HostGator is a Houston based web hosting company and is considered to be the largest in the world with over 9 million domain names hosted. HostGator is founded by Brent Oxley in 2002 and was later acquired by Endurance International Group (EIG). The company offers a broad range of services with affordable prices.
HostGator offers VPS hosting, reseller plans and dedicated servers. It provides web hosting, domain name registration, website builder tools and web design at a very reasonable price.
Service highlights: free domain name
: unlimited storage
: unlimited bandwidth
: cPanel/WHM control panels
: and other free extras
HostGator is flexible and aimed at the semi-technical user. There are several IP addresses available per dedicated server account with an updated hardware which includes Intel Xeon Quad-core processor and a large amount of RAM. The company balances quality, performance and pricing.
If you are looking for hassle-free ASP.NET support, then HostGator is the one for you. It is able to offer managed support and Window-based operating system.
HostGator provides 99.9% uptime guarantee which makes it the most recommended in web hosting. It has a user friendly control panel which is beneficial to users who are new in installing web scripts such as WordPress. The control panel is user-friendly, functional and simple.
It has unlimited databases and emails, disk storage and bandwidth. However, it lacks the free domain perk. HostGator is fast and easy with up to 2.5 faster page load speeds than other web servers making it an excellent investment. And it allows free use of Weebly website for easy site building. A large number of themes are made available with pre-built sections, for clients to craft their own site and publish it in no time. Transfer of domain registration is also made easy for clients to be able to manage the portfolio in one convenient area.
It provides a month of hosting plans for as low as $2.75 per month. The packages available includes Baby Plan, which offers an unlimited number of domains, bandwidth and disc space. The Hatchling Plan has unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disc space under a single domain. The Business Plan offers unlimited disc space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited number of domains plus a free SSL Certificate and an IP address. The billing is flexible because you can sign up for as short as 3 months depending on the needs of the customer. It also has a 45-day money back guarantee for every unsatisfied customer with no risk of losing any money. The customer service is highly efficient and is always available 24/7. However, there are complaints that complaint emails are being moved to another server rack whenever users are caught in the traffic. The security team is always working hard to keep your site safe from viruses, hackers and Malwares. It provides free automated backups but charges a fee for the restore.
HostGator is a good choice if you will be operating on several websites. It offers good performance on a budget.