GoDaddy Alternatives

If you are looking for GoDaddy Alternatives for hosting, you may skip this article and please go to: GoDaddy Hosting Alternatives

If you are tired of GoDaddy either by the support they showed for SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) that lead to 22,000 boycotters pledging to move over 82,000 domain names from GoDaddy (, the reputation of “Elephant killer” that the CEO Bob Parsons (see the video below) received back in 2011 or by some other reason, here are in my opinion two of the best companies if you want a GoDaddy alternative for registering domain names.

GoDaddy CEO Kills Elephant


Namecheap - The hassle-free way to buy domains and hosting online
This is one of the cheapest domain registering services out there, and they also provide free WhoisGuard (something that most of the others providers make you pay high for!). The user reviews are also great. Just click on the banner and take a better look at their prices and services and see for yourself why I consider them the best alternative to GoDaddy.


Domain.comaffiliate_linkIf you aren’t satisfied with Namecheap, you can also try (you probably heard of it already). You may check them out too and compare, but beware that you have to pay for WhoisGuard/Domain Privacy in Still, a great alternative to GoDaddy.

If I find more good alternatives to GoDaddy, for domains, I’ll list them here. But for now those are the best alternatives out here. If you have any suggestions please use the “Contact Us” form. I appreciate your feedback!

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EIG Hosting Companies

If you are reading this you probably already know about Endurance International Group (EIG) and their reputation, if you don’t, please read this article The dirty little secret of EIG.

Although the company states only 8 sub-companies ( at this time of writing, it has nearly 60.

This is a complete list of hosting companies that are actually part of EIG. Since some new ones pop out once in a while I will keep updating this post. So stay tuned!
A Small Orange
Berry Information Systems L.L.C.
Intuit Websites
Networks Web Hosting
SEO Hosting
Southeast Web
SuperGreen Hosting
Webstrike Solutions

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The dirty little secret of EIG

Endurance International Group (EIG) it the company behind some of the most popular hosting companies out here, like Hostgator, Bluehost, Hostmonster, Justhost, among others. (For a complete list, please see EIG Hosting Companies).

They come, they buy, they squeeze everything in order to maximize the profits and when the users started to feel squeezed out (bad hosting performance, servers going down for lots of time, etc) the users start complaining and look out for alternatives, but most of the times, these clients end up buying services from another sub-company of EIG without knowing it!
This is one of the reasons why EIG prefers not to use their name on any of their hosting companies, because that would scare clients away!

One of the most known cases out there was Hostgator. They offered good service, excellent customer support but after being bought on June 2012, clients started complaining about bad performance, accounts being suspended without warning, terrible and time consuming costumer support, etc, and then the “blackout” of August, where all EIG servers where down for almost an entire day, only to be found later with even worse performance.

At least there are yet some companies that are out of EIG control, that have nothing to hide and that offer an overall better performance and good customer support. Some of these are companies like Dreamhost. I will compile a list of EIG “safe” hosting companies and will update this post as soon as possible. [UPDATE: Here it is EIG Hosting Companies]

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Hostgator inode limit

Many users of shared hosting, or even VPS don’t know about this, but there is a limit on the “unlimited” disk space that most hosting companies offer. That limit is imposed by inodes, usually a “soft” limit and a “hard” limit.

What is an inode?

An inode is a data structure to store the information about a file or folder. A file consumes one inode (the size of the file is irrelevant) and a folder also consume one inode. Most hosting companies take in account everything, from your files/folders, emails, etc. Hostgator is no exception to this.

Take as an example WordPress 4.0, it needs around 1,400 inodes in a default installation, without any extra themes or plugins.

According to the Terms of Service of Hostgator, on shared hosting, there is a “soft” limit of 100,000 Inodes where you are automatically excluded from their weekly backups, and a “hard” limit of 250,000 inodes where you are automatically in violation of Hostgator Terms of Service (TOS) and most likely your account will be suspended. You are also violating Hostgator terms of service if you continuously publishing and deleting large numbers of files.

A lot of people hit this inode limits because they have lots of files, per example, most of the web gallery software (and CMS like wordpress) will generate thumbnails of the picture you upload, sometimes it will generate multiple thumbnails of multiple sizes each one, this is nice for faster load times (doesn’t need to download a big picture to display it on a small frame) but will consume lots of inodes. Imagine that your web gallery, or CMS, creates 5 different sized thumbnails of each picture you upload… you will be consuming 5 times as much inodes than you think.

With that you know that their “unlimited blogs” campaign isn’t actually unlimited, if you take in account the 1400 inodes needed just for a standard installation of WordPress 4.0, with a dozen of articles, a custom theme, some plugins and a couple of pictures, it will get above 3,500 inodes fairly easily, of course some wordpress websites can have a lot more articles, pictures, and whatever content and pass well beyond the 5,000 inodes.

If we take the value of 3,500 inodes as a “normal” WordPress website/blog, and divide the inode soft limit of hostgator (100,000) by the 3,500 inodes of a normal WordPress website/blog, we end up with a limit of 28 blogs before getting automatically excluded from Hostgator weekly backups, and by diving the hard limit (250,000 inodes) by the same 3,500 inodes, we know that after 71 wordpress websites/blogs it is a violation of Hostgator terms of service and most likely the account will be suspended, bringing a halt to all your websites/blogs hosted on that account.

For most bloggers and website marketers this limit is fine, but if you already had problems with this inode limit on hostgator or any other hosting company, and really want to get rid of it, take a look at Dreamhost. It’s a little more expensive than hostgator but they don’t seem to bother with inode limits (they didn’t even define an inode limit of any sort), but overall is a webhosting company with better quality, and of course, quality usually walks hand in hand with the price.

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