I can’t believe it but its a year today since I opened up my first Hostgator account for this very Blog. So I thought I would write in my Blog how it has gone with Hostgator and whether or not it has lost it’s appeal. When everyone was telling me how wonderful Hostgator was a few years ago I never believed any of them and thought that I should expect a bad service just like I was having at the time with Fasthosts.
But as my new Blog was still in the planning stage I decided it was worth taking a risk and opened up a Hostgator account. My first impression was that it was going to be a real nightmare because I had to wait a couple of days for them to confirm me and I found this really frustrating.
But a couple of days later I was in and spent what felt like a lifetime learning everything. I’m one of these people that is not technical in the slightest and it has taken me years to learn all the different practices of webdesign. Fasthosts though made me dread any kind of web development with my business because they made it seem so complicated. Then on top of this the cust0mer service was really slow so I didn’t want to make the effort. I just stuck with the awful free web builder that they provided free of charge.
However after joining Hostgator I felt the need to make an effort with my account and I had all sorts of stupid questions to ask and I felt really secure in the knowledge that their 24/7 chat was available whenever I needed it.
I’m so bad I must have contacted them 50 times over the past twelve months and they have solved every problem that I have had with my Blog or other websites that I host through Hostgator. The control panel on Hostgator is great for getting used to if you are a newbie like I was. Then when you are experienced it is like taking a walk in the park on a lovely summers day.
I have also noticed that throughout my first twelve months it has not crashed or gone off line once. After all this is the most important part and what we really sign up for isn’t it?
If I hadn’t found Hostgator my preference would be for a hosting service that offers fantastic un-interrupted presence and thats what I have achieved. They have also allowed me to create a great income stream by affiliating their service. At $50 a sign up its a great commission and because I have already tried and tested their service I am very happy to pass on the details to others.
When I signed up I joined the baby package offering me hosting for 1,000 domains for less than ten dollars and if memory serves me correctly I paid this with Fasthosts for just two domains so I really am getting value for money. They say from a consumer point of view that you can’t have cheap and top customer service but my Hostgator account has broken that rule well and truly.
When I now look at the tutorial style ebooks whether they are about using wordpress or building squeezepages they all have screenshots via Hostgator so it makes your life a lot easier when following them.
My only regret about Hostgator is that I didn’t join them earlier and ignored all the good hostgator reviews for too long. So with your hosting company if you have one make sure that you are satisified with what you are getting out of them as it is your money and time.
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