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Corralling New Gators

Written by Sean Valant

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

One of the great things about the web-hosting industry is the rather fortunate circumstance of virtually constant growth.  More and more people are taking their lives or businesses online every day.  Additionally, those already online are often ever-expanding their online presence.  A direct result of that is the necessity for us, as one of the leading providers of web hosting, to locate and hire more and more qualified people to support all of the above.  This is certainly a great opportunity, but it can also be somewhat problematic.

Although it would be great if a never-ending stream of qualified individuals would parade through our office doors each day, that simply isn’t the reality.  We have a recruiting department which endeavors to locate people with the correct skills to join us here at The Gator in a variety of available positions.  We often need to dispatch a highly-trained SWAT team of sorts from the swamp here out into the real world in hopes of returning to the fold with some new potential Gators.

Often the missions these aforementioned SWAT(swamp?) teams find themselves at are recruitment events of sorts.  Armed with a very nice tablecloth and often some nice HostGator swag to give out, they go forth into the world in search of qualified candidates:

 

At a recent event, there were HostGator koozies and squishy stress-relief Snappys to be had by anyone able to correctly guess the number of “Gator Eyes” hermetically sealed within a state-of-the-art containment device (hint: there were 499):

 

Another obstacle faced by those who came face-to-face with our recruiters was the much-dreaded “Gator Replication Station,” whereby the hopefuls endeavored to create gators of their own using the materials provided.  Those who successfully replicated gators in the most creative way won HostGator t-shirts and plush Snappys:

 

Certainly the goal is to locate and hire new Gators, but we do try to have as much fun at these events as possible.  The moral of the story though is that we are always on the lookout for new Gators and invite you to apply to come work with us!

HostGator is a great place to work, with many official (and unofficial) perks aside from those indicated on the website.  For example, on the day this blog was written, we had mobile masseuses roaming the office providing free massages to everyone at their desks while they worked.

We certainly appreciate the opportunity to hire individuals with some web-hosting experience, it’s true that the basics of what one needs to know to break into this industry are rather minimal and can be learned by virtually anyone.  Even if you are a complete novice, Google will be happy to teach you about FTP, Email Clients (SMTP, POP3, IMAP), DNS (MX, CNAME, A RECORD) and basic troubleshooting (ping, trace route).  Also, if you have an aptitude or experience providing excellent customer service, then you’re halfway there!

Consider a career with HostGator; we’d like to hear from you!

HostGator Supports NBCAM By Going Pink!

Written by Josh Loe

Friday, October 1st, 2010

We have all known someone in our lives, either close friends, or family who has suffered from some form of cancer. AstraZeneca, which manufactures breast cancer drugs Arimidex and Tamoxifen, founded the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985. The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.

HostGator.com is proud to announce it will be participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month this year by turning “Snappy The Gator” pink on our website. We have also setup a special coupon code “PINK”, the coupon code will allow 20% off the first month of any hosting account we offer and we will donate the first month from every signup that uses this code to breast cancer research.

HostGator Sponsors WordCamp Houston

Written by Josh Loe

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

We are proud to announce our sponsorship of  WordCamp Houston. The event is scheduled for August 7th at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

WordCamp is a conference exclusively about WordPress and all things related to WordPress.  Conferences are held around the nation and this will be the first one of many to come in Houston TX.   When we found out that WordCamp was coming to our backyard here in Houston we had to jump on board.  We have been in attendance at WordCamp before and it is an amazing conference for WordPress users, developers, designers, and other enthusiasts!

WordCamp Houston was such a big deal, it sold out right away.   However,  I do have some good news… We have some passes, and we are giving them away!  We are limited to the amount of passes that we have so we are going to be having a little contest.

All you will need to do is tweet this on twitter “@hostgator Sponsored WordCamp Houston (@wordcamphtx) August 7th, I want to be there! http://bit.ly/dl3gai #wchtx” and we will enter all participants into a drawing for the passes.

We will be doing a drawing each day for the next 10 days!

Please check out WordCamp Houston’s Website for more information on this great conference.

Talk to HostGator Live on July 29 at 8 PM CT

Written by Douglas Hanna

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Update: Thanks to all of those who participated! Our second Open Session was a success. A recording of the session is available on this page.

Due to the success of the first Open Session we hosted a couple of weeks ago, we’re hosting another one soon. This Open Session will be held on Wednesday, July 29 at 8 PM CT.

Just like last time, this Open Session will be a chance for both potential and existing HostGator customers to come into a live chat with other customers and HostGator employees and get tips, information, and have a chance to ask questions and get answers from the people who make the decisions at HostGator. Participants can either call in or just listen on their computers. There is also a text chat for people who would prefer to type their questions.

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