HostGator are among the biggest, oldest web hosting companies around today, they’re still publishing an unbelievable typical uptime of 99.93% over the past 12 months. Hosting Images
Their basic shared hosting plans featured unrestricted storage, bandwidth, complimentary domain (for the first year), and a complimentary SSL certificate. They likewise have terrific customer care, who linked through a live chat instantly and addressed each question within a couple of seconds.
Numerous additional services, like backups and security, will be added on as extra fees. Plus, the renewal rates rise strongly after your very first term ends.
Pros of Using HostGator Shared
HostGator’s uptime efficiency used to be a concern in years past. Not any longer, based on our 12 months’ worth of tracking. Hosting Images
On top of that, their customer support was quick and friendly. They’ll help move your website over to their service for free. And novices will like a great deal of the easy, user-friendly alternatives directed their way.
Here’s a quick summary:
1. Stable Uptime of 99.93%.
HostGator has posted approximately 99.93% uptime with a bit more than 6 hours of downtime over the last 12 months. That’s not the very best uptime we’ve seen however also not the worst.
The excellent part is that they have an uptime assurance which says that if they drop below 99.90%, you can get one month of credit on your account.
Certainly, any scheduled maintenance or impossible-to-predict hacks aren’t factored into this guarantee. You will, however, have to reach out and ask for the credit by sending an assistance ticket to their billing department within 1 month.
We have actually started to see a few other hosts pop up with uptime guarantees recently, and it suggests all clients win as a result. Competitors coming out and doing this helps raise the bar for the entire industry. It forces everybody else in the market to either match their guarantee and raise the basic level of service or threat falling behind.
Last 12-month average uptime:.
March 2021: 99.95%.
February 2021: 99.99%.
January 2021: 99.97%.
December 2020: 100%.
November 2020: 99.99%.
October 2020: 99.99%.
September 2020: 99.50%.
August 2020: 99.99%.
July 2020: 99.98%.
June 2020: 99.99%.
May 2020: 99.96%.
April 2020: 99.78%.
2. Good Load Time 734 ms. Hosting Images
HostGator’s servers had no issues keeping our website up and live over the past year.
Nevertheless what about their server speed?
HostGator provided a typical page filling time of 734 ms over the last 12 months.
This is definitely not the fastest speed we’ve seen however it’s decent enough to get an area in our pros section. HostGator has actually enhanced its page loading times rather a lot. Not a long time back, it took more than a second to pack our site.
Why is it crucial to have a quick page packing time?
Sluggish page packing times have actually been revealed to impact your visitor’s experience straight. And that has a trickle-down effect to hitting your bottom line, too.
There are a couple of things you can do to accelerate your website without changing hosts. If your host is consistently slow, it means you’ll continuously be fighting a losing battle.
3. Great Support. Hosting Images
Similar to other known companies like SiteGround and Dreamhost, HostGator provides a knowledge base, phone, e-mail, and live chat support.
We checked out their live chat choice.
We asked a basic question about their shared hosting strategies and got connected to a customer associate within 2 minutes. The replies were fast and knowledgeable.
4. 45-Day Money-Back Warranty.
HostGator is so positive in their service that they extend the industry-average 30-day refund policy an extra two weeks approximately to 45 days.
That suggests you can use them for over a complete month and still get your purchase price back if any concerns appear.
This 45-day money-back warranty applies to all shared, reseller, and VPS hosting bundles.
The only catch is that this does not apply to HostGator’s dedicated servers, administrative costs, install costs for custom-made software application. After combing through lots of Terms of Service documents by now, we have actually discovered that these cautions are fairly typical in the hosting industry.
For example, if your plan included a complimentary domain name, they’ll subtract the standard charge of $15.00 for the domain from the refund amount. Hosting Images
There are a couple of other points to make. HostGator’s Terms provide up to 90 days to in fact issue a refund. No refunds will be given on checks, money orders, Western Union payments, or bank wire transfers, either.
Refunds are just readily available for brand-new strategies or accounts. So if you previously signed up for one, and are canceling a renewal or second attempt, you won’t get anything in return.
And finally, foreign currency refunds are processed based on the U.S. Dollar currency exchange rate.
5. Website Security Features Readily Available.
HostGator’s shared hosting plans are relatively bare-bones. You’re getting enough for one website, but not a great deal of bonus on top of it.
They do provide a few additional security features like the capability to include SiteLock monitoring to your site. This service will run daily, keeping an eye out for any prospective site breaches or hacks and let you know instantly when they discover it.
They also provide Spam Assassin on their email prepares to help avoid spam from striking your inbox in the first place.
The only disadvantage is that SiteLock will cost you a little extra. We’ll expand on this below in the Cons, however the sticker price is $1.99/ mo, billed every year at $23.88. Hosting Images
6. Free Site & cPanel Migrations.
If this isn’t your first website, and you’re attempting to move an existing one over, HostGator’s got your back.
You’ll have one month after sign-up to get in touch and have them assist move any website files, databases, scripts, and even a domain over for you.
This includes a full cPanel transfer. So if you occurred to have numerous site installs (like subdomains for one big website), you’re covered.
All of HostGator’s shared hosting strategies featured a single site (or cPanel) migration included. Various strategies, like resellers, for example, will get access to more (approximately 30).
A single totally free site migration isn’t a lot compared to some hosts. But it’s still better than nothing.
7. Really User-Friendly for Beginners.
HostGator is tailor-made for beginner bloggers or web designers. Hosting Images
Their site has lots of tutorials, walkthroughs, and more to assist you browse the dirty world of DNS and data centers.
They also have extra features for newbies who are wanting to set up a site without the trouble of employing other individuals to develop, develop, and manage everything.
Their website home builder tool, Gator by HostGator, is among the better ones we’ve examined. It includes totally free hosting and a domain, so you just require to purchase a single represent all of the requirements.
The personalized templates are all quite modern, to begin with, and you can quickly personalize how they look by dragging and dropping each feature. You’ll also get website analytics and a totally free SSL certificate to help safeguard your visitors’ individual information (like their physical area).
Gator by HostGator even includes an eCommerce plan, so you can establish a fully-functioning online shop with inventory and more, all without worrying about payment gateways, plugins, or any other untidy innovation. It simply works. Hosting Images
Cons of Using HostGator Shared.
HostGator’s consistently strong uptime was, honestly, unexpected (in a great way). We’re also fans of their uptime guarantee.
Beyond that, their beginner-friendly technique and valuable client service mean that there’s a lot to like about their service.
We also ran into a few problems along the method while evaluating them out. Here are the greatest issues we found:. Hosting Images
1. Great Deals Of Extra Charges for ‘True’ Backups, Gmail, and Malware.
HostGator’s shared hosting plans are cheap, with initial rates beginning at only $2.75/ month (for 36 months).
Their most inexpensive plan (” Hatchling”) features a single domain, one-click setups of popular apps like WordPress, Joomla, and more, unmetered bandwidth, unrestricted storage, and a free SSL certificate. Basically, all of the core includes you require for a total site.
That’s about all they offer in their default plans. All of the ‘extra’ stuff, like website backups, Gmail access, SiteLock Monitoring, and SEO tools will all cost you additional when it’s time to checkout.
It’s disappointing due to the fact that many of these features are worded thoroughly on the website, like “offered,” to make you believe they’re consisted of. Browse the other top hosts we’ve reviewed and you’ll see that a number of them, in fact, do throw these into their standard rates.
It’s only when you get to the very end of the procedure, when you go to enter your billing info, that you’ll recognize all of these extra functions will cost you, well, additional.
Gmail is the standard $5/month or $60/year per user, which is their typical prices. Then SiteLock will cost you $19.99/ year, CodeGuard (to backup your websites) will cost you $23.95/ year, and they don’t even keep lots of previous variations of your site on file in case you run into any issues.
So while the preliminary strategy seems inexpensive at first, it starts to become pretty expensive when all is said and done. Hosting Images
2. Industry-Standard Prices ‘Techniques’.
In addition to extra charges, HostGator pulls two rates tricks that are quite standard in the industry.
The very first is advertising a low rate like $2.75/ month, only for you to understand that it needs you to prepay for a full three years to in fact get it. Otherwise, you’re looking at $10.95/ month for a real single month’s worth of service.
That’s simply the beginning. Because on top of this, HostGator’s renewal prices jumps significantly after your initial plan ends.
So let’s state you proceed and lock-in that low rate for 3 years. You’ll be getting a pretty good deal, no doubt.
The trouble starts when it’s time to restore your strategy in 3 years. At that point, your monthly rate for the exact same plan jumps to $6.95/ month (or $250.20 total)– more than double what you just spent for the same exact service.
Essentially, they’re taking advantage of the fact that after a couple of years, the likelihood of you wishing to change services is quite low. So you’re secured for a while (like a cable television business or health club subscription).
Great deals of other hosts we’ve examined pull this same stunt. However, that doesn’t suggest we need to like it. Hosting Images