Does A HostGator Renewal Coupon Exist?

It is a question that has blighted the HostGator forums: can I use a coupon for the renewal of my hosting contract? Honestly, the answer is both yes and no.

First, while some hosts (such as iPage hosting) offer renewal discounts, the bad news is that there are no HostGator coupon renewal offers available on the Internet. All the offers being made available to you as a new customer, such as 25% off or $25 off your hosting plan, are strictly arranged as a first year or initial purchase saving only. It is in the terms and conditions, and as such cannot be argued with.

Unsurprisingly, HostGator would be hoping that by the time your hosting plan comes up to a renewal date you will have found their service good enough to validate the full-cost price tag that they’re offering you. The ability to host on Linux and Windows operating systems, the ease of installation for operational programs (cPanel one of the most common control panels used on the market can easily work on a HostGator server), and the processing and performance standard of HostGator’s state of the art servers all beg the question; why wouldn’t you want to continue on this hosting plan?

The idea of renewing for a higher cost is not always the easiest to swallow. After all, if you were getting the same service for a cheaper price before why can you not get that price again? That price is not available to existing customers as part of HostGator’s terms and conditions on promotions. You would have to be a new customer to take advantage of those savings again.

At the start of the article, it said that you could use a coupon for your renewal. Although technically not a coupon, you can still see the price of your renewal drop, or a reduction in the cost to upgrade your hosting plan, by simply calling HostGator directly. The phrase “if you don’t ask, you don’t get” is entirely true when it comes to contracts and services with any company. Depending on the scale of the request, you could see yourself signing up for a service with a similar cost to the original one that signed up to. These call center advisors for HostGator are based locally in Dallas and can give direct and informed advice on the service packages available to the website entrepreneur.

The option of an upgrade or downgrade of service is also on the table at the time of your contract renewal, and often a good deal can be made on their packages. To tie-in with their “alligatorian” name, their packages are named after a gator’s various life-stages. Hatchling, Baby and Swamp offer differing degrees of customization, data allowance, and domain allocation.

To summarize, there are no coupons that can give you the same level of savings at renewal as those that customers can get when they are buying first time. Through speaking to customer advisors at HostGator, you may find that an upgrade or downgrade may be the most suitable option for your needs. Ultimately, you may feel that price tag on your contract renewal is a fair estimation of the services they are giving you.

Choosing the Best Web Hosting: HostGator vs Rackspace

Choosing between hosting provides can be a nightmare. You are surrounded by customizable options and boastful features that each company and each product they offer sounds ideal. So which do you choose?

If you just had to compare two, HostGator vs Rackspace, which would come out on top?

Background

Both companies have a well-founded history in hosting. Both have been in the business of providing server space for over a decade. The first noticeable difference is that HostGator has its offices based in Dallas, USA, whereas Rackspace is based in London, UK.

These differences are negligible as neither offers the higher ground to one company or another. It simply means they both operate on the Internet, just from two different physical locations.

Products

Again, the differences between the companies are slight.

Hosting is the primary product offered by both companies. HostGator offers information about the various customizable aspects on their service directly on their website if you click on the hosting link. Rackspace, on the other hand, doesn’t name their levels of cover. Both do offer varieties to the client so again the differences are slight.

Both also offer Dedicated Servers and Virtual Private Servers (VPS) to clients. Rackspace throws the phrase ‘cloud’ into the mix, making their products sounds more cutting edge in the way that it uses technology. HostGator is equally cutting edge, not in the use of cloud technology, but in the standard of servers that the data is held on. It is state-of-the-art technology vs state-of-the-art technology.

With HostGator and Rackspace you are reassured that whichever product you choose the dozens of guarantees and features that are automatically bundled in with your service plan make the arrangement worthwhile. After all, one of the core reasons for rented server space is so that maintenance is conducted by specialists at the company you are using.

Both companies offer a guarantee of no less that 99.9% uptime on their servers. This means that whichever company you chose, your website will be live all day and every day.

Service

Service is an area that both companies have a track-record of excelling in. Both offer online web chat with skilled professionals who can give expert advice. HostGator even offers a blog for IT guidance and support for times when adjusting the server operating specifications gets tricky.

Even though they are both based in different countries, HostGator and Rackspace offer a telephony contact service that is available 24/7/365. By doing so they are able to give client support if they need to upgrade their level of coverage or disk space. Support can also be given regarding billing so if clients need to change from monthly billing to single annual payments, or vice-versa, they are able to do so in a streamlined phone call. The telephone agents are also trained on their servers so that they can give direct guidance and assistance regarding IT problems.

Summary

Both companies offer a lot of features. Generally it will come down to personal preferences over server location and IT standard (cloud vs physical technology).