There are several webhosting services to create your website or blog with sucg as BlueHost, GoDaddy, DreamHost etc. HostGator is one of the good, reliable and popular hosting websites among them. HostGator has been here since 2002. HostGator is well reputed to have good customer support which is 24/7/365 days. The support is through phone, email and live chat daily.
Hostgator offers reseller, shared, dedicated and VPS server arrangements for blog owners and web masters. Apparently they have fast servers and all their packages come with unlimited disk space, data base, domain add-ons, email accounts as well as email forwarder and guarantee a 99.9% of uptime. Hostgator uses the cPanel web server management software for file transfer, email management etc. They offer 1 click installation scripts such as of WordPress called QuickInstall as well as Magento, Joomla, Drupal etc. software, Ecommerce shopping carts, guest books etc.
HostGator will charge you extra dollars to restore an automated backup. Manual backups can be performed for free via cPanel. They also offer Website builder software and Google AdWords credit voucher to market your site or blog for only $100.
How to register Domain Name through HostGator
It is important that your domain name should be very relevant with your website content. Make certain that your domain name is easy to remember and simple to read. A .com is better that a .net, .org, etc. as it is really popular.
How to Register HostGator Domain Name Using Credit Card
There are a couple of methods you could choose to register to HostGator. One of them is by a credit/debit card. Visit their homepage www.HostGator.com for registration. You will have to provide your payment information. It is safe and secure. HostGator offers SSL certificate which is for secured connections since credit card info will be provided or needed. It takes a few minutes and then you will be out and running.
How to Register HostGator Domain Name Using PayPal
First you have to sign up for a PayPal account at their homepage www.PayPal.com . PayPal is a very good way of making payments when you don’t want to disclose your credit/debit card information. Almost everyone who purchases and or pay stuff online nowadays use PayPal. It is free and easy to join. PayPal uses its own SSL certificate as well, that’s why it is very secure.
1. HostGator Hosting Plans
HostGator is actually offering 3 plans with different features and prices. Clients have the option of paying monthly or yearly through credit card and PayPal payments. The choice is all yours but I will advise you to purchase yearly packages as they are cheaper. Let’s go on ahead and see the plans to choose from.
The Hatchling Plan costs about $6.95 for 12 months, $5.95 for 24 months, and $4.95 for 36 months. The Hatchling Plan consists of the customary 1 domain per account type of hosting. You are allowed to only host 1 site with it, not more and not less. This plan is good and suitable for beginners and when your business grows then you can upgrade to Baby Plan package.
3. Baby Plan
The Baby Plan costs about $9.95 for 12 months, $8.95 for 24 months, and $7.95 for 36 months. With the Baby Plan, you are allowed to host unlimited websites or domains under the same account. This plan is good for when your business is really growing.
4. Business Plan
The Business Plan costs around $14.95 for 12 months, $13.95 for 24 months, and $12.95 for 36 months. This package comes with unlimited domains and data bases, your own toll free number, free Dedicated IP and private SSL certificate. The SSL certificate is only needed for data encryptions for security reasons. You really don’t need it as HostGator and PayPal already have their own . HostGator offers a 45 day money back guarantee.
As you can see for yourself, you have a choice of paying monthly, per year, 2 years and 3 years. It is cheaper if you pay yearly or pay a package of 2 years or 3 years. Remember that HostGator gives out specials and coupons from time to time as well. Note that The Hatchling Plan allows only 1 domain whilst the Baby and Business Plans allow unlimited domains. If you are in future going to own an ecommerce website or collect payment from clients then the Business Plan is for you. If not, then stick to the Baby Plan because it is perfect. You are allowed to upgrade from Hatchling Plan to Baby and or Business if you want to. HostGator will ask you to upgrade for free.