Newfold Digital Hosting Companies (Formerly EIG): 80 Brands To Stay Clear Of

The same company Newfold Digital (formerly EIG) owns over 80 hosting companies.

Why should you care?

Because their more popular brands like Bluehost and HostGator grew from their affiliate program, not because the service is actually good. The service itself is bare bones with limited resources, a slow architecture with outdated technology, and there’s also a lack of innovation.

Other hosting companies are now adding LiteSpeed servers, NVMe storage, building cache plugins, using dedicated resources, and putting significant effort into improving what most people look for in a host (speed of course). The hosting companies owned by Newfold Digital are simply not up to par with hosts who’ve made a point to put their customers before profits.

Newfold digital hosting companies

 

1. Aggressive Affiliate Programs

I have a love/hate relationship with affiliate marketing.

On one hand, it’s been my career for about 10 years and has made me more money than any other job I’ve had by far.

On the other hand, it’s made online reviews completely biased even if places you wouldn’t expect. “Hosting recommendations” have become a joke because whoever is giving advice is usually associated with a company. And whichever company pays the highest commission is often the one they suggest. And Most times, the person has no clue what they’re talking about.

Newfold Digital brands have always had aggressive affiliate programs. Some people think they’re officially recommended by WordPress when Bluehost clearly pays (a lot) to be there.

Bluehost wordpress hosting affiliate disclaimer

The amount of “how to start a blog” YouTube videos/blog with Bluehost affiliate links is completely insane. Of course you need hosting to start a blog, but the sole focus of of most these articles is monetization. This often involves listing 10+ benefits of Bluehost, yet 0 cons.

How to start a blog bluehost affiliates

Say it with me now: genuinely helpful should come before monetization.

 

2. Slow Infrastructure

Apache Servers

These used to be standard, then LiteSpeed came along.

Apache servers are now one of the slowest servers compared to LiteSpeed and NGINX. You’re also more likely to run into CPU issues  since they can’t handle as many simultaneous visitors with higher memory and CPU consumption. Which is why many hosts are turning to LiteSpeed.

Litespeed vs nginx vs apache

Overcrowded Servers

When too many accounts share the same server, you may not have enough server resources to accommodate anything beyond a simple static website. Newfold Digital brands are known for packing people on their servers (likely an effort to reduce costs), but leads to slower load times.

No Cache Plugin

Many WordPress hosts developed their own cache plugin: SiteGround Optimizer, Cloudways Breeze, and even LiteSpeed Cache for LiteSpeed servers. To my knowledge, no Newfold Digital hosting brand has a cache plugin. This means you will either need to use a free cache plugin (which often doesn’t do a good job addressing core web vitals), or buy a premium cache plugin.

Shared Hosting

Most people know Bluehost/HostGator for their shared hosting. While this isn’t specific to Newfold (except for features included in your plan), shared hosting has a list of disadvantages like overcrowded servers, strict CPU limits, and limited resources for server, email, and storage.

 

3. “Unlimited” Is Not Unlimited

Newfold Digital brands like to use the word “unlimited.”

But if you go through their hosting agreements/policies, it’s not as unlimited as you think. In fact, it can be very limited.

For example, HostGator only includes 100,000 – 200,000 inodes (files) per cPanel on shared hosting plans which is low compared to other similar hosts. This can specifically be a problem if you planned on using their hosting for email as well, since the email files take up lots of inodes.

Hostgator inode limits

Even though they advertise unlimited websites on some plans, have clear limits and use CPU throttling if your account goes over them. How can Bluehost advertise unlimited storage with a max database size of 10GB? Just like most things that are too good to be true, so is “unlimited.”

Inodes 200,000
Database tables 5,000
Database size 10GB
Single database 5GB

 

4. Missing Network Status Pages

Bluehost, HostGator, and other NewFold Digital brands don’t have a network status page showing scheduled maintenance or downtime incidents.

This makes it near impossible to track uptimes especially since most “uptimes tests” mean nothing because they’re usually only testing 1 server/node. Thankfully, third-party sites like Downdetector have a profile for Bluehost and HostGator. Keep in mind they’re only based on user reports, which means there’s really no true way of knowing your uptimes on these hosts.

Bluehost outages downdetector

If you search Twitter for “Bluehost down” or similar, you can see even more user complaints. Bluehost even wrote an apology letter in 2016 when their servers experienced a long outage.

 

5. Low TrustPilot Ratings

TrustPilot is a decent place to get “less” biased reviews with the exception of companies like Hostinger who admitted to writing fake reviews.

Bluehost used to have a 1.5/5 star TrustPilot rating but it looks like Newfold Digital is taking their reviews more seriously. Many of these reviews are solicited by their company’s support team, but asking for reviews is common practice. I still wouldn’t call TrustPilot truly unbiased.

Here are a few hosting brands owned by Newfold Digital:

Newfold digital trustpilot reviews
View Newfold Digital’s TrustPilot profile
Endurance international group trustpilot reviews
View EIG’s TrustPilot profile
Bluehost trustpilot reviews
View Bluehost’s TrustPilot profile
Hostgator trustpilot reviews
View HostGator’s TrustPilot profile
Site5 trustpilot reviews
View Site 5’s TrustPilot profile
Ipage trustpilot reviews
View iPage’s TrustPilot profile

 

6. 3-Year Price Traps + High Renewals

Pricing structures are similar across these hosting companies.

You typically get 1-3 years of a cheaper intro price, then it renews at a higher price. While this is standard with most shared hosting, some Bluehost plans can renew at 338% higher than their intro price. Their regular monthly pricing is written in small text and tucked away in a help page.

Don’t fall into this trap,

I can’t tell you how many people sign up for 3 years then are unhappy with the service or outgrow their plan because they’re getting CPU issues. You’re stuck in a long contract for a hosting plan that’s barely usable. This is how Newfold Digital (and most shared hosts) get you.

Bluehost prices
Bluehost pricing

Renewal Rates:

Plan Basic Plus Choice Plus Pro
12 Month Term 9.99/mo 13.99/mo 18.99/mo 28.99/mo
24 Month Term 9.49/mo 12.99/mo 17.99/mo 27.99/mo
36 Month Term 9.99/mo 13.99/mo 18.99/mo 26.99/mo

 

Join Facebook Groups To Get Real People’s Opinions

You have to be careful here too.

Many groups are controlled by affiliates, brand ambassadors, and hosting companies. Some companies even remove negative posts or ban people who speak negatively about their brand.

The group I recommend is: WP Speed Matters

It’s run by Gijo Varghese. He develops plugins but doesn’t censor posts or promote certain companies like other groups. It’s one of the more genuinely helpful groups (kind of like Gijo).

Final Thoughts

Many people start with these hosts because they don’t know any better. Now that you’ve read this, you can skip them and get a better host elsewhere. I have reviews on quite a few of them.

Cheers,
Tom

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8 thoughts on “Newfold Digital Hosting Companies (Formerly EIG): 80 Brands To Stay Clear Of”

  1. It is interesting that you pointed this out.

    However, I just checked Trustpilot site for these sites, and it seems like there are many good reviews now for these hosts.

    Do you know if these hosts actually improve their quality and services?

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    • They are just taking reviews more seriously and I’m guessing they’re asking more customers to leave a review. I still wouldn’t use them.

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  2. Thank you. I have done two searches on who a site is actually run by after the blogger/writer sung the praises of Bluehost. On both instances even though they pushed Bluehost, they were not run by Bluehost. Do they care if there are disgruntled readers who wasted their time and money on BH,no, because some of them make tens of thousands a month in commissions.

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