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Host Gator RankingsHostgator (Visit Hostgator - Visit Hostgator) has become one of the top web hosts in the industry. Their business approach is a little different to what you might have experienced before. They designed and delivered top-notch Web Hosting products. They keept their promises and are answering their support phone calls (apparently not always standard among many other web hosts). Hostgator has branded the company with the well-known Gator logo where the gator is eating the competition for lunch. It really seems like that this is true and only a small handful of other competitors are able to withstand the ‘Hostgator affect’. Please continue to read our Hostgator review and rating in the column on the right.


Host Gator Hosting Package Details
Host Unlimited Sites on Host Gator's "Baby", and "Swamp" Hosting Plans!
Plans
Hatchling
Baby
Swamp
Disk Space

350GB

600GB

1,000GB

Bandwidth

3,000GB

6,000GB

UNLIMITED

Domains Allowed

1

UNLIMITED UNLIMITED
Pricing
 
Pay 3 years / $4.95/mo
Pay 2 years / $5.95/mo
Pay 1 year / $6.95/mo
Pay Monthly / $8.95/mo

 
Pay 3 years / $7.95/mo
Pay 2 years / $8.95/mo
Pay Monthly / $9.95/mo

Pay 3 years / $12.95/mo
Pay 2 years / $13.95/mo
Pay Monthly / $14.95/mo

Host Gator

Visit Site

Visit Site

Site Builder

24x7 Support

Instant Backups

No Contract!

99.9% Uptime Guarantee

(99.5%)

45 Day Money Back Guarantee

Free Setup

Domain / Ftp Features
Addon / Parked Domains

unlimited unlimited
Sub Domains

20

unlimited unlimited
FTP Accounts

20

unlimited unlimited
Anonymous FTP

Supported Features
MySQL  Databases unlimited unlimited unlimited
CGI

PHP4 & 5

Ruby On Rails

SSH

Perl

Chilisoft ASP

Python

FrontPage

Streaming Audio/Video

E-mail
POP3 Accounts

20

unlimited unlimited
Web Mail

E-mail Alias

Auto Responders

Mailing Lists

Catch All

Spam Assassin

IMAP Support

SMTP

Control Panel Features
Fantastico

Hotlink Protection

IP Deny Manager

Custom Error Pages

PW Protected Directories

phpMyAdmin

Web / Ftp Statistics
AWStats (Real Time Updates)

Webalizer

Referrer Logs

Error Logs

E-Commerce  Features
Shared SSL

Private SSL

osCommerce

Cube Cart
Summary
Hosting Plans
Hatchling
Baby
Swamp
Pricing from
$4.95
$7.95
$12.95
Rating
Best Rating
Second Best Rating
Best Rating
Profile Host Gator:

Founded: 2002
Location: Texas, USA
No. of Hosted Sites: 400,000+
Reseller Accounts: 10,000+
Phone Support: 866-964-2867
Data Center Locations: 4
Backbone Carriers: 8
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REVIEW continued ...

Hostgator offers a wide selection of shared web hosting plans. Prices start at $4.95 per month on a multi-year web hosting plan. Month-by-Month payment plans are available as well (small increase per price though). Upgrades to a better plan or even a dedicated server are possible at any time. Customers can slowly grow their website and switch to a better plan when traffic and website performance require more resources.

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Hostgator provides support through email, fax, phone and even live chat 24/7. Our tests showed very fast response. Email support is sufficient and convenient. However, we would recommend to use the phone or live chat option if an emergency requires an ultra-fast response from Hostgator’s support. The better hosting packages offer a 99.9 uptime guarantee. If not satisfied with the service within 45 days after signing up, a customer can take advantage of the money back guarantee.

Host Gator’s web hosting services offer a large variety of scripts and software with each account. For the starters there is even a website builder tool that let’s you build a website from scratch with no web design knowledge whatsoever. We found this tool very helpful and can highly recommend it. cPanel is a well-known web control panel that we hosts offer their customers to manage email, FTP, and other website related features. Hostgator accounts include cpanel at no extra charge. They even offer the cpanel extension Fantastico for free. Fantastico allows to install popular software packages like Wordpress or phpBB forums with just a few clicks. Again, we found this to be a very convenient feature for any customer.

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Our test accounts showed excellent performance except for in 2 situations. In one case another account on the server was apparently victim of an attack. However, shortly after we contacted support the issue was solved and our pages loaded fast as before. In the second case we had installed a CGI Perl script that apparently was not working properly. Support helped us out and killed the process that consumed too many server resources. They even helped us to analyze the problem and pointed us to a couple of things to check on to get us where we wanted to be.

Conclusion: Hostgator is in business for a little over 5 years now. Considering how fast some web hosting companies go out of business this seems like ages. Host Gator is definetely in there for the long run and their large customer base shows for sure they are doing a few things right. For a customer who is looking for a stable company to host websites with, Hostgator web hosting is a solid choice for sure. We liked the large number of features and the different options for support. Especially phone support is good to have. Prices are great, however we can see some customers being afraid of entering into a yearly payment plan – especially in the very beginning. However, we liked the 45 day money back guarantee. This guarantee should address some of those concerns. It still might keep some customers away. In general Hostgator cheap web hosting offers are a great choice when looking for cheap webhosting.

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