I’ve been with HostGator for the better part of this year, after my last webhost went batty and had constant server crashes (on a shared hosting account that’s not good: all my sites went down at once). Since joining HostGator, though, I’ve had no trouble.
Since it is going to be “Cyber Monday” tomorrow, I wanted to invite you to join with HostGator and get a whopping 50% off their hosting packages (yeah I said “whopping”):
The 50% Off Discount Will Only Be Seen on Cyber Monday and It’s Automatic – You’ll See the New Page
If you don’t see the obvious page – then you missed it – but I have a backup HostGator coupon for 25% off if you read below…
If you Miss the HostGator Sale
That happens to the best of us – if you missed out, use this coupon code and get 25% off your order:
My coupon discount code is “TheAverageGenius” and automatically will be added to your clipboard if you use that coupon.
My HostGator Review
They rock. The end.
OK, seriously they do. I have a “reseller” package (their cheapest one, I have a small network still). The reason I chose a reseller is that I want IP diversity. Not all my websites are on the same IP.
I’ve also never had another network wide outage like I have in the past. That’s huge for me.
The reason I want IP diversity is that mainly I don’t want people to find my websites all on one server. A simple “WhoIs” lookup will tell you all the sites on an IP address, so with diversification I can mask my other websites from competitors.
But the other cool thing is the stability: this costs me about $29 a month currently, and it’s a small price to pay (I pay every 6 months, will renew for a year when it comes due).
I used to be on a shared hosting setup at some other place I don’t want to name, I don’t like to trash businesses if they don’t deserve it – I think I just got a bad server.Honestly I think the entire universe was on that one server, but that’s speculative…
Problems I had with my old host were dealing with their “support” desk: that wasn’t happening at all. They spoke terrible English (no offense) but it’s not something you want when you’re having a technical issue and can’t communicate with the person that’s supposed to rescue you.
Nice blog, so informative, thanks for information…Um…didn’t you try to spam my blog last week?
Something like that. Mind you half my family doesn’t speak English – my mom’s from the Philippines – but it gets old when you need help fast (just sayin’).
Their Customer Service ROCKS
You might have heard otherwise – sometimes you get a lemon (a newbie tech or someone having a bad day) – but 90% of the time I get the best customer service at HostGator.
They elevate your issue if they can’t help, and their server admins are really there to help.
So recently I had a MAJOR issue with plugins doing funny things…mainly I thought I was hacked.
The problem was my .htaccess file kept rewriting itself and I have 301 redirects, and the .htaccess file when you’re running the W3 Total Cache plugin is massive.
It’s needed for the MaxCDN page accelerator/CDN I’m using, but that’s for another post – basically I’d be editing a post and I wouldn’t be able to update, or it would just hang there for an eternity (like a whole minute!) < lame joke…
Then I’d get a 500 Internal Server Error every now and then…it was maddening and lost me a lot of productivity.
Well HostGator kept saying, “Check your plugins…”
Only trouble is I’m lazy and I run more plugins than RadioShack. I didn’t want to do it – but turns out they were right.
I was running older plugins that weren’t compatible with WordPress 3.2.1:
- Efficient Related Posts v 0.3.8 (Replaced with YARPP)
- Evermore v 2.3 (Couldn’t get Auto More Tag to work, but my theme Flexsqueeze already has this built-in!)
- Most Popular Posts (Replaced with WP-Popular Posts Tool)
I ran through all my plugins to see if they were showing “compatible with WP 3.2.1″ in the WP directory, if they were then I kept them. Those that didn’t show recent updates and compatibility I got rid of (above)…
Since then: everything’s peachy, and yes it was HostGator server admins that told me about it (like 20 times since I’m stubborn and lazy).
No Problems With HostGator BUT…
I have heard some problems with other hosts, with “CPU throttling” and other weird issues…I’ve never had those problems with HG. All my problems have been self-created like plugins or whatever.
So why look for other hosts? I’ll be sticking with HG for quite some time, if I need to upgrade then I’ll upgrade with them.
If you missed the coupon for Cyber Monday, use mine instead for 25% off:
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