Hostgator is a large privately owned hosting company operated by several stateoftheart facilities in Dallas, Texas. Hostgator was founded in 2002, since then, they have grown rapidly and currently host over 400,000 websites. They are also generally considered to be the worlds leading provider of reseller hosting accounts. Currently, they provide hosting to over 10,000 individual reseller accounts.
Hostgator offers many different hosting packages and caters for a wide range of customers. From the first time webmaster who needs simple, stressfree hosting for his personal website all the way to big companies, who need specialized dedicated hosting services.
Hostgators hosting package can be divided into three groups standardized shared hosting plans suitable for the vast majority of people, reseller hotel plans this is primarily for individuals and companies who want to sell their own resources to their own customers and finally dedicated server plans these accounts give the customer their own server so they do not have to share their resources with anyone else. Very few of us all need a dedicated server, so this review will concentrate on the shared hosting plans hosted by Hostgator.
Hostgators three main shared hosting plans are called Hatchling, Baby this is the most popular plan and is likely to meet the needs of a large number of customers and Swamp similar to the Baby plan, but with increased bandwidth and disk space priced at 14.95 month.
For a full list of features and a side by side comparison of all hosting plans, you should visit Hostgators website here. Below is an overview of the most important features of the Baby plan, this is probably the most suitable package for most users, and it is our favorite plan.
Disk space 100 GB This amount has recently been upgraded by Hostgator from 5 GB to a huge 100 GB. All users are likely to find it impossible to empty this amount of disk space.
Bandwidth 1000GB month Increased also, bandwidth allocation, from 75GB to an apparently excessive 1000GB. Again, its pretty much a chance to use all that, but its nice to know that you will definitely not face extra charges to cross the border, even if you have a very busy website.
Site Studio Website Builder This is a great free application that allows you to build your site from the beginning. You have over 500 templates and color schemes to choose from. You do not need any HTML experience or code writing skills. It offers the easiest way to design a professional web page in a very short time. However, it is not necessary to take my word for it, because Hostgator gives us a demo version of the software on their website
Unlimited addon domains This is really the look of this hosting plan the Hatchling plan allows only 1 domain and allows you to host as many websites as you like in a single account, at no additional cost. All of your sites then share your account resources. This allows you to take advantage of your massive bandwidth and disk space quotas and host multiple websites at a fraction of the normal cost. Fantastic
99.9 percent Uptime Guarantee This basically says Hostgator is a serious host offering a reliable service. If uptime falls below this figure for a given month, you do not pay for that months host, its as simple as that We would never consider using a host who did not offer a solid residence guarantee. This is simply because there is only a good reason why a host will not offer an uptime service unreliable uptime
30 day money back guarantee This has become a fairly common feature in web hosting, but it is nice to have extra security.
Instant setup Most web hosts take 2448 hours to configure your account, but Hostgator promises to get you started in less than 15 minutes they do not charge an setup fee
Unlimited MySQL databases This is very useful because every Fantastico script see below requires a separate MySQL database.
Fantastico DeLuxe With this impressive application, you can instantly install over 50 scripts via the control panel. Scripts include blogs, forums, galleries, shopping carts and much more.
Unlimited email account Allows you to have as many, or as few, different email addresses as you like.
cPanel Control Panel In the heart of web hosting is the control panel, thank goodness, Hostgator uses one of the best devices around, a cPanel. It is well designed and easy to use. It contains many features and provides good performance. Best of all, there is a fullfeatured demo on Hostgators website so you can test it yourself