PHP and ASP.NET are the two major web scripting languages. Although, PHP is the most popular still ASP.NET has a dominating market share. Well, whosoever has developed an app or website in ASP.NET has to host it on a Windows Hosting. In this article, the detailed HostGator Windows Web Hosting review is given.
Introduction to HostGator Windows Web Hosting
HostGator offers Windows Web Hosting with all of the required features. They offer two plans for Windows Hosting. These plans include Unlimited Disk Space and Unmetered Bandwith. They offer Plesk control panel to let you manage your Windows Web Hosting easily. Basically, these are the Windows shared Web Hosting plans. If you are looking for Dedicated Web Hosting Plans or VPS Web Hosting plans offered by Hostgator, I recommend you to check out the following reviews published by us which gives you the choice of installing Windows as an OS.
Let’s discuss the various featured of Shared Type Windows Web Hosting offered by HostGator.
Plesk Control Panel
This is must-have functionality for any Windows Hosting to make it simpler for us to manage. Most of us might be knowing the significance of cPanel for Linux Web Hosting platforms. Likewise, Plesk has its major significance for Windows Web Hosting. You’ll get the latest version of Plesk Control Panel with Hostgator Windows Hosting.
Disk Space & Bandwidth
Hostgator has offered unmetered bandwidth and unlimited disk space in both the plans of its Windows Web Hosting. This means that without any worries of limits of upload & download, you can flawlessly use this web hosting.
Subdomains, FTP and Email Accounts
Feel free to create as many subdomains, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) accounts, and email accounts as you want with it. Here’s a quick guide if you want to create professional business email addresses without any hosting service.
You can create unlimited POP3 Email accounts with SMTP. Smartermail Web Client is provided for Web Access of the Email Services. IMAP Support to receive emails over the phone is also provided. SpamAssassin is provided to prevent Spam. You can create 25 Mailing lists and unlimited Autoresponders, Mail Forwards and Email Aliases.
You can install a lot of scripts with just one click of your mouse on HostGator Windows Hosting platform. You can also start your WordPress blog on this hosting.
They mention a 99.99% uptime guarantee for their services. Maximum uptime is the prime necessity of any kind of web hosting. Hostgator offers industry leading industry times in all of the types of web hosting services it offers to its customers.
Money Back Guarantee
They offer a 45-day money back guarantee without any additional contracts. Anytime within the first 45 days of using the web hosting, you feel like unsatisfied, you can ask them for the refund.
You get a FREE SSL Certificate with both the plans of Windows-based Hostgator Web Hosting. You also get the option to upgrade to Positive SSL in the second plan.
Hostgator offers the support of the following versions of ASP (Active Server Pages).
- ASP.NET 2.0
- ASP.NET 3.5
- ASP.NET 4.0
- ASP.NET 4.5
Programming modules including GD Library, MVC 3.0, Curl & AJAX are also supported. It offers Schedules Tasks for System Management and you can also create unlimited MySQL, Microsoft SQL, and Access Databases.
With each Windows Web Hosting plan, you’ll get HostGator’s Website Builder for free. This gives you access to 4,500 free website templates. Free website transfer, transfer of the domain name, MySQL transfer and scripts transfer is also available under some conditions mentioned on their website.
Dedicated IP Address
In the Enterprise plan of Shared Windows Hosting, they offer Dedicated IP Address as well.
Support & Help Resources
We’ve already talked about HostGator Support in many other articles. They offer industry-leading support 24/7 for all days. Moreover, they have published lots of tutorials and help videos on their blog.
Plans and Cost
HostGator offers two plans for its Windows Web Hosting.
- Personal Plan
- Enterprise Plan
The difference is in the terms of the number of domains allowed to be hosted and the Free Dedicated IP address in the Enterprise plan. In Personal plan, you can only host a single domain name while in the Enterprise plan, you can host upto 5 domain names. One more thing that you’ll get in the Enterprise plan is the FREE Upgrade to Postive SSL which otherwise will cost you $2 per month in Personal Plan.
I found just GoDaddy’s Windows Shared Web Hosting to be comparable to HostGator’s Windows Shared Web Hosting.
GoDaddy has a slightly better offering than HostGator for Windows Web Hosting at a similar price range.
In the Economy plan, there are some limitations but overall GoDaddy’s Windows Shared Hosting is ahead of Hostgator’s Shared Web Hosting.
- GoDaddy utilized Windows Server 2012 RC while HostGator uses Windows Server 2008. Therefore, if we talk about Windows Technology, GoDaddy is simply ahead.
- GoDaddy offers free domain name with their annual plan.
- Features like one-click install and DDOS protection monitoring are already included in GoDaddy’s plans.
Consequently, GoDaddy seems to be a better choice for Shared Windows Web Hosting.
Pros and Cons
Here are the pros and cons of HostGator Windows Web Hosting.
- Unlimited Disk Space & Bandwidth
- Free SSL Certificate & Website Builder
- Plesk Control Panel
- Dedicated IP in Enterprise Plan
- Quality Support
- Still using Windows Server 2008
- No Free Domain as competitor GoDaddy is offering in its Windows Shared Hosting Annual Plan
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Let’s discuss the most commonly asked questions about Hostgator Windows Hosting here.
What’s the difference between Linux Shared Hosting and Windows Shared Hosting?
The difference in the OS. Some applications perform really well in a Linux based environment and some in Windows. Windows Hosting is for those who have their applications built in Microsoft ASP.NET. If you have a website built in ASP.NET, you should go with Windows Hosting.
Can I Install WordPress on Windows Hosting?
Yes, you can. But I’d recommend you to choose Linux Hosting for it.
Hostgator also offers Linux Based Shared Web Hosting. We’ve published the review of it as well.
My Rating for HostGator Windows Web Hosting
I’d like to rate 4.7 to this service after feature analysis & comparison with what other similar companies have to offer to their customers for the same price.
So, that’s my review of HostGator Shared Windows Web Hosting. If you have any queries in your mind, please feel free to ask them in the comments section below and do share this article with others who might find it useful as well.