If you know what Business, Hatchling and Baby mean outside the most common references, you are aware of hosting giant HostGator. Shared hosting is not the only thing the company is known for, offering an affiliate program, dedicated servers, reseller plans, VPS hosting and other services.
A ten-year veteran of the field, HostGator has over 8 million domains and reaches people in more than 200 countries. Windows and Linux run the company’s dedicated servers and all the other servers run on Linux’s CentOS.
While Hatchling, the basic one-domain package is good for beginners and bloggers, if you need add-ons like additional domains, you will need Baby. If you need domains, anonymous FTP, private SSL and dedicated IPs, you will need Business.
You have heard of the company more in terms of shared hosting but it has other great services. There’s VPS hosting- with Virtuozzo to help with administration- with nine options, reseller hosting with five. The plans vary according to bandwidth, space and domain requirement and priced accordingly. Except for the ones of dedicated servers, all accounts are backed up, weekly. There is a difference in the software used in dedicated servers, but the costing remains the same. Both VPS and dedicated servers are Java compatible and all the servers use Python.
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When you opt for Linux, you get a control panel that is Cpanel 11. It comes with themes and features choices like DNS for Google Apps, easy backups and webmail. Cpanel, along with WHM is inbuilt in the reseller plan and is optional in VPS. When you choose Windows to run your server, you get Plesk 11.x.
You can safely rely on a HostGator data center because it has on-site security, back up, fire alarms and technical support. The last is available 24/7 in the form of FAQs to help you; chat if the earlier option doesn’t work, phone and email support. There are different providers for the data center and we believe that uptime is almost 100%.
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As a customer, you will be directed to a billing area for payment and invoice details and this is an essential aspect of what HostGator does. Thus, there is constant support for all billing queries and you can access videos or the data base to find help. There’s more help coming your way in the form of osCommerce, Joomla, SiteStudio and Builder, WordPress and Adwords.
If, for some reason, you are not happy with the service and cancel your plan in less than 45 days, you receive a complete refund. This doesn’t apply to dedicate servers, so do keep that in mind.
There’s great news for all earth lovers too. HostGator claims to use 130% wind power, relying on Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to do so. Seeing that a large chunk of internet activity- 4,000,000 websites, according to the company- takes place on HostGator, that is great news for sure.
HostGator, like its catchphrase says, eats up the completion, offering competitive rates, easy upgrades, templates and tools. It is user friendly and great for a small business to start off with. This is a gator you do want to get to know.