HostGator started out in 2002 as a project by then-student Brent Oxley. The early years saw tremendous growth with the company exceeding 200,000 registered domains by 2006 and moving into a new office building in Houston, Texas by 2007.
It is now owned by Endurance International Group, the same people who acquired BlueHost, TypePad, Domain.com, iPage, StartLogic and many other brands. It currently has over 8 million registered domains – good enough to make top 10 in the industry. There are four types of web hosting on offer: shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated accounts. Let’s look at each of them one by one.
Basic accounts in this category are cheap across the board but HostGator has managed to go significantly lower than its competitors while providing a compelling package. At just $2.23 per month, clients can get the so-called Hatchling Plan which has unlimited disk space and bandwidth, along with a shared SSL certificate. On the downside, this plan is limited to only one domain. Those who are projecting future expansions may want to look at the Baby Plan, which is upgraded to unlimited domains, or the Business Plan, which comes with free private SSL and IP, as well as anonymous FTP and a free toll number for e-commerce.
Reseller accounts allow small-scale entrepreneurs to start their own webhosting business with modest capital. There is no need to set up any hardware as everything is taken care of by the company which manages the back end. Five reseller plans are on offer, namely Aluminum, Copper, Silver, Gold and Diamond. The Aluminum Plan is the most accessible at just $24.95 monthly, with the first month at $11.23. This includes 50GB of disk space and 500GB of bandwidth. On the other end of the scale is the Diamond Plan that goes for $99.95 monthly, with the first month at $44.98. It includes 200GB of storage and 1400GB of bandwidth.
Virtual Private Servers provide a greater amount of control compared to shared hosting without the expense of a truly dedicated server. The company uses 32 Core AMD Opteron-6376 processors for this offering, with 3.6TB of RAID 10 storage and 128GB of DDR3 RAM. Clients get full root access for the freedom to install and customize applications. The cheapest VPS hosting plan costs $19.95 monthly which gets you 0.5 CPU core, 512 MB of RAM, 25 GB of storage, 500 GB of bandwidth, and two IP addresses. The most advanced plan costs $159.95 monthly which provides 4 CPU cores, 8GB of RAM, 240 GB of storage, 3 TB of bandwidth, and two IP addresses.
Dedicated hosting provides the ultimate in features and flexibility. They cost a lot more than other types of account but they may be worth every penny for large businesses. HostGator offers four different plans: Basic, Standard, Elite and Pro. Basic Plans cost $174 per month. For this much, you get a server with an Intel Xeon Dual Core processor running at 2.3 GHz with 4 GB RAM, 500 GB RAID-1 drives, 10 TB bandwidth, 100 Mbps uplink, and 2 dedicated IPs. Pro Plans are the most expensive at $374 per month. For this much money, you get an Intel Xeon Quad Core processor running at 3.3 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB RAID-1 drives, 25 TB bandwidth, 1 Gbps uplink, and 5 dedicated IPs.
HostGator is a full-service company that has something for everyone. Its shared hosting packages are well-suited for individuals and businesses that are looking establish their own online presence, while its award-winning dedicated server hosting plans provide serious muscle that can meet the needs of the world’s largest corporations. More about HostGator.