A Blogger Review of Hostgator Shared Hosting Plan

Review of: Hostgator
WebHosting:
Harsh Agrawal
Price:
$7.4/Month

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On August 18, 2014
Last modified:May 30, 2015

Summary:

Hostgator is one of the best shared hosting company. Baby plan is my favorite here as it let you host multiple Website.

One of the major problem which we face while blogging 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.

Review of Hostgator Shared Hosting Plan

 

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.

Hostgator Baby plan : Review & Feature list

Hostgator hosting offers 3 shared hosting plan: Hatchling, Baby and Business plan.  Hatchling plan is single domain hosting, Baby plan which is a 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, unlimited Space, unlimited 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
  • Fantastico
  • 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. Hostgator offers only 20% discount but you can use this exclusive Hostgator Discount coupon to get 30% discount on your final bill.

1 year hosting with 30% discount coupon (ShoutMeLoud30) 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$/mo)
  • Baby Plan: Perfect for multiple Blogs ( 7.95$/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 their Live chat support, you will not be needing that Toll-free number.

Signup for Hostgator (30% Discount Coupon for SML readers : ShoutMeLoud30)

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.

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Hostgator is one of the best shared hosting company. Baby plan is my favorite here as it let you host multiple Website.
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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.

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COMMENTs ( 49 )

  1. Ganesh says

    How much visitor, pageviews and hits handle with hostgator baby shared hosting plan. i am Indian please help

    • PRUDENCE EMMANUEL says

      Hello harsh Agrawal and everybody.
      Ive read all your comments about hostgator baby plan, but i have one question.

      – HOSTGATOR BABY PLAN offers unlimited addon domains, would one be required to make extra payment for setting up the extra addon domains after purchasing the main baby plan domain or the setup is absolutely free?

      Thank you.

  2. Anish says

    Been browsing this helpful site via Google searches for the last few days since I started looking for a good webhost for my upcoming site (php site, non WP). Decision making has been incredibly hard. And after stumbling on this blog today, I’m once again confused. :(

    Considered Hostgator long ago, decided against it due to mixed reviews around the web, shocked to find (on another comment elsewhere on this excellent site) about how it is part of a conglomerate (Indian led :O ).
    Then my search led me to Siteground, eespecially after seeing it rank highly on reviewsignal.com. As I seemingly closed down on it, despite many anxieties due to the non-Indian nature of it, and the fact that all the staff were East European, I discovered a shocking couple of posts about how they are running a major scam, on webhostingtalkforums which completely destroyed my confidence.
    Sadly, I returned to HG, being unable to find anything else which I could confidently use, and the fact that my developer is also selling a HG Reseller account. Now the only decision to be made was whether to go for the Indian branch or the US/Europe branch, due to nature of my likely customers. And then I found your blog today, and the advice on top, advising against HG.. And now, I’m back to square 1.. :(

    Btw, can’t see the pic icons for the commentators or the time/date of the comment, the latter being very critical…

  3. Konen L says

    Hi Harsh,

    We need your help. We hosted our site on Godaddy but after facing many servers issues we thought of changing the hosting company. Then we came across this useful article. As you said ‘shoutmeloud’ is hosted on hostgator baby plan, we decided we will go for the same plan. Now, our site is hosted with HG.

    Here is the problem after we shifted to HG. Yesterday, we received a suspension warning from Hostgator for exceeding their CPU usage due to high traffic. As suggested by them, we installed WP Super cache and now it is working fine with 1k real-time visitors.

    My question: How many realtime/daily visitors can this shared baby-plan hosting support after WP Cache installed?

    I guess Shoutmeloud is a high-traffic website with below 4k worlwide Alexa Ranking. Doesn’t Shoutmeloud suffer any server/CPU Usage issue with hostgator?

    I would be really happy if you can assist me on hosting plans. We are not in the condition to shift to dedicated server.

    Thanks

    • says

      @Konan
      ShoutMeLoud is now hosted on Cloudways and the issue which you mentioned about resource usage, a lot of users on Hostgator are getting it. My recommendation for you Konan is, also integrate Cloudflare on your blog (It’s free). You can read a guide here: http://www.shoutmeloud.com/cloudflare-cdn-features-setup-guide.html

      This will speed up your website and also take little load away from your Hostgator account. I still have few tech sites running on Hostgator and they are working fine with the setup I mentioned in the article (WordPress + SuperCache + Cloudflare) and traffic goes up to 16000 Pv/Day without any issue. So you don’t really need to move to VPS or Dedicated server but in case if Hostgator keep sending you that resource usage mail, you should look at this alternative : Siteground as they have added new features (Server level caching, Memcache), and it’s powerful. I was working on a client site and was amazed to see the performance of the server.

      • Konen L says

        Thanks Harsh, your tips are really helpful. I will go ahead and integrate Cloudflare. Let’s see how many visitors can this handle.

  4. says

    How about the usage of wordpress pluggins? I have hosted my website with godaday, but All the time they have one or other issues. Sometimes they wanted me to uninstall all the plugins which I can’t do. Please advise.

  5. yatin says

    Hi harsh and all readers,
    I want to know that if I am planning to make a blog only, then is it necessary to have sitelock feature from hostgator. There will be different categories for post. There will be no e-commerce platform and forum options like this.

    so, is this feature useful when we are adding forum options in the blog

  6. Nikhil says

    Hello Harsh,

    Your site is very informative to newbies like me. I would like to ask you What is the renewal cost of HostGator Baby Plan? Is they offer any discount coupon for that? In 1 year of HostGator Baby plan I have no problem from them their customer service is excellent.

  7. Rajiv Kumar Sharma says

    Hi Harish,
    I just check you post and also hostgator website. It has a plan like $3.96/month on an around Rs.3000/year, which i think is little bit costly for a student, Don’t you think so? Is there any low budget plans like in 1000k to 1500k.
    Thanks

  8. Rushi says

    @ harsh,
    I am planning to change my hosting. Need your help bro.

    Going thru this article portrays hostgator has best shared hosting service on planet (baby plan).
    at same time you shares your horrible expericence with them coz of SSL and finally u moved on to knownhost. (in other post)
    Getting deaper into, just read HG’s flat policy that you are not allowed to use commentLuv, coz it caused some prb to their servers. (not on SML)

    Just to know about best option for shared hosting, i went thru almost all articles i could find via goodle on SML. Coz u share your personal expericences with different hostings it makes me more worried. Having very bad time with Godadd :(

    I’ll be thankful to you if u guide me thru.

  9. Anoop says

    Hi Harsh,

    I planning to host my new site on Hostgator. I need your opinion about the domain registration.When I checked,Hostgator charging more(15$) for domain registration compared to other provider(includng shoutmydomain).

    As per you, do I need to go with Hostgator domain registration or can I go with other domain registration ? and If I go with other domain registrar, Is it easy to configure that domain name along with hostgator hosting service

    • says

      @Anoop
      Yes, you asked the right question. It’s a good idea to buy domain from other places like Godaddy, ShoutMydomain and then change the name server to Hostgator. Which is very easy. When you sign up for hostgator, you will get two Name servers, and all you need to do is, login to your domain panel and update the name server, which is very easy to do…

  10. Gagan Arora says

    these days i heard may security issue from Go daddy …..many website host on Go daddy hacked by hackers….so i think hostgator is good option for hosting….i never heard and complaint of Hostgator…

  11. piyush says

    how to add new domains in hostgator bussiness plan???n how we will manage our bandwidth in that??

  12. Shayari says

    Thanks for this information Harsh but can in I have a problem .My blog is hosted at the another hosting company that is so costaly to me .Now i want to change .Can I Host my site to this company wit all mysql data .How can i do this

  13. Egil says

    I have 3 times sought help with Host Gator live chat. It was different times of the day, and I had to wait in line for a few minutes. But I could at all times see how many people were there in front of me, and the waiting time did not really exceed even 3 minutes.

    All those times, I spoke to a professional consultant and my problems were solved.

    When there is a more serious issue that cannot be solved within one chat session, they have a ticket system which means that you exchange mails with their staff until your issue is solved.

    Since I signed up in August 2009, I have never noticed my site being down.

    It is also easy to register a domain with them. They accept both pay-pal and bank card payments. The domains though are a little more expensive than if you buy them e.g. at NameCheap.

    Really satisfied. Highly recommend as a reliable hosting at a reasonable price.

  14. Nile says

    I have been using HostGator as a dedicated server client since 2006. I even resell hosting for a little over a $1/ per month (or 25/ year for 5GB diskspace and 25GB bandwidth, more than enough for blog starters. )

    Now, my understanding with their shared clients is they have the branded Host Gator cpanel, but there are not many differences other than the change in the cpanel branding from shared to reseller, or even dedicated.

    They have been great on support when anything comes up and tackle issues within the hour I submit a ticket. I am not sure if the ticket support is better for shared clients, but for those who are dedicated clients or looking to become a dedicated client with HostGator, I recommend it.

  15. Bilal Bhatti says

    Yup! It’s still the best hosting with best support! One more thing i would like to tell you people is that if your WP blog gets hacked and someone deletes your database and you have no backup of your DB, its the hostgator which still provides you the backup of your DB but with nominal charges! They backup DBs of all of their hosted sites on every Monday night!

  16. monitor says

    I have been using HostGator for several months, and have been very happy with them. The great thing is that Hostgator Support by chat is available every day, 24/7. And they are actually helpful!

    • amsang says

      I second that. While most companies try to focus on only the premium clients, leaving the less fortunate ones as those covered under corporate responsibility and trust charity, HostGator customer care is above par.
      Options to contact range from chat to tele. I have always used chat option, because its cool.
      I have gone for the baby plan though right now I am only hosting a single website. But now if I have to plan for the second one. No Sweats.

  17. Mayur says

    Me too moved my blog to Hostgator in Sep,09 (opted for Baby plan). They are really awesome at work and 24×7 support. The best part is their Live chat support.
    I surely recommend HostGator :D

  18. Bilal says

    Hello Harsh i want to start only one wordpress blog with hostgator, should i go for Hatchling : Perfect for single blog (4.95$/mo)
    OR not
    Please guide me.
    Thank you

  19. Udegbunam Chukwudi says

    I’ve been with hosgator for almost a year now and each time I think of leaving cos of the cost, I remember HOW EXCELLENT their services have been and I just smile to myself and do away with the thought.
    Hostgator is just amazing.

  20. smartin says

    Though the plans looks similar ,I guess the higher plans are hosted on more powerful servers . If you are using Hostgator monthly plans ,use code hgc25 . You will get Baby plan at .01$ for the first month. Monthly plans on Hostgator shared hosting doesn’t have a set up fee like that in Dreamhost or Bluehost .
    .-= smartin ´s last blog ..I don™t have time to write this blog =-.

  21. George says

    Even I was using a Delhi based hosting company for my single blog.I faced a lot of troubles during last few months.Now I am on Hostgator.They are one of the best.I did not even face any down time and they done everything except updating name servers.I am happy by the experience.

  22. Atul says

    One question:
    If you are already having ur account with dreamhost then why u have paid for hostgator?
    And I didnt get this line too hosting for Hostgator because going to start min eown webhosting company

  23. Paritosh says

    Some of the free hosting companies are worth trying but eventually you will face problems with them. I was using one such free hosting service and was relatively happy with it but because of some serious problems like delay in email notifications, timeout errors, inability to update wordpress from within the dashboard, etc i had to go for paid hosting.

  24. Brian D. Hawkins says

    I’ve been using a HostGator dedicated server for over a year and I have no complaints. It’s been running very smooth and I have many sites on there including an ad tracking site that gets almost a hundred thousand hits a month and around twenty four thousand tracking link hits a day. It’s an older script that tends to put a strain on servers yet mine with HostGator handles it perfectly.

  25. Doug Dillard says

    Great review! We use several hosting companies, but Hostgator is our favorite. We are planning to eventually move all our sites over to Hostgator, but it is a lot of work and takes a bit of time. Hostgator is good about helping with the transfers too!

    • says

      Thanks for your Input Doug. One more good thing about Hostgator is free blog migration service. Though only one migration is free and that too within one month.
      Though when I was talking to live chat support, they offered my two blog migration if I buy there reseller plan. I find it too early to invest on something. So I went with baby one and I can say I’m a happy Host gator customer.

    • says

      It will be too early for me to comment on down time but from all other review I have got they are excellent with uptime and you have again voted for the same. Thanks for the input :)

  26. Ahad Bokhari says

    Haven’t used host gator but for shared env’s i use bluehost – Havent had any problems with that so far EXCEPT for Ruby on Rails applications (go figure).

  27. Harshad says

    hmm..interesting read.

    I’ve no plans to move to other web hosting service, as I’m happy with my current webhosting. However, in the future, I might consider dreamhost as well as hostgator for webhosting options.

  28. BAs says

    Hmmm, list of features is really interesting. But your site will often go down even if you have only 5000-6000 pagevies/day. I have seen this problem with many Webmasters. So do chk before moving to hostgator.

    • says

      Bas, That depend on many things :
      Wordpress is resource hungry and if you have not optimized your WP blog, chances are wordpress blog will go down with even 2k-3K visits a day on any shared hosting.
      I’m using Hostgator for 3 sites right now and by far I have not faced any problem.

  29. Surender Sharma says

    Hostgator is one of the best hosting provider.I am using since 2007 for my multi sites.I am using Baby package and it is the best and cheap.

    • says

      I heard so many great reviews about Hostgator, but I started with Dreamhost and it is also great. Though I also wanted to try other web hosting as well, so I set up with Hostgator baby plan and I’m glad to have them with me :)

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