Hostgator

Hostgator was founded way, way back in 2002. Since then, Hostgator has grown to host over 9 million domains. The company started out offering personal and business web hosting packages. But in the past few years they have rapidly expanded to offer Reseller hosting, VPS, and Dedicaed hosting packages.

Hostgator is known for offering great customer support (both on the phone and online), excellent uptime scores and all for a reasonable price. The standard hosting price is $5.95/month, but Hostgator frequently offers flash sales where you can get hosting for 70% off or more (typically President’s Day, July 4th and Black Friday are the big ‘flash sales’).

As of 2008, Hostgator was one of the top 25 fastest growing companies in America.

Features:

  • Unlimited Disk Space (actually unlimited, unlike some other hosting companies like Godaddy)
  • Unlimited Bandwidth (again, it’s actually unlimited)
  • 45 day money back guarantee
  • Free Website Builder
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Thousands of free website templates
  • What They Don’t:
    Unfortunately they don’t offer SSL Certificates with their basic hosting plans (only the VPS plans). While GoDaddy doesn’t offer them either, you can use a SSL coupon code and it becomes dirt cheap.

    The Types of Customer Support They Offer:

    Live Chat (quickest), phone support, video tutorials, forums and support tickets
    You can always email support at ‘support@hostgator.com’ if your website has been down for more than an hour (they actually say that on their website).

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