After getting frequent downtimes on Dreamhost I have moved to HostGator. When I asked DreamHost about these downtime they simply said they were killing my blog due to high usage of resources (RAM) so i should upgrade my account and purchase a VPS. This argument was quite surprising to me. I have only a few plugins and the traffic is not so high that blog needed a VPS. So, finally I decided to buy a HostGator hosing, which is most trusted web-host among Indian. For sure I will miss the simple and powerful Dreamhost panel.
Their are two reason to move to HostGator. obviously the first reason will be server related and i have mentioned. The site getting down since a few week. Each downtime was about 5-7 minute. This is why the impact on search engines became visible. Then I stared looking for some other option like upgrading the account to VPS or try some other web-host.
Second reason, My hosting at DreamHost was near expiry and the renewable cost is quite high and because of these downtime I decided to switch. Well, it was quite clear that most of top Indian blogs (as far as i know) have use or using HostGator. Most of them are happy with HostGator. Also the voice chat is not as standard support method at DreamHost. They ask money for that. This was quite funny most time, when my site went down I had to create a Support Ticket.
The right time!
Timing is really important in our life. And This time I got 50% off on my plan because of Black Friday. Usually thy offer 20% off and their affiliates (i am also one) may provide maximum 25% off. I purchased 3 year baby plan, which costs around $145. However if they provided 80% off like previous year i had planned to buy Business plan.
By the way, this is also rocking. Now I am on HostGator with 4 WordPress and 1 MyBB installs.
What was the benefit of Dreamhost?
However, I moved to HostGator but for me DreamHost Panel was really useful and simple. I rarely needed anything to do manually on that panel. Unlike cPanel hosting DreamHost custom panel has unique 1click install for Google Apps, Parking and 1 Click installer for application like WordPress. On cPanel 1 click installer is really not useful since it creates user name like “admin” and mysql table prefix as “wp_” which is less secure. Unlike dreamhost, on hostgator i installed and configure WordPress manually. here is how to move your wordpress to another server.
The zero downtime is really important for any live site. So, switching to HostGator is worth to try and I am happy to see that their is downtime since past few days.I have not faced any downtime after moving the blog. You may see the live Pingdom report here. Finally their 2 points with DreamHost: 1. If you are newbie then you should start with Dreamhost since they offer really simple panel and 2nd if you have completed your first or second year then you should move to HostGator.