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Ritoban’s Hostgator Review
Hey guys, before I write down my HostGator review I need to tell you that I won’t be telling you about HostGator’s features, guarantees, hosting specs etc. All that information is readily available in the official HostGator website. In the next few lines, I’m going to describe my personal experience with them and after you’ve read mine, you can check out more Real HostGator Reviews.
I first started with HostGator way back in 2007 when it wasn’t such a household name. I chatted with their support staff and had read good reviews about them in various forums – so I decided to choose Host Gator as my first webhost.
- Its been almost 3 years and I have had only 4-5 occasions when there was downtime (that too for about 5 minutes max).
- I have about 70 domains hosted with them and run various blogs, forums, and websites on these domains – Everything runs smoothly.
- All my websites that are hosted with Host Gator get about 20,000 hits a day (sometimes more, sometimes less), but my visitors have never complained of any problems yet.
- All my websites have regular use of databases which have been perfect till now.
- I also take weekly backups (it takes 10 seconds), run cron jobs, use FTP regularly, and everything goes pretty smoothly.
- cPanel has been by far the best control panel that I’ve used.
- Their support staff has always been lightning quick to respond and solve all my problems.
That being said, Hostgator does have a few drawbacks:
- If there is a sudden spike of traffic, then the websites load up slowly.
- Earlier, HostGator had a limit of 50,000 inodes (number of files) per account. Those days I hated HostGator because my inodes filled up pretty quickly. But in 2009 they increased the limit to 250,000 inodes (which is enough to host more than 200 WordPress blogs). I was thrilled on hearing that announcement and it has been great ever since.
- You might take a little while to get adjusted to the cPanel if this is the first time you’re buying hosting. But, there are video tutorials inside which should be sufficient to help you get started.
I have also used JustHost, HostMonster, and WiredTree (for VPS) but I would rate HostGator as #1 for ‘Customer Support’, ‘Reliability’, and ‘Pricing’. When you’re getting such fantastic services in less than 5 bucks a month, you can’t really complain much
If you’re looking for shared or reseller hosting, then I definitely recommend checking out HostGator.
This review was published by Ritoban Chakrabarti, the Editor of Hostgator World. Last updated on 7th November, 2012