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cPanel Conference 2012

Written by Sean Valant

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

This year’s annual cPanel conference was held October 8-10 in Houston, Texas. Being that Houston is home base for HostGator, there were many Gators prowling about the conference.  An excellent time was had by all, from the exhibitor floor and the myriad of speakers to the daily meals and nightly outings and events.  You will be hard pressed to find a conference that can top cPanel’s; they do it right!

 

The festivities kicked off with a dueling piano show at local nightspot Howl at the Moon.  Howl at the Moon is quite an experience on any given night, and the cPanel party was no exception.  Songs and drinks flowed freely, the open bar may have had something to do with that, and the dueling pianists did an excellent job of taking requests from the crowd and otherwise playing hit after hit:

 

Keeping in mind that all of this happened before the doors had actually opened on the conference, one of the highlights of the evening would have to be the spontaneous on-stage “Gangnam Style” group dance.  This pic simply doesn’t do the actual event justice, but shall nonetheless be shared here for posterity’s sake:

 

The first day of the actual conference found Snappy wandering around the exhibition floor and posing for pictures with conference revellers, including Bluehost founder / BetterLinux CEO / all-around ping pong champion Matt Heaton:

 

Matt actually had a standing offer at the BetterLinux booth; anyone who beat him at ping pong won a laptop. It can pretty much go without saying that no one was able to win that laptop. Here’s Matt taking on one of our very own Admin Supervisors:

 

Snappy somehow snuck away long enough to play some Guitar Hero in the conference arcade, conveniently located right next to the HostGator booth.

 

Speaking of the HostGator booth, here’s Brian and Joe holding down the fort:

 

Those white squares you see on the big Snappy there aren’t bandaids.  They’re actually QR code stickers that were related to a convention activity. Have no fear, Snappy didn’t cut himself shaving or get into a fight with any other mascots or anything like that; he was simply participating in the festivities.

We had a great time meeting everyone, talking and handing out HostGator items like the adorable and somewhat infamous plushie Snappys as well as the smaller, squishy stress-ball Snappys.  Regarding those stress-ball Snappys, we happened to come across a rather interesting one. Now, we aren’t trying to alarm anyone with talk of an impending zombie apocalypse, however we did find this one Snappy that was, well, slightly different than all the other Snappys:

 

As day one of the conference wound down, we all prepared for the second night out with our fellow conference attendees.  The venue for night number two was a club called Roak.  Once again an excellent time was had by all.  Roak is an indoor-outdoor club; inside featured a live band, the Spazmatics:

 

The outdoor section of Roak has a swimming pool, which you can see there in the middle of the picture below. At one point, a couple of conference attendees did go ahead and take the plunge, actually jumping into the pool.

 

Towards the end of the night, quite a few folks found their way onto the stage, joining the band for their final encore:

 

The next morning found us back on the conference floor, bright and early. Snappy, being an ever-popular Gator, wound up hanging out at various other booths on day two. It seemed anywhere we went in the exhibit hall, there was a Snappy in view. Here’s Snappy at the BetterLinux booth:

 

And here’s Snappy sitting pretty at the ServerHub booth, who were our very kind neighbors for the duration of the conference:

 

Before it was all said and done, Snappy even found time to get in a game of ping pong. And no, he didn’t win the laptop:

 

As the conference began winding down, we couldn’t help but to reflect on the entire experience and what exactly it all meant.  Yes, cPanel throws an excellent conference and we’re already looking forward to next year’s in New Orleans.  Yes, Houston is a great party town with a vivid nightlife.  Yes, our industry is exciting and any time we come together will undoubtedly be good times.  But how exactly to sum all of that up?  Well, I think this picture essentially does exactly that:

 

We simply cannot conclude this blog post without sending an enormous thank you in particular to cPanel, but also to every single person we interacted with at the conference. We hope you all had as good of time as we did. See you next year!

To see even more pictures from the conference and the nightly parties, check out our official Flickr photostream.

Corralling New Gators

Written by Sean Valant

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

One of the great things about the web-hosting industry is the rather fortunate circumstance of virtually constant growth.  More and more people are taking their lives or businesses online every day.  Additionally, those already online are often ever-expanding their online presence.  A direct result of that is the necessity for us, as one of the leading providers of web hosting, to locate and hire more and more qualified people to support all of the above.  This is certainly a great opportunity, but it can also be somewhat problematic.

Although it would be great if a never-ending stream of qualified individuals would parade through our office doors each day, that simply isn’t the reality.  We have a recruiting department which endeavors to locate people with the correct skills to join us here at The Gator in a variety of available positions.  We often need to dispatch a highly-trained SWAT team of sorts from the swamp here out into the real world in hopes of returning to the fold with some new potential Gators.

Often the missions these aforementioned SWAT(swamp?) teams find themselves at are recruitment events of sorts.  Armed with a very nice tablecloth and often some nice HostGator swag to give out, they go forth into the world in search of qualified candidates:

 

At a recent event, there were HostGator koozies and squishy stress-relief Snappys to be had by anyone able to correctly guess the number of “Gator Eyes” hermetically sealed within a state-of-the-art containment device (hint: there were 499):

 

Another obstacle faced by those who came face-to-face with our recruiters was the much-dreaded “Gator Replication Station,” whereby the hopefuls endeavored to create gators of their own using the materials provided.  Those who successfully replicated gators in the most creative way won HostGator t-shirts and plush Snappys:

 

Certainly the goal is to locate and hire new Gators, but we do try to have as much fun at these events as possible.  The moral of the story though is that we are always on the lookout for new Gators and invite you to apply to come work with us!

HostGator is a great place to work, with many official (and unofficial) perks aside from those indicated on the website.  For example, on the day this blog was written, we had mobile masseuses roaming the office providing free massages to everyone at their desks while they worked.

We certainly appreciate the opportunity to hire individuals with some web-hosting experience, it’s true that the basics of what one needs to know to break into this industry are rather minimal and can be learned by virtually anyone.  Even if you are a complete novice, Google will be happy to teach you about FTP, Email Clients (SMTP, POP3, IMAP), DNS (MX, CNAME, A RECORD) and basic troubleshooting (ping, trace route).  Also, if you have an aptitude or experience providing excellent customer service, then you’re halfway there!

Consider a career with HostGator; we’d like to hear from you!

HostGator Supports NBCAM By Going Pink!

Written by Josh Loe

Friday, October 1st, 2010

We have all known someone in our lives, either close friends, or family who has suffered from some form of cancer. AstraZeneca, which manufactures breast cancer drugs Arimidex and Tamoxifen, founded the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985. The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.

HostGator.com is proud to announce it will be participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month this year by turning “Snappy The Gator” pink on our website. We have also setup a special coupon code “PINK”, the coupon code will allow 20% off the first month of any hosting account we offer and we will donate the first month from every signup that uses this code to breast cancer research.

HostGator Sponsors WordCamp Houston

Written by Josh Loe

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

We are proud to announce our sponsorship of  WordCamp Houston. The event is scheduled for August 7th at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

WordCamp is a conference exclusively about WordPress and all things related to WordPress.  Conferences are held around the nation and this will be the first one of many to come in Houston TX.   When we found out that WordCamp was coming to our backyard here in Houston we had to jump on board.  We have been in attendance at WordCamp before and it is an amazing conference for WordPress users, developers, designers, and other enthusiasts!

WordCamp Houston was such a big deal, it sold out right away.   However,  I do have some good news… We have some passes, and we are giving them away!  We are limited to the amount of passes that we have so we are going to be having a little contest.

All you will need to do 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 all participants into a drawing for the passes.

We will be doing a drawing each day for the next 10 days!

Please check out WordCamp Houston’s Website for more information on this great conference.