HostGator Hosting Review 2017

Is HostGator The Right Host For You?

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Everyone has heard about HostGator, be it positive or negative they say any press is good press. In this review I take a closer look at how HostGator stacks up, and if they can hold their own in a competitive market. 

I've been using HostGator for a little over 18 months, I have a love hate relationship with them. Starting at $3.95 monthly for your basic plan.Boasting to be hosting over 9,000,500 domain's you could say they know a thing or two about providing a reliable hosting experience.​One of the most popular hosting providers in the market. Providing a range of hosting and domain options and add on function's.Not ​the premium provider but for bang for buck, HostGator is worth a more than a glance.

Speed 6.0/10
Customer Support 8/10
Reliability 7/10

Overall Rating

7.0/10

Detailed review of HostGator Hosting

Why Do People Choose HostGator for their hosting provider of choice? Affordable or more for the features and functions of the hosting provider most well known for having a Blue and Yellow crocodile as their company mascot. I hope you can find my association between HostGator's mascot and my association with crocodile's to Mick Dundee of Crocodile Dundee enjoyable.

Who on planet Earth is Mick Dundee? To understand the reference you can Google search "Crocodile Dundee" welcome to the outback!​

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A little introduction on HostGator.

Starting out in 2002 as an affordable solution for hosting services. They adapted to the marketplace and began adding services like domain registration and various hosting options. This is the road so many hosting providers take, but HostGator went for the friendly faced mascot approach and sticking to what they knew, affordable low cost website hosting.​ They didn't try to overreach in the crowded market and continued doing what they do.

November 2016 HostGator released Cloud hosting, a super fast no downtime guaranteed service targeting those needing absolutely no downtime.

The Houston based company is one of the largest providers in the market and have some impressive partnerships with companies such as Cisco and Linux. HostGator are part of the Endurance International Group, or otherwise known as EIG the company that also owns BlueHost, FatCow , IPage, JustHost, HostMonster and a lot more. ​You are probably asking yourself why would they have multiple hosting companies, and not just roll them all in to one super hosting provider.

Marketing strategies of the mega rich and powerful, don't underestimate the reasons why they do what they do.

I want to make it clear that this is a review of HostGator shared low cost service not the Cloud hosting they released late in 2016.​

Pros

Well known and respected

Really affordable pricing

Scalable hosting services

Cons

Pretty slow page loading speed

Limited technical capacity

Uptime could be better

If you're looking for a solid host that offers different packages for businesses and entrepreneurs of all sizes then you'll definitely find something that works for you, whereas with some of the high-performance oriented hosts you'll likely not if you're a smaller business that's still scaling.