I have been dissatisfied with Blue Host for a long time. When I realised that my contract was set to expire in three months I decided to switch to Hostgator instead.
Blue Host was throttling my sites, even though they were all small sites with small visitor numbers. I had always imagined that the process of moving my sites would be a traumatic one, not so.
I was attracted to Hostgator by the good reports I had heard. I can now speak from experience that those reports are perfectly accurate. Support during the transfer process was superb. My questions were all answered by real people in short order.
Hostgator will move one site across for you for free, as long as you use cPanel. I did think that this included all my add-on domains, but it did not. Support did move the four add-on domains that I will be keeping across for $37.
I had to stop working on the sites while the transfer process was happening, only because what I posted might not be transferred. When they were all working perfectly on the new Hostgator servers I just changed the nameservers back at BlueHost. I waited 24 hours for the changes to propagate across the Net and today I am updating all my sites again as ususal.
It was worth paying to avoid stress and hassle. My sites did not have one second of downtime. I still use the exact same backend Dashboard as I used before.
Already I have noticed that all my sites load about three times faster and I have fewer problems uploading pictures.
Cost-wise the two hosts charge about the same. I am very satisfied with my new hosting service and wish I had made the change 3 yeras ago!
Written by Phil Turner, an ex-teacher from Ireland. Phil believes that to succeed in anything you have to help others and share your own knowledge. He makes a living mostly by writing on his own sites, which include HowToMakeExtraMoneyWriting.com and 21CWoman.com.