HostGator.com LLC claims to be the world leading provider of shared web hosting, reseller hosting, vps hosting and dedicated web hosting services. Privately held and based in Houston, Texas, the company was founded in 2002 by current President and CEO Brent Oxley, who started the company from his dorm room at Florida Atlantic University. Since then, Host Gator has grown from a small hosting company with just three servers into one of the world leading and industry recognized hosting providers with more than 12,000 servers under management. According to their site, Hostgator hosts over two million domains that makes up approximately 1% of the world’s Internet traffic.
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One of Host Gator’s main goals, outlined on their homepage, is to provide affordable hosting to the world. And, to be sure, they do a pretty good job. Their starter plan, what they refer to as their “Hatchling Plan”, gets you started with a great shared hosting setup that includes unlimited space, bandwidth, subdomains and more. It starts at $3.96 per month, with frequent special offers! The next tier up, the “Baby Plan”, begins at $6.36 per month offering unlimited domain hosting, unlimited parked domains and access to dedicated IP options. Their most powerful Business Plan offers free dedicated ISP and free SSL for $10.36 per month, and even throws in your own toll-free number.
Host Gator’s data centers are located in Houston Texas where the company is based. Their data centers boast state of the art security, 24/7 monitoring, top-of-the-line equipment and more. This is what allows the company to offer their 99.9% uptime guarantee. Moreover, Host Gator is one of many top hosting companies that started thinking Green. They are now investing in alternative energy sources, which they use to supplement their regular power-usage. They also provide redundant power to ensure their systems stay up and running, even in the event of a power-outage, or unforeseen disaster.
Host Gator offers cPanel, the Control Panel which has become the industry standard solution. This means that if you’re not familiar with cPanel, and need a bit of help, you’ll find plenty of people who are ready and willing to lend you a hand. cPanel is known for facilitating direct control of all email, domain, website accounts and more. Moreover, it offers streamlined management capabilities, monitoring capabilities and statistics generators, as well. With Host Gator, Fantastico is bundled with cPanel, providing you with an easy to use content management system for your site.
In 2008, HostGator ran a survey among their customers to review satisfaction with their product. A jaw-dropping 90%(approx.) said that they were satisfied with their hosting and with Host Gator’s service. In fact, much of Host Gator’s name and reputation is built on their excellent support. Should you have an inquiry or concern, feel free to contact their representatives by telephone, Live Chat, fax, or e-mail/ticket system. We also appreciated their large database of video tutorials, a help section, a forumn, FAQ and other informational articles that will help you find what’ you’re looking for. However, most clients agree that Host Gator is very responsive, that representatives are knowledgeable, and that they are capable of fixing your problem as quickly and efficiently.