HostGator: Web Hosting Review 2018

Hey Buddy,

Let’s review Hostgator, one of the most popular shared web hosting service provider in the industry.

You would definitely agree with the fact that finding out a cheap web hosting service is not a big deal in today’s world. It’s just a search away on google. But you would also agree that finding a cheap yet reliable hosting service demands some exposure.

You can only do so, if you would have experienced it’s hosting, by using it, or you are technical enough to examine it without using it.

But why not use others experience to learn and guide your own decisions. It saves time, energy and money.

In case you missed our previous enlightening discussion about Web Hosting, you may see it here. We already have discussed web hosting in detail, generalizing shared web hosting with it.

In case you haven’t started your blog yet. You can use some help from us. No time waster guide, mentioning every thing in details, which just needs to follow.

Now coming back to our discussion, let’s start by learning something in brief about HostGator.

About HostGator: 

Founded in October 2002 (Old) Head Quartered at Huston, Texas, US. Grew aggressively and got its 200,000 customers in 2009 (Aggressive). Right now Hostgator is hosting approx 9,000,000 domains. Hostgator has employee strength of 500+ (Experienced).

Hostgator guarantees 24 X 7 X 365 support to its customers via Telephone, Live Chat, and Email (Reliable).

Fun fact:

Even founder Brent Oxley was confused while naming registering his domain name and that why you must know how to choose a domain name.

HostGator Performance:

I always prefer to check the performance first. Once satisfied with the performance, then move ahead to see the pricing, as price without performance doesn’t count for me.

Speed Test:

Why speed test? Faster websites are loved and ranked higher by search engines and are good at retaining their customers more.

Certain studies have found that delay by a second cost 7% of your conversion,11% of your web traffic and 16% less satisfied customers. Simplifying it, if your site earns $100,000 a day, then it may lose 2.5 million in sales this year.

To do the speed test I used Pingdom and you may see the results in the screenshot below:

Hostgator Speed Test

 

Load Test:

I used LoadImpact to run this test. It creates virtual users and gradually sends them to 100 users. Below is the screenshot of the same:

Hostgator Load Test

You can see it performed consistently, maintaining its response time, lowest of which is 5.16 seconds, which is not bad at all.

Up Time:

As we know the importance of uptime, discussed in my previous article (which you may find here), we decided to check that as well. You may see the result by yourself in the screenshot below:

Hostgator Up Time

Server Response Time:

The test above can be said as inaccurate in terms of server response time, which tells how quickly the server responds to users requests.

To test server response time I used another tool called Bitcatcha, which records only server’s response time from different locations to user request. Below is the screenshot of the result:

Hostgator Server Response Time

Now that we have analyzed its performance, we can move ahead to see what it has for us.

Types of Hosting:

Though Hostgator hosting provides all kind of hosting services available in the market, but we’ll keep our focus on the 2 (Shared & WordPress), as both are Linux hosting and are preferred for WordPress hosting.

Hostgator WordPress Hosting Plans:

Hostgator WordPress Hosting

However, if you are willing to pay a sum near to $6 for WordPress hosting, then I have something more beneficial for you. You can grab an exclusive discount offered exclusively to Start Ur Blog reader with Inmotion Hosting. To avail the discount, which is less than $5, click here. But before you go for it, I would recommend you to have detailed insight over Inmotion hosting.

Sorry for bringing another hosting service provider in between, but I was not able to stop myself. I am a fan of Inmotion Hosting Services. It was irresistible for me to ignore it, on the node, where I can get an exclusive discount to my readers with an awesome hosting service provider.

Now coming back to Hostgator Shared Web Hosting.

Hostgator Shared Web Hosting Plans:

Hostgator has 3 plans in shared hosting (brief yourself on shared hosting here).

Hostgator Shared Hosting

Well if you buy it now (without any additional service) you can get it all below $100 for 36 months. Isn’t that awesome.

Hostgator Buy Now Price

Pros on shared hosting plans with HostGator:

Uptime:

Hostgator Guarantees an uptime of 99.99%, which is fully guaranteed by the CEO itself. Anything below that will help you get one month credit right in your account;

Billing Flexibility:

You can opt for monthly or yearly billing for your hosting service. Longer billing period serves most discount to you;

Hassle-Free Website Migration: 

Don’t worry if you already have your site hosted somewhere else. Hostgator helps you transfer it to its server all for free;

45 days money back guarantee:

Hostgator gives a generous money back guarantee of 45 days.  Which is normal scenarios are 30 days with other competitors in the market. Buy the hosting and if you find any problem within 45 days, ask for the refund.

Unlimited:

Unlimited Bandwidth, Sub-domains, FTP accounts and Email, which is not only important for your WordPress website but also rare combination available in the market;

Free: 

Website Transfer (for new accounts within 30 days of sign-up, and to newly upgraded accounts, where downgraded accounts do not qualify), Domain Transfer, MYSQL Transfer, Script Transfer are all free. $100 Google Adwords Offer. $100 Bing Ads Credit ;

Cons of shared hosting plans with HostGator:

No Free Domain: 

While most of hosting service providers, are providing free domain name, but here you have to pay for the same;

Selling Upfront:

Mark Unchecked over pre-selected additional services during the sign-up process. Later if in case you need them, they’ll always be there for you.

Customer Support:

You can always get in touch with them on their toll-free number 1.866.964.2867 and locally on 1.713.574.5287. 

Hostgator Customer Support

HostGator Website Builder:

A new service recently launched by Hostgator. With this service, you can easily create a website with professional features and that too even if you are a non-techie. Which means no coding experience necessary!

Market plan for Hostgator Website Builder Starts at $3.95/month. The best part is that I have a discount for you on every plan of it which includes hosting along with website builder. (Exclusive for starturblog.com readers).

Hostgator Website Builder

Free SEO Review:

One of the most underutilized but important Service provided by Hostgator to its customers is free SEO review. Which includes:

  • Keyword Research & Reporting;
  • Content Creation;
  • On-Page Optimization

Hostgator Free SEO Review

Final Verdict: 

Hostgator has been trusted by over 200,000 customers globally. It has hosting plans available for all budgets with all the necessary tools available to set up a website.

I would definitely recommend you to purchase it right now. It is really light on the pocket, trusted by an awesome number of customers globally, with so much in it for my blog.

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