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HostGator Review Summary

Founded in (where else?) Florida in 2002, HostGator is one of a handful of well-known and respected web hosting brands operating today. It has a strong reputation for good reason: Its offers great service and a high quality across the board.

In our testing, we found that HostGator performed better than any other top brands when it came to up time (the amount of time that websites hosted on HostGator stayed online and functional). HostGator’s 99.99% up time makes them the most dependable hosting service on the market today. Their range of plans and their storage space are also highlights.

We have a few quibbles, as a few additional features could be included in a few plans, and the pricing can be a little higher than it needs to be, but HostGator is definitely a strong contender in web hosting. Here’s our full review, which details their five different plans, their features, and how much it all costs.

Which HostGator Plan Is Best?

There are a variety of types of hosting plans, all aimed at those with differing needs. HostGator offers all five of the major hosting plans, and each plan comes with multiple tiers.

The plan differences are mostly defined by your website’s relationship with the physical server that hosts it. If you shared the server with other sites, you’re using shared hosting; If you have a server all to yourself, you’re using dedicated hosting; if you get a defined section of the server for your site, you’re using VPS hosting. You can also shared multiple servers under a cloud hosting plan. Finally, there’s a WordPress hosting plan, which is a little different from the rest: It’s essentially just cloud hosting, but with additional help from the popular WordPress website creation software, which provides ready-made templates and plugins.

You don’t really need to remember all that, however. Here’s what’s really relevant:

  • Shared Hosting – cheapest, but the least powerful; best for small websites
  • VPS Hosting – good for medium-sized or growing business websites
  • Dedicated Hosting – most powerful and most expensive; best for bigger website
  • Cloud Hosting – relatively inexpensive but dependable option for mid-size websites
  • WordPress Hosting – the hands-off option, best for website newbies

HostGator Hosting Costs

Even after you’ve settled on the type of plan you’re interested in, you still have a decision ahead of you: Which tier of plan you need. The tiers vary in cost, with a higher price tag netting you more storage, website domains, features, or support options.

Discounts and deals are available, as well, though you should check the fine print to ensure you know how much you’ll be paying when you renew your plan: HostGator regularly sells its plans at 40-50% off for the first 12-36 months, which can make for a big surprise when you renew at their original prices.

We’ve included the best deals in our table below, which covers all the plans, tiers, and non-discounted pricing options available from HostGator.

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HostGatorShared HostingVPS HostingDedicated HostingCloud HostingWordPress Hosting
Plan 1$6.95/mo$89.95/mo$189.00/mo$12.95/mo$9.95/mo
Plan 2$9.95/mo$129.95/mo$249.00/mo$13.95/mo$15.95/mo
Plan 3$14.95/mo$159.95/mo$289.00/mo$19.95/mo$22.95/mo
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HostGator Shared Hosting

Shared hosting plans mean you’ll save the most money, but since you’ll be shared the physical server your site is hosted on, your site might occasionally run slowly or even stop functioning entirely. However, HostGator proved to have the most up time in the tests, meaning that its shared hosting plans are more likely to keep your website continuously functioning than its competitors’ plans. It’s tough to argue with those results.

All three HostGator shared hosting plans come with a free SSL certificate and unmetered bandwidth, but none of them include free domains or free site backups. For a detailed look at the differences between shared hosting tiers, check out the graph below.

HatchlingBabyBusiness
Price$6.95/mo$9.95/mo$14.95/mo
Free DomainXXX
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Dedicated IP AddressXX
Allowed Domains / Websites1UnlimitedUnlimited
Allowed Sub-DomainsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Included SSL Certificate
BandwidthUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Storage100 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
Knowledge Center
24/7 Live Chat
24/7 Phone
Uptime Performance99.9999.9999.99
DiscountsSee DealsSee DealsSee Deals

HostGator VPS Hosting

Medium-sized businesses that hope to grow their online presence can’t rely entirely on the less-dependable shared hosting, but shouldn’t pay through the nose for dedicated hosting: VPS hosting is the best option for them.

Here are the three HostGator VPS plan tiers, the benefits they offer, and the prices they’ll cost you. Free backups and two IP addresses are available at all tiers.

Snappy 2000Snappy 4000Snappy 8000
Price$89.95/mo$129.95/mo$159.95/mo
Free DomainXXX
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Dedicated IP Address222
Allowed Domains / WebsitesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Included SSL Certificate
Bandwidth1.5 TB2 TB3 TB
CPU Cores224
Dedicated RAM2 GB4 GB8 GB
Storage120 GB165 GB240 GB
Knowledge Center
24/7 Live Chat
24/7 Phone
Uptime Performance99.9999.9999.99
DiscountsSee DealsSee DealsSee Deals

HostGator Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting: Sure, it’ll cost more, but it’s definitely the most cost-effective route for a huge company with a lot of online data and a lot of traffic.

HostGator offers two server locations for their dedicated hosting plans, both of which are U.S.-based, and it supports both Linux and Windows OS. Here are the features and costs that each tier comes with.

ValuePowerEnterprise
Price$189.00/mo$249.00/mo$289.00/mo
Free Domain
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Dedicated IP Address345
Allowed Domains / Websites111
Included SSL Certificate
BandwidthUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
CPU Cores488
Dedicated RAM8GB16GB30GB
Storage1TB HDD1TB HDD or
51 GB SSD
1TB SSD
Knowledge Center
24/7 Live Chat
24/7 Phone
Up Time Performance99.9999.9999.99
DiscountsSee DealsSee DealsSee Deals

HostGator Cloud Hosting

Unlike some cloud hosting providers, HostGator won’t give you the option to tailor the server cluster to your exact RAM, CPU, or storage needs. You’ll pay a fixed rate rather than an hourly one, as well. In other words, the three tiers you see are all that you can get.

Here are the three HostGator cloud hosting plan tiers, with a little more data about the benefits and costs of each.

HatchlingBabyBusiness
Price$12.95/mo$13.95/mo$19.95/mo
Free DomainXXX
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Dedicated IP Address111
Allowed Domains / Websites1UnlimitedUnlimited
Included SSL Certificate
BandwidthUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
CPU Cores246
Dedicated RAM2 GB4 GB6 GB
StorageUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Knowledge Center
24/7 Live Chat
24/7 Phone
Uptime Performance99.9999.9999.99
DiscountsSee DealsSee DealsSee Deals

HostGator WordPress Hosting

If you don’t have a lot of experience with web hosting, coding, or running any IT programs, never fear: WordPress hosting is probably for you. The plans will host your website on a cloud-based server cluster and deliver your website through the WordPress software, which lets you pick your favourite front-end template out from thousands of options, making your site easy to access and update.

Each of HostGator’s three WordPress hosting tiers includes:

  • Automated WordPress updates
  • Automated daily database backups
  • Malware removal
  • Unmetered storage space
  • Free SSL certificate
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