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Hostgator Review

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  • 45 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Unlimited Space & Traffic
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$ 3.96/mo

  • Introduction

    HostGator web hosting services offer unlimited web hosting some of the most flexible three-tiered hosting options on the market, and at competitive prices. The HostGator packages can be tailored to suit a business of any size, with add-on options to suit any intended purpose. Additionally, Reseller and VPS hosting options are available to clients.

  • Features

    HostGator offers website hosting for three different levels: Hatchling, Baby, and Business. A prospective client can select the price and service level to match both the needs and the budget of a proposed website.

    The different packages offer these differentiated features:
    The Hatchling Hosting package includes five hundred Gigabytes of online disk space, while the Baby offers two hundred and the Business promises unlimited Gigabytes of storage.
    The Hatchling Hosting package supports a bandwidth of one thousand Gigabytes, while the Baby Hosting package runs at two thousand five hundred, and the Business Hosting package flies with unlimited Gigabytes of bandwidth.
    The Hatchling Hosting package includes one database, while the Baby and Business Hosting offer unlimited numbers of databases.
    The Hatchling Hosting package supports a single website (and as many as ten sub domains), while the Baby and Business Hosting packages support unlimited numbers of distinct websites, with unlimited numbers of sub domains. 
    The Hatchling Hosting Package supports up to one hundred email addresses associated with the account, while the Professional and Business Hosting packages support unlimited email accounts.
    In addition to the variable features listed above, every hosting package includes the following features:
    Instant activation and free set-up of websites.
    Regular back-ups performed network-wide.
    A search credit with Google valued at seventy-five dollars, and a Yahoo search credit valued at twenty-five dollars.
    Easy integration with the WordPress blogging platform.
    An application installer from Softaculous.
    Free use of the Website Builder design tool.
    Email accounts include Spam Assassin, POP3 and IMAP support, webmail options, security encription (GnuPG PGP), auto responders, forwarding, and aliases.
    Advanced features included PHP 5, use of FTP to transfer data, use of Python, custom php.ini files, any type of MIME file, customizable error pages through Apage, editor for Cron Job, editor for DNS zone, Peri-CGI as well as Hatchling CGI-BIN, use of file handlers, a GD library of graphics, support for ImageMagick 5+, PHP Nuke, protection for hotlink, and curl library.
    HostGator offers one of the market’s most advanced sets of site statistics tools, including file analysis of the analog log, reports tracking visitor views, statistics on sub-domains, access to the raw data from log files, and AWStats advanced web statistics.
    Businesses can enjoy the features to support e-commerce, including OSCommerce; integration of the Zen Cart, Cube Cart, Agora Cart, or Magento, support for merchant accounts and PayPal, and directories with password protection.
    Web design is supported with the free use of the Website Builder tool, as well as support for FTP client, an instant blog tool, forum building, guest book and form-building tools, and support for Dreamweaver.
    In addition to the offerings of direct web hosting, HostGator also offers options of VPS Cloud Hosting (at nine tiered levels customizable to user needs), as well as Reseller Hosting. Prospective Resellers can choose from five tiers, ranging from Reseller Aluminum to Reseller Diamond. Each Reseller account supports an unlimited number of resold accounts, differentiated by variations in speed and storage space.
  • Control Panel

    Host Gator's control panel uses the most used control in the industry, cPanel. The website offers a free demo login to test-drive the user experience. Individual clients enjoy the use of the intuitive control panel for each website, while reseller accounts include the administrative use of a webmaster’s control panel, from which the individual accounts can be created and managed.

  • Pricing

    The Hatchling Hosting package costs four dollars per month, with an additional annual charge of $12.50 for a domain name registration. The Baby hosting package goes for just over six dollars per month and includes free domain name registration. The business Hosting package costs just over ten dollars monthly, and includes both domain registration and an SSL security certificate.  

    These quoted prices are available for a client who selects a three-year term of service, with higher per-month charges for those who prefer to be billed at smaller intervals. The SSL certificate can be purchased for thirty-three dollars by clients who choose the Hatchling or Baby package. Continuous back-up of online data is performed for free for users of the Baby and Business packages, or for and additional fee of three dollars per month by users who select the Hatchling package. Any user can opt to use the DropClick design tool for website building for an additional twelve dollar fee. VPS Cloud hosting and Reseller hosting are available for prices ranging from twenty dollars monthly to one hundred dollars per month. Every plan carries a one hundred percent guarantee of money back for the first sixty days if a client is dissatisfied with the service.
  • Customer Support

    Live customer support is available by toll-free telephone around the clock and every day of the week. Tech support is also available through live chat and email. Additionally, the HostGator website offers a thorough FAQ section, a client-oriented blog, a web hosting glossary, a members’ forum for sharing experience, and an online media center full of resources.

  • Reliability

    The data center supporting HostGator services boasts some of the best technology in the business, guaranteeing reliable performance without interruption. 

    The infrastructure supporting the HostGator systems boasts Cent operating system 5 with Apache 2, a Gigabit level Ethernet, redundancy of RAID 10, compliance with SAS 70 Type II, and redundant and backup power sources and network carriers. The facilities themselves are located in a disaster-safe area with industry-specific cooling, smoke detection, security, and monitoring.
  • Hostgator Final Conclusion

    HostGator holds to its promise to “eat up the competition.” The varying package options enable prospective clients to tailor their choices to precisely suit their own needs. Particularly when a client is willing to commit to a lengthier term of service and billing cycle the prices for HostGator services are unbeatable, and the tools are friendly to every level of user.

    489%Review by: - Feb. 19, 2015

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