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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 impressively 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 Jul 20 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
2017-07-20100.000 %0 mins0447 ms
2017-07-19100.000 %0 mins0430 ms
2017-07-18100.000 %0 mins0448 ms
2017-07-17100.000 %0 mins0453 ms
2017-07-16100.000 %0 mins0458 ms
2017-07-15100.000 %0 mins0459 ms
2017-07-14100.000 %0 mins0460 ms
2017-07-13100.000 %0 mins0513 ms
2017-07-12100.000 %0 mins0568 ms
2017-07-11100.000 %0 mins0584 ms
2017-07-10100.000 %0 mins0599 ms
2017-07-09100.000 %0 mins0615 ms
2017-07-08100.000 %0 mins0616 ms
2017-07-07100.000 %0 mins0616 ms
2017-07-06100.000 %0 mins0578 ms
2017-07-05100.000 %0 mins0577 ms
2017-07-04100.000 %0 mins0589 ms
2017-07-03100.000 %0 mins0599 ms
2017-07-02100.000 %0 mins0575 ms
2017-07-01100.000 %0 mins0478 ms
2017-06-30100.000 %0 mins0467 ms
2017-06-29100.000 %0 mins0472 ms
2017-06-28100.000 %0 mins0507 ms
2017-06-27100.000 %0 mins0515 ms
2017-06-26100.000 %0 mins0531 ms
2017-06-25100.000 %0 mins0520 ms
2017-06-24100.000 %0 mins0502 ms
2017-06-23100.000 %0 mins0560 ms
2017-06-22100.000 %0 mins0575 ms
2017-06-2199.653 %5 mins1542 ms
2017-06-20100.000 %0 mins0575 ms
2017-06-19100.000 %0 mins0613 ms
2017-06-18100.000 %0 mins0627 ms
2017-06-17100.000 %0 mins0615 ms
2017-06-16100.000 %0 mins0631 ms
2017-06-15100.000 %0 mins0559 ms
2017-06-14100.000 %0 mins0569 ms
2017-06-13100.000 %0 mins0597 ms
2017-06-12100.000 %0 mins0580 ms
2017-06-11100.000 %0 mins0592 ms
2017-06-10100.000 %0 mins0581 ms
2017-06-09100.000 %0 mins0573 ms
2017-06-08100.000 %0 mins0547 ms
2017-06-07100.000 %0 mins0566 ms
2017-06-06100.000 %0 mins0545 ms
2017-06-05100.000 %0 mins0556 ms
2017-06-04100.000 %0 mins0556 ms
2017-06-03100.000 %0 mins0559 ms
2017-06-02100.000 %0 mins0595 ms
2017-06-01100.000 %0 mins0650 ms
2017-05-31100.000 %0 mins0601 ms
2017-05-30100.000 %0 mins0602 ms
2017-05-29100.000 %0 mins0585 ms
2017-05-28100.000 %0 mins0562 ms
2017-05-27100.000 %0 mins0549 ms
2017-05-26100.000 %0 mins0554 ms
2017-05-25100.000 %0 mins0553 ms
2017-05-24100.000 %0 mins0549 ms
2017-05-23100.000 %0 mins0555 ms
2017-05-22100.000 %0 mins0558 ms
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