A few years ago, we were pretty much disappointed with our WordPress hosting provider at that time, BlueHost, for various reasons and decided to move our websites to HostGator. Looking back in retrospect, it was a very smart decision to take as HostGator has definitely delivered exceptional service and a highly reliable one, which lives up to its promised uptime of 99.9%. For those of you who are still wondering which WordPress Hosting to choose – the answer is right ahead of you – HostGator.
Here are 9 great reasons to choose HostGator for WordPress hosting…
Reason #1: Great Price
To be fair, HostGator is not the cheapest WordPress hosting provider in the world. There are several sites such as JustHost, HostMonster, FatCow and BlueHost that offer cheaper web hosting, especially on long-term plans. But really, HostGator plans such as the Hatchling plan start at $2.78/month, which is not bad at all. But you would be better off buying the Baby plan which comes with more features, allows you to host multiple websites and costs $3.98/month – when bought on a 3-year term. Sure, there are other web hosts that offer cheaper plans, but they do not have the reputation that HostGator enjoys.
Reason #2: Exceptional Support
We found the HostGator customer service to be quite exceptional in all of our interactions with them. HostGator promises and delivers a 24/7 service, 365 days a year. They offer a very short response time and take 5 to 30 minutes to resolve all issues. You can get in touch with the HostGator support by phone, live chat or email, any time of the day, as per your convenience.
Reason #3 Quick Transfer Service
One of the most impressive aspects of HostGator is that they transfer your whole website for you when you sign up. It takes the technical support team at HostGator around a couple of hours to transfer your website from a different web host to HostGator. They handle all the details and you really have to do nothing at all.
Reason #4: Easy WordPress Installation
HostGator offers a quick and easy 1-click installation for WordPress. No need to install WordPress manually when you are first creating a website. Just use the “Quick Install” option at HostGator which does it for you using a single click.
Reason #5: Unlimited Databases, Bandwidth, Domains and More
Most of the HostGator plans (except Hatchling) offer unlimited databases, unlimited domains, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited domains and FTP accounts. This means you can have as many WordPress installs as you like, as many websites as you want, scale as much as you want without worrying about your website crashing and offer a secure access to as many people as you like.
Reason #6: The Best Control Panel in the World
HostGator offers cPanel, which is by far the best control panel in the world. cPanel is the software that runs the server’s backend. It allows you to install WordPress and ensures that the software gets updated quickly and efficiently. cPanel is very easy to use – you don’t require any technical knowledge to be able to use it.
Reason #7: The Relaxed Approach
HostGator is exceptionally relaxed about what it allows its users to do when running the website. HostGator follows a policy of strict non-interference. This is a big change from the likes of GoDaddy, which is known to filter all emails such as contact forms from your website. HostGator is fine with most of the customization that you do with your website as long as you stay under the acceptable legal limits.
Reason #8: Green Hosting
Green hosting is pretty big in the web hosting industry. HostGator is one of the few providers of WordPress Hosting that claim to use renewable sources of energy such as wind energy to run its data centers. So if you are someone who is environmentally conscious, you will want to go with HostGator for your WordPress hosting.
Reason #9: 99.9% Uptime
HostGator offers an uptime of 99.9% which is among the highest in the web hosting industry. What makes this truly exceptional is that HostGator actually delivers on its promise unlike most of the other web hosts that we can name.
So these are the 9 great reasons why you should choose HostGator for your WordPress Hosting. HostGator is affordable, user-friendly and offers everything you would expect from a quality web hosting service.
Raghav Hegde, Bangalore
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