HostGator Review 2017: Is HostGator Good?

Having run a successful self-publishing business, I thought it was high time I address one of the most invaluable tools in a website. Gone are the days when we could simply whip together any old free website and expect to our business to grow much.

That’s why I thought I’d shine a spotlight on my web hosting service and domain name provider in Hostgator. But, it ain’t all sunshine and roses, I assure you. That’s why today I’m giving my 100% honest thoughts in my Hostgator Review where I’ll address the question is Hostgator good?

Well to find out, read on or watch the video below.

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HostGator Review: What is HostGator Web Hosting?

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Today, I’m pulling back the curtain and sharing one of my preferred online tools for web hosting and domain names in Hostgator.

HostGator is a Houston-based provider of shared, reseller, virtual private server, and dedicated web hosting.

In layman’s terms, Hostgator is a place to store all your website information on special computers called servers. After all, your website doesn’t just float around in the internet ethos without a place to call it home.

Why Pay for Web Hosting?

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Now, I know some of you can’t spare a dime and probably use free services, but that still comes at a bit of a cost. Rather than shame you for getting free web hosting or tell you why it isn’t a good option, I want to tell you how Hostgator is not at all expensive and can be quite affordable if used properly.

Now, I’ll make it no secret the Hostgator hatchling hosting plan costs about the same as their competitor GoDaddy and are considerably cheaper than their higher end competitor Squarespace.

HostGator Domain Names

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And, when it comes to getting your preferred domain name or web address, it gets down to nickels and dimes. In fact, most good domain name providers will cost anywhere from $1-15 for the first year depending largely on how specialized the name is.

I won’t mince words with the fact that regardless of where you get your website name doesn’t so much matter as long as you do a few extra steps if your web hosting is with another company.

I make it easy on myself and simply order my domain names from Hostgator since it’s simple to attach the domain to my hosting package.

How to Save Money on HostGator Web Hosting

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Where you get the biggest bang for your buck is through the upgraded Hostgator hosting package plan called the baby plan.

In the basic Hostgator hatchling plan, you can attach one domain name. Meaning you’re limited to only one site. That’s not a bad deal if you only want to focus on one brand or one avenue for your business.

Since my business calls for multiple landing pages, websites, and affiliate marketing avenues, I NEED a hosting package that can hold numerous domain names. That’s where the Hostgator baby hosting plan comes into play. You get unlimited domain hosting, meaning if you want to set up fifty different sites, you can do that.

And, since Hostgator uses a variety of website builders including my favorite WordPress, it’s easier than ever to have a site that is eye-catching AND mobile friendly. The latter option is CRITICAL in this day and age of mobile technology.

Here’s the killer part. Hostgator’s baby hosting plan is only $5.95 per month for your first year. After that, it increases to about twelve bucks per month. However, even after the price increase, that’s not bad. Especially if you use your website to build and grow your audience and customer base.

Is HostGator Good?

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The question still remains, is Hostgator good?

The pros of Hostgator include…

#1 Dirt Cheap Costs

Seriously, folks. On all hosting plans, Hostgator includes WordPress hosting, free and unlimited email hosting, and 24-hour online support as well as limited phone support.

#2 Answers Everywhere

It seems that everyone and their mother is using Hostgator these days. So, if you have a problem, then you’re merely a search query away from your answer via video or online forum.

#3 e-commerce Features

Hey, if you want an easy way to monetize your business, then Hostgator has a solution for all hosting packages in osCommerce or ZenCart. Additional options are available based on the pricing package. All that to say this, you don’t always have to send people to Amazon, Apple, or other online retailers when you can fulfill orders yourself.

Sadly, it ain’t all good news since Hostgator has a few cons we need to address.

#1 The Learning Curve

I’d already mentioned in the Hostgator benefits that answers are everywhere and that there is online support. So, one could assume that it’s not a simple turnkey operation and you have some work ahead of you when you invest in a hosting package through Hostgator.

The control panel, also known as the cPanel, is packed with features, most of which I don’t even know what half of them do. But, once you learn how to navigate through the cPanel, you’ll know exactly how to add emails, attach a domain name to a hosting server and so on.

#2 Online Support

It is slow. For a web hosting business, you’d think Hostgator would have a quicker response time on the live online support. I’ll send in a service request or question and can wait upwards of ten to twenty minutes to get some closure. It might just be that I’m impatient, so experiences may vary per customer.

#3 Autorenewal from Outta Nowhere

Fair warning, in case you didn’t miss it, Hostgator IS dirt cheap coming in, but after your first year with them, the price nearly doubles. I wasn’t aware of that or chose not to remember it. Either way, when my one-year anniversary came up with Hostgator, I was shocked when I was automatically billed.

And, here’s the kicker. Though my initial date of joining Hostgator was mid-month, they billed me the month prior to that. When I followed up with Hostgator about this early billing, they were quick to point out that all plans are set on autorenewal unless you contact the company and ask for cancellation.

Final Verdict in the HostGator Review

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Either way, I planned on staying with the company and since their customer support is great, I stayed with them. All in all, I give Hostgator my thumbs up award for inexpensive web hosting services. Though Hostgator has its fair share of challenges, once you get past them, it’s smooth sailing.

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