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Best Reseller Hosting '06 & '05

Host Gator is the winner of the Hosting-Review Best Reseller Hosting Award in 2006 and in 2005.

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Host Gator web hosting has come a long way since its start in CEO Brent Oxley's dorm room in 2002. Over the past seven years, Host Gator hosting has grown to be a leader in the market of shared and reseller hosting. In fact, HostGator was named the 21st fastest growing private company in America in 2008. As Host Gator thrives, adding more employees and services, it continues to maintain a high level of customer service and support.

Currently based out of Houston, Texas, HostGator hosts more than 2,500,000 domains. To meet the needs of all those customers, Host Gator web hosting has more than 200 capable employees, available around the clock. Every HostGator hosting plan is fully backed up by a 45-day money back guarantee.

One of HostGator hosting's many unique qualities is that they provide access to the industry leading SiteStudio website designer, an extremely easy program to navigate - sure to help even the beginner with their website development. Priding themselves on customer care and approval, Host Gator has received many positive customer reviews.

Last but not least, HostGator has committed itself to providing greener solutions for their shared and reseller servers. With their certified Renewable Energy Credits in wind power, HostGator is not just neutralizing their environmental impact, they're reversing it. The next generation of ecological web hosting is here. Host Gator provides clean solutions to meet your online needs.

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Price Value

Although Host Gator web hosting specializes in reseller hosting, they also offer reasonably priced shared and dedicated server hosting plans.

Host Gator's shared web hosting plans start at $3.96 a month (the recently upgraded "Hatchling" plan) and include unlimited disk space and bandwidth. Their reseller plans are offered for prices ranging from $24.95 to $99.95 per month, and their dedicated server plans range from $174.00 to $374.00 per month. Put it all together and you have one company that wants to remain competitive in the web-hosting market.

Also included in these packages are features such as free set-up, unlimited MySQL databases, SpamAssasin software that will help reduce the amount of junk email received, 99.9% uptime, and a 45-day money-back guarantee

In addition, customers can feel good about saving money while saving the environment. Host Gator is now 130% wind powered through their Renewable Energy Credits. Responsible energy sources coupled with varied web hosting options translate to a brighter future for everyone.


HostGator has chosen The Planet, located in Dallas, Texas, to house their data center. The Planet boasts over 35,000 square feet of raised floor space, and features state-of-the-art security, safety, and cooling systems. This facility is accompanied with Multiple TXU electrical grids, 4800 volts of input power, DataTrax monitoring software for the whole data center infrastructure, and a fully meshed and redundant Certified Cisco Network featuring 10 backbone providers.

In addition, Host Gator has invested in wind power energy solutions that are close to home. When you consider all of these features, HostGator's customers have peace of mind regarding the security, reliability, and energy-efficiency of their servers.

Control Panel

Host Gator employs the industry standard control panel, cPanel. This control panel is one of the best in the industry, and has over 39 scripts that can be installed. It is easy to learn and use, as it provides more than one million end users the ability to install dozens of leading open source programs, accompanied with flash movies for instant tutorials.

Cpanel is the #1 control panel in the world, and for good reason. It streamlines your web management, allowing you to monitor the amount of bandwidth used, space used, create e-mail addresses, sub domains, MySql databases, and more.

Your package will also include Fantastico, the leading auto-installer for cPanel servers. Fantastico is equipped with more than 10,000 installations, and content management systems that a user can integrate into their web space swiftly.

Customer Support

Host Gator is becoming one of the leading companies offering quick responses and a personal touch to their support system. They present 24/7/365 phone support, online chat, fax, peer support forums, and a wide variety of cPanel flash video tutorials. Their knowledgebase is also quite extensive and useful.

Host Gator web hosting has received a 90% and better positive response from their clients. A big part of their success is being easy to reach. Most customers agree that Host Gator is very responsive and helpful, fixing problems easily.