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HostGator Is My Web Host Of Choice

HostgatorI’ve used HostGator as my web host for as long as I can remember.

They were recommended to me when I first set up a website and I’ve never looked back.

It’s amazing to think that the web host started out in a dorm room at Florida Atlantic University in 2002.

I wish I’d thought of that or at least from my garage or something!

Now there’s over 9 million domains hosted by them on more than 12,000 servers.

That makes up about 1% of the world’s internet traffic! Now that is some statistic.

They offer a whole range of services from unlimited web hosting to dedicated servers and everything else in between.

I’m on one of their unlimited web hosting plan on a shared server. It works really well for the amount of traffic I get to my blog.

There is some wiggle room in shared hosted plans so I will be fine for a while.

But when I need to step up to the next level, HostGator offers both VPS, and as I’ve already mentioned, dedicated servers.

Now before I go any further, I just wanted to make you aware that I’m a affiliate. So, if you do decide to take up any of these plans, I’ll get paid a commission.

I’ve got lots of links and banners on here, but this really isn’t meant to be a hard sell :-)!

I just want to let you know about all the different plans available, explain a little about what they are and what you can get from them.

You’ll find similar plans with most other web hosts too so it would be great to hear about your experiences with your web host. Please let me know in the comments below.

One thing to note about shared hosting plans is that whilst they may state certain things are unlimited, there usually are restrictions on CPU usage.

For example, HostGator allows a maximum of 25% of the CPU usage limit and you may not exceed this limit for more than 90 seconds.

CPU usage can be lowered by installing a caching plugin but you can also help by removing any non-essential plugins and banners and ads.

Check your plugins with P3 if you experience any problems with CPU usage as it might help to point out which of the plugins may be causing the issues.

HostGator Shared Hosting Plan

The shared hosting plans start from as little as $3.96 per month (which currently includes 20% off).

Shared hosting means exactly that. You share the server your sites are hosted on with many other peoples’ sites that also use resources, bandwidth, CPU etc.

There are three plans available: Hatchling, Baby and Business depending on your specific requirements.

The Hatchling Plan is a starter plan and allows you to have a single domain on the server. The Baby and Business Plans both allow unlimited domains.

So, what do you get with a shared hosting plan with HostGator?

  • Unlimited Disk Space and Bandwidth
  • 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
  • 45 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Free Site Building Tools and Templates
  • 24/7/375 Award Winning Technical Support
  • 1-Touch WordPress Installation
  • Automatic Weekly Off-Site Data Backups
  • Unlimited Sub Domains, FTP Accounts and Email Accounts
  • Free Website Submission and SEO Tools
  • Latest cPanel Control Panel
  • They’ve even invested in Wind Energy to help offset server emissions.

And if you’re moving from another host, you get free Domain Transfers, free File Transfers, free Database Transfers and free Script Transfers!

HostGator Reseller Hosting Plan

Maybe it’s Reseller hosting you’re looking for?

If you’ve ever fancied starting your own web hosting company, well now’s your chance.

You can set up websites for your customers with their own control panels, allowing them to create and change their own websites. Reseller hosting is usually also on a shared server.

A HostGator Reseller hosting account comes with a free billing system so you can create your own prices, packages and features.

With the 20% discount you can get this from as little as $19.96 for the first month and then $24.95 per month thereafter.

HostGator VPS Hosting Plan

VPS Hosting fits neatly between shared hosting and dedicated servers.

It uses Virtual Private Servers, allowing each hosting account to be fully independent of each other, even though they are hosted on the same server.

With VPS hosting, you can install any software you like or even restart your own VPS account without affecting any of the accounts hosted on the server.

On a shared server, problems with one website might cause other websites on the server to have issues.

Similarly, if a website on a shared hosting account is using up a lot of resources, this can cause other websites to become unreachable.

This can’t happen on a VPS server as the website having problems or using up resources is segregated from the rest.

VPS hosting gives you all the flexibility of a dedicated server but at the price of a high-end shared hosting service.

VPS hosting with HostGator starts from $15.96 for the first month and $19.95 recurring thereafter.

HostGator Dedicated Server Hosting Plan

A Dedicated server is the ultimate solution for power and flexibility.

You’ll get a fully managed server including the latest cPanel control panel for free.

And HostGator typically deliver your Dedicated server within 24 hours of purchase.

With a Dedicated server, you get exclusive rights to bandwidth, memory and storage space as well as admin access to the server.

It will also give your websites with a higher level of security, speed and uptime.

You’re going to need deep pockets if you want a dedicated server as the cost per month massively increases.

Dedicated server hosting starts from $139.00 per month for the first month and then $174.00 thereafter.

If you’re thinking of changing your web host or you like the sound of any of these options, head on over to HostGator and take a look.

So, do you fancy a change of web host? How are you getting on with yours lately? How about a 20% discount on their web hosting plans?

Comments

  1. says

    Tim, I really like Hostgator, I had used a few others prior and their 24/7 tech support online is awesome. God knows I always need some tech help, especially with the c-panel. I didn’t realize how the much the dedicated servers cost there. I like how you described the differences between hatchling, baby and business as it can be confusing when deciding which to go with. I would high recommend people to Hostgator myself Tim.

    • says

      Hey Lisa

      HostGator’s technical support are great aren’t they? 24/7/365 and they usually answer any queries very quickly.

      The dedicated servers are expensive, although when I looked at the specification of the basic service, HostGator are comparable to mid-range dedicated servers of other web hosts.

      It does seem a very big jump in price between the VPS and dedicated servers. I wonder why they they don’t offer something a little lower in specification?

      Maybe something to look into at a later date!

      I hope you’re having a great day Lisa.

      Tim

      • says

        I moved to hostgator in july 2012. I think its the best step I took in my blogging journey. :D

        Hostgator is just awesome. What I like most about them is their customer support. Just rocks!

        They always helped me within few minutes to solve all the issues I face.

        • says

          Hi Ammar

          I’ve glad to hear that you’re also with HostGator.

          The customer support is one of the things which keeps me firmly with HostGator.

          Any time I’ve needed to contact them, they’re always accommodating and answer my queries really quickly.

          Thank you for sharing your thoughts on HostGator, Ammar.

          Have a great weekend.

        • Thejas Kamath says

          When my blog was launched, it was running on JustHost. I chose JustHost over other web hosting as it was very cheap.

          Recently, I’ve moved to HostGator and I’m very much satisfied with their service.

          Thanks for sharing the post. :)

          • says

            Great to hear it Thejas! Thank you for letting me know your experiences with HostGator.

            I’ve not heard of JustHost. Was it any good?

  2. Theodore Nwangene says

    Hi Tim,
    A good review about Hostgator indeed. I also love Hostgator because of their customer service. They are really quick in responding to questions.

    Although i had some issues with them when i was starting out which was later resolved, but i lost a lot of sweat.

    Thanks for sharing Tim.

    • says

      Hi Theodore

      Thank for sharing your experiences of HostGator. They really do have great customer service, don’t they?

      I had an issue in the past where they had to shut down an SQL database of mine but something had gone wrong with it and they helped me put it right very quickly.

      Thank you for your comments Theodore and I hope you’re having a good day.

      Tim

  3. Sapna says

    HI Tim

    Great information shared!

    I’m on Godaddy but really don’t know about it much, though for me it is so far so good.

    Thanks for great review of Hostgator Tim.

    Sapna

    • says

      Hi Sapna

      I use Godaddy for domain names sometimes but I don’t really know much about them for web hosting to be honest.

      It you are happy with the service and price then that is really all that matters.

      They also do VPS and Dedicated Server hosting so it’s great you have options to move from shared servers if you need to.

      Thank you for your comments Sapna and I hope you have a great day.

      Tim

  4. says

    Hey Tim,

    Good review on your preferred hosting service.

    As you probably know, I’m not a Hostgator admirer. When I got into creating my first website and needed a hosting service, Bluehost was recommended to me by a trusted friend which I still use to this day and still love. They have all of what Hostgator does as well so I just think it’s each person’s preference and who they trust and want to go with.

    I used Hostgator for a short time through a program I purchased because they wouldn’t let me use mine. It was a nightmare and not your normal stuff happening. Whether it was a fluke or I just wasn’t suppose to do this program, Hostgator definitely kept me from it because I couldn’t get any of my blogs live and their service couldn’t figure out what the heck was going on either. Like I said, it was not your normal dealings.

    Either way, I say go with whatever service you feel best because you’ll be using them pretty much from this day forward.

    Enjoy your week Tim.

    ~Adrienne

    • says

      Hi Adrienne

      I know you’ve always had a great service from BlueHost and that’s the most important thing after all.

      They’re not in the VPS and Dedicated Server markets yet as far as I’m aware but I think they plan to get into these in the future.

      At least then your blog will have space to grow without having to move to another web host necessarily.

      It’s a shame that you couldn’t get your blogs to work with HostGator. I’ve always had great technical support from them and it’s very fast too.

      I completely agree though; you have to go with the service you trust and feel right with.

      I’ve only heard good things about BlueHost too, so you’re on to a winner with their hosting service too I’m sure Adrienne :-).

      Enjoy the rest of your week!

      Tim

  5. says

    Hi Tim

    Used Hostgator from the start of all our websites, so that is going back a few years (7 ?). We have had no problems with them. They were always eager to help solve the few problems we ever had, which were not their fault. Got the 24.95 month which gives us plenty of room to grow and move the bandwidths around as need be.

    I suppose if someone had a bad experience with them it would change how they felt about them, but so far so good. Hope they keep providing what I am happy with.

    Mary

    • says

      Hi Mary

      I know what you mean. If someone has a bad experience with anything, they’re not going to feel good about it.

      Luckily, HostGator have always been really helpful to me and they provide a great service.

      I’ve just got the Baby shared server at the moment. It does what I need with the traffic I get to my website so I’m happy :-).

      Glad you’ve had a good experience with HostGator too Mary.

      Enjoy the rest of your week.

      Tim

  6. says

    I have heard a lot of great things about HostGator, and I have even tried them for a few months myself, until I Copyblogger launched Synthesis. The only reason I switched was because I wanted a dedicated wordpress host that could help me with my wordpress issues :)

    It’s awesome that you’ve found a host you can trust. I have tested so many during the years online, and there are some with really bad customer support. HostGator was fantastic. I chatted with them many times and they always helped me with my problems.

    • says

      Hey Jens

      It’s great that HostGator has such good customer support. Any time I have a question they always respond really quickly and they’re very patient with my silly questions too!

      I understand why you switched to Synthesis. It looks like a great service and if I wasn’t with HostGator it would be something I would consider at a later date maybe.

      I’m glad we’ve both found web hosts we can trust :-).

      I hope you’re having a great week Jens.

      Tim

  7. says

    I’ve used Hostgator for a few years now and have had great customer support from them, although I do get a few issues when I suddenly seem to be using too much of their resources. Will look into the plugin you mention. Joy

    • says

      Hi Joy

      I had to shut down one of my SQL databases a couple of years ago because it was using too many resources at HostGator.

      They only allow you to use up to a maximum of 25% of the CPU resources on a shared server and if you go above that for more than 90 seconds they will more than likely suspend your account.

      It can be things like power-hungry plugins, banners and other ads and any other things you have on your website that rely on script that can take you over the maximum. Or as in my case, the SQL database was taking too many resources.

      I’m glad that HostGator have always helped you though. I’ve always experienced nothing but great customer service from them over the years.

      Definitely try out the P3 plugin though. It can help you discover any plugins that really are using up a lot of resources.

      I hope you’re having a great week Joy and thank you for your comments.

      Tim

  8. Andrew Stark says

    Hi Tim,

    I’ve used hostgator reseller account for many many years, and the support has always been fantastic, you can always get someone on the live chat who knows what to do and how to fix it instantly. I also like the fact they allow you install marketing script and change permissions and have cpanel as standard.

    I spend a few unhappy months with 1&1 which used plesk, and it was a nightmare. Back in the day I also did some support work for a membership script, and all of the complaints about it not working came from people who weren’t using hostgator.

    Andrew

    • says

      Hi Andrew

      Great to hear you find the HostGator support top notch too :-). They are very helpful aren’t they?

      I also like the fact they allow you to install marketing script and without cPanel I’d be lost.

      I’ve not experienced plesk but from what I’ve seen online it doesn’t look as user friendly as cPanel.

      I’ve not heard any good things about 1&1 either so I think you made the right move to HostGator!

  9. Aaron Brinker says

    Hey Tim,

    When I started my blog I almost went with HostGator but BlueHost won me out because of a special they were offering. They both had almost identical specs and offering so it came down to price in the long run for me. I haven’t looked back since. I do know if I ever had to switch they would probably be who I would look into since I already had checked them out once before in the past…lol

    Aaron Brinker aka DadBlunders

    • says

      Hi Aaron

      I know a few people who are with BlueHost and love them so I know they must be good.

      I think they are pretty similar in what they offer, I agree.

      BlueHost doesn’t do VPS or Dedicated Server hosting as yet but I think they are planning to in the future.

      Great that you’re happy with BlueHost Aaron and thank you for letting me know your thoughts on this.

      Enjoy the rest of the week!

      Tim

  10. Khaja moin says

    Hey Tim I like HG, still am using it.
    I see good uptime with them.
    Few weeks ago I & my cousin were planning for HG reseller, to start a business. Can anyone review on reselling business?
    ~@Khajamoin1

    • says

      Hi Khaja

      I signed up for a free report from Pingdom each month and I got 99.98% uptime last month with HostGator so that was pretty good!

      I’ve not really looked into Reseller accounts as a business to be honest.

      I know Andrew Stark has a Reseller account with HostGator. You could maybe ask him?

  11. says

    Hi Tim,

    If a domain, it’s GoDaddy and for hosting, it’s Hostgator ;) lol…

    Well, HostGator is a very good choice as a hosting partner and I’ve heard good feedback on Bluehost and GoDaddy too Tim. Yet I think HostGator is far ahead with their impressive customer service. You know, the point of view can change when someone finds issues. I’ve met folks who had given up HostGator due to technical issues and yet it happens everywhere. But customers are not ready to tolerate and make the switch. Nothing’s wrong with that :) They just need a quality product.

    When I inspect websites of clients, they have hosting partners that I’ve never heard of and yet sticking to ‘em even they have issues. They told it’s loyalty but since when we loyal to poor quality products? I’ve recommended HostGator for ‘em that time and so far they had no problems.

    Now here’s your are bringing in multiple products of HostGator with easy to understand information mate :) Product reviews need to be simple to understand and I never gone through each plan with much details. You have made it very helpful and clearly identified the benefit of choosing VPS over shared plans.

    Folks looking for hosting plans would find this post very helpful before they jump in rightaway mate ;)

    Cheers…

    • says

      Hey Mayura

      It’s funny how some people can be really loyal to poor-performing products isn’t it?

      I know it’s not always the best deal to go with the bigger companies but in this case, with HostGator it definitely is.

      As you mention, their customer service is fantastic and it’s available 24/7/365.

      I’ve typically had a response from them within the hour which is impressive considering the number of customers they must deal with on a daily basis.

      Thanks for your comments Mayura. That’s very kind.

      I’ve tried to explain things in the way that I understood them myself, in the hope that it will help people when choosing any hosting plan; not just with HostGator.

      I hope you’re having a great weekend Mayura!

      Tim

  12. says

    Hi Tim,

    I switched to Hostgator a while back and I’ve been pretty pleased with their service – they messed my billing about a bit recently, but responded promptly and I did get it all sorted in the end, so I can’t complain – their customer service really is pretty good.

    I’ve also just subscribed to their sitelock security service after reading a flurry of posts about hacked sites – I just hope it’s worth it! Tapping into our deepest fears is such a great marketing strategy – I fall for it every time.

    Thanks so much for this informative post, which explains a lot about hosting that I didn’t fully understand – particularly the bit about ‘shared’ hosting – that makes much more sense now, Tim – thank you!

    Sue

    • says

      Hi Sue

      I’m glad to hear you’re with HostGator too, although I’m sorry to hear you had problems with your billing.

      At least you were able to sort it out with them though. Their customer service are usually pretty clued up and are able to help with any problems :-).

      I’ve not heard of the sitelock security service but you can never be too careful with internet security these days. I just had a look and it looks like a great deal for the service through HostGator!

      I’m glad I could help you understand things a little better about hosting services Sue.

      I’m going to look into when it’s the right time to move over to a VPS account in a later post if I can find enough information about it (something Annie Andre suggested as a subject so thank you to her :-)).

      Have a great weekend Sue.

      Tim

  13. Annie André says

    Hi Tim,
    I almost switched to hostgator when i started maxing out on CPU usage at my hosting provider Dream host.
    I actually love dream host and have used them for 4 years with my other website i had.
    As it turns out I stayed with dream host and use their VPS which lets me scale as I need to on the back end and costs only 15 bucks a month. It came down to price for me and since host gator was a few bucks more and wouuld have to move my blog, i decided to stay with dream host. but if i do ever switch, it will be host gator for sure based on everyones reviews..

    • says

      Hi Annie

      It sounds as though you’re getting a great service from Dream host so I can see why you stayed with them when you moved to VPS.

      It’s really convenient you were able to move from a shared server to VPS under the same web host and at such a great price!

      HostGator are fantastic at what they do but it all comes down to what service you’ve had already, the trust you have in your web host, and of course price.

      If I had been you, I wouldn’t have moved either because the service you’ve been getting is great by the sounds of things.

      Thanks for letting me know about your experiences Annie and I hope you’re having a great weekend.

      Tim

  14. says

    Hey Tim…
    It was great to hear from you! I actually have a site on Hostgator and I really like the folks down there. Excellent service and tech help. My current site; http://www.getyourselffit.com is hosted by GoDaddy. As I open more sites…it will be Hostgator. I am a “Newbie” and have been for well over 36 months but some tech stuff is starting to make sense. Right now I’m trying to figure out how to place a small ad in my blog’s side column – still!

    Take Care,
    Les

    • says

      Hey Les

      I’m pretty new to blogging but I’ve had websites for a few years now.

      I’m starting to get to grips with WordPress and have recently been learning some CSS too.

      It’s certainly a learning curve though, isn’t it?

      I’m glad to hear that you use HostGator for one of your sites. They have really helped me out over the years.

      If I can help in any way with getting the ad in your blog’s side column, give me a shout.

      I’d be more than happy to help if I can.

      Tim

  15. Dan Black says

    I have always used Godaddy and have never had an issue with them. When it’s time to renew they always hook up the discounts which is always nice. If I ever have a problem with them or want to switch I’ll consider Hostgator (going through your site so you get the kickback). Good post Tim!

    • says

      Hey Dan

      It sounds as if Godaddy work well for you Dan and that is the most important thing.

      If you great a great service from them then there’s no reason to change, especially when they hook up the discounts!

      If you ever do think of moving hosts though, I’d definitely recommend HostGator.

      Thanks for your comments Dan and I hope you’re having a great weekend.

      Tim

  16. Julie says

    Hi Tim,

    Nice review, this will be very useful to anyone on the lookout for web hosting or a change. I use Hostgator as well and am very pleased with them, never a problem.

    That is amazing though, how things start out and look at it now.

    Hope all is well with you,
    take care Tim
    Julie

    • says

      Hey Julie

      Great to see you again.

      It is amazing isn’t it how things can start out and grow so quickly. If only…! :-)

      Glad to hear you’re with HostGator too and are happy with them too.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comments.

      I hope you have a good evening.

      Tim

  17. says

    Tim,

    Great review on Hostgator.

    I also use Hostgator and love their hosting. I have never had a problem with them and they have always been very helpful to me when I have had an issue of some sort.

    I did however have lots of problems with another host and left them after a couple of months of spending hours online just to never have an issue resolved.

    I like Hostgator.

    Dee Ann

    • says

      Hey Dee Ann

      Great to here that you use HostGator too.

      I’ve only ever used them and have never had a need to look elsewhere because the customer service is so great!

      Sounds as if you had a nightmare with your previous web host.

      Thank you for sharing your experiences Dee Ann.

      Happy Friday!

      Tim

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