The Who, What, When of Endurance International Group (EIG)
In this post we are going to take a closer look on the big conglomerates that took over dozens of hosting companies for the past few years – the Endurance International Group – EIG.
In case you are not aware – EIG is probably the biggest player in today’s web hosting industry. The company was first founded as a web hosting company in 1996 and is HQ in Burlington, Massachusetts. in 2011, EIG was acquired by Accel-KKR and GS Capital Partners for an undisclosed amount.
Today, the company is listed on NASDAQ and valued at $1.32 billion (trading at $8.95 – $9.30 range today).
At this time of writing, EIG has more than 70 web hosting brands under its umbrella (more on this shortly) and 4.9 million paying customers from all over the world.
In short, they are really, really huge.
However, looking at the company’s recent financial result, the company is at revenue of $287.8 million with a net loss of $2.0 million for the second quarter of 2018.
Total subscribers on EIG platform at June 30, 2018 were approximately 4.918 million, compared to approximately 5.217 million subscribers at June 30, 2017 and approximately 5.011 million
subscribers at March 31, 2018.
Hosting Companies and Brands under EIG
Endurance International Group – or EIG for short – umbrellas over approximately 60 companies, many of which are web hosting companies.
The following is a list of companies along with their respective EIG acquisition dates (where available).
- A Small Orange – 2012
- Arvixe – 2014
- Berry Information Systems L.L.C.
- Bluehost – 2011
- Directi – 2014
- Escalate Internet
- HostGator – 2012
- Hostnine – 2012
- HostMonster – 2011
- Host with Me Now
- Intuit Websites
- iPage – 2009
- IX Web Hosting – 2015
- JustHost – 2011
- Networks Web Hosting
- SEO Hosting
- Southeast Web
- SuperGreen Hosting
- Website Builder
- Webstrike Solutions
- Webzai – 2014
* Note: Hyperlinks are pointing to our review on the respective hosting brands.
* Also check out Michael’s list of 80+ EIG brands here: http://researchasahobby.com/full-list-eig-hosting-companies-brands/
Is EIG’s hosting brands any good?
Well, the company has some definite pluses – take, for example, it’s A+ rating on BBB.
BBB’s reason of ratings
- Length of time business has been operating.
- Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
- Response to 365 complaint(s) filed against business.
- Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
- BBB has sufficient background information on this business.
However – given the fact that I am affiliated to a number of hosting brands under its management – I will leave it to you to decide.
Not all EIG brands are the same
Like them or not – it’s important to understand that not all Endurance brands are the same.
Every acquisition comes with some risk and uncertainty – and, as some may expect, some of the EIG brands were “left for dead” while the conglomerate continued to grow and pour investments into other areas.
I was historically a fan of JustHost and BlueHost – however, I’ve seen a big drop in the quality of support at JustHost. Conversely, however, BlueHost has continued to thrive under its new management. In fact, BlueHost’s website has been completely revamped and the host is continuing to expand – and even hiring new staff.
Of course, these are just two examples – and when it comes to shopping for a host, you should always be careful and do thorough research before making your decision.
Non-EIG Hosting Brands
Just in case you prefer something else – here are a few non-EIG hosting companies that I recommend (click link to read my review).
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