Hostgator Webhosting Review
- Written by Super User
Of all the webhosting reviews found on this website this one is the easiest to write. Hostgator provides the web hosting service for the iTechGuide and has since 2006. During that time we have sent lots of our website customers over to Hostgator and it was always an easy referral to make because from experience we knew they would receive outstanding customer service and more technological capabilities than they could ever use all at very reasonable prices. This isn't to say that we have never experienced disappointment with the service given by one or two representatives over so many years but even there Hostgator provides a mechanism for chat feedback (we like chat when a conversation is not required) so the quality control at Hostgator is built into every interaction with the customer.
Technically, there is a lot to like about Hostgator. They manage over 12,000 servers supporting more than 400,000 customers. Their services range all the way from a shared hosting account, starting at $3.96/mo, all the way up to managed dedicated servers in the range of $374/mo. The introductory level account offers unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth usage. If you are just looking for a great place to run your own WordPress blog on a domain you own this is where I would come!
One of the reasons why Hostgator is preferred, over say BlueHost, is that the cpanel in Hostgator is fully populated with a complete set of tools to make it easy for users to manage their account. Hostgator is alway excellent on the small stuff that makes a hosting provider stand out. For example, Hostgator's cpanel offers an "Optimize Website" icon that allows the user to apply compression to all web content before it is sent to the users browser. If you care anything about performance at all, and if you want to rank in Google you really should care lots about performance, one simple click is all it takes. It's a very simple thing and sure you can setup compression on any of the other hosting providers also but no one makes it easier to do than Hostgator. Likewise, Hostgator offers a "QuickInstall" button that automatically installs an impressive range of applications (e.g., WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, PHP-Nuke, phpBB, Magento, scripting software, and on and on) into your web account so you can be up and running quickly.
We always recommend that before choosing a webhosting provider that you "google" a few negative terms and see what comes up. It's quite astonishing really that so few people use this technique as we determined via the Google keywords tool. First, the term "hostgator" returned 19,300,000 results so its safe to say that Hostgator is widely mentioned throughout the Internet. Next, we went looking for the negative things people have to say by "googleing" terms: "hostgator sucks" (195,000 results) and "hostgator stinks" (784,000 results) so obviously the actual number of negative comments is dependant on which term you select. It's tempting to attempt to quantify this by say dividing 195,000 by 19,300,000 and then saying that the negative is only 0.010% of the total but again the result you get depends on the keyword used. What matters more than say how many unhappy users per thousand there are is whether or not the topic people are complaining about is one of your important requirements. Taking the few minutes it takes to read some of the negative posts will give you a much better understanding of the person's issue and also give you an opportunity to consider the source. Is the person commenting a *newby* who would have the same experience no matter where they went? Is the person making unreasonable or unlikely claims of incompetance? It's rather difficult to fool 400,000 customers into believing you know what you are doing if that isn't really the case. Could it be the commentor was the one who was on new ground with unsound expectations?
So there you have it. Our many years of work in the Internet computer industry gives us the experience required for making sound judgements of technical and business performance. If you want to experience the best quality webhosting service on the Internet, give Hostgator a shot at earning your business.
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|C||Start from CD|
|D||Start from 1st Partition|
|N||Start from Net Server|
|R||Resets laptop screen|
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