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  • The 2015 Tour Du Rouge

    Monday, May 4, 2015 by
    tour du rouge 2015 Spring 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!  

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  • American Red Cross And The Tour Du Rouge

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by
    We 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).
    Tour du Rouge Snappy
    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!
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  • HostGator Proudly Sponsors 2014 Tour Du Rouge

    Monday, March 24, 2014 by
    HG_tour_du_rouge The 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: https://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!
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  • Tour Du Rouge 2012

    Monday, June 11, 2012 by
    HostGator is proud to have presented the 2012 Tour Du Rouge, benefiting the Gulf Coast chapters of The American Red Cross.  The ride traversed five hundred and twenty-six miles, beginning in Houston on May 6th and ending in New Orleans on May 11th, at an average of 88 miles each day.  HostGator designed the awesome jerseys visible in the images below, as well as t-shirts and lots of other event graphics.  Allan, one of our Admins who participated in the ride this year, was kind enough to share some of his experiences with us.

      The morning of the ride began with a performance of The Star-Spangled Banner, followed by a group prayer.  After the ceremonies, a police escort (complete with horse-mounted officers) accompanied the riders from the starting point in Northeast Houston through to the first major freeway, about five miles away.  Beaumont would be the destination for day one.  Allan completed this 88 mile trek in just under 5 hours, despite some rough patches of road along the way.  The image below is from the starting line, with Allan front and center, notice those stylish HostGator jerseys!   Day two would take the riders from Beaumont through Port Arthur and ultimately over the bridge, across the state border into Louisiana. The group stopped for lunch on Holly Beach before hitting the road again and enjoying the scenic Gulf Coast view; finally bedding down in the city of Sulpher, Louisiana.  Allan would traverse these 93 miles once again in just under 5 hours.   Day three held the longest single stretch of the tour; just over 100 miles, from Sulphur to Abbeville.  The day began around 6:30a, in order to get a head start of the inevitably blaring sun.  Unfortunately, Allan experienced a flat tire around mile 3 on a particularly bad patch of road.  This day would turn out to be his most difficult, as he also suffered a knee injury fairly early in the day.  Things began to turn around during the lunch stop in Mermentau, though and Allan was able to finish the day strong.  He made it to Abbeville in about 6 1/2 hours; 30 minutes before the pouring rain.  The weather would prove to be more of an adversary as the tour continued, though.   Day four would deliver the riders into Morgan City, Louisiana.  Breakfast at a local café that morning included an a capella performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by the café owner's son.  Later in the day, the riders paid a visit to Avery Island for a tour of the famous Tabasco factory and it's attached store, which reportedly had some rarely-seen, but absolutely amazing Tabasco chipotle raspberry ice cream.  Allan spent just over 4 hours on this 78 mile trek; by this point, the riders had now covered a total of over 360 miles.   Day five took the riders across the Mississippi River and into Gonzales, Louisiana.  All told, this would be the least eventful day for the tour.  The highlight was the lunch stop at St. Joseph Plantation that included some log cabin style, old-timey school houses.  In hindsight, it would be the calm before the (quite literal) storm that would rain down upon the riders on the final leg of their journey.   The final day of the ride would prove to be a fitting end of a long journey.  Destination: New Orleans, Louisiana! Following a slightly confusing (and last minute) re-routing of the riders' path, Allan and the others would battle fierce wind and sudden downpours as the weather finally decided to let loose on the riders after many threats earlier in the week.  Allan would cross the finish line having spent just over 4 1/2 hours on the final 84 miles of the tour.   With the ride now behind them, and the riders now in dry clothes (at least temporarily), the group gathered at the New Orleans Police Department for an escort into downtown 'Nawlins.  Despite the continuing wind and rain, the riders were warmly greeted by not only a cheering crowd, but also an impressive live band.   Clearly at this point, the only reasonable thing left to do was spend the evening on Bourbon Street in celebration of a ride well ridden.  We'd like to share a picture from Bourbon Street, but to be honest, they're all a little bit blurry for some reason or another... All told, Allan's GPS reports a total of 532.7 miles covered, with a total ride time of 29hrs 43mins 30secs over the course of six days.  The 2012 Tour du Rouge was now in the history books. Our sincere appreciation to The American Red Cross and all those who took part in the 2012 Tour du Rouge, especially the riders themselves and our very own fearless Admin Allan who was kind enough to not only share his experience with us, but also the following pictures:   [slickr-flickr tag=tdr2012 type="slideshow" captions="off" align="center"]
  • Happy Birthday, Snappy!

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by
      History of HostGator In honor of our fifteenth birthday, we present to you a timeline of our favorite milestones in HostGator and Snappy's history.

    A birthday gift for you!

    Did we mention we're hosting a BIG sale on our cloud, shared, and managed WordPress hosting plans today? Head over to our home page to enjoy your special birthday discount (ends Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 at 11:59pm Central).  

    October 22, 2002

    HostGator is founded in a dorm room at Florida Atlantic University. Fun Fact: The company was almost called gatorhost.com instead of HostGator.com! Snappy is born. Hatchling Snappy  

    2003

    HostGator celebrates our 100th customer in February. Snappy celebrates his first birthday and says his first word: “web site.” Baby Snappy  

    2004

    Just one year later, HostGator reaches 1000 customers. Snappy reaches his terrible twos and accordingly has his first temper tantrum when he loses his favorite stuffed teddy bear. Order is restored once he realizes it was hidden under the covers all along. Sleeping Snappy  

    2005

    HostGator gains customers in the tens of thousands, and gets recognized for our award-winning reseller hosting with a Best Reseller Hosting Award from Hosting-Review.com. At age three, Snappy starts riding a tricycle around his neighborhood. This will come in handy later when HostGator sponsors the Tour du Rouge for five years from 2010 to 2014. HostGator Tour Du Rouge  

    2006

    HostGator launches our first international office in Toronto, Ontario. Oh, Canada! The company relocates our headquarters from Boca Raton, Florida, to Houston, Texas, where we've been ever since. HostGator Texas Now four years old, Snappy learns how to tie his shoes and discovers his favorite candies are blue M&Ms. He also adopts his first dog!

     

    2007

    The HostGator blog publishes its very first post. In international news, HostGator opens an office south of the equator in Brazil! HostGator Brazil Office Five-year-old Snappy graduates from kindergarten, where he quickly became the class pro at playing leap frog (the big alligator tail helps). Snappy Graduation  

    2008

    HostGator reaches our first 100,000 customers in the summer and starts offering unmetered space and bandwidth as part of all hosting packages. Snappy joins a Little League team. The six-year-old loves playing shortstop! Baseball Snappy  

    2009

    Just a year later, HostGator reaches 200,000 customers. We also begin offering toll-free numbers with all Business-level hosting packages for no additional cost. Now aged seven, Snappy gets into comic books and decides he wants to be a superhero when he grows up. Superhero Snappy  

    2010

    HostGator opens our second Texas office in the state capital, Austin. We also win a Customer Service award from The Best Web Hosting Service. At age eight, Snappy spends a lot of time building forts with his friends and learning to play basketball. Basketball Snappy  

    2011

    HostGator reaches over 500 employees and our support team receives its 5 millionth LiveChat. HostGator India launches! Nine-year-old Snappy goes to his first summer camp and discovers his passion for painting. Check out his self-portrait below. (Just kidding; this was drawn by a child of one of our customers.)
    Snappy Drawing Artist Snappy
     

    2012

    HostGator is acquired by Endurance International Group. Snappy reaches his double digits and throws a pool party in honor of his tenth birthday! Snappy Pool Party  

    2013

    Endurance International Group, HostGator's parent company, goes public. Aged eleven, Snappy debuts a new look at the Houston Aquarium. He found the stingray exhibit fascinating.

     

    2014

    HostGator stretches its global reach, launching HostGator China and HostGator Russia. Snappy stars in his first live-action advertisement!

    2015

    HostGator launches managed WordPress hosting and integrates MOJO Marketplace into our QuickInstall platform. A teenager at last! Snappy gets his first cell phone. Snappy with phone  

    2016

    HostGator announces our cloud hosting and website builder products. Now that he's fourteen years old, Snappy suffers from teenage angst. He regularly puts a KEEP OUT sign on his bedroom door. We think he's developed his first crush, but he's too busy Snapchatting to let us know who it is he's dreaming of. Snappy Dreaming

    2017

    HostGator launches an upgraded dedicated server platform and is putting the final touches on our new customer portal. Snappy starts high school and is now the big man on campus! He even made the Junior Varsity football team. Letter Jacket Snappy

    Bonus Offer! Get Your Free Snappy Gift Today!

    The coveted Snappy plush. It's our most requested item on social media. Customers and Snappy fans often tweet us asking for their own. HostGator Snappy Tweet In honor of Snappy's birthday sale, we are giving away free Snappy stuffed animals for a limited time! Note: This giveaway is closed! Thanks to everyone who participated!