I’ve been using hostgator hosting for my sites from the beginning of my internet life really. I’m still with them to this day simply because it works, it does what they say it will do, for the price they quote (which is ridiculously cheap) and the customer service is outstanding.
At this point I must tell you that I am not a web developer, and if you are reading this you’re probably not either. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t build a very professional looking website on your own without knowing a line of code!
Hostgator are one of only a few hosing companies that offer 24/7 live chat, and let me tell you, those people on live chat have bent over backwards to help me in ways they are not obliged to in anyway. One of them even helped me set up and install wordpress MU when that was around! (turns out I never needed it anyway.. my bad).
If you are looking for a great place to host your blog or website you really need to pick a service you are going to be happy with for a long long time, because changing hosting companies is not going to be the easiest of processes for anyone short of a full blown developer, and if you are reading my post on why I use Hostgator, I’m guessing that’s not you.
So what do I host on Hostgator?
This blog you are reading now is hosted there and so is every other site I’ve built for myself, friends and clients, so is all the content on all of them other than video.
Side note: Don’t host your video on your own server whatever service you go with, that’s a story for another blog post but my no.1 recommendation for premium video hosting is Wistia, however, most of your needs will be met just fine with YouTube or Vimeo.
Ready to install WordPress?
I’m guessing you are reading this because you want to create a WordPress website/blog and your first point of call is to buy a domain name and find somewhere to host your site. If you sign up for a Hostgator account, you can do all of that in a few minutes, buy a domain, install WordPress and start creating your blog. There’s is a bit of an annoyance buying domains from Hostgator, they don’t sell .co.uk names. I don’t know why but quite honestly it’s not an issue once you know how to update your DNS (Domain Name Server), which is just a case of copying over a few numbers from Hostgator. I actually buy my domains from fasthost now and update the DNS to point them to where the site is being hosted. It sounds much more complicated than it is!
So if you are just getting started and want a quick, easy, reliable and cost effective way to get online. I recommend Hostgator.
(Disclaimer: I am an affiliate for Hostgator, so if you click any of my links from this page and sign up I get a few quid, but I wouldn’t recommend it to you if I didn’t use it myself).