Hostgator Web Hosting Review

Posted by Diya on March 14, 2011 in Review

URL Reviewed : Hostgator

In order to run a website, you need domain hosting as well as web hosting. There are several web hosting solutions out there and now-a-days, the prices for web hosting have become dirt cheap with excellent service. I’ve been using Hostgator for over 3 years now and thought I would let the world know what I thought about Hostgator.

 

Brief History of Hostgator:

HostGator was founded in early 2002 in Boca Raton, Florida by Brent Oxley. It was started in his dorm room in college. Brent dropped out of college to pursue HostGator full time, and now its gone from a few dozen customers to over 225,000! HostGator was ranked by Inc. Magazine in 2009 to be the #239 fastest growing private company in America, #6 out of all businesses in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area of Texas, and #20 in HostGator’s category of Business Products & Services across the country.

HostGator is the 230th most visited sites in the world and 124th in the United States according to Alexa. It is definitely one of the largest full scale web hosting providers in the world.

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Which Plan to Chose :

Many people get confused with which plan to chose. At the bottom of the page, you’d find a comparison chart between the 3 available plans – Hatching, Baby and Business.  In brief, I suggest going with baby plan because it allows multiple domains and you will anyway be creating multiple websites.

Features and Highlights :

  • 45-Day Full Money Back Guarantee + Prorated After That
  • Superior Customer Support – In fact, in my opinion, they have the best customer support. They provide 24/7 support, through tickets/email, chat, phone and forums. They also have no outsourced support at all, everything is done in house.
  • cPanel Control Panel : They use the hugely popular CPanel. CPanel beats the other control panels in terms of speed, features, and user friendliness. My advice to you is to always choose CPanel or vDeck as your control panel. Your hosting experience relies heavily on what control panel you are using. Unlike other hosts who never provide you with the demo of their control panel, HostGator makes the demo available to you! Their custom CPanel theme is so beautiful that I am sure you will love it at first sight.
  • They Will Help You To Move Your Site from another webhosting. This is unlike other webhosting companies out there.
  • 130% Green – HostGator has purchased certified Renewable Energy Credits (REC) representing 130% of the electricity used to power and cool all their servers. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) allow any customer, anywhere in the country to support renewable energy generation.  For every REC purchased, one megawatt-hour (MWh, or 1000 kilowatt-hours) of renewable electricity is generated and delivered to the power grid.
  • Management & Employees – HostGator management team are made up of employees who have been with the company since early 2005 and 2006. All of them work directly at HostGator Office in Houston, Texas.  HostGator has over 400 employees, with a large amount of industry veterans from the hosting field. They are growing so rapidly that they expect to add another 200 employees in the next 2 years. Not only that they are able to retain their customers for a long time, they are also able to retain their staff for a long time, showing that they are really a well run business.

Conclusion : Get Hostgator and you’ll never regret your decision.

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