Legal and Acceptable Content
Below are commonly asked questions regarding acceptable content for websites hosted with HostGator. We recommend reviewing the Acceptable Use Policy under our Terms of Service for more information.
Do you allow sites to advertise for money?
- We allow sites to have commercial advertisements.
Can I use advertisement banners?
- Static HTML banners are acceptable.
- Script-based banners are not allowed. These cause a high processor load and can crash the server, especially if the banner loads on many different pages.
Do you allow adult sites?
- We allow adult sites. They must be legal in the United States of America and the state of Texas.
Examples of Unacceptable Material
Certain material is unacceptable and not allowed for all websites hosted with HostGator, including but not limited to the following:
- Anonymous or Bulk SMS Gateways
- AutoSurf/PTC/PTS/PPC sites
- Bank Debentures/Bank Debenture Trading Programs
- Banner-Ad services (commercial banner ad rotation)
- Broadcast or Streaming of Live Sporting Events (UFC, NASCAR,
- Bruteforce Programs/Scripts/Applications
- Commercial Audio Streaming (more than one or two streams)
- Cryptocurrency Miners
- Escrow/Bank Debentures
- FIFA, NFL, MLB, NBA, WWE, WWF, etc.)
- File Dump/Mirror Scripts (similar to RapidShare)
- Forums or websites that distribute or link to warez/pirated/illegal content
- Fraudulent Sites (Including but not limited to sites listed at aa419.org & escrow-fraud.com)
- Hacker focused sites/archives/programs.High-Yield Interest Programs (HYIP) or Related Sites
- Image Hosting Scripts (similar to Photobucket or Tinypic)
- Investment Sites (FOREX, E-Gold Exchange, Second Line/Linden Exchange, Ponzi, MLM/Pyramid Scheme)
- IP Scanners
- IRC Scripts/Bots
- IRCD (IRC servers)
- Lottery/Gambling Sites
- Mail Bombers/Spam Scripts
- Mailer Pro
- PayDay loan affiliate programs, etc.)
- PayDay Loan Sites (including any site related to PayDay loans,
- Prime Banks Programs
- Proxy Scripts/Anonymizers
- Push button mail scripts
- Sale of any controlled substance without prior proof of appropriate permit(s)
- Sites promoting illegal activities
- Tell A Friend Scripts
More details regarding inappropriate material can be found in our Acceptable Use Policy.
Shared and Reseller Accounts
The following are not acceptable on HostGator shared servers:
Storing files - Our shared servers are not for storing or archiving files, videos, mp3s, or other data. While we try to be flexible, using a shared hosting account as a backup/storage device is not permissible.
Media streaming - We support HTTP streaming on shared servers; however, live streaming is not supported. (This is because an HTTP stream has a defined beginning and end. Live streaming joins in the middle of a broadcast.)