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Public Company
Industry Web Hosting
Founded October 23, 2002; 14 years ago (2002-10-23)[1]
Founder Brent Oxley
Headquarters Houston, Texas, United States
Products Web Services
Revenue $34.2 million (2008)[2]
Owner Endurance International Group

HostGator is a Houston-based provider of shared, reseller, virtual private server, and dedicated web hosting with an additional presence in Austin, Texas.[3][4]


HostGator was founded in October 2002[5] by Brent Oxley, who was then a student at Florida Atlantic University.[6] By 2006, HostGator had passed the 200,000 mark in registered domains.[7]

In 2007, the company moved from the original office in Boca Raton, Florida to a new 20,000 square building in Houston, Texas.[8]

In 2008, Inc. Magazine ranked HostGator in its list of fastest growing companies at 21 in the United States and 1 in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas area[9] The same year, HostGator decided to make their hosting service green hosting by working with Integrated Ecosystem Market Services.[10] In 2008, HostGator prepared for competition companies touting themselves as providing "unlimited" hosting services. Founder Brent Oxley was adamant about being able to back up an "unlimited" option prior to offering service named as such and increased staffing. He suggested that this move increased sales by at least 30%.

In 2010 an office was added in Austin, Texas[8] In 2011, HostGator started operations in India with a its office in Nashik, Maharashtra and a data centre.

On 21 June 2012, CEO and founder Brent Oxley announced the sale of HostGator to Endurance International Group, advised employees and users not to worry in part because Oxley would still own the buildings HostGator used. He said he wanted to travel the world before he had children. He was also candid about the failures in creating stable billing and register portions of HostGator, and hoped that Endurance might fix those.[11] HostGator was sold to Endurance International Group for $225 million. .

As of 2013, HostGator hosts over 9 million domains and has over 400,000 customers.[12]


2012 social engineering attack[edit]

In May 2012, the computer hacker group UGNazi claimed responsibility for hacking the web server of the web host billing software developer WHMCS in an apparent social engineering attack involving HostGator.[13][14] A member of the group Cosmo called WHMCS's hosting provider impersonating a senior employee.[15] They were subsequently granted root access to WHMCS's web server after providing information for identity verification. UGNazi later leaked publicly WHMCS's SQL database containing user information and 500,000 customer credit cards,[15] website files, and cPanel configuration.[16] After this issue WHMCS emailed members to change their passwords.

2013 service outages[edit]

Since its acquisition by Endurance International, Hostgator has suffered an increased incidence of server outages and downtime. Notably, on August 2, 2013 and December 31, 2013, Endurance International Group’s data center in Provo, Utah, experienced network outages that affected thousands of customers of Bluehost,[17] HostGator,[18] HostMonster and JustHost.[19][20][21][22]

Spring 2014 blackouts[edit]

During the afternoon of April 16, 2014, the data center in Provo, Utah experienced a networking issue that affected customers of HostGator,[23] HostMonster & Bluehost.[24] The issue was fully rectified only after 24 hours on April 17, 2014 11.35 AM.[25] There was another outage on May 19, 2014 that took nearly 9 hours to completely resolve.[26] This problem occurred in the same data center.[27]

October 2014 outage[edit]

During the morning of October 29, 2014 Hostgator suffered another major outage that affected their reseller accounts. The company did not immediately announce the cause of the outage, though they stated, on Facebook and their forum, that an OS upgrade was the cause of the issue. (They made the reseller sections of their forum inaccessible to the public, visible only to registered users.)[28] The server-level problems were resolved on November 2, 2014, almost five days after the outage began.[29] On November 4, 2014, users were still reporting widespread account-level database problems.[30]

December 2016 outage[edit]

During the afternoon and evening of December 9, 2016, Hostgator experienced a major outage. In their Twitter account, they said: "We are seeing problems w/ network flapping which could be caused by denial of service or other network issues in our switching fabric. We are methodically isolating the issue while making sure we don't deteriorate the network further. It's a large network and we are working on it in sections. Our best team is working through this at our data center and it is our goal to have this resolved very soon. In other words, we know this is frustrating and we are on it! Again, our sincere apologies for this inconvenience.".[31]


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