HostGator are among the most significant, earliest web hosting business around today, they’re still publishing an extraordinary typical uptime of 99.93% over the past 12 months. Hosting Picture
Their basic shared hosting plans featured unlimited storage, bandwidth, free domain (for the very first year), and a free SSL certificate. They likewise have terrific customer support, who connected through a live chat immediately and responded to each question within a couple of seconds.
Unfortunately, numerous additional services, like backups and security, will be added as extra costs. Plus, the renewal rates increase strongly after your first term ends.
Pros of Using HostGator Shared
HostGator’s uptime performance used to be a problem in years past. But not anymore, based upon our 12 months’ worth of tracking. Hosting Picture
On top of that, their customer support was quick and friendly. They’ll help move your site over to their service free of charge. And novices will like a great deal of the simple, intuitive options directed their method.
Here’s a fast summary:
1. Stable Uptime of 99.93%.
HostGator has posted an average of 99.93% uptime with a bit more than six hours of downtime over the last 12 months. That’s not the best uptime we have actually seen but likewise not the worst.
The excellent part is that they have an uptime assurance which states that if they drop below 99.90%, you can get one month of credit on your account.
Clearly, any planned upkeep or impossible-to-predict hacks aren’t factored into this assurance. You will, however, have to reach out and request the credit by sending an assistance ticket to their billing department within thirty days.
We have actually begun to see a few other hosts turn up with uptime guarantees recently, and it implies all customers win as a result. Rivals coming out and doing this helps raise the bar for the entire market. It forces everybody else in the market to either match their guarantee and raise the basic level of service or danger falling back.
Last 12-month typical 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 Picture
HostGator’s servers had no problems keeping our website up and live over the past year.
However what about their server speed?
HostGator provided an average page filling time of 734 ms over the last 12 months.
This is certainly not the fastest speed we’ve seen but it’s decent enough to get a spot in our pros area. HostGator has enhanced its page loading times rather a lot. Not a very long time earlier, it took more than a second to load our site.
Why is it important to have a quick page packing time?
Sluggish page loading times have been revealed to affect 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 speed up your site without switching hosts. But if your host is consistently sluggish, it implies you’ll continuously be fighting a losing fight.
3. Good Assistance. Hosting Picture
Comparable to other known companies like SiteGround and Dreamhost, HostGator supplies a knowledge base, phone, email, and live chat assistance.
We tested out their live chat alternative.
We asked an easy question about their shared hosting plans and got connected to a customer associate within two minutes. The replies were quickly and well-informed.
4. 45-Day Money-Back Assurance.
HostGator is so positive in their service that they extend the industry-average 30-day refund policy an extra two weeks or two to 45 days.
That indicates you can use them for over a complete month and still get your purchase rate back if any issues pop up.
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 customized software. After combing through lots of Terms of Service files by now, we have actually discovered that these cautions are fairly common in the hosting market.
So, for instance, if your strategy consisted of a complimentary domain, they’ll subtract the basic fee of $15.00 for the domain from the refund quantity. Hosting Picture
There are a few other points to make. HostGator’s Terms give them up to 90 days to actually 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 new plans or accounts. If you formerly signed up for one, and are canceling a renewal or 2nd effort, you will not get anything in return.
And lastly, foreign currency refunds are processed based on the U.S. Dollar currency exchange rate.
5. Website Security Features Offered.
HostGator’s shared hosting strategies are relatively bare-bones. You’re getting enough for one site, but not a lot of bonus on top of it.
They do provide a few extra security functions like the capability to include SiteLock keeping an eye on to your website. This service will run daily, watching out for any potential website breaches or hacks and let you understand quickly when they discover it.
They likewise use Spam Assassin on their email plans to help prevent 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 yearly at $23.88. Hosting Picture
6. Free Site & cPanel Migrations.
If this isn’t your very first site, and you’re attempting to move an existing one over, HostGator’s got your back.
You’ll have 1 month after sign-up to get in touch and have them assist move any site files, databases, scripts, and even a domain over for you.
This includes a full cPanel transfer. So if you occurred to have numerous website installs (like subdomains for one large website), you’re covered.
All of HostGator’s shared hosting strategies come with a single site (or cPanel) migration consisted of. Various strategies, like resellers, for instance, will get access to more (as much as 30).
A single free site migration isn’t a lot compared to some hosts. It’s still much better than absolutely nothing.
7. Extremely User-Friendly for Beginners.
HostGator is tailor-made for newbie blog writers or webmasters. Hosting Picture
Their site is full of tutorials, walkthroughs, and more to help you navigate the dirty world of DNS and data.
They likewise have additional functions for newbies who are looking to set up a site without the hassle of hiring other individuals to design, build, and manage whatever.
Their website home builder tool, Gator by HostGator, is among the better ones we have actually reviewed. It includes complimentary hosting and a domain name, so you just require to acquire a single account for all of the necessities.
The personalized design templates are all quite modern, to begin with, and you can easily personalize how they look by dragging and dropping each feature. You’ll likewise get site analytics and a totally free SSL certificate to help secure your visitors’ individual information (like their physical place).
Gator by HostGator even comes with an eCommerce strategy, so you can set up a fully-functioning online shop with stock and more, all without worrying about payment entrances, plugins, or any other messy innovation. It simply works. Hosting Picture
Cons of Using HostGator Shared.
HostGator’s regularly strong uptime was, honestly, surprising (in an excellent way). We’re likewise fans of their uptime warranty.
Beyond that, their beginner-friendly approach and handy client service mean that there’s a lot to like about their service.
We likewise ran into a couple of concerns along the method while evaluating them out. Here are the greatest problems we found:. Hosting Picture
1. Great Deals Of Extra Charges for ‘True’ Backups, Gmail, and Malware.
HostGator’s shared hosting plans are cheap, with introductory rates starting at only $2.75/ month (for 36 months).
Their most affordable strategy (” Hatchling”) comes with a single domain name, one-click setups of popular apps like WordPress, Joomla, and more, unmetered bandwidth, endless storage, and a free SSL certificate. Generally, all of the core includes you require for a complete site.
Nevertheless, that has to do with all they provide in their default strategies. All of the ‘extra’ things, like site backups, Gmail access, SiteLock Tracking, and SEO tools will all cost you extra when it’s time to checkout.
It’s disappointing since a lot of these features are worded thoroughly on the website, like “offered,” to make you think they’re consisted of. Browse the other top hosts we’ve evaluated and you’ll see that many of them, in fact, do throw these into their standard rates.
It’s only when you get to the very end of the process, when you go to enter your billing information, that you’ll realize all of these additional functions will cost you, well, additional.
Gmail is the standard $5/month or $60/year per user, which is their regular pricing. 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 many previous variations of your website on file in case you run into any problems.
While the preliminary plan seems inexpensive at first, it begins to become pretty pricey when all is said and done. Hosting Picture
2. Industry-Standard Pricing ‘Techniques’.
In addition to additional costs, HostGator pulls 2 pricing tricks that are pretty basic in the market.
The first is marketing a low rate like $2.75/ month, only for you to recognize that it requires you to prepay for a full 3 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 start, though. Since on top of this, HostGator’s renewal pricing jumps dramatically after your preliminary plan expires.
Let’s state you go ahead and lock-in that low rate for three years. You’ll be getting a pretty good offer, no doubt.
The trouble begins when it’s time to renew your plan in three years. At that point, your monthly rate for the same strategy jumps to $6.95/ month (or $250.20 total)– more than double what you simply spent for the exact same specific service.
Essentially, they’re victimizing the fact that after a couple of years, the possibility of you wishing to change services is pretty low. You’re locked in for a while (like a cable company or fitness center subscription).
Great deals of other hosts we have actually examined pull this very same stunt. Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply we need to like it. Hosting Picture