I am a complete newbie when it comes to technical procedure, which basically means I can’t bring myself to spend hours on complicated programs and then still stuck on my way to launch a website. Every hosting provider I found is way too complicated to install, all these fancy features and intricate arrangements. One day I came across HostGator and I must say it is the perfect host provider for me. It’s quick and easy all with a single click and detailed installing explainations, I don’t have to break a sweat to launch my website.
Today I am going to review Hostgator.
This is how I installed my wordpress site on Hostgator:
- I used the QuickInstall on HostGator to install WordPress, I think this is the easiest way to get started and within 5 minutes your WordPress site will be up. Login to your HostGator web panel. Under services/Software click on QuickInstall.
- On the QuickInstall page, you need to select “WordPress’ on the left side.
- On the next page, drop-down select the domain on which you want to install WordPress blog.
- Decide where you want to install WordPress. You can choose at the root of the directory or under the sub domain.
Root Directory: https://www.itsmysite.com
Sub directory: https://www.itsmysite.com/blog
A little tip here is that you shouldn’t use “admin” as username, this is a security risk. I suggest you use your email address or your nickname.
Before hitting the final button Install WordPress, do a double check on your form filling progress, to see if everything looks okay. Because going back things will take so much time
when your installation is completed, you can access your WordPress dashboard by going to “domain.com/wp-admin” (“domain.com” – replace it with your actual domain name)
Upgrading Options and Prices
HostGator offers 3 shared hosting plans: Hatchling, Baby and Business plan.
- Hatchling Plan: Starting at $4.86 per month, going up to $10.95 per month after the promotional period ends, hatchling plan is perfect for single domain hosting.
- Baby Plan: Starting at $6.96 per month, renewing at $11.95 per month, this is a multiple domain hosting plan.
- Business Plan: Starting at $10.46 per month, renewing at $16.95 per month, Business plan is a multiple domains hosting with features like SSL, Dedicated I.P…
The HostGator’s service’s core is their shared server hosting; they’re generally focusing on the shared server segment of the market and they really have transcended it and became renown in the industry.
HostGator’s basic hosting plan has a few certain oversights, but overall it was really worth the shot.
With the hatchling plan, for a sinlge domain you get unmetered bandwidth, disk space, email accounts and MySQL databases and a shared SSL certificate and I totally recommended it since it saves me when I’m on a budget!
There are five different tiers of VPS hosting services available on HostGator. The lowest cost plan is the Snappy 500, which includes 0.5 CPU cores, 512 MB of RAM, 25 GB of disk space, 500 GB of bandwidth, and 2 IP addresses. This plan starts at just $11.97 per month and renews at $19.95 per month.
Wether you feel free to splurge or you’re on a budget, VPS hosting is very flexible and should be perfect for all your needs. Compares to the shared hosting plans, these VPS plans renew costs are at higher rates
A lot of companies just offer shared hosting and compatibility along with WordPress, but they do not offer WordPress hosting specifically. Hostgator offers services that are optimized for WordPress, that is a big difference.
There are three different levels of WordPress hosting available on HostGator:
- Starter: $5.97 per month during the promotional period.
- Standard: $9.57 per month during the promotional period.
- Business: $16.77 per month during the promotional period.
The most expensive plans on HostGator are dedicated hosting plans which allow you to have a server all to yourself. You can choose Linux or Windows and don’t have to pay extra since a lot of host providers will charge you more if you use a Windows environment, it’s pretty awesome.
There are four tiers available starting with Basic for $105 per month, and going up to Pro at $225 per month. These are the plans that are excellent if you’re running a large commercial website and need the maximal resources possible.
Payment methods and refund policy
HostGator offers a back-up plan with a generous 45-day money-back guarantee. You can try Host Gator for 45 days and if you cancel within that period, you’ll get a full refund! You can pay via credit cards or pay pal.
Hostgator’s recent uptime record is outstanding. Sites hosted at Hostgator have enjoyed several months of 100% uptime – there was no outage recorded since April at this time of writing (April 16th, 2017)
HostGator affirms a 99.9% uptime guarantee for their hosting accounts. If your hosting falls short of the 99.9% uptime as they have guaranteed, you can contact the support staffs to receive a one month credit on your account.
Hostgator protects your site with a firewall. With WordPress hosting, you can also take advantage of other advanced security features which protect your WP installation from malware.
HostGator provides customer support 24/7 via phone, live chat, and email support tickets. It is on the upper right of the website. However there are some reports indicate that customers have longer wait times for live chat support, usually it takes 15 to 20 minutes to get a respond from them.
If you ever have a problem and the regular support can’t help you, you can have your support ticket be assigned to Adam Farrar – the CEO. And he literally responded! It’s pretty cool to see the big guy actually cares.
Hostgator review in general
HostGator is very user-friendly for beginners. They also have many informative tutorials, FAQ pages, and documents to help you out with precise descriptions and simple step-by-step walkthroughs.This is one excellent factor of HostGator. All accounts come with free website building tools including Weebly SiteBuilder, all you have to do to install and run is a single click. Let’s have a look at the following picture to see the most excellent factors of Hostgator