A brief introduction to Yoast, Joost or whatever way you pronounce his name: well known for his WordPress SEO plugin — WordPress SEO, Yoast blogs at yoast.com.
Chances are you have already got his SEO plugin installed. I use and recommend this SEO plugin to all the readers and in fact, it is one of the first items in our website launch checklist.
If you are a major fan of his blog, you might not like this post as we are poles apart on our views of Hostgator.
Hostgator is bad, someone tweeted me this morning while I was having my tea.
A while ago, I came across quite a nasty post from Yoast discussing how bad Hostgator was. Yoast’s entire post is based upon a tweet and some other exchange of emails.
I certainly do not think Hostgator is perfect but I have personally found them quite a reliable hosting company and have hosted thousands of sites on their shared plans hence can’t help but think that this is merely an isolated incident of poor support. Yoast has somehow managed to leverage his hatred based on this incident and take it upon himself to advise everyone to stay away from this company.
Yoast’s whinge of Hostgator not supporting his plugin and wordfence doesn’t add up since I have been using both these plugins on all my sites and ironically enough, HostGator itself recommends Yoast’s SEO plugin and lists it under ‘Resource friendly plugins’.
So what does Yoast recommend?
I was quite interested in what Yoast’s recommendation for hosting will be and I was quite surprised to see WPengine and Dreamhost in the list. Both of which have a pretty dirty record and have a bad rep for being dodgy. I have seen Dreamhost’s services first hand via a client and it was a nightmare. They had trouble hosting our couple of sites. Apparently our sites were using resources in abundance. So much that their ‘procwatch daemon’ had to stop it. Of course, they were very modest to inform us that – Procwatch is a daemon that runs constantly on our shared servers to monitor the usage of RAM/CPU and execution time so that no single user can use so much of the server’s resources that other user’s sites start to suffer.
This was of course followed by constant subtle nudges to ‘upgrade’ to the private hosting.
Dreamhost’s Premium Paid Live Chat
Want Live Support with Dreamhost? No problems, pay $9.95/month for it. In comparison, the “bad hosting” company — Hostgator, offers Live support for free. Sure, you have to wait for it but it is worth it. Most of the time they know their stuff and don’t attempt to baffle you with jargon.
WPEngine — the self-proclaimed experts.
I haven’t had any problems with wpengine personally but just out of curiosity, I wanted to investigate if they’re clean. It turns out that they are worse. They charge you about 1200% more than what Hostgator, Bluehost or any other shared hosting is charging. Matthew Woodward posted a marathon review of his nightmare of an experience with wpengine. In this review, Matthew shares his pain by mentioning & hence providing a lot of evidence for the following items:
The review goes on to show the general client treatment by wpengine. Self made-up fancy wordpress terms to irritate baffle the clients.
Roundup — So who is the best hosting?
There is no such thing as the best hosting but WPEngine and Dreamhost, as suggested by Yoast, are certainly not good contendors. For Hostgator customers, such negative posts are actually good theoretically, since less customers equate to more computing resources available.
As many people have already advised Yoast, it would be helpful if he could provide a solution to his users when they reach out to him rather than publicly bash one company in particular for not providing the support for his plugin the way he expects and endorse expensive hostings who have a pretty dirty track record.
Hostgator isn’t perfect but it’s pretty close to it for the people who are looking for a rock-solid shared hosting that won’t cost them $99/month. They have an awesome live chat support and you don’t have to pay extra for it.