When we create a website for a client, determining where the site will be hosted is essential. We highly recommend HostGator. HostGator has consistently provided good service, quick loading times, and optimal uptime throughout our years of doing business with them. While there are many reasons we have chosen HostGator, above all others, the most important reason is that HostGator (unlike other popular hosting providers we won’t name here) hosts the database and files of a website on the same server. For those of us without programming knowledge, this means that there is no communication back and forth between two servers to load a site, and any issues that might arise are resolved much faster. In addition, HostGator offers competitive, affordable rates that start as low as $68 per year.
Take, for example, our long-time client Nisa Burns, author of Kitchenability 101. When we first designed her website many years ago, she opted for third-party hosting through a company that charged approximately $20 monthly for their services (we think that’s a bit too much to pay). In addition to being expensive, Nisa encountered many problems (namely, the load time for her website was excruciatingly slow). She eventually opted to switch to HostGator. The run time of her website has noticeably improved and she has been pleased with her decision to make the switch.
Another one of our clients made the switch to HostGator yesterday. Meet Linda Crill: author, speaker, reinventor, and author of her memoir Blind Curves. She called us yesterday afternoon with an urgent issue: her site was completely down and inaccessible. This was not the first time this had happened to Linda. After spending an hour on the phone with customer service (another provider who shall remain nameless), it was determined that there was nothing we could do but wait. Linda had just had her first spot on National TV in promotion of her new book, and so we knew that she could not afford more hick-ups like this one. Linda agreed that we needed to migrate her site over to HostGator; her site was up and running within a few hours! And even better, the load time of her site was noticeably faster. What could have turned into a devastating blow to Linda’s business ended up being a learning experience that will keep her from losing even more book sales in the future.