|Best for||New Startups|
|Support||24/7 Live Chat, Phone, email and Knowledgebase.|
|Free Domain||1 Year|
|Hosting Plans||WordPress Hosting, Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Reseller Hosting|
|Data Center Location||Provo, Utah, and Houston, Texas|
|Pricing||Starting at $2.75/mo|
|Website Migration||1 website transfer is free|
|Payment Methods||Credit cards and PayPal|
|Features||Unlimited Disk Storage, Unlimited Domain Hosting, Free Domain Name, Linux server only – perfect for WordPress, No SSL Certificate Limit, Limited to 25% use of server resources, Maximum of 500 outgoing emails per hour per domain, 30 POP/IMAP checks per hour, weekly backups, Add-on Domains, Parked Domains, Subdomains, cPanel Account Control Panel, FTP Access, MySQL Databases|
HostGator is a popular Shared, Reseller, VPS, and Dedicated web hosting company.
In 2002, Brent Oxley founded HostGator. The Headquarters of Hostgator is in Houston, Texas, United States. In addition to the United States, they have offices in many countries around the world. After 10 years of successful business, Endurance International Group acquired Hostgator in 2012.
Hostgator currently has over 2 million active subscribers. HostGator gives you 99.9% uptime guarantee. They offer 24/7/365 customer support through live chat, Phone, knowledgebase and Twitter.
Pros of Hostgator
Very good Uptime
You can find out how long your website will be live through Uptime. You must know about Uptime before purchasing hosting. Because the success of your business depends on it. If your goes stays down frequently then your customers may get annoyed and leave your website forever. As a result, you may lose customers.
HostGator guarantees you 99.9% Uptime. Also in the list above you can observe their Uptime report for the last 12 months. SO you can use their service without any doubt.
Last 12 months Uptime
Decent Server Response Time
Server response time plays an vital role for any website. The shorter the server response time, the higher the customer satisfaction. If the server response time is low, your page load will be much faster.
The content of the page also affects the page load time. Content that contains a lot of images takes more time to load.
You can see in the picture, Hostgator’s server response time is very good. This means that the speed of your website will be much better.
Free site migration
HostGator shared plans includes a full cPanel transfer. So you can transfer files, databases, scripts, and even a domain name over for you. If you have multiple subdomain, you can also transfer these. There is a condition here. This free migration is only available for the newbie how sign up recently (30 days period).
But if you purchase reseller plans you will be able to migrate up to 30 website without any cost.
Forty-five (45) day money-back guarantee
In my opinion this is a huge advantage for you. Because most hosting companies have a 30 day money back guarantee. But Hostgator is an exception in this respect. By this they mean that they are very confident in retaining the customer.
45 day money back guarantee only applies to managed shared, VPS, and reseller hosting services. After 45 days of use you will continue if you think their service is the best. And if you don’t like it, you can cancel your contract. They will refund you. There is a condition here that you will only get back the hosting cost. But domain registration fee, administrative fee, software installation fee or any other set up fee will not be refunded.
To cancel the account, you need to apply to HostGator Support Team. You will then receive a refund within 90 days of termination.
If you buy dedicated servers for your website then you will not be eligible for the refunds. Because Hostgator’s forty-five (45) day money-back guarantee policy does not apply to dedicated server buyers.
The HostGator support team is very sincere and proactive in resolving any issues related to hosting. Through live chat you can inform their representatives about your problem. They will answer all your questions immediately. You can also contact them by phone, email, knowledge base and Twitter.
Their knowledgebase resource includes FAQs, articles, videos and tutorials. So these resources will meet your query. They have a forum where users can ask question.
Cons of Hostgator
Higher renewal Fees
Most hosting providers offer low price hosting plan or domain in the first year to attract customers. But when you go to renew, you will see that the renewal fee is much higher. HostGator is no exception. For example, if you purchase a domain for $12.95, you will have to pay $17.99 to renew it. In case of hosting, you can start with just $2.75/mo but when it’s time to renew this rate will be $6.95/mo.
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Site Security Features of Hostgator
HostGator is very serious about the security of their customer’s website. They have set an extensive custom firewall rule and large mod security rule to protect their datacenter from malicious attacks. They use highly sophisticated HVAC systems. They have backup power sources to face blackouts.
HostGator always audits the passwords of their customers to ensure the security of their accounts. If someone’s password is weak they are asked to update the password. HostGator’s biometric locks and mantrap security also ensures top level security of account.
HostGator uses Brute Force protection to protect their customers’ accounts from hackers. Brute Force limits login attempt. They do malware scans every week. They also have a Malware Removal Guide through which customers can learn how to remove malware.
They have also SiteLock facility to protect your site from malware and malicious attacks. You can buy this security system with $1.99/mo.
HostGator usually do backs up your website every week. They do not charge for this. But if you want to restore the site from backup, you have to pay a fee.
If you need a website backup every day, you need to manage your own backup .
Website Builder Tool
With website builder tool, you can create a website within few minutes. There are over 4000 templates are available from which you can pick a decent template to build a professional website. It is a 5 steps process.
Step 1 – you will be asked to give some basic info of your site. On the basis of your info their AI will design a website.
Step 2 – Insert your own business logo. It is optional but it has huge value. If you cannot create a logo you can use LogoMaker tool.
Step 3 – Add some images that are relevant to your website. Hostgator have a library so you can pick image from this.
Step 4 – At this step you have customize your website as your need. You can change theme colors, develop navigation system, font size and more.
Step 5– it’s time to launch your much awaited website.
CodeGuard is tool that will backup your website daily and protect your website from viruses and hackers. If your own code creates any problem then this tool will rectify this. This plan includes daily automatic backup, 10 GB storage, up to 5 websites, unlimited database and unlimited files.
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Termination Terms (You Must Remember)
Hostgator may completely or partially block your access to the Services at any time. They can delete or confiscate your files, content and domain registration. You must know the reasons so that you will not have to face problems in the future.
1. If you fail to pay the arrears on time,
2. In breach of terms and conditions of contract,
3. If any of your activities cause disrupt Hostgator’s business operations,
4. If you misbehave with Hostgator staff,
5. For legal reasons
Pricing and Plans
Hostgator offers different types of hosting plans,
- Shared Hosting
- WordPress Hosting
- VPS Hosting
- Dedicated Hosting
- Reseller Hosting
- Website builder
- Cloud hosting
- Application hosting
- Windows hosting
Shared Hosting Price (36 months)
Hatchling Plan ($2.75/mo): It is the cheapest plan. If you want to host 1 website then this plan is for you. Hatchling Plan includes unmetered disk space, 1 year free domain, free SSL certificate, free website and domain registration, one-click WordPress installs, 45-day money back guarantee, $150 Google Ads spend match credit, free email, unlimited webmail, unlimited subdomain and FTP accounts.
Baby Plan ($3.50/mo): If you have more than 1 website then you should buy Baby plan. This plan offers some extra facility than Hatchling Plan. This plan includes unmetered disk space, 1 year free domain, free SSL certificate, free website and domain registration, one-click WordPress installs, 45-day money back guarantee, $150 Google Ads spend match credit, free email, unlimited webmail, unlimited subdomain and FTP accounts, Unlimited Add-on/Parked domains.
Business Plan ($5.25/mo): If you need more advance features then business plan is for you. Business plan includes unmetered disk space, 1 year free domain, free SSL certificate, free website and domain registration, one-click WordPress installs, 45-day money back guarantee, $150 Google Ads spend match credit, free email, unlimited webmail, unlimited subdomain and FTP accounts, Unlimited Addon/Parked domains, Free SEO tools, Free dedicated IP, free positive SSL upgrade.
WordPress Hosting Price (36 months)
VPS Hosting Price (36 months)
Dedicated Hosting Price (36 months)
FAQs About HostGator Hosting
1. Where is Hostgator’s datacenter located?
Hostgator has multiple datacenters. Most datacenters are located in Provo, Utah, and Houston, Texas. They have also some other datacenters in various locations.
2. Where Can I Find My HostGator Name Servers?
In two spaces you will find your name server. You will receive a welcome email when you purchase a hosting plan. Your name server will be mentioned there. You will also find the name server in your cPanel. The name server looks like –
3. Will I be billed monthly or yearly when using a HostGator account?
You must select a billing cycle when you sign up. You will get many options like monthly bill, bill after 6 months, annual bill or bill once in 3 years. One thing is that if you choose the short term, your cost will be higher. And if you choose a longer term, your cost will be lower.
4. What happens if you don’t pay HostGator?
If you are not able to make your payment on the 10th day after the due date, HostGator authority will suspend your hosting service.
5. Is HostGator good for WordPress?
Yes, HostGator is very good for WordPress. HostGator offers you 1-click WordPress installation. So it is very easy to create a WordPress site with HostGator hosting.
6. Which plan should I choose?
It will depend on your needs. If you are a beginner then Hatchling Plan is the best option for you. Since brand new website gets little traffic, Hatchling Plan is enough for this. You can buy this plan for just $2.75/mo. This plan will give you the opportunity to host 1 website. This plan also offers unmetered bandwidth, 1 free domain and free SSL certificate.
However, if you have more than one website, then you have to take Baby Plan. It costs 3.50/mo. You can’t host multiple websites with Hatchling Plan. But if you want more advanced features, you can purchase Business Plan. You have to pay $5.25/mo to buy this plan.
7. Why should I choose HostGator?
HostGator is hosting more than 2 million domains. Almost 100% customers are satisfied with their 24/7 service. Their Uptime is over 99.9%. That means your site is very unlikely to be down. Their server response time is fantastic. The cost of the hosting plan is very reasonable. You will also get a 45 day money back guarantee which you will not get at any other company. Other companies will offer you a maximum 30 day money back guarantee. Considering these reasons you can choose HostGator.