Introduction: What started out as a college project by Brent Oxley at University of Florida in 2003, ended up becoming a successful website hosting business. I am talking about HostGator, the company which Brent Oxley, the current founder and CEO, formed at his dorm room during his Masters in Computer Sciences. Today, it hosts over 8 million domains for more than 400,000 clients all across the world. It has been ranked by the Inc Magazine as the 21st fastest growing organization in the USA. Now that is what I call tremendous growth and success.
Established: The company was established in 2003 at Houston, Texas. In 2011, it has opened its operations in India in a mission to provide better hosting services to Asian clients.
Services:The company provides a variety of web hosting solutions including shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated hosting, and reseller hosting. Till date, it is one of the highly preferred choices for shared web hosting, but other services are equally popular too. It also has a stable affiliate program for anyone interested in generating long term income by referring clients to HostGator.
Packages and price:There are 3 different packages available for shared hosting. These plans are named Hatchling ($3.96/m), Baby ($6.36/m) and Business ($10.36/m). All plans except Hatchling, which offers only 1 free domain, come with unlimited disk space and bandwidth.
Control Panel: With both Windows & Linux based operating systems, you get cPanel website monitoring tool to manage your website remotely. Due to the intuitive user interface and friendly design, you can manage your website easily than ever.
Features: I am not an agent of HostGator, but I must acknowledge that within a short span of just 9 years, it has managed to provide some of the best features in web hosting space. Here are some of these listed below:
- Free Google AdWords credit
- Free Facebook Marketing credit
- Unlimited MySQL databases
- 99.99% server uptime guarantee
- 4,500+ free website templates
- Professional Customer support 24/7
- One-click easy installation of popular CMS tools
- Joomla, Magento, WordPress, and Drupal integration
Customer Support: HostGator offers professional customer support services. Their support is online 24/7 and you have the option to either call or mail the company to resolve your problems.
Conclusion: After my personal observation, analysis and experience, I have found HostGator to be the most reliable hosting company. I haven’t yet found any loopholes in this company. The only drawback is that the company currently does not offer Windows based hosting on shared hosting environment. Other than that, it is ideal for small and large businesses.