Written by Josh Loe
Monday, April 4th, 2011
We have another exciting newsletter in store for you. A lot has been going on this month, and there are a couple of big announcements to make!
We’ve outgrown our swamp! We’re expanding!
With so much growth over the last few years, we’re now outgrowing our headquarters office in Houston, Texas. So we bought a new, larger office building in Houston! It’s located on the North Loop and is a 170,000 Sq-ft Class A office building! There will be MANY more pictures to come once we get fully moved in and get it decked out, Gator style!
Here are a few pictures to tide you over in the meantime:
HostGator introduces Mobile Mail!
This month, we’re happy to announce the launch of our all-new mobile webmail system, which is available to all HostGator customers. The interface should work on all (or most) mobile phones, and it can be custom branded with your domain name! …
Written by Josh Loe
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
Another wonderful month has passed here at HostGator. February was a busy, cold month for HostGator and we have some exciting events coming soon.
South By Southwest:
SXSW is an annual music, film and technology festival in Austin, TX. In recent years, SXSW has been a large promotion and launching ground for new companies and products including, twitter, foursquare and more! There is a lot of anticipation on what will be happening at this year’s SXSW!
HostGator will be at SXSW this year! We are sponsoring the WordPress Party. If you’re going to be at SXSW, look around for us!
$25 in FREE Advertising Credits to grow your business:
We have partnered with Yahoo! + Bing to bring you $25 in FREE Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising credits to grow your business! …
Written by Josh Loe
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
2010 was a big year for HostGator. We have some exciting announcements in store for you in 2011, and a recap of some of the great events of 2010.
HostGator saw Record Growth:
In 2010, we grew by 2 MILLION Domains! We grew from 2.9 Million Domains Hosted in the beginning of 2010 to 4.9 Million+ Domains Hosted at the end of 2010!
We have grown to over 500 employees, and we’re growing every day! We had our largest training class ever start on Monday January 24th, 2011 with 64 new HostGator support reps! This means much quicker response times for you, our valued clients.
Here are some of our Houston Office Employees!
We opened a new HostGator office in Austin, TX:
We sponsored a NASCAR Team: …
Written by Josh Loe
Thursday, December 16th, 2010
We have some exciting news and updates for you this month about our new domain registry service, a sneak peek at our new upcoming domain management control panel, our billing system migration and a tour of our new HostGator Austin Office (now fully loaded, HostGator style).
Our billing system migration is nearly complete! With over 99% of our existing customer base having already been transferred, we expect to be fully migrated to our own GatorBill very shortly. This switch brings a faster and more efficient billing experience for our customers (as we’re sure you’ve already experienced). GatorBill is just one of the many new programs we have developed over the last few years to make your experience here at HostGator better than any other hosting company.
What about that registrar thing?
As many of you are aware, we announced that we would be coming out with our very own, integrated domain registration service. It’s taken us a little bit longer than we anticipated, but that’s because we’re wanting to make it right! We are working incredibly hard to bring this to you as soon as we can and we anticipate this being available within the next several weeks (beginning of 2011).
This new domain registry service is going to allow you to register, transfer and manage your domain names AND your hosting all from within one control panel.
Written by Daniel Collette
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
We’ve been very busy around here lately, implementing new and exciting features and services that will provide our customers with an even better webhosting experience. Our domain registrar service is nearing completion, and we are also looking into other technologies and services that may be implemented as well. One of the services that we are pretty excited about it CloudFlare, so let’s dive right in and see what it’s all about.
Gators and ninjas protecting your sites!
We are proud to announce a new partnership with Cloudflare, Inc. to offer their Cloudflare protection to our customers. Cloudflare acts a transparent filtering proxy, sitting between your site and it’s visitors. Cloudflare blocks hackers and spammers from attacking your site, and also speeds up load times by acting as a content delivery network and serving cached copies of your static files from a proxy which is closer to your customers. On average, Cloudflare customers have seen a 30% improvement in page load times. In it’s basic mode, Cloudflare is free. We are the first host to integrate Cloudflare protection into our control panel. If you are a shared customer, you can enable Cloudflare protection for your domains by clicking on the orange Cloudflare icon in your control panel. We are working on a non-branded version for reseller, vps, and dedicated customers as well, but in the mean time our admins have a script to enable protection for any domain you would like. Simply open a ticket and let us know!
Front Row Joe is spotted at HostGator!
Written by Daniel Collette
Thursday, September 30th, 2010
August proved to be a record setting month for us here at HostGator, with over 26,000 sign-ups! The best part of all this is that we are currently so overstaffed that many of our employees have been complaining that there is no work for them to do. In the business world, a company that is overstaffed is traditionally looked upon as being mismanaged and/or poorly run. We have a different philosophy here and believe that the more overstaffed we are, the better it is for business. Being overstaffed allows us to provide a much higher caliber of support which in turn increases our reputation, and ultimately leads to faster growth. Many of you reading this may be worried that we may have grown too large to value a single account, however this is not and never will be the case. Should you ever have an issue with our traditional support mediums, simply request that your ticket be assigned to our owner, Brent. He will be more than happy to provide you with the V.I.P. attention that you deserve.
HostGator Austin is still hiring!
As you may have concluded, we have no plans to slow our hiring process, and currently we are aggressively seeking out experienced Linux administrators who are well-versed in cPanel and WHM. If you feel you may be a good candidate, you can find more information on our jobs page here.
Not a computer guru? Not experienced in Linux administration? Not a problem! You can still get paid by HostGator for referring potential candidates that successfully complete 90 days of full-time employment. We are currently offering $2,500 for each qualified Admin you send us, and $500 for chat/phone techs. For more information on this, and to get started with your referrals, visit our referral page.
Watch out GoDaddy!
HostGator is mere weeks away from offering domain registration from our very own domain registrar service. Not only will the registration prices be significantly cheaper than GoDaddy, but you will also receive the legendary 24/7 around the clock support that you have come to know and love from HostGator.
You may have been seeing Snappy more and more lately. With our recent billboard placements, Nascar sponsorship, UFC fighter sponsorships, human inkings, and sponsorships of various other ventures, you may be asking, What’s next? Well, here it is: If you are a gamer, you will be seeing our hungry little gator on the trunks of a few fighters on the upcoming EA Sports: MMA! For more information on this game, and to pre-order, visit EA MMA’s page.
That’s all for this month folks, until next month, stay happy, stay safe!
– Daniel Collette and The HostGator team …
Written by Josh Loe
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Welcome to Austin
We have arrived in Austin, TX! A lot of our customers and employees at our Houston headquarters wanted to know more about the new office and, of course, see some pictures. August 9th, 2010 myself and other members of our management team arrived at our new home. Walking around we saw really nice cubicles (not wired), no workstations, and a blow up mattress in Brent’s office. The date for our first training class was August 16th, we had a total of 7 days to get everything setup for our first Austin employees . We needed at least 40 monitors, we have dual 23.6” monitors on each workstation, yes I am kind of bragging. And we needed at least 20 extra workstations. Monitors were rushed to the office and several trips, including one of my own, back to Houston to grab workstations ensued. All in all on August 16th we had enough workstations setup for training to begin. It was a very hectic time here in Austin that first week, but I’m proud to say that everything is running smoothly now. The first group of gators we brought on here are working out great, and we are already setting up another training class. I have taken the liberty to post pictures of the office. Here are a few features of our new Austin location:
- World Class 1100 sq ft Gym complete with lockers and showers (gators sweat a lot).
- Internet Cafe / LAN Party stations (gators game a lot, see sleeping quarters).
- Dual 23.6” Monitor setups.
- Game room complete with arcade games and full size pool table. Also (2) 55″ Flat screen tvs.
- Outside deck connected to the game room, for BBQ’s and get togethers.
- Sleeping quarters, for when you just want to nap a bit. (gators are sleepy a lot, see Lan Party).
- Black and Decker Coffee pot, The 12 Cup kind (nothing but the best).
- Vending machines that take credit cards (Gators only carry 100s).
- Really cool lights that only turn on when you walk by!
These are just a few of the wonderful additions that we have made to our brand new office. It is a really big step for our company and all the hard work our Austin crew has put in to get things up and running definitely shows. If you are interested in coming to work for HostGator Austin, please submit your resume on our Jobs page. We are currently hiring for Linux Level 1 -3 System Administrators.
We announced brandable tutorials for our reseller customers a few months back, and the feedback has been great! We are now proud to announce that we are ready to deploy the tutorials for our Dedicated and VPS accounts! If you would like to have this feature installed on your VPS or Dedicated server, please contact support. One of our technicians will be glad to add this to your WHM! Our technicians will put the ticket in a special queue and enable this for you Friday morning. Please let us know of any feedback you have regarding the tutorials.
Go Joe! Go!
A few months back we announced a deal with Joe Nemechek and NEMCO sports for a sponsorship of their Nationwide car. After seeing what a huge hit we made in our NASCAR debut, beating out some of the competition and all, we decided to sponsor Joe for the remainder of the season! We will be sponsoring Joe’s #87 car for every remaining Nationwide race. We are also sponsoring the Talladega Sprint Cup race with Joe! Shake and Bake! Joe is a great guy and very respected in the NASCAR community, We really could not think of a better driver to support then Mr. Nemechek. So make sure you tune in and watch Joe pass up the competition for the remainder of the Nationwide Series! Follow Joe on Twitter @joenemechek!
Till next month,
— Josh Loe & The Team at HostGator …