In my ongoing saga for finding a good, stable webhost for my websites, I have found a new snag.
HostGator web hosting comes recommended highly from A TON of different WordPress bloggers as not just a great web host, but a good WordPress web host.
Only, here is the thing. It is now WAY after midnight and I have just found out that the way HostGator’s servers are setup, any WordPress theme using an open source image resizing script called TimThumb will not work. HostGator apparently blocks the method TimThumb uses to display the resized images. The ONLY fix for the problem is to contact HostGator support and read them precise instructions and and programming language code from some website so that they can allow TimThumb to work.
Before you decide this is no big deal, just realize that almost EVERY theme out there that automatically generates thumbnails uses TimThumb either directly, or by calling it from inside of its own code. Either way, if you want automatic thumbnail generation for your WordPress blog, find another host, because this is really annoying.
On the other hand, if you love talking to customer service or cutting and pasting code that you don’t understand in order to blindly ask HostGator to open up some sort of security in your hosting account, be my guest. Otherwise, it looks like I’m off to find another web host to try out.