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HostGator Review

Hosting Services Provided by Hostgator

There are now a large number of hosting services offered online and it’s not always clear which one comes out at the top of the pile. Hostgator seems not to be promoting themselves as the best start up but more an alternative option if switching from an existing host. They offer a free transfer of all domain names, file names, databases and scripts from a different host to themselves and also have a 45 day money back guarantee on all set-up fees. They don’t feel that this is enough to tempt potential customers though, so they also give $100 worth of Google Adwords credit as a part of all standard packages. The site says it will manage and oversee the whole process of moving.  Not to mention, that if you use a Hostgator coupon you can get all of this at an even cheaper price.

As well as breaking down set packages, Hostgator allows the user to choose which features they would like to add to a standard package and costs are broken down for reseller hosting options, Virtual Private Server hosting, and dedicated server hosting. The latter, as the name suggests, gives a website its own server which works exclusively for that site. Other options which can be added include having a private SSL (the certificate used to confirm the identity of a website or server and ensure the validity of transmitted information as well as encrypting it), or private IP.

Website package plans are set out as the Hatchling plan, the Baby plan and the Business plan. These services all offer an unlimited amount of bandwidth and disc space with access to a free site -building program and easy-to-navigate control panel for updates to the site. The Baby plan then extends to free unlimited domain names as part of its offering but still has a shared SSL certificate. The business plan has a free dedicated SSL certificate and IP address and offers a free toll-free number for the site.

A user’s control panel can be customized once the site is set up to make management of layout and content easier. The 1-click script installation also makes updating very efficient and the site boasts some 4,500 initial templates to choose from as well as a 99.9% uptime guarantee.