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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



HostGator celebrates our 100th customer in February.

Snappy celebrates his first birthday and says his first word: “web site.”

Baby Snappy



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



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



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!



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



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



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



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



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


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



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.



HostGator stretches its global reach, launching HostGator China and HostGator Russia.

Snappy stars in his first live-action advertisement!


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



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


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!

Amelia is the Content Marketing Manager for HostGator. Her areas of expertise include content development and strategy, SEO, and online reputation management. When she’s not helping solopreneurs or SMB owners with their online marketing needs, you can usually find her running around Austin, TX with her dog or blogging about Disneyland.

  • Don Welch
    21 October 2016 at 10:37 am
  • Michael White
    21 October 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I wished Snappy a Happy Birthday through Twitter, but I did not get a form to fill out my address to get the Snappy stuffed animal.

  • Dory McAlister
    21 October 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Happy birthday 🎂 snappy!!!🎉

  • Deirdre HESSER
    21 October 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Happy birthday!

  • April Jones
    21 October 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Happy birthday Snappy!

  • Cena Rodgers
    21 October 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Happy birthday snappy!!

  • chelsey krug
    21 October 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Happy Birthday:)

  • Diana Haggerty
    21 October 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Happy birthday snappy

  • Amy jevyak
    21 October 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Happy 14th Birthday Snappy!

  • jessica ace
    21 October 2016 at 1:00 pm


  • Bessie Boyd
    21 October 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!!

  • Bonita Allen
    21 October 2016 at 1:01 pm

    This is adorable would love to have it ty

  • jiselle lotz
    21 October 2016 at 1:04 pm

    happy birthday!

  • Denise Helton
    21 October 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Deb Klein
    21 October 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Happy birthday Snappy!

  • Christina Vance
    21 October 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Sweet! How cute!

  • Julie McGowan
    21 October 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!!

  • Mickie Gradberg
    21 October 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Happy happy Birthday to yooooou 🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼

  • Chris
    21 October 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Happy birthday Snappy…tweeted and all

  • Heather Smitherman
    21 October 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Happy birthday!🎂

  • sharon
    21 October 2016 at 1:08 pm

    happy birthday snappy have a great day

  • Kristen
    21 October 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Happy birthday

  • Heather Collins
    21 October 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!!

  • Jennifer Ayotte
    21 October 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Happy birthday snappy!

  • Rozanne Powell
    21 October 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy !!!!!!

  • Ulla Young
    21 October 2016 at 1:09 pm

    happy birthday Snappy

  • Sherry ryan
    21 October 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!

  • Kristina
    21 October 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Bessie Boyd
    21 October 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I wished snappy a haopy birthday on twitter but didn’t receive a form for shipping address to receive a plush Snappy. My twitter handle is @BoydBess

  • Roxanne Powell
    21 October 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy !!!!!!!

  • Amanda Duberstein
    21 October 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!

  • Kelly Warchol
    21 October 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy !!!!

  • Kayla Norris
    21 October 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Happy birthday. Great way to celebrate

  • I Janet Spraut
    21 October 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Happy birthday,Snappy! I wish you years and years of more happy birthdays!

  • Cathy raines
    21 October 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy

  • Tori Weir
    21 October 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I tweeted, but did not get a form to fill out. :( My nephew would love this!

  • cheyenne shaw
    21 October 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Happy birthday Snappy

  • Mumujita
    21 October 2016 at 1:12 pm

    OMG love

  • Tonya R Gaskin
    21 October 2016 at 1:13 pm

    My sons birthday is Nov 29th

  • Lisa Adler
    21 October 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Even if I can’t get a Snappy, I hope you have a gatorific birthday!! 🤗🤗🤗

  • jill nunn
    21 October 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Happiest of birthdays SNAPPY!

  • Erin Rose
    21 October 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!!!

  • Cynthia Dubuque
    21 October 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, Snappy!

  • A. Creighton
    21 October 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!

  • Sherry Ray
    21 October 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Happy birthday Snappy!!!

  • Tamara Bracy
    21 October 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Happy birthday Snappy !!!

  • Andrea Stoller
    21 October 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Love it

  • Jean T
    21 October 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Happy Biryhday Snappy!

  • Brandi
    21 October 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Happy birthday Snappy!!!

  • Lindsay Gerber
    21 October 2016 at 1:24 pm


    21 October 2016 at 1:34 pm


  • Jennifer
    21 October 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Happy birthday snappy

  • Tina
    21 October 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!!!🎉🎈

  • stephanie boyett
    21 October 2016 at 1:54 pm

    happy birthday snappy

  • Sharon
    21 October 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy 🎂

  • Joyce Jefferson
    21 October 2016 at 2:23 pm

    happy birthday 🎂

  • Denise Shoemaker
    21 October 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!

  • Pamela Lewis
    21 October 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Happy birthday, Snappy! 🎂

  • Shayna Griffith Happy
    21 October 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Happy birthday snappy!

  • April Ashcraft
    21 October 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!

  • Molly Todd
    21 October 2016 at 4:01 pm

    HAPpy Birthday!!!

  • Tracy Dees
    21 October 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!

  • sylvia watkins
    21 October 2016 at 4:30 pm

    happy birthday Sappy

  • Hean
    21 October 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Happy Birthday

  • Candace estelle
    21 October 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Happy birthday snappy

  • Michelle
    21 October 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Happy birthday snappy.

  • Jamella Gaines
    21 October 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Happy birthday Snappy

  • Marlene
    21 October 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!

  • valerie
    21 October 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Happy birthday!!🍰

  • Sandy High
    21 October 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Happy Birthday SNAPPY!!!!

  • Tammy Kennedy
    21 October 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • heather finley
    21 October 2016 at 8:09 pm

    happy birthday snappy !!

  • Codi Ridgway
    21 October 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Happy birthday

    21 October 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!!!

  • Victoria Delhagen
    21 October 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Happy birthday snappy

  • Carrie smith
    22 October 2016 at 9:20 am

    Happy birthday snappy!

  • Albert lerma
    22 October 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Happy Birthday snappy!!

  • Amy
    22 October 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Happy Snappy Birthday!

  • Dawn Wright
    23 October 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy!!!!!!!

  • ali ahmed
    18 October 2017 at 9:44 am

    Happy Snappy Birthday ! <3

  • ade
    18 October 2017 at 10:10 am

    Happy Birthday Snappy!!!!!!!

  • daniel lori
    18 October 2017 at 11:15 am

    happy birthday Snappy

  • David Evans
    18 October 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Happy Birthday Snappy! You bring me such happiness! Hope you have a great year!!

  • Jason
    19 October 2017 at 10:11 am

    Happy birthday hope y’all have many more

  • Akohdon
    23 October 2017 at 1:53 am

    Happy birthday snappy