Hostgator Reseller hosting for beginner


 Hostgator Reseller hosting for beginner

There are many reasons why having a reseller hosting account from hostgator is an excellent idea. These include saving money and time, or just wanting to be your own boss. But what is the difference between using a hostgator reseller hosting account versus their regular shared hosting? This blog post will cover the basics of reseller hosting so that you can make an educated decision on which type of account to use.

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"The retail industry is known for its experimentation and creative thinking, which is exactly what we strive to be." -David Ulevitch, CEO of HostGator

HostGator is a privately owned company that was founded in 2003 by a group of entrepreneurs as an IT service provider (ISP). David Ulevitch became the CEO in 2008 and has been leading HostGator for the past seven years now since he started his first day on the job.

HostGator was started with the idea of providing the hosting industry with a better service standards and superior customer service. The name "HostGator" comes from a combination of the words "hosting" and "gator". David Ulevitch's goal is to be known as the best managed hosting company in the industry. He believes that HostGator will provide an excellent level of management, technical expertise, and customer service to its customers.

HostGator is currently headquartered in Orem, Utah, with offices located throughout North America and Germany. The company offers WHMCS for hosting software sales, web design and development services on a subscription basis.

In 2008, one of the company's clients suggested to David that he should consider selling reseller hosting accounts as well. He agreed with his client and chose to focus on reseller hosting rather than simple web hosting services. David saw this move as an opportunity for HostGator to provide a better service standard to its customers and earn even more money at the same time. The first step in creating a more comprehensive package of services was to create a dedicated server plan, which allowed customers to have full access and control over their dedicated servers.

By April 2010, HostGator had already reached its first millionth account milestone, which put it on the map as one of the leading providers in the industry. Now they have over 2.7 million accounts, making HostGator ranked as the fourth largest web hosting provider in the world.

In 2007, HostGator started to move towards the cloud computing industry by offering a cloud infrastructure hosting service known as "Cloud Server". This service gives customers an option to purchase dedicated servers as well along with a virtual private server (VPS) plan. In November 2008, WebHostingTalk's member "hostgatorreviews" said that "HostGator's VPS and reseller hosting are two of my favorite hosting offers." The company also started its dedicated server resellers division at this time.

In 2009, HostGator started to provide its customers with a dedicated server reseller hosting service known as "HostGator Reseller Hosting". The company noticed that this new option of hosting was in high demand from the customers and started to offer a hosted website solution at a very low price. Since then, the web hosting company has grown exponentially and now offers roughly fifty different plans for their reseller hosting services. There are many different reseller plans available from HostGator, which include shared hosting, dedicated server reselling and dedicated server reselling with unlimited domains.

In 2010, they acquired HostVault, which provided online backup software. This move was made to help HostGator to keep their customers' data secure and up-to-date.

In 2011, HostGator announced one of its biggest moves in its history. They invested in a company which created an online platform for theme designers known as  ThemeForest. The company acquired them for $25 million and merged them with their own theme design shop known as ThemeShack. Now customers can purchase themes at HostGator alongside hosting plans and services. 

HostGator's Cloud Server service utilizes Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver virtual private servers from a pool of more than 5,000 dedicated servers worldwide. Users can choose the operating system they prefer, including Windows, Linux, and OS X. The company is also partnered with Rackspace Cloud Servers to make it easy for users to connect their existing hardware to the service.

HostGator offers shared hosting, reseller hosting and dedicated server reselling services. Each of these packages is available in several levels of plan based on your business requirements. HostGator allows its customers to create unlimited subdomains for each account.

HostGator has also launched its own hosting security modules by White Label Security (WLS). These modules are known as "Cloud Host Security", "White Label Firewall" and "White Label Anti-Virus". The security modules are easy to set up and approved for use by PCI-DSS.

HostGator offers customers with a wide range of services that include: 
HostGator offers a unlimited number of subdomains for their accounts, which can be used to create websites or email addresses. HostGator also has an e-commerce module called "Shopify". This module is fully integrated with the WHMCS system allowing customers to easily set up and manage their online stores.

The company offers two types of credit cards that can be used on their hosting plans, which are Visa and MasterCard.

HostGator has featured in numerous news outlets, such as Online Business Times Magazine, Huffington Post, Technalysis News and on Hosting Industry Web Sites.

HostGator has received a number of awards from industry bodies and also from web hosting website forum users. Some of the awards include: 

In addition to these awards, HostGator is listed as a Top Provider for 2012 at Online Reviews & Ratings. They were ranked #1 in 2011 and #6 in 2010 by web hosting review site There are over 13 thousand reviews rated on their website alone from 2010-2014 . The company's customer satisfaction is above 95%.

HostGator has a bad reputation from its users due to their unethical practices of advertising, random auto-renew activations and changing terms of service.

In 2014, the company was subject to criticism over allegedly using affiliates' images without permission on their website. The company's response was: "isn't it normal to have pictures on your website?".

In November 2014, the company suffered a major security breach in which customer account information, including passwords and phone numbers were made available online. HostGator claimed that the data was taken from a third-party marketing site with some HostGator customers listed as members. All account holders were subsequently forced to log in and change their passwords.

Conclusion of HostGator breach leak
Following the breach, Richard Stolze, CEO of HostGator, was under fire from webhosting industry experts and users for his lack of communication with customers about the breach.

In 2015, the company's CEO Richard Stolze left the company. The reason was a dispute with his estranged wife over his alleged failure to pay child support.

In August 2016, HostGator suffered a massive DDoS attack on its web site which took 10 hours to be resolved and left it down for 12 hours.

The company is "often cited as an example by which all other Web hosting service providers should operate", according to Mike Dugan (Hostgator review).

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