Hostgator Review
Summary :

HostGator made its name in web hosting and it is clear to see from a users point of view that the website building side of things is mainly an add-on to their website hosting and domain purchasing. As far as the uptime and support is concerned, for the average website builder, you shouldn’t notice such step up from other solely website building services like Wix and WebsiteBuilder, despite the fantastic advertised 99.9% guaranteed uptime. This does mean that the user which is expecting a lot of traffic or interactions then it may be worth going with HostGator, as you do experience as a good an editor as other top services due to HostGator having imported Weebly’s builder, but also pay for better hosting.

Value for Money :

We found it quite hard to gauge whether HostGator was good value for money, as they advertise very low prices to entice new customers. The prices displayed assume that you will pay for 3 years in advance, which quickly amounts to around $150 for the most basic ‘Hatchling’ service. The monthly price is actually $7.16, but that’s only for the first month of this type of subscription, it returns to $8.95, which is astronomical compared to similar services like Bluehost. What’s offered is good, with unlimited disk space and bandwidth, but for the price you pay you can be treated much better elsewhere.

Editor :

We really liked the editor that Weebly provided HostGator with, the editing process was very simple yet packed with features. The design of the editing space is very non-intrusive and the fact that you can view your site in a mobile view, helping you to optimize your site on this platform, this is extremely important, as most mobile users who cannot easily navigate a site will not return. One downside to the editor is the inclusion of ‘Lorem Ipsum’ text to fill the space, this could be used to give handy tips like other services do but instead the user is faced with an overload of Latin jargon. Although, with HostGator, you may not be kept up to date with Weebly’s latest editing software, which does make one think – ‘Why not just go for Weebly?’

Templates :

There are around 200 different templates supplied by HostGator, all of which are available in a selection of colours. This is great for a user who has no prerequisite as to how they want their website to look, with a lot of good looking, possible head starts. However the user who needs a website looking exactly how they would like, they will have their work cut out for them. We must say that all of the templates are modern and can fit many different uses, but they are of no match to other services who offer up to 10,000 similar quality templates.

Additional Features :

We liked the fact that HostGator offered a builder for the user who is confident with coding, with a wide array of languages like Ruby and PHP supported. Although, this will not appeal to the average user, so we’d also like to mention that we were a big fan of ZenCart and CubeCart being included in every package. Online shops are very popular and the fact it’s offered at such a basic level is really exciting to see, from a reviewer’s point of view.

Guides and Customer Service :

HostGator is very popular with its users because help is so accessible when using their service. You can opt for a live chat, which connects you directly to an expert, and also there is a toll free, round the clock support line that is available at any point in time and will help to resolve issues in no time. There is also a vast help search service, used for tips and common issues, amongst a blog, forums and super helpful video tutorials. You should never get stuck whilst using HostGator.