10 Pros and Cons of HostGator WordPress Web Hosting

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If you have a website, you should have heard of the web hosting company: HostGator. HostGator is one of the most popular web hosting companies out there, and it is one of the most used web hosting companies for WordPress sites. We have collected top 10 Pros and top 10 cons of HostGator.

Following are Top 10 Pros of HostGator Web Hosting

1. Choices

HostGator offers different type of Hosting plan that suit for anyone. They have Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS Hosting, and Dedicated Hosting. Most people are choosing Shared Hosting; Shared Hosting also has three types of plans: Hatchling Plan, Baby Plan, and Business Plan. Most people are using Baby Plan.

2. Price

Considering the services that they provide, HostGator has pretty decent pricing. If you choose Baby Plan (recommended), you basically just  need to pay around 4 dollar per month. HostGator also comes with coupon section, most of my clients are using the HostGator coupon code: SUPERSAVES, which can save you few bucks.

3. Unlimited Everything

HostGator offers unlimited everything, that is, unlimited disk, unlimited space, unlimited database, etc.

4. Uptime

HostGator guarantees 99.9% of uptime, which a lot of other competitors can’t compete with.

5. Free Transfer Service

If you decided to switch to HostGator, they also offer free transfer, which a lot of other hosting companies don’t do.

6. 1 click installation

With 1 click installation, you can install WordPress in less than 1 minute.

7.  Customer Service

HostGator has outstanding customer services; you can reach them via online chat, phone, and email.

8. cPanel

Like most hosting companies, HostGator also comes with easy to use cPanel

9. $100 Google Adword Credits

HostGator offers $100 Google adward credits if you sign up with them.

10. 45 Days Money Back Guarantee

HostGator gives 45 days money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the service

Following are Top 10 Cons of HostGator Web Hosting (some of them are just concerns)

1. Domain 

If you purchase domain through HostGator, you will notice they are quite expensive. It is better to purchase domain through Godaddy.

2. Too Crowded

With 9 million domain hosting with HostGator, it might affect performance of each site on shared hosting.

3. Complexity

cPanel has too many information, most of time, we do not really use them at all, it is kind of hard to navigate through them.

4. Relocation of Servers

In early 2014, HostGator has move all their server that managed by SoftLayer in Texas to a new database center in Utah, performance might not be the same as it used to be.

5. Too Popular

HostGator has become too popular, and it might lure a lot of Hackers trying to hack into the system and stealing information of customers.

6. Not what They Claimed to be

HostGator claims 99.9% uptime, some people around the web have been complaining their website is down constantly

7. CPU allowance

HostGator allows up to 25% CPU allowance, most of other hosting companies allow only up to 10%, so if your site on the server over that, your account might get suspected.

8. Limited Bonus

HostGator only offers Google adword credits, other hosting companies offer a lot more, like yahoo and facebook credits.

9. Not Cheap

If you signup with HostGator monthly, you will notice it is relatively more expensive than other hosting companies. Only if you sign up with HostGator with 4 year or more, you can see low price.

10. Waiting Time

It took pretty long for HostGator to email you back if you send in with request. Also during the peak hours, it can take up to 1 hour for customer supports to reach to your ticket or answer you.


In overall, if I can give number on the HostGator Hosting being 10 is the best and 0 is worst, I would give it 9 out of 10. It is a pretty decent hosting company out there. We all know that  no hosting company out there is perfect.

Feng :Founder of Siteber: a full-stack web developer with more than 8 years working experience in WordPress, SEO, and internet marketing.