BackupBuddy: Hosts

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The information contained here is for shared hosting accounts unless specified otherwise.


  • Servers sometimes overloaded causing browsing sites hosted on them to take a very long time to load or time out.


  • Problems reported with sites above 450mb (with zip compression on; off increases limit).


Overall BlueHost hosting seems to be somewhat hit or miss. Many customers have found that BlueHost is slow and often returns 404 and 500 server error messages for no reason periodically. These can not only cause a bad experience for viewers of your site but also break BackupBuddy backup functionality. Though in general BackupBuddy should work the lack of consistency among the experiences of users of this host results in us not being able to recommend this host.

PHP memory limit is 128MB at MOST. This is low. Hostgator for example provides 256MB which is double.


On the boards, a few people have complained about BackupBuddy timing out during backup. To resolve this, support recommends editing your php.ini file to change max execution time to 600.

According to response from tech support these are the limits on how long a process can run before being killed off and are based on whether the customer has a dedicated IP address or uses the shared address.

  • Apache/Web (HTML/PHP/Downloads): With Dedicated IP: 12 Hours | Without: 10 Minutes (up from 5 minutes)
  • SSH/Shell: With Dedicated IP: 2 Hours | Without: 1 Hour
  • Cron Jobs: With Dedicated IP: 30 Minutes | Without: 30 Minutes
  • Deamons: With Dedicated IP: Unlimited | Without: 10 Minutes



  • Extremely slow.
  • No cPanel (uses custom system)
  • No native command-line zip. BackupBuddy will enter the slower, less reliable compatibility mode.
  • Problems reported with sites above 22mb (with zip compression on; off increases limit) due to slow processing.
    • Can create a custom php.ini to extend PHP timeout to increase BackupBuddy run-time.




  • Custom control panel. Some changes take up to hours to take effect.
  • Slow site load times on some servers.
  • Some servers overloaded not leaving processing power for backups.
  • System actively kills any PHP process working too hard or too long (ie backups).



  • Fast. Command-line zip available for best BackupBuddy experience.
  • CPanel.
  • Top technical support.



  • Slow page loads.
  • Problems reported with sites above 85mb (with zip compression on; off increases limit).


Minimal issues.

Told a customer that they don't support linux command line zip.


Minimal issues.

Rackspace Cloud Hosting

  • Currently fails path/directory detection preventing backups.
  • We are working with Rackspace to try and get this issue resolved.