Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Biggest Secret in Web Hosting?

In the Seinfeld episode “The Millennium,” Elaine feels slighted by a sales clerk and decides to try to put the store out of business. As part of this ill-conceived plan, she buys a ton of stuff from a competitor, only to find out that both stores are owned by the same woman who annoyed Elaine in the first place. Much of what makes this funny is that Elaine was such a reactionary, but another factor is that it’s not happening to us.

We have a similar situation going on in web hosting. A large number of web hosts are actually owned by one company that most web developer, designers, and bloggers have never heard of. That company is Endurance International Group and they have over 700,000 customers spread over 25 different hosting brands.

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Most Popular Hosts in November 2009

Host Review Storage Transfer Price*
 1   6   DreamHost   read review   unlimited   unlimited   $8.95 
 2   1   HostMonster   read review   unlimited   unlimited   $6.95 
 3   4   HostGator   read review   unlimited   unlimited   $8.95 
 4   3   Just Host   review coming   unlimited   unlimited   $4.95 
 5   9   Yahoo!   read review   unlimited   unlimited   $9.95 
 6   2   BlueHost   read review   unlimited   unlimited   $6.95 
 7   7   midPhase   read review   unlimited   unlimited   $6.95 
 8   5   ANHosting   read review   500 GB   5,000 GB   $6.95 
 9   8   StartLogic   read review   unlimited   unlimited   $5.95 
 10   10   EasyCGI   read review   750 GB   7,500 GB   $7.96 

* All prices on this site are for a two-year sign-up.

DreamHost makes a comeback! HostGator moves back above JustHost where it damn well belongs! BlueHost tanks for some unfathomable reason given that its sister-site HostMonster stayed strong at number two! Yahoo inexplicably shoots up to the top five!

Enough histrionics. A lot of shuffling about this month. I personally blame a combination of sugar/insulin shock from Halloween that wore off just in time to be replaced by the Turkey-Tryptophan post-Thanksgiving coma. Maybe that was just at our house. In any case, there’s a lot more hosting (and other web) stuff coming to the site this month as my wife is holding me to my promise to post more. If nothing else, look for an article later this week about one of the biggest secrets in web hosting.

Until then, happy Hosting!