HostGator – The Best Hosting Choice for WordPress Sites

HostGator is an excellent choice for hosting your WordPress site

When you first start a self-hosted WordPress site, you can’t even get WordPress installed until you have a host set up, where you can put the files and database that WordPress needs to run.

So you may find yourself acting in a hurry just to get any old hosting set up, so that you can install WordPress and get to the “fun part”, or equally as plausible, is that you just don’t really know a lot about hosting, WordPress and web services to know what you need in a web host, and so choose whatever Google throws at you.

Unfortunately, I see a lot of my clients with really substandard web hosts, that not only make their life difficult and their sites slow and insecure, but also make my (or any other web developer/designer’s) life more difficult by having to work with proprietary management tools.

Hindsight is 20/20 and I know that a lot of people I work with regret their initial hosting choice because of many of these reasons. And it’s one of the main reasons that I almost exclusively recommend HostGator as my hosting provider of choice.

HostGator have been around for over 10 years now and have developed into one of the top hosting companies around. The reasons are simple:

  • Current hardware, software and technologies, to keep your site running on the most up-to-date, secure and efficient servers.
  • cPanel for managing your site – the most widely recognised and utilised control panel.
  • Customer service reps that are knowledgeable, genuinely helpful and responsive to your needs.

The servers

In my experience, HostGator have always provided servers of excellent technical quality and keep services like PHP and MySQL updated, so that you never have to worry about compatibility issues with WordPress’ minimum requirements. You also don’t need to worry about things like being able to create a wildcard subdomain to use WordPress Multisite, like you do with other web hosts (yes, I’m looking at you DreamHost).

On their shared environments, they don’t tend to overload their servers in the same way that other shared hosting providers do; they keep the servers at a manageable level, where your site isn’t impacted by the sheer volume of sites running on a single server.

Furthermore, since it’s shared hosting, it comes with certain advantages. For example, you have shared RAM to work with, so if your site sees a sudden spike in traffic, it can temporarily pull on a pool of RAM resources to keep your site online. Even on some of my busiest days on shared hosting, I have never seen my site go down.

cPanel

This is a big one. Even if you don’t go with HostGator, do not select a web host that doesn’t use cPanel to allow you to manage your site (and it shouldn’t cost extra – it should be a standard feature).

cPanel is an immensely powerful tool that allows you to manage your files and databases (using File Manager and phpMyAdmin), park and add-on domains, edit your DNS settings, run backups, setup FTP accounts, check stats, schedule tasks (with Cron jobs) and setup email accounts, to name but a whole lot of features.

Beyond that though, it’s very standardised; any web developer or designer worth his salt will know how to use cPanel quickly and efficiently, which means they don’t have to spend more of your money trying to figure out how to perform simple functions. And if you feel up to the task and want to try certain things yourself, you’ll always be able to find options on how to do it using cPanel.

HostGator’s customer service

I have been with HostGator for a good number of years now (after being with my fair share of hosts before that). One thing that continues to stand out and keep me with them is their customer service. You might only really be able to appreciate this if you’ve had some other web hosts in the past, most of which are notoriously difficult to deal with and don’t usually know a whole lot above the basics of web hosting and so aren’t of much use to you when you need them.

You’re going to need help, at one point or another, with your server. You’ll want to tweak a setting, but won’t know how, or you simply won’t have the permissions to do so and will need to contact the support department to have them do it for you.

On every occasion that I have had to get in touch with them, they’ve always been outstanding, in every aspect of their support; they’re courteous, quick to get a hold of (whether by email, live chat, or telephone) and most importantly, knowledgeable. I’ve had them deal with some difficult situations before, and instead of having me go and try a few things and keep coming back to them, they’ve always stayed with me and tried to resolve the situation themselves, no matter how long it takes.

Price

It’s not as if you’re buying a new car, but the cost of your web host certainly factors into your purchasing decision. Fortunately, HostGator is very reasonably priced and will cost you in the order of $5 per month. There’s always cheaper hosts around (hell, there’s even free ones if you dare be so bold!), but cost can’t be the sole factor in any decision. For the service you get, both technical and administrative, that price is a steal and is on par with all the other major players in the hosting market, just with better service.

I’ve recommended HostGator to a whole lot of people now, all of whom have been extremely satisfied with their decision and it just makes me even more confident in their ability to provide a quality, affordable product.

So if you’re looking for a suitable and reasonable web host for your new WordPress site, I can recommend HostGator with absolute confidence.

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11 thoughts on “HostGator – The Best Hosting Choice for WordPress Sites”

  1. Lee says:

    Hi dave, I recently switched my hosting over to wordpress from arvixe and it was a great choice. Thanks for yet another in-depth post buddy

    1. Are their servers located in the UK? I am occasionally asked to recommend a host based in the UK ( or at least Europe), but I’ve never really looked into it.

  2. Rehan says:

    Hi dave, totally agree with you on Hostgator. They really provide great customer service as far as my experience is concerned. Choosing Hostgator as my web host really proved a good decision for me up until now.

  3. Warren says:

    I’ve been using Hostgator for several years now and can’t imagine running my business without them. The support team there has saved my butt on more than one occasion, and on several others have gone above and beyond and taught me a thing or two about some of my sites.

    A great company for sure!

  4. Zaeem says:

    Hi Dave,
    You have written more than enough about the hostgator and almost everything about hostgator.
    It’s been close to two years since I have started using hostgator services. Their services is perfect and the most stunning of all is their online help. I am sure there is no service provider who can beat this.
    Thanks
    Zaeem

  5. Rob Francken says:

    Hi Dave,

    I’m in the UK, and used to have a couple of sites hosted with Unlimited Webhosting (they use Plesk) and after many months of email problems I decided to switch. God only know how many clients we lost so after some research and recommendations on a forum I changed over to 5Quidhost (who use cPanel) and I have to say I’m really happy with their hosting. Their servers are in the UK and I’ve had no issues. We’re on one of their Turbo+ plans, which is £7 per month but worth every penny. I think it’s fair to say that you get what you pay for. They offer reseller hosting and VPS hosting too.

    1. Rob,

      That’s good to know. I’m frequently asked about UK hosts and the ones that I worked with when I was in the UK were no good. I’ll have to check these guys out.

  6. Broke Food says:

    I’ve been using HG for a couple years now, and I have to say, they are solid. I initially started out with shared hosting and am now looking at a dedicated server with him. Good choice.

  7. Adam says:

    I have had good experiences with HG but find they can take awhile to respond to tickets. Site5 is another great WP host and offers free premium themes. Have you ever used them?

    1. Well, in my own experience, I’ve found them very responsive to tickets and it’s actually one of my favourite things about them. I’ve hard good things about Site5, but haven’t had any experience with them.

  8. Sai Kumar says:

    Hi Dave Clements, Great Review of Hostgator. I am using Hostgator from 1 year and not faced any issue with them. Hostgator is the best hosting provider among all others.

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