about SiteGround. Other than that, they're a good host. They provide solid hosting services so if you're looking for a well-known and reputable company, choose SiteGround.
There you go, folks. Some solid EIG alternatives. If you want to expand your search for reliable non EIG web hosting providers even further you could also check out HawkHost and Veerotech. Let me know how things go if you do decide to switch to any of them!
ASP.NET Hosting Note: I've been getting a lot of questions from people leaving Arvixe about recommended ASP.NET hosting providers that are not owned by EIG. I do not personally use Windows hosting plans, but here are some reputable companies (non-EIG) that provide ASP.NET hosting that might meet your requirements: A2 Hosting, LiquidWeb, and WinHost. Talk with them and see if they are a good fit for your website(s). Best of luck everyone!
Important Update: Endurance International Group is now Newfold Digital. Soon after Clearlake Capital Group completed it's acquisition of EIG in early 2021 it announced the formation of Newfold Digital.