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Is HostGator reliable? HostGator Uptime Stats

HostGator is known for their unlimited web hosting and 24/7 tech support. They were founded in 2002 and now host over 9 million websites. Their data centers are located in Provo, Utah.

I have purchased a hosting plan on HostGator and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here's the plan information I chose:

Plan NameHatchling
Cost$8.95/month
Disk SpaceUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money-Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

Uptime Test

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better.

I use Pingdom to report website uptime. Pingdom is configured to make an HTTP request to the host every minute, and report if it is unreachable. It'll also report an error if the host takes longer than 30 seconds to respond (Yes, that's not actually down, but if your site takes that long to respond it is unusable in my opinion). Pingdom performs this test from at least 3 servers worldwide, and reports a problem if 2/3 servers do no respond.

This test is important if you are concerned about the reliability of your web host (this is important!)

Measuring uptime with Pingdom

HostGator Uptime Test Results

HostGator (full benchmark) performs great in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.97 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 97.50 %. HostGator's most recent result on Mar 24 was 100.00 percent. Back in 2013 HostGator had several outages that lasted days. While I wasn't recording detailed stats at the time, I can vouch that it was a miserable experience. Many blame the lack of reliability on their new data center, which they made everyone move to after they were bought out by EIG. To be honest, HostGator's downhill performance was the reason I created this site (I was too annoyed by them to let them get away with it).

Let's see if HostGator is consistent in its uptime stats:

Recent Raw Results for HostGator

Date Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
2017-03-24100.000 %0 mins0531 ms
2017-03-23100.000 %0 mins0495 ms
2017-03-22100.000 %0 mins0599 ms
2017-03-21100.000 %0 mins0619 ms
2017-03-20100.000 %0 mins0593 ms
2017-03-19100.000 %0 mins0588 ms
2017-03-18100.000 %0 mins0624 ms
2017-03-17100.000 %0 mins0617 ms
2017-03-16100.000 %0 mins0590 ms
2017-03-15100.000 %0 mins0629 ms
2017-03-14100.000 %0 mins0631 ms
2017-03-13100.000 %0 mins0621 ms
2017-03-12100.000 %0 mins0632 ms
2017-03-11100.000 %0 mins0637 ms
2017-03-10100.000 %0 mins0609 ms
2017-03-09100.000 %0 mins0623 ms
2017-03-08100.000 %0 mins0637 ms
2017-03-07100.000 %0 mins0604 ms
2017-03-06100.000 %0 mins0594 ms
2017-03-05100.000 %0 mins0576 ms
2017-03-04100.000 %0 mins0587 ms
2017-03-03100.000 %0 mins0616 ms
2017-03-02100.000 %0 mins0584 ms
2017-03-01100.000 %0 mins0585 ms
2017-02-28100.000 %0 mins0611 ms
2017-02-27100.000 %0 mins0599 ms
2017-02-26100.000 %0 mins0571 ms
2017-02-25100.000 %0 mins0569 ms
2017-02-24100.000 %0 mins0530 ms
2017-02-23100.000 %0 mins0529 ms
2017-02-22100.000 %0 mins0546 ms
2017-02-21100.000 %0 mins0515 ms
2017-02-20100.000 %0 mins0528 ms
2017-02-19100.000 %0 mins0526 ms
2017-02-18100.000 %0 mins0512 ms
2017-02-17100.000 %0 mins0542 ms
2017-02-16100.000 %0 mins0537 ms
2017-02-15100.000 %0 mins0531 ms
2017-02-14100.000 %0 mins0524 ms
2017-02-13100.000 %0 mins0508 ms
2017-02-12100.000 %0 mins0525 ms
2017-02-11100.000 %0 mins0526 ms
2017-02-10100.000 %0 mins0524 ms
2017-02-09100.000 %0 mins0517 ms
2017-02-08100.000 %0 mins0579 ms
2017-02-07100.000 %0 mins0595 ms
2017-02-06100.000 %0 mins0567 ms
2017-02-05100.000 %0 mins0534 ms
2017-02-04100.000 %0 mins0587 ms
2017-02-03100.000 %0 mins0528 ms
2017-02-0298.681 %19 mins1547 ms
2017-02-01100.000 %0 mins0561 ms
2017-01-31100.000 %0 mins0593 ms
2017-01-30100.000 %0 mins0535 ms
2017-01-29100.000 %0 mins0568 ms
2017-01-28100.000 %0 mins0544 ms
2017-01-27100.000 %0 mins0551 ms
2017-01-26100.000 %0 mins0553 ms
2017-01-25100.000 %0 mins0542 ms
2017-01-24100.000 %0 mins0520 ms
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