Review about HostGator
HostGator is a popular web hosting provider. The company has been offering hosting services since 2002 when it was founded by Brent Oxley. As HostGator themselves say, they started the company from a dorm room at the Florida Atlantic University. Since then, HostGator has grown to a massive company with more than 7,000 managed servers. Currently HostGator hosts over four million domains and make approximately 1% of the world’s Internet traffic.
Summary of Test Results:
|Test Period||Speed||Security||Support||Bonus Points||Rank|
|Jan-Mar 2013||585 Hits and 100% Availability||Chroot Isolation||35min Basic and 10hours Advanced Support Response||Joomla Auto-updater||#2|
Server Speed and Security
HostGator doesn’t actually own their servers. They rent them from SoftLayer, previously ThePlanet. SoftLayer has four different data centers based in Washington DC, Houston, Dallas and Seattle. HostGator servers are located on those data centers taking advantage of all the experience and professionalism SoftLayer has to offer.
HostGator provides few different types of support. For Pre-Sales questions we recommend you to use the Live Chat support. They have friendly sales representatives able to answer your technical and billing questions. In addition they provide phone support for technical emergency calls, billing and abuse issues. Last but not least, HostGator has a really convenient ticketing system that provides the user with quick help for day-to-day website issues.
Joomla Hosting Features
HostGator provide you with a cPanel tool to manage your hosting account with Fantastico integrated in it. This means that you will be able to install Joomla with a single mouse click.
For small to medium-sized websites HostGator servers handle Joomla very good. All Joomla requirements are fulfilled on HostGator’s servers which guarantees smooth work of the application.
Aside the free Joomla installation and properly configured servers, HostGator have a support team trained to quickly troubleshoot Joomla sites.