Expert HostGator Review 2019

Overview

Founded in 2002, Hostgator provides advanced domain registration and shared, VPS and WordPress hosting services to customers in over 200 countries. Catering to small and medium businesses, as well as personal users, resellers and customers interested in more advanced, dedicated hosting services, HostGator is recommended for its ease of use and unlimited resources designed to help any user build and publish their very own site.

Features

HostGator is recommended for personal uses, as well as small to medium business clients who are looking to build their very own WordPress site and who are looking for a reliable host to publish and maintain their sites.

For users who are more technically oriented, this web hosting provider offers most all of the advanced features needed to fully customize their site and its plans are very affordable, providing good value for money.

Regardless of your level of expertise, all users will enjoy the HostGator’s core hosting features including unlimited resources, and unlimited hosted domains, as well as more advanced features including custom cron jobs and SSH access, as well as support for a variety of programming languages including PHP, RoR, Perl and Python designed to help users expertly personalize their sites.

Plans

HostGator plans are very convenient for the WordPress aficionado, as their unlimited resources allow for complete scalability, their private SSL certificate and guaranteed suPHP encryption allow for complete security and their enhanced WordPress platform promises advanced website building capabilities. Also, all offered plans feature a comprehensive email solution which features auto responders and spam protection, which are features that are seldom included in basic plans.

Additional advanced features include sophisticated analytic tools are available such as traffic tracking tools and server logs, ecommerce shopping carts and even your own toll free forwarding number (available via the Business plan).

Ease of Use

HostGator’s regular website building and managing interface might prove to be a somewhat overly complicated for novice users in comparison to competitor’s more intuitive user interfaces, however this web hosting service does provide an extensive variety of management and configuration options, and fully supports more user-friendly CMS including WordPress for less tech-savvy users who wish to build their own site.

Customer Support

HostGator offers 24/7 telephone support, email support, support tickets and online Web Chats to assist its clients. You can also go through the FAQs, user forums and video tutorials in case you need help. Although you will get comprehensive feedbacks whenever you contact the support team, the response times are sometimes a bit too long, taking as much as 30 minutes in some cases.

Hatchling PlanBaby PlanBusiness Plan
Disk Space Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Price $3.96 per month $6.36 per month $10.36 per month

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Pros
  • Unlimited domain hosting
  • Relatively affordable
  • Increased WordPress security
Cons
  • Narrow feature list
Bottom Line
Enhanced WordPress platform, unlimited domain hosting, affordable, secure FTP WordPress file access
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