If you are looking for a hosting service for your WordPress site you should consider using HostGator and WordPress.
There are a great many hosting providers offering Linux hosting (which is best for WordPress) and most are capable of running WordPress. WordPress.org setout the minimum technical requirements for hosting WordPress as follows:
* PHP version 4.3 or greater
* MySQL database should be 4.1.2 or higher
* Preferably the Apache or Nginx web server.
* It is also preferable to run suPHP for better security.
But they also say “Just like flowers need the right environment to grow, WordPress works best when it’s in a rich hosting environment”.
As a hosting customer you need to be looking for an easy means of setting up WordPress, hassle free operation and (of great importance) quality support. Only once these criteria are met should you look at price.
So why should you choose HostGator?
HostGator support a great many websites powered by WordPress both for commercial and non-commercial purposes. Their basic shared packages (called Hatchling and Baby) provide the same service except that the cheaper Hatchling package only allows one domain whereas the Baby package offers unlimited domains. All plans are sold on an unlimited basis which covers, many items including disk space, bandwidth, databases and email addresses. For customers with higher demands, there are several packages for reseller hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting and dedicated server hosting. So there is an upgrade path if your site gets busy.
The basic Hatchling plan starts at $4.95 per month (based on 36 months upfront) but unusually HostGator do actually allow monthly payments, which avoids an upfront cost and makes it easy if you want to cancel. You can in fact sign-up for $0.01, or with 25% off your first invoice, with a coupon code. There is no long term commitment and cancellations are accepted at any time, in addition the initial forty-five days are covered by a money back guarantee.
Support is available 24/7 by email, fax, phone and live chat and is an area which HostGator see as key to their service and have hence acquired a good reputation in this respect.
HostGator offer cPanel with Fantastico De Luxe which makes it easy to install WordPress even for someone with no technical knowledge. They presently also offer QuickInstall (in beta) which enables an easy installation of even more software including Blogs, Content Management Systems, Forum software, eCommerce software, wiki software, chat software, social networking software and much more.
Customer feedback is generally very positive both with regards to the technical service and the support service. Whilst I have seen a few negative comments I think this is inevitable given the number of customers.
In summary therefore using Hostgator for your WordPress site will mean that you have found . HostGators service will ensure that the site is available as near 100% of the time as possible and if you have any problems support is easily accessed. To try out HostGator for $0.01 just click on any of the links in this article.
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