I discovered something pretty sneaky about HostGator web hosting. Hostgator parks domain names which are using their DNS (domain name system) if you are not using your domains.
What happened the other day was I was trying to create a subdomain for this blog and Singing Dogs to use on Tumblr. I recently deleted my Facebook account since I want to focus on other social networks, like Tumblr. The nice thing about Tumblr is that sharing is very quick, fluid, and part of the ecosystem and links are DoFollow. (Unlike Facecrook run by Mark Fuckerberg.) To get the maximum SEO (search engine optimization) benefit out of using a Tumblr blog it's best to setup a subdomain. Lots of startups nowadays host company blogs on subdomains on Tumblr for the SEO benefits and due to the fact content is much more likely to get shared readily.
As I was trying to add a CNAME record to create the subdomain at my domain name registrar, something must have went wrong. I checked the main domain, AdamYamada.com, and saw this website was being parked.
For those that don't know what domain parking is, it is essentially displaying ads on a domain name instead of putting up a blog, forum, or website with content. The domain owner hopes visitors will click on displayed ads, earning them revenue. Domain parking is a big industry and something that earns a lot of people good money, but a hosting company shouldn't be doing this in my opinion. If you are going to route DNS anywhere it should be to at least advertise your web hosting offerings. Even if you have domain names you are not doing anything with I think domain parking sucks.
If you land on a subdomain that doesn't exsist or you haven't setup, HostGator will display a 404 error page advertising their hosting. It's just weird they do it on a main domain name since most other hosting companies would at least display an error page to let you know something went wrong, instead of trying to earn money. What's fucked up about this is the fact that HostGator shouldn't be making money off customer's domains parking them. When I got on the phone with HostGator support today I was going to tell the service representative off, but it wasn't worth my time.
I am seriously inclined to move backed to Site5 after this domain parking incident. I've also been having error issues which HostGator blamed on caching but I know that isn't the issue.
Let's not forget the major outage at the Provo, Utah datacenter which took out customer's websites with BlueHost, JustHost, HostMonster, and HostGator. All companies are owned by Endurance International Group (EIG) which is sort of infamous for buying hosting companies… and then ruining them. HostGator is starting to become like the all other EIG web hosts, crap!