Founded in 2002 in Boca Raton, FL, HostGator moved to its new home in Houston, TX in 2007, expanding to a second office in Austin, TX in 2010. One of the leading web hosting provider, Host Gator provides services to over 400,000 subscribers with its 12,000 servers. Its subscribers range from hobbyists and first timers to computer experts and resellers. According to a June 2008 survey, 90% of HostGator subscribers reported being satisfied with HostGator and the service it provides. HostGator has been a frequent recipient of major awards, including most recently the DailyHostNews February 2013 Editor’s Choice Award and awards in 2012 by Blogging.org, Wordpress Hosting Review, and Joomla Hosting Review. HostGator offers 24x7 phone, email and chat support, and online forums with over 500 video tutorials and nearly 700 help articles. Servers are powered by wind, and HostGator purchases Renewable Energy Credits equal to 130% of the electricity used to power and cool its shared and reseller servers. HostGator has a 99.9% uptime guarantee and offers a 45 day money back guarantee.
 

Prices Start At:
Standard price starts at $3.96/mo for Hatchling Hosting Plan with 3-year contract

Provider Best For:
HostGator is one of the most popular web hosting providers, and their subscribers run the gamut from first time users to web professionals. One of the things that HostGator specializes in is reselling web hosting, which can be a great tool for IT professionals.
 

Reliability:
HostGator has a 99.9% SLA. You will receive a one month credit should your website be down for more than the SLA. Uptime guarantees only apply to shared / reseller solutions. Dedicated servers are covered by a network guarantee in which the credit is prorated for the amount of time the server is down.
 

Site Builder:
HostGator really pulls ahead of the competition when it comes to web site design. You get free Weebly Site Builder and website building tools, including 4,500 free website templates, 52 free scripts, WordPress hosting, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, and Wiki hosting.
 

Editor's Bottom Line:
HostGator is the household name in web hosting, and for good reason. They host web sites large and small, including reseller hosting. Although there is nothing wrong with HostGator for smaller businesses, HostGator really is geared toward bigger web sites with more traffic. Also of note, Environmentalists will rejoice at HostGator's claim of 130% wind power.
 

Available Services:

  • Hatchling Shared Hosting Plan: Unlimited disk space; unlimited bandwidth 1 domain allowed; unlimited FTP accounts; MySQL database; Wordpress hosting. $7.16/mo no contract/6 mo contract; $5.56/mo 1 year contract; $4.76/mo 2 year contract; $3.76/mo 3 year contract.
     
  • Baby Shared Hosting Plan: Unlimited domains; unlimited disk space; unlimited bandwidth; unlimited addon/ parked domains; unlimited sub domains; unlimited FTP accounts; Wordpress hosting; MySQL Databases; dedicated IP available for $2.00/mo. $7.96/mo no contract, 6 mo contract or 1 year contract; $7.16/mo 2 year contract; $6.36/mo 3 year contract.
     
  • Business Shared Hosting Plan: Unlimited domains; unlimited disk space; unlimited bandwidth; free private SSL; free private IP address; free Toll-Free number; unlimited addon/ parked domains; unlimited sub domains; unlimited FTP accounts; Wordpress hosting; MySQL Databases. $11.96/mo no contract/6 mo contract/1 year contract; $11.16/mo 2 year contract; $10.36/mo 3 year contract.
     
  • Level 1 VPS Hosting:  No cPanel; 0.57 GHz CPU; 384 MB RAM; 10 GB disk space; 250 GB bandwidth; two IP addresses. $19.95/mo
     
  • Level 2 VPS Hosting: No cPanel; 0.85 GHz CPU; 576 MB RAM; 22 GB disk space; 375 GB bandwidth; two IP addresses. $29.95/mo
     
  • Level 3 VPS Hosting: 1.13 GHz CPU; 768 MB RAM; 500 GB bandwidth; two IP addresses. $49.95/mo
     
  • Level 4 VPS Hosting: 1.98 GHz CPU; 1344 MB RAM; 59 GB disk space; 1050 GB bandwidth; two IP addresses. $79.95/mo
     
  • Level 5 VPS Hosting: 2.69 GHz CPU; 1824 MB RAM; 80 GB disk space; 1425 GB bandwidth; two IP addresses. $104.95/mo
     
  • Level 6 VPS Hosting: 3.5 GHz CPU; 2304 MB RAM; 102 GB disk space; 1800 GB bandwidth; two IP addresses. $129.95/mo
     
  • Level 7 VPS Hosting: 4.25 GHz CPU; 3168 MB RAM; 165 GB disk space; 2250 GB bandwidth; two IP addresses. $159.95/mo
     
  • Level 8 VPS Hosting: 5.05 GHz CPU; 3801 MB RAM; 198 GB disk space; 2700 GB bandwidth; two IP addresses. $189.95/mo
     
  • Level 9 VPS Hosting: 5.94 GHz CPU; 4435 MB RAM; 231 GB disk space; 3150 GB bandwidth; two IP addresses. $219.95/mo
     
  • Basic Linux Dedicated Server: Intel Xeon E3-1220LV2 2.3GHz CPU; 100 Mbps Uplink; 4 GB DDR3 Memory; 500 GB RAID-1 Drives;  10 TB Bandwidth; Up to 5 Dedicated IPs. $174/mo
     
  • Standard Linux Dedicated Server: Intel Xeon E3-1265L 2.5GHz CPU; 100 Mbps Uplink; 4 GB DDR3 Memory; 500 GB RAID-1 Drives; 10 TB Bandwidth; Up to 5 Dedicated IPs. $219/mo
     
  • Elite Linux Dedicated Server: Intel Xeon E3-1265L 2.5GHz CPU; 100 Mbps Uplink; 8 GB DDR3 Memory; 500 GB RAID-1 Drives; 10 TB Bandwidth; Up to 5 Dedicated IPs. $279/mo
     
  • Pro Linux Dedicated Server: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz CPU; 100 Mbps Uplink; 16 GB DDR3 Memory; 1 TB RAID-1 Drives; 10 TB Bandwidth; Up to 5 Dedicated IPs. $374/mo
     
  • Basic Windows Dedicated Server: Intel Xeon E3-1220LV2 2.3GHz CPU; 100 Mbps Uplink; 4 GB RAM; 2x 500 GB (dual) Drives; 10 TB Bandwidth; 5 IP Addresses; WebMatrix Ready; $174/mo
     
  • Standard Windows Dedicated Server: Intel Xeon E3-1265L 2.5GHz CPU; 100 Mbps Uplink; 4 GB RAM; 2x 500 GB (dual) Drives; 10 TB Bandwidth; 5 IP Addresses; WebMatrix Ready; $219/mo
     
  • Elite Windows Dedicated Server: Intel Xeon E3-1265L 2.5GHz CPU; 100 Mbps Uplink; 8 GB RAM; 2x 500 GB (Dual) Drives; 10 TB Bandwidth; 5 IP Addresses; WebMatrix Ready; $279/mo
     
  • Pro Windows Dedicated Server: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz CPU; 100 Mbps Uplink; 16 GB RAM; 2x 1000GB (dual) Drives; 10 TB Bandwidth; 5 IP Addresses WebMatrix Ready; $374/mo
Clair

Very easy to build your own...

I am a novice website builder but have used Hostgator for a few websites and have recommended them to friends because it is very easy to get going and build your own website. I haven't been without issues but find their live chat support on the whole pretty good and friendly. They have always resolved my query either there and then or giving me the information I need to resolve it myself. As a novice I am not familiar with everything there is to know but what I do need to know is easy to find and easy to work with.
Score
4.7/5
4.7
Control Panel Use
5
Customer Support
5
Reliability & Uptime
5
Features
4
Price Value
4
Recommend:
Yes
Eliza

Very nice service...

It's a pretty nice service, a lot of scripts and ways to keep your site up to date and good looking, easy to use. Something I love is that Hostgator use wind powered energy. So my hosting it's not a contaminant central. :)
Score
5.0/5
5
Control Panel Use
5
Customer Support
5
Reliability & Uptime
5
Features
5
Price Value
5
Recommend:
Yes
Bill

When looking for...

When looking for a web hosting company I tried several others but got little, if any, help in answering my initial questions. Hosting gator were excellent and I subsequently developed my site with their tools (very intuitive. Any queries were promptly dealt with in courteous and efficient manner. I will continue to use them.
Score
4.8/5
4.8
Control Panel Use
5
Customer Support
5
Reliability & Uptime
4
Features
5
Price Value
5
Recommend:
Yes
Hanna

Implausible

HostGator is implausible. Offers many features, and has several CMS selections when it comes to building out your site. Made my experience fun and easy with their managed hosting options. Its been reliable since the very beginning with good VPS uptime. Pleased with their services! :)
Score
4.8/5
4.8
Control Panel Use
5
Customer Support
5
Reliability & Uptime
5
Features
5
Price Value
4
Recommend:
Yes
Ken

I have found

I have found my experience with Hostgator to be most enjoyable and I have not had any problem. I am honored to recommend the company to any and all my friends.
Score
5.0/5
5
Control Panel Use
5
Customer Support
5
Reliability & Uptime
5
Features
5
Price Value
5
Recommend:
Yes

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