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HostGator is a Houston-based provider of shared, reseller, virtual private server, and dedicated web hosting with an additional presence in Austin, Texas.[3][4], LLC
Public company
IndustryWeb hosting
FoundedOctober 23, 2002; 16 years ago (2002-10-23)[1]
FounderBrent Oxley
HeadquartersHouston, Texas, United States
ProductsWeb services
Revenue$34.2 million (2008)[2]
OwnerEndurance International Group



HostGator was founded in October 2002[5] by Brent Oxley, who was then a student at Florida Atlantic University.[6] By 2006, HostGator had passed the 200,000 mark in registered domains.[7]

In 2007, the company moved from the original office in Boca Raton, Florida to a new 20,000 square foot building in Houston, Texas.[8]

In 2008, Inc. Magazine ranked HostGator in its list of fastest growing companies at 21 in the United States and 1 in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas area[9] The same year, HostGator decided to make their hosting service green hosting by working with Integrated Ecosystem Market Services.[10] In 2008, HostGator prepared for competition companies touting themselves as providing "unlimited" hosting services. Founder Brent Oxley was adamant about being able to back up an "unlimited" option prior to offering service named as such and increased staffing. He suggested that this move increased sales by at least 30%.

In 2010, an office was added in Austin, Texas[8] In 2011, HostGator started operations in India with a its office in Nashik, Maharashtra and a data centre.

In 2012, HostGator was sold to Endurance International Group (EIG) for USD $225 million. On 21 June 2012, CEO and founder Brent Oxley announced the sale of HostGator, advised employees and users not to worry in part because Oxley would still own the buildings HostGator used. He said he wanted to travel the world before he had children. He was also candid about the failures in creating stable billing and register portions of HostGator, and hoped that Endurance might fix those.[11]


2012 social engineering attackEdit

In May 2012, the computer hacker group UGNazi claimed responsibility for hacking the web server of the web host billing software developer WHMCS in an apparent social engineering attack involving HostGator.[12][13] A member of the group Cosmo called WHMCS's hosting provider impersonating a senior employee.[14] They were subsequently granted root access to WHMCS's web server after providing information for identity verification. UGNazi later leaked publicly WHMCS's SQL database containing user information and 500,000 customer credit cards,[14] website files, and cPanel configuration.[15] After this issue WHMCS emailed members to change their passwords.

2013 service outagesEdit

Since its acquisition by Endurance International, Hostgator has suffered an increased incidence of server outages and downtime. Notably, on August 2, 2013 and December 31, 2013, Endurance International Group’s data center in Provo, Utah, experienced network outages that affected thousands of customers of Bluehost,[16] HostGator,[17] HostMonster and JustHost.[18][19][20][21]


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  4. ^ Harrell, Barry (May 25, 2010). "HostGator expanding to Austin, bringing 300 jobs". Austin-American Statesman. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  5. ^ "Happy 10th Birthday, Snappy! | HostGator Blog". Retrieved 2017-03-06.
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  7. ^ "Web Host Host Gator at 200,000 Names". 2006.
  8. ^ a b "About the Company". HostGator. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  9. ^ "HostGator -- Business Services, inc5000 Article — Inc. Articles". Inc. Magazine. 2008. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  10. ^ "Host Gator Paints Itself Green". 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  11. ^ "See you later Alligator". 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  12. ^ "UGNazi Leaks 1.7 GB of Data from WHMCS Servers". Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  13. ^ Samson, Ted (22 May 2012). "Hacker group UGNazi leaks and deletes billing service's database". InfoWorld. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  14. ^ a b "Hackers Impersonate Web Billing Firm's Staff To Spill 500,000 Users' Passwords And Credit Cards". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  15. ^ Leyden,, John (22 May 2012). "Titsup WHMCS calls the Feds after credit-card megaleak". The Register. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  16. ^ Warren, Christina (August 2, 2013). "Bluehost, HostGator and HostMonster Go Down". Mashable. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  17. ^ "network-outage-multiple-servers". Hostgator. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  18. ^ "Bluehost, Hostmonster and Others Taken Down For A Day". New Times Reporter. Aug 2, 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  19. ^ "Bluehost, HostMonster, And HostGator Websites Go Down Following Maintenance Issue". The Inquisitr News. August 2, 1013. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  20. ^ Miller, Rich (August 2, 2013). "Major Outage for BlueHost, HostGator, HostMonster". Data Center Knowledge. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  21. ^ HENDERSON, NICOLE (August 2, 2013). "Network Issues Cause HostGator, Bluehost and HostMonster Provo Data Center Outage". Retrieved 16 February 2014.

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