Host Gator got its start back in 2002 and has grown consistently since that time. Today, this webhost offers a wide range of services, and continues to grow. The firm was recently ranked as the 21st fastest growing in the country. Currently, the company hosts more than two million different domains, and offers a 45-day money-back guarantee for their new clients. In addition, you will find that they offer a wide range of different services that can help ensure that you are able to achieve your goals with your website.

Pricing Concerns

For those concerned about price, Host Gator offers three different plans for your needs. The base plan, the features of which can be seen above, is the “Hatchling Plan” and starts at $4.95 per month. The second plan, the “Baby Plan” starts at $7.95 per month and offers Unlimited domain hosting, while the Business Plan offers free dedicated ISP and free SSL for $12.95 per month.

You will also find additional value for the price with the inclusion of many other extras in all of these plans. These extras include SpamAssassin, unlimited MySQL databases and more.

Reliability and Uptime Factors

Host Gator houses their data center in Houston, Texas. Here, you will find state of the art security, cutting edge servers and more. This allows the company to make good on their 99.9% uptime guarantee. You will also find that the company has invested in alternative energy production, which it uses to supplement daily energy use, as well as providing redundant power to ensure their systems are never down due to a power outage or disaster.

Control Panel Information

You will find that rather than providing you with a proprietary control panel, Host Gator uses cPanel, the industry standard solution. This gives you direct, immediate control of all of your email accounts, your domain, your website and more. It also offers streamlined management capabilities, monitoring capabilities and statistics generators, as well. Fantastico is bundled with cPanel, and offers a full content management system for your website.

Customer Support and Service

When it comes to customer support, Host Gator seems to provide extremely fast response times. In fact, much of their reputation is built on being there when their customers need them. You can contact the help desk by telephone, use the online chat system, fax your concerns to the company or even venture into the forums for help. You will also find a number of online video tutorials, a help section, a FAQ and other documentation that will help you find the answer to your question on your own. However, most clients agree that Host Gator is very responsive to their questions and concerns, fixing the problem as quickly as possible.


  • Flexible, Easy to Use Control Panel
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Sub Domains, FTP Accounts, and Email Accounts
  • 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
  • No Contract with a 45-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • SSL Certification

Free With Each Hosting Plan

  • Free HostGator Website Builder which includes over 100+ Mobile-Friendly Templates and an Image Library
  • Free Website Transfer, Domain Transfer, MYSQL Transfer, Script Transfer
  • 52 Free scripts can be instantly installed on your account with a few clicks
  • $100 Google Adwords Offer
  • $100 Bing Ads Credit
  • Free SSL Certification ensuring that your website is flagged securely