UPDATE: I no longer recommend HostGator for web hosting due to slow sites and bad customer service.
I thought I would let people know about this amazing deal that HostGator is offering today only. You can get any HostGator hosting plans for 51% off which includes shared, VPS (Virtual Private Server), and dedicated server plans.
If you have considered buying hosting to start a website or already have a HostGator plan but think you need another for running clients websites or just want another account, then today is when you should purchase another HostGator plan. People who already have a hosting plan with HostGator are eligible but there are a few catches, like always.
Please note that current clients are eligible to take advantage of this offer on additional hosting accounts only. In order to receive the discount on an additional account, current clients must keep their original, existing account open and in good standing in order to continue receiving the discounted rate on their new account.
What's surprising about this deal is that HostGator is offering dedicated servers as part of the deal as well. Usually these 1-day hosting deals are only valid on shared and VPS hosting plans. Since dedicated servers plans are quite costly I am pretty surprised HostGator is offering the 51% off deal on dedicated servers too. I guess they figure most people will not want or need a dedicated server, which is accurate.
I have hosted with HostGator in the past and they are a great hosting company with excellent support. I am not hosting with HostGator currently, although this deal will probably tempt me back, I do recommend them for people getting started online. However, I do have 2 main complaints with HostGator;
- Ads in cPanel: If you buy a shared hosting plan HostGator runs ads in the cpanel, which is backend interface where you manage sites. This really annoys me as I already gave them money for services, I mean you don't need to advertise in the backend.
- Chat/Email Support can Be Slow: When I was hosting with them HostGator support was great. People on the phone were always helpful and able to answers my questions. I found email support took awhile to get back to me though and chat support was sometimes backlogged for 25+ minutes.
Something you might see people complain about on hosting forums is that HostGator is now owned by Endurance International Group (EIG). This bothers a lot of people within the hosting industry as a majority of EIG companies have sub-par hosting and support. Also most of the supposedly “Unlimited” hosting promised by EIG isn't really unlimited.
While you should realize “Unlimited” hosting doesn't ever mean truly unlimited, HostGator is the only EIG company where unlimited isn't something they just say. Someone I know who runs a WordPress Multisite group of sites that gets 250,000 plus hits a month on HostGator isn't anywhere near the limits of his plan. Few shared hosting plans, even EIG companies, will allow that sort of traffic.
Even though HostGator is not perfect my friend Aaron likes to say, “For $10 bucks a month, you can't beat them!” It is honestly hard to disagree with that. (It's $10 a month after the discounted rate if you choose to stick with them, which a lot of people do.)
This HostGator deal is valid today, May 29th 2013, until midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT) I believe. The coupon code for the hosting promo is OHSNAPPY. You should not have to paste the coupon code to receive the 51% discount though. The correct coupon code will automatically be inserted on all orders that are placed today when signing up for a new account. If you have an existing account it seems like you might want to contact HostGator billing to take advantage of the deal.