Pricing and Key Features
One of the biggest challenges in getting the absolute best deal on a shared hosting package is simply getting to the right company on the right day.
Just two days ago, as I was gathering my notes and preparing an outline of this review, the cost of the HostGator Baby plan was $6.95 per month (I even had the screenshot graphic with that price ready to go live). Today, as I sit down to actually talk about the service, I find that has increased by just over one US Dollar.
What I’m getting at here, is that companies like HostGator do have a habit of shifting their prices up and down, so it often pays to keep an eye on things and shop around in order to get the most for your money.
US only currency
As you’ll have no doubt noticed by now, every time I’ve mentioned an actual price so far, I’ve done so in US Dollars. Whilst this does look out of place on a website predominantly about UK web hosting, I have to say that this is because HostGator, unlike most of their competitors, don’t actually offer an option to switch to a different currency, meaning non-US customers like you and me have an extra step to take in order to work out the true cost of our hosting.
Whilst this is frustrating to say the least, it’s not the most disappointing thing about HostGator’s pricing.
At time of writing, the current $7.96 first term price tag was equal to £5.64. Add in the additional cost of a domain name (more of which in a moment), and it’s fair to say that HostGator’s Baby plan is one of the more expensive unlimited shared hosting options out there.
So why include it in the first place? Well, because even though cheaper options are available, the wealth of features and superior performance and reliability still make the company one of the best in the industry, and for both larger sites and online stores, the added cost may well be worth the investment.
Along with unlimited storage and bandwidth, other key features of HostGator Baby Plan include:
- Instant backups
- Unlimited MySQL databases
- Unlimited FTP accounts
- Shared SSL
- Unlimited email.
I chose to review the Baby Plan primarily to make a fair comparison with the unlimited hosting plans offered by other companies, all of which provide support for multiple websites and unlimited domains.
That said, if you’re only planning to launch a single website, you might be better off saving a bit of money and opting for the lower-cost Hatchling Plan, which also provides unlimited storage and bandwidth though only supports a single domain name. This costs $5.56, or about £3.94 as of the date of this review.