If you are looking at Hostgator
For Webhosting, but maybe aren’t quite sure, then this post will give you some facts that may help you.
It is based on personal experience use of the company and not just a review, for reviews sake : )
Hostgator was founded in 2002, in a similar way to Facebook as it happened, in a dorm room
It founder, Bret Oxley, was torn between two names, Hotgator or GatorHost. He chose the latter
As of February 1st, 2003, HostGator had 112 active customers.
one year later, On the same date, there would be 1,031 active customers.
Over the last 17 years Hostgator has enjoyed a quite impressive rise, or at least it did when it was indpenddently owned
However in June 2012, it was Acquired by EIG, Endurance International Group, and since then, it appears to have suffered from some issues, is how best it can be described
EIG, also owns Bluehost, Constant Contact and SiteBuilder and Ipage to name but a few companies.
Hostgator claim to be the best WordPress host available and indeed, it was one of the reasons I switched from Bluehost to them, because having encountered problems with Bluehost, more of that in another post, I thought that Hostgator would be different.
The first issue you may encounter when signing up with them, is that they state they have a monthly hosting fee
They don’t, or at least didn’t when I was with them, it was a monthly fee, however you had to pay it up front for a year
So in this respect, they were the same as Bluehost.
They also claim to have exclusive WordPress training, which was one of the reasons I wanted to use them
WordPress is a minefield, so it needs to be learned so that you have at least a decent understanding of it
Lets be fair about it, if you are a marketer and working online, then a blog is the least you will need in marketing tools
However, when it came to locating their WordPress training, which was actually hidden, beneath several links
Well it left a lot to be desired, basic wouldn’t even describe it.So if that is what you are looking for then, be prepared
Hostgator claim that you can install a WordPress website in 1 click, which is in keeping with most companies that have cPanel
However, when my installation was finalised, following the instructions, there was absolutely no sign of my blog
Admin details certainly, but no blog, so that was a bit of a kicker
The Support were of little use in terms of actual help and solving the problem
Much like Bluehost, they placed the emphasis on you solving your problems
So from that perspective, if you have limited knowledge of WordPress, which unless you are WordPress guru
Is going to be pretty much most of the affiliate marketers on this plant, you ar slightly stuck
The support in this case was just so bad and frustratingly slow, you feel helpless.
In my case, I gave it 2 months of putting up with this, before deciding to cut my losses
Cancelling my contract, or monthly payment as I was on, but encouraged at every turn to pay yearly, or more was another stumbling block
You have to dig very deep into the bowels of the admin panel to cancel your payment
Even then, you are made to jump through hoops to do so
But, once you have, you feel relief that its done.
The experience, leaves you feeling battleworn slightly
In fact I would go so far as to say that once I was away from them, I didn’t want to try another hosting company at all
So for a breif period, I started using Google’s blogger, but when you are a professional blogger, you quickly find that blogger has limitaitons
So you start looking for alternatives and in my case I found an absolutely ideal solution
Which as you can see and especially if you are a professional blogger or even a writer, has everything you need to succeed
Compared to Bluehost and Hostgator, who were both fraught with problems
This has been an absolute walk in the park and currently I am in my second year with them
So in summary, Hostgator, web hosting, is it an award winner?… Well the last award the company won was back in 2016
You can draw your own conclusions from that