- Unlimited bandwidth in all packages.
- Unlimited email accounts except for the most basic plan.
- 45 daya money back guarantee
- 99.9% uptime
- Useful site-building software
- Good customer service
- Good Sercurity
- Doesn’t offer the best web hosting for large scale businesses.
- Customer service response is slow at times.
- No Windows-based VPS hosting
- Email lacks extra security
On October 22, 2002, Brent Oxley started his company Host Gator in his dorm room at Florida Atlantic University. In February of the next year. HostGator recorded 112 active customers, and one year later in 2014, this number rose to over 1000 active customers. Since its inception, HostGator relocated their headquarters from Boca Raton to Houston and Austin, Texas, taking the majority of its employees. They have also opened several international offices, starting in Canada, and later in China, Brazil, Russia, and Mexico, making its mark as a global company. The company offers a range of services including hosting, domains and virtual private servers. This Hostgator reviews will take a closer look at the services offered, reviewing its strengths and weaknesses.
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HostGator reviews on services offered
HostGator provides three plans for customers to choose from: Hatchling Plan, Baby Cloud, and Business Cloud.
The Hatchling Plan, as the name suggests is the smallest, most limited plan offering a single domain, one click installs and unmetered bandwidth.
This plan serves as the basis for the Baby Cloud but ultimately the Business Cloud has the most features. HostGator offers customers the latest cPanel control panel which is very user-friendly.
Other free features attached to web hosting plans from HostGator include a free website builder, free domain transfer services and unlimited FTP accounts, subdomains and email accounts. HostGator has the best web hosting available to customers at very reasonable prices.
HostGator VPS Review
At HostGator, the company offers three plans under their Virtual Private Servers(VPS): the Snappy 2000, the Snappy 4000 and the Snappy 8000.
There is a weekly off-site backup of your data, a range of site development tools, several website templates, and a script installer.
HostGator also partners with Intel and AMD to ensure their hardware is always up-to-date and efficient. With full root access, the customer has more control over the software to allow custom scripting and installing applications.
With the Cloud plan, there are many services available to the customer such as the rapid load times as a result of the integrated caching system, a dashboard showing real-time statistics on website usage, uptime and global reach, failover which allows your site to be moved between servers to ensure it is always up and running, resource management and data mirroring. HostGator hosting review are evidence to their award-winning service.
The dedicated servers offered by HostGator are excellent for businesses with high traffic web sites who need to have consistently higher levels of uptime, security, and speed.
With this private server, the customer also receives a free cPanel and there is also the option of having a Linux or Microsoft server. With the Microsoft server, there is the Plesk Control Panel and the WebMatrix, while with the Linux OS there is Apache Web Server and FFmpeg Support.
Dedicated servers provide website visitors with a better browsing experience and should be considered by companies looking to make an upgrade to their websites.
Another service offered through the dedicated servers at HostGator is the Codeguard. Nicknamed ‘the website time machine’, Codeguard is a service offered, at an additional cost, by HostGator that allows the customer to restore their website to a previous version from a backup file.
This helps to protect the website from errors in coding or even an attack from hackers or a virus. Codeguard also notifies the webmaster of any unauthorized changes made to the website through a file change monitoring service.
With so much competition, having a downed website is very bad for any business. Getting optimal uptime is the best way to build confidence in your website and encourage more traffic.
Measures have been put in place to ensure that there is 99.9% uptime for websites hosted on their servers, as promised with each product. In the event that customers are not happy with their service.
HostGator has a 24/7 customer service support ready to assist persons with any problems they have. If that doesn’t help and the customer prefers to end the service, they offer a 45-day money back guarantee.
Plans & Pricing
The prices at HostGator are very competitive and they are fairly consistent throughout. They also have specials running at different times on the site to give customers a discounted price.
These prices shown here are not fixed and can be changed at any time. As seen from their products, there are three categories which the products fall into Hatchling, Baby and Business.
With web hosting the prices range from Hatchling $3.95 per month, Baby $5.95 per month and Business at $8.95 per month with discounts applied.
For the Cloud hosting the prices are the same as mentioned previously due to the special discount implemented. The bandwidth ranges from 2GB to 6GB with the Cloud and there is an unmetered bandwidth with the Web hosting in all the packages.
The VPS prices are also on special, ranging from $19.95 per month for the basic package to $39.95 per month for the most comprehensive one.
Pros and Cons
- HostGator hosting provides unlimited bandwidth in all packages.
- There are unlimited email accounts except for the most basic plan.
- The 45-day money back guarantees for customers.
- The promise of 99.9% uptime for websites.
- High security, that is the plus point for Hostgator. You are completely assured of any security issues when using their service.
- HostGator doesn’t offer the best web hosting for large scale businesses.
- The Codeguard service which allows you to restore from previous files is an additional cost.
- The service is good. However, customer service response is slow at times.
- The hosting capabilities do not perform well at times.
Value for Money
With the range of services offered by HostGator, they do give good value and are reasonably priced in comparison to others. It is best suited to smaller companies or individuals website needs. The specials allow almost anyone to purchase their services as it is even more affordable.
With over 20,000 customers by 2009, the affordable prices and the wide range of services at HostGator makes it appealing to a large cross-section of web enthusiasts. Suited more, however, to bloggers, personal websites, and entrepreneurs. It has the facilities to monitor and restore valuable information, user-friendly tools such as the website builder and dashboard. However, it isn’t the best option for large companies. This concludes the HostGator reviews.