If you are considering to start a blog, forum, CMS or even eCommerce store,  you may want to include Hostgator as one of your options. The company founded in 2002, provides shared, reseller, virtual private server (VPS) and dedicated web hosting services. With more than 10 years in the industry, Hostgator is one of the most popular service provider. In this review, we will touch on the list of free applications available on Hostgator cPanel and a quick comparison of the 3 plans (Hatchling, Baby & Business) available on their Shared Web Hosting packages. OK, let’s jump right into the details that matters.

What Free Applications does Hostgator provides?

BillingWHMCS
BlogLifeType
Wordpress
CalendarWebCalendar
ChatCraftySyntax
phpFreeChat
X7 Chat
CMSb2evolution
concrete5
Drupal 6
Drupal 7
glFusion
Hotaru
Joomla
liveSte
Mambo
Modx
Nucleus
ocPortal
Open Atrium
PHP-Nuke
phpwcms
Pligg
Saurus CMS
Textpattern
Tiki
Trendy Site Builder
Typo3
Xoops
Zikula
DirectoryDewNewPHPLinks
eCommerceMagento
phpCOIN
PrestaShop
SugarCRM
Vtiger CRM
ZenCart
eLearningClaroline
Moodle
ePortfolio SoftwareMahara
ForumAdvanced Electron Forum
bbPress
MyBB
phpBB
punBB
Simple Machines Forum (SMF)
Gallery4Images
Coppermine
Gallery
Piwigo
Pixelpost
Zenphoto
GuestbookLazarus Guestbook
MailDada Mail
phpList
Project ManagementdotProject
PHProjekt
PushZ-Push
Social NetworkingElgg
Jcow
ThinkUp
SupportMantisBT
OpenDocMan
osTicket
phpMyFAQ
SurveyAdvanced Poll
LimeSurvey
phpESP
WikiMediaWiki
PmWiki
Wikka

Easy One Click Installation

Setting up the applications is easy and fast with Hostgator “QuickInstall“.

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cPanel Settings – one click installer “QuickInstall” can be found here

Manage a bunch of settings on the control panel such as spam control, FTP, view web statistics, security, add  domains or sub-domains, advance tools and cronjobs, etc.

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cPanel – settings for emails, spam, and FTP

Which Hostgator Plan to Choose?

For Shared Web Hosting services, you have 3 different plans to choose from depending on your requirements. For website owners that have bigger volume of traffic, you may want to go for the dedicated web servers instead.

  1. Hatchling Plan
    • Choose this if you are a beginner and/or only owns one website with low to moderate traffic.
  2. Baby Plan
    • Ideal if you own multiple websites, and wants to have extra options such as Dedicated IP ($2/monthly) and Private SSL. Personally I find that this plan provides more value as it allows you to host unlimited domains so that you can scale up or do experiments, etc.
  3. Business Plan
    • Even better than Baby Plan plus you get your own toll-free number. 
CategoryFeatureHatchling PlanBaby PlanBusiness Plan
Web Hosting PackagesDomains1 onlyUnlimitedUnlimited
BandwidthUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Disk SpaceUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Toll Free NumberNoNoYes
Free Dedicated SSLNoNoYes
Free Dedicated IPNoNoYes
Package Details24/7/365 SupportYesYesYes
Instant BackupYesYesYes
No Contract RequiredYesYesYes
99.9% Uptime GuaranteeYesYesYes
45 Day Money Back GuaranteeYesYesYes
Domain/FTP FeaturesSub DomainsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
FTP DomainsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Addon/Parked DomainsNoUnlimitedUnlimited
Anonymous FTPNoNoYes
Supported Web Hosting FeaturesWordpress HostingYesYesYes
MySQL DatabasesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
CGIYesYesYes
Fast CGIYesYesYes
PHP 5YesYesYes
Ruby on RailsYesYesYes
SSHYesYesYes
PerlYesYesYes
PythonYesYesYes
SSIYesYesYes
CronYesYesYes
CurlYesYesYes
GD 2YesYesYes
Image MagickYesYesYes
Streaming Audio/VideoYesYesYes
Free Module InstallationYesYesYes
Email HostingPOP3 AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Web MailYesYesYes
E-Mail AliasYesYesYes
AutorespondersYesYesYes
Mailing ListsYesYesYes
Catch AllsYesYesYes
Spam AssassinYesYesYes
Mail ForwardingYesYesYes
IMAP SupportYesYesYes
SMTPYesYesYes
Control Panel FeaturesLatest cPanelYesYesYes
SoholaunchYesYesYes
Hotlink ProtectionYesYesYes
IP Deny ManagerYesYesYes
Custom Error PagesYesYesYes
Instant BlogsYesYesYes
Instant PortalsYesYesYes
Instant PHPnukeYesYesYes
Instant ForumsYesYesYes
Instant GuestbookYesYesYes
Instant CounterYesYesYes
Instant FormMailYesYesYes
Redirect URLYesYesYes
Web Based File ManagerYesYesYes
PW Protected DirectoriesYesYesYes
phpMyAdminYesYesYes
Website/FTP FeaturesAWStats Real Time UpdatesYesYesYes
WebalizerYesYesYes
Raw LogsYesYesYes
Referrer LogsYesYesYes
Error LogsYesYesYes
E-Commerce FeaturesYour Own Toll-Free NumberNoNoFree
Private SSL AllowedNoYesIncluded
Dedicated IPNo$2.00/MonthlyFree
Shared SSLYesYesYes
osCommerceYesYesYes
ZenCartYesYesYes
Hostgator PlansHatchling PlanBaby PlanBusiness Plan
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Payment Options

Hostgator does not require you to commit for 12 or even 6 months contract if you are not ready. However taking up a longer contract period costs lesser compared to a monthly renewal. From time to time, there are discounts or coupons provided by Hostgator. The discounts on sign-up are applied on the first term only, so if you pay on monthly basis, then your first month will be at say 20% discount off, then the 2nd and subsequent months will be a normal prices. Want to save more money? Go for longer term. Business owners should consider signing up at least 1 year contract to avoid lapse of services due to forgetting to renew, or because of unforeseen circumstances.

Side Note

One thing to take note is that Hostgator advertises their Disk Space and Bandwidth as “unmetered”. Not to be mixed up with “unlimited”. Basically this means you are not charged accordingly to the disk space or bandwidth that you use. To put it simple, Hostgator expects customers to use diskspace and bandwidth as per the normal operation  of a blog or small business website. So if Hostgator determines unusual high activity/usage, or abuse of their network, the account may be suspended or dealt with accordingly to their TOS. Probably this is fair enough for most users. If you find your blog(s) consuming excessive resources, you may want to consider hosting with a dedicated server.

Hostgator Guarantees

No matter what you choose, you can be assured of your choice as Hostgator guarantees

24/7/365 support – whether you are a first time user, or professional, having 24 hours support each and every day gives you peace of mind that someone will always be backing you up.
45 day guarantees – usually on the web, what we see is 30 days guarantee. However Hostgator is allowing users to explore at NO RISK for up to 45 days. As long as you cancel within this period, you get your complete refund.
99.9% uptime – Hostgator guarantees at least 99.9% uptime. Hostgator understands the importance of running a website and this is of utmost priority to them.

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Lincoln is a fan of Apple products, loves red wine and traveling. He blogs on internet marketing, social media, wordpress tips & guides, and using technology to maximize efficiency. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook for regular updates.
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