Post from 231, July 2011

HostGator History

Saturday, 2. July 2011 23:20

Hostgator was founded in 2002 by Brent Oxley. The company originally began in Oxley’s Florida Atlantic University dorm room. The company now resides in Texas with offices in Houston and Austin. HostGator specializes in providing shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated servers. In the ten year life span of the company, HostGator has managed to grow to over five million domains, providing nearly 1% of the Internet’s traffic. Currently HostGator has clients in over 200 countries with a 90% satisfaction rate.

Companies know it is difficult to keep a business running with high overhead costs. It is just as difficult to find a web host that provides the user the ability to build their own website at a cost that is within the businesses budget. That is why HostGator coupon codes are being provided via the Internet to reduce the overall cost of web site hosting, and in some cases website design.

Site builder is the tool HostGator provides to companies to build their own website. The tool provides a multitude of features and is included with most of their web hosting options. Using this tool, the designer may chose from over 4500 website templates and customize the pages with content and their logo. There is also the option for the more daring to create your website from scratch. The ease of using these site building tools allow companies that need to change their website on a monthly, quarterly or seasonal basis an efficient method of “re-designing” their website in merely minutes rather than hours.

HostGator also provides free web hosting transferring for all of their hosting services. This means that all files, domains, e-mails, databases and scripts can be transferred at no additional cost to the customer. This takes the hassle out of trying a new web host.

One of the many reasons to choose HostGator for web hosting services includes its spectacular customer service. Customer support is available through live chat, phone, e-mail (or a ticket), fax and mail. Customer service is available 24/7/365 to answer questions and provide technical help.

HostGator offers web hosting as one of their four main services. Web hosting comes in three different levels of service. The plans are inexpensive and efficient. Each plan comes with unlimited disk space, sub-domains, FTP accounts, e-mail accounts, and bandwidth. The site building tools and templates are provided at no additional cost. All users can use the cPanel control panel for developing their website.

The three levels of web hosting are hatchling, baby and business. Each plan offers SSL certification. The baby plan also includes unlimited domains. The business plan provides unlimited domains, a toll free number and private SSL certification and IP address.

Using the site builder you can create any type of website you desire. The site can be designed using one of the 4500 templates available or design one from scratch. The site builder provides many different designs and provides functional presets to easily “drag and drop” build a website. Some of the presets include pages, design templates, page sets, and functional modules. The blogs and image galleries are included in the functional modules.

The site builder tools uses BaseKit because it an easy to use tool that provides an easy way for their clients to build websites. BaseKit allows the user to use multiple languages. In addition BaseKit allows for adding and editing HTML and CSS coding. PSD designs are able to be imported into the program to allow for even more customization to a website. The easy to use styling tools allow even the most inexperienced person to move quickly through the required steps to build a constructive and interesting website that is an asset to their company.

All hosting plans include the addition of free shopping carts, portals, blogs, forums, password protected directories, custom error pages, blogs, hotlink protection, redirect URL, IP deny manager, and web based file managers. These additions provide additional options to add to your website and fulfill your website needs based on the type of business you are.

The three levels of web hosting are hatchling, baby and business. Each plan offers SSL certification. The baby plan also includes unlimited domains. The business plan provides unlimited domains, a toll free number and private SSL certification and IP address.

To help save money on the web hosting plans, HostGator coupon codes are available. The codes are available on many websites across the Internet. Some of the hosting coupon codes provide a discount at $9.95. For the hatchling or baby hosting plans, this means you could have the first month of web hosting service at these two levels for one penny. Other coupons provide up to 25% off. In some cases this could be up to a $599.70 savings depending on the plan and billing cycle.

There is other percentage off coupons available. The percentage off coupons means the number received when multiplying the package by the percentage discount is the discount on the package price. Dollar off coupons hold a monetary value and regardless of the price of the plan you receive that amount off the package price. For example, a $10 off coupon would result in a $24.95 plan to be reduced to $14.95.

Hostgator coupon codes are provided to every user and new client to help reduce the cost of running their website and hosting costs. HostGator makes having a website easier by providing services to clients at an inexpensive rate to begin with, but then add an additional coupon code discount to the packages. This helps the client keep their costs down and remain satisfied with the services and products of HostGator.

The coupon codes are provided as a retention strategy. By providing coupon codes to clients, HostGator knows they are more likely to retain current clients and attract new ones. With the economy today it is good to know that a company understands the tough times your small business is going through. For a web hosting company to remain competitive, the company needs to understand and know their customer’s needs. The coupon codes provide an additional reason for clients to continue using and coming back to HostGator for their entire web hosting needs. It is a known fact that not all companies that provide discounts and coupons can still be successful. Just providing the HostGator coupon does not guarantee HostGator will be a success.

Reseller hosting provides plans to a client to provide web hosting to other clients. This hosting plan issues free client management software. To ease the stress of billing, HostGator also provides billing software for resellers to use. Reseller coupons are also available. A current coupon for this plan includes the $24.95 off coupon reducing the price of any reseller package.

With a reseller hosting plan you can create an unlimited number of websites under your brand name. You can provide scaled pricing or specialized pricing for different companies based on wants and needs. You may provide a variety of services, features and packages.

Another type of hosting plan provided by HostGator is the VPS hosting plans. These plans give the dedicated server functionality but do not require the additional expense. CentOS Linux with full root access, optional cPanel or web hosting manager panels are all provided in the VPS hosting plans.

One of the benefits of having the VPS hosting plan is that it provides a direct connection between dedicated servers and shared servers. VPS hosting plans come in nine levels. Each level provides a different amount of CPU’s, disk space, and bandwidth provided with that package. Since these packages can be customized, the hosting needs of a client may be upgraded at any given time. This reduces the initial expenses for a company pursuing VPS hosting. This means you are only paying for services you need. There is no need to pay for extra download speeds or space that your company does not need. The nine plans include:

  • Level 1 – .56 GHZ CPU, 384 MB RAM, 10 GB disk space, and 250 GB bandwidth
  • Level 2 – .84 GHZ CPU, 573 MB RAM, 22 GB disk space, and 375 GB bandwidth
  • Level 3 – 1.13 GHZ CPU, 768 MB RAM, 30 GB disk space, and 500 GB bandwidth
  • Level 4 – 1.98 GHZ CPU, 1344 MB RAM, 59 GB disk space, and 1050 GB bandwidth
  • Level 5 – 2.68 GHZ CPU, 1824 MB RAM, 80 GB disk space, and 1425 GB bandwidth
  • Level 6 – 3.39 GHZ CPU, 2304 MB RAM, 102 GB disk space, and 1800 GB bandwidth
  • Level 7 – 4.24 GHZ CPU, 3168 MB RAM, 165 GB disk space, and 2250 GB bandwidth
  • Level 8 – 5.09 GHZ CPU, 3801 MB RAM, 198 GB disk space, and 2700 GB bandwidth
  • Level 9 – 5.94 GHZ CPU, 4435 MB RAM, 231 GB disk space, and 3150 GB bandwidth

Another benefit to having a VPS hosting plan is you do not need to worry about running the server or maintaining the server. HostGator retains all responsibility of making sure your website and server is constantly up and running. HostGator provides weekly automated updates and backups off site to help provide extra security to clients. By having HostGator complete all the maintenance on the server the time and costs associated with running a server are reduced. HostGator also uses data centers that have backup power generators. These generators make it possible for HostGator to have less than 45 minutes of downtime in any given month. This extra measure of functionality will help your business remain running even when other areas of your business may not be running.

Another main service HostGator provides is issuing dedicated servers. The dedicated servers provide a high quality level of power and flexibility. The servers are managed with root access and complete control. There are no resource restrictions. The packages available for the dedicated servers include basic, standard, elite and pro. HostGator provides Linux based dedication servers. More recently HostGator decided to begin offering Windows based dedication servers. This opens HostGator up to another span of clients.

Dedication servers are provided with provisions, secured and delivered in less than 24 hours of buying the server. The dedicated servers from HostGator ensure a high level of security, uptime and speed compared to other hosting companies.

The billing system is a useful tool featured in dedication servers. There is autopilot billing and automatic billing to ease the stress of billing. Another feature of the dedicated server packages include free Enom domain name. This gives the functionality of having a large company website and having web hosting capabilities of your own at the same time.

Each of HostGator’s web hosting plans may have individualized coupons. There may be coupon codes available for just the VPS plans or just the reseller hosting. Currently every plan, no matter the hosting plan, is 20% off for the first month. This provides the opportunity to try HostGator out at a reduced cost. To help ensure your experience is a pleasurable one, there is also a 45 day money back guarantee.

Other available HostGator coupon codes include 25% off on any order. To receive these discounts simply place your order on the HostGator website. Find the coupon code from one of the many websites available issuing the codes. When you complete the checkout process a spot is available to insert the discount coupon code. Enter the code and the discount is automatically calculated at the bottom of the page. This discount is then used to determine the final price of your products and services at the completion of your checkout.

The 99.9% uptime rating of HostGator ensures that every user is efficiently accommodated. Every business, large or small, will be happy with how little time their hosting is down. Besides providing customer satisfaction from little down time, HostGator also recognizes the importance of providing services that are useful and possible for every budget. This is one reason why many of HostGator’s plans provide different billing cycle options. Some plans are available to be billed monthly, semi-monthly, yearly or bi-yearly. The longer the period of billing cycle the less the price of the package over the long term.

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