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Comparing the Best Shared Linux(PHP) Hosting Companies in 2012 HostGator Vs Godaddy First I signed up with Godaddy’s Deluxe hosting and was thrilled with their service. Godaddy came with 64MB ram with 48GB of available memory (probably the computer memory). Any hosting company is fine as long as you don't use complicated services and lot of traffic. I would recommend Hostgator for complicated and multiple website hosting. Process Limit: Most sites will work perfectly with a 25 concurrent processes limit. Processes open and close so quickly that they hardly ever overlap. For a start up company, this limit should work fine. If you are exceeding the limit, this could be caused by your mail client (Thunderbird, Mac mail, Outlook, etc.) checking for emails too many times in an hour or huge Mysql table with lot of resource consuming queries. Once this is hit, the server stores the check as a process to be handled after the 30 checks reset. However, more requests from your mail client keep coming. Therefore, more and more processes are stored until they hit the 25 process limit and thereafter brings your site down with a 500 error message. Here is what you need to do: Close the mail client right away to see the site load back up. Closing the client will clear all the processes. Open the client again and look for the setting on how often it is checking the server for more emails. Set this to no less than 10 minutes apart. Hostgator allows maximum of 25 mysql connection simultaneously. If you having 5 domains, then its 25 connection each domain, and total of 125 connections. Hostgator allows maximum of 25% CPU usage limit. 25 simultaneous mysql connection is a lot. Basically a forum with 300-400 active members, would only hit this 25 simultaneous connection once a while. Basically, choose to host optimized forum script. I strongly recommend vbulletion forum, instead of phpBB, IPB, or SMF board. For the CPU usage, its rare that you hit the 25% cpu usage. Unless your site is script intensive and require more logic processing or in another word process intensive. Another question is regarding flash download site, will it hit this quota. Very unlikely, because flash file is downloaded to user browser and play from browser. This making use of the bandwidth only. However when you hit the cpu usage quota or when you hit the usage limit. There is always a trick to run around it. Most commonly suggested tricks is to turn off the awstat that come with your cpanel. Note that awstat and other tracking tools used up quit some number of cpu and mysql connection. By turning this off, you gain more resource for use. Optimizing the mysql table: Every now and then it is recommended to perform database or table optimization. For table sizes bigger than 100MB, it might take longer to optimize. In such cases it is better to perform optimization when there is less traffic. Remember that while optimizing a table in one database can affect all the websites in your cPanel (but not sure if it affects all the databases/websites of other users in the same server). File (ionode) Limits: An inode is a data structure used to keep information about a file on your hosting account. The number of inodes indicates the number of files and folders you have. This includes everything on your account, emails, files, folders, anything you store on the server. Shared and Reseller There is currently a limit of 100k/250k inodes on our shared accounts. What is the 100k/250k inode limit? Shared and Reseller servers only allow 100,000 files per cPanel. This is a "Soft limit" meaning that while the limit is reached, you will still be able to upload files. However once the account passes the 100,000 file threshold it will no longer be included in our weekly backups. Additionally, if the account happens to exceed 250,000 files then it will be in violation of their Terms of Service and can result in possible suspension. HostGator allows a maximum of 25% CPU usage limit. You may exceed this limit for no longer than 90 seconds. It is unlikely that you hit the 25% CPU usage. Unless your site is script intensive and requires more processing. Here are some valuable tricks to lessen your CPU usage. Reduce your number of banners and ads from other sites. Avoid using too many scripts, and do not force html to handle server-side code (like php and shtml). Avoid using https protocol as much as possible; encrypting and decrypting communications is noticeably more CPU-intensive than unencrypted communications. Flash, video, audio, and image files are downloaded to the browser. This uses bandwidth only. Comparison of major hosting companies (Godaddy vs Hostgator) Ping speed: Ping speed for Godaddy is around 95 to 110 ms Ping speed for Hostgator is around 55 to 70 ms This shows Hostgator is far better than Godaddy. Uptime History: All companies promise 99.99% although it is practically not fair to rate a hosting company purely on this unless breakdown happens frequently. Godaddy's servers failed to resolve the ip addresses on September 10th, 2012. Right from emails to websites didn't work for millions of websites. cPanel Hosting: Godaddy's shared hosting did not come with cPanel but many companies prefer to have cPanel hosting. Hostgator comes with one cPanel for a shared hosting. MySQL Database: Godaddy provides external or local server to create the databases. Having external database can be useful in some scenarios since it allows ip address to access a database. Godaddy's phpMyAdmin doesn't allow to rename the databases. That means, once you created a test database, you couldn't rename it to production database. It also takes like up to 5 minutes to resolve the server if hosted on external server. It asks for login to every database and manageability was very difficult. Godaddy also limits to 25 databases per plan. Hostgator offers phpMyAdmin that is just local (localhost) but offers renaming capabilities too. Although I liked Godaddy's way initially, it is much easier and efficient to use hostgators MySQL. They just have two interfaces, one for creating databases and assigning users and other for phpMyAdmin to manage the databases. Hostgator supports unlimited databases per plan File Storage: Godaddy supports up to 150GB of storage. Hostgator supports unlimited storage as per their website. Hostgator sounds superior right? You are Wrong. The reality is hostgator limits to 250,000 ionodes which might include even emails, folders, files, etc., But Godaddy is really honest on this and definitely a better choice for people who is looking for storage. Backup Plan: Godaddy is really amazing and not sure how they could really take backups everyday. I think they store up to 30 days of data. We are really unsure how they were able to perform daily backups. Their restore process is done with click of a button. This is an unbelievable feature that no hosting company can even think of offering or beat this functionality. Hostgator does weekly backup if the ionodes is less than 100,000. Hostgator allows manual backups to ftp to your local computer. But the major drawback is it doesn't allow to save the backup plan which is really a turn off with that feature. Even scheduling backup to your local computer is not possible. This can be handled in different way by running a ftp backup software locally. But the not a good way if you have more files with hostgator. Running a backup plan on hostgator's server is definitely efficient as they can be compressed. Personal Storage: Godaddy is really unbeatable on this. They allow daily personal file backup to their servers from your computer. I was able to backup 350 MB data everyday and no warning emails from them. Best of all they were even backing up all the files without any problem. Make sure you deny the search engine crawling by modifying the .htaccess file. Also compress, zip and encrypt the personal file prior to uploading just to be on the safe side. Storing ridiculous amount of personal data will be a violation as per hostgator's terms of service. This is obviously understandable. Features: Godaddy is fine for most websites. They come with just 64 MB memory although their servers have about 48 GB of RAM. They can display a maximum of 50 files in one page and it is not so easy to work on the website files. Hostgator is definitely superior on this as their interface is far superior than Godaddy's. They come with 256 MB of available memory per cPanel which is really good. Zend and ioncube support: Godaddy is little complicated when it comes to zend and ioncube support. Although is supports them you need to install ioncube and tweek your php5.ini for each website. Zend Guard Loader and ioncube are natively supported by Hostgator. But Zend optimizer might need little work. They will recommend you to upgrade to VPS plan instead of shared plan but just send them an email (create a ticket) that your website is not working. Technical Support: Godaddy really sucks here. They were unable to support on website transfers but give only suggestions. Hostgator rocks with their technical knowledge. They can do some basic(I felt advanced) trouble shooting on your php or htaccess scripts. Best of all they have chat support, cPanel ticket system (email support) and phone support. Chat support is enough to really praise them as high as possible. Website Transfers: Godaddy offers little or no help in website transfers. Hostgator has a website transfer page. For me they moved two of my websites for free although they offer only one for free as per their website. Ease of Use: Hostgator is really better and easy to use as it uses cPanel. With Godaddy you need to navigate to different pages to do different things such as DNS, Files, Domains, MySQL, etc., Price Locking: Godaddy allows up to 10 years (two 5 years) of hosting. They are able to lock their plan for $5.94 /month for 10 years and deliver amazing storage along with web hosting. Hostgator allows to lock only up to 3 years with up to 25% off on their hosting. Conclusion: Godaddy should work well for most people. I would personally go with Godaddy if I need more storage of personal files and basic web hosting. Hostgator is best for web hosting for many people just for their speed, features, technical support, memory and ease of use. If you want to host your company website and need to store personal files, just go with Godaddy's hosting. If you want to host affiliate, adsense, dynamic and commercial websites, definitely go with hostgator's hosting.

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