Uptime is an important aspect of a web hosting. Before you sign up with any web hosting provider, you should check the uptime report of that company. If the web hosting service provider is not able to offer at least 99.5% uptime then you should not select that hosting provider.
What is Uptime?
Uptime is a measurement of how much time your server stayed up and how much time the service is working. If your web site hosted server is not up or there is any problem in the internet service provider of your hosting company then your site may face a connection issue.
Your website may completely go down or it can take forever to respond. If your site is not working properly then it can hurt your business. It takes a lot of time and efforts to get customers to your business website. Now if they find that your site is not working, they will quickly close the browser tab search for your competitor. So it's very important that your site is up and running all the time.
How to Find Good Uptime Hosting Provider?
It is not that much difficult to find a good hosting service provider with high uptime. Ofcourse, you can not expect 100% uptime with any shared hosting provider. Downtime is unavoidable. You can not ignore it. If you pay very high amount for the hosting then also there is not guarantee that you will get 100% uptime.
If you want to find a hosting provider with higher uptime then just search for the uptime report of the company. You will definitely find the uptime report for any hosting provider. Customers generally measure the uptime of their hosting provider and put it for public. So that if someone want to join that hosting provider then she can easily take a decision after looking at the uptime report. Make sure that your hosting provider is keeping more than one data center. So you will have higher uptime.
HostGator Uptime Guarantee
There are many web hosting companies who offer 100% uptime guarantee but if you read their terms and conditions then you will find that there is a catch. 100% is not exactly 100%. HostGator offers 99.9% uptime guarantee. It also offers 45 days money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the uptime then you can ask for refund within 45 days after joining.
This website keeps the track of HostGator uptime. I checked the uptime when I first signup with them. Here you will find the uptime report from January 2014 to February 2015. HostGator has always delivered more than 99.9% uptime. In few months, it gave 100% uptime.
I am currently using UptimeRobot to check the uptime. Uptime robot checks the site at every 5 minutes interval. So there is a very less chance that any big downtime goes without being noticed. I have included the uptime report below.
HostGator Uptime For January 2014
Uptime : 100%
Avg. Response Time : 0.26s
HostGator Uptime For February 2014
Uptime : 99.924%
Avg. Response Time : 0.24s
HostGator Uptime For March 2014
Avg. Response Time : 0.225s
HostGator Uptime For April 2014
Avg. Response Time : 0.221s
HostGator Uptime For May 2014
Avg. Response Time : 0.217s
HostGator Uptime For June 2014
Avg. Response Time : 0.187s
HostGator Uptime For July 2014
Avg. Response Time : 0.177s
HostGator Uptime For August 2014
Avg. Response Time : 0.185s
HostGator Uptime For September 2014
Uptime: 100.000 %
Avg. Response Time : 0.193s
HostGator Uptime For October 2014
Uptime: 100.000 %
Avg. Response Time : 0.192s
HostGator Uptime For November 2014
Uptime: 99.95 %
Avg. Response Time : 0.195s
HostGator Uptime For December 2014
Uptime: 100.000 %
Avg. Response Time : 0.180s
HostGator Uptime For January 2015
Uptime: 99.972 %
Avg. Response Time : 0.186s
HostGator Uptime For February 2015
Uptime: 99.977 %
Avg. Response Time : 0.191s
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