HostGator – Do they really have you covered?

HostGator For Hosting Your Website?

Every website owner needs a hosting service for their website whether you are a blogger with a small website or a giant business like Amazon without a hosting service your website is not going to be seen without a host. Many bloggers will give you a number of hosting companies to chose from but I wanted to take each of them on a close up look at value.

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What does HostGator Offer?

All the hosting companies that I have come across always give you that nice tiny dollar amount that they can host your website for making you think wow that is really a great deal but you should do your due diligence and dig to see what it covers.

HostGator does the same offering Powerful Web Hosting Services made easy and affordable starting at only $2.75 month! What a great deal right? But exactly what all does this include?

Just so you know this is an initial term rate discounted at 60% to get you started and that will be with most of the prices we are going to be quoting today.

Hatchling Plan is the HostGator plan for the $2.75 a month and it does include a free SSL certificate with this plan which is recognized by all the major search engines showing your site as secure it does not include a warranty level.

This type of plan is great for the small blogger for a single domain needing unmetered bandwidth and a free SSL starting out not a bad value.

Baby Plan is next in line at $3.95 a month which also includes a free SSL certificate but once again you do not get any type of warranty level with a free SSL certificate.

With the Baby Plan, you can have unlimited domains on an unmetered bandwidth making this plan best for someone with more than one blogging website.

Business Plan which is what HostGator lists as its recommendation is $5.95 a month (at the 60% discount rate), with this you have unlimited domains, unmetered bandwidth, an upgrade to the Positive SSL certificate which carries a 10K warranty, dedicated IP, and a limited amount of SEO tools.

All three of the above plans include 24/7/365 Support, Instant Backups, No Contract, 99.9% Uptime guarantee, Google Adwords, Bing, and Free/Instant Setup.

HostGator does support the WordPress website builder for hosting on their platform which is another important plus when considering them for hosting your website.

For website owners selling actual products from the website, they have osCommerce and ZenCart for you to install and use.

All the above hosting packages are on the shared web hosting platform.

Cloud Hosting at HostGator

Cloud Hosting from HostGator being 2X Faster and having 4X Resources comes in the above plans as well and the pricing is a bit higher too, but then again you are getting a few more resources to help you with your hosting needs.

These monthly prices are at 45% discount of the regular price listed below

  • Hatchling Cloud $4.95 month
  • Baby Cloud $6.57 month (HostGator recommended)
  • Business Cloud $9.95 month

Site speed will increase with cloud hosting due to an optimal caching configuration, custom-built for speed! If a hardware issue arises, your site can be switched to another server meaning no lost data. Other great features include and Intuitive Dashboard to manage and track your site’s performance, gather information, and keep an eye on all your important metrics. Resource Management to monitor and allocate additional resources easily. You have total control over your usage, with no surprises. Data Mirroring cloud hosting automatically distributes three mirrored copies of your data across multiple devices to ensure safety and redundancy. And cPanel to create new email accounts, manage subdomains, and so much more, all with the click of a button.


There are available with these plans Site Backup and Restore packages such as Code Guard, SiteLock, G Suite, and Domain Privacy with an additional charge.

WordPress Cloud Hosting at HostGator

WordPress is the most commonly used website builder around the world with its ease of use and with cloud hosting at HostGator comes with 2.5X more speed, advanced security, and FREE migrations.

The monthly prices here are as follows and are at a discounted amount listed by each

  • Starter Plan $5.95 month 40% discount
  • Standard Plan $7.95 month 50% discount (HostGator recommended)
  • Business Plan $9.95 month 57% discount

Features of the WordPress cloud hosting are supercharged speed, convenient simplicity, and advanced security. This plan works mostly the same as the Powerful Webhosting Service Plan in that with the Starter Plan it only includes one website great for a single blog website owner. The Standard Plan you can have 2 websites and with the Business Plan, you are still limited to only 3 websites. The migration to HostGator is for only this amount of websites under each of the plans. Included is a $100 Google Adwords credit a nice bonus additive. Another nice bonus with these are the Code Guard, Site Lock, and upgraded SSL certification.

VPS Hosting at HostGator

Just for clarification VPS (virtual private server) is a virtual machine sold as a service by an Internet hosting service. A VPS runs its own copy of an operating system, and customers may have superuser-level access to that operating system instance, so they can install almost any software that runs on that operating system.

HostGator offers three packages here and the prices below are their starting prices at a discount also listed

  • Snappy 2000 $29.95 month 75% discount
  • Snappy 4000 $39.95 month 75% discount
  • Snappy 8000 $49.95 month 73% discount

Features included with these packages of hosting are Flexible Software Options (full root access gives you more control over your environment, allowing for custom script or application installs), Advanced Functionality (Host unlimited domains, create unlimited subdomains, email addresses, databases, FTP accounts, and private name servers.), Powerful Hardware (working with industry leaders like Intel and AMD), Award-Winning Support ( 24/7/365 via phone and live chat to assist with any questions you may have), Full Suite Of Tools (all plans include website development tools, thousands of free website templates, a powerful script Installer, and much more!), and Weekly Off-Site Backups (helping to ensure your data remains safe, we automatically perform a courtesy off-site backup of your private server data each week).


HostGator Would I Recommend?

I do feel that HostGator is one of the best hosting platforms available that you can find they offer more than most of the other hosting platforms that are advertised today.

Drawbacks of using although they offer a free website builder with many choices of themes to chose from unless you are experienced with building a website and know all the ins and outs for building a website this is not of any value to a new person just beginning in the online world.

Knowing how to properly build a website is the key to one’s success for any business on the internet today. SEO (search engine optimization) and being familiar with all the terms used in the online world is a benefit to all new online beginning entrepreneurs.

For those who have the experience or already own their own website then I can comfortably recommend HostGator when looking for a hosting platform for your online business. I feel that they will have a package to meet your needs at a price that is competitive with the better companies and what they are offering today.

In Closing

I have been researching the other hosting companies and you can find my reviews for them on my website to look over what my opinion is on them at your leisure.

I only give a highlight of what each offers along with any experience that I have heard about through others that have used them prior to what they are using now. You will find their comments within my review.

By providing all the information in a more concise way I am hoping this will save people the time of doing more research than necessary finding it all in one place.

What are your feelings about what HostGator has to offer in the way of hosting?

Do you feel their pricing is in line with the competition or better?

Have any experience with HostGator that you would like to share or give an opinion on?

Additional information added on February 11, 2019 for all general purposes HostGator is now offering a training program along with their hosting – I have not checked into this yet, but if it is adequate then I do not see any reason to not at least give it a try.

Looking forward to hearing from my readers with their opinions about HostGator along with any comments, suggestions, or questions they might have for me, all are answered and usually within 24 hours.

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4 thoughts on “HostGator – Do they really have you covered?”

  1. HostGator is a very popular one, I’ve been trying to find an unbiased opinion review on it. Glad you put out what I was looking for! I’m trying to find a good hosting platform for my website that isn’t too expensive but will keep my website up and running fast! Slow websites lead to less traffic and SEO. That’s a no no for me!


    • Nate,

      Thank you, I have found not much with HostGator as far as complaints a few who are not happy with the customer service that they offer, but that could be from people just having a bad day.  HostGator seems to be priced competitively for what they offer if you are an experienced website builder.  They have not training for anything in that way nor on SEO.  HostGator is for experienced website owners not new people to the online business.


  2. Hi.

    Thanks for this review on the host gator platform, it seems like a good place to base your online website,  is there any training offered on this platform should you be new to blogging or would you say this wasn’t the best place for a newbie?

    You mention discounted prices, is this for a period of time only or are you locked in at the prices you mention for your entire membership? 

    • Dianne,

      These are excellent questions about HostGator!  Unfortunately, this web hosting is for the experienced blogger being new to the internet there is no training available to teach you the SEO or other important parts of building out a website.  The discount prices were not specific with their time limit so I would say they are subject to change at any time.  

      Thank you very much for taking the time to investigate the information about HostGator and wish you well in finding a place that is right for you.  Might I suggest you browse through the rest of my website you might find additional ideas to help you.

      Thanks again,



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