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Friday, December 23, 2016 by

Top 10 Blogs of 2016

It’s the end of the year… that special time we spend spreading holiday cheer with friends and family, reflecting on cherished memories from another year gone by, and, of course, reading round up “Best of 2016” posts online.

Without further ado, here’s our list of HostGator’s top posts of 2016. Enjoy!

#10 Ultimate WordPress Plugins for E-Commerce

Best WordPress Plugins for eCommerce

WordPress started as a simple blogging platform, but has since grown into a full-fledged website building machine. Whether you’re just selling a few products on your WordPress site or building a full-fledged e-commerce store, you can simplify the process with any of these six trusted plugins. Keep reading…


#9 How To Monetize Your Blog in 5 Steps

How to Monetize Your Blog

The mere thought of being able to write about something you’re passionate about and have that result in actual money in your pocket is enough to make anyone smile. But making money from your blog doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. Let’s dive into a process that will help you monetize your blog and turn your passion into a real-life business. Keep reading…


#8 Shared Hosting vs WordPress Hosting – What’s the Difference?

Shared Hosting vs WordPress Hosting

Hosting is an absolutely critical aspect of any online business. Without the proper hosting, you won’t have a website, it’s as simple as that. However, choosing the right kind of hosting package for your needs is another thing entirely. In this post we review the key differences between two popular options: managed WordPress hosting versus a basic shared hosting plan where you’re just using WordPress as a CMS. Keep reading…


#7 Happy Birthday, Snappy!

History of HostGator

This year we celebrated another year of being in business! In honor of our fourteenth birthday, we present to you a timeline of our favorite milestones in HostGator and Snappy’s history. Keep reading…


#6 Introducing Cloud Hosting from HostGator

HostGator Cloud Sites Banner

In January, we launched our cloud hosting platform. The platform offers customers increased reliability, scalability and performance while still giving them full access to the cPanel features they know and love, in the cloud! Built on pooled compute and storage resources with features that allow us to respond quickly and easily to any hardware issues that arise, our cloud platform also includes a fully-redundant storage array with three copies of your data mirrored to ensure optimum data integrity. Keep reading…


#5 Best WordPress Plugins for SEO

Best WordPress Plugins for SEO

If you want to get organic traffic to your site, optimizing your blog posts for search engines is critical. WordPress SEO plugins can really help to simplify and speed up this process. However, with the myriad of SEO plugins available, it can be overwhelming to know how to choose the best one(s). Keep reading…


#4 No Motivation To Blog? 4 Habits To Keep You On Track

No Motivation to Blog

Blogging can be incredibly valuable, whether you’re writing for yourself or trying to bring additional traffic to your business. However, it’s easy for the initial burst of inspiration to die off, and you’re left with the long work of building a popular blog all on your own. It can be very hard to stay motivated, especially in the early stages when your blog is getting little to no traffic. Here are a few tips for how you can stay motivated when you’re feeling discouraged. Keep reading…


#3 Make Your Own Minecraft Server

Setting Up a Minecraft Server

If you’ve been gaming online for anytime at all, then you’ve probably been drawn into the world of Minecraft. Playing Minecraft is fun, but what about when you want to customize the rules of the game and have your friends join in on the fun? The answer is running your own Minecraft server. Keep reading…


#2 Top WordPress Plugins for Sending Push Notifications

Push Notifications From WordPress

Push notifications are simple alert messages that inform you about the latest entries from the platform that you signed up for, whether it be the latest blog articles, new feature releases, or straightforward ‘special’ offers for you to take advantage of. Getting your latest blog posts out to users’ mobile devices as soon as they are published via push notifications is a sure way of keeping your audience engaged. Keep reading…


#1 The New cPanel Paper Lantern Theme At HostGator

HostGator cPanel dashboard

In fall of this year, we announced the launch of the new HostGator Paper Lantern cPanel theme, with the goal of providing a better user experience to our valued customers. Explore the key features that come with this release. Keep reading…


What was your favorite HostGator blog of 2016? Let us know in the comments!

Thank you for reading and happy holidays!

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.
  • md.maruf
    26 December 2016 at 6:05 pm

    any offer 1 year domain buy?

    • Amelia Willson
      27 December 2016 at 10:44 am

      Hi there!

      You can register domains on a 1, 2, or 3-year basis with HostGator. Visit to check if your domain name is available. Thank you.