Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Kyler PattersonHOSTGATOR TO KICK OFF NATIONAL PET MONTH WITH A PET ADOPTION DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF AUSTIN PETS ALIVE! National Pet Month promotes the benefits of pet ownership, importance of pet adoption and increases the public’s awareness of the value and contribution of companion animals; On Friday, May 1, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., HostGator, will host a Puppy Adoption Drive with Austin Pets Alive! in celebration of National Pet Month. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and adopt puppies at the event and participate in fun activities celebrating National Pet Month. In addition to hosting the adoption drive, HostGator’s Director of Human Resources will also present a $5,000 donation to Austin Pets Alive! Austin Pets Alive! was founded in 2008 to help alleviate overcrowding in the city’s animal shelters and increase the live outcomes of Austin’s shelter and rescue animals. Since its founding, the organization has saved more than 25,000 cats and dogs in the Greater Austin area. If you wish to attend the event, please feel free to RSVP on our Facebook event in order to get a reminder notification.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by Sean ValantToday, Snappy felt the need to speak out publicly about his love for pets of all shapes and sizes, but especially puppies. The mistreatment and abandonment of puppies is a heart-breaking situation, and Snappy wants to do something about it! Austin Pets Alive is a no-kill animal shelter that saves more than 6,000 animals from euthanasia annually. As of this moment, we will donate $5 for every new hosting sign-up via coupon code PUPPYLOVE to Austin pets Alive, up to $5,000. Not only will we be making this donation, but coupon code PUPPYLOVE also carries a 50% discount on all new hosting packages. Help us fight animal abuse and abandonment, while saving 50% off new hosting packages! Get started right now by visiting http://gtrkb.com/puppylove Thank you to everyone who participates in this donation, and thank you to Austin Pets Alive!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Sean ValantIt seems like only yesterday that our beloved blue gator was crawling around the swamp, still in diapers. Oh, how time flies!Twelve years ago today, the HostGator.com domain was registered and thus Snappy was born. We like to mark this occasion each year with a something special. This year we’re extremely happy to officially announce our new Texas datacenter! All new hosting accounts are now being provisioned right here in Houston, Texas, at CyrusOne! CyrusOne features redundant power and cooling, along with state-of-the-art security and virtually everything one could ask for in a new datacenter. We're very proud to be back home in Texas with CyrusOne! Not only are we in a brand new data center, but Snappy is offering special discounts in celebration of his birthday! All new hosting plans with 6-month billing cycles are 65% off. All new hosting plans with billing cycles of other than 6-months are 45% off. There's even more great birthday news! Existing customers are welcome to take advantage of these discounts as well, please see this FAQ for full information. To sign up, simply visit http://www.hostgator.com! This sale ends at 11:59p CST tonight (Wednesday, October 22, 2014). Happy birthday, Snappy!
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Sean ValantIf you haven't seen the first three posts in this series, we'd highly recommend checking them out right here. With that out of the way, let's dive right into our newest batch of fake IDs! Up first is what appears to perhaps be a French ID, aside from the fact that we suspect it may not be official and, in fact, it might even be homemade. Surely the finest colored pencils were used in order to replicate an official document, but with our collective keen eye we determined that this ID raised enough red flags for us to consider it most likely counterfeit: Our next ID may not be completely homemade, but it's a close second. If not for the name, age, and gender having clearly been Photoshopped in, our attention may have been brought to the fact that the picture (on the otherwise blurry photograph) is clearly a selfie. While it is possible, in this modern age, that government agencies would accept selfies for their official documents, we have our doubts about this one: This next person didn't really try to fool us, they apparently just sent us an image from Discover Card's own advertising. No points for creativity were awarded for this one, but here it is anyway: Only slightly more effort went into the following image, which is clearly just a sample identification card image, and features a birthday of 00/00/0000: We will now enter the celebrity portion of this batch of fake IDs. The following image arrived with an explanation, and we quote: "I could only acquire a photo ID of CIA card with my name Michael Westen." It is worth noting that the customer's name was not, in fact, Michael Westen: We quickly determined that we could also acquire a photo ID of CIA card in the name of Michael Westen, on eBay: Up next we have Mr. Bradley Cooper, of "The Hangover" fame as well as the famous "Ellen" selfie from the 2014 Oscars. One way or another, he found himself on a "CEO" identification card... but he's not getting hosting here with this ID, CEO or not: Rounding out our celebrity portion is the character made famous by Will Ferrel in the movie Talladega Nights, Mr. Ricky Bobby himself!: For our final image, let's talk about puns. Puns are something that we generally try to avoid, when given a choice. But this next picture simply makes it unavoidable. This is, bar none, the best ID that we've ever been sent... and it's not even a fake, per se. But if we were giving out prizes for this, then we would award this ID one entire Internet as a prize. As for that pun, well, this ID quite literally takes the cake: Yes, that is what it looks like; someone baked a cake and used their ID as decoration and then sent us a picture. They didn't physically send us the cake, unfortunately. For the record, while our Fraud Prevention Department was highly entertained by this, this was not acceptable as a valid form of ID for our purposes, so they did ultimately have to send us a proper scan. Nonetheless, we applaud their creativity! Given that an ID on a cake is pretty hard to top (did we really just slide another pun into this post?), we will likely be retiring this blog post topic. We've had a lot of fun with the posts, and fraudsters beware, we're as vigilant as ever... but a cake ID, that's more than we ever hoped for when starting this series of blog posts. We hope you've enjoyed them as much as we have!
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Saturday, July 5, 2014 by Tathiana Sobroza
It has been almost 3 weeks since the World Cup started in Brazil, with the first round bringing a lot of surprises and countless emotions experienced by fans all over the world. Great teams have gone back home earlier than expected while other teams have overcome everyone's expectations by doing a great job.
Brazil team is still competing and we, Brazilians, could not be more excited, after all the World Cup is being held in our country. Moreover, this is our chance to become a six-time soccer champion, a position that has never been achieved by any team.
The fact is that soccer is more than just a sport in Brazil. It is the most loved one. Soccer makes no differentiation, attracting people from all classes, ages and genders. It is a promising career to ones, a hobby to others and the favorite sport for the most of us. And every four years, it unites the whole country, making us proud of being Brazilians.
The excitement could not be different in HostGator's Brazil office! We have got all prepared for the Brazil games, with Snappy joining us and cheering for Brazil as well. He has a big heart! ;)
We know Brazil soccer team has a big challenge ahead with so many good teams to play with, but if the results depend on our desire to win, Brazil has already won.