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If you’re looking for a web host that isn’t owned by EIG (the Endurance International Group), then this article is for you. With so many hosts being owned by EIG, it’s can be difficult to identify the best non-EIG hosts. Relax; we’ve done the legwork for you. Let’s cut to the chase:
The top three non-EIG hosting companies we recommend are People’s Host, Siteground and A2 Hosting. They are all cheap, safe, have excellent customer service and include cPanel and Softaculous in their shared hosting plans. I’ll give you a little more info about each:
People’s Host is a non-EIG host which is a little newer than the other two below, so you may not have heard quite as much about People’s Host before. I’ve been using their hosting services myself and am very impressed with the performance, low pricing, and excellent customer service.
A major reason I recommend them is the affordable options for SSL: a now-critical factor with the upcoming Chrome updates soon to be labeling http-only sites as insecure. For those of us with multiple domains, SSL costs can add up fast. But unlike many other hosts, People’s Host offers the option to allow use of an SSL certificate you purchased cheaply elsewhere – they’ll install it for you though for security reasons. Most other hosts instead insist that you purchase your SSL cert from them for shared hosting (you also have that option available on People’s Host). FYI: People’s Host is one of the rare shared hosts that I could find that supports SSL certificates from the free Let’s Encrypt project (while still fulfilling all of our other requirements of being legitimate, high-quality, offering cheap price points, and with cPanel and Softaculous included in all shared hosting plans).
Siteground is a non-EIG host who prides itself on offering top quality hosting with fast load times. A big reason I like SiteGround is their excellent account isolation (i.e. protecting your sites from your neighbor’s sites on shared hosting plans). Unfortunately, not all hosts implement account isolation correctly, and if you have multiple sites then it’s even more important that your account is protected from your neighbor’s.
Also, SiteGround actually offers much more up to date hack protection than most other hosts; as an example SiteGround patched the WordPress WP Touch vulnerability and the Joomla VirtueMart loophole much faster than many other hosts.
Like People’s Host, Siteground is one of just a few web hosts which supports the Let’s Encrypt project free SSL’s on shared hosting. With the upcoming changes in the Chrome browser, this feature is a huge advantage for those with many sites.
SiteGround also boasts a very fast response time for customer service. These are the reasons I recommend Siteground as a safe, cheap, reputable non-EIG host.
If you’re looking for versatile CMS-friendly hosting that isn’t owned by EIG, then A2 Hosting is where you want to be. Even if you’re simply installing a ready-made open-source software package, A2 shared hosting comes standard with some of the PHP extensions that many packages need but that not all hosting companies provide. In particular, at the time of writing this article, A2’s shared hosting comes with the MySQLi extension (mysql improved), GD and FreeType, and the Multibyte string extension ( -enable-mbstring ). These are popular PHP extensions that are necessary for certain less-common types of CMS that you might want to install, but these extensions don’t come standard with all hosts.
I would definitely recommend A2 Hosting as a fast, safe, non-EIG host that can handle all kinds of CMS. If you’re a domainer and/or dealing with multiple sites then this will be applicable to you.
If you’re seeking non-EIG hosting, then People’s Host, Siteground or A2 Hosting are my top three recommendations for their quality, speed and features. As an added bonus, they all come at a cheap price point.