If you are looking for a web hosting service that is not only reliable and flexible with its features and packages, but also very popular among other webmasters, then Hostgator is the answer for you. Established in the year 2002, Hostgator quickly developed into one of the most widely used hosting services in the world. Operating from Houston, Texas, with over 750 employees, Hostgator.com has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the USA by a number renowned publications including Inc. Magazine. They currently host more than 5 million domains from over 220 countries around the world.
Hosting Plans – Hatching, Baby and Business
Hostgator offers 3 different hosting plans depending upon the size and server needs of its customers. They are, interestingly, named as the Hatching Plan, the Baby Plan and the Business Plan. We will be having a closer look at the Baby plan in this review, since it is the most feasible one for small and medium sized businesses.
Hosting Features – Everything You Need
Your Hostgator account comes with all the standard hosting features and tools. You will have the standard Linux based cpanel to manage your account along with SSH, PHP 5/Perl, Ruby on Rails and other scripting capabilities. You will get unlimited disk space, unlimited domain registrations and unlimited add-on domains as well. Although the disk space is not unlimited in terms of numbers, in reality it is limited to 250,000 file space, but in effect there are not many websites that’ll ever exceed the allotted space limit. The main account interface is also quite user friendly. All the main features of your account, including administrative and management options, are visible on one page from where you can use them at a single click.
The most appealing feature however, is the free domain and file transfer services that you will get in case you are coming from another hosting service. Hostgator will take care of all your domain transfers, files, scripts, databases and email accounts, and will hand you over a “ready to go” to hosting account. This is particularly useful for websites with a large number of files and databases that are looking for a transfer.
Software & Scripts – Single Click Installations
Hostgator provides a large number of free scripts and applications that are most likely to fulfill all your website’s software needs. You will have both Fantastico and Quickinstall to install scripts and software at a single click. You will have a variety of applications ranging from WordPress and Joomla to themes and Wiki plugins.
There is also a wide variety of ecommerce features at your disposal to quickly start selling from your website. You can get a dedicated IP for your ecommerce website at just $2/month! Also, you will be able to use the Live Chat feature on your website for free. This will give you a very good sales opportunity and you will be able to establish contact with your visitors as soon as they come on your website.
To establish an ecommerce website, you may also have a look at the Business hosting plan which will give a toll free number for your business. This would obviously do a lot of good to the professional outlook of your business website.
Email – Stay Connected
Your Hostgator account gives you all the standard email capabilities. You can create unlimited email addresses that come with iPhone/Blackberry and Android/Nokia compatibility. Emails can also be accessed through Webmail. Other standard features such as auto responders, email forwarders and spam protection etc. are also there.
Server Uptime – Services You Can Trust In
Being one of the leading web hosting providers in the world, Hostgator is a reliable choice when it comes to website and server uptime. It guarantees an average monthly uptime of 99.99% which can be verified using third party services such as Pingdom. They also ensure that the downtimes are broken down into smallest possible chunks of time so that their impact can be minimized. Even then, you can always approach the services department of Hostgator, for quick action, in case your website goes down at a critical time of the day.
Customer Support – Always There for You
Hostgator has a vigilant and proactive customer services staff that is a major word mouth generator for the company. According to customer satisfaction surveys conducted by Hostgator in 2008, almost 90% of their customer from over 200 countries showed satisfaction with the standard of their support and services. Hostgator support staff can be approached in a number of ways. Their telephone support is available 24/7 with no off times throughout the year. However, most of the general customer issues and queries are covered in a comprehensive knowledge base that has more than 680 articles. You can also explore the Video library that has 500+ videos explaining different hosting features and resolving customer queries.
Another indicator of Hostgator services is the 45 day money back guarantee they offer to all their customers, no questions asked. You can ask for a refund within 45 days without mentioning any reason for your withdrawal.
The Baby hosting plan, which has been covered in this review, will cost you $6.36/month in a 3 year contract. The rates are adjusted slightly when the contract duration changes. Although this is on the higher side when compared with other services, but the credibility and flexibility of Hostgator services makes it worth it, since the last thing you need as a website owner is uncertainty.
HostGator Review Summary
As you can see, HostGator truly has a lot to offer to their customers. Because of this it’s no wonder that the are one of the largest hosting solution providers in the game today. To go along with low prices, quality hosting and amazing support, that’s why I choose HostGator to host my major web sites and blog.
If you’d like to get setup with an account on HostGator and would like me to install your blog for you and set you up with your own premium wordpress theme, you can do so by clicking here.
What Is Your Blog Post Publishing Frequency and Why?
From time to time, assess how frequently you publish blog posts. Ask yourself why? Sit. Wait for an honest answer.
I publish 4-5 blog posts daily. Sometimes I publish 6 posts. Why? I share oodles of helpful videos, podcasts and articles but on a deeper level, I intend to get my 124 eBooks in a billion hands or more. Yes; I wrote and self-published 124 bite-sized eBooks. Publishing 6 posts daily allows me to promote 6 different eBooks daily on my blog. I also publish 3 or more guest posts daily to share value and promote my eBooks in more spots. Note; that is 3 or more eBook promotions, in addition to all of my eBooks I promote on social media.
Promoting 124 eBooks daily is no joke. I needed to raise my vibe, practice writing and video and podcasting and get clear on upping my post frequency to drive traffic and business through an approach. I see my blog more as a high volume, blogging news portal, like CNN or Fox News, and less a blog for publishing weekly and leaving it at that. Hey; that is just me, though.
You may be different because all bloggers hold different intents and vibe at different frequencies. Imagine blogging once monthly. Today, you set an intent to publish 5 posts daily between videos, articles and podcasts. Seems foolish, right? Few humans make this quantum leap without putting in years of writing practice and also giving substantial attention and energy to energy management, or, mindset work. Never raise your blog post frequency from energies of fear and delusion; burnout and failure await.
But do bump up frequency if it feels fun, relaxing, prospering and generous to publish more frequently.
On the flip side, pull back on blog post frequency if your current schedule feels heavy, tiring, exhausting and overwhelming.
Only you know how frequently you post and why you post at that clip. You know the honest answer. Be straight with yourself.
Optimal Blog Post Frequency
Follow your fun and relaxation.
What feels really good and fun and relaxing, but maybe a bit uncomfortable, to you? Run with it. Daily? Awesome. Weekly? Cool. Twice daily? Great. One post, one day, and 3 posts, the following day? Why not? If readers enjoy your content they read your content, keeping up with what they can keep up with. Trust your gut.
I advise publishing at least weekly in most cases unless you publish a long form post monthly ranking well on Google, genuinely knocking folk’s socks off. Why? People forget you as you vanish from the stream for a month at a time. Blogs are news portals for your niche. News should not be published monthly. Weekly at a minimum works fine for news updates.
Making Money and Frequency
In my eBook:
I break down how you find buyers for your business online.
Pondering post frequency, money flows to frequent posters and less frequent posters. Everything money-wise depends on your clarity with receiving money and following your frequency strategy because your energy dictates your income. Feel good, and at peace, and relaxed, about your blog post frequency. Success will find you based on your money energy and life energy, independent of your blog post frequency.
Do the inner work and the outer results expand freely and easily over time.
Blogging Income Tip: How Do You Feel about Money?
As I promote my eBook:
I ponder one massive source of anxiety for most bloggers: money. Most of you grew up with money limiting beliefs. Money does not grow on trees. Money is not easy. Money is hard to get. Money is scarce. If you want money, get used to owning and facing each money fear because blogging full time requires you to work for free, generously, for a while, and no human with money fears works for free. All humans clinging to heavy money fears only work for pay. What is working for pay? Jobs. Working for someone allows you to get paid for every hour you work because being employees guarantees payment, per work, per your contract.
Guess what? Blogging is a different animal. Nobody gets paid to be an individual, business-owning blogger because blogging is a business. Business is about building something to boost skills and exposure to where your streams of income yield cash for you. Complete 180 from being an employee because you need face money fears, release fears, and proceed from a generous energy to gain skills and exposure enough to earn a full time income through your blog.
How do you feel about money? Does money feel scarce to you? Do you fear running out of money? Be honest guys. Being straight with yourself allows you to make money because before you make money through your blog, you need to face, feel and release money fears. Why? You never move into actions required to make money being burdened by the heavy fear of losing money, a yoke that saddles most of humanity.
I have noted how Gary Vaynerchuk did 2000 YouTube interviews before he began to get major media and TV coverage. He worked for free for 2000 interviews because he was not burdened by the terror of losing money, vibing abundance and generosity and trust. Most of humanity is so scared to lose all of their money that they never give one interview for free; these people work jobs to guarantee they get money for what they do work-wise, but sacrifice their fun and freedom in the process. You cannot live your dreams through blogging if you have no vision for the future and you cannot create a vision if you feel weighed down by the fear of money loss. How can you dream big dreams if you secretly feel terrified to lose it all? The fear of losing it all dominates your mind, body and actions so you will just work a job to get money and you will treat your blog casually, because your blog does not yield money, like your job.
Of course, your blog does not yield money because you vibe a poverty consciousness and poverty-vibing folks never do the generous giving – working for free, for a sustained period of time – to position themselves for success, a’la Gary Vee and his 2000 YouTube interviews. I have written and published nearly 1000 posts on Blogging Tips. Nobody paid me directly for writing and publishing these posts but the traffic and links and money I gained indirectly through these nearly 1000 posts helped me live a neat life. I began giving generously the moment I faced my money fears.
Expect to do the same if you want to live your dreams through blogging.
What Few Bloggers Understand
I live a pretty sexy life. I have circled the globe for the past eight years through blogging. Pretty cool, right?
But my blogging duties are seemingly mundane, not too sexy at all and in moments, quite boring. I genuinely love blogging. I have fun doing what I do. But I am also a human being experiencing a wide range of emotions on an hour to hour basis. Sometimes, I just want to go to sleep for a little bit because I feel tired and a bit bored with the blogging process. But if I intuitively know it is time to write a blog post I just write the blog post. In these moments, blogging feels boring and mundane and plain and not too sexy. But doing the seemingly mundane things in boring moments lays the foundation for living a spectacular dream life through blogging.
Few bloggers understand this basic fact of sometimes boring activities laying the foundation for a spectacular dream life. Most bloggers believe I do exciting, inspired and amazing things all day long to live an amazing life. This is 100% not true and nothing could be further from the fact. Blogging is fun for me most of the time but sometimes blogging feels boring. Even when blogging feels fun I am not doing anything earth-shattering or jaw-dropping anytime I write and publish blog posts and comment on blogs and promote one or all of my 100 plus ebooks. Does tapping a retweet button and sharing one of my eBooks on Twitter seem earth-shattering? Nope. Simple. East too. But few bloggers understand simple blogging activities lead to great blogging success.
Most bloggers believe you live your dreams through blogging by trying to knock the ball out of the park with viral blog posts and partnerships with the top bloggers on earth. Nope. You live your dreams by simply publishing helpful content, building friendships with top bloggers by being generous and asking for nothing, and by opening multiple streams of income from an abundant, trusting energy. Each of those steps is simple to put into action but sometimes taking each of those steps feel scary or highly uncomfortable. Nudge through the fear. Take the step. Simple, generous actions eventually lead to spectacular results because all meaningful blogging ventures begin with simple, generous actions. Do not believe top bloggers hit home runs everyday. We hit singles again and again and again and again for 10000 to 20000 hours until all those singles add up to something dazzling over the long haul.
Think in terms of tiny impressions made multiple times daily. I could have tried to write a viral guest post on this blog 3 years ago when I first published posts here. But I just chose to do a solid job writing a simple post some 900 times. Now I have written and published 900 + guest posts on this blog which means on a single blog alone I have 900 links or more, based on the ebooks of mine I link to as well. 900 + links leads up to something pretty sexy and spectacular but it was the simple, generous actions I took daily over 3 years of my life that led to the stunning long-term success. Blogging is doing simple things generously for hours daily for years of your life to build something special and meaningful.
Never believe that top bloggers hit home runs every day for a few weeks before they made it big. Anybody who makes it big does seemingly little things with love and generosity every single day over the course of years of their lives. Imagine 10000 to 20000 hours of doing simple things and you get an idea of what it takes to live a spectacular dream life through the medium of blogging.
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