One of the major problem which we face while hosting our site is finding a reliable host. A bad host can create chaos for bloggers like us and that’s why it’s important to have a quality Web-host should be hosting our Site. Today, I’m going to share Hostgator Baby plan review, where I’m hosting couple of my tech blogs.
I started my Blogging journey with Dreamhost, later on I moved to Knownhost, Hostgator, WPEngine and now I’m hosted on Cloudways cloud hosting. With Linode unamnaged VPS my experience was smooth but since it was unmanaged, I planned to move it to some managed hosting.
I was curious to see, how’s the experience goes and how Hostgator is going to handle the load of my site but with Hostgator baby plan powerful servers with the combination of Cloudflare and Super cache plugin, my sites on Hostgator are running smoothly.
Update January 2015: Hostgator servers are not being as smooth as they used to be (Too many complaints from users). I would suggest you to Get Seiteground hosting as they added server level caching which will ensure your site works smoothly on shared hosting.
Hostgator Baby plan : Review & Featurelist
Hostgator shared hosting offers three sub plan: Hatchling, Baby and Business plan. Hatchling plan is single domain hosting, Baby plan is multiple domain hosting and Business plan has some additional features. If your requirement is for single domain hosting, you can always opt for Hatchling plan which is as good as other shared hosting plan but with limitation of 1 domain. Another popular plan is Hostgator reseller hosting plan where you get WHM and you can manage clients. Anyways, that is for some other time.
Hostgator Baby plan like other shared plan offers : cPanel, U/d Space, U/d Bandwidth, Free $100 Adwords Credit, WordPress compatible, Site builder, free setup, unlimited addon domains, Unlimited FTP, Unlimited databases, Ruby on Rails, SSH, PHP5, Fast CGI and what not.
For any healthy WordPress site, Baby plan offers everything. Earlier I worked with Dreamhost cPanel, which is a custom one and here Hostgator offers standard cPanel where you can see your server load and traffic from cPanel dashboard.
Quick Feature list
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited Storage
- Unlimited addon domain
- IP deny manager ( Security)
- Unlimited FTP
- Unlimited MySql database
- Hotlink protection (Security)
- 24*7 Customer Support
- 45 Days money back guarantee
- Ruby on rails
- Cron Jobs
The list of features are endless and I thought they might be something to create Buzz about the Hostgator. but it’s not. I will add some screenshot of Hostgator cPanel Dashboard, which will make it more easy to understand what hostgator is offering you.
One thing I like the most is monitoring Running process and visits from inside the panel. This way we can control the performance of our blogs. Additionally, their Live chat support is available 24*7 and also telephonic support. You can call Hostgator at this number anytime: 1-866-96-GATOR
Also if you are one of those who likes to keep their Website free from errors, Error logs feature in cPanel is useful and you can also use hotlinking feature to stop others from stealing your images.
Hostgator Baby plan Pricing:
You can grab Hosting for following tenures:
1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 2 year and 3 years. By default they give 20% discount but you can head over to our Hostgator Discount page and grab 25% discount coupon, which will save huge.
1 year hosting with 25% discount coupon (ShoutMeLoud25) will cost you $89.55 instead of usual $119.40. Similarly you can buy 2 year or 3 year plan and enjoy more discount with above Baby plan discount code.
Summing up all shared hosting plans quickly:
- Hatchling : Perfect for single blog (4.95$/mo)
- Baby : Perfect for multiple Blogs ( 7.95$/mo)
- Business : Multiple Blogs + Private IP + Toll free Number (12.95$/mo)
Though I personally recommend baby hosting plan, because you can add on Private IP by paying 2$/month, and with there Live chat support, you will not be needing that Toll free number.
Signup for Hostgator (25% Discount Coupon for SML readers : ShoutMeLoud25)
So far, my experience with them is amazing and hope this review of baby plan will help you to decide which hosting you should opt for. My personal recommendation would be Baby or if you need a Private I.P (SEO purpose) with Toll free number, you can opt for Business plan.