Article by Jerry Low
Geek dad, SEO data junkie, investor, and founder of Web Hosting Secret Revealed. Jerry has been building Internet assets and making money online since 2004. He loves mindless doodling and trying new food.
I’ll be updating web host uptime record in blogpost format on monthly basis starting March onwards. I thought this could be useful for those who are looking for a new hosting service. In case you have questions or simply need more details, please do not hesitate to reach out.
In term of uptime score, InMotion Hosting (99.99%) was the best for the past 30 days with FatCow (99.98%), SiteGround (99.9%), BlueHost (99.9%), and Rose Hosting (99.89%) coming very close at second, third, fourth, and fifth spot. It was a pleasant surprise to see two Endurance brands, FatCow and BlueHost, making into the top 5 this month. While their past uptime record was okay; I didn’t expect both hit the below-5-minutes downtime mark in 30 days. Well done!
Here are more details on each host’s uptime record and screens captured from Uptime Robot.
Based in both Carlifonia and Virginia, InMotion Hosting (http://www.inmotionhosting.com) has been around for more than a decade (established in year 2001). The company offers a wide range of different hosting solutions – shared, VPS, and dedicated hosting plans. The test site above is hosted on InMotion’s Launch Package (shared hosting) and I have been holding this hosting account since 2009.
Founded in 1998, FatCow (http://www.fatcow.com) is one of the many brands under the management of Endurance International Group. FatCow provides shared hosting solutions for small to medium-sized businesses and individuals looking for an affordable hosting option. FYI, I no longer hold a hosting account at FatCow, the site I am tracking currently belongs to a business partner.
First founded in 2004 by a group of IT enthusiast, SiteGround ( http://www.siteground.com) is a web hosting company with over ten years of experience providing shared hosting, cloud hosting and dedicated servers. Lead by Tenko Nikolov, the company now serves than 250,000 domains worldwide with 120 employees and three data centers located at US, Europe, and Singapore. The test site above is a personal blog and it’s hosted on SiteGround’s shared hosting facility.
BlueHost (http://www.bluehost.com) was first founded by Matt Heaton in mid 2000’s and was sold to EIG in 2010. I used to be a BlueHost fan boy but thought that they had lost the magic touch ever since the CPU throttling feature was introduced. Nevertheless, the web host made it to the top 5 this month in term of uptime – so congrats! I still host multiple small sites on my BlueHost shared hosting account today – if you wish to read my user experience and opinion, follow the link below.
Rose Hosting (http://www.rosehosting.com/) – a Missouri-based hosting company. I’m still working on the review on RoseHosting but you can, however, enjoy a recurring 25% discount on their shared and VPS hosting plans using coupon code ‘WHSR’. So far the web host is passing the uptime test with flying colors; attached is the uptime chart for Rose Hosting for the past 30/7/1 day(s) – you can see that they are pretty reliable and consistent.
HostMonster’s (http://www.hostmonster.com/) low uptime record is mainly due to an internal server error (I have no idea what happened) that occurred last Sunday. The test site went down for more than 9 hours in the midnight and went back online by itself in the morning.
My HostMonster account is expiring this May and I am considering to cancel my subscription and stop tracking the host. In case you have a site hosted on HostMonster and would let us to track your site uptime, please get in touch.