HostGator Review (2018) – Powerful & Affordable Business Web Hosting
Quick Overview of HostGator
HostGator plans are backed by a 45-day money-back guarantee, come with 99.9% uptime guarantee, include 1-click installs, website builder tool, weekly offsite backups, marketing credits, Plesk or cPanel control panels, and other useful tools and features like a free migration service or free site templates.
Read our HostGator review below and get up to speed with the hosting packages offered by this company.
Becoming a HostGator customer is simple and hassle-free. Just follow the steps of the signup process, and get started with your HostGator account in a matter of minutes. HostGator has plenty of hosting plans to satisfy all sorts of hosting needs, and regardless of your experience with web hosting, you’re guaranteed to find a suitable plan for your online project.
HostGator’s QuickInstall tool allows you to create a blog, an ecommerce site, a forum or virtually any type of website. Customers have the choice of Windows or Linux hosting and cPanel or Plesk control panels for easy management and control of their domains, files, emails, and more.
Before we delve into the details of our HostGator review, here’s a quick overview of the pros and cons of being a HostGator customer:
- - Free Migration Service
- - 45-day Money-Back Guarantee
- - Automatic Weekly Off-site Backups
- - Linux- and Windows Based Plans
- - 99% Uptime Guarantee
- - Plesk, cPanel, WHM & WHMCS Licenses
- - Free HostGator Website Builder
- - 24/7 Online Support
- - Free Advertising Credit
- - No Free Domain Registration
- - Long Commitment Periods
HostGator Plans and Pricing
Pricing has always been a great selling point for HostGator, and the company continues to offer user-friendly and conveniently priced hosting packages.
Shared hosting options start from as low as $3.95/month if you make a longer commitment. These plans offer unmetered bandwidth, one-click installs, unlimited domain hosting, industry-leading control panel licence, and host of tools to get your website on the map!
HostGator’s flexible and scalable cloud hosting plans are also affordably priced. You can get 2x faster load times and 4x more resources from as low as $4.95/month. These plans feature integrated caching, failover protection, data mirroring, and an intuitive dashboard to manage and track your resources.
For $5.95/month, you can enjoy WordPress cloud hosting, which adds extra security, supercharged speed, and seamless scalability to a great round-up of other features.
HostGator’s hosting services include reseller plans as well, which start at $19.99/month. These plans allow you to host unlimited domains, are backed by a 45-day money-back guarantee, a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and free cPanel, WHM & WHMCS. If your hosting business grows, you can seamlessly scale up to meet your changing hosting needs.
For total control and more power, you can discover HostGator’s VPS servers that pack more punch in terms of hardware and resources. These plans come with advanced functionality and a suite of development tools for increased reliability. Prices for HostGator VPS plans start at $19.95/month.
With HostGator’s selection of dedicated servers, you can enjoy the ultimate in power and control. You have the option to go for Linux or Windows OS, choose HDD or SSD drives, and enjoy maximum performance and security. Plans in this category start at $79/month.
HostGator Uptime and Performance
For our HostGator review, we tested HostGator for speed performance, server response time, and uptime monitoring. HostGator has performed really well considering that these tests were carried out on a shared hosting account.
Our site never went down during testing; however, our test site did slow down a bit during peak traffic hours. Still, performance remained particularly good for a shared hosting account.
HostGator maintains a 99.9% uptime guarantee, being committed to providing a good availability for your website. The uptime guarantee is coupled with a 45-day money-back guarantee, which is a more generous offer than the industry standard money-back guarantee period of 30 days.
HostGator Customer Service
With over 2 million customers worldwide, HostGator has a large customer base, and offers support on many support channels including toll-free number, live chat, and email. You can reach customer support 24/7 on these channels, or consult the video tutorials for various configuration and setup issues. The HostGator Community forum is also very active, and should you have a peculiar problem or query, you can reach out to them too.
HostGator Control Panel
As previously mentioned in this HostGator review, Linux hosting plans offer cPanel control panel, while Windows-based hosting features Plesk control panel. Both control panels are leaders in their respective categories, and rank high in usability, making it easy even for newbies to successfully manage their hosting accounts.
In terms of service guarantees, HostGator offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which is standard for most budget hosts in HostGator’s category. Our performance testing showed that HostGator’s shared hosting plans do indeed live up to that promise.
Next, HostGator offers a full refund if you’re unsatisfied with their service and cancel within 45 days from your purchase. This too, is a good deal considering that most budget hosts only throw in a 30-day money-back.
Also, HostGator guarantees that their support staff is on standby 24/7 to assist with hosting related issues.
Conclusion on HostGator
Aside from the longer commitment periods demanded by HostGator for discounted prices and lack of a free domain registration, the hosting packages are configured to include a vast array of features, freebies and hosting tools. The free migration service is a welcomed perk, especially for site owners looking to migrate to HostGator.
Hosting plans are as diverse as they come, and scalability and flexibility are built into each and every one of HostGator’s plans. They have hosting packages for all budgets and requirements, including hosting reseller packages. Besides being a hosting provider, HostGator offers domain registration and domain privacy services as well.