HostGator Additional Services: Are They Worth It?
Like other web hosts, HostGator offers some additional services with its web hosting plan.
All of these services are premium. That means you will have to pay some bucks to get these services. Now the question is, are they worth it? To get the answer to this question, you need to understand how these services work.
If you are planning to buy hosting from HostGator but don’t sure whether you need these services or not, you are in the right place. In this post, I will discuss about HostGator additional services which will help you to decide whether you need those or not.
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HostGator Additional Services
Currently, HostGator offers four additional services – HackAlert Monitoring, Professional Email, Site Backup and SSL Certificate. Let’s learn more about the services.
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It’s a monitoring service by SiteLock that checks your site frequently and notifies you if your site has been hacked or injected with malicious code.
It’s a good service for business sites. But if you are a blogger, I think you should use something free like Sucuri WordPress Plugin. It monitors security activity for free.
It’s a service by Google Apps for Work. It lets you create a professional email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 30 GB storage. And it will sync emails across all devices.
Though HostGator offers unlimited email accounts with your own domain name, you can consider buying this service if you need reliable and secure email server. If you are going to receive a lot of emails from your customers, then use this service. Otherwise, create email accounts from your hosting cPanel.
This service will backup your site every day. And you will be able to restore the site with a click. This service is powered by CodeGaurd.
This is something I’d recommend you to buy. Having backups is very important to keep your hard work safe. But if you are on a budget, you can use free online storage services for backup.
SSL means Secure Sockets Layer. It protects sensitive data between a server and a user. It assures your customers that your site is secure and protected.
Having an SSL Certificate is crucial when you accept payments on your site. That’s why most of the e-commerce sites use SSL Certificate. So buy this service if you are going to accept payments on your site.
Are They Worth It?
It depends on your budget and needs.
If you are running a business site, you might need all of these services to run your business smoothly.
If you are running a blog, you can use free alternatives to these services.
I’d recommend you to buy a service when you are sure you need this service. Don’t purchase a service just because you may need it in future. You can buy these services later whenever you need.
Hope this post helped you to take a decision. If you still have any confusion regarding any service, feel free to ask me via comment.