Hostgator has been selling web hosting services since 2002. They are the largest reseller hosting provider on the Internet. Hostgator offers numerous shared hosting plans. Shared hosting means that multiple people host their web sites on the same physical server. The least expensive plan is the Hatchling plan which is for one domain. While this is cheap, the next plan called the Baby plan is not much more expensive and gives you unlimited domains, so if you think you might want additional websites, it may be a good idea to just get the Baby plan initially. The third shared hosting plan is the Business plan, which includes everything that comes with the Baby plan, plus a dedicated SSL certificate and a toll free number for your business.
Hostgator also offers dedicated hosting plans, reseller hosting plans, and VPS hostings plans. These plans are available to those who grow out of a standard shared hosting plan.
I have been with Hostgator for many years now. I haven't found a hosting provider that exceeds the value and support level I get from Hostgator. However it's always a good idea to shop around every few years just to make sure you are getting the best deal.
Hosting services start as low as $4,95 per month when paid in advance. They also offer coupon codes for new customers such as the hostgator coupon code "infobarrel" to save on the initial hosting plan. Hostgator supports PHP and MYSQL, two of the most common applications needed for many websites.
Hostgator rewards new customer with coupons, but renewal customers do not get a discount for staying with them. They also limit the number of emails your site can send out every hour, although this is an important step to stopping spammers.
Choosing a web hosting provider is important because moving hosts in the future can be quite technical in nature. You should feel free to contact the hosting company before you purchase their service and see how their customer support treats you. It's also a good idea to visit any customer forums the company may have to see what current customers are having issues with or read their comments.