Thursday, July 7, 2016 by Amelia WillsonDid you know July 16th is Love Your Rescue Pet Day? HostGator has been a long-time sponsor of local pet rescue organization Austin Pets Alive! (if you love cute puppies, be sure to check out this post). We are so excited to be a part of this year's fourth annual Love Your Rescue Pet Day, which benefits Austin Pets Alive! At HostGator, we're all about supporting local businesses and helping them get online. We also happen to love puppies, and so does our mascot Snappy. If you don't believe us, just check out the clip below:
Monday, June 13, 2016 by Amelia Willson2016 has been a wet year for Houston. Like everything in Texas, storms are bigger here. When it rains, it storms. To illustrate, here’s some video of the flooded parking lot in our Austin office from last year’s record-breaking Memorial Day floods: There has been so much rainfall this year that it could cover the entire state of Texas in 8 inches. Lest you forgot, Texas is a HUGE state. According to CNN.com, the recent April floods have killed 7 people, flooded 1,000 homes, and caused more than $5 billion in damage. This doesn’t even count the thousands of people who were displaced as a result of the floods, having lost their belongings, their homes, and their cars.
How the Floods Affected HostGator HeadquartersAs a Texas-based company with offices in Austin and Houston, HostGator witnessed the devastation of the recent flooding in Houston first hand. While our Houston office was not damaged and the majority of our employees did not experience severe damage, others were affected by the disaster. That April weekend, many of our Houston employees couldn’t make it in to work, let alone out of their homes, so we had long waiting times on support as our Austin office did what they could to address issues as quickly as possible despite being down to 30% of our normal capacity. Senior Developer Eris Caffee lost her home and car. Since then, she’s been temporarily living with family while she travels on foot to and from her home to salvage her belongings and care for her animals. Development Manager Austin Naremore set up a gofundme campaign to help her get her own place and replace what she lost. In under 14 hours, Eris's colleagues, friends, and the broader HostGator and Endurance International team rallied to raise $7500, surpassing the initial goal of $5,000.
Ways You Can Help Houston Flood VictimsWhen disaster strikes, you can help survivors by volunteering or by donating money, supplies, or blood. Here are 4 organizations aiding Houston flood victims: American Red Cross Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Houston Food Bank
HostGator Promotion Supports Houston Flooding VictimsWe have rallied to support those on our team who experienced great loss, and we wanted to extend that support to the Houston community. HostGator is hosting a promotion June 22, 2016, donating $3 for every hosting plan purchased during the promotion to the Houston Food Bank. You buy, we give - this is a sale you can feel good about! Click here to get 60% off new hosting plans + $5 on select domains while donating to a great cause! UPDATE! Our promotion has wrapped, and we raised $5,000 for the Houston Food Bank, which equates to 15,000 meals! Thank you to all who participated and helped us provide aid to victims of the flooding. We've been nominated for the Shorty Social Good Awards! Check out our entry page here.
Monday, June 6, 2016 by Amelia WillsonDid you know an alligator's skin makes it look like a floating log, providing a disguise when it's hunting prey? Fortunately for us, we're so used to hanging out with Snappy at the HostGator office, that we're able to catch even the sneakiest gators when they're out on the town. Follow our blog to protect your loved ones and stay in the know on the latest alligator news and sightings.
--September 20th, 2016 UPDATE
Caiman alligator sports butterfly Snapchat filter in real lifeAMAZON RAINFOREST: Photographer Mark Cowan received a special commendation from the Royal Society's 2016 Publishing Photography Competition for this amazing photograph. The moment captures a phenomenon known as lachryphagy, where butterflies gather on the heads of alligators to lick up the salt from their tears (sodium is rare in the Amazon). Not to be outdone, Snappy recreated his own version. Source: The Royal Society
--September 15th, 2016 UPDATE
Claude the albino alligator celebrates 21st birthday in styleSAN FRANCISCO, CA: The California Academy of Sciences's resident albino alligator, Claude, is so popular that he's become a mascot of the city of San Francisco. Claude's 21st birthday party was quite the celebration, featuring performances from a local ballet company, a specialty Gator-Ade cocktail, and delicious cupcakes. Snappy couldn't make the party in person, but sent his regards from Texas. Being blue himself, Snappy has always strongly believed that alligators are beautiful, no matter what color they are. Happy Birthday, Claude!
Source: California Academy of Sciences
--August 12th, 2016 UPDATE
Texas homeowner finds alligator hiding in his garageFULSHEAR, TX: Not too far from HostGator's Houston headquarters, a man was surprised to find an alligator hiding in his garage between a lawnmower and the wall.
Snappy figures he was probably just trying to catch a break from the infamous Texas summer heat. Or maybe he was just looking for his toolkit. Source: KTRK-TV Houston
--June 6th, 2016 UPDATE
Alligator spotted using crosswalk, stops trafficPALM COAST, FL: It's common knowledge that gators are model citizens, and that they're famous for following the letter of the law. Just like this gator in Palm Coast, Snappy also uses crosswalks whenever he needs to cross the road. Source: Palm Coast Observer
---June 3rd, 2016, Palmetto, FL
Giant 15-foot gator stalks Florida golf courseThe Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Manatee County doubles as a nature preserve for local wildlife. It's mating season right now for the alligators, so it's not uncommon for the regulars to see one on the green. No one stands out quite like this giant, though, captured in a brave golfer's video below. The typical male alligator grows to about 11 feet; this guy earns his giant title, tapping out at 15 feet. Whether he was looking for a friend, a meal, or a stroll in the sunshine, we'll never know.
Meanwhile, in central Texas, Snappy practices his putting stroke: Source: Bradenton Herald
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by Kyler PattersonSnappy is officially a teenager! Our beloved gator is growing up so quickly. Many companies have entered our industry and only a few can say that they've been in business for 10+ year. We are excited to be able to celebrate our 13th year and it's all because of our AMAZING customers. Without you, none of this would be possible. So we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. In recognition of this big day, we're offering 50% OFF* all new hosting plans. Current customers can also take advantage of this deal by getting a new package as well. This could be your chance to upgrade to a new server type that you've been waiting for. Please check out our Sale FAQ to answer any questions you may have. For the first time ever... Most of the international HostGator brands will be celebrating with their own special offers, and you're invited to check them out: HostGator Brazil HostGator Mexico HostGator India Help us wish Snappy a very happy birthday, and launch your new website in celebration
Monday, September 28, 2015 by Kyler PattersonHostGator fortunately has the opportunity to sponsor some amazing events across the globe. Recently, we had the honor to sponsor the Touch A Truck Family Festival. This event was a wonderful success with over 2,500 people exploring trucks of all shapes and sizes in a secure and safe environment. Not only did our contribution to this event help the Kohl's Children Museum put on the festival, it will also help them continue their two flagship outreach programs: Early Childhood Connections and Everyone at Play. Through ECC, they provide quality early learning opportunities and educational resources to children, families, and educators from across the Chicago metropolitan area. In addition, their Everyone at Play initiative creates hands-on, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children with special needs. We are incredibly grateful for the wonderful folks at the Kohl's Children Museum that do so much to give back to the community. It's people like them that help keep our world look brighter for our future generations. Images courtesy of http://www.rloconsulting.com