5 Facts ‼ To Know About HOSTGATOR Before Purchasing ‼‼ ? [08-05-2018] UPDATE

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INTRODUCTION

WHAT IS HOSTGATOR ABOUT? 

We all think of sustainability and long-term when we intend to start a business online, and choosing a hosting service can tell the difference between success and failure.

What is HostGator about when it comes to reliability, cost, upsells, quality, and flexibility? Can you confidently use HostGator to start and grow your online business?

For the purposes of this blog, our analysis will be focused solely on HostGator WordPress Hosting.

 

HOSTGATOR OVERVIEW

Name Description
Product Name: HostGator WordPress Hosting
Trending Features:
#1: Free Automatic Backup & Restore
#2: Free SiteLock/Website Security
#3: Free SSL Certificate
#4: Free Website Transfers
#5: Free Unlimited Emails
#6: Community
#7: Unmetered Storage
#8: Monthly Payment Option Available.
Prices: Visit Price Tables Below
Renewal Renew at Regular Prices
Rating: 5.8/10
Recommended:

YES. 

 

HostGator is a good choice for WordPress hosting thanks to all the features listed above, as well as additional advantages listed further down this blog. They are also very affordable, and because of that,  I will definitely recommend this platform if you are looking for a host to build your business requiring just a couple of websites (maximum 3). HostGator can equally offer more than 5 WordPress websites, but the cost would be too high for a starting online entrepreneur.

That said, HostGator has got some shortcomings which you must take note of, in these 5 Facts To Must Know About HOSTGATOR Before Purchasing.  For these reasons, they barely strike the average score as you can see from the summary table above.

 

if you are more ambitious and would love a WordPress hosting platform,  which provides additional features such as

 

==> free privacy protection,

==> free SEO keyword ranking tool,

==> 50 additional WordPress websites i.e. 25 websites plus 25 subdomains (because HostGator offers only a maximum of 3),

==> free WordPress tutorials/videos/walkthroughs (you pay for these at HostGator),

==> Free Website Security package which carries out preventive and detective scans on your website on an ongoing basis,

==> and much more,

at a cost which is less than that of HostGator’s,  then:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s get to work and start exploring HostGator’s features one by one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A. HOSTGATOR’S WORDPRESS HOSTING PACKAGES

 

 

WORDPRESS HOSTING PACKAGES

A.1Monthly Instalments Plan

 

Did you know that with HostGator you have the possibility of buying a monthly plan right from start? HostGator is one of the few hosts that offer this opportunity.

This is what your overall financial picture will look like:

 

Monthly Instalments Plan Cost Figures
MONTHLY INSTALMENTS PLAN STARTER STANDARD BUSINESS
Details $16.2 /Mo $22.2 /Mo $29.2 /Mo
SSL Certificate

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FREE Domain Privacy Protection $1.25/mo $1.25/mo $1.25/mo
FREE SiteLock

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FREE Daily Website Automatic Backup & Restore

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

WordPress Hosting Cost $14.95/mo $20.95/mo $27.95/mo

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

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A.21-YEAR PLAN-MONTHLY COST

 

Let me start by drawing your attention to the fact that, the discounts currently promoted on the official pages of HostGator are applicable only if you purchase the 36 months term plan. These prices are not relevant for 1-year and 2-year price terms.

That said if you think you can bypass the monthly installment option (which is usually a great option for those who cannot raise a significant amount of money at the same time), going yearly would be the best fit.

If you opt to get the 1-YEAR HostGator plan, this is how much it will cost you on a monthly basis:

 

1 YEAR PLAN-MONTHLY COST FIGURES
Monthly Cost For 1 YEAR PLAN STARTER STANDARD BUSINESS
Details $9.2 /Mo $11.2 /Mo $13.2 /Mo
SSL Certificate

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FREE Domain Privacy Protection $1.25/mo $1.25/mo $1.25/mo
FREE SiteLock

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FREE Daily Website Automatic Backup & Restore

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

WordPress Hosting Cost $7.95/mo $9.95/mo $11.95/mo

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

 

MORE ABOUT HOSTGATOR DOMAIN PRICES HERE

As you must have already observed, the overall cost of a hosting plan does not end at the level of the hosting price alone. When you integrate other important features a host must have, you obtain the real hosting cost.

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A.31 YEAR PLAN-YEARLY COST

 

Now we know how much our monthly figures are. Let’s take a look at what you will pay for one year upfront. Remember that with the yearly plan, you can only pay for 1 year at once. You don’t get to pay on a monthly basis.

The following table shows you exactly what you should expect to spend on a yearly basis if you decide to buy HostGator yearly plan. Remember but besides the hosting price which is just 1 cost element, other important elements have also been taken into account:

 

1 YEAR PLAN-YEARLY COST FIGURES
YEARLY Cost For 1 YEAR PLAN STARTER STANDARD BUSINESS
Details $110.4 /Yr $134.4 /Yr $158.4 /Yr
FREE Private SSL

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FREE Domain Privacy Protection $1.25/mo $1.25/mo $1.25/mo
FREE SiteLock

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FREE Daily Website Automatic Backup & Restore

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

WordPress Hosting Cost $7.95/mo $9.95/mo $11.95/mo

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

MORE ABOUT HOSTGATOR DOMAIN PRICES HERE

I’m sure you have already noticed that the monthly hosting prices for the yearly plan are slightly lower than those of the monthly installments plan. This is the main advantage of the yearly plan, the possibility to benefit from discounts.

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A.41 YEAR PLAN-YEARLY COST RENEWAL

 

==> Note

When renewing the yearly plan, you don’t renew at the exact same price. You benefit from further discounts, making it possible to pay less than you would if you opted for monthly installments plan.

However, renewal prices are slightly higher than prices at initial purchase of the yearly plan.

The table below shows you what the real cost picture looks like for 1 YEAR PLAN YEARLY COST RENEWAL:

 

1 YEAR PLAN-YEARLY COST RENEWAL FIGURES
YEARLY Cost For 1 YEAR PLAN AT RENEWAL STARTER STANDARD BUSINESS
Details $170.4 /Yr $230.4 /Yr $314.4 /Yr
SSL Certificate

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FREE Domain Privacy Protection $1.25/mo $1.25/mo $1.25/mo
FREE SiteLock

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FREE Daily Website Automatic Backup & Restore

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

WordPress Hosting Cost $12.95/mo $17.95/mo $24.95/mo

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

 

 

==> Images of Renewal Prices Taken From HostGator

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B. GLOBAL PICTURE OF WORDPRESS HOSTING FEATURES

 

WORDPRESS GLOBAL PICTURE

Now that you have a clear picture of financial commitments when it comes to HostGator WordPress hosting, let’s now delve into the details of features that HostGator includes in their WordPress hosting packages.

Check out the table below:

 

B.1. GLOBAL PICTURE OF WORDPRESS HOSTING FEATURES

B.1TABLE OF FEATURES

 

 

B. WORDPRESS HOSTING HG Starter Plan HG Standard Plan HG BUSINESS PLAN
FREE Number Of Websites 1 2 3
Visits Per Month 100k 200k 500k
Backups 1GB 2GB 3GB
Storage Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered
Global CDN Included Yes Yes Yes
24/7/365 server monitoring and Support Included Yes Yes Yes
Unlimited Email Addresses Yes Yes Yes
Automatic Malware Removal Included Yes Yes Yes
One Click Installs Included Yes Yes Yes
Custom Dashboard Included. Yes Yes Yes
FREE Web Hosting Migration Yes Yes Yes
Number of FREE Web Hosting Migration 1 website 2 websites 3 websites
FREE Domain Name Migration Yes Yes Yes
Uptime Guarantee at 99.9% Yes Yes Yes
FREE Daily Website Automatic Backup & Restore Yes Yes Yes
FREE SiteLock-SPAM EXPERTS Yes Yes Yes
FREE SSL Certificates Yes Yes Yes
FREE Domain Privacy Protection $1.25/mo $1.25/mo $1.25/mo
WORDPRESS HOSTING COST (for 36 months) $5.95/mo $7.95/mo $9.95/mo
Environment Managed WordPress Managed WordPress Managed WordPress

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

TABLE 2: HG vs WA -FINANCIAL PICTURE- FIRST MONTH

B.2. COMMENTS

B.2COMMENTS

 

 ==> Site Backup and Restore (CODE GUARD)

This HostGator feature is comprised of the following:

  • Daily automatic backups
  • 1 GB of storage
  • Up to 5 websites. Note that HostGator offers additional plans (3 more) which have not been discussed in this article: 5 sites, 10 sites, and 20 sites respectively. These 3 additional plans would be completely way out of your league, as they are way more expensive.
  • Unlimited databases
  • Unlimted files
  • 3 restores per month

==> SiteLock (SPAM FILTERS)

This HostGator feature is comprised of the following:

  • Daily malware scan and Removal
  • Block automated Bot attacks
  • Vulnerability Scan

 

==> SSL Certificate

This HostGator feature is comprised of the following:

  • Powerful encryption
  • Secure Transactions

 

==> Domain Privacy

Comprised of the following:

  • Privacy protection for your personal information
  • Protects against identity theft
  • Prevents email spam

 

==> Free Unlimited Emails

In addition to the free unlimited professional emails offered by HostGator WordPress hosting, G Suite has also been integrated if you’d like access to Google apps for team collaboration.

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C. ADVANTAGES OF HOSTGATOR

 

ADVANTAGES
C.1I can identify one key advantage: HostGator offers a wide variety of specialized services. Everything related to managing a website online has been covered by one single company.

We are talking about Web Hosting, Cloud Hosting, WordPress hosting, WordPress Cloud Hosting, Reseller Web Hosting, VPS Web Hosting, Dedicated Web Hosting, and Domains.

Their 16 years of experience in this sector has really given them a competitive edge over the others.

 

C.2Unlike the majority of other hosts, HostGator offers the possibility of monthly installments right from the beginning, if you don’t have sufficient funds to pay for either a 1-Year, 2-Year or 3-Year plan.

 

C.3Another awesome feature with HostGator is the availability of Black Friday offers, which are usually implemented during the Thanksgiving weekend. Subscribe to my email list and be the first to know as soon as it is implemented. Remain tuned.

 

C.4HostGator equally provides unlimited professional email addresses with their WordPress hosting plans.

 

C.5You can transfer your website to HostGator free of charge. The number of websites you can transfer is conditioned by the plan you have chosen. You cannot transfer any more than the plan offers.

 

C.6The storage space is unmetered as well.

 

C.7You have up to 45 days of money back guarantee. That’s not all. HostGator provides a prorated refund for monthly payment plans as well for the remaining time left.

 

C.8You have a community put in place, for bloggers to meet, share their experiences, and ask for help.

 

C.9Availability of promotions all round the clock. For instance, HostGator is currently promoting WordPress hosting at $0.01/mo (this could no longer be the case by the time you find this blog) and much more. Perhaps by the time you stumble upon this post, a new promotion would currently be running.

 

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D. 5 FACTS TO MUST KNOW ABOUT HOSTGATOR BEFORE PURCHASING

 

DISADVANTAGES

 

D.1HostGator practices a bit of upselling. Subproducts include essential features like domain privacy protection which are billed separately at check out.

 

D.2The stability of their prices is not guaranteed. It’s difficult to make a reliable budget. Take a look at the shot below of what HostGator declares about their prices:

 

What Is HostGator About?

 

D.3You cannot test free of charge. You must pay and if you are not satisfied within 45 days, your money will be refunded.

 

D.4No full redundancy for WordPress hosting packages. Full redundancy is available only for their cloud packages

 

D.5You get to pay extra for training (this was confirmed through live chat) on how to set up your website. There are equally some free HostGator tutorials you can find on youtube, but the fact that you have to pay to get training through the HostGator billing portal is already a major hindrance since you are unsure of how much training you would need to buy. This could make HostGator become more expensive to use.

 

For more information about HostGator, visit their official website at THIS LINK

 

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E. CONCLUSION

 

TO CONCLUDE...

HostGator’s WordPress hosting features are great. You can definitely select a plan that suits your needs and budgets since they are relatively less expensive than most of the hosting platforms online.

 

But If You Want More Hosting Features:

==>FREE 50 Managed WordPress hosting websites,

==> FREE SEO Keyword research tool,

==> FREE AND COMPLETE Affiliate/Digital/Internet Marketing & WordPress Tutorials,

==> Test For Free Without Your Credit Card Details

==> ZERO UPSELLING

==> Instant Site Support

==> And much much more…

==> All for only 1 PRICE ONLY. and less than that of HostGator,

 

Then:

 

 

 

 

 

 

F. DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or need any clarifications, please drop them in the comments section below and I will be more than happy to reply with a favorable answer.

Thanks in advance.

StunningBell

''Stunning Bell'' is a Digital Entrepreneur with 10 years of experience in the financial sector. She's now earning full-time online thanks to a world-class training platform she accidentally stumbled upon. Connect with her personally at Wealthy Affiliate, where, as an Affiliate Marketer of this university,she was able to make her first dollar online, which eventually transformed into a full-time income.??

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