HostGator is one of the most popular web hosting companies providing Shared Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, and Dedicated Server Hosting. They were established in 2002 by Brent Oxley in Florida and are now head quartered in Houston, Texas.
HostGator hosts over 1.3 million websites with over 150,000 customers on more than 5,000 servers. It is safe to say that hostGator has found a great formula for success. They run cPanel for their hosting control panel and Joomla runs great on cPanel.
HostGator have won a huge amount of awards over the past few years including fastest growing company and a variety of editor choice awards. You only have to visit the site to see a list of them.
Host Gator offers 3 types of shared web hosting plans: Hatchling, Baby, and Business:
- Hatchling $4.95/month- Allows you to host 1 domain. You get most all of the features as in the other plans, the limitation is that you can only host one domain.
- Baby $7.95/month -- All the features of the Hatchling plan with ability to host unlimited domains. If you think you may have the need to host multiple domains the baby plan is for you.
- Business $12.95/month -- The business plan has all of the features of the Baby plan plus a dedicated IP address and a free private SSL certificate. If you have special business requirements or are considering an ecommerce site the business plan may be the best plan to fit your needs.
HostGator Joomla Features and Hosting Environment
HostGator servers use cPanel for the hosting control panel. There servers run php5 and have full ftp access. With cpanel all of the mysql run on the same server as your website
cPanel provides an excellent environment for Joomla to run in. You have complete access to all your mysql databases through phpmyadmin. You also have full control of your .htaccess file allowing you to run your favorite SEF (Search Engine Friendly) URL components. Fantastico, which is a very popular script installer is available and will install Joomla for you automatically.
HostGator Customer Support
Host gator provides technical support via a ticketing system, chat, phone and email. One of the strong aspects of host gator has been their support. The wait to get a chat session is typically very short, with knowledgeable people assisting you. Their support is available 24 hours a day and they mean it, you can get assistance at all hours of the night. HostGator has a Toll Free Support Phone Number 1-866-96-GATOR (42867)