Product Review: HostGator hosting

HostGator has been the most reliable web host I’ve had the chance to host with. Having been a web master and designer for almost 15 years I’ve tried dozens of different web hosting companies for both client sites and my own. Sure, there are many cheaper web hosts available but with hosting you really get what you pay for- unless you’re with HostGator where you get a lot more bang for your buck.

This review is likely going to sound like a sale pitch or an advertisement from HostGator and I do apologize for that. This is an honest review from a fellow web master trying to offer valuable assistance to those who are looking for affordable and professional web hosts.

One of the problems with the cheaper web hosts is the lack of a month-to-month billing feature. When you down to the $5 per month range most companies will not offer monthly billing. If you’re just starting out with your first web site you’ll probably be weary of paying for an entire year of hosting up front. For under $10 a month (paid monthly) HostGator offers a wide range of services that’ll get you up and running as fast as possible and keep your site that way. The cheapest plan is available for under $4 per month if paid for three years in advance. The prices may chance occasionally and they often offer sale prices around the holidays.

HostGator’s best feature, in my opinion, is their 24/7 help chat. This isn’t phone support to a grumpy individual across the border. You can log into their chatroom any time of the day or night and talk with someone who knows how to help you. Both the sales staff and technical staff are available 24/7/365 and I’ve used them all hours of the night! There is sometimes a wait in the afternoons of about 5-10 minutes before a chat technician gets a hold of you but it works great to get questions answered.

HostGator has hosting packages for everyone. If your site is tiny or huge, an individual domain or you want to host multiple domains under one account they have a package for you. If you’re looking into becoming a web host reseller they have awesome packages for that as well. I’ve hosted 5 full web sites under their cheapest account package for many years and haven’t run into any problems. The staff there created a special reseller account for me, too, so if you need something more flexible to your needs just let them know. They are always happy to help make sure you get what you need and are happy.

Without getting too technical, HostGator has Cpanel hosting and has full support for Perl, PHP and MySQL. A really nice feature is an automatic Perl module installer built into the Cpanel. Very few web hosts offer the ability to install virtually any Perl module on the fly in your own account! If you’re a Perl developer this will probably be the most useful feature you’ll ever find. Of course they have connections with all the big PHP scripts like shopping carts, blogs, etc that are one-click installs.

In my experience and in my opinion, HostGator is without a doubt the best web host for the money. With their 24/7 help staff and their unmatched Cpanel and hosting I wouldn’t bother hosting elsewhere. I’ve been a loyal customer for years now and their services keep getting better and better. Go ahead and try them. They have a full 45 day money back guarantee program so if you’re not happy, cancel and they’ll gladly refund you. You won’t cancel though- trust me.

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