The Harbor has been secured.
HostGator is now Safe Harbor Certified. Safe Harbor is the name of a policy agreement established between the United States Department of Commerce and the European Union (E.U.) in November 2000 to regulate the way that U.S. companies export and handle the personal data (such as names and addresses) of European citizens. The agreement is a policy compromise set up in response to a European directive that differed from traditional business procedures for U.S. companies dealing with the E.U. In 1998, the E.U. established the European Commission Directive on Data Protection, which prohibited data transfer to non-European countries that did not adhere to stringent criteria. In effect, because the guidelines were very strict, they made it illegal to transfer most citizens’ personal data outside of Europe.
If you are still awake after reading that, let me summarize this for you. Basically this means that we follow strict privacy rules agreed upon by the EU(European Union) and US and allows personal data to be transferred. We figured our overseas customers would be interested to know that we are now certified. (This really is a big deal).
Desperate times, call for desperate measures.
I want to apologize for starting this month’s newsletter off with legal mumbo jumbo. There were some exciting things that happened here at HostGator this month besides the Safe Harbor certification. We have a new member to the HostGator tattoo club! Below is a picture of a tattoo that was received in Las Vegas, NV. The person in this picture received this tattoo for 2,000$ in gambling money and a trip to Vegas with Brent. Which raises the question, would you do this for the same price? Fill out our online poll here:
This is the second person to get a HostGator tattoo, the first was Billy the human billboard. You would be surprised how many people ask about getting our logo tattooed on their bodies.
If you are in the US then you more than likely have seen our billboards in any major city close to you. We have also sponsored numerous UFC fighters and will continue to look for new exciting ways to advertise our business.
We’ll give you $50 without getting a tattoo.
The only catch is… You have to rate your ticket responses. We strive for top notch customer service here at HostGator and when you rate your ticket responses it helps us improve on this. So we’re going to be entering everyone who rates a ticket into a drawing for a $50 service credit. Rating a ticket takes less than a minute and can save you some money on your next hosting bill. Details can be found here.
HostGator is Expanding.
In our last newsletter we announced that we are expanding and opening a brand new support center in Austin, TX. I wrote a blog post about the expansion with a little more information:
Please feel free to leave comments and ask questions in this blog post as I know it doesn’t cover everything regarding the expansion.
Staffing is one of our biggest problems here at HostGator, and has been since our Boca days. We hire 24 new employees every two weeks and this is simply not enough to cover our expanding customer base while maintaining the customer service HostGator is known for. Having two support centers will help this as we will now have two cities to pull candidates from and more space. We will basically be doubling our staff and are looking to have around 300-400 employees in Austin within the next year or so. We currently have 387 employees here at our Houston headquarters.
Site of the Month:
GamerFill is a highly-ambitious video gaming news site that started in late March of this year. They cover all of the new topics and trends in the gaming industry, straight from the producers themselves. They also conduct professional video reviews of the latest games and always give their honest opinions (Unlike some of the leading sites out there), in order to save you from buying a bad game. They also cover the latest trailers, conduct previews of upcoming games, demo coverage, as well as host frequent contests and giveaways.
— Josh Loe & The Team at HostGator
HostGator Around the Web
Did you know that HostGator has an active presence on both Twitter and Facebook? Consider following us on Twitter and/or becoming a fan of HostGator on Facebook to get the latest HostGator news and updates.
HostGator is now eating up phone bills with VOIPo which is a VoIP provider founded by HostGator executives in 2006. Here are some updates:
1) For a limited time, you can use coupon code GATORNEWS when ordering
VOIPo services to get 3 months free (added to yearly package) or 1
month free (added to monthly package).
VOIPo’s Home & Home Office package offers unlimited calling to the
US/Canada and includes over 40 features for just $8.25 per month with
free activation, a free phone adapter, and free shipping.
2) New lower international rates and all VOIPo plans include 60 free
minutes of international calling to select destinations each month.
Example: Calls to India are now just $0.02 per minute.
Visit www.voipo.com/hostgator to learn more or to order.