If you’re planning to run a blog, a straightforward content website, or a website with a combination of functionalities — like a blog with a store — your best bet is probably a content management system like WordPress. This would provide a stable and flexible platform for doing a number of different common business activities online. Two other popular options in this category are Drupal and Joomla.

Gator Website Builder has more than 200 templates that are professionally designed and available for free. And yes, all of them are mobile design compatible. You don't need to do anything to activate the mobile design. Gator does allow you to edit the content in your mobile version without affecting the desktop version. Editing content on the mobile version can be handy if you have special mobile-only sales or if you want to optimize the experience people have on their phone.
I used their live chat twice to resolve an issue. Both times the customer service reps took a while to respond when I asked questions and left me waiting. The first rep could not even type a proper English sentence. It was full of run on sentences and misspelled words. Hostgator needs to check on who they are hiring and insure that they have the basic communication skills.
The company doesn't list a virtual private server offering, but it bills its Elastic Sites service as a VPS alternative, offering the ease of use of a simple shared hosting plan and the performance and scalability of a VPS. GlowHost also offers a number of different cloud hosting plans, with special attention to providing enterprise-grade services.
A hostname is a word label used to identify a device connected to a computer network on the world wide web. They are part of the DNS system separated from a host-label by a “dot” or period. Hostnames are sent to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, which are the numerical value of the device. These two work together to serve up and manage all websites online.
Our best-in-class solutions are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of customers. All fully-managed, these solutions empower novice users with tools that are simple to use, and help pro users save time and energy normally associated with maintenance. Whether on a traditional hosting or cloud-based server, all incorporate the ability to upgrade so customers can easily scale as they grow.
You can grab email-marketing tools such as DaDa Mail (starting at $34.95 per year), software that lets you send email-based newsletters to a subscriber list. For an online store or the ability to accept payments, you can get e-commerce applications such as Magento, ShopSite (for shopping cart software), and TransFirst payment gateway. With Magento, I was able to create an attractive store by dragging and dropping website elements. Magento has more flexibility than ShopSite, but if you aren't looking for an elaborate online storefront, ShopSite's simpler interface may get you up and running faster. For small businesses, that time saved may be worth it.
I've been with HostGator for a couple years now for hosting my website. The service has been consistent and even when I needed Tech Support, they were efficient, fast and courteous. That gets five stars. The one star is for the over promise under deliver pitch for SEO and web design services, lack of candor and forthrightness in explaining process, giving evidence that work being charged for is actually being done, total unresponsiveness of supervisors to contact me "at all" to discuss questions and issues. The biggest of which is embedding their proprietary SEO technology on my website without telling me what those were upfront, and that at the end of six month agreement, all the SEO technology would require a monthly fee to sustain or all technology would be removed and all SEO benefits removed. This also was not explained or even touched upon up front. The whole affair is now three months in and I have not heard from the project coordinator in weeks. Caveat Emptor Folks. Don't be taken by this unprofessional department at HostGator.

There is no option in the UK to contact them for support except the terrible chat system which you will wait up to an hour to connect with a person who has less technical knowledge than my cat. They will reply very slowly and use annoying phrases like asking how you are instead of getting on with the job - which they can't do in the end. In the end you get through to the ticket system, but after they replied incorrectly to my issue (not solving it) they closed the ticket and I had to go back to the stupid chat system. As a business owner, this is not an acceptable service for resellers. Disappointing would be an understatement. I will be moving as soon as possible.
I hosted with hostgator. Now I regret my decision 100%. SQL server been having issues in the past 2 days. Now, the ftp server is down too. How are they 99.9% up time? That is simply a LIE! Their customer support is also THE WORST I have ever experienced. I contact them via live chat. I was told there was no error, I told the support member to check the error log, and he literally just refused. Just refused… I don’t even know where to begin… Hostgator will be gone, it won’t be long!
I was with this company for 5 years and this company started really good but they are not good now , They know how to charge people’s credit card, you realize they charged you for un-necessary services which you never know about these services and if you have free time you have to fight with them to return that money to your account, poor customer service. If you value your time, DON’T GO WITH HOSTGATOR
We make it very easy to transfer your existing website files, and even your existing domain registration(s), to us. For primary domains on new hosting accounts, we will perform the domain registry transfer for free. To prevent any downtime on a live website, the correct order of operations is: create new HostGator account, transfer a copy of your website files to the new server, update the DNS of any domain(s) to point to the new server, wait 24 hours and verify everything loads from the new server, cancel old hosting account, initiate domain registration transfer, verify the domain registration transfer completed successfully. This sounds daunting at first, but taken one step at a time it's a very easy and logical sequence.
I have contacted hostgator 4 times by email and 1 phone call to NOT renew my domain. They don’t freaking get it! I even changed my billing to not be automatically renewed and they did it anyway. I was still charged for a domain I originally canceled last November! (It’s July now) They don’t listen to you, so why bother to contact customers when you are going to ignore them anyway? Every email they sent telling me to renew my domain I replied that the account (my customer) was canceled. They emailed me telling me my billing had changed and to update it. I told them I changed it to not be automatically billed for a canceled account. After 4 emails and a phone call they ignored everything and billed me for the domain name. Now I have to go to my Credit Card bank to dispute it. I recommend you use anyone else but Hostgator.
The support staff is unprofessional and ignorant about almost everything related to their services. They take hours/days to get back to you with no useful response. In my most recent interaction when I didn’t get a response for hours, I complained to a supervisor and followed up on my issue, he ended up blaming me for being impatient, told me that the agent was new, and never even tried to address my problem after that. lol. Yes it’s cheap for a reason. Stay away.

In an age where "hosting-is-hosting" and it's "good" everywhere you go, hosting companies are 'getting ahead' of the competition on price and customer support and Hostgator toes the line. They make GoDaddy look like amateurs. And Hostgator is CONSIDERABLY less expensive. Hostgator is the best hosting value available at this writing. And that comes from a power user with 12 hosting accounts spread out over 5 different companies. (It's better for SEO to have your domains on different servers and IP's)


This is unfortunate because, these days, owning a website is becoming a crucial part of running a successful business, and more and more folks are establishing a web presence for their personal brand as well. You can use hosting to sell online, store and share your portfolio, or even publish your freelance writing samples and resumé. Yet, even the basics — What is web hosting? — can be lost on the average web user.
Web hosting is a service that allows websites to serve resources on the internet with the ability to be accessible anywhere on the World Wide Web. These companies buy or lease servers in data centers connected to the Internet, and sell space on these servers. A web server in a data center can contain one or more websites. The operating system settings are different if you have shared hosting, dedicated hosting, or VPS hosting.

Hostgator support desk will typically in my experience not reply to emails for over 15 hours if at all. My websites were down for two days and their notification was an email which went to my junk folder. Despite cleaning up the websites and notifying them many times over a 15 hour period nobody answered (this has happened in the past too). Their live chat is reasonably responsive and helpful but can't do anything to help with situations like this so you are left with nobody to talk to and all email and websites down.


Remember that the initial discount won’t last forever, so always check the renewal prices before signing up. Watch out for additional costs at checkout, too – Hostgator offers tons of optional extras that you can pick and choose, such as domain names, backup services, and SEO tools – so be careful to review your plan before completing your purchase.
HostGator plans start at just $2.75 per month for shared hosting – it also offers VPS, WordPress, cloud, reseller, and dedicated hosting plans. Dedicated hosting is the most expensive, starting at $118.99 per month. These are discounted prices, so look out for renewal costs, plus any additional charges such as domains, CodeGuard backups, and other extras.
Along with figuring out the overall category of your site, you should think about what (if any) exceptions there are to that. A lot of people set up a simple blog, and then realize they also want to sell just a few products. If you’re going to sell something on the website (even just a few things), you’ll need some kind of e-commerce software that will make that happen.
Hostgator initially promises unmetered disk space (1 TB) on all their cloud hosting packages and once you start using it for your email and you reach around 75 GB, you will receive an email saying that you have exceeded our usage policy and unmetered disk space is used for website files only and you will be forced to remove your emails from their server.

The company doesn't list a virtual private server offering, but it bills its Elastic Sites service as a VPS alternative, offering the ease of use of a simple shared hosting plan and the performance and scalability of a VPS. GlowHost also offers a number of different cloud hosting plans, with special attention to providing enterprise-grade services.

I paid for their extra SEO plan which consistently crashed every time I tried to open it or the basic SEO plan. Service tickets were open for 2 months while they kept sending messages that they were working on it. After 2 months I gave up and changed companies. All you are paying for with this company is canned apology remarks about why they can't make their own products work.
You gain the most web-building functionality if you create a self-hosted site. This typically involves transfering the free WordPress CMS to server or signing up for a web host's optimized WordPress plan. With an optimized plan, the host automatically handles backend stuff, so you don't have to worry about updating the plug-ins and CMS, and enabling automatic backups. In these instances, the WordPress environment typically comes pre-installed on the server.
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