Hostgator, the largest provider of hosting plans for WordPress sites, has been sold to EIG for usd$225 million.
EIG bought Bluehost back in 2010, both of which are in my top 3 best web hosts for WordPress users.
Brent Oxley founded Hostgator back in 2002 and built it up over the last 10 years into one of the largest web hosts in the world.
They provide excellent value for money, especially for new websites and blogs that don’t require many resources.
While i don’t think they provide the best hosting for WordPress blogs, i do believe they offer an excellent, cheap package for beginners.
Hostgator employ over 750 staff and provide hosting services to customers in over 200 different countries.
One of the great benefits of starting out with HG is the fact you can chat with their staff via live chat 24/7, 365 days a year.
Technically, i don’t think their service is as good as Bluehost, however they offer a free migration service which Bluehost don’t.
They have won the award for 2011 Best Free Website Transfer Service, a service i have used and recommend.
Supporting over 400,000 customers which host over 4 million websites and blogs on 12,000+ servers.
On top of this, they offer a full range of hosting plans including, shared, VPS and dedicated services.
However, they do not offer fully managed hosting which is the best in my opinion.
Their reseller hosting plans have been voted the best in the world several times and they have won multiple awards for this type of package.
WordPress.com is the largest hosting provider for free hosted WordPress sites and Hostgator is one of the largest for self hosted websites and blogs.
WordPress.com only offer premium hosting services for VIP customers.
Endurance international are now one of the largest providers of shared hosting services in the world and now own both Hostgator and Bluehost.
The problem with cheap shared hosting is that you’ll need to upgrade to a more expensive plan at some stage. Cheap plans aren’t suited to bloggers who add content on a regular basis and install new plugins which use more resources than traditional HTML type websites.
They don’t offer you the option of hosting websites in multiple countries like Japan, London & America either and don’t guarantee security and fast loading web pages.
What do you think of shared hosting and Hostgator?