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HostGator Newsletter – September 2010

Written by Daniel Collette

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Gator Happenings

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.

HostGator Abound

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

July 2010 Newsletter

Written by Josh Loe

Friday, July 30th, 2010

QuickInstall
We are proud to announce the deployment of our new in house developed script installer, QuickInstall.

QuickInstall has been rolled out to all shared servers
at this time in its last test phase. To use QuickInstall, just login to your cPanel and click the QuickInstall icon.

QuickInstall is a HostGator designed auto installer, similar to Fantastico, that allows you to install common scripts with just a few clicks of your mouse! All programming for QuickInstall and the software library for QuickInstall is in house, which means faster updates and more flexibility. For example when WordPress 3.0 was released, it was updated and ready to be installed in our software library within a few hours compared to days with Fantastico.  No longer do you have to wait weeks to get the latest versions, with QuickInstall you will have almost instant updates available at your fingertips!

If you are on one of our dedicated servers or have your own vps here at HostGator and would like QuickInstall, just submit a ticket at https://tickets.hostgator.com.  One of our Administrators will be glad to install this for you, free of charge.

QuickInstall is still in a test phases, so if you see any issues please let us know by submitting a ticket.


WordCamp Houston

HostGator is proud to be a sponsor of the first WordCamp in Houston, TX.  WordCamp is a conference that takes place in different cities around the globe, focusing on WordPress and all things related to WordPress.  When it was announced that WordCamp would be coming to Houston for the first time we had to jump on board as a sponsor!  The conference sold out almost instantly, however we were able to secure 10 tickets for our customers and have created a contest on twitter.  All you need to do to enter 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 you into a drawing for the
passes.

HostGator June 2010 Newsletter

Written by Josh Loe

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Life in the fast lane.

As most of you know HostGator was founded in 2002 by Brent Oxley in his Florida Atlantic University dorm room.  Since 2002 we have grown by leaps and bounds!  We now host over 3.5 Million domains and have outgrown a 4 story building in Houston, Texas with our support and sales staff.  Our growth has been so fast it is only natural that our advertising be on the same track (pun intended).

We are proud to announce that we have inked a deal with Joe Nemechek for our very own HostGator NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Teams!  Our car’s debut will be at the Coca Cola 400 Nationwide race July 3rd  at Daytona Motor Speedway!  The driver of the HostGator.com Toyota, Joe Nemechek, will represent HostGator in one NASCAR Sprint Cup race and in four Nationwide races. Make sure you check out and root for The # 87 HostGator.com Chevrolet in the following races:

- July 2nd NASCAR Nationwide Subway Jalapeno 250
- July 3rd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400
- July 9th NASCAR Nationwide Dollar General 300
- July 17th NASCAR Nationwide Dodge Dealers 250
- July 24th NASCAR Nationwide Kroger 250

Reseller Tutorials

Over the past year our development and design departments have been working non stop on our new brandable support tutorials. With the new addon to our Reseller program you will be able, with one click, install custom branded video tutorials on a subdomain with your own logo!

If you have used our support system before you more than likely have came across some of our video tutorials. We have 400+ Tutorials, everything from adding a new email account to detailed instructions on installing common scripts via fantastico. These videos all have HostGator’s logo on them, which as a reseller would ruin your private branding. With this new addon you can use your own logo and it is completely private!

HostGator May 2010 Newsletter

Written by Josh Loe

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Gator Happenings

The Harbor has been secured.

HostGator is now Safe Harbor Certified. Safe Harbor is the name of a policy agreement established between the United States Department of Commerce and the European Union (E.U.) in November 2000 to regulate the way that U.S. companies export and handle the personal data (such as names and addresses) of European citizens. The agreement is a policy compromise set up in response to a European directive that differed from traditional business procedures for U.S. companies dealing with the E.U. In 1998, the E.U. established the European Commission Directive on Data Protection, which prohibited data transfer to non-European countries that did not adhere to stringent criteria. In effect, because the guidelines were very strict, they made it illegal to transfer most citizens’ personal data outside of Europe.

If you are still awake after reading that, let me summarize this for you. Basically this means that we follow strict privacy rules agreed upon by the EU(European Union) and US and allows personal data to be transferred. We figured our overseas customers would be interested to know that we are now certified.  (This really is a big deal).

http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/

http://safeharbor.export.gov/companyinfo.aspx?id=9625

Desperate times, call for desperate measures.

I want to apologize for starting this month’s newsletter off with legal mumbo jumbo.  There were some exciting things that happened here at HostGator this month besides the Safe Harbor certification.  We have a new member to the HostGator tattoo club!  Below is a picture of a tattoo that was received in Las Vegas, NV.  The person in this picture received this tattoo for 2,000$ in gambling money and a trip to Vegas with Brent.  Which raises the question, would you do this for the same price?  Fill out our online poll here:
http://forums.hostgator.com/would-you-do-t71561.html

This is the second person to get a HostGator tattoo, the first was Billy the human billboard. You would be surprised how many people ask about getting our logo tattooed on their bodies.

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