Hosting with Hostgator
There are so many hosting companies out there now (and a lot of bad ones), it can often be difficult to choose one to host your website or blog. You are placing a lot of trust in their hands to make sure your website is up and running at its best 24 hours a day.
I’ve researched and hosted websites with a lot of different companies over the years trying to find the best one for me and my clients. In my early days as a web designer I used to use iPage as one of my main hosting accounts, while the service was fairly good and the support using live chat very helpful it always felt like it was lacking something when it came to the speed and efficiency of the websites I was hosting, even though the websites were for relatively small clients and not expecting a ton of traffic.
That’s when I found Hostgator as soon as I hosted my first small website with them I’ve never looked back. It has simply the best service and efficiency of any shared hosting service, and is now always my number one choice for smaller clients with less than 10000 visits per month – I’m sure it could handle much more than this but I prefer to go to WPEngine: a managed hosting solution for my larger clients (more on WPEngine here).
Hostgator have been established since 2002 and have fast become the best and one of most popular hosting companies available. They currently host over 8 million domains – making up for about 1% of all internet traffic. They’ve won over 50 awards for excellent web hosting and service and were just voted the number one hosting provider among bloggers, beating second place by a long shot. Take a look at this great info graphic of the top 25 web hosting companies voted by bloggers over on popular site blogging.com.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you get with Hostgator
- Prices starting from $3.95 a month
- 24/7/365 support over phone/email/live chat
- 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
- No contract and a 45 day money back guarantee
- Unlimited disk space and bandwidth
- Unlimited domains (on some plans)
- $100 ad-words credit
- Latest control panel version
- Shared SSL certificate
- One click WordPress install and other solutions
- Free website submission and SEO tools
- Unlimited database and e-mail accounts
- Green web hosting
That’s a lot of great features and services for a very good price. If that wasn’t enough I’ve also got 2 coupon codes for you. 25% off your first invoice and your first month for only 1 penny (note you can only use one per account). If you want to try the service I recommend the 1 penny deal, they have a 60 day guarantee so if you are at all not happy you can cancel straight away.
25% off: wpknight25
1st month for a penny: wpknightpenny
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If you’ve been looking for a decent place to host a current blog or website or start a new one Hostgator is the place to checkout. They’ve proven themselves time and time again to be the best shared hosting available to bloggers and small websites.
However if you are expecting a lot of traffic , have a very large website and/or don’t want to manage installs and updates etc. Then a more premium and managed WordPress hosting is advisable. I always recommend WPEngine as my favourite premium managed hosting provider, checkout my article about WPEngine here.