HostMonster (Bluehost sister company) is the first US web hosting that I use. Follow by HostGator and Just Host. HostMonster serves me well for the past 3 years. Past 2 years were great, no major issue. But faced quite some DB server down issue lately and got suspended for high CPU usage last week. Moved out spBlogger.com to HostGator and PrettyGirl2u.com to Just Host and JayceOoi.com remains at HostMonster.
HostGator vs. HostMonster vs. Just Host ~ all of them are unlimited shared web hosting. Most of the shared web hosting use ‘unlimited’ disk space and bandwidth as the marketing tool. But there is no such thing is unlimited for the cheap price that you pay. Make sure that you read term and conditions fine print…
Both HostMonster and Just Host have 50,000 files backup limit while HostGator offers 100,000 files backup limit. They will not backup any of your files if the backup limit is reached.
We love free stuffs. Both HostMonster and Just Host offer free domain but nothing from HostGator.
Future upgrade? Only HostGator provides VPS and dedicated server packages. So choose wisely else be prepared to have headache when do migration. I asked by HostMonster to move out JayceOoi.com when it hit high CPU usage limit.
Speed performance? Hard to benchmark unless you have exact website on each of the shared web hosting. But you can have a look with WebPagetest. spBlogger.com on HostGator, PrettyGirl2u.com on Just Host and JayceOoi.com on HostMonster (for the moment until I move it out to VPS).
Hmm… What else should I cover here? Let me know if you want to know anything extra.
Most of the hosting has discount coupon. Make sure that you search for them on the Internet before you sign up anyone of them.