Host Gator are one of the most recognized names in web hosting. They were founded in 2002 and are based in Houston, Texas. With over 6000 servers working at hosting their 7 million domains they are definitely one of the industry leaders.
Offering Linux hosting across three plans, Host Gator provide everything you would expect from their reputation. Unlimited disk space and bandwidth is offered across all plans. The only feature that is missing in comparison to other hosts in this list is the free domain. Host Gator uses the latest version of cPanel, which means there should be no confusion for new comers as it is a simple system to use. The script library Fantastico is also installed in each account offering 52 free scripts catering for blogs, forums and ecommerce sites.
Their actual hosting prices are pretty reasonable but charge they charge you a $15 fee for a domain and sometimes a setup fee on some plans. Most competitors offer a free domain.
Reliability And Uptime:
Host Gator has always had good uptime from customer reviews. We found there has been a few outages over the last few months but prior to this there was none.
Host Gator have really covered all the bases in regards to support, they offer 24/7 technical support across phone, email, live chat as well as tutorials, a great knowledge base and a forum for their customers to discuss ideas on.
The subtle differences in Host Gator's plans show the thought they have put into their customer's needs and is really encouraging. The features that are included in even the hatchling plan really are impressive and are testament to why they are so highly regarded in the web hosting industry.