HostGator Hosting Review: Is It Fast? Worth Buying?

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BACIS INFORMATION

HostGator, based in Texas, is a well-known web hosting company with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Along with Domain.com, Bluehost, iPage, SiteBuilder.com, and more, it’s now part of Endurance International Group.

WORDPRESS HOSTING

HostGator allows you to install on any of its servers the WordPress content management system (CMS), but the web host also provides three levels of managed WordPress web hosting: Starter, Standard, and Business.Starter offers 25,000 visits per month (starting at $2.75 per month), the ability to host only one WordPress site, 50GB of storage, and unlimited email. Standard updates to two WordPress sites, 200,000 monthly visits, and 150 GB of disc space (starting at $3.95).Three WordPress sites, 300,000 monthly visits, and unlimited storage are provided by Business (starting at $5.95 per month). All plans come with page caching and a WordPress hosting environment that is optimized.

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SHARED HOSTING

Shared hosting is a kind of web hosting that sees multiple sites living on a single server if you’re not familiar with the category. Sites share the server resources (hence the name) in this setup, so a large traffic surge on Site A can, unfortunately, have a negative impact on the performance of Site B. Shared hosting is a good option if you’re looking for cheap hosting; you need to go to the VPS or dedicated hosting routes if you want more server resources devoted to your site.HostGator offers shared web hosting plans month-to-month, but pushes hard, starting at six months, for you to sign up for longer terms. I don’t like that HostGator defaults to a three-year term during the signup process. One thing is to encourage users to skip the month-to-month service, but it’s a bit much to push them into three years from the beginning.That said, HostGator offers shared hosting packages based on Linux or Windows that give space for small and medium-sized businesses to grow. The Hatchling plan offers unlimited disc space, monthly data transfers, databases, and email addresses (starting at $10.95 per month), plus support for one domain and third-party applications such as content management systems and platforms for e-commerce. By adding unlimited domains, the Baby plan (starting at $11.95 per month) builds on the Hatchling offering. The top-tier Business plan (starting at $16.95 per month) includes highly specialized options, such as a toll-free number for your business and a private SSL (secure socket layer) certificate.

VPS HOSTING

For people who want more server horsepower than what shared hosting offers, virtual private server (VPS) hosting is for people. Although far less in number than what you will find on a shared hosting server, VPS hosting also sees multiple sites living on a server. You will pay more for a VPS server, but in return, you will get more server power.

HostGator offers VPS hosting based on Linux, starting at $19.95 per month. These are good options to consider if you need more power, expect high traffic volumes, or have specific compliance requirements that stop you from using shared servers (but you don’t want to pay dedicated server prices).

Snappy 2000, the most basic VPS plan, offers 2GB of RAM, 120GB of disc space, and 1.5TB of monthly data transfers starting at $79.95 per month (or with a three-year commitment as low as $19.95 per month). Starting at $119.95 per month (or as low as $29.95 per month with a three-year plan), the mid-tier Snappy 4000 package boasts 4 GB of RAM, 165 GB of storage, and 2 TB of monthly data transfers. Snappy 8000, the most advanced plan, offers 8 GB of RAM, 240 GB of disc space, and 3 TB of monthly data starting at $149.95 per month or $39.95 per month for 36 months if you sign up.

The plans are far more flexible than what Network Solutions offers, but not quite as well rounded as our Editors’ Choice for VPS hosting, Hostwinds.

Hostwinds($3.29/Month at HostWinds) has wallet-friendly, well-rounded VPS deals starting at $16.99 per month for 1GB of RAM, 30GB of disc space, 1TB of monthly data transfers, and unlimited email. For 96GB of RAM, 750GB of disc space, 9TB of monthly data transfers, and unlimited email plans scale up to $574 per month. The VPS plans of Hostwinds also have an option for a Windows operating system, which is something that HostGator does not offer.

DEDICATED HOSTING

Dedicated hosting is a powerful form of web hosting that sees your site existing on a server all by itself. As a result, this costly hosting service is also the most efficient. If you expect a lot of traffic, your website should be powered by what it is.The dedicated server packages from HostGator start at $119 per month, and they offer a fine set of features. With up to 1TB of SSD storage, 32GB of RAM, and unlimited monthly data transfers, HostGator users can customize their servers, optimizing the bandwidth offerings of many other dedicated server packages.In both Linux and Windows flavors, HostGator’s dedicated servers come, which is not as commonplace as you might think; Linux tends to dominate the field. In fact, one of the few web hosts we’ve tested is HostGator, which scored well and provides both operating systems. Even DreamHost, one of our favorite hosting services, lacks dedicated servers that are based on Windows. That said, the Editors’ Choice for dedicated hosting is not Hostgator. It goes to AccuWeb for that title.An impressive feature set is available for AccuWeb. Up to 2TB of storage, a whopping 512GB of RAM, and 50TB of monthly data transfers can be equipped with its dedicated hosting packages (starting at $105 per month). The servers also come in either Linux or Windows flavors. However, the dedicated hosting offerings from HostGator are nothing to sneeze at. If you are in need of dedicated hosting with high capacity SSD storage, check them out.

CLOUD HOSTING

HostGator also offers cloud hosting, like the many other web hosts that PCMag has reviewed over the years. The resources that your site needs to operate are shared across multiple servers through cloud hosting. The advantages? In real-time, you can scale assets, as your site is not limited to physical server constraints.Unlike DreamHost, the co-Editors’ Choice category, HostGator’s cloud hosting service is only available via the Linux platform; you need to look elsewhere if you want the Windows operating system. HostGator still has attractive plans for cloud hosting that are worth your consideration.The Hatchling Cloud plan, $12.95 per month, comes with 2 GB of RAM, two CPU cores, a domain, and unlimited data and storage. From there, the Baby Cloud plan adds unlimited domains at $13.95 per month and increases the cores to four and the RAM to 4 GB. The $19.95 Business Cloud per month, which has six CPU cores, 6GB of RAM, and a dedicated IP address, is at the top of the offerings.

PROS AND CONS

HostGator posted a 99.98% increase. For a reason, they are consistent: their uptime guarantee says that if they drop below 99.90 percent, you can receive credit on your account for one month. HostGator is so confident in their service that the industry-average 30-day refund policy is extended to 45 days for an additional two weeks or so. To help you navigate the murky world of DNS and data centers, their site is full of tutorials, walkthroughs, and more.

BUT

The average loading speed is more than 1 second for an empty page. And it’s really, really slow. Pricing “tricks” that make you purchase useless stuff that you can have at wordpress-plugins for free.

OVERALL RATING

3.5

PROS

Good uptime (99.98%)

Stable page load time (1189ms)

Good customer support

45 money-back guarantee

CONS

Slow page speed

Lots of Extra Fees

SHOULD YOU USE THEM?

To be honest, we do not recommend using HostGator, there are better companies like NameHero and SiteGround.

You can visit our NameHero and SiteGround review here.

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