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Optimized WordPress Overview


What is Optimized WordPress?

Optimized WordPress (OWP) is a new hosting platform specifically built for an optimized and managed WordPress environment. Optimized WordPress hosting packages will come pre-loaded with PHP 7.4 by default. HostGator will automatically handle all core updates, as well as updating any installed themes or plugins available from WordPress.org.

In other words, you won't have to worry about logging into your WP-Admin panel to handle common updates. Additionally, Optimized WordPress does not provide cPanel access, allowing you to install and access your WordPress sites without needing to access or navigate an extra control panel to do the things you want to do. There are six different levels of Optimized WordPress packages available for purchase:

Package TypeBlogs Included
Starter1 Blog
Standard2 Blogs
Business3 or 5 Blogs
Pro10 or 20 Blogs


No domain name yet for your new WordPress website? You can register for a new domain through our front-of-site https://www.hostgator.com/domains. Please check the article, Registering a Domain Name with HostGator, to guide you with the domain registration.


What's included with Optimized WordPress?

Optimized WordPress offers incredible value by not just providing a managed experience that removes obstacles such as cPanel and software upgrades from developing your site the way you want it. It also will include all of the following services already built directly into the Optimized WordPress hosting price:

All of these services, already a great value for existing HostGator customers, will be included in every Optimized WordPress package's cost!

No cPanel? No problem!

Optimized WordPress does not come with cPanel access. Why not? cPanel is not necessary for the functionality of WordPress! The hosting side will be managed via the Customer Portal, with webmail functionality. HostGator will handle any management that would require cPanel access to the server to provide a seamless service and a pure WordPress experience.


How does email work without cPanel? You will have the ability to add or delete email accounts directly in Portal, set the quota, create/generate passwords for email addresses. See the following article for instructions on how to create email accounts for Optimized WordPress to get started.

FTP Access

Advanced users and developers can create FTP accounts, making it possible to upload custom theme files and premium plugin code. FTP access even allows you to directly modify WordPress files from outside of the Dashboard! Please see the following article for more information about the FTP of Optimized WordPress.

Security Updates

Optimized WordPress will have HostGator mod_sec rules built-in, so you won't have to worry about malicious users, injections, or other general security concerns. Because we also handle the updating of plugins, themes, and core files, there's a significantly smaller chance of malware due to outdated WordPress components.


Because of the level of redundancy that has been built into Optimized WordPress hosting, we can perform server hardware maintenance without you experiencing downtime.


If you have an existing WordPress blog with HostGator on any plan or with another host, we can migrate it! The migration fee for one WordPress per blog on your plan is waived when you request a migration within the first 30 days of opening your new account!

Check our article regarding website transfers for more information.

Note: Our Optimized WordPress hosting is limited to a single WordPress site per instance. For this reason, multi-site is not an option at this time.

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