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HostGator Website Hosting Review (


HostGator Website Hosting ReviewHostGator hosting provides shared, VPS, dedicated and reseller web hosting for both small and large businesses. The Houston, Texas based company is a great example of a job well done. Since 2002, it has grown into one of the leading hosting providers out there. It doesn’t matter if you are an individual freelancer in need of a shared hosting plan or a large company that searches for a dedicated server, HostGator has just the right plan for your needs.



Unlimited disk space

45-day money back guarantee

Unlimited bandwidth

99.9% uptime

Flexible Control Panel

24/7 support

Unlimited subdomains

Free website builder

Unlimited FTP accounts

Free Google ad credits

Unlimited email accounts



As far as pricing goes, HostGator is doing a very good job. No matter what type of hosting you are searching for, you will find that they have a plan that is affordable to everyone, no matter how demanding they are. Their shared hosting options include the Hatchling, the Baby and the Business plan and they start as low as $3.96 a month. The reseller web hosting features five options: Aluminum, Copper, Silver, Gold and Diamond, and the prices range from $24.95 to $99.95. The plans are split up based on how much disk space, bandwidth and domains they offer. The VPS hosting options feature nine levels: the first two levels are semi managed while the rest are fully managed. The prices range from $19.95 to $219.95. As for the dedicated hosting, you are able to choose between Linux and Windows dedicated servers and four different plans: the Basic, Standard, Elite and Pro Dedicated server plans. The plans differ depending on the resources you need for your website.


All HostGator servers are housed in SoftLayer datacenters. HostGator and SoftLayer have been partners for some years now, and their relationship ensures HostGator’s users maximum uptime with their state of the art power, safety, security and cooling systems. Their networks are powered by nine backbone and fiber providers and they feature some quite prominent names as well: Global Crossing, Level3, ABoveNet, At&T/SBC, Savvis, Time Warner, XO Communications, Broadwing and MCI. The servers are monitored around the clock so all the problems are handled before they become too serious.

Control Panel Information

HostGator features cPanel 11, the market standard. If you are unfamiliar with it, you will easily find someone to show you around, but it would be best to let the HostGator customer support help you. You are also able to check the cPanel on their website, as a demo is available to familiarize yourself with it. Within their cPanel, you will be able to access your domains, files, databases, mail, SEO and marketing tools, logs, security settings, software and services and advanced options. 

Customer Support

A good customer support makes all the difference. HostGator has reported that 90% of their customers are satisfied with their services (according to their customer satisfaction survey from 2008). Should you need any assistance, you can easily find a solution by accessing their support portal. There you are able to contact their customer support via phone, live chat or by creating a ticket. You can also check their forums to see if a solution is already posted there. Their website also features great video tutorials that may help you with your issue. 

Money Back Guarantee

Should you not be satisfied with HostGator services, you are free to cancel your hosting package and get a full refund within 45 days. Note that this money back offer doesn’t count for dedicated server hosting and doesn’t include any administrative fees, install fees for custom software or domain name purchases. The refund isn’t automatic, you have to claim it after receiving the cancellation email (cancellation usually takes up to 48 hours).


HostGator has it all, whether you are searching for dedicated hosting or a shared hosting package. Their wide range of packages is aimed towards both freelance individuals and businesses of all sizes. You are also able to use various discounts when you purchase any of their hosting packages. Even though their prices are quite similar to other shared hosting providers, they have very comprehensive plans that are very scalable.

Even if you aren’t the most tech-savvy person around, you will easily set up a website thanks to their SiteBuilder and various templates that are at your disposal. It’s quite rare to find such a big company being this helpful to their customers.

Overall, HostGator offer a well rounded up set of features for a good price. 






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