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Saturday, February 2, 2008 by

I have some bad news regarding HostGator. In our quest to “eat up the competition”, one web host has been busy trying to “bag all the competition”.

I stumbled across a new web host that I can already tell is going to be very serious competition for us. It seems as though we have overlooked a worthy contender — (no link for you guys, sorry!)

It’s only a matter of time before their sheer creativity and inspiration overtake us and the ‘Gator is bagged like the rest of them. There’s just one thing that doesn’t seem right here. I know I’ve seen Host Garoo’s design from somewhere before…

Current Host Garoo front page:

One year old Host Gator front page:

Testament to Google’s ingenious:
google results of hostgaroo

So what do you think, all things equal, the ‘Garoo or the ‘Gator?

Please do not go to the site which was mentioned within this post. Since the post, the site has shut down and is now delivering viruses if you go to it.
Thank you for understanding.

  • Seth
    2 February 2008 at 1:29 am

    What makes it even better is that they are hosted by Host Gator.

  • Jordan
    2 February 2008 at 5:19 am

    That is just classic,
    Its a shame they are in the UK since they have Kangaroos as there logo.

  • Daniel
    2 February 2008 at 5:30 am

    The outstanding difference is that Gator’s support is shown as “online” whilst Garoo’s support seems to have been bagged as well.

  • Charlie
    2 February 2008 at 9:39 am

    looks like 2 entirely different sites to me *cough, hack cough*** bout time you had some competition…

    If they really host with HG that is seriously funny. Does that mean you can do free account transfers to them? ;)

  • Jason
    2 February 2008 at 10:06 am

    They aren’t very creative either .. their plans have the same names as ours. Smaller packages .. but same look and feel … Hummmmmmmm

  • narayan
    2 February 2008 at 11:04 am


    link is same for whm and cpanel..

    WHM (reseller control panel to create cPanels) Login info: demo / demo
    cPanel (your customer’s control panel) Login info: demo / demo

  • Josh Loe
    2 February 2008 at 2:34 pm

    “We Bag All The Competition”


    no /jobs.shtml :(

  • MikeC
    2 February 2008 at 2:55 pm

    What’s the saying, ‘There’s no greater flattery than imitation.’

  • sumit
    4 February 2008 at 10:59 am

    I couldn’t stop laughing at them. I mean $3 for 25 MB. thats just funny because HG offers x500 times for more money.

  • David Shaver
    8 February 2008 at 7:24 am

    The ultimate reward for a person or group like that is to be a person or group like that.

  • Neard
    9 February 2008 at 2:22 am

    Wow. That’s just ridiculous. Heck, it’s downright stupid.

    I mean, for one thing it doesn’t make sense. They steal your plan names, but what does a swamp have to do with kangaroos? The plans aren’t nearly as good; the spaces aren’t bad, but bandwidth is horrible.

    It’s just funny, really. Their updates page…one update is on January 1, 2006. The other is on January 4, 2007. A year between updates. And not even one this year! Even without the obvious plagiarism, I wouldn’t dare trust my hosting to them.

    But I think my favorite part is the “comment” on the front page (I’m guessing “Bernie” is “Skippy’s” real name…) that says their “honesty is much needed in the hosting industry”…Riiiiight.

  • Trish
    12 February 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Since you have trademarked Hostgator, why don’t you add the R symbol to your logo?

  • 7031
    13 February 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Well, it looks like they have been suspended.

    Good riddance HostGaroo.

    Wait, their site was a joke right? HostGaroo? WTF?

  • Eric Anderson
    18 February 2008 at 5:40 am

    Hahaha. This is ridiculous. I have to admit, either this is a joke, or a 10 year old learned how to copy and paste into his illegal version of Dreamweaver.

  • Steve
    19 February 2008 at 5:43 am

    It’d be really funny if they were actually a Hostgator reseller account :-)

  • Peilo
    19 February 2008 at 9:27 am

    thats the norm for any new reseller to leech a design….DONT MEAN ITS RIGHT

  • yourmanstan
    20 February 2008 at 12:16 am

    aww you suspended them? just when they were about to dominate the hosting scene…

  • T
    21 February 2008 at 2:22 pm

    I’m calling fake.

  • George
    21 February 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Did a quick WHOIS and guess who the Admin is? His name is Bernard, Bob. Its seems like Neard’s post above on 2/9 may have been on the money and Bernie B may be Skippy. Or maybe they are father and son?

  • Andre
    22 February 2008 at 9:26 am

    Well, I spoke to one of your tech support guys tonight about a database of mine that went missing. I might just as well signup and talk to the Kangaroo’s. Same Same but different!

  • Augy
    6 March 2008 at 4:17 am

    So what do you guys plan to do? Any chance of a legal action?

  • Ayon Baidya
    6 March 2008 at 5:24 pm

    I am really surprised that it is hosted on a server of host gator.…Hah Hah…

  • DS Rathore
    11 March 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Its very good experience of host website on Hostgator, its really excellent.

  • Dave
    12 March 2008 at 4:27 am

    If you cannot differentiate even a tiny bit from the competition, then you don’t deserve to be in business.

    Get back into the flock you sheep or kangaroo or whatever you are!

  • Mumsie
    12 March 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I love the Google response to the search.

    Who the H*** is Host Garoo? Are you sure you didn’t mean Host Gator?

    I thought I would fall off my chair laughing.

  • Farhad
    18 March 2008 at 1:41 am
  • Sir Richard Branson
    18 March 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Well they’re £9.50 per month dedicated hosting, and you’re $174.95!

    Goddam! I’ve already opened 58 accounts with them!

    Ps. Love that Kangaroo, it’s so goddam cute :)
    Alligators just give me a rash!

  • larry
    19 March 2008 at 11:50 am
  • Nonu
    20 March 2008 at 9:48 am

    LOL..hostgaroo…this is too much really. They didn’t even changed the number of alphabets and its similarity with hostgator. I can’t stop laughing at their testimonials. Its the funniest testimonial I have ever read about a fake site..””You guys are the best! My site has awesome uptime, and the support has been fantastic.

    I like the Logo – Skippy – very amusing!!”

    “I have seen with a lot of web hosts come and go – where my friends have been rather disappointed; and I honestly can say you are the first that hasn’t fed me one spoon full of lies after another.

    Your honesty is much needed in the hosting industry! Thank you Skippy and team support!”

    And what’s the need to mention “UK-based web hosting company” ?? ROFL..Have you read even when they are from UK “they accept all international payments” guess all that “skippy” is seeing is “international payments” and thats why they forgot to “pay” for design and purchasing servers for their companies. This is truly hilarious. I might be posting about it in my blog (on jokes).

  • Lighted
    21 March 2008 at 2:14 am

    Or maybe Hostgator is doing some self publicity…
    – The company (hostgaroo) is also hosted on servers at The Planet.
    – Nobody would want to enter a business by emulating the products and looks of one of the best in the business. you dont need to be a management geek to figure out it will bring disrepute.
    – Anybody with basic webdesigning skill will be able to come up with a different site using the same content in 3 days.

    There is more here than meets the eye!!!!!

  • FindingHost
    13 April 2008 at 11:13 am

    I think this is a fake from you guys. How can you call this competition since this Host Garoo doesn’t even exist anymore. So is this your competition? You should eliminate this from the blog, doesn´t give a good impression from you. Or was it a joke? From someone like one is looking for a trusting web hosting this creates a feeling that you want to cheat on me.


  • Kenan
    28 April 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Man these people copyed your site word for word… it’s like they had a blue print of your pages. i have the same problem with my competitors. each article i write or phrase i bring out, i find almost exact same thing on their sites a few days later… thank god google is a smart and fair engine, that knows who was first… in this case it is a bad copy as well. plus the garoo turns it’s back to the inside of the website, like he doesn’t care … every designer can see, this is the work of amtures…

  • Web Hosting Review
    16 May 2008 at 8:12 am

    Hostgator can do nothing if Hostgaroo just copy the marketing concepts of Hostgator, IMO. The website looks very similar except the logo. In terms of web hosting services, I don’t think the garoo can match with Hostgator. Let me register a domain name : ^^

    21 May 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I can find hilarity in this, whether it’s shameless self promotion or not. My fiance and I were rolling! As another poster noted, uses the same layout, so is/was it still a joke? I’d bet not. HostGator has a good sense of humor, but I don’t think they’d purposely waste time just for self promotion when all you have to do is register multiple domains and point them to HG’s main site. That’s much easier and smarter, not to mention more effective than creating an entire copy of their site. The idea is to get people’s attention using your name, not someone elses.

    As for dishonesty on HG’s part, assuming that this was all their doing, I deduct no points. This company has been fantastic in all aspects of our business together. Customer service is flawless. The price? There is no competition for price, or space, or bandwidth.

    You guys rock!

    I recommend HG to everyone as a web host. When do I get my commission? *evil grin*

  • Derrick Alvarado
    26 May 2008 at 9:36 pm

    What would be even funnier would be that was hosted by

  • jeff
    30 May 2008 at 2:09 pm

    it was, but not any more, read the first comment, their site is now under construction, who wants to bet a new layout? this was a very funny discovery.

  • RobM
    24 July 2008 at 3:40 pm

    What a bunch of losers. I know what they thought… if you can’t beat ’em, copy them

  • Australian
    25 August 2008 at 7:07 am

    Think youtube want to say something with all the clones going around?
    the porn clone of youtube too much for some?
    You know you can make a site that looks exactly like Google, but with a different logo?
    Think that will provoke a lawsuit?

    Does it mater that each site was made using the same design software?
    Should the design software delete and remove any design from their database so no one can every duplicate a look a like.

    I noticed the Kangaroo, and UK link.
    Big deal…

    The queen is suppose to still rule down under, but I guess we are living as though she left already…

  • Russ
    28 August 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I think this sort of thing happens all the time. But usually it goes undetected.

    13 October 2010 at 7:36 am

    Let’s not get carried away, the market is changing all the time and new services may look similar while others are so different they attract attention that way. Software packages are always going to produce sites with some form of resemblance, otherwise no one Banner Ad should match on another site, that’s my view!

  • Caresse
    10 December 2010 at 3:52 am

    ROFL these guys can’t be serious.

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