I've been using Host Gator for the past 3 years for my personal hosting, starting with a 'Baby' plan for a simple WordPress blog. As my needs have grown I've upgraded steadily to a 'Business' plan. This is one of the things that I really like about HostGator, the ability to upgrade or downgrade accounts quickly and efficiently is a breeze.
Given my hassle free experience I decided to move the large majority of my web clients on to HostGator. I felt that with the excellent 24/7 Live Chat support it gave me enough confidence to host people's web sites knowing that I could get issues resolved quickly.
I use HostGator for clients that have the potential to get moderate/high traffic, need a comfortable amount of space (eg. unlimited) and sometimes wish to host multiple sites or blogs off 1 account.
They also have easy WordPress/Joomla/Drupal setup programs, great tutorials, large knowledge base, and great support to help you through the process of setting up a site.
Another great thing about Host Gator is the 45 day money back guarantee, making it a risk free trial of their service. Most hosts only do 30 days, but Host Gator go that extra bit further which always gives my clients great peace of mind.
Below are some pro's and con's that I've experience whilst using HostGator over the past 3 years.
Pro's Con's Reliable Servers. I've experienced 3 minutes of downtime in past 6 months. (99.9% uptime is above benchmark of 99%) Does not include a free domain, but I recommend purchasing one cheaply from GoDaddy. Multiple plans to suit everyone's needs and budgets. Plans can be slightly expensive without the use of coupons. Rated #1 customer service support team.
- 24/7 Live Chat
- 24/7 Phone Support
- Speedy email ticketing system
- Twitter support via @hostgator If you have a large shared site with a lot of streaming video or database scripts you can overuse the CPU. I've only experienced this once when one of my sites got 12,000+ hits in one day. 45 day money back guarantee. However, if your looking for more flexibility & power, HostGator allows you to upgrade. They don't kick you off like other shared hosts. Free web site transfer from old web host. Free web site builder & templates. 1-click installers for WordPress, Drupal, Shopping Carts, Forums... Top-quality security and backups to stop data theft or loss.
Environmentally friendly green web host. 130% wind powered means they are more than just offsetting but they are trying to reduce emissions.
The Final Word
Well, I guess this is why I put this site together. I strongly believe in HostGator's ability to host all types of sites. They range from simple shared hosting plans, to Virtual Private Servers, all the way to Dedicated Servers.
Check out HostGators plans and features to find out which plan will suit you.