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HostGator India Shared Hosting Review: Hatchling vs Baby Plan vs Business

2 August 2018 No Comment

If you’re here, chances are, you’ve made up your mind to go ahead with HostGator as your hosting provider. Congratulations on making the right choice!

As you might be aware, HostGator offers three linux shared web hosting plans with different specializations and pricing, and if you’re starting out, it might seem a little confusing to understand which plan suits you best. Through this article, we’ll help you understand the differences between the three plans, so that you can make a much more informed decision.

Hosting Multiple Websites

The first significant difference between the three plans is the ability to host multiple domains/sites within the same account.

The Hatchling is the most basic one, and it allows 1 domain per account. You can host only one site with it. However, domain names are so cheap today, that the chances of you owning more than one domain are pretty high.

Although, if you’re sure that one domain is all you’ll ever need, then the Hatchling plan is for you. If, on the other hand, there is even a speck of doubt in your mind, we recommend you to look at the Baby plan, which allows you to host 3 websites under the same account.

At this point, the main questions you should ask yourself should be – “Do I really need a business plan or is the Baby plan is enough for me?” The answer is quite simple – are you trying to sell something online and handle the credit card payments by yourself? If no, then you don’t need a business plan at all.

If you answer YES to the above questions, then you can dig more into the Business plan, because that’s your calling.

Do you need a Dedicated IP Address and Private SSL Certificate?

SSL certificate is needed when you need to establish a secure connection – basically, have an “https” instead of an “http” before your URL. The “s” there refers to the secured HTTP connection. In a secure connection, all the data is encrypted and is essential when you’re trying to transfer sensitive information like user personal information and credit card details. There are two types of SSL certificates – the private and the public.

Both of these certificates are fully encrypted and extremely secure. However, having a public certificate exposes you to the risk of losing some sales. These certificates are hosted under HostGator domain and it will pop up a warning message to your customer. Although it is secure, your customer might still feel uncomfortable in sharing their credit card information.

If you feel you might face such a scenario, it is recommended to get a private SSL certificate so it won’t pop up any warning message and make you more trustworthy to your customer. A dedicated IP address (also known as a unique IP address) is essentially required when you need to use your own private SSL certificate.

Out of the three plans, only the Business plan offers you a private SSL and a private IP address. But again, with Google’s new update it is important for any website to get an SSL certificate in order to rank higher on search engine results. If you don’t go with the business plan, you can always get a Public or Private SSL separately.

The Good News

The good news is that HostGator allows you to upgrade your account any time you like, without paying any extra fee. All you need to shell out is the upgraded plan pricing on a pro-rated basis. That means, at any time, you’re always free to upgrade from Hatchling to Baby/Business or Baby to Business. The process of doing this is also straightforward. All you need to do is call the sales team and they will help you do the needful.

It is important to note that downgrading is not free. So, if you need to downgrade to a cheaper plan, you’ll need to pay some conversion fees. This is essentially done to avoid frequent upgrade/downgrade.

Because of this reason, it is a better idea to start with the traditional Hatchling plan and upgrade it to the Baby plan as the need arises. If you are paying monthly, maybe the savings from opting from the Hatchling plan over the Baby plan might not be as significant, but if you’re paying yearly, you’ll notice a significant price difference.

Overall, the differences between these plans are not as extensive as you would think. The only major advantage of paying extra for the Business plan is a private SSL certificate and an IP address.

At the end of the day, the best plan for you is going to come down to your specific needs. The Hatchling plan is filled with features that will more likely be sufficient if you plan on running a single website and will not be dealing with online transactions. However, if you wish to set up multiple websites and also receive financial information from the users, at least the Baby plan is a must.

With that, we come to the end of this comparison guide. We hope we were able to clarify the doubts you had at the beginning of this article.

 

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