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HostGator Review

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5
Fantastico De Luxe
cPanel
HostGator Chat Window
HostGator Twitter Account
Special Offer : Get it for $3.96

Update: HostGator has a new Cloud Hosting Plan which is twice as faster as the Web Hosting Plan (also called shared hosting plan). The plans offered with the Cloud Hosting option are as follows:

  1. Hatchling Cloud: Offering Single Domain, 2GB Memory and 2 Core CPU starting at $4.95/mo.
  2. Baby Cloud: Offering Unlimited Domains, 4GB Memory and 4 Core CPU starting at $7.95/mo.
  3. Business Cloud: Offering Unlimited Domains, 6GB Memory and 6 Core CPU starting at $9.95/mo.

Therefore, the Cloud Hosting plan is considered much faster due to the premium hardware and allocated memory and CPU. Furthermore, Cloud Hosting plan servers have powerful hardware with SSD drives compared to HDD offered with the web hosting plan. The table below shows the difference between the servers that are used to host these plan:

Web Hosting Plan (Shared Hosting) Server Cloud Hosting Plan Server

32 Core AMD Opteron™ Processor 6376 or Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v3

Intel E5-2670v3 12 Core/24 Thread 2.3Ghz 30Mb Cache Processors

64GB / 32GB RAM

512 GB RAM

4 RAID 1s Internal drives - 256GB Samsung SSD

SSD MySQL

External storage - Distributed Ceph Storage with SSD Caching Tier using 800GB Intel SSD DC S3610 Series Drives

The table below list the difference in cost between the shared Web Hosting Plan and Cloud Hosting Plan:

  Web Hosting Plan (Shared Hosting) Cloud Hosting Plan
Hatchling Plan $3.95/mo $4.95/mo
Baby Plan $5.95/mo $7.95/mo
Business Plan $5.95/mo $9.95/mo

We strongly recommend the Cloud Hosting Plan since the cost difference is very small given the added value.

Why Should you choose HostGator in the first place?

HostGator is one of the biggest, well-known and reputable Linux-based web hosting companies. We have written this HostGator review because we have a personal experience with them since HostGator hosts most of our websites. All we can say, that we are extremely satisfied and happy with their support, features and reasonable price.

For the purpose of this article, we will review HostGator Hatchling Plan, which is normally offered for $4.95 per month. The plan comes with Unlimited Disk Space, Bandwidth, Email accounts, MySQL Databases, FTP accounts and sub domains.  In addition, HostGator plans includes the number one control panel in the world: cPanel .

HostGator cPanel comes with a very nice script called Fantastico which allows you to install your favorite blog, CMS, Wiki, ecommerce shopping cart or photo album in one click. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, phpBB, MediaWiki and Magneto are few examples on the apps that can be installed with one-click.  From your HostGator cPanel you can also create your emails, view your web hosting statistics, backup your website data, view your error logs and manage your website files through their great file manager through which you can upload, download, edit and unzip files.

HostGator being a Linux-based web hosting provider offers support for CGI, Fast CGI, PHP 5, Ruby on Rails, Perl, Python/DJango, SSI and FrontPage Extensions. They support MySQL with phpMyAdmin Access.  In terms of System Management, HostGator offers SSH Access and Cron Job Scheduling. SSH Access is a feature that can be rarely found through other web hosting providers especially in shared web hosting plans.

Now, what we like the most about HostGator is their support. You can expect full support through their tickets system, email, live chat, support phone, forum and now through their twitter and Facebook accounts. The live chat is surprisingly fast with a waiting time in the range of two minutes. The support is very knowledgeable and very patient.  In addition, before even contacting support you can expect to find a solution for your problem in their knowledge base or their video tutorials. 

Besides being a great host with great features and support, HostGator is a green. HostGator uses renewable energy to power and cool their servers. HostGator servers are 130% powered by wind energy. 

Please keep in your mind that you can order HostGator Baby Plan if you are willing to host multiple domains on the same hosting account or even order HostGator Business Plan if you are planning to host your ecommerce website with a dedicated SSL certificate and IP address.

What else could you make more comfortable to choose HostGator Web Hosting other than there 45 money back guarantee? This is a very good indication that these guys are pretty confident with the kind of service they offer. All we can say that HostGator simply rocks!

If you have any comments or questions on this HostGator review, please write us below.