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Godaddy Review 2017

The year 2017 has already begun and I’ve completed 4 years with Godaddy. It is the time to share my personal experience with you guys about Godaddy Hosting. I am writing a detailed Godaddy review about Godaddy Hosting services that will include everything from their services, coupons, up time, performance, page speed and more.

Godaddy is one of the top and most widely available web hosting company that provides nearly all kinds of hosting and web related resources. Its huge presence in nearly all major countries and vast array of services has made it one of the giants of web hosting.

With millions of domain names registered under its name it is also a major domain name registrar. Its plans are also suitable for most business and personal web development applications. The web hosting company has grown steadily from a garage into one of the major companies that handled millions of websites in every corner of the world. Despite the huge array of services and features along with millions of clients, it has maintained a consistent service and support across all geographies.

After frantically browsing through online forums and benchmark reports for days on end, I ended up with Godaddy. The company looked promising but its prices were almost half the amount charged by other hosting companies. Fortunately, the benchmark tests also revealed better functionality and support as compared to its competitors. Here is my complete review of the host after hosting my site for almost 3 months. Let’s dive deeper into the giant to find what makes it tick and how you can leverage the best features out of it.

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Godaddy ReviewDomain Name Services

Godaddy is one of the major domain name registrars in all over the world. Along with the registrations of popular and regional domains, the company now allows users to easily register premium domains that end with preset custom TLD’s. It doesn’t just allow its uses to buy domain names but it also allows them to backorder them from existing owners. It allows its users to transfer their domains from existing registrars and also cash park them for an extended period of time.

Along with the above, the company provides a domain broker service that allows users to determine the value of a domain name even if it’s taken by someone. If the price suits your requirements and budget, you can easily buy the domain name through a verified broking service that facilitates the transfer of ownership. In case you feel that the price is higher than your budget, you can easily negotiate with the parties to get a better deal.

Godaddy also allows users to backorder any domain name without any unnecessary hassles. You can backorder any domain name and it can be available to you the moment it becomes available. However if there are more than one backorder requests for the same domain, you will be put on a queue where you can easily bid on the price allotted by other members.

Along with the above, there is also a domain auction section on Godaddy that allows users to sell their domain names without any technical hassles on an auction market. People from all over the world can bid on your domain name and the higher bidder wins. Some of its other features include domain privacy and whois information database that can be easily processed from its website. If you don’t want users to know about your personal details, you can make it private for a nominal price every month. Else anyone can find its information from its whois records.

Hosting

Since its early beginnings, Godaddy has remained as one of the major hosting giants with quality services suited for all kinds of personal and business users. Its plans are divided into separate segments depending on the amount of resources consumed and required by each users. Therefore users won’t have to pay for more than they consume. Along with shared hosting accounts that host multiple websites on a single web host, the company also provides virtual private servers that are ideal for most business purposes. Developers and high resource consuming websites require VPS hosting for their development and business needs. Along with that the company also provides powerful dedicated servers that can be managed by the company or by the users. The dedicated servers are meant for more powerful business applications that have to support and process heavy applications. Let’s look at the different types of hosting accounts provided by Godaddy in more depth.

Shared

The shared hosting plans in Godaddy is divided into 4 distinct plans. Each plan is ideal for users from beginners to advanced websites. You can easily start with the starter plan and upgrade your way up to the ultimate plan as your number of visitors and resource consumption increases over time. You can also directly buy the ultimate or any of the other plans if you already know your requirements. The various plans provided by Godaddy are: starter priced at $2.24 per month and comes with 30GB storage, economy priced at $4.99 per month that comes with 100GB storage and 100 email addresses, deluxe prices at $5.99 per month and comes with unlimited websites and unlimited storage with 500 email addresses and the most powerful plan is the ultimate plan that comes with 1000 email addresses plus one year SSL certificate along with all the features of the deluxe plan but is priced at only $7.99 per month.

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WordPress

Godaddy also provides Managed Wordpress hosting that has recently remained one of the major content management systems since its release. Therefore, Godaddy has also divided the wordpress plans into multiple sections to depending on the user’s resource consumption. The wordpress plans are divided into basic priced at $3.99 per month and comes with 10GB SSD while allowing up to 25000 monthly visitors, deluxe priced at $5.99 per month that comes with 15GB SSD storage and allows up to 100000 visitors per month, ultimate that comes with 30GB SSD storage and 400000 monthly visitors and allows you to host up to 2 websites on the same account and the most powerful developer account that costs $14.99 per month and comes with 50GB SSD storage and allows 800000 users with the additional benefit of hosting 5 websites on the same plan. All the above plans come with a free domain name when bought for a whole year. The SSD storage disks make the website even more powerful while the already installed plugins on the wordpress installations allow users to easily migrate from their existing CMS or Hosting Company. You also have access to thousands of free themes and plugins that you can easily install to modify the design and features of the much loved content management system.

VPS and Dedicated

Like most web hosting companies, Godaddy also provides some of the best options for VPS and Dedicated servers. Their array of servers located all across the world have awesome configurations for a marginal cost. Their prices are also competitive and therefore are ideal for any use case involving high resource consumption.

Also Read: Godaddy VPS Review

Offers and Coupons

Godaddy is famous for its numerous offers and coupons across all of its products. You can find deals that get you domains, websites and email just at $1. Nearly all its plans have discounts and offers related to nearly all services across the domain, hosting and other services. Godaddy also offers website builders for only $1 a month. Email marketing packages start from $4.99 a month. It also offers Microsoft office 365 subscriptions for only $5.99 per month. Moreover, you also get domain based email address for only 3.99 per month. In case you want a SSL certificate, you can now get is at only $99 a year.

Also Read: Godaddy Hosting Coupons & Godaddy Domain Name Coupons

Performance and Reliability

Over the last ten years, Godaddy has grown exponentially to become one of the top hosting providers competing directly with the likes of Endurance International due to its award winning customer service and ease of deployment. With its highly appreciated coupons and offers that competes head on with DreamHost and Arvixe, it runs a highly successful marketing campaign while providing a competing service that makes it one of the most recommended web hosting companies on the web. Unlike other companies who focus on all kinds of customers, Godaddy focuses only on small and medium sized businesses and its plans reflect the necessary technologies expected by small business owners.

Since its inception, Godaddy has always remained among the top performance oriented web hosting companies with security measures that far outweighed its competitors. Its inbuilt security layer allows users to deploy ecommerce website without the need for any additional SSL certificates. Except for select instances, the hosting company has maintained its reputation for continuous server uptime and increased page speed over the years. Let’s explore each of the parameters to understand the performance optimization offered by the company as compared to its customers.

PageSpeed

Page speed tests carried out over a span of 6-7 months reveal average performance as compared to its competitors. The average result was 3.33 seconds over the period while the best page speed was offered by BlueHost with average PageSpeed at 3.08s. Although the difference is minuscule, the effect often compounds when high volume web pages are requested by hundreds of users at the same time. The page speed remains stable without any spikes like HostGator or StableHost and therefore it is ideal for websites that have negligible or very less high volume pages. The below statistics reveal the stats from benchmarks.

Godaddy Hosting Response Time

Server Uptime and Downtime

In comparison with DreamHost and HostGator, Godaddy performs average in terms of server uptime. Although the downtime is only for a minute or two, the frequency in downtime has significantly increased in recent times. The rising number of customers and limited server equipment must be a major challenge for the organization but nevertheless, server uptime often affects customer experience. Its average uptime during the benchmarking period was 99.2% which is still pretty impressive in comparison to other major hosting solutions like Endurance, BlueHost and Yahoo who fared even worse. Glance on the below stats to better understand its up time to downtime ratio.

Godaddy Uptime

User Experience And Customer Service

Godaddy has always been popular for its excellent customer service and offers provided on nearly all its services but the hosting service definitely needs to redesign its cpanel to make it easier for beginners. Although the cPanel is deployed in its standard form, beginners can hardly understand the difference between the file system and the DNS server. Instead the company can turn it into a blog like service like WordPress where the app handled everything and the user is left only with the content that he has to manage.

Also Read: Godaddy Windows Hosting Review

Personal Experience

I’m a user of Godaddy since past 5 years. I started with their power plan and had transferred my domain name from Hostgator. Although the plan offered a free domain name, I skipped the offer as I already had one. The setup was quick and the presale support was definitely better than Hostgator. It took around 4 days to transfer the domain name to Godaddy but I have had worse with other companies (which took more than 9 days to transfer). After the transfer, I installed wordpress from the 1-Click apps and the site was deployed within seconds. I went onto install plugins and one of the plugins damaged the wordpress database. I filed a support ticket just then and waited for any possible backup that I may be able to retrieve. Fortunately the support team got back within 7 mins and guided me through the whole process of restoring the database. The problem was resolved within the next 20 mins and without any expense whatsoever unlike in Godaddy and other hosting companies. Therefore I am pretty satisfied with the company and the server is definitely faster than any shared hosting plan I have ever used due to the SSD drives that push data 65% faster than traditional magnetic drives.

Godaddy Web Hosting Comparison With Other Hosting Providers

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  3. Godaddy Vs Bluehost Vs Hostgator

Conclusion

Godaddy is ideal for business users who want anytime support and uptime along with faster websites to improve their user experience. Although the prices are a bit higher than its competitors, the improved performance and support compensate for the extra dime. If you are an experience web administrator and want a perfect hosting company within your budget, Godaddy must be your first choice.

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Bluehost vs Hostgator

Bluehost vs Hostgator

Bluehost and hostgator are among the major web hosting companies hosting millions of domains on top of their world class infrastructures. Competing with a hundred other web hosting companies, they definitely come on top. With uniquely priced plans and pricing that is strategically positioned to provide maximum resources at the maximum prices, the companies provide maximum possible features to their customers at the cheapest prices.

All websites are run on top of highly optimized infrastructures and thus provide maximum performance. You can also customize your allotted server resources to suit your custom requirements.

Moreover, the company provides highly scalable plans as its shared plans are modified into cloud based servers that allow resource consumption based on server load instead of available resources.

Bluehost targets most types of businesses but primarily focuses on high resource consuming customers. Thus they have highly optimized servers running on top of powerful SSD drives along with optimized applications that can be modified as per requirements. You can also opt for additional add ons that cost more and are available for custom applications. The servers are configured for any kind of application to be run on top of it and are thus easily deployable.

Hostgator on the other hand likes to attract customers who want to use less resources and is thus ideal for blogs and personal websites or even in case of less resource consuming corporate websites.

You can build any type of web application on top of it due to their highly extensible platform. The infrastructure supports major application types and thus can be easily modified to suit specific requirements. Although it does not provide exact resource limits, most web hosting clients have never faced any problems regarding resource constraints. As most users don’t need most users do not utilize most of their allocated resources, The remaining resources are equally distributed across the other users and thus there is hardly any resource constraint for most clients. Lets dive deeper into each of the features and services provided by both the companies to understand which one might suit your requirements.

Also Read: Bluehost vs Godaddy vs Hostgator

Plans And Pricing

Although the plans offered by both the companies are quite similar in nature, their strategic pricing allows users of all types of host any type of small or large web application on top of the servers. As bluehost provides plans ideally suitable for businesses of all kinds, it precisely specifies and restricts the limits on the resources allocated to each user. However the resource allocation per user in case of hostgator is variable and completely depends on other users on the same server. Here is a detailed overview of the plans provided by each of the companies below.

Hostgator

HostgatorAs hostgator wants to satisfy all kinds of customers, its plans are also priced accordingly. They come with all the resources necessary for building basic to high powered websites but they also lack the necessary flexibility as provided by web hosting companies like A2hosting and Arvixe. You can deploy most types of popular web content management systems to run nearly any kind of web application on top of the servers. However you cannot modify their core installation or other features as you are only provided limited resources. The plans provided in its shared hosting section are:

  1. Hatchling: Starting at $4.86/month, this is the basic plans that can be deployed on top of godaddy servers. You have to Although it allows unmetered disk space usage and bandwidth, you can hardly get any idea about the exact amount of resources allocated to you, You never know when you are going to run out of computing memory and thus it is ideal for only small websites that get upto 1000 page requests a day. The yearly plan comes with 1 domain name and you can host only one website on top of it. It doesn’t have any addon or parked domains and also lacks anonymous FTPs. You can run most small web applications but business websites often tend to consume more resources. Hostgator is popular for providing its own toll free number. But as this is the basic plan, the toll number only comes with the business plan. It also lacks a dedicated IP address and private SSL addresses.
  2. Baby: This is a more powerful plan with even more amount of resources. It comes with additional features that lack in the hatchling plan. Unlike the Hatchling plan, you get a private IP address that can be greatly useful for any kind of web application. Unlike the hatchling plan, it also comes with unlimited addon or parked domains that can be useful for most. It is priced at $6.96/month and is ideal for running any kind of blog or website. If you don’t require SSL certificate for your website then you can easily host a small ecommerce websites. You also get unlimited domain hosting and thus you can host more than one website on the plan until your resource consumption is within the arbitrary allocated limits.
  3. Business: Priced at $10.46/month, this is one of the most powerful plans provided by Hostgator. You can literally host any kind of website and web application including custom web apps that need api based services. It includes numerous business specific features that lack in the previous plans. Along with all the developmental features, it also provides a toll free number that can be used for any business related purposes. As it is  the most powerful plan among the shared hosting plans provided by the company, you will have to upgrade to the next VPS plan in case your resource consumption exceeds the maximum allotted to you. However as it is a very high resource plan, it is highly unlikely that any web application that receives less than 10K visitors a day is likely to suffer in any ways. The business specific features further ease development and deployment for any kind of web app on top of the optimized servers.

Bluehost

bluehostOne of the respected companies in the web development industry, Bluehost comes with unique features that and services that are priced attractively to allow users the maximum flexibility for usage and deployment of any kind of web application. You can build any type of web application and the resources allocated to you should be enough to handle any kind of web application. As each plan comes with precise limits for each allocated resource, you can easily monitor your usage and plan your application and strategy accordingly. Each of the shared plans are in fact highly optimized scalable plans, you can easily consume more resources than you are allocated and be charged accordingly. Any additional features that you may required can be easily opted for extra or you can directly upgrade to the next best plan for better resources and features. The three types of shared plans offered by Bluehost are:

Also read: Bluehost VPS Hosting Review

  1. Basic: meant for all kinds of customers who require a basic web hosting account to host their blog or any other such small website that may not take up huge resources, this plan comes with a price tag of $3.95/month. You can easily build any type of web application on top of the plan if the resources allocated would be enough for your requirements. The plan comes with 50GB storage, 1 domain name that can host only one website along with 1 parked domain and 25 sub domains. It also comes with 5 custom email address for your domain name that can be used with your website. You can 100mb storage space for each of your email addresses. It offers standard performance and is therefore one of the few cheap but performance oriented plans.
  2. Plus: The next most powerful plan comes with numerous additional features along with increased amount of resources that be easily used to build any kind of web application including ecommerce website that take up high CPU resources. It comes with 150GB storage along with 20 parked domains and 50 sub domains. The plan is ideal for large blogs with a page request limit upto 5K visitors per day. In case you serve media through your website, it may take up more than the allotted resources. However you can easily consume more than the allocated resources and be charged for the extra usage. It is priced at $6.95/month and is thus one of the few powerful plans. It also comes with 100 email accounts for your domain name with each having up to 500GB. The plan can accommodate up to 10 websites whose resource usage is within the limits specified.
  3. Business Pro: The most powerful of all plans with all kinds of developer and business related features comes at $14.95/month. Along with all the features from the previous plans, it also includes global CDN, spamexperts, 1 SSL certificate, 1 dedicated IP address, 1 domain privacy tool along with Sitebackup Pro. You can easily build high resource consuming applications along with feature rich services ideal for any kind of business app. With unlimited resources for all kinds of features, it is easily one of the best available plans on the web. As all Bluehost plans come with SSD support, the performance of the systems is much faster than traditional websites.
The Winner : Bluehost
In terms of attractive pricing and plans, Bluehost is a clear winner.

Also Read: Bluehost Coupon Codes

Reliability

When it comes to performance, Bluehost has always had the record of maintaining an excellent server performance benchmark over the years. You may find numerous negative complaints about Hostgator but there are only a few instances where Bluehost has failed to deliver upon its promises.

With an excellent hardware infrastructure and high performance servers always ready to maintain failover measures, it has attracted thousands of customers from its competition.

bluehost server

Hostgator although has the major markets and provides all kinds of services to its customers, it lacks significantly due to its resource allocation method. Moreover from a buyer’s standpoint, it is nearly impossible to predict the amount of resources you can actually use.

As other hosting customers are allocated the same unlimited features, some one may use more than the server can handle. Eventually, you will end up with failed database connection, bandwidth usage, space constraints and numerous other problems that no one can foresee.

hostgator server configuration

On the other hand, Bluehost provides exact resource usage for each client with strict limitations on each of the features allowed to the customers. This helps you greatly in measuring and controlling the resources utilized by your application. Let’s dive deeper into each of the individual performance metrics to deeply analyze how each of the companies can be ideal for your requirements.

The Winner : Bluehost
In terms of reliebility, Bluehost is better than Hostgator. They have a hosting solution for all kind of customers and also use latest technologies like SSD drives, cloud computing etc. 

Server Performance

When it comes to server performance, Bluehost  definitely fares better than hostgator. Bluehost provides SSD drives in each of its plans and the performance increment due to the hardware optimization is quite significant. You can easily install additional applications to improve performance and thus further optimize your application to suit your requirements.

bluehost hosting server speed performance

Hostgator also has one of the largest data storage infrastructures in the world, however as most of it is distributed among numerous locations, the performance metrics vary widely across geographies. The variable resource allocation on the server further complicates things for the user. You can easily build a large scale application on top of servers from both the companies but running them with high performance while meeting resource consumption targets is the biggest challenge of all.

hostgator server performance

This is perfectly handled by Bluehost while Hostgator is still struggling with it. You can also notice that due to the scalable infrastructure of Bluehost, it has termed its shared plans as cloud plans but Hostgator is still stuck at shared hosting plans.

The Winner : Bluehost
As you can see in the above images Blushost servers respond fast from different locations. In terms of server speed Bluehost is a clear winner.

Pagespeed

Pagespeed is perhaps the most important characteristic of any web server. Without necessary improvements to the server software and powerful hardware, it is impossible to maintain a proper pagespeed in any development or production environment. Although Hostgator has a decent page speed for most web applications, it fails when the applications grows in size or resource consumption increases significantly over a short period.

hostgator speed test results
Hostgator Speed Test

However the SSD drives in Bluehost can handle literally anything the user can throw at it. Due to their enhanced server architecture the applications running on top of the server is highly optimized and the caching mechanism in the business plans further improve page speed for the apps.

bluehost speed test results
Bluehost Speed Test

As you might have noticed that in above two tests both hosts performed really well. In the first image above you can see a website hosted on Hostgator server has been loaded in about 2.75 seconds where the page size was 2 MB.

In the second test a website hosted on Bluehost server has been loaded in about 3.96 seconds where the page size was 5.1 MB.

The Winner : Tie
Here is a tie between Bluehost & hostgator. Both provide decent pagespeed.

Server Uptime And Downtime

Downtimes are the worse things for any web application. Users can handle web application page speed but if the server isn’t available any type of website can easily lose its audience within minutes. If it is a business application, the downtimes hurt the organization even worse. Without any builtin measures to handle downtime, it becomes impossible for any hosting company to maintain continuous uptime.

bluehost uptime report

hostgator uptime report

Bluehost and Hostgator perform equally in terms of server uptime due to their large scalable server architectures and replicated data storage all across the world. Both have had an excellent record of up to 99.98% server uptime over the last year.

If you’re with Bluehost and notice that your server is down, you can confirm your server status here . Hostgator has created a support page, where you can see instructions to know your server status.

The Winner : Bluehost
Here is a tie between Bluehost & hostgator. Both provide a good up time.

Also Read: Bluehost vs iPage vs Inmotion Hosting

Conclusion

Final Winner : Bluehost
Based on our findings and test results Bluehost looks better than Hostgator. Although Hostgator is also a good web host and comes in top 10 web hosting providers in the world. We would like to recommend Bluehost to our readers but if you would like to go with Hostgator, there is no harm.

Therefore in numerous circumstances, Bluehost fares better than Bluehost. Be it in terms of pagespeed or server performance, Bluehost definitely has a solid server architecture that allows the organization to provide excellent services to its clients. You can easily rely on the company’s provided plans to host any kind of web application and if your resource consumption grows beyond the allocated limit, you can either control your resource consumption or upgrade to the next best plan. Due to their cloud architecture, you can also have immense control over the specific type of resource you consume. Therefore you can easily consume more bandwidth without having to upgrade to a higher plan. Although Hostgator is more popular and provides even more services to its customers, they lack major performance improvements that are crucial to running today’s apps. In a article published on Yoast, popular SEO expert Joose de valk suggest not to use hostgator.

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Hostgator Review

Hostgator Review 2017: Hostgator is one of the web hosting company that spend a lot on web advertisement. You might have been looking for Hostgator review because you’ve seen a Hostgator advertisement recently. Although they have been around in web hosting business since 2002. With good customer base and more than 12000 servers in management Hostgator ranks among top 10 web hosting providers. But the question is “Should you buy Hostgator web hosting?” In this Hostgator review we’ve highlighted Hostgator pros & cons so that you can make a right decision.

As I mentioned above Hostgator was established in 2002 by Brent Oxley. Later in 2012 Brent Oxley sold the company to Endurance International Group (EIG). EIG is a big group of web hosting companies and have web hosting companies like BlueHost, iPage, FatCow, HostMonster, Justhost etc in their group. Know about EIG Hosting here.

Hostgator used to be a very good web hosting company but since EIG aquired Hostgator, the customer support standard has been dropped. Although the quality of web hosting services is still very good.

Before we go proceed to explore more about Hostgator Hosting, let me introduce a Hostgator web hosting discount to you.

You can save Flat 20% on Hostgator web hosting using the following coupon link.

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7 Pros of Hostgator

Let’s look at the things that I liked about Hostgator web hosting services.

1. Web Hosting Plans

The first thing I liked about Hostgator web hosting services are their web hosting plans. Check them out below.

hostgator shared web hostig plans

If you’ll have a close look at their plans. you’ll notice that Hostgator has a plan for everyone.

If you’re just starting up and looking for web hosting services, Hostgator’s Hatchling plan is right for you but if you’ve couple of websites and want to host all of them at one place you can go with Hostgator’s baby plan. Although the baby plan is only suitable if you have websites that has little or moderate amount of traffic.

If you’re an expert or a company that owns multiple websites, Hostgator’s business plan is ideal choice for you.

Hostgator’s Hatchling & Baby plan comes with shared SSL certificate but the business plans comes with a private SSL & free toll free number.

2. Money Back Guarantee

Most of the people including me prefer to test web hosting services before we go into a long term contact. To satisfy these kind of people Hostgator offers 45 days money back guarantee. You can test their services for 45 days without worry and if you’re not satisfied with their services, you can ask for your money back. Although you’ve to pay for their web hosting services before starting your trial.

3. Scalability

With Hostgator you can scale to any level. Hostgator offer all kind of web hosting plans i.e Shared Hosting, VPS & Dedicated Server Hosting services. As your website grows, you can move to higher web hosting plans.

4. Both Windows & Linux Web Hosting Options

There are very few good web hosting providers that offers both Windows & Linux web hosting services & Hostgator is one of them. If you’re a person like me who has some websites and web application hosted on Linux platform and some on Windows platform, you may have go with two different web hosting provider to host them but with Hostgator you can host all of them under one roof.

5. Friendly Control Panel

Hostgator offer industry leading control panels with their web hosting services. With Linux hosting you get cPanel & with Windows hosting Hostgator providers plesk control panel.

Their control panels are customized and gives best user experience. They’re very easy to use and comes with tutorials and videos so that you can easily use them.

Hostgator’s control panels i.e cPanel & Plesk comes with the following features

  • Website Statistics: AWStats, Webalizer, Raw Log Manager, Referrer and Error Logs
  • 1 Click Install Applications: Instant Shopping Carts, Blogs, Portals, Forums
  • Password Protected Directories and Custom Error Pages
  • Web Based File Manager, Hotlink Protection, IP Deny Manager, Redirect URL

See screenshot of Hostgator’s cPanel

The cpanel comes with Linux hosting services.

hostgator cpanel

See Hostgator’s Plesk panel screenshot below

The plesk panel comes with Windows hosting services.

hostgator plesk panel

6. Freebies

Every one including me loves something extra. With every Hostgator web hosting plan, you get lots of freebies. They includes the following

  • Free Weebly SiteBuilder
  • 4,500 Free Website Templates
  • Free Website Transfer, Domain Transfer, MySQL Transfer, Script Transfer
  • 52 Applications with 1 click install
  • $100 Google ads credit
  • $100 Bing/Yahoo ads credits

These freebies are really helpful for anyone just starting up. Using website builder anyone can build a professional looking website in few hours.

If you already have a website hosted with some other web host, Hostgator team will help you migrate the same to their servers at no extra cost.

If you would like to start a blog or want to setup an eCommerce store or a discussion forum, you can install that in just few clicks. Hostgator hosting comes with 52 easy to install application scripts.

Advertisement credits can help you promote your business in search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo.

7. Programming Languages & Application Support

Hostgator supports all popular programming languages on their servers

Linux Hosting

Programming Languages: CGI, Fast CGI, PHP 5, Ruby on Rails, Perl, Python, SSL

Programming Modules: Curl, CPAN, GD Library, ImageMagick

System Management Tools: SSH Access and Cron Job Scheduling

Databases: MySQL databases with PHP MyAdmin

Windows Hosting

Programming Languages: ASP, ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET 3.5, ASP.NET 4.0, ASP.NET 4.5

Programming Modules: Curl, GD Library, MVC 3.0, AJAX

System Management Tools: Scheduled Tasks

Databases: MS SQL, MY SQL & MS Access

4 Cons of Hostgator

1. Customer Support

Customer support is the place where Hostgator face lots of criticism, although they don’t do it intentionally. Hostgator has everything in place to serve their customers better. They have the following support options

  • Phone
  • Email (Ticket System)
  • Chat
  • 500+ Video Tutorials
  • 680+ Help Articles
  • Social Media (Twitter)

Because of the huge customer base, sometimes you’ve keep waiting for your turn.

We don’t say they don’t support their customer but the waiting period is more compare to other good web hosting providers.

Below is the screenshot of Hostgator’s chat support. When we pinged them on chat, their system indicates a 6 minutes wait time.

hostgator chat support

We further dig it more and tried to find out what others says about their support sysmtem. We moved to social media and below is what Hostgator’s real customer says about Hostgator support on Twitter.

From the above mentioned tweets it is clear that their support team is highly active and reply to customer queries even on social media channels like Twitter but there is a wait time for everyone.

2. Spammy Email Server IPs

Some users complained to us that their emails are not being delivered on Google & AOL. They were using Hostgator’s email service that comes free with their web hosting plans. You can create email accounts on your domain name hosted with Hostgator using Hostgator’s control panel. We dig it a bit more and found many people are facing the same problem. You can see the below comments that we found on PC Mag.

users comments about hostgator email service

In the above comments Hostgator’s customers has shared their experience with their email services.

3. Over Priced

Although we have said earlier that Hostgator has a plan for every customer & size of business and that is their USP but their plans are priced on a higher side.

To host a single website you have to pay almost $7 per month when you pay for 12 months. That is huge comparing to other hosting providers like Godaddy. You also need to pay additional price for domain registration, which is free for first year with most hosting providers.

Godaddy offer great deal when it comes to host a single website with free domain, you can check the deal here.

Dreamhost is another good option that offer web hosting at a better pricing. Check Dreamhost offers here.

4. Hostgator allow adult content: Bad for SEO

Neighborhood plays a big role in SEO. If there are websites that has good authority in search engines on the same server where your website is hosted, search engines treat your website with trust because it is using the same IP address. But if there are adult websites, illegal websites or websites that has hate speech hosted on the same server where your website is hosted, it may negatively impact your website’s ranking in search engines.

It has been observed that Hostgator allows adult content on their server and people all over the internet has reported that it has effected their website’s ranking in search engines. Many bloggers has already written about this on their blog. They themselves confirm the same on their website.

Hostgator Server Performance Review

When we tested Hostgator’s server performance with server performance checker. We found that it performs just ok. Below is the screenshot of results of our test.

hostgator server performance

We also test a website hosted with Hostgator using pigdom tool. Below is its performance report.

hostgator website speed test

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Conclusion: The Verdict

Hosting is backbone of any online business. It is a responsibility of a good host to provide you all the tools that are required to smoothly run your website. Hostgator is one of the hosting company that provides you all the necessary tools and support so that your website can run smooth.

Although their plans are a bit costly compare to others and their servers perform just average. But you can not accept must with a shared hosting plan.

If you also looking to run your business email with Hostgator, there service is not right for you.

Over all we will give Hostgator 2.5 rating out of 5.

Some expert even advise to stay away from Hostgator.

There are other good options available in the market. We personally recommend Godaddy & Siteground to our readers.

If you have budget, you can always look at these VPS options.

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