HostGator is an American company that’s based in Houston, Texas. They offer unlimited web hosting at an affordable price, but some may think that they aren’t the best host in the industry. That’s where I come in at, it’s time to find out what HostGator is all about so that you can make an informed decision if you ever do choose them to fulfill your web hosting needs.

Before I get into the review, I would like to share something that I think is remarkable about HostGator. Believe it or not, they started like many of the biggest internet companies, in the dorm room of the founder (who I might add is still running the company under his control).

They’ve come a long ways from the smaller servers that they had in the beginning (only 3 to be exact), as they now host over 2,500,000 domains at their last count. Now, let’s get on with this HostGator investigation. :)

Price Value

At $4.95 per month, HostGator may not be the cheapest host that you can see here on Web Hosting Billboard. However, they aren’t outrageously expensive either. For what they have to offer, this seems to be a pretty fair price that won’t break the bank.

To top it off, they back up their web hosting with a 45 day money back guarantee. If you don’t like the gator, then you can get your money back. Considering that they don’t tie you to any contracts and that they guarantee the price you pay now is always the price that you’ll pay, it’s a pretty good deal. :)

Features

We all know that the features are what sets each host apart and shows their true colors. With that said, let’s see if HostGator is ready to compete in terms of web hosting features. Here we go folks! :)

  • Unlimited Storage Space
  • Unlimited Data Transfer
  • Unlimited Domains
  • cPanel Powered
  • Unlimited MySQL Databases
  • $100 Google Adwords Credit
  • Free Website Builder
  • Free Shopping Carts

As you can see, they do have a pretty good variety of web hosting features and they sure don’t limit the most common web hosting features like a lot of hosts do these days. If you want to see more of their great features, pay their website a visit. I’m liking what they offer already!

Performance

HostGator definitely has the servers that any host needs to provide exceptional performance. All of their servers are Xeons (which is the best processor around for servers) and they are quad core, meaning each processor is four times as powerful as a single core processor. On top of that, you won’t find less than two of these processors per server.

Their servers always have an inbound and outbound speed of 100 mbps, whereas most hosts take 100 mbps and spread it across 20 or more servers.

When it comes down to it, the only way that I can see HostGator becoming a slow host is if they oversell their servers. What I mean by that is putting more clients on a  server than it can realistically handle.

Reliability

HostGator backs up their unlimited hosting with a 99.9% uptime guarantee. While it’s hard to say whether or not they are one of the most reliable hosts, they seem to be confident that they are since they’re putting their money where their mouth is. It’s just hard to pinpoint since there are so many positive and negative reviews from consumers, and neither outweigh each other.

Support

The support of HostGator is staffed by employees who are based in their main offices, which are in Houston, Texas. When you need help, you can expect to get it from someone who speaks fluent English, but they also have bilingual reps for other countries.

You can get help from their staff 24/7 via live chat, telephone, and their helpdesk. It seems to me that HostGator takes support seriously, which is what all hosts should be doing in the first place.

Love Factor

HostGator isn’t a perfect web hosting company, but they are definitely a good choice for anyone that needs a web hosting plan to start them off with. You really do see some unique things with HostGator that you won’t find anywhere else.

Not to mention, they take advantage of marketing opportunities that others refuse to try out. One of them is where they paid a guy to tattoo himself with HostGator and then he legally changed his name to HostGator dotcom. To some, this may be crossing the line, but to me this is a risk they took and it’s a pretty good one at that.