HostGator

HostGator.com is a popular and well known world-wide provider of shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated web hosting. Their products range from very affordable entry level hosting, ideal for first time website builders, right through to their high end packages used by Fortune 500 companies. This makes them a versatile option for anyone looking for web hosting, at any level.

About HostGator

The company was founded in 2002 by then student of Florida Atlantic University, Brent Oxley, who went on to become the CEO. After moving from Florida, HostGator is now based in Houston, Texas with additional offices in Austin, Texas. Due to expansion, there is also a relatively recently opened office and data center in India to support their hostgator.in service.

Since its inception, HostGator web hosting has won many awards and plaudits on its way to becoming one of the most popular web hosts in operation today. With over 12,000 servers in use, the company has grown considerably from its humble beginnings in a college dorm room.

Customer satisfaction surveys carried out by HostGator show their users to be satisfied with the service provided, delivering a ringing endorsement for the company.

HostGator was sold to Endurance International Group, Inc. in 2012, joining other popular hosting companies such as Bluehost and HostMonster who are under their ownership. Despite this acquisition, the company continues to operate under its original brand.

Why HostGator

One of the key attractions of HostGator is their competitive pricing plans and ease of use. Their entry level shared hosting packages are some of the most affordable on the market. This makes them the first hosting company for many web designers and bloggers who are making their first forays into the world of self-hosting and online publishing.

Another reason for their attractiveness to those looking for a hosting account is the control panel they use: cPanel.

cPanel is the window through which you manage your hosting account. Its ease of use makes it a great choice for those new to web hosting, as well as more experienced users who just want to do things quickly.

Those two factors, the affordability and the ease of use, have undoubtedly gone a long way to cementing HostGator as one of the most popular webhosts in business today.

HostGator Packages

HostGator cover the whole spectrum of webhosting packages including:

  • Shared hosting
  • Reseller hosting
  • VPS hosting
  • Dedicated servers

Shared Hosting

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Their shared hosting is the most of affordable of their packages. With the single domain Hatchling account starting at $3.96 a month, it’s not hard to see why. The Baby plan is a popular choice as it allows the hosting of unlimited domains on one account. This makes it ideal for those with more than one website.

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The shared hosting packages include the Weebly SiteBuilder which makes building your own website a pain free process for those without any web design experience. As well as the SiteBuilder, over 75 open-source scripts can be installed with a simple click including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Magento to name but a few.

Accounts also include email features such as unlimited POP3 accounts with SMTP, access to a range of webmail services and the ability to collect your mail on your phone thanks to IMAP support.

To find out more about this option read our HostGator shared hosting review.

Reseller Hosting

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The reseller option allows customers to effectively start their own hosting company. Users get access to the reseller control panel which allows them to create their own packages, under their own brand name.

This type of service can be used to host client websites, making reseller hosting an ideal choice for web designers offering hosting with their designs. Alternatively, hosting packages can be sold as standalone products with all of the great features of HostGator, with all money collected being kept by the reseller account holder.

To find out more about this option read our HostGator reseller hosting review.

Managed VPS Hosting

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Virtual private server hosting is the next step up from shared hosting and is ideal for those running busy or demanding websites. Each account gets access to a virtual machine which they can manage themselves.

With the HostGator VPS packages, the CentOS Linux operating is installed and account holders get full root access. This means users can install any applications that run on CentOS Linux. Managed VPS hosting comes with lots of great features and is available on a range of levels with increasing amounts of CPU power, RAM, disk space and bandwidth.

To find out more about this option read our HostGator managed VPS hosting review.

Dedicated Servers

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The dedicated server packages are the top of the range hosting products available from HostGator. These packages allow you to install your own software as they are fully managed. However, unlike the virtual private server packages, account holders get their own dedicated server, without sharing any of the hardware or performance, with other users.

Linux and Windows servers are available, each with a number of different levels of performance.

To find out more about this option read our HostGator dedicated servers review.

Conclusion

As you can see HostGator has all the different levels of hosting covered, ranging from the entry level shared hosting, to the professional class dedicated server packages.

Opting to use HostGator as your web host of choice is an easy route to go down that is popular with many site managers and owners across the internet.

With competitive pricing, great bundled features and renowned 24/7 support, joining HostGator is a very tempting offer.