As you should know by now, I am a complete fanboy when it comes to HostGator and cannot recommend them highly enough.
I switched to them back in September of 2009 and have only had outstanding experiences with them to date.
So, I was delightfully surprised (although at the same time, not-so surprised) when I discovered in their newsletter that was sent out yesterday, that HostGator has increased the amount of bandwidth on all of their dedicated servers to 10TB. That’s 10,000 GB!
Depending on which dedicated server you had before, you were given between 1.5TB to 2.5TB, so this increase is really a MASSIVE improvement! Existing HostGator users don’t have to do anything to upgrade, and it doesn’t cost any extra. New users will get this by default.
Bandwidth Overages are Hella Expensive
I run a lot of websites, which in turn generate a fair bit of bandwidth. Bandwidth is one of those vital things that you need to have enough of, as overages are extremely expensive – even at my beloved HostGator – and you never know when you’ll need that safety net.
For example, many years ago, my movie site leaked behind-the-scene production stills from the then upcoming Star Wars: Episode 3 film. It quickly got viral around the web, being linked from websites such as Movies.com and Yahoo.com. I wasn’t using HostGator way back then, and so all the newfound, expected traffic took down my server as well as leaving me with one hefty bill.
You never know when you might get on the first page of Digg or your site gets mentioned on TechCrunch – can your server handle all that traffic?
A couple of months ago I actually inquired to HostGator about increasing my allotted bandwidth on my dedicated server there.
They responded by telling me that it cost $0.30 per GB of bandwidth (prepaid). That’s $300 per TB of extra bandwidth! Ouch!
And their overage charges are $0.50 per GB. So, imagine that you launch a new website that goes viral really quick and in a few days you discover that you are 3,000 GB over your bandwidth limit – this would equate to a bill of $1,500.
Don’t blame HostGator for this, either. This is standard for hosting companies… in fact, many charge closer to $1.00 per GB overage.
Switch to the Best Web Hosting Company Now
I’m not afraid to promote HostGator so fiercely, because I’ve been nothing but impressed by them, and know that you’ll love them.
Don’t worry about all the complex mess and hassle of having to switch servers – HostGator will migrate your entire setup (websites, e-mails, etc.) free of charge.
Please keep in mind that the 10TB of bandwidth increase only applies to their dedicated servers (although their smaller servers are actually marked with “unlimited bandwidth”). However, they start at only $175/month so they’re really affordable.
If you’ve been contemplating about upgrading to a dedicated server, there’s no time better than now to do so.