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A Brief History Of HostGator.com

HostGator is a global provider of web hosting and related services.

Founded in a dorm room at Florida Atlantic University by Brent Oxley, HostGator has grown into a leading provider of Shared, Reseller, VPS, and Dedicated web hosting. HostGator is headquartered in Houston and Austin, Texas, with several international offices throughout the globe.

A Snappy Timeline

  • October 22, 2002

    HostGator Founded

    In a Florida dorm room, HostGator's founder Brent Oxley weighs the pros and cons of naming his company either hostgator.com or gatorhost.com, ultimately choosing the former and registering the domain on October 22, 2002.

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    February 1, 2003

    The First 100 Customers

    As of February 1st, 2003, HostGator had 112 active customers. On the same date, one year later, there would be 1,031 active customers.

  • June 29, 2006

    Toronto, Ontario Office Opens

    Canada, being a much more fertile ground for System Admins than Boca Raton, resulted in the opening of HostGator's first international office. Oh, Canada!

  • November 1, 2006

    Relocating From Boca Raton To Houston

    Having outgrown the initial 2,000 square foot office space, and exhausted the local Boca Raton talent pool from which to hire employees, HostGator moved to a 25,000 square foot building in Houston, Texas. Forty of the fifty Florida employees made the move to Texas, where HostGator has remained ever since.

  • May 4, 2007

    blog.hostgator.com Publishes Its First Post

    The HostGator blog published its first post, aptly titled "Welcome to Gator Crossing," on May 4th, 2007. "Gator Crossing" remains the official name of the blog to this day.

  • May 23, 2007

    HostGator Opens An Office In Brazil

    Expanding its International reach, HostGator opens another office in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, being our first South of the equator office!

  • September 10, 2009

    200,000 Customers

    The first 100,000 customers were reached around the middle of 2008, with the second hundred thousand occurring in September of 2009.

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    August 16th, 2010

    Austin Office Opened

    Having outgrown the initial Houston office, HostGator again looked West and expanded into a new 100,000 square foot office in Austin, Texas.

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    February 2, 2011

    500 Employees

    As of February, HostGator now has over 500 employees. And we've virtually never stopped hiring since!

  • November 29, 2011

    5,000,000th LiveChat

    On November 29th, 2011 at 9:21:23 CST, HostGator received our 5,000,000th LiveChat.

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    June 21, 2012

    EIG Acquisition

    On June 21, 2012, Brent Oxley announced that HostGator was being acquired by Endurance International Group.

  • May 15, 2014

    HostGator China & HostGator Russia Open

    HostGator stretches its global reach with localized, in-language offerings for Chinese and Russian customers.

  • February 1, 2015

    HostGator Mexico Begins Operations

    HostGator broadens Spanish-speaking support with the launch of hostgator.mx.

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    July 8, 2015

    Managed WordPress Hosting Launch

    Having been a recommended WordPress partner for years, it was about time we launched our own managed WordPress offering!

  • May 26, 2024

    The Day You Apply To HostGator!

    HostGator is seeking dedicated and motivated employees looking for a career in customer service / technical support.

    See Open Positions!