Changing to Host Monster

In a few days I will be changing my domain over to Host Monster hosting. While I haven’t been displeased with my experience at bluehost, I will be able to have unlimited domains on host monster. Host Monster offers everything that Bluehost does and gives additional space and bandwidth on top of that.

Host Monster costs half as much as Bluehost. I used to pay around $90/year for hosting through bluehost, and I now pay around $90/2years of hosting. [Note: prices have since changed, but are still low ($5.95/mo)]. You can’t beat that deal anywhere. The only thing that I’m facing now is switching costs. It will take some time to move everything over to the new hosting, but it will be worth it in the long run as I will be able to host more domains on that site.

I hadn’t yet switched my bluehost account over to a php5 server, because the account was originally purchased on my father’s credit card, as we were sharing the account (the last four digits were required to verify the account in order to change it). So now I’ll have php5 with ssh access! I will be able to launch some side-project sites that I hadn’t purchased hosting for, but had owned the domain.

My experience so far with Host Monster has been very positive. I have contacted customer support via phone and live chat to request some changes for the account before I make the migration, and they have been very helpful. Response time has been very fast with very little waiting on hold.

Like Bluehost, HostMonster has an anti-pornography policy, which is a protection to all of the other clients that are using the hosting service. Hosting services that serve pornography are often targets of hackers.

Please excuse my site if it experiences any downtime during the switch. Also, check out Host Monster if you want to save a bunch of money.

Please note: HostMonster and Bluehost are indeed the same company.

34 thoughts on “Changing to Host Monster”

  1. Cliff, I’m using WordPress, which is an Open Source blogging platform. I really like its simplicity and userfriendly interface.

    I don’t like most of the other contenet management systems. They take so long to configure right, and they’re just too heavy for my liking. Mambo, Joomla, and the others do the job though if you’re looking for a true content mgt. system.

  2. Jimmy, I’m a newbie and I’m looking for reliable web hosting service. So, do you think Host Monster is better than its competitors (eg. IXwebhosting, Host Gator & etc.) I read a lot of negative reviews for some of them. What do you think? Have you used any of them before? Please share with me your experiences. Thanks! :)

  3. Felicia,

    Sorry for the delayed response, I’ve been away for a few days.

    So far, I’ve had experiences iPower (iPowerWeb), Host Gator, Bluehost, and Host Monster. Here’s my take on each of these:

    iPower: I haven’t used iPower in over two years, so things may have changed since I had an iPower account. Overall, I was quite happy with my iPower account. iPower provides a nice user interface (vDeck) for managing your site, and it offers phone support, which often took 20+ minutes on hold to reach a support agent.

    I left iPower for Bluehost because Bluehost allowed me to host 6 domains on 1 account. This saved me a lot of money because I was hosting 3 accounts with iPower. Also, iPower didn’t offer php5 at the time, which is something I really wanted.

    Host Gator: My experience with Host Gator is limited. A company that I was working for was reselling hosting through Host Gator for clients. Host Gator seemed to have all of the options that we needed. I would recommend Host Gator if you are going to be reselling hosting. They have great tools to help you get up and running.

    If you are not reselling hosting, then Host Gator doesn’t give you the most return on your money. It is more expensive, and you get a lot less than you would from say Bluehost or Host Monster.

    Bluehost: I have used Bluehost for about 2 years now, and have been happy with their service. Until host monster came about, I referred all of my friends, family, and clients to Bluehost.

    The only problem that I’ve had with Bluehost is with server-intensive applications (like vBulletin), I’ve occasionally received a big red “You have exceeded your CPU quota” screens. I have yet to receive this type of message on my host monster account.

    Host Monster: I have been really, really happy with my host monster account. I prefer Bluehost’s cpanel interface over HostMonster’s cpanel interface, but that’s just a preference issue. Host Monster’s support has been awesome. I can get to a representative on the phone in less than 5 minutes, and they have handled all of my requests quickly.

    Both Bluehost and Host Monster offer really good hosting. Host Monster lets you host unlimited domains on one account which is really nice for me, as I have more than 6 domains that i host. [update: I just found out Bluehost now also offers unlimited domains] Bluehost offers free search engine marketing credits towards Google and Yahoo Pay Per Click ads. So, it’s really just a trade-off of what you need the most.

    Again, I’ve been super happy with my Host Monster account. Service has been smooth, the features have been great (php5, ruby, python, SSH), and their customer service has been very helpful.

  4. I switched all my stuff from GoDaddy to HostMonster for several reasons.

    1. I didnt wnat to support GoDaddys playboy girls and borderline porn.
    2. Hostmonster has mutiple domain support that saved me money
    3. HostMonster has better tech support Online chats were 10-20 minutes and no waiting and they
    installed packages for me and solved all my problems.
    4. I Host MarchDVD.com on it and am very satisfied.
    5. My friend howst http://www.voice-wilderness.org and love it too.

    Only down side is domain names are $10 a year, but for the huges savings, the extra $3-$4 a year
    is no big deal. I wish the dir was organized as sibling but their control panel puts domain2,3,4 under
    domain1. Other have done public_html/domain1 and each domain is under public_html.
    They offer MySql, PHP, Python RubyOnRail, I had most of the major CMS’s run on it.

  5. Ed,

    Thank you for that comment. It is nice to see someone take a stance against GoDaddy’s scantily clad commercials.

    Unfortunately most of my domain names are registered through Godaddy. I’d like to switch to a different name registrar, but I don’t want it to be the same as my hosting companies.

    Does anyone have a preferred domain registrar besides Godaddy?

  6. hope you aren’t planning on deploying any rails apps to your hostmonster site cause, excuse the french, but hosting rails at hostmonster is a f***ing nightmare! I’m now into hour 8 of trying to figure out what is wrong, and everytime I send a trouble ticket to ask a question, they just respond saying that they are not responsible for coding questions. arg….

  7. Hi Matt,

    I have deployed some rails apps to a hostmonster account, but I agree, Hostmonster isn’t the best option for hosting Ruby on Rails. I would recommend Joyent or MediaTemple.

    The best way I’ve found to deploy to hostmonster is by using the rails command from the shell and letting the hostmonster rails script generate the skeleton. Then I copy the developed rails app over the top, not overwriting any of the files directly in the public directory. (I do upload my stylesheets and other directories, but don’t mess with anything else other than deleting the index.html file.)

    I’ve had pretty good luck doing that, except that the fcgi deployment of rails on hostmonster isn’t that stable. It occaisionally hiccups and gives an Application Error, but if you refresh it always comes up. So, I changed the error page to just do a javascript refresh. This seems to work well.

  8. I agree regarding GoDaddy and their support for the porn industry. I moved all of my domains away from GoDaddy because of their risque advertisements and interviews supporting porn. It’s just ridiculous that they have become promoters of such trash.

    I switched to Namecheap.com as my registrar and have been very happy with them so far. I’ve been using them for about a year or so, now, and I’ve had no problems whatsoever. I would highly recommend them as a replacement for GoDaddy. Here’s their address:

    http://www.namecheap.com

  9. I just wanted to say that I agree that HostMonster is awesome.

    I’ve been using them for a couple of months now. I also have needed to call technical support on a couple of occasions — they answered the phone pretty quickly (only on hold for a couple of minutes) and they resolved the problems in no time at all.

    They’re great.

    Eddie

  10. Are we talking about the same company? Are you kidding me? Hostmonster’s server reliability is terrible. I’ve had so many server slow downs and outages I’ve lost count. I e-mail them constantly but they always ignore my threats of leaving. I do enjoy their relatively low prices, but now I’m seriously contemplating leave them for GoDaddy. Aside from the porn complaints that some people have, how was the service and reliability of Godaddy?

    -Raymond (MONEY BLUE BOOK)

  11. Currently I’m using Webhost4life, but man does it suck. Just visit my website at http://www.texasjackrussells.com/shop and you will see why. For about a month I have been trying to get help on why the database is so slow. They moved me to a new server, and its now worst than ever. I think they put too many accounts on one server which slows it all down.

    I’ve been entertaining the idea of HostMonster, basically for the price ($4.95 now) and all the added features that I had to pay extra with webhost4life.com. I did some live chat with their sales team to make sure there wasn’t any hidden costs, and seem pretty satisfied. WH4L is very lame support. You wait days for a response to your email and when you do get a response, it’s usually another lame question. I don’t think their support staff have access to internet. UGH

  12. @Raymond,

    I wonder what applications you are running and what kind of traffic you have coming to generate server slowdowns.

    Host Monster is shared hosting, which can’t guarantee you a high amount of CPU. However, I have found that it is has been sufficient for my simple sites. If you do need more, it looks like you may need to make the step to a Virtual Private Server. Slicehost is a great VPS service, but it has a long waiting list to get an account.

    I have had the opposite experience with Host Monster support. I always use their phone support, which is superb. I have never waited longer than a couple of minutes to talk to a real live person. The support people are generally knowledgeable, and have helped me out.

    I wrote a post on this titled Why Hostmonster Support Rocks.

    Host Monster is really the best I’ve found for shared hosting, but it isn’t going to suit everyone’s needs. Read my article on finding quality hosting. It lays out some guidelines to help you figure out whether or not you need VPS/dedicated hosting or if you can get by with shared hosting.

  13. Hey Jimmy Z

    I know this is an old thread, but I found it doing a search on HostMonster. I am currently searching for a web host. I have been researching many web hosts trying to figure out exactly what I need and what all of them have to offer. I am a school teacher and I want to create my own website-MAIN REASON- with my own domain (?) and I also just started blogging on WordPress and would like the freedom of adding more templates and changing my templates. In the future, I might be creating another business site.

    I did not know anything about web hosting until I starting this research and I am not sure if I know what I need yet. I think I need the following (if you can understand my layman’s terms):

    2 domain names-possible 3 (capabilities of hosting 3 maybe more?)
    wordpress capabilities/uploads/plug-ins/
    Editor-with webhost program or my own?
    FTP program-my own?

    I was hoping you could help me out-I started out with a few web hosts but ended up with HostMonster and HostMonster isn’t even one that I have found that the teacher sites I have looked at have used (MAIN reason I need this) I am currently paying for a teacherweb site with Teacherweb.com but would like more flexibility.

    Most teacher sites that I like have used the following and I have included a link to their site so you can see what type of web host AND web site program editor (?) I am needing:

    brave-net: http://www.bravenet.com/
    I think this is what she uses-i couldn’t tell for sure-can you?): http://www.mrsstoutsclass.com/

    yahoo! geocities: http://geocities.yahoo.com/
    she pays for hers): http://www.mrspacker.com/

    Dreamhost:http://www.dreamhost.com/
    (this is an html help site that some teacher use):
    http://www.lissaexplains.com/

    Notice that the 2 teacher sites aren’t even web hosts that I really studied hard or aren’t in any “top 10” or mentioned for wordpress…well i don’t know now-i so confused now…help me :)

    I have studied the following:
    bluehost
    dreamhost
    HostMonster
    lunarpages
    IX webhosting-just found and sounded really great then found a bunch of bad reviews and started searching hostmonster to see if i found any bad reviews and I found you.

    Have I clearly confused you today? Oxymoron for the day. Any help, ideas, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :)

    Mercedes

    p.s. going to check out the rest of your blog…

  14. Thanks so much-i’ve been waiting to decide until i got some advice from you-didn’t know if you were still up and running on here-lol.

    I have been currently updating my teacherweb website and I can’t do what I realy want-so hope I will be able to when I change to whatever I do. I want to be able to click on an icon and it go directly to a word or excel document not to another page that has the link to that document. (That is just one of the things i want to be able to do) Anywho-thanks again-looking forward to your response.

    Mercedes

  15. Hi Mercedes,

    I’ve read through your questions and have looked at the sites that you linked to.

    Let’s start with hosting. From your description, it looks like you’re looking for a shared hosting solution (something that’s affordable, that’s not going to be getting 100,000+ visits per day, etc.). I recommend either using Bluehost or Hostmonster. They’re actually the same company, and you get virtually the same package. Hostmonster is $1/month cheaper than Bluehost, and Bluehost comes with an Yahoo Marketing credit, if you want to do some paid search marketing through Yahoo.

    Hostmonster/Bluhost offer a really nice application installer called Fantastico which is really nice for installing WordPress, forums, content management applications, etc. Setting up WordPress is super easy!

    You can also install themes and plugins for your WordPress. You do this by uploading the plugins by using FTP or SFTP. Filezilla is a good application for doing this.

    I think WordPress will be able to cover all of your needs for a basic teacher site. It makes adding new pages and content really easy, and you don’t need a program like Dreamweaver or anything to do it.

    There are lots of themes available for WordPress, and I’m sure you can find one that has a good teacher/classroom look and feel. If you can’t find one, I suggest using a service like rentacoder.com or guru.com to hire a freelancer to help you with that. Something like that should cost at the most $100.

    I have used Bravenet free software in the past. Some are pretty nice and you should be able to put their code snippets on a page hosted by any hosting company.

    Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

    (I’ve heard that dreamhost has good hosting. I don’t have personal experience with it, but I hear it’s pretty good.) This site is hosted on Hostmonster.

  16. Bluehost and Hostmonster are both owned by Matt Heaton. You will be getting the same lousy service from Hostmaster just as you would be getting from Bluehost.

  17. CrazyPenguin,

    I never felt I got lousy service from Bluehost, and I certainly have never felt I’ve had lousy service from Hostmonster.

    I’ve been on Hostmonster now for over a year, and I am still very satisfied with its performance for my sites.

    I don’t recommend it (nor any other shared host) as a Ruby on Rails hosting solution, but it is very good for PHP hosting.

  18. how does hostmonster fair for mobile / pda email access / ease of use? godaddy has a pretty well-designed service for this, which is of utmost concern for what i do.

    also, is setting up and configuring a windows exchange server easier on hostmonster than godaddy?

    best.

    /m\

  19. Sorry to say that hostmonster and bluehost is owned by the same people. And that hostmonster was created for marketing purposes.

  20. @metroknowm,

    I don’t use mobile devices much, so I can’t really say how their email service is for mobile devices.

    As far as configuring an exchange server, it seems you would want a different type of hosting solution because Hostmonster/Bluehost is Linux and you would need a Windows host.

  21. Bluehost & Hostmonster owned by same company!
    Thanks Tonex! I was starting to wonder when I was reading this thread if they are separate companies b/c I seen a couple of instances that Bluehost was mentioned in the Hostmonster search results. Jeezzz!

  22. I actually have quite a bone to pick with Hostmonster, and I’ve not been able to find a suitable company to merge to. Basically I signed up hostmonster because of everything they offer, great amount of offerings, but, the IMAP email service stinks! I’m using Apple Mail on my Mac, and I cannot connect half the time to my own mail server for outgoing/incoming is missing very critical emails, from people who verified sending me emails, they just don’t come through.

    I like the price point, and the offerings, but who else could I switch to that has IMAP, its very important! I was with isqsolutions.com before, which is rated #4 for top canadian hosts, however, no IMAP, which is why I switched to begin with.

    Also, one of my sub domains, their account manager at that business keeps reporting to me, nobody can get on the website. it doesn’t work, its slow, they need to refresh their browser frequently just to display content.

    In my opinion, its probably worth the money $10+ month if it means reliability.

  23. John,

    I still use Hostmonster for this site and others. I have found that it is quite good for hosting standard sites, blogs, php applications, etc. I don’t recommend it for Ruby on Rails yet, but most of the standard site software is in php.

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