HostGator is one of the most popular web hosting companies around the word owned by Endurance International Group. It offers all types of web hosting, but this review is based on their Shared Web Hosting Services only.
We’ve compiled this review by dividing it into various sections and aspects of the judgment of good shared hosting. You can easily browse through these factors using the Table of Contents.
Hostgator is among the Top 10 Web Hosting companies and claims to be hosted more than 8 million domain names. HostGator Shared hosting is popular because their plans are super affordable and that’s the reason why most of the beginners start with it. There are several factors which put HostGator among the leads and these are the Website Builder, One-Click Installations, 24/7 Customer support, affordability, scalability, and various free add-ons. Let’ talk about each of these factors one by one.
HostGator offers highly featureful Shared Web Hosting service. They offer their Shared Web Hosting service in three different plans. Each plan has got a different set of extra features and accordingly the pricing of the plans is set.
The features of Hostgator’s Shared Web Hosting are globally discussed here and you may or may not get all of these features in your selected plan. The Top-Most plan, Business Plan will include all of these features, while the starting plan will include the least number of these features.
They offer cPanel, the most popular Web Hosting Control Panel which is very easy to use. You’ll be able to manage all the aspects of your web hosting with cPanel on the go like a breeze.
There’s no limitation on bandwidth. There’s no upper limit set for Bandwidth. You can receive as much traffic on your website as you want as long as the shared resources of the server are able to handle it properly without affecting the other hosted websites on the server.
Subdomains, FTP and Email Accounts
You can add as many as Subdomains, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) Accounts, and Emails Accounts as you want. This feature should be highly appreciated subdomains are very useful in various cases. You can set up different aspects of your website on different subdomains. Even you can set multiple websites on different subdomains. Likewise, FTP accounts give you control to handle the Files and folders of your website. If you have a team, you can create multiple accounts and can share the details with your team. Similarly, Email accounts also help you to create professional email addresses with your very own domain name.
This is one of the most important factors when it comes to the judgment of a Web Hosting Service of any kind. Anybody can access your website at any time in the 24 hours and 7 days of the week. Your website server is said to be good if it serves your website any second during the whole time. The amount of time your website stays up and running on the Internet and is easily accessible to the user(s) is called Uptime. Hostgator offers 99.99% uptime and that’s the industry’s recommended standard.
Money Back Guarantee
Although most of us, won’t need to ever go with this option because the services and support offered by Hostgator are good enough still they offer a 45-day Money Back Guarantee.
SSL certificate is must these days and every website on the internet should have it. You’ll get a FREE SSL Certificate with all of their Shared Hosting plans.
This is one of the most loved features of any Web Hosting Service. Most of the people these days, make their website(s) and blogs using one of the CMS (Content Management System) like WordPress. You can install CMS like WordPress, Magento, Joomla, Drupal or many more in a single click.
The primary purpose of any Web Hosting service to provide a platform to execute some of the technologies in an environment. In HostGator’s Shared Web Hosting, you’ll get phpMyAdmin GUI Interface with MySQL Database(s). The hosting will support the following programming languages.
- FAST CGI
- PHP 5, 7
- Ruby On Rails
Furthermore, there are very useful programming modules such as ImageMagick, Curl, GD Library and CPAN which are also supported by this web hosting. You’ll also get SSH Access using which you will able to manage most of the aspects of the web hosting using the command line interface remotely.
One of the most loved things which a Programmer or a Developer would demand in any web hosting is the Cron Job Scheduling support, which you get here.
Many of us may require some additional functionalities to their Web Hosting service. Hostgator offers many useful add-ons to improve the security and productivity of your Web Hosting. At an extra cost, you can get services like Codeguard, SiteLock, G-site, and Domain Privacy.
Plans and Cost
Cost is one of the most important factors and I’d say the deciding factor for many of us, whether we should go for something or not. As I already mentioned, HostGator’s Shared Web Hosting service is known for affordability and therefore, beginners would love to go with this service.
They offer their Shared Web Hosting Service in three plans.
- Hatchling Plan @ $ 2.75 per month
- Baby Plan @ $ 3.95 per month
- Business Plan $ @ 5.95 per month
Each plan has a different set of features as shown in the following screenshot.
For most of the beginners, the Hatchling plan and the Baby plan seems to be fine. But keep the major difference in mind, the number of domain names. In the Hatchling plan, you’re allowed to use only a Single Domain Name, while on the other hand in the Baby plan, you can add as many domain names as you want. The good thing you get in the business plan is FREE Dedicated IP.
Now the choice is yours and it depends upon your requirement. All of the plans are good but each one is for a different set of requirements. You’ve to choose one which fits your needs.
One important thing!
Make sure you purchase the plans at least for 6 months or one year because the discounted price will be applicable for that period only and afterward renewal cost will be the default and Normal cost which is almost double this price and the renewal of Hatchling plan will even cost you more than the discounted price of Business plan. i.e. $.6.95
On their official website page of Shared Web Hosting, they have given the comparison as shown in the following screenshot.
Undoubtedly, Hostgator is the most affordable among the compared services. There are some other web hosting companies which might be cheaper than Hostgator but one thing you always keep in mind even while comparing the cost and that is Quality of the service. You should make sure whether the web hosting you are purchasing is worthwhile the cost and is the Quality of service good to go?
There’s no use of going with such a service which is cheaper but the user experience and Quality of Service is Poor. But it is not the case with Hostgator. Their web hosting service is also known for Quality along with affordability.
Support & Help Resources
Support is a necessary thing which every Web Hosting company should have. You may feel into trouble sometimes with your website technicalities and you may need the help from Customer Support. HostGator offers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year support, which is highly appreciable.
They also have an online portal where they have posted more than 500 Tutorial Videos and more than 600 useful Help and Guiding articles. Community plays an important role in any kind of product usage and service/ Hostgator is one of the most popular web hosting services has a huge user base and community.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
In this section of the Hostgator Shared Web Hosting Review, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions about this service.
How much traffic is it capable of handling?
It depends on various factors such as the application or the other technicalities you’re using for your website. For a WordPress website, I have handled around 10-20 users at the same time with the Hatchling plan. (It was around 2 to 3 thousands visitors per day).
How to migrate my Website to Hostgator Shared Web Hosting Service?
Although you can do it manually they offer a FREE migration service for it, which you can go for within the first 30 days of signup.
Which Shared Hosting Plan is Best for you?
As I already mentioned, it depends upon your requirements. If you are a beginner and have no plan of hosting more than one website, you can go with the Hatchling plan and if you want to host multiple domain names, you should go for either the Baby plan or the Business plan. If you want to have a dedicated IP Address to access your web hosting, you must go with the Business plan.
Let me know if you have any other questions about it in the comments section below and if you are already using this service, please feel free to share your user experience with our readers as well.
I would like to give 4.5 Starts for this service.
So, that’s the review of Hostgator Shared Web Hosting Service. Hope, you had a better idea about this service and at the end, you’ll be able to conclude whether you want to go with this service or not.