Monday, August 31, 2009 Newsletter - August 2009

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Monthly Tip:
Need to tweak your .htaccess file? Learn how to create 301 redirects and a bunch of other useful resources on our forums.

Support Resources:
We now have a brand new, revamped knowledgebase at It's complete with brand new video tutorials.

Tech Updates:
The latest software updates on our servers for our Shared/Reseller customers:

- MySQL InnoDB Support
- MySQL version 5.1
- FastCGI
- Apache 2.2.x

Site of the Month:
The SOTM for July is by one of our employees (we know, we're biased), but it's actually for a charity event benefiting a great cause. For four days, many nerds will be playing RockBand and donating proceeds to Child's Play. Check out: The Rock-a-Thon.

Special Offer:
Save 20% on your next hosting plan or order with HostGator. Use the coupon code hgnews8.

July 2009 Stats:
Emails Sent: 347,331,200
Emails Received: 933,283,000
Domains Hosted: 2,358,406
Size of Files Hosted: 542.3 TB
Monthly Bandwidth: 3,874.9 TB

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Gator Happenings

Hi Mohamed,

It’s been a hot summer at HostGator headquarters in Houston, TX. It didn’t help that a power surge at our office took down the power and, with it, the air conditioning for a full day (read the blog post: Anatomy of an Outage). During all of this, a bunch of employees went to each other’s houses to work from home for the day. While working from home may have its benefits, we’ll take the HostGator office over a coworker’s living room any day.

The summer hasn’t been all bad for us though. Just this month, HostGator was named the 239th fastest growing privately-owned company in the U.S. on the Inc. 500|5000 list for 2009 (read the blog post: HostGator Ranks 239).

In this issue of our newsletter, we’re announcing some new products, giving away free PCI compliance scans, and providing you with other interesting HostGator information.

-- The Team at HostGator
Product Updates

Many of our customers have been requesting VPS, and we’re happy to announce that it’s right around the corner. If you are interested in VPS, or want to know what to know what in the world it is, check our VPS forum thread.

We’ve been doing a lot of upgrades on our Business Hosting plan. Over the last year or so, it has received a bunch of new features including a free private SSL certificate and a free toll-free (866#) number with 100 minutes included. If you’re on the Hatchling or Baby plan, you can always upgrade to the Business plan at any time.


PCI Compliance

HostGator follows PCI compliance standards to ensure that our customers’ data and information is safe and secure. More and more merchant accounts and payment gateways are requiring that e-commerce websites become PCI compliant in order to accept credit cards. We recently made a deal with McAfee Secure to give all of our shared (Hatchling, Baby, Business) hosting accounts free PCI scans for an entire year.

You can take advantage of this by logging into your control panel, and clicking “Account Addons” under the HostGator Links section. From there, just click the “Free PCI Scan” link to submit your site’s information.


Affiliate Program

We’re now paying out well over $400,000 every month to our affiliates! To make money, all you have to do is sign up for our affiliate program, and send anyone who needs hosting your unique link. Once they sign up, we track the sale back to you and pay you a commission. Or you can always put your unique affiliate link up on your website with one of our banners, and make money if any of your website’s visitors signs up for HostGator!


VOiP Service - 3 Months Free

Save up to 75% on phone service and toll-free numbers with VOIPo, the only VoIP service backed by HostGator.  Just connect your regular phone to the adapter we send (free) and use it like normal.  All you need is a high-speed internet connection.

For a limited time, you can get unlimited calling to the US/Canada, an hour of free international calling each month, and over 35 features starting at $8.25/Mo. Plus with coupon GATORNEWS, you'll get an additional 3 months free (on yearly plans) or 1 month free (on monthly plans) on all VOIPo services.

Available to US customers only.  Visit to learn more.

Around the Forums

Here are a few interesting discussions going on around the forums:

- gwyneth posted some great getting started info for promoting your website, getting listed in the search engines with good SEO links.

- gwyneth also posted a thread to help explain and define common web hosting related terms.

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