HostGator $12.95/month Business hosting plan

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Forgive me if I'm making a newbie mistake here, but HostGator claims you get:

UNLIMITED Domains
UNLIMITED Disk Space
UNLIMITED Bandwidth

Does this mean I can host as many websites as I want on this package and not have to worry about running out of data?
#$1295 or month #business #hostgator #hosting #plan
  • Profile picture of the author JohnCalvinII
    Pretty much but do you need a dedicated IP, Toll Free phone number and anonymous ftp? That's the difference between the 12.95 Business plan and the 7.95 Baby plan.

    Also, don't forget that those prices are for prepaying 3 years in advance.
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    • Profile picture of the author MayfairNoble
      Originally Posted by JohnCalvinII View Post

      Pretty much but do you need a dedicated IP, Toll Free phone number and anonymous ftp? That's the difference between the 12.95 Business plan and the 7.95 Baby plan.

      Also, don't forget that those prices are for prepaying 3 years in advance.
      Thanks, for the information

      When paying 3 years worth of hosting, do you have to pay it all in one go, or is it charged monthly?
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      • Profile picture of the author BudgetSEO
        Originally Posted by MayfairNoble View Post

        Thanks, for the information

        When paying 3 years worth of hosting, do you have to pay it all in one go, or is it charged monthly?
        1 time payment
        You can host the whole world lol, but they may suspend you if you overuse the resources
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        • Profile picture of the author bestrendz
          if i was going to offer website design and hosting in my city. a community that is. would i go for hostgator or crazy domains? i am located in australia and i had a few concerns...

          1. Do I get a local host like crazy domains or do i go for hostgator

          2. If i go for hostgator.. does it host .com.au sites?

          3. do i really need to go for reseller plan if i will be managing the sites anyway.
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          • Profile picture of the author bestrendz
            Originally Posted by bestrendz View Post

            if i was going to offer website design and hosting in my city. a community that is. would i go for hostgator or crazy domains? i am located in australia and i had a few concerns...

            1. Do I get a local host like crazy domains or do i go for hostgator

            2. If i go for hostgator.. does it host .com.au sites?

            3. do i really need to go for reseller plan if i will be managing the sites anyway.
            oops, sorry, this is not my thread.. should learn more forum etiquette
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  • Profile picture of the author JHC81
    You will have to make one time payment for all 3 years.
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  • Profile picture of the author money2k
    you can pay $14.95 per month if you wanted to go month to month. That is what I did as I did not want to pay for 3 years up front.

    Hostgator is great and the customer service is top notch.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
      I have been with Host Gator since the very beginning. I have went from baby, to the business shared, all the way up to a dedicated server.

      Throughout the entire transition and upgrades the support was amazing. So, going with a company like Host Gator from the very beginning is a good decision in my opinion.

      Then, as your business grows you can upgrade your hosting account as needed.

      So, that's why I did not pay a full year in advance or three years in advance.

      I paid monthly, so when I needed to upgrade I could.

      Talk soon,

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    • Profile picture of the author Brian Alaway
      Not likely if you're just beginning that you'll have a problem but both Baby and Business are shared accounts so just be aware that unlimited means less than 25% of "total" system resources sustained for 90 seconds.
      Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, and Dedicated Website Hosting w/ cPanel - HostGator

      Reseller has some advantages as mentioned above but it's still a shared account too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary King
    Originally Posted by MayfairNoble View Post

    Does this mean I can host as many websites as I want on this package and not have to worry about running out of data?

    There's some rules to be aware of, some written, others not.

    Written:
    You can host YOUR sites. You CAN'T host sites for customers (other people's sites) with this package - ONLY with the reseller package.

    Not so much written:
    If your sites are really bogging down the servers or bandwidth, they will ask you to upgrade or move. Every "UNLIMITED" host has this rule, it's in the fine print - usually says something about being a good neighbor.

    Have a great day!
    Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author DennisM
    Listen...go with the reseller hosting. It's a real pain otherwise. With reseller each domain gets it's own cPanel login. Much easier to configure sites this way.

    Also, with separate logins you can outsource and only share login details for that specific domain.

    Dennis
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  • Profile picture of the author AverageGuy
    basically, yes, you can host whatever you want, enough space and traffic. however, from SEO point of view, you should always spread your hosting (assume you have multiple sites), and not just use one hosting.

    more secure to you too. otherwise, if hostgator down, all your sites down.

    anyway, it is a good deal.


    david
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary King
      Originally Posted by AverageGuy View Post

      basically, yes, you can host whatever you want, enough space and traffic. however, from SEO point of view, you should always spread your hosting (assume you have multiple sites), and not just use one hosting.

      more secure to you too. otherwise, if hostgator down, all your sites down.

      anyway, it is a good deal.


      david
      Sorry David, not true.

      You can't host whatever you want.

      Only your own domains - you can't host domains that you don't own - i.e., you can't host client web sites without the resller account.

      You absolutely ARE correct though - if for some reason hostgator was down or the server your sites are on was down, all the sites are out of commission.

      Have a great day!

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  • Profile picture of the author MayfairNoble
    Thanks for all the help everyone

    You've saved me a world of potential headaches!
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  • Profile picture of the author Owen Smith
    The accounts have an inode limit, which I reached very quickly, you also have an apache limit. THis limit is easy to reach with just one wordpress blog in no time!
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by MayfairNoble View Post

    Does this mean I can host as many websites as I want on this package and not have to worry about running out of data?
    Data isn't the bottleneck anymore, it's memory and CPU. Disk space and bandwidth are cheap. Long before you run out of those, you're going to start hitting resource limits on the server and getting restricted.

    Which is when HG will simply shrug and say "sorry, you need a much more expensive plan." But since you're using the server to run your business, you'll be making decent enough money to cover it by then anyway.
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    • Profile picture of the author MayfairNoble
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      Data isn't the bottleneck anymore, it's memory and CPU. Disk space and bandwidth are cheap. Long before you run out of those, you're going to start hitting resource limits on the server and getting restricted.

      Which is when HG will simply shrug and say "sorry, you need a much more expensive plan." But since you're using the server to run your business, you'll be making decent enough money to cover it by then anyway.
      I know this is probably quite a difficult to answer question, but how many sites can I expect to host on the business or basic reseller plan?
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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by MayfairNoble View Post

        I know this is probably quite a difficult to answer question, but how many sites can I expect to host on the business or basic reseller plan?
        It depends on what you call a "site." You can host a few hundred raw HTML sites with low traffic. You'll be lucky to host a dozen FB-connected Wordpress autoblogs with daily videos and heavy traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author stealthpromo
    I'd go with 1and1 because of the slightly cheaper cost. Hostgater is key though if you need Cpanel, but currently I have 58 domains on ONE 1and1 account and its only costing me $6 a month.
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  • Profile picture of the author stealthpromo
    Mayfair, you can host as many as you want until they feel like your sites are taking up too many server resources. What kinds of sites are you planning on hosting?
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    • Profile picture of the author MayfairNoble
      Originally Posted by stealthpromo View Post

      Mayfair, you can host as many as you want until they feel like your sites are taking up too many server resources. What kinds of sites are you planning on hosting?
      Local area authority sites. Probably not more than 10 domains, with large but not massive websites. I'm guessing that probably won't be enough to cripple a basic hosting package?
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    • Profile picture of the author MitchF
      I've had dozens of high traffic sites running on Reseller plans for years. The biggest one is running by itself on a reseller account. It has a dedicated IP and I use another domain in the same reseller account as a CDN (it's on a different IP).

      Suggest you do not host multiple sites on one of HostGator's shared plans. Use a Reseller account for multiple sites.

      Multiple sites on Gator's shared hosting are much harder to raise in the search rankings. Not impossible, just harder. Not sure why this is so, but I've had that experience. And who needs anything about this business to be harder?
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      • Profile picture of the author MayfairNoble
        Originally Posted by MitchF View Post

        Multiple sites on Gator's shared hosting are much harder to raise in the search rankings. Not impossible, just harder. Not sure why this is so, but I've had that experience. And who needs anything about this business to be harder?
        Thanks for the tipoff, the reseller package looks to be the best option
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        • Profile picture of the author WillR
          Originally Posted by MayfairNoble View Post

          Thanks for the tipoff, the reseller package looks to be the best option
          Just sign up and start creating the sites. No one here can say exactly how many sites you are going to be able to host. It depends on the size of your sites, how much data is on each site, the traffic each site is getting, and so on.

          If you can't afford a dedicated server then just get the cheaper shared hosting and if/when you run out of resources you can just purchase another plan or upgrade.
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  • Profile picture of the author stealthpromo
    Mayfair, those will hardly pull any resources at all. Both 1and1 and hostgator would work perfectly.
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    • Profile picture of the author MayfairNoble
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      It depends on what you call a "site." You can host a few hundred raw HTML sites with low traffic. You'll be lucky to host a dozen FB-connected Wordpress autoblogs with daily videos and heavy traffic.
      Originally Posted by stealthpromo View Post

      Mayfair, those will hardly pull any resources at all. Both 1and1 and hostgator would work perfectly.
      Thankyou

      One final question, if I were to be building sites for small local businesses (simple 3-4 page affairs), how many of that sort of site can the lowest end reseller package host?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ntech25
    I have been using the 9.99$ plan from hostgator for a few of my sites and they do have unlimited addon domains I think but I do recommend buying a dedicated ip per domain. Also something else you can look at is the reseller option they offer for for 24 dollars a month you can host a lot of your stores or even sell hosting to others and make some money back but with those I also recommend a dedicated ip. I think they charge like $2 per month per ip so isn't really that bad. I been using hostnine reseller plan for my sites but I don't recommend their services and once my plan expires I will be switching to hostgator.
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  • Profile picture of the author Affmz
    Hostgator has definitely the best shared hosting plans, a little bit more expensive than others, but trust me its worthy, coz the server is so stable and their technical support just stands out from the crowd.

    For vps plans and dedicated servers, go with the industry big ones, HS is not the choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author niffybranco
    I have a VPS with hostgator and i have to say the customer service is the best I have experienced.
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