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I still use RFE Hosting on this blog, but soon I think I’m going to switch to HostGator. I already use HostGator on my online shop. It’s a great hosting company.
- great prices
- fast and helpful customer service
- easy to navigate
And those are just the features you’d expect from any hosting company. They offer 3 types of hosting: WordPress, VPS, and Dedicated hosting. Obviously I use WordPress. Check out Ashley’s post to find out the differences between these types of hosting.
Within the WordPress hosting category, there are 3 different plans:
Hatchling is the cheapest and simplest. It’s what I use. It starts as low as $4.17 a month if you pay for 3 years (at least now, when they’re having a 40% off sale). It gets more expensive as you pay for a shorter amount of time. For example if you only pay month-by-month it’s $6.57 but if you pay for 3 years at a time it’s $4.17 a month. You can have one domain on it. Another great thing about Hostgator is that their domains are cheap. I used to have this domain on Yahoo! Small Business and it was like $35 a year. but with HostGator it is only about $12 per domain per year. I have both my domains on Hostgator.
Next is the Baby plan. The prices range from $5.97 to $7.17 per month. You can have unlimited domains.
Next is the Business plan. It ranges from $8.97 to $10.17 per month. You can have unlimited domains and instead of a shared SSL certificate, you get a private SSL & IP. This is great because it makes your blog faster among other things. You also get a toll free number. Wahoo!
Of course all the plans have 1-click installation so it’s super easy to install WordPress. What’s also great is that if you’re switching hosts, they’ll do a free transfer for you so you don’t have to do any work.
HostGator provides free transfers for new accounts within 30 days of sign-up, and to newly upgraded accounts.
There are a lot of great things about HostGator. I urge you to check it out on your own if you’re considering starting a self-hosted blog or switching hosts. One of the great things is that they have frequent sales. Today (until midnight) there will be 50% off all new hosting packages with coupon code JAN123. The next day, the 24th of January, there will be 60% off all new hosting packages with the coupon code JAN124. They’re having the same deal on the 27th as a flash sale from 12pm to 4pm CST with coupon code JAN127. So it would be wise to act now! Or at least wait until the 24th or the 27th. (; I also have my own coupon code, awesomebookassessment, which will give you 25% off hosting packages. None of the above coupons apply to domain names; only hosting packages.
Go check out HostGator today!