In this article, we shall review HostGator and before we begin, we’ve to say it is one of the best hosting companies. Read on to find out the good and the bad side of the provider.
HostGator is one of the oldest providers in the hosting space having been founded in 2002. It is one of the top-ranked providers of shared, VPS, dedicated and reseller web hosting. It has several plans that meet the needs of both individual site owners and Fortune 500 companies.
The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas although it was established in Boca Raton, Florida. The name Gator comes from its roots (in case you were wondering) as it was founded at Florida Atlantic University. HostGator currently has over 12,000 servers globally and 8 million+ domains which makes up roughly 1% of the internet.
Here are some of things to expect as you read down our review:
- Plans & pricing
- Customer support
Performance remains one of those things that you can’t just settle for less, unless of course, you want less for your website.
Of all the hosting companies, we have tested in the past, only a handful have better uptime than HostGator. HostGator’s uptime guarantee is almost unbeatable at 99.99%. To bring this into perspective, your website (if hosted by HostGator) will only be down for less than 1 hour in a year.
If a reliable web hosting provider is what you’re looking for, look no further than HostGator. You’re assured of consistency which is very useful especially if you run an eCommerce site.
The company has fast server speeds as well which means you can’t go wrong with this provider.
The best alternatives to Hostgator are:
The company has 4 different hosting options each with different plans: shared web hosting, VPS, dedicated, and managed WordPress hosting. Below is a summary of each.
Shared web hosting
This is the simplest and most-affordable hosting option offered. Plans here come with several features such as free website transfer, domain & SSL Certificate, unmetered bandwidth, and free domain.
Managed WordPress hosting
WordPress hosting is designed to cater to the needs of site owners looking to host WordPress sites. The plans come with free WordPress migration that allows you to move your site to HostGator from a different company at no charges at all.
VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting
VPS hosting allows you to host your site in a way that mimics dedicated hosting. You share the server resources with other users but it does give you the feeling that you’re using your own server. It is ideal for owners that have outgrown shared hosting but can’t afford dedicated hosting. Plans come with limited bandwidth, disk space, CPU and RAM depending on their price as we shall see below.
Dedicated hosting is the most expensive hosting option and it is suited to large corporations and business whose needs can only be met by servers that are not shared with any other users. HostGator provides both HDD and SSD hard drive options alongside top notch security. Users also get priority support and advanced management.
Shared web hosting
There are three different plans under shared website hosting. The lowest plan, Hatchling Plan comes with a single domain, unmetered bandwidth, free SSL & domain, 1-click WP installs, and free WP/cPanel site transfer all at $2.75/month.
The next plan, Baby, comes with everything in the lowest plan except for unlimited domains. This plan starts at $3.95/month. The Business plan is at the top and features everything in the Baby plan in addition to Free SEO tools and dedicated IP. Pricing starts at $5.59/month.
The VPS hosting option comes with three different plans i.e.
|Snappy 2000||Snappy 4000||Snappy 8000|
|RAM||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB|
|CPU||2 Cores||2 Cores||4 Cores|
|Disk space||120 GB||165 GB||240 GB|
|Bandwidth||1.5 TB||2 TB||3 TB|
Pricing starts at $ 19.95/month for the lowest plan, Snappy 2000. The two higher end plans Snappy 4000 and Snappy 8000 costs $ 29.95/month and $ 39.95/month respectively.
The dedicated option has three plans as highlighted below:
|Value server||Power server||Enterprise server|
|Thread Intel Xeon-D CPU||8||16||16|
|Storage||1 TB HDD||2 TB HDD OR 512 GB SSD||1 TB SSD|
|RAM||8 GB||16 GB||30 GB|
The value server costs $ 89.98/month whereas the power server costs $ 119.89/month. The highest plan, enterprise server costs $ 139.99/ month.
HostGator offers three WordPress hosting plans.
The lowest plan, Starter, costs $ 5.95/month and supports 1 site. It comes with free SSL certificate, free domain, 1 GB backup, and allows up to 100k visits per month.
The middle-ground plan, Standard, allows 2 sites and 200k visits per month. It comes with all features in the Starter plan except for 2 GB backups. The standard plan costs $ 7.95/month.
The highest WordPress hosting plan, Business, costs $ 9.95/month. This plan supports 3 sites and allows up to 500k visits per month. You also get similar features in the business plan in addition to 3 GB backups.
The free domain offered by HostGator lasts 1 year after which you have to pay a renewal fee to use it.
HostGator also offers a drag and drop website builder on its website. You can use this builder to create your site from scratch and proceed to host it here. The builder comes with several customizable templates spread across 20 categories such as personal portfolio, wildlife and photography.
Overall, the website builder struggles to compete with builders such as Weebly and Squarespace. It might be a good idea to use a different website builder if you can.
All HostGator Australia plans come with free SSL certificates and the company offers protection against DDoS attacks. The datacenters also come with security features to protect against distributed denial of service. The provider has a SiteLock security add-on that you can purchase to strengthen the security of your site.
Customer support is another area where HostGator performs well. The providers offers live chat support that’s available all-around the clock. The company also offers telephone support for users that prefer phone service.
If you have any inquiries you can alternatively go through the extensive knowledge base to find articles that answer your questions. The knowledge base has plenty of articles and guides that address the most common issues users face ranging from design to domains.
The knowledge base has a search button that makes it easier to find the articles you’re looking for. It is worth giving the knowledge base a shot before contacting customer support.
Pros and Cons
Pros of HostGator Australia
- Great uptime guarantee
- Has scalable plans
- HostGator plans have a good value for your money
- Plans beyond Hatchling come with unlimited resources
Cons of HostGator Australia
- Speeds fall below average some times
- Recently HostGator has upsells which can be irritating at times
Conclusion: Is HostGator right for you?
HostGator is one of the top-ranked hosting companies in the market today. It has excellent uptime, good customer support, and comes with a 45-day money-back guarantee. We definitely recommend it to anyone looking to host his/her website.