HostGator Review: Pick your perfect web Hosting Plan

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So if you watched enough of our reviews you’ll know we’re not fans of EIG. It’s the massive parent company that owns Bluehost, iPage, and HostGator.

But we’ve heard better things about HostGator than others. Let’s start by looking at the prices for the Shared Hosting.

Pricing

HostGator Plans

Hostgator hosting offers three shared hosting plans: Hatchling, Baby, and Business. shared hosting plans ranging from $2.75 to $5.95 per month for a 36-month billing cycle and with the initial discount. Plans start at:

1.Hatchling Plan

Hatchling plan is single domain hosting. If your requirement is for single domain hosting, you can always opt for the Hatchling plan which is as good, but the only limitation is it lets you host just one website.

Features:

  • Single domain
  • One-click WordPress installs
  • Free WordPress/cPanel website transfer
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Free domain included

2.Baby Plan

The Baby plan is multiple domain hosting. Baby plan is a good middle-ground for $3.95 per month – you can host an unlimited number of domains, and if you want to upgrade to private SSL then you can. This makes it a better choice if you’re running more than one website or need better security.

Features:

  • Unlimited domains
  • One-click WordPress installs
  • Free WordPress/cPanel website transfer
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Free domain included

3.Business Plan

The Business plan has the most advanced features, giving your site more room to grow. It’s also the best plan if you’re running a small online store.

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You get a free upgrade to a Positive SSL (which offers a higher level of security than the basic version) and SEO tools to help people find your site online.

Features:

  • Unlimited domains
  • One-click WordPress installs
  • Free WordPress/cPanel website transfer
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Free upgrade to Positive SSL
  • Free dedicated IP
  • Free SEO tools

When you get started now, you can get the Hatchling plan for just $2.75 per month, the Baby plan for just $3.95 per month, and the Business plan for just $5.95 per month.

Cpanel

The bad news is that the upselling carries on in the backend to the Cpanel. It packed with upgrades and in add’s which is a shame, because otherwise well-designed. The control panel however looks good and

Intuitive. Even on mobile devices but it all falls apart when you start looking at the important features like the backup option. With HostGator, you only have one weekly copy of your sight available. Their backup feature costs extra.

That means an unacceptable hidden fee. Even if you can use the Cpanel backup feature. Because it’s rather tedious to manually create in download your backups. If you want to install WordPress however, it’s easy enough.

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You also have a one-click install for Magento, Drupal, or Joomla. HostGator adds a bunch of plugins that you need it. The most annoying one being their Mojo Marketplace.

Security

The security options with HostGator are a bit hit and miss. On the one hand, you get SSL for free with all their plans. You also get SSH access and a custom firewall that’s supposed to protect you from hackers although the details are pretty vague.

They offer the latest PHP version, which is a good practice to avoid running unsafe code. And they will also try to sell you more security features such as SiteLock, which scans your files for suspicious code, for a fee. 

Performance

Now when it comes to performance, there are two key points you Should hit. 

First, the uptime, or percentage of time your website is online, should be above 99.95%. With HostGator, the average was 99.9%, which is precisely what they guarantee.

It doesn’t sound like 0.05% could impact your site, but actually, it’s a pretty poor result compared with other providers. 

Similarly, HostGator sites aren’t the fastest to load, but in our tests, they still managed to clear the 3 seconds mark. It took them an average of 2.77 seconds to load. 

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Unfortunately, their servers are also only located in the US, which can also make HostGator less attractive to websites with a lot of international users.

Support

HostGator offers 24/7 live chat, email, and phone support. Sadly, in my tests, the support wasn’t reliable, fast, or particularly useful.

The live chat replies were so slow that I imagine it would be extremely frustrating if you had a major technical issue. 

Conclusion

So would I recommend HostGator to anyone? Maybe, if you have a small site that isn’t reliant on SEO and good security features.

Pros:

  • Generous storage.
  • Flexible deal terms.
  • OK, speed.

This is because you do get: Unlimited storage and bandwidth, for a decent price. Flexible payment options, ranging from 1 to 36 months.

And the speed is just good enough. However, I would strongly advise against HostGator if you want to host a business website with full peace of mind. 

Cons:

  • No free backups.
  • Bad uptime.
  • Bad support.
  • Constant upsells.

The security options leave a lot to be desired, especially when it comes to backups. The uptime rate could damage your SEO.

Support isn’t great, so any technical difficulties could take a while to be resolved. And last but not least, your dashboard looks more like a marketplace for extra features, which can become irritating at length. 

So what do you think about HostGator? Have you had a better experience than us?

Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!

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