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  1. James says:

    I love hostgator, been using them for about 3 years now and never missed a beat. Great support.

  2. Daniel says:

    My advertising company was been with Hostgator for years. Up until recently they were really a great company to work with. However then hold times became REALLY REALLY long, and then they started screwing up stuff. Today I discovered that they cancelled our server account for non-payment last month. However when I called our bank I discovered that the charge was actually approved. As a result of Hostgator’s screw up tons of our client’s websites went down, as did their Adword campaigns for over a week. Our clients are furious, as we have egg on our face, all because Hostgator actually got paid and then said that they didn’t. WHAT THE &*#$(# ?

    Avoid Hostgator. Not a professional organization.

  3. Ed says:

    I’ve been with hostgator for a few years now. Up until they moved their data centers everything was fine. Ever since then it’s been a nightmare. Down time, server updates, and slower speeds. Do not waste your time or money. They used to be great. Things have changed with them.

  4. Ennis says:

    I started with one company not listed in these reviews and after a very short period switched to HG. Been with them for almost four years now. In the beginning I thought they were the absolute best. Support was 24/7 and they would help with any problem. I was so green I didn’t even know what WordPress was or FTP or server and I called and asked hundreds of questions about anything that came up. They always patiently helped me out.

    I rarely had any down time to speak of. In over three years I can remember one very short period where my site was down. When I called about it, they explained what was happening and the problem was resolved in a very short period.

    I sung their praises. My site is not about technical stuff but I wrote about HG, talking about their one of a kind support and pointing everyone in their direction. I advertised HG. It has been the banner ad on my header almost exclusively since day one, although I have never once gotten a sale for my efforts.

    Now, however, things have changed. The support personnel are very very difficult to get on the phone. I believe HG has recently marketed for expansion but didn’t allow for additional support. My last support call required over 20 mins wait time and the chats aren’t any better. On one occasion, when I did get through and asked about backups – the alert said there was too much to backup – instead of an explanation on what was happening I got the emotional equivalent of “tough crap.” Backups are fine now but I still don’t know what the problem was.

    And on top of that, my site goes down regularly now. I think it is still up 99.9% but why the difference? Why more down time now? What’s happening now that wasn’t happening before?

    Will I move? I think that is inevitable but I’m not sure to where. Better, more reliable hosting, will cost more, but which host will do the best job, is the question.

    I am, however, disappointed with the accessibility of HG.

  5. Nate Silva says:

    Considering moving to HostGator … especially considering the price. But speed is definitely one of my larger concerns, and it’s why I want to leave my current host.

    Can anyone comment on the average speed of sites hosted on the Hatchling/Baby Shared Plans? I’m sure dedicated is the way to go if money is of no consideration, but it’s still a factor.

    Thanks for any and all help.

    • Editorial Staff says:

      HostGator smaller plans are good for smaller sites.

      As a side note: speed has other factors as well (such as site design, plugins you are using, etc).

      • Nate Silva says:

        Understood. The reason I ask is because my current provider is very slow with even an “out-of-the-box” install of WordPress … so at least that way, I know it’s not the site design, plugins, etc when it comes to my issues there.

        Thanks for the help.

  6. Jesse Brede says:

    I have been using HostGator for the last year and have been extremely satisfied. Their support is solid and their prices are great. Three Thumbs up.

  7. Jasmine Charter says:

    I used to recommend Hostgator, but some of their more recent practices have changed my mind and I will NEVER recommend them again. Between getting affiliate commissions from them or buying hosting for clients, I seem to have nothing but problems with them and they give LOUSY customer service. It seems one person doesn’t know what the others are doing.

    It’s happened too often for me and I will NOT be using them for any other sites and when it comes time to renew, I’ll be moving my sites to a different host.

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Jasmine, I have been using HostGator since 2007. I have noticed their Live Chat support gotten worst. But I just use the phone support which gets the issue resolved within minutes.

  8. Ed Selby says:

    I’ve used HostGator for… well, for years. I have found their up-time to be as close to 100% as possible. The CPanel is a breeze for users of any level (if you even need it!).

    My only complaint is when I was webmaster for over 250 websites on HG, my account and account access was shut down due to high activity on my sites. There was no prior notice of a problem, and the shut downs happened at times when I wasn’t even able to get the one notice that was sent (late at night on a Friday). But when I moved my accounts to a different tier of service, HG made it happen quickly and painlessly with no loss in uptime.

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Hey Ed,

      Yes, this goes back to the point of “unlimited resources”. There is no such thing. The smaller tier plans work great for smaller sites, but once you start getting too much traffic, they will ask you to upgrade.

  9. Hamza Tariq says:

    I have been the user of Hostgator’s since 2009, when I have launched my first blog in the universe to earn money from the blogging. I have really enjoyed the luxury of premium Hostgator hosting, even I have used shared hosting for more than 1.5 year, and face couple of deadly attacks on my blogs, such as major attack of Project Honey Bee from Beijing that almost kills the Hostgator server. But still these guys are really quick and awesome, they worked with me up to 72 hours to solve out the issue and completely saves my blog.

    It is not the single time when these guys saved my projects, couple of times I played with their servers to enable many additional features without their permission, but these guys are just awesome and dear to me, they never warned me like other hosts that they will kick me out. They always worked with me, even I trustfully shared my WP – Admin login’s with them for couple of hours to solve out the problem. Just love their response time, and their servers are mind blowing. However, from last couple of months I am having serious problems with servers, but still my vote goes to HG. They are the best hosting in the town, at least for the WP.

  10. Osama Shabrez says:

    My journey with hostgator started like a year ago when one of my clients provided me her cpanel password which finally landed on HG hosting with its very own fresh and soothing HG Theme. From the site speed to their awesome live support, phone help and ticket system everything is just fabulous which made me shift my hosting to them just after finishing my job.

    I started with a local hosting company with a limit of 10 entry processes concurrently and due to which soon shifted to JustHost, which seemed to be quite user friendly that time with unlimited addon domains support for as much low as $69 or $79, but I was never satisfied with their service once I started with them, the load time was the same like I was getting from my local provider and nothing seemed to change or improved, but HG really made my blog, my alexa dropped and so do the site load time, the user experience improved, bounce rate decreased and traffic started getting increased day by day and is still climbing the ladder.

    I’m a freelance developer I have encountered hosting companies right from yahoo to the amazon cloud, but when we talk about low budget hosting hostgator is your only choice.

    The only disadvantage I have came across until now is their affiliate network, but I am pretty sure we’ll find a way there too.

    If you are looking for budget hosting with all the features of a pro-level hosting, hostgator should be your first preference and they really eat their competition – thats what the crocodile above is for!

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