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  • HostGator Visits The Houston Food Bank

    Friday, August 23, 2013 by
    The entire HostGator training staff recently took a day off from training and instead spent it volunteering at The Houston Food Bank, which was founded in 1982 and provides food and other products to more than 500 hunger relief agencies in southeast Texas. HG_Houston_Food_Bank_01 The Houston Food Bank is the nation’s largest-size Feeding America food bank, operating in an impressive 308,000 square foot facility. HG_Houston_Food_Bank_02 Before we could begin, an orientation was necessary to ensure we knew exactly what and how we were to accomplish the day's work. HG_Houston_Food_Bank_03 Having now been oriented, it was time to get down to work.  Although, in the case of Jorge here, work highly consists of photobombing. HG_Houston_Food_Bank_04 As work continued for the vast majority of the staff, Jorge continued to excel at his particular style of "work." HG_Houston_Food_Bank_05 The day ended successfully, and we want to sincerely thank The Houston Food Bank for the opportunity!  If you are in the Houston area and would like to volunteer, please find the information here.  When you do volunteer, be sure to wear closed-toe shoes.  One of our staff, who shall remain nameless (*cough*David*cough*) had to borrow a mis-matched pair of shoes from the food bank in order to work. HG_Houston_Food_Bank_06Fortunately, for the aforementioned un-named Gator (*sneeze*DAVID!*sneeze*), mis-matched grey is the new black.  Thank you again to The Houston Food Bank for the opportunity to have volunteered for the day.
  • Dear HostGator Clients

    Friday, August 2, 2013 by
    Today our Provo, Utah datacenter experienced outages that may have affected access to your website and account services.  At this time, all services have been restored. I would like to extend my sincerest apologies for this occurrence, as well as the negative impact that it may have had on your websites and businesses. The outages began during routine maintenance which traditionally has been completed without any disruption. Unfortunately, hardware failures including our core routers cascaded causing downtime and network instability. Our datacenter technicians reacted immediately, working tirelessly alongside the hardware providers to re-establish connectivity as quickly as possible. Our engineers are conducting a thorough review of the incident and implementing new processes and safeguards in order to prevent similar occurrences in the future. Please know that customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us; we are committed to providing you with the high-quality, reliable service that you’ve come to expect and very-well deserve.  We apologize for failing to exceed that expectation during this incident. If you are still experiencing any issues, please contact us via http://support.hostgator.com so that we may properly assist you. In closing, we’d like to thank you for your understanding and patience throughout this situation. We truly value your business. Sincerely, Adam Farrar CEO, HostGator.com
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  • Magic Mondays

    Monday, July 22, 2013 by
    The HostGator offices are populated by very diverse and creative individuals.  We have talented artists and musicians and practitioners of virtually every other creative pursuit imaginable.  We're an interesting bunch, and from time to time our creative interests intersect with our workday. We've been periodically posting videos on our YouTube channel of Bobby, one of our front-line support agents, mystifying and astounding his fellow gators with his own brand of up-close magic; Magic Mondays it has come to be known as. Our YouTube channel has lots of videos, from the educational to the entertaining.  Help pass the time this Monday and go check it out, maybe even subscribe in order to get the latest video content from us!  In the meantime, we wanted to share the most recent Magic Monday video with you right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jIG4eA8PpY   Do you have any requests or suggestions for video content we can create to share with you?  Leave us a comment and let us know!
  • More Gator Art

    Friday, July 19, 2013 by
    It's been a little while since we shared some good ol' gator art with you. We received this drawing from a customer following us having assisted them with a support issue.  They were so pleased with the resolution that they emailed us this one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn image of a gator apparently drinking a cocktail on an island.  Of note are the nice boat there in the background, which likely served the cocktail to the gator, as well as the beautiful sunset that really brings the whole image together.  The artist did not sign their piece of art, so we can only thank them anonymously:

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    From time to time, as seen in our Office Art series, some of our own staff will get a creative inclination and produce some impressive HostGator-themed art.  One of our support staff created the following shirt, featuring a blinged-out Snappy!

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    Let's take a closer look at this shirt, as it truly is a remarkable piece of bedazzle-y craftsmanship:

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    We would love to see any HostGator-themed art that you produce!  If you're feeling gator-art inspired, please send us your creations at feedback@hostgator.com ATTN: Blog and we can share your art with the world!
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  • The New & Improved Snappy

    Monday, July 1, 2013 by
    It has been historically noted that Snappy hasn't always been in the best of shape.  To be fair, eating up the competition can create a caloric surplus, resulting in excessive weight gain.  Also, those long hours sitting in front of a computer can negatively impact one's physique.  Snappy was once even compared to a blue salamander, which is clearly an insult to a proud gator.  At any rate, Snappy has been in the gym, working on his fitness.  It's likely that you've gotten a glimpse of the new and improved Snappy in recent weeks on this very blog, but let's revisit Snappy's look over the years, and touch on some of the highlights. It is a rarely-known fact that Snappy threw out the first pitch at a Houston Astros game a few years ago:   Every now and again, we'd see Snappy roaming around the HostGator offices and rubbing elbows with his colleagues:   Truth be told, Snappy has even been spotted on the roof of the Houston office:   As Snappy began to see more and more pictures of himself, he began to really consider getting into better shape. The HostGator Austin building has a pretty stellar gym, Snappy was seen hitting the treadmill in there more and more. It seems like all that hard work has finally paid off, because this is what Snappy looks like today! snappy_today   Clearly this is a far more fit gator, ready to take on the world! Snappy has never felt better, and with summer now upon us, Snappy intends to take his fitness to the next level, perhaps even participating in an Ironman triathlon... assuming there's no Irongator triathlons he can enter. Snappy would also like to get out and about. Maybe you know of some location or function at which Snappy could appear, if so be sure to let us know by emailing feedback@hostgator.com ATTN: Blog