Web Host Review: Hostgator and Go Daddy - Hostgator Sitebuilder Options
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I played with the site builder. The interface is really good, with a lot of power. It will allow web sites to be built quickly. With little or no experience in web site design, you can have whatever kind of site you need up and running in a very short time, even as little as a few minutes. I built a trial site with their site builder software in a few minutes (I already had some text and pictures ready).
Add to this Hostgator's free billing manager which comes with all of their reseller packages and you can see how you can build up a stable of pretty satisfied customers as a reseller, with plenty of praise lavished on the 24/7 email and ticket support. The relative speed with which they respond to complaints makes them a pretty good web host.
My experience with Hostgator is this: I have never had down time except for a period in which I had close to a thousand pieces of software I was offering on my site. I exceeded my bandwidth limit. The problem was resolved within a few hours after I bought extra bandwidth and moved my downloadables to another server. Customer service has always been polite and I will definitely be using Hostgator for several more years (barring unforeseen circumstances).
I will now look into some of Go Daddy's reviews and then their business model, which we can use to determine why they are such a dominant force in the web hosting industry. Bob Parsons founded Go Daddy, and since then Go Daddy has become the largest ICANN-accredited registrar and the first registrar to surpass Network Solutions in total domain names registered. With 27 million domain names under it, it is the fastest growing (in pure numbers) web hosting company in the world. We will see if this large web host is appropriate for web site owners and resellers and look at some of the possible problems which could be faced if a web site hosts with Go Daddy.
Full disclosure: I have been personally affected by some of Go Daddy's actions and I will include this information at the end of my review. The decisions were probably for the good of the entire Web (and I am sure a lot of people will approve when they hear what happened). Most of the information on this article is obtained from user forums such as www.webhostingtalk.com and my personal experiences.
This part of the article is by no means an in-depth review of Go Daddy, but it will quickly address one of the major issues anybody hosting with Go Daddy will face, which is a conflict of interest which arises due to the fact that Go Daddy is a name registrar and a web host.
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