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Hostgator Web Hosting Review – The Best Economic Hosting?

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What is HostGator?

In the ethnicity of web hosting, hostgator.com is a renowned company. As being a user of Hostgator, I can say this is a must review to be read to know about this hosting company.

hOSTgATOR REVIEW BY REVIEWSPANEL

HostGator has been in the business of hosting services since October 22, 2002, founded by Brent Oxley. In the presence of Brent, HostGator spread its services internationally and set up its branches globally.

HostGator improved its quality and tech support ever since acquired by Endurance International Group (EIG) from June 21, 2012, for a whopping $225 million USD.

While the data center migration work was going on customers hold their breath to know what may happen to sites, everything went well, and HostGator indeed came under the shadow of the great business tree. Getting acquired by EIG means improving the standards.

Hostgator is improving the quality and the services and also striving to reduce the cost and yet standing as a fierce competitor.

SERVICES HOSTGATOR PROVIDES
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On this page, we’ve reviewed HostGator’s web hosting (shared) plan.

SHARED WEB HOSTING

If you’re a person who is new to online information based websites and willing to set up such own website, this is the hosting plan from host gator which matches your requirements.

Well, the reason you need to choose this hosting plan prior to other plans is, in the initial stages of a website the traffic is not going to be high until unless it is a viral site.

These web hosting plans provide enough resources to your site when your site reaches maximum visitors which your plan doesn’t suppose to hold. Then you better have an idea of merging into much better plans like HostGator Cloud Hosting.

Overview of Shared Hosting Pricing and Plans

Overview of hostgator's shared hosting plans

Hatchling Plan: This plan comes at $3.95/mo. It provides one domain hosting, unlimited bandwidth and storage, unlimited email accounts and sub domains.

Baby Plan: This plan comes at $5.95/mo. It provides unlimited domain hosting, unlimited bandwidth and storage and unlimited email and sub domains. Allows you to have a private SSL certificate. Offers you a dedicated IP at $4.00/mo.

Business Plan: This plan comes at $5.95/mo. It provides unlimited domain hosting, unlimited bandwidth and storage and unlimited emails. It includes a free SSL certificate, free dedicated IP, a toll-free number, anonymous FTP service.[/su_list]

Quick Fact- Over 8 million domains names hosted on Hostgator.

What about reliability?
If you are starting your first website or first business, you have to keep the cost down, and you don’t need a whole lot of server space or own dedicated servers.

Hostgator provides monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and annual plans. It is the cheaper and best in providing unlimited bandwidth.

Interactive cPanel– Navigable cPanel which is easy to manage, easy to find what you need. One click installer of apps like CMS’s (WordPress, Joomla), Weebly.

Setup your email accounts easily. You have full control of your stored files, and you can do free backups. cPanel is divided into categories, and each category contains related features.

Assign different passwords for different directories and a master password for cPanel. Have a look into HostGator’s feature rich cPanel- DEMO CPANEL.

Uptime- Hostgator promises its customers for a 99.9% uptime guarantee. But it tends to have slight downtimes once every while when any issues with other customers eating up resources of the server.

You are on a shared server which indeed has less speed if compared to a shared cloud server. Most of the hostgator’s customers are on shared hosting because it is the cheapest hosting service in the market providing unmetered bandwidth.

Speed/Performance- It doesn’t have steady speeds. Downtime occurs every once in a week due to several issues. Hostgator has better load times when starting out but later on load times and speeds tends to slow down.

If you install any plugin which is causing a problem to the server, they will shut down your domain temporarily and will inform you the situation to take preventive measures. By following their rules, you can get back your site live.

Site-Backups: Hostgator provides daily automatic site backups at $19.95/year. Even though host gator automatically does backups once in a week at random day as a courtesy rather than being responsible.

In the recent years, Hostgator shared hosting services are not up to the mark.

Extra Features of web hosting plans

Free self-help based tutorials and thousands of knowledge base are helping the user to know every bit.

Free host gator website builder. After having a website build, you get 4,500 free templates to modify the site.

Free Website Transfer, Domain Transfer, MySQL Transfer, Script Transfer.

For US and Canada based customers will be getting 100$ Google adsense credit after spending 25$ on adsense advertising. A similar offer is available for customers located in India. They will get 2,500 rupees worth Google Adsense credit if they spend 500 rupees on Google advertising.

For US and Canada, based customers will be getting 100$ yahoo/bing credits for advertising.

Level of Support:

Hostgator helps their customers 24/7/365 via email/ live chat/ phone call. It is recommended to have a phone call as your first preference rather than a live chat.

Tech support representatives are well educated will try to help you by every instance. Hostgator put a high emphasis on quality customer support. They lack speed while serving a lot of others. it is very annoying for a customer to wait 5-20min just to have a connection to a representative.

Many customers complain about such situations but still they provide decent support clarifying your problems. On a sincere note hostgator’s support is not up to the mark.

Final Words

Hostgator is the cheapest shared hosting in the market right now. Providing elegant cPanel interface.

No free domain provided, you need to buy a domain if you don’t have one, renewal charges will apply.

Free domain setup, you can start from scratch by setting up your domain, activating hosting and installing WordPress.

There are not many discounts or promotional codes available, HostGator itself offers discounts on shared hosting plans for the first month and reduces the cost if someone buys for long-term (Annual Plans).

No automatic backups, hostgator is not responsible for any loss at any stage in your progress. It allows you to take as many backups as you can manually.

Hostgator tends to shut down sites having performance problems with some installation of bad plugins.

Hatchling pack has a drawback of limitation of single domain hosting.

Suitable for total newbies, though they won’t get many resources to use.

Do We Recommend You This Shared Web Hosting Plan?

No, we don’t recommend you to try this one, as it has many problems to deal with. Rather than wasting your time on resolving your problems in this hosting plan, we recommend you to try HostGator’s Shared Cloud Hosting services.

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HOSTGATOR WEB HOSTING REVIEW
Hostgator is an average shared web hosting service. Their elegant cPanel is very easy to use. Overall aspects, features are average. Hostgator's shared web hosting not value for money.
Features8
Price8
UpTime6.5
Speed6.5
Security6.7
Support6.5
PROS
Free site migration, free initial setup.
Cheap plans, 45-day money back guarantee.
Free 200$ advertising credits.
Average speeds and performance.
CONS
Customer support is not at all good.
No free automatic backups.
Bad uptime.
Sharred SSL on to whole server.
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