HostGator Web Hosting Review

Years ago back in 2012, I asked a friend for web hosting recommendations and they told me to have a look at Hostgator. It was a fantastic experience back then and one I have repeated many times since which has just become better and better year after year.

HostGator – The Statistics Don’t Lie

In fact, you just have to look at the statistics to see that Host Gator gets the thumbs up from a LOT of people. Check this out, Hostgator:
  • Hosts over 1m+ websites. That’s 1 million plus!

  • Has 8 different backbone providers to ensure seamless network connectivity

  • Offers incredible plans from $3.95 to $79/month

  • Answers the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year!

Reliability and Uptime

HostGator offers customers a 99.9% uptime guaranteed, which is realistically the best percentage of uptime you can expect from any web host provider. Because it is guaranteed if you do experience lower uptimes than this you will be eligible for a refund on your HostGator services.

HostGator is able to provide such a high level of uptime because they utilize the latest data center management methods and the most up to date server technology. This enables them to virtually eliminate many of the problems that affect other less advanced web host providers.

Control Panel

HostGator offers one of the leading control panel options, cPanel, with their online web hosting services and this is a powerful tool that can enable users to design, create and manage professional level websites. cPanel is simple and very easy to navigate and you do not need to have any background in web design or programming in order to use this control panel effectively.

Marketing Tools

HostGator offers a number of marketing tools to help you optimize and promote your website to increase site traffic and business. This includes blog content management software and forum capabilities, and $100 Google AdWords credits and $100 Yahoo!/Bing Credit are also included to help you get started creating online ads and boosting your website traffic.

eCommerce Tools

HostGator provides you with all of the software and tools you need to quickly and easily set up your online business. Instant shopping carts are available so that your customers can select goods and save orders (choice of ZenCart, CubeCart and OS carts). Also you can find toll free customer support numbers and secure SSL data encryption protection to ensure your customers sensitive information is kept safe and secure.

Customer Support

HostGator offers 24/7 customer support via telephone, live chat and email and has a great reputation for providing helpful and quick responses to queries. HostGator does not require you to sign a contract in order to use their web hosting services. This means if you want to switch web hosts in the future then you can do so without giving any notice or having to pay any cancellation fees.

Money Back Guarantee

HostGator also offer a 45 day money back guarantee so that if you decide the services are not suitable for your requirements you can cancel them within the period and receive a full refund (excluding any domain name registration fees).

Hostgator has 3 shared hosting plans:-

Hatchling Plan

Baby Plan

Business Plan

  • UNLIMITED Domains
  • UNLIMITED Disk Space
  • UNLIMITED Bandwidth
  • FREE Private SSL
  • Dedicated IP

  • $5.95/month BUY NOW

HostGator – Hosting Made Simple

With HostGator what you see is what you get. HostGator’s terms of service are standard, as is their order process. Marketing isn’t shoved down your throat or sneaked in at every page and billing is simple. The entire order process takes about 5 minutes and HostGator accepts credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal. Of HostGator’s customer support, Brent Oxley says, “We offer multiple avenues from which our customers may initiate support requests, including Email, Instant Message via AIM, Yahoo!, and MSN, Live Chat, Online Support Forums, and even 24-hour Phone Support. We try to make it as simple as possible for our customers to contact us in their time of need. To further simplify the process, we have implemented a web-based ticket system– a feature our customers have demanded, and we are more than happy to provide.” HostGator – Committed to It’s Customers!

Recent press regarding HostGator shows its commitment to its customers Brent Oxley hasn’t stopped with simply providing great service. HostGator is so sure that their customers love them that they recently announced introduction of a new tool that allows users to evaluate their Web host. The tool is free and enables visitors to Websites to rate how quickly pages are loading.

“This simple tool gives our hosting customers valuable insight into their website’s performance,” explains Brent Oxley in a recent press release. “We are always looking for ways to add value to each and every hosting account we sell and this is just another example of how we do that.” To install the tool, site owners cut and paste a small amount of HTML code into their Websites.

Once installed, the tool will allow site owners to see how visitors rate the loading times of their Websites. Mr. Oxley goes on to say “This tool also enables our hosting customers to evaluate the performance of HostGator, their web hosting provider. We are absolutely confident in our track record and welcome the chance for our customers to put us to the test.”

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