HostGator Review

hostgator-hosting.jpgBefore I start off, let me say that I’m a fan of HostGator.com hosting and have been a customer for several years. They offer affordable hosting packages and generally, their support is top notch.

In this review, I’ll be covering what HostGator offers as far as hosting options go, features, support, and more. Hopefully by the time you’re finished reading my review, you’ll have a better idea of whether or not Host Gator will be a good fit for your needs.

HostGator was started in 2002 by Brent Oxley, is a privately held web site hosting company, and is headquartered in Houston, TX. When Brent initially founded the company, it was based in Boca Raton, FL. In January 2007, the company relocated to a 20,000 square foot office building in Houston to keep up with their growth.

HostGator.com offers both Linux and Windows web host services in a variety of price levels. Currently, Windows hosting is only available with their dedicated server packages but shared Windows web hosting will soon be an option.

There are currently three basic shared Linux webhosting plans available:

  • Hatchling – $4.95 per month, 1 domain, 3,000 GB bandwidth, 350 GB disk space
  • Baby – $7.95 per month, unlimited domains, 6,000 GB bandwidth, 600 GB disk space
  • Swamp – $12.95 per month, unlimited domains, unlimited bandwidth, 1000 GB storage space

The HostGator reseller hosting packages include five options, all of which allow for unlimited domains:

  • Aluminum – $24.95 per month, 250 GB bandwidth, 24 GB disk space
  • Copper – $34.95 per month, 350 GB bandwidth, 40 GB disk space
  • Silver – $49.95 per month, 500 GB bandwidth, 600 GB of storage space
  • Gold – $74.95 per month, 700 GB bandwidth, 100 GB storage
  • Diamond – $99.95 per month, 700 GB bandwidth, 100 GB disk space

Host Gator also offers dedicated servers, available at four different pricing levels:

  • Basic – $174 per month, Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
  • Standard – $219 per month, Dual-core 3040 Xeon
  • Elite – $279 per month, Dual-core 3040 Xeon
  • Pro – $374 per month, Quad-core 3210 Xeon

HostGator also offers excellent customer support (via live chat, toll-free phone number, or web based support ticket system), a site builder, and free domain transfer, file transfers, database transfers, and script transfers.

The HostGator sign up process is quick and straight forward and the monthly payment can be billed to your credit card or Paypal account.

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