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  • HostGator Volunteers For The Holidays!

    Thursday, December 8, 2016 by
    Snappy with HostGator Houston Food Drive Donation BoxThe holidays are one of those unique times of year where we spend a lot of our time shopping for ourselves and those close to us, but we also donate our time volunteering to causes we care about and people we may never meet. At HostGator, things are no different. Our team has been up to some pretty impressive volunteering work lately, if we do say so ourselves. Check it out...  

    Local Food Drives in November

    Last month, our Houston and Austin offices organized food drives for our local food banks, Houston Food Bank and Central Texas Food Bank. To make it fun, we split the offices up into teams. A little competition never hurt anyone, right? In Austin, eight teams donated food items to the Central Texas Food Bank. Our total donation came to 532 pounds! According to the Central Texas Food Bank, that equals...

    532 pounds of food = 444 meals!

    Even better, the winning purple team chose to forego their prize of unlimited gloating and an exclusive pizza party to donate the $250 budget to the Central Texas Food Bank, which is another 2,000 meals! Thanks to all of our generous employees who donated to families in need, and especially to the winners of the purple team: Robin, Robert, John, Guadalupe, Thomas, John, Aspen, Thomas, Jeremy, Brandon, Lindsay, Gary, Ross, Bajram, Tom, Rowina, David, Michael, Nicholas, Xaviar, Kaneko, Joseph, Morgan, Jonathan, and Amy! Take a look at the pictures below: HostGator Austin Food Drive for Central Texas Food Bank
    HostGator Food Drive for Houston Food Bank  HostGator Houston Food Bank Donation Drive  HostGator Houston Food Drive

    Clothing and Toy Donations in December

    Endurance and HostGator Volunteers with Blue SantaThe November food drive was just the beginning. We had caught the volunteering bug! Last week, HostGator staff teamed up with some of our fellow colleagues at Endurance International Group to volunteer at Operation Blue Santa. We spent an afternoon packing toys and food donations for Austin families in need. Next up, we're collecting donations for Toys for Tots and Front Steps, an organization which provides clothing to homeless living under the I-35 bridge in Austin. To learn more about these non-profits and how you can help, please visit one of the links below: Read more about HostGator's volunteer and charitable work with Houston Food Bank and American Red Cross. For tips on improving your own nonprofit website, check out these posts from our blog: Happy holidays, everyone!
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  • HostGator Holiday Weekend Giveaway

    Wednesday, November 23, 2016 by
    HostGator ThanksgivingHello, fellow gators and friends of gators! Are you ready for the yearly holiday shopping mania this weekend? It’s that wonderful time of year when we finally invest in that expensive item we’ve been drooling over (iPhone 7, anyone?), splurge on our favorite goodies, or buy gifts for our friends and loved ones. It’s also a time to take a step back and reflect on what we’re thankful for.  

    What HostGator Is Thankful For

    At HostGator, for instance, we have a lot to be thankful for this year: In January, we launched our cloud hosting, which includes lightning fast page load speeds (good for your SEO!), easy resource scaling, and an intuitive performance dashboard. In June, our employees rallied to donate resources and support to those affected by the floods in Houston. In September, we released our Website Builder, making it easier than ever for customers to design and build beautiful, professional-looking sites. Oh, and did we mention it comes free with all of our hosting plans? In October, our beloved blue alligator mascot Snappy turned 14 (and so did HostGator)! But most of all, we are thankful for YOU, our customers. Every one of you plays a role in making HostGator possible. Whether it’s helping you out in the middle of the night with your email configuration, answering your questions on social media, or seeing the final product of your brand new website… we’re humbled to be a part of your success. Thank you for trusting your website with us.  

    Announcing The HostGator Holiday Weekend Giveaway!

    To show our thanks, the HostGator team has been preparing some mega sales for this crazy holiday weekend ahead of us. From Friday through Tuesday, you can enjoy 65% off all hosting AND $5.99 domains! Plus, we’ll be hosting random flash sales where the savings are even greater! But that’s not all! We’re also giving away free HostGator goodies all weekend long! Whether it’s tweeting, commenting, or sharing - there will be plenty of opportunities for you to win a free Snappy stuffed animal, a HostGator shirt, exclusive free hosting deals or coupons, and even an Xbox or two! Just bookmark this blog post and check in throughout the weekend to be the first to know about our free giveaways. The legal stuff: You can read the HostGator Holiday Weekend Giveaway Official Rules here. From all of us at HostGator (and Snappy, too), Thank you!

    Holiday Weekend Giveaway #1

    Win A Free HostGator Shirt!

    THIS PROMO IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who participated!

    Free HostGator Shirt

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Want to win a free HostGator shirt? Awesome! Just scroll down to comment on this blog post sharing what you're most thankful for this year.  Ten (10) winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email on or before Wednesday 11/30 to receive their free HostGator shirt! This promo ended on 11/24/16 at 11:59pm Central time. Congratulations to our winners Nathan, Nino, Partha, Raphael, Doug, James, Purushottam, Frank, Richard, and Rahul!

    Black Friday Giveaway #2

    Follow our Snapchat for an Exclusive 70% Off Promo Code!

    THIS PROMO IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who participated!

    HostGator Snapchat

    It's Black Friday!

    Head over to Snapchat where you'll find Snappy sharing an exclusive 70% off promo code just for our Snapchat followers. It's valid on all new web hosting purchased TODAY ONLY. This promo ended on 11/25/16 at 11:59pm Central time.

    Black Friday Giveaway #3

    Win A Free Snappy Plush!

    THIS PROMO IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who participated!

    HostGator Snappy stuffed animal

    It's Black Friday!

    Have you always wanted a cuddly Snappy all your own? Today may be your lucky day... We're giving away 100 free Snappy stuffed animals! All you have to do is share a message on Facebook or Twitter to spread the word about our sale using the form below. But hurry - there are only 100 Snappys available. Once you share the message, you'll unlock a link to order your free Snappy. Don't forget to tweet or Facebook us a photo of you two hanging out once he arrives! This promo ended on 11/25/16.

    Black Friday Giveaway #4

    Win A HostGator Xbox!

    THIS PROMO IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who participated!

    HostGator Xbox

    It's Black Friday!

    Playing video games is a lot more fun when you've got Snappy rooting for you, which is why today we are giving away a custom HostGator Xbox! To enter for your chance to win, follow us on Facebook or TwitterThen complete the form below to verify your entry. One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email on or before Wednesday 11/30 to receive their free HostGator Xbox!
    This promo ended on 11/25/16 at 11:59pm Central time. Congratulations to our winner Kristin!

    Small Business Saturday Giveaway #5

    Win A Free Year of Business Hosting!

    THIS PROMO IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who participated!

    HostGator Shared Business Hosting Discount

    Happy Small Business Saturday!

    Today is all about supporting small and local business. In that spirit, we're giving away a year of our shared business hosting (valued at $203.40) to five lucky Instagrammers. For your chance to win, tag @HostGator on Instagram with a photo of you supporting small business, whether you're the owner, an employee, or a customer. Use the hashtag #HostGatorSale. Five (5) winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email on or before Wednesday 11/30 to receive their free year of shared business hosting from HostGator! This promo ended on 11/26/16 at 11:59pm Central time. Congratulations to our winners Jerry and Tom!

    Small Business Saturday Giveaway #6

    Win A Free HostGator Shirt!

    THIS PROMO IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who participated!

    Free HostGator Shirt

    Happy Small Business Saturday!

    What's the best cure for Black Friday hangover? Supporting small business! For your chance to win a HostGator t-shirt, scroll down to leave a comment on this blog post to share which small business(es) you're supporting this year. Twenty (20) winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email on or before Wednesday 11/30 to receive their free HostGator shirt! This promo ended on 11/26/16 at 11:59pm Central time. Congratulations to our winners Sand, Jean, David, Jason, Atila, Jonas, Michelle, Md.Zehadul, Hansell, Kelly, Tony, Jessica, and Cat!

    Cyber Monday Giveaway #7

    Win A HostGator Xbox!

    THIS PROMO IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who participated!

    HostGator Xbox

    It's Cyber Monday!

    The weekend may be over, but the deals aren't! Today we are giving away a custom HostGator Xbox! To enter for your chance to win, share a message on Facebook or Twitter to spread the word about our sale using the form below. Once you share the message, the form will unlock an entry form where you'll need to enter a few details to verify your entry. One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email on or before Wednesday 11/30 to receive their free HostGator Xbox! This promo ended on 11/28/16 at 11:59pm Central time. Congratulations to our winner Vivan!

    Cyber Monday Giveaway #8

    Win A Free Snappy Plush!

    THIS PROMO IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who participated!

    HostGator Snappy stuffed animal

    It's Cyber Monday!

    Sure, you probably loaded up on all kinds of holiday gifts this weekend, but... What's that? You weren't able to find that stuffed blue alligator you had on your wish list? No problem, we're about to fix that! Today we're giving away 25 free Snappy stuffed animals! Just scroll down to comment on this blog post and share the best deal you scored this weekend.  Twenty-five (25) winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email on or before Wednesday 11/30 to receive their free Snappy plush! This promo ended on 11/28/16 at 11:59pm Central time. Congratulations to our winners Charchit, Kamran, Dennis, Malcolm, Hakan, Vivan, Stephen, Eduardo, Luke, Scott, Satwik, Patricia, Nina, Michelle, Pei, Tom, Debbie, and An!

    Cyber Tuesday Giveaway #9

    Two Giveaways in One!

    Enter To Win A Free Snappy PLUS Exclusive 70% Off Discount!

    THIS PROMO IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who participated!

    HostGator Shared Business Hosting Discount

    It's Cyber Monday Reloaded!

    Cyber Monday may be over, but at HostGator we're still celebrating! Today we have an exclusive 70% off discount just for you. Thanks for reading our blog! We're also giving away fifty (50) free Snappy stuffed animals! Just share a message on Facebook or Twitter to spread the word about our sale using the form below.  Once you've shared the message, the 70% off code will be revealed and you can complete a short form for your chance to win a free Snappy! This promo ended on 11/29/16 at 11:59pm Central time. Congratulations to our winners Dennis, Jason, Luke, Samantha, Tom, Luka, Ray, Andy, Nat, Tom, Anthony, Megan, Eliza, Cindy, Calvin, Kamran, Cat, Ernesto, Rafael, Scott, Fernanda, Russell, Nat, Richard, Don, Steven, Aline, Linda, Debbie, Jeff, Kelly, Christian, Kristine, and Muhammed!
  • Konami Code Websites: HostGator Joins In On The Fun

    Thursday, November 17, 2016 by
    HostGator Easter Egg Have you ever been typing away, had your fingers slip on your keyboard, and stumbled upon a new trick or keyboard shortcut? These happy accidents are one way people find easter eggs in websites, software, or video games. Now Easter eggs have become so well-known, that people regularly look for them. One of the most popular ways to find them is by using the Konami Code.  

    What Is The Konami Code?

    In case you don’t know, the Konami Code made its debut in the 1985 Nintendo arcade game Gradius. Entering the code, which is up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, gives the player a boost of power-ups or some kind of bonus. The guy who invented it, Kazuhisa Hashimoto, was in charge of developing and testing the game. The only problem was, he wasn’t any good at playing it. So he created something that would be easy to remember and give him power-ups so he could continue playing and testing. The Konami Code is legendary even today, and the fun has extended from the video game console to the desktop computer, with many websites revealing a song, a free download, or a funny redesign of the page upon entering the code. Mashable has a list of their favorites, and you can view a complete list of all websites that feature the code on KonamiCodeSites.com.  

    HostGator Hides An Easter Egg

    We know a lot of you love digging into code and are experienced gamers, so we at HostGator felt it was about time we hid an easter egg on our own site. Kyler Patterson from our Marketing team joined up with Isaac Acuna from our Customer Experience team and they hid an easter egg on the registration page of our site. They figure it would be fun to have the Konami Code activate a surprise 80% discount for one lucky visitor. You may have seen Snappy in his Easter Bunny garb before… so we knew he’d approve of us hiding some eggs on the site. HostGator Easter Snappy They deployed the code on June 21st and started to wait. When would someone discover it?  

    The Egg Is Found

    One day in early August, Andrew Bonar, founder of EmailExpert.org, was looking to purchase a reseller hosting package. How did he know to look for it? Andrew explains, “I found it as a result of poring over your code. I was trying to identify how you verified and applied your discount vouchers quickly and seamlessly without a page refresh and how that then got applied to the package choices.” After he selected his hosting package and added it to his cart, he continued playing around. Finally, he decided to try the Konami Code. The next thing he knew, this popped up on his screen: HostGator Konami Code Bonar admits he was surprised it wasn’t a gimmick. “I was not certain it would be honored and half expected an email advising the offer was not applicable due to whatever series of terms and conditions. Had I been more confident I may well have taken the offer up on a multiyear basis!” [bctt tweet="Congratulations to @AndrewBonar on finding the @HostGator Konami Code Easter Egg!" username="hostgator"]  

    The Hunt Continues… Will You Find The Next Easter Egg?

    Where will the next Easter Egg be?  Will it be on our checkout page again? Or maybe hiding on our dedicated server page? Maybe it will only be accessible to current customers in cPanel. It is up to you to find out... Create Your Blog
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  • Want To Grow Your Site Traffic? Don’t Miss Our Webinar With SumoMe!

    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by
    Grow Site Traffic Webinar I have a question for you: Are you looking to grow your site traffic? Of course you are. Who isn't? One of the best ways to immediately improve your website traffic is through email marketing. Build a loyal base of email subscribers who will keep returning to your site over and over again to read and share your content with their friends, who in turn become email subscribers... see how this works? This brings me to my next question. How many email subscribers do you have? 1000? 100? 0? Whatever it is, you'll want to join our upcoming webinar on November 15th with SumoMe. They've helped over 450,000 websites increase site traffic through their intuitive WordPress plugins that are fully customizable to match the look and feel of your website. They've got exit popups, welcome mats, heatmaps, A/B testing, and more! Noah Kagan SumoMeSumoMe's founder Noah Kagan will be walking you through how SumoMe's products can grow your business with email marketing. This free webinar will include real-world examples, actionable tips, and a live Q & A. A little bit about Noah: As the 30th employee at Facebook, the third at Mint, and the founder of Gambit, AppSumo, and SumoMe, it's safe to say Noah's experienced in launching successful businesses. He has been featured in Inc., Business Insider, and The Art of Charm podcast. On November 15th, he'll be sharing his insights and experience with you!

    Click here to register for free today.

    Free Webinar: Skyrocket Your Business With Email Marketing

    Tuesday, November 15th at 12:00pm Central

    By the end of the webinar, you'll understand:
    • Why you must  start collecting emails immediately (even if you don't think you need to)
    • How each email subscriber literally turns into money in your bank account
    • 4 easy things you can do to see explosive email list growth TODAY
    Find out how you can build your website, your business, and your fan base in this free 60-minute webinar.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    IMPORTANT: This will be hosted via Go To Webinar, which only holds 1,000 people so be sure to join early!  
  • Introducing The HostGator Marketplace – For All Your Website Needs!

    Monday, October 17, 2016 by
    HostGator Marketplace Introducing the all-new HostGator Marketplace! Snappy and his friends have been hard at work creating the perfect place to find what you need for your website. Whether you’re looking to give your new WordPress site a shiny new look with a professional WordPress theme, set up your email with Google for Work or you just need some extra security to ensure your website is locked down, the HostGator marketplace is the place for you. With the new HostGator Marketplace, you can...
    • Shop the HostGator Marketplace right inside the control panel!
    • Keep track of all your websites and purchases in one place!
    • Purchase using your hosting account to make buying a snap!
    • Shop WordPress themes, easy setup services, email, security, plugins and more!
    In addition to the web hosting, domains, script installs and database tools you’re accustomed to, now you’ll be able to easily access a full suite of products to help you build, grow and even protect your websites. We’ve even included business productivity tools and news and how to articles from the HostGator Blog to help you with your day to day.  

    Site Builders & CMS:

    Build your website easily with our simple drag-and drop editor, or use WordPress, the world's most popular blogging platform.

    Site Builders  

    Themes & Design:

    Do you want a beautiful website, but you're not a designer? No problem. Choose from thousands of themes available in Mojo marketplace, or have one of our experts design your site for you. You can also request one-off graphic design projects.

    Website Themes  

    Productivity Tools:

    Take your business to the next level with our productivity and growth tools. With Google Apps, you can collaborate seamlessly with your growing team and share documents with clients. goMobi makes your website responsive, so your site still looks good and is easy to use whether someone visits from a desktop computer or mobile phone. Supercharge your social media with Facebook advertising.

    Website Productivity Tools  

    Security & Backups:

    If you have an online business, it's essential that you secure your website, both for yourself and customers. Protect your site from hackers with SiteLock and save copies with CodeGuard. eCommerce site owners can keep customer data private with a SSL certificate.

    Website Security Tools  

    Email & Online Marketing:

    Grow your blog subscriber list or notify customers of new promotions with email marketing from Constant Contact. Our SEO services will help you get found online.

    Email Marketing Tools  

    Plugins:

    Whether you want to incorporate Google AdSense, add a contact form, or personalize the shopping cart experience, you can customize your ultimate website with plugins from WordPress, Magento, and other software.

    WordPress Plugins  

    Professional Website Services:

    Looking for an out-of-this-world web designer? Need help boosting your local search results? Transferring from another host? Whatever it is, our team is here to help with all your website needs.

    Professional Website Services   We hope you enjoy the new HostGator Marketplace and find it convenient and useful. Have feedback, requests or suggestions? Let us know in the comments or contact our support team

    Get Started With HostGator!

     
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