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HostGator Review [2021] ūüĒ• Best Web Hosting Provider? (Live Demo, Speed Test & Recommendation)

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– I will break down the pricing structure and show you how to get the best deal currently available.
– Next, I will guide you through the entire sign up process and judge how easy their platform is to use.
– I will then grade their performance based on page load speed and uptime from HostGator’s hosting plan that I bought.
– Lastly, I will provide you with the pros and cons and my honest recommendations on if or who should buy HostGator.

00:00 – Overview & Bonus
01:09 – Pricing Options For HostGator Shared Hosting Plans
07:02 – After Purchase Setup & Ease Of Use For HostGator
10:23 – HostGator’s Speed & Uptime Performance Tests
12:56 – Customer Support Rating
16:03 – Features: Pros & Cons Of HostGator
18:34 – HostGator’s Honest Recommendation

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In this HostGator review, I’m going to show you¬† everything that you need to know about HostGator¬†¬† before deciding if they’re the right hosting¬† provider for you. I will provide you with the¬†¬† most comprehensive review where i will break down¬† the pricing structure and show you how to get the¬†¬† best deal currently available with hostgator i¬† will guide you through the entire sign up process¬†¬† and judge how easy their platform is
to use i  will then grade their performance based on page   load speed and uptime from the hostgator plan  that i purchased lastly i will provide you with   the pros and cons and my honest recommendation  if or who should buy hostgator at the end of this   video i will give you a very special offer if you  decide to pick up hostgator through my link below   i will give you my six figure blogger course for  free and a way of saying
thank you in this course¬†¬† i show you how to set up your wordpress website¬† the right way how to adjust and tweak settings¬†¬† for optimal website performance and how to start¬† driving traffic and make money from your site¬†¬† now let’s get straight into this review click on¬† the link in the description or type this into your¬†¬† browser it’ll take you to my special hostgator¬† discount page where you will get the best discount¬†¬† hostgator
is currently offering and if you put in  the promo dollar at the checkout page you   will get an extra discount too i will be comparing  their shared hosting plans although hostgator does   offer other types of hosting like dedicated  hosting or vps hosting so they can support you   when your business grows and you are ready for  an upgrade there are three shared hosting plans   with the hatchling tier you are limited to
just¬† one website however the next two plans allow you¬†¬† to have unlimited websites the business plan¬† which is their most expensive plan comes with¬†¬† a dedicated ip address which the mid-tier baby¬† plan does not have this feature i don’t think¬†¬† is worth the extra money for shared hosting¬† but if you really need it you know it’s there¬†¬† a great feature i really like which hostgator¬† provides and not many other hosting provider
does¬†¬† is their free website transfer this is really¬† handy for someone moving their website over¬†¬† from another hosting provider as hostgator¬† support team will do this for you for free¬†¬† there’s two main features that i believe are very¬† standard for hosting provider which hostgator is¬†¬† missing the first is their automatic backup¬† they don’t provide this in any of their plans¬†¬† as i think it’s a must have feature and the second¬†
thing is the lack of speed optimization on their   higher plans usually all higher plans normally  come with the better speed optimization or custom   cache plug-ins to boost up speed but hostgator  does not provide this at all so i really see no   value in choosing their most expensive plans here  that being said in terms of pricing i would only   ever consider their hatching plan if you only need  one website but if you require
multiple websites¬†¬† then the baby plan should be more than enough¬† for you don’t waste money on their business plan¬†¬† so now i will choose their hatchling plan for this¬† tutorial to test them out now let’s talk about¬†¬† domain names i really have a problem with domain¬† names that these hosting providers charge you¬†¬† other youtubers won’t tell you this and it really¬† annoys me so i’m going to be honest and break this¬†¬† door down for
you right now first i really don’t¬† suggest you buy any of your domain names from¬†¬† any hosting providers as they usually charge you¬† much higher than a dedicated domain name provider¬†¬† right now for hostgator even though the domain¬† name is included for you for free for the first¬†¬† year you still have to pay 14.95 for the domain¬† privacy which is a must-have for me as i don’t¬†¬† want marketers emailing and calling me every¬† day to
offer their services and then every   year after that you have to pay 17.95 for domain  name renewal and 14.95 again for the domain name   privacy renewal this total is around 33 every  year which is ridiculous to me what i recommend   you do instead is buy all your domain names from i use them for all my domain names   and you can get your domain name for under  nine dollars for your first year with the   domain
privacy included for free and it will only¬† cost you 12.98 to renew each year which is almost¬†¬† three times cheaper than hostgator so that is a¬† no-brainer for me and i recommend you do the same¬†¬† if you need help with getting your domain from¬† namecheap then you can check out this video here¬†¬† where i guide you through step by step how to do¬† it hostgator comes with 6 different payment plans¬†¬† but you can clearly see it’s not worth
doing¬† anything under 12 months as the monthly cost¬†¬† just doesn’t make sense obviously the longer the¬† deal the cheaper it gets generally i would always¬†¬† suggest you to buy the 36 month plan as you get¬† the cheapest price and you will have no reason to¬†¬† leave once you have picked a great hosting¬† provider that you’re happy with not saying¬†¬† hostgator is that yet they still have a lot of¬† testing requirements to pass but if you’re
not   happy with hostgator at least they have a 45 day  money back guarantee so you can get a full refund   from them i also want to let you know that if you  get this free domain name provided by them they   will still charge you for that part as the domain  name cannot be refunded so just be careful on that   the next part is the additional add-on services  they pre-selected the ssl certificate and the   site back up for you these
two features you¬† can get for free and most hosting providers¬†¬† should provide you this for free anyway so i’m¬† gonna deselect both of them as you don’t need it¬†¬† quick note here if you type in my coupon¬† code dot com dollar into this field and click¬†¬† validate you will get an extra discount on your¬† plan with hostgator so that is a good little bonus¬†¬† to have once you’re happy with your plan just¬† accept the terms of service and
click checkout now¬†¬† the overall pricing score i would give hostgator¬† is a 7 out of 10. i took a few marks off as they¬†¬† don’t offer a lot of features and their more¬† expensive plans don’t provide enough value to¬†¬† be worth the money automatic backup is also not¬† included in any of their plans which i think is¬†¬† really important to have on the other hand the¬† price of their lower tier options are very cheap¬†¬† and comparable to
other cheaper hosting providers¬† plus they provide you with free site migration¬†¬† which is a really handy feature to have so i would¬† say they are a cost effective hosting provider¬†¬† overall but the big question is how well do they¬† perform on my speed test keep watching to find out¬†¬† after purchase setup and ease of use you’re¬† probably wondering what hostgator’s back end¬†¬† actually look like and would like to know¬† how easy it is
to install and manage your¬†¬† wordpress website right i will now show you¬† just that right away from their home page¬†¬† you can see it looks very easy to navigate with¬† the custom interface compared to the c panel that¬†¬† a lot of other hosting providers use but if you¬† ever wanted to manage your site with cpanel you¬†¬† can just click this button and it will take you¬† to your normal cpanel setup which you are used to¬†¬† it’s that easy
now let’s see how easy it is to¬† install and create our own wordpress website so¬†¬† from your dashboard you click on manage package¬† and it will take you to the domain name that you¬†¬† registered with hostgator one thing that’s¬† not good with hostgator is they present you¬†¬† with too many upgrade options look at all these¬† options here these are all learn more and you go¬†¬† to upgrade right so i don’t like that at all the¬† main real
estate on your dashboard or your hosting   dashboard should be of all the tools that you can  actually use to build your website properly you go   down further to the bottom here and go to the one  click install and it will take you to this page   here you click on wordpress select your domain  click on next fill out your information here   agree to the terms of service and then click  install now there is one extra step that you  
have to do compared to installing it from a¬† cpanel which is go to your email address and¬†¬† they will send you your password so i’m just going¬† to click on the admin url put my information in and click on login and now i’m in the back end¬† so overall it’s not as easy as other hosting¬†¬† providers one-click installation because you¬† have to go and check your email for the password¬†¬† but overall it’s easy enough and now what about¬†
creating an email account let’s see how easy that¬†¬† is so you think when you want to create an email¬† address you would click on the email and office¬†¬† section right well that’s wrong because if you¬† click on there they’re going to take you to the¬†¬† paid options again they’re going to try to upsell¬† you to either a microsoft or a g suite account¬†¬† which you have to pay monthly so to install it¬† for free you need to go to hosting click
on cpanel¬†¬† then select email accounts and enter in your¬† email address and click on create account and¬†¬† you see the account has been created so it’s¬† that simple once again this was easy to create¬†¬† but they are not quite upfront with trying to¬† upsell you to make you pay for an email address¬†¬† overall i would score hostgator an 8 out of 10¬† for setup and ease of use i really like that¬†¬† it’s simple to install your wordpress site
and¬† having the option to access the cpanel is also¬†¬† very handy for experienced wordpress users i did¬† take two marks away from them because they don’t¬†¬† guide you well when setting up a new domain name¬† from another provider and they mislead you on¬†¬† things like setting up your free email address¬† they tend to hide the free stuff and pack the¬†¬† interface with too many upgrades and ads because¬† i think it is a really well designed
backend¬†¬† speed and uptime performance tests so after i¬† have installed the basic wordpress site i went¬†¬† ahead and tested out the speed of the bare bones¬† website using gt metrics the result is 1.7 seconds¬†¬† this is not looking promising but i won’t judge¬† them now as i have not optimized their website yet¬†¬† now i would take it a step further and add some¬† design elements to it to increase the page size¬†¬† and don’t worry if you’re
overwhelmed looking  at this my course that i will provide you for   supporting the channel will guide you through this  step by step i am also going to install some free   plugins to speed up the website the first is wp  fastest cache this is for the speed optimization   and the next one is the short pixel which  is for image optimization and lastly i will   install the free cloudflare app which will also  increase your website
performance with their cdn¬†¬† now overall this will make it a fairer test¬† because it will make it more comparable to what¬†¬† you would do in real life one quick note i need¬† to mention to you is if you install wordpress¬†¬† with hostgator you can’t install anything above¬† 5.0 because hostgator does not run the latest¬†¬† php version which for me is not good enough¬† the speed is now 3.9 seconds which is too slow¬†¬† for me hostgator has
turned out to be one of the  slowest hosting providers i have tested out so far   google also recommends a site to load in under  three seconds so hostgator also missed this mark   by a fair way i have also been monitoring the  stability performance of hostgator with uptime   robot and i can report that their uptime for  the last 30 days is only 99.895 percent this is   way below my standard of 99.95 percent uptime  and even
hostgator’s own uptime guarantee of¬†¬† 99.9 i was very disappointed with this result and¬† hostgator has really dropped the ball on this one¬†¬† overall i would rate hostgator speed and uptime¬† performance only a 4 out of 10. i took 4 marks¬†¬† away for massively failing the speed test and¬† two marks for failing their own uptime guarantee¬†¬† it is a pretty simple fail here and there’s not¬† much else to say about it here’s a quick
question   for you what is your current page load speed and  who is your hosting provider let me know in the   comment section below support hostgator provides  24 7 customer support through email live chat and   phone support i will test them out by asking them  these three different questions on the live chat   one i will tell them that i have been infected  by a virus on my website and asked for their help   two i will ask them a
quick question about their  domain name renewal costs but i made sure to   choose the wrong question category 3. i asked  them if they could do me a favor and install   an ssl certificate and cloudflare for me as i am  a complete newbie and have no idea how to do this   and here are the results for the first question  they told me that it would cost extra and i needed   to buy the add-on package for them to remove it  they were
willing to help locate the malware when   i asked for that specifically which was helpful  however their downfall was that it took almost   30 minutes of waiting time and at the end of the  conversation the support staff told me that he   is forwarded to a specialist and he will scan and  send this report separately later i expected that   after waiting for 30 minutes i would get the  report already so i was really disappointed  
with hostgator support team for that for the  second question they were able to provide me   with the right answers here but they were not  straightforward and had to clarify a few times   and overall it took almost 20 minutes to sort the  whole thing out from start to finish so i think   it was a bit too long there too for the third  question they were willing to help here with   no hesitation but seemed they misunderstood a few 
things they repeated some information twice even   though i had already answered the question and  lastly they tried to just give me links to steps   for installing cloudflare instead of trying to  guide me step by step like i originally asked and   by the way the instructions were not a custom one  made by hostgator it was just the website linked   from cloudflare itself with regards to their  response time i contacted them at three
different   times of the day to make sure i get an overall  average and not just the bias fast response time   during their off-peak hours so the three times  were 11 and a half minutes and the next two were   both 50 seconds the average of those three times  turns out to be around four and a half minute wait   which is definitely more than acceptable i think  anything under five minutes is great so good work   to hostgate on that
part overall i would have¬† to score hostgators support a six out of ten¬†¬† i would say their support was average it was¬† nothing great but it wasn’t the worst either¬†¬† they had a decent response time but the quality of¬† the support was lacking in terms of support teams¬†¬† level of knowledge and know-how so what do you¬† think of all the stats and figures from my testing¬†¬† so far do you like the level of detail if so make¬† sure to like
my video and subscribe to my channel¬†¬† so you don’t miss out on future content i release¬† every single week just like this features cons so¬†¬† let me first start off with the cons the biggest¬† issue i have with hostgator is their website speed¬†¬† it is very slow compared to other hosting¬† providers in the same budget category¬†¬† at 3.9 seconds load time it’s just too slow¬† and i would never use this for my own websites¬†¬† the next con
was their uptime this was also very  poor as i always expected a hosting provider   to have a minimum of 99.95 uptime to be worth  considering hostgator missed this by a long shot   and even failed their own 99.9 guarantee they only  managed to achieve 99.895 percent uptime which is   nowhere near good enough the next con is they only  have two server locations which are both located   in the united states so for anyone with their
main¬† source of traffic coming from anywhere else in¬†¬† the world the website speed will be much too slow¬† and hostgator would probably not be suited to you¬†¬† automatic backup is a very important feature and¬† this is something that hostgator also lacks which¬†¬† is not good enough nowadays every decent hosting¬† provider is expected to have this plain and simple¬†¬† you really can’t underestimate how critical¬† this feature is for your
website next thing is¬†¬† their support staff technical knowledge this was¬† lacking and they were not able to provide a level¬†¬† of service compared to other hosting providers¬† i’ve tested the last one isn’t a big deal for some¬†¬† but they just annoyed me a bit with always trying¬† to upsell and making it hard to find free options¬†¬† like for installing the wordpress site and setting¬† up an email address which i showed you previously¬†¬†
features pro the first pro is that hostgator offer  free website migration this means that hostgator   will move your website from your existing provider  to them for free when you sign up with them   you simply just have to open a ticket fill  out the form and their technical support team   will take care of it for you not many shared  hosting providers offer this to you for free   so kudos to hostgator the second biggest pro is an 
intuitive backend system which i believe is much   easier to navigate and use than cpanel but they  also have that option for you if you require this   may not be a big deal for someone who has been  building websites for a while but it is a big plus   for beginners just starting out overall i have  given hostgator an average score of 6 out of 10.   apart from the pricing the free website migration  and the nice user interface
hostgator under¬†¬† deliver on a lot of things for me i believe¬† they used to be great a few years back but¬†¬† they are not there anymore maybe it’s something¬† to do with being owned by eig but i will leave¬†¬† that topic alone in this unbiased review they are¬† not a reliable hosting provider as they perform¬†¬† really poorly in the uptime tests and their¬† speed does not reach google’s recommendations¬†¬† so i really cannot recommend this
hosting provider¬† to you i believe there are much better options out¬†¬† there for a similar price range on the market this¬† is a quick note regarding my bonus offer to you¬†¬† if you decide to pick up hostgator through my¬† link then simply just send me your full receipt to¬†¬† bonus dot com dollar dot com and i’ll send you¬† back the access to my bonus course right away it’s¬†¬† that simple now i think picking the right hosting¬† provider is
such a crucial step of starting your¬†¬† business so if after watching this review you¬† agree with me that hostgator is probably not¬†¬† the right option for you then come along with¬† me to this video where i show you my number one¬†¬† hosting alternative that i have personally tested¬† and used myself so i’ll see you in that next video