Review of Hostgator.com
HG is a world leading provider of shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated webhosting. Privately held and based in Houston, Texas, the company was founded in 2002 by Founder and Chairman Brent Oxley, who started the company from his dorm room at Florida Atlantic University. Since then, it has grown from a small company with just three servers into a world leading and industry recognized provider with more than 12,000 servers under management. The over five million domains hosted make up approximately 1% of the world’s Internet traffic.
As a technology and product innovator, it is able to provide its more than 400,000 customers with innovative products and services designed to complement their existing businesses. It serves customers ranging from individual freelancers to Fortune 500 companies in more than 200 countries.
Because of the nature of reseller business, its customers are frequently web designers and or developers who have chosen to provide further services to their clients. Businesses of all sizes and shapes frequently make use of the affordable, but still powerful shared, reseller, and dedicated services. Customers range from complete novices to computer and technology experts.
In 2008, the company was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. According to Inc. Magazine, it is the 21st fastest growing private company in America, the second fastest growing private company in the “business services” sector, and the fastest growing private company in Texas.
In order to keep up with the company’s rapid growth, it moved from its original office in Boca Raton, Florida into a new 20,000 square foot office building in Houston, Texas. Since moving to Houston in January 2007, it has added more than 200 employees. The company is growing rapidly and expects to add roughly 200 employees within the next two years.
In a June 2008 customer satisfaction survey, approximately 90% of the customers reported being satisfied with the services it provides. Industry-leading customer service and support is at the forefront of what it does on a day-to-day basis. The company is constantly working to improve and refine that service and support and achieve its goal of becoming the world leader in the global market. The management team consists of web and technology veterans working together to ensure it continues to grow and progress.
It has chosen SoftLayer to be its exclusive data center and network provider and has since become its largest customer. The long standing relationship allows the customers to utilize one of the world’s best networks to power their web sites and ensure maximum uptime. The world-class datacenters feature state of the art security, power, safety, and cooling systems – all designed to ensure that service remains uninterrupted.
It houses servers in four of the Dallas, Texas-area datacenters. Ranging from 22,000 to more than 78,000 square feet, these world-class datacenters contain top of the line technology to ensure that servers stay cool, secure, and up at all times. The datacenters feature redundant power, HVAC, and fire detection systems, and are monitored 24/7 by both the company and the Network Operation Centers.
Web sites are accessible via a fully meshed and redundant Certified Cisco Network feature 10 backbone and fiber providers including AT&T, Global Crossing, Level3, AboveNet, Savvis, SBC, Time Warner, MCI, Broadwing, XO Communications.
In addition to a fully redundant network and top of the line data centers,the system administrators monitor all servers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Servers are monitored and issues are acted upon before they become serious. Additionally, the network and datacenters are monitored and managed by on-site technicians dedicated to ensuring maximum uptime and reliability.
It also offers the very popular application services by which you can instantly install over 75 open source scripts with QuickInstall. You get Linux, Apache, Mysql, PHP (LAMP), Ruby (on Rails). Python/DJango, Perl, 1-Click Quick Install Software (free), SSH & FTP Access along with Unlimited Disk Space & Bandwidth and 45 Day Money Back Guarantee
Whether you want to create a blog, start a forum, use a CMS, wiki, upload to your own photo gallery, or sell online with an E-commerce store, you can do so quickly and easily. Since it runs on Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP, thousands of existing applications and software are compatible.
WordPress – Looking to start a blog, or want a better home for your exhisting blog? Look no further than WordPress combined with the auto WordPress Installer, and compatible WP evironment.
Joomla or Drupal – It supports the latest Content Management Systems (CMS), including Joomla and Drupal. You have complete control over your CMS and can completly customize your site with themes and plugins.
Magento – Start selling online today with your own E-commerce store powered by Magento. The business plan gives you everything you need to automatically install magento, as well as a free dedicatewd IP and private SSL to accept credit card transactions right from your web site.
Wiki – Even if your site doesn’t become the next Wikipedia, wikis are still a great way to allow many people to contribute and update information on a web site. It supports the most pupular wiki software, including: MediaWiki, TikiWiki, PmWiki, and WikkaWiki.
QuickInstall is the simple way to install and automatically update free software to your account. Currently over 75 scripts are available and can be installed with just a click. Already have a web site setup somewhere else? Sign up and they’ll transfer your entire website for free.
QuickInstall Software installs all these Blog Software – WordPress, LifeType, b2evolution, Forum Software – phpBB, Simple Machines, bbPress, CMS Software – Joomla, Drupal, concrete5, MODx, E-commerce Software – Magento, OpenCart, Zen Cart, osCommerce, Wiki Software – MediaWiki, TikiWiki, PmWiki, WikkaWiki.