Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Sean ValantIt all began innocently enough, we saw a commercial on TV that depicted the less-than-ideal care of a puppy as part of a marketing campaign that was itself unrelated to animal welfare. How odd we thought this was, but it inspired us to reach out to a local Austin no-kill animal shelter in order to see how we could help. Initially, we ran a sale whereby we would donate $5 of each new signup to Austin Pets Alive. As we continued to communicate with the shelter though, it became clear that we could assist even further; we decided to host a pet adoption event at our Austin office. Prepare for images of cute puppies! The event was a resounding success. Many Austin residents came out and went home with new members of their families. Every single puppy was adopted, which we were told set a new event record. HostGator not only donated a $5,000 check to Austin Pets Alive, but also paid all the fees for each and every adoption. We're incredibly happy to have found new homes for these puppies. Gators clearly care for all the birds and beasts of the animal kingdom, certainly not just the swamp-dwelling ones! Update: HostGator is now a proud official sponsor of Austin Pets Alive.
Monday, May 4, 2015 by Sean ValantSpring is in the air, and around the HostGator offices that means the Tour du Rouge is fast-approaching! This will be the 6th year that the charity ride has taken place, and our 6th year as a sponsor. To revisit our history of sponsoring this event, please see our related blog archive. For those who aren't familiar, the Tour du Rouge is a 533 mile bicycle ride, from Houston to New Orleans, benefiting The American Red Cross, which provides valuable services to our friends and neighbors in the Gulf Coast region and beyond. In celebration of the event, we are also offering 55% off all new hosting plans - now through 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, May 6th. Simply click the button below, and be sure to use coupon code REDCROSS15, in order to get started hosting with HostGator!
Sunday, June 1, 2014 by Sean Valant
HostGator recently filmed our first-ever live action advertisement featuring Snappy. We thought it'd be fun to share with you some of the behind-the-scenes action. The actual filming was done at our Austin office and features several actual HostGator employees, as well as a couple of professional actors (because we host websites way better than we act, true story).
The first shot of the day involved some Snappy stunt work in front of a green screen, in order to utilize some movie magic in post production. You'll see the results of this shot in the final video (of course), but this is what it looked like in real life. And yes, that's basically just Snappy sideways on an office chair:
While we won't be giving away the actual plot of the video here, it did involve the creation of a fictional hosting company. "OnHold Hosting - we'll get to you... sometime":
OnHold Hosting, it turns out, does not encourage a very clean working environment. In fact, their desks are downright gross:
Here's a final shot from OnHold Hosting. There's quite a lot going on in this picture: lights, sound, camera... and Snappy's leg:
Once we wrapped on OnHold Hosting, it was time to walk down the hallway to HostGator! Admittedly, that is a professional actor in the center, but he is flanked by two real-life HostGator employees:
Here's what things looked like from the other side of the camera:
Snappy, being ever-helpful, was always happy to wipe the brow of a hard-working HostGator support agent... or at least an actor playing a hard-working HostGator support Agent that recently had water sprayed on his forehead to simulate sweat:
We were down to the final shot of the day; Snappy, of course, was ready for his close-up:
And then, after a long day in front of the camera, Snappy was ready for his nap:
Thank you to all the folks who made it happen, from the production team and the actors, to the HostGator staff who all pitched in to make it a success. That's a wrap!:
And without further ado, here is the world premier of the brand new HostGator advertisement:
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Sean ValantWe are happy to announce HostGator is celebrating our 5th year sponsoring the Tour du Rouge, benefiting the American Red Cross. The Tour du Rouge is a 533 mile bicycle ride from Houston to New Orleans, spanning 6 days (May 4th - 9th, 2014).In recognition of not only the overall cause, but the dedication of the riders and volunteers that make this event possible, we wanted to do something a little bit extra this year. Today only, all new hosting accounts are 50% off and new domains are starting at just $4 per year; on top of that, we are donating $1 to the American Red Cross for every new hosting package signed up for as part of this promotion. The American Red Cross provides a myriad of services, from disaster relief assistance to emergency contact for military personnel with their families, as well as community outreach programs such as CPR/First Aid training and swimming lessons. Ultimately, what the Red Cross does is help people and save lives. The Tour du Rouge directly benefits the Red Cross chapters in the Gulf Coast, essentially the region directly through which the cyclists travel on their journey. What began in 2009 with sixty-three riders, has now grown to 200 riders and hundreds of additional volunteers. This event is about real people helping real people overcome challenges and otherwise preparing individuals to act appropriately in emergency situations. HostGator is so proud to be involved with such an event. We invite you to become involved as well. Today you can get a great deal on a new hosting package and help us to help so many more people: sign up now!
Monday, March 24, 2014 by Sean ValantThe Tour du Rogue is a 533 mile bicycle ride, from Houston to New Orleans, benefiting The American Red Cross. HostGator is proudly celebrating it's fifth year sponsoring the ride. From May 4th - 9th this year, the riders (including some HostGator employees) will brave the elements, and possibly even some real alligators throughout the swamps of Louisiana, in order to raise money for the Red Cross.The Tour du Rouge is something that is very close to HostGator's collective heart. From disaster relief to blood donation, and a myriad of services in-between, The American Red Cross provides valuable service to our friends and neighbors in the Gulf Coast region and beyond. Many HostGator employees are cycling enthusiasts and enjoy the challenge of this annual ride, you may have seen our past coverage of the event: http://www.hostgator.com/blog/2012/06/11/tour-du-rouge-2012/ We are doing something extra special this year in support of the cause as well, and we wanted to go ahead and make the announcement here on our blog. For one day only, tomorrow March 25th, not only are we having a special sale on all new hosting accounts and domains, but we're also donating an additional $1 from every account signed up for via this promotion to The American Red Cross. Full details will be announced at midnight tonight, but if you've been thinking about signing up for a new hosting account, or registering a new domain, then you can do so while also helping out a great cause all day tomorrow!