Hostgator is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most used hosting company globally that now has more than three hundred thousand clients. Hpostgator is thought to be a secure and reliable place for hosting websites and online businesses.
However, quality service comes at a price and Hostgator’s shared hosting plans are available for $7/month only, so, just in case you’re looking for a cheaper option, Hostgator might not be the solution. Else, this company offers enough features and goodies that your $7/month are justified and we’re sure by the time you’ll reach the end of this review, you will yourself get to know why there has been a lot said about this company.
Hostgator is one of the fastest hosting provider in US for traffic and the credit goes to the fact that they have their data centers in Houston, TX and Provo.
Loading time has been explained below with an example with one of Hostgator’s competitors and we are sure you would love to see who wins. For starters, Hostgator uses 32 Core AMD Opteron Processor 6376 that is a wonderful unit and performs the tasks well.
As we all know loading time depends on the files that are being loaded, here’s a comparison for similar sized pages being loaded by Hostgator and its competitor, Bluehost.
Website 1 – Hosted with Hostgator
Website 2 – Hosted with Bluehost
Tests reveal the fact that Hostgator is almost 3 seconds quicker when it comes to loading webpages of similar sites when compared to competitors. When it comes to working on SEO, the site loading time makes a lot of difference and Hostgator pays in that.
There have been a lot of negative reviews about Hostgator on a lot of blags and forums about uptime. However, if considered practically, hardly anyone shares his/her experience with the website being up. I have used Hostgator for years now, and I have never experienced any major issue in the department of website being down, in fact, that down instances are so less that I can not even mention it.
Hostgator guarantees an uptime of 99.9%, calculatively, it means if your website is down for over 43 minutes/month, your hosting for that month is on Hostgator’s expenses.
We have already mentioned that Hostgator uses 32 Core AMD Opteron for shared hosting. Since it is pricey, it is hardly used by other companies for shared hosting. Here are some of the features of Hostgator plans.
- 32 Core AMD Opteron™ Processor 6376
- 64GB / 32GB RAM
- 4 Raid 1s
- SSD MySQL
- 16 Core AMD Opteron™ Processor 6376
- 16 GB RAM
- Raid 1
- SSD caching
- AMD Opteron 6376, 32-Core Server Processor
- 128GB DDR3 RAM
- 3.6TB RAID 10 (3 drives – each drive has 3.6tb of disk space)
- 100mbps uplink, shared over the container
- A Megabit uplink with a 20 mbit connection
- Dedicated Servers
- Intel Xeon Quad Core 3.3 GHz E3-1230 v2
- 16 GB High Performance RAM
- 1TB Raid-1 Drives
Hostgator is 3,00,000 sq ft data centers in Houston, TX that have UPS battery backup units, power distribution units, Detroit Diesel generators, and diesel fuel tanks with thousands of gallons fuel for backup.
Hostgator’s Cusomer Support & Service
When it comes to customer support, I believe Hostgator is the best in business. Even if something as serious as hacking happens to you, Hostgator is happy to help and offer solutions, on the other hand, someone like Bluehost will advice you to hire experts to get things sorted at your end. So, if its an online business you run, Hostgator is the nest place to host it.
You can contact their support team through various means like 24x7x365 phone line support, chat or even mail ticket support. While chat and ticketing support take a little time, I think their phone support is the best and quickest means of getting queries answered.
Hostgator’s Shared Plans & Features
Only the Hatchling Plan on Hostgator is one where you get an option to host only 1 domain, rest all plans offer unlimited hosting domain names.
I however find the Baby plan to be the most useful for medium level online businesses that get less than 1 hundred thousand monthly visitors.
Here are a few features of the Baby Plan from Hostgator:
- Unlimited Disk Space
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Unlimited Domains
- Unlimited Sub Domains
- Unlimited FTP Accounts
- Unlimited Email Addresses
- Unlimited MySQL Databases
- Private SSL
- Dedicated IP
- Shared SSL
- AWStats (Real Time Stats)
- Redirect URL
- Email Auto Responders
VPS & Dedicated Server Plans
Well, if your online business is bigger and needs more than just the Baby plan, you can get a higher package and upgrade with “Virtual Private Server” or Dedicated Server plan.
The most affordable VPS plan is Snappy and it will cost you $19/month and needs 0.5 CPU Core, 512 MB of RAM, 25GB disk space and 500GB of bandwidth. If high performance is your requirement, then dedicated server plans are the solution.
Hostgator offer a lot of support for those linked to the dedicated hosting and take just 24 hours to set it up. The hosting comes with a cPanel and you get all features and options with it. However, such hosting plans are good for very big websites that attract a lot of traffic every month.
Hostgator’s cPanel is an easy to get used to panel and you need not be a tech-savvy to operate it. It can install CMS like WordPress, make email addresses, add sub domains in simple ways with short cut options.
You can also opt for installing a free blog on cPanel and there are also options to choose different language if you’re not comfortable with English.
Well, that’s all for this review. Just let us know if you want to know anything more about Hostgator and we will be happy to help.