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Hostgator Web Hosting Review

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HostGator Web Hosting – 2023

HostGator Review: Is It the Right Provider for You?

HostGator is an excellent web hosting service that offers excellent customer service, top-tier uptime, and an array of powerful tools, including a terrific website builder for bloggers and small businesses.

Every business needs a website, whether it’s a fully functioning e-commerce setup or a simple blog to post daily updates. Either way, you need a web hosting service. The stacked HostGator is a top choice, as it includes feature-rich cloud, WordPress, virtual private server (VPS), and dedicated server packages. However, it’s the company’s shared plans that stand out from the very crowded web hosting pack. In fact, HostGator’s shared packages are so robust that the service is our Editors’ Choice winner in the shared hosting category.

Hostgator General Info & Hosting Overview

HostGator offers a pretty solid 99.90% uptime guarantee, this means that your site will experience 8h 41m 38s of downtime per year. If you’re looking for reliability, HostGator is the cream of the crop –  this kind of consistency is good for any site, but if you’re looking to set up an ecommerce store it might be quite the loss. Time is money, after all!

On shared plans there’s also DreamHost that beats HostGator’s uptime with an astounding 100% uptime. And on VPS plans Liquid Web which also has a staggering 100% uptime. Otherwise HostGator stands firmly in the middle with its uptime guarantee. What HostGator’s uptime means is that if your shared or reseller server is down for longer than nine hours per year, you’ll get a month of credit for the plan you’ve chosen.

Shared Hosting With HostGator

4.8/5

4.8

Shared hosting, if you’re not familiar with the category, is a type of web hosting that sees multiple sites living on a single server. In this setup, sites share the server resources (hence the name), so a large traffic surge on Site A can, unfortunately, impact Site B’s performance in a negative fashion. Shared hosting is a good option if you’re looking for cheap hosting; if you want more server resources devoted to your site, you need to go the VPS or dedicated hosting routes. HostGator offers month-to-month shared web hosting plans, but it pushes you hard to sign up for longer terms, starting at six months. We don’t like that during the signup process HostGator defaults to a three-year term, like many other web hosts. It’s one thing to encourage users to skip month-to-month service, but pushing them into three years from the start is a bit much. That said, HostGator offers Linux and Windows-based shared hosting packages that give small- and medium-sized businesses room to grow. For Linux services, HostGator offers the Hatchling plan (starting at $11.95 per month, or $9.99 per month with an annual plan) that includes unlimited disk space, monthly data transfers, and email addresses. It also features a free SSL (secure socket layer), plus support for one domain and third-party applications such as content management systems and e-commerce platforms. The Baby plan (starting at $12.95 per month, or $14.99 per month with an annual plan) builds on the Hatchling offering by adding unlimited domains. The top-tier Business plan (starting at $17.95 per month, or $18.99 per month with an annual plan) includes highly specialized options, such as free dedicated IP, SEO tools for your business, and the speedy Cloudflare CDN (content delivery network).

For Windows-based shared hosting, Hostgator offers the Personal Plan (starting at $9.95 per month, or $14.99 per month with an annual commitment). This features unlimited disk space, unlimited monthly data transfers, a free SSL, and support for a single domain. The more robust Enterprise plan (starting at $19.95 per month) includes the above features, as well as support for five domains. Note that HostGator’s annual commitments aren’t always cheaper than their monthly counterparts, which is unusual. Generally, you receive a discount when paying for servers in 12-month (or more) blocks. With HostGator, some annual, biennial, and triennial plans actually cost more than the per-month renewal subscription. For example, you’ll pay $12.95 per month for the Baby Plan, but the price increases to $14.99 per month with an annual commitment. This is the case for several HostGator’s WordPress plans as well, not just the shared hosting packages. In fact, we spoke with a customer service rep who was seemingly surprised and confused by the price structure. Use this pricing table to help make an informed decision before committing to a package. Still, HostGator’s rich shared hosting packages offer unlimited storage, email, and monthly databases that give business plenty of room to grow. In short, it’s a great service for shared hosting packages.

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HostGator Web Hosting Pricing Table

Plan Name

Storage

Bandwidth

Free SSL

Number of Sites

Price

 

Hatchling Plan

Unlimited

Unlimited

+

1

$2.75

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Baby Plan

Unlimited

Unlimited

+

Unlimited

$3.50

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Business Plan

Unlimited

Unlimited

+

Unlimited

$5.25

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Dedicated Web Hosting With HostGator

4.8/5

4.8

Dedicated hosting is a potent iteration of web hosting that sees your site existing on a server all by itself. As a result, this expensive hosting is also the most powerful. If you expect lots of traffic, it’s what should power your website. HostGator’s dedicated server packages begin with the Value tier (starting at $179.99 per month). With Value, you get 8GB of RAM, 1TB of HDD storage, and unlimited email and monthly data transfers. Next up is Power Server (starting at $239 per month), which includes 16GB of RAM and 2TB of HDD storage (or 512GB of SSD storage). The high-end Enterprise Server (starting at $279 per month) contains 30GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. HostGator’s dedicated servers come in both Linux and Windows flavors, which isn’t as commonplace as you might think; Linux tends to dominate the field. In fact, HostGator is one of the few web hosts we’ve tested that scored well and offers both operating systems. Even DreamHost, one of our favorite hosting services, lacks Windows-based dedicated servers. That said, Hostgator isn’t the Editors’ Choice pick for dedicated hosting. That title goes to AccuWeb. AccuWeb has an impressive feature set. Its dedicated hosting packages start at $105 per month, but they scale in price and power depending on your needs. The servers come in either Linux or Windows flavors, too. Still, HostGator’s dedicated hosting offerings are nothing to sneeze at. Check them out if you’re in need of dedicated hosting with high-capacity SSD storage.

HostGator Dedicated Server

Plan Name

Storage

Bandwidth

CPU

RAM

Price

 

Value Server

1 TB HDD

unlimited

4 Core / 8 Thread Intel Xeon-D CPU

8 GB

$89.98

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Power Server

2 TB or 512 GB SSD HDD

 

unlimited

8 Core / 16 Thread Intel Xeon-D CPU

16 GB

$120

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Enterprise Server

1 TB SSD

unlimited

Intel Xeon-D CPU

30 GB

$140

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VPS Web Hosting With HostGator

4.8/5

4.8

Virtual private server (VPS) hosting is for people who want more server horsepower than what shared hosting offers. VPS hosting also sees multiple sites living on a server, though far fewer in number than what you’ll find on a shared hosting server. You’ll pay more for a VPS server, but you get more server power in return. HostGator offers three, Linux-based VPS hosting tiers. If you need more power, expect high traffic volumes, or have specific compliance requirements that prevent you from using shared servers (but you don’t want to pay dedicated server prices), these are good options to consider. The most basic VPS plan, Snappy 2000 (starting at $79.95 per month), offers 2GB of RAM, 120GB of SSD disk space, and unlimited email and monthly data transfers. The mid-tier Snappy 4000 package (starting at $119.95 per month), builds upon Snappy with 4GB of RAM and 165GB of SSD storage. The most advanced plan, Snappy 8000 (starting at $149.95 per month), offers 8GB of RAM and 240GB of SSD storage. The plans are flexible, but not quite as well-rounded as Hostwinds, our Editors’ Choice winner for VPS hosting. Hostwinds has wallet-friendly VPS offerings that start at $16.99 per month for 1GB of RAM, 30GB of disk space, 1TB of monthly data transfers, and unlimited email. Plans scale up to $574 per month for 96GB of RAM, 750GB of disk space, 9TB of monthly data transfers, and unlimited email. Hostwinds’ VPS plans also have a Windows operating system option, which is something that HostGator doesn’t offer.

HostGator VPS Hosting Pricing Table

Plan Name

Storage

Bandwidth

CPU

RAM

Price

 

Snappy 2000

120 GB

unlimited

2 CORES

2 GB

$23.95

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Snappy 4000

165 GB

unlimited

2 CORES

4 GB

$34.95

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Snappy 8000

240 GB

unlimited

4 CORES

8 GB

$59.95

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4.7/5

Easy-to-use website builder is great for first-timers, and the team offers done-for-you website building

4.7

4.7/5

Super fast servers

Great customer support

1-click WordPress install

4.7

4.7/5

Stellar uptime in testing. Excellent dedicated hosting plans. Offers a choice of Linux or Windows servers

4.7

4.7/5

Utilizing SSD-only storage for files and databases storage and providing Global CDN access

Cloud Web Hosting With HostGator

4.8/5

4.8

HostGator, like the many other web hosts that PCMag has reviewed over the years, also offers cloud hosting. With cloud hosting, the resources that your site needs to operate are shared across multiple servers. The benefits? You can scale resources in real time, as your site isn’t limited to physical server constraints. HostGator’s cloud hosting service—unlike that of DreamHost, the category’s other Editors’ Choice winner—is only available via the Linux platform; if you want the Windows operating system, you must look elsewhere. Still, HostGator has attractive cloud hosting plans that are worth your consideration. The Cloud Hatchling plan (starting at $12.95 per month) comes with 2GB RAM and unlimited email, monthly data transfers, and storage. From there, Cloud Baby (starting at $13.95 per month) adds unlimited domains and ups the RAM to 4GB. At the top of the offerings is Cloud Business (starting at $19.95 per month), which includes 6GB of RAM, a dedicated IP address, and free SEO tools. 1&1 Ionos, our other Editors’ Choice winner for cloud hosting, is designed for enterprise-level businesses. You’ll find 16-core CPUs, servers with 48GB of RAM, and other high-end specs. You can greatly customize your package, too. Please read that review for in-depth details.

HostGator Cloud Hosting

Plan Name

Storage

Bandwidth

CPU

RAM

Price

 

Hatchling Plan

unlimited

unlimited

2 CORES

2 GB

$4.95

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Baby Plan

unlimited

unlimited

4 CORES

4 GB

$6.57

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Business Plan

unlimited

unlimited

6 CORES

6 GB

$9.95

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WordPress Web Hosting With HostGator

4.8/5

4.8

HostGator lets you install the WordPress content management system (CMS) onto any of its servers, but the web host also offers three tiers of pre-installed, managed WordPress web hosting: Starter, Standard, and Business. Starter (starting at $17.95 per month, or $14.99 per month with an annual plan) offers 100,000 visits per month, the ability to host just one WordPress site, and unlimited email. Standard (starting at $24.99, or $18.99 per month with an annual plan) ups things to two WordPress sites and 200,000 monthly visits. Business (starting at $27.95 per month) grants three WordPress sites, 500,000 monthly visits, and unlimited storage. All plans come with page caching and an optimized WordPress hosting environment. That said, A2, Bluehost, and WP Engine—our co-Editors’ Choice picks for WordPress hosting—top HostGator with slightly more robust packages. Please check out those reviews for a deeper dive into their WordPress offerings. WordPress is easy to set up on HostGator even if you don’t go the managed-WordPress route. The customer portal has an option called Quick Links that opens a dedicated interface for installing third-party applications. There’s also a handy shortcut called Get Started With WordPress Today that leads to the Quick Links interface. We set the path to my blog’s installation, entered the username for the WordPress administrator account, and clicked on the install button. As easy as that, our site was up and running. HostGator also automatically installed the WP-Super-Cache plug-in to help improve blog performance. If you’re looking for even more plug-ins to give your site a boost, check out The Best WordPress Plug-Ins for Supercharging Your Website. In testing, the process of setting up our WordPress site was easy, because the database was already there. There was also a link to the Mojo Marketplace under WordPress services, with premium add-ons and services for our blog. HostGator itself lacks a blog-import button, but WordPress makes the import process easy enough.

HostGator WordPress Hosting

Plan Name

Storage

Number of Sites

Backup

Price

 

Starter Plan

unlimited

1

+

$5.95

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Standard Plan

unlimited

2

+

$7.95

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Business Plan

unlimited

3

+

$9.95

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Building a HostGator-Powered Website

4.8/5

4.8

It’s a good thing HostGator sends a getting-started email with links to all the resources you need to create a website, because the interface is a bit clunky. HostGator has a Billing Login link at the top of its site that leads to the customer portal, where all the payment information, details about your plan, and options to purchase add-ons are listed. This page has tabs across the top for account and domain management. The Hosting tab is where you see the actual control panel with site-building tools, applications, website statistics, and more. The introductory email also has a direct link for the control panel, but it looks different from what you’d get through the Hosting tab, making the experience a bit confusing at first. HostGator has several options for building a website, including HostGator’s excellent, simple-to-use Gator website builder. The drag-and-drop functionality let me quickly build an attractive page complete with slideshows, contact forms, social media links, and more in no time. You can also install WordPress or other CMS platforms, such as b2evolutions, Drupal, Joomla, Mambo, and Tiki, to name a few. A File Manager tool lets you manually upload files to the server to create the website that way. The tool is better than a basic FTP client, because you can edit the files directly or use a built-in HTML editor. HostGator blesses you with a free domain name if you sign up for at least 12 months of cloud, shared, or WordPress hosting—dedicated and VPS hosting do not qualify. That’s not an unusual feature in the web hosting space, but it is a nice touch. There are two caveats, however. The no-cost period lasts for one year, and your desired domain must end in either the .com, .org, or .net extensions. If you already own a domain name ending in one of the aforementioned extensions, HostGator will transfer it to a server free of charge. If you want to know more about site building, check out The Best Courses for Learning How to Build Websites and How to Create a Blog.

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HostGator Reseller Hosting

Plan Name

Storage

Bandwidth

Number of Sites

Price

 

Aluminum Plan

60 GB

600 GB

Unlimited

$19.95

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Copper Plan

90 GB

900 GB

Unlimited

$24.95

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Silver Plan

140 GB

1400 GB

Unlimited

$24.95

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If you plan to create a website using a CMS system, you’ll be pleased to know that HostGator’s WordPress hosting option comes with convenient one-click installation. It also offers support for Joomla and Drupal, and the ecommerce platform Magento. The standout feature on HostGator’s basic plan is the free email marketing software it provides through Constant Contact. This feature is incredibly valuable, because it allows you to build an audience through consistent newsletters and automated email campaigns. Just like strong uptime, email marketing is an asset for any site, but it’s particularly helpful for ecommerce sites.

EIG is a massive corporation that owns brands like Bluehost, Constant Contact, iPage and HostGator. Being 100% honest, I am usually not too excited to test their products, they all seem to follow a discouraging pattern:

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Advantages of Hostgator:

1- Efficient support .- HostGator provides a knowledge base, phone, email, and live chat support. The last option is the fastest, connecting us to a service rep within about 15 seconds.
2- Reliable – HostGator has posted a 99.98% uptime over the last 24 months. They’ve been consistent with 99.98-100% uptime for several months.
3- Fast.-
 Their loading times are extremely fast, thus preventing the client from leaving the web and strengthening their SEO.
4- 45-Day Money-Back Guarantee .- HostGator is so confident in their service that they extend the industry-average 30-day refund policy an extra two weeks or so to 45 days.
5- Site Security Features Available.- HostGator’s shared hosting plans are fairly bare-bones. You’re getting enough for one site, but not a whole lot of extras on top of it.
6- Free Site & cPanel Migrations.- If this isn’t your first site, and you’re trying to move an existing one over, HostGator’s got your back.

Hostgator Prices, Hosting Plans:

Pros & Cons of Using Hostgator Hosting

Pros

Cons

Conclusion

HostGator’s shared hosting does offer a lot of benefits. The uptime has really improved over the past year or so. The customer service was good. And the plethora of beginner-friendly options make it user-friendly.
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Hard to deal with their customer center – too many upsells and hidden fees. IMO, performance wasn’t satisfactory.

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