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.
In this post we are going to take a closer look on the big conglomerates that took over dozens of hosting companies for the past few years – the Endurance International Group – EIG.
In case you are not aware – EIG is probably the biggest player in today’s web hosting industry. The company was first founded as a web hosting company in 1996 and is HQ in Burlington, Massachusetts. in 2011, EIG was acquired by Accel-KKR and GS Capital Partners for an undisclosed amount. Today, the company is listed on NASDAQ and valued at $2.24 billion (trading at $17.06 -17.72 range today).
At this time of writing, EIG has more than 60 web hosting brands under its umbrella (more on this shortly) and 3.8 million paying customers from all over the world.
However, looking at the company’s recent financial result, EIG is losing more than $40 million for the first nine months in 2014 (out of $457.9 million in revenue).
Endurance International Group – or EIG for short – umbrellas over approximately 60 companies, many of which are web hosting companies. The latest two newcomers to the list are Arvixe and Webzai, both acquisitions were announced in the company’s Q3 financial report.
The following is a list of companies along with their respective EIG acquisition dates (where available).
Update: Also check out Michael’s list of 80+ EIG brands here: http://researchasahobby.com/full-list-eig-hosting-companies-brands/
* Note: Hyperlinks are pointing to our review on the respective hosting brands.
Well, the company has some definite pluses – take, for example, it’s A+ rating on BBB.
BBB’s reason of ratings
- Length of time business has been operating.
- Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
- Response to 365 complaint(s) filed against business.
- Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
- BBB has sufficient background information on this business.
However – given the fact that I am affiliated to a number of hosting brands under its management – I will leave it to you to decide.
Like them or not – it’s important to understand that not all Endurance brands are the same.
Every acquisition comes with some risk and uncertainty – and, as some may expect, some of the EIG brands were “left for dead” while the conglomerate continued to grow and pour investments into other areas.
Personally, I was historically a fan of Hostgator and BlueHost – however, I’ve seen a big drop in the quality of support at Hostgator since EIG took over (as I mentioned in my review). Conversely, however, BlueHost has continued to thrive under its new management. In fact, BlueHost’s website has been completely revamped and the host is continuing to expand – and even hiring new staff.
Of course, these are just two examples – and when it comes to shopping for a host, you should always be careful and do thorough research before making your decision.
Just in case you prefer something else – here are a few non-EIG hosting companies that I recommend (click link to read my review).
What is your experience so far with Endurance’s web hosting services so far? Please share with us in the comment section below.