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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.

HostGator was founded in 2002 by Brent Oxley, who was then a student at Florida Atlantic University.[4] By 2006, HostGator had passed the 200,000 mark in registered domains.[5]
In 2007, the company moved from the original office in Boca Raton, Florida to a new 20,000 square building in Houston, Texas.[2]
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[6] The same year, HostGator decided to make their hosting service green hosting by working with Integrated Ecosystem Market Services.[7] 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[2] In 2011, HostGator started operations in India with a its office in Nashik, Maharashtra and a data centre.
On 21 June 2012, CEO and founder Brent Oxley announced the sale of HostGator to Endurance International Group, 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 registrar portions of HostGator, and hoped that Endurance might fix those.[8] HostGator was sold to Enduarance International Group for $225 million USD.
As of 2013, HostGator hosts over 9 million domains.[citation needed]

Green hosting

Green hosting

Green hosting or eco-friendly hosting is Internet hosting which involves green technologies to reduce environmental impact.
Green hosting includes Carbon offsetting, powering a data center directly with renewable energy, planting trees, plants and grass around and over Data Centers and more day-to-day activities such as energy conservation and the use of energy saving appliances.[citation needed] Green hosting utilizes green marketing which focuses on green consumers and their concern about the environment.
World Internet usage statistics show that the Internet is still rapidly growing in the U.S. and growing from 400 to 1000% a year, worldwide. In fact, in 2005, Jonathan Koomey reported that the total electric bill to operate those servers and related infrastructure equipment was $2.7 billion in the United States and $7.2 billion worldwide. a web server on average produces more than 630 kg of CO2 and consumes 1,000 KWh of energy annually. A green host on the other hand, theoretically produces zero CO2. It is estimated that if energy consumption due to web hosting keeps raising at the current rate by 2020 the industry will be polluting the planet more than the airline industry. With so much demand on resources, eco-friendly hosting services have emerged.
The percentage of electricity consumption varies between organizations, but the Department of Energy estimates that 10 percent of the federal government’s electricity use goes to data centers.
Hosting sites that contain a Green-E certification labels are organizations that voluntarily adhere to strict environmental guidelines. A green organization doesn't necessarily have to have access to green power from wind, water, or solar energy, they can also purchase green certificates to offset the use and cost of conventional energy.
A hosting organization or any organization can reduce their environmental impact by:
  • Using low-voltage computer equipment
  • Augmenting active cooling with outside air during mild weather (see Free cooling)
  • Improving airflow through servers which would allow operators to use higher cooling temperatures
  • Upgrading Computer Room Air Conditioners (CRACs) and other HVAC components with more efficient units
  • Isolating cold air from hot air produced by the servers to improve loading of the HVAC equipment (which improves efficiency)
  • The use of energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors in the building
  • Purchasing Renewable Energy Credits or producing renewable energy directly
  • Contributing to other Green organizations that promote energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, or sustainable practices.



GoDaddy is a publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company.[4] As of 2014, GoDaddy was said to have had more than 59 million domain names under management, making it the world's largest ICANN-accredited registrar. It serves more than 12 million customers and employs more than 4,000 people.[5] The company is known for its celebrity spokespeople, Super Bowl ads and as being an online provider for small businesses. In addition to a postseason college football bowl game, it sponsors NASCAR. It has been involved in several controversies related to security and privacy.
In addition to domain registration and hosting, GoDaddy also sells e-business related software and services.


GlowHost, LLC. is a privately held web hosting company headquartered in the United States of America and is currently registered in the State of Florida providing shared, reseller, virtual private server, and dedicated web hosting

The company was originally founded in Crested Butte, Colorado by Matt Lundstrom in 2002. GlowHost is a Registered Trademark registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This trademark was first used in commerce on April 1, 2002, later on April 16, 2009 an application for the trademark was submitted to the USPTO which was published for opposition on September 1, 2009. Finally the Trademark was registered on November 17, 2009. GlowHost is accredited with the Better Business Bureau, and had an A+ rating as of October 21, 2015.
In May of 2015, GlowHost was the first $5,000 investor in a $35,000 Kickstarter project. The goal of the project was to sponsor the development of 50 Drupal training videos to be made free to the public. GlowHost announced on its blog in early 2011 that they are offering free web hosting to start-up non-profit organizations and charities. The first organization to accept this offer was Ventura County Foster Parent Association (VCFPA).
GlowHost is a Green Web Host which purchases solar electricity credits to offset its carbon footprint. GlowHost selects global datacenters which have green initiatives in place to house their servers. GlowHost further reduces its paper consumption by offering paperless billing and recycling stations.
  • 15 Global Data Centers
  • 100+ Content Delivery Network (CDN) Points of Presence (POPs)
  • 20 minute advertised support turnaround time
  • 91 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Human support available 24/7/365 days
GlowHost introduces Cloud hosting technology for small and medium sized business, geared to replace dedicated servers. interviewed founder and President Matt Lundstrom in 2011. The article is available on their site.
In 2010 GlowHost sponsored The Annual Web Hosting Awards at and placed 3rd for the best VPS Hosting service.
According to a press release from April 15, 2009, GlowHost acquired, a rival web hosting company.

GlowHost has received numerous awards for its web hosting services. An interesting point is that the company has received an award outside of the web hosting indusry. In 2010 GlowHost wrote a software firewall to combat forum Spam for a popular 3rd Party forum software called vBulletin. Known as Spam-O-Matic Spam Firewall, this software was download by over 2500 users in the first couple of months that it was available in the public domain. The software was awarded "Mod of the Month" by[

Fantastico (web hosting)

Fantastico (web hosting)

Fantastico is a commercial script library that automates the installation of web applications to a website. Fantastico scripts are executed from the administration area of a website control panel such as cPanel. Fantastico's web site claims that they are installed on ten thousand servers, with a million users worldwide.
Hostgator has been accused more than once by clients of adding links to their sites without asking permission that point back to Hostgator. Hostgator has reportedly blamed Fantastico script installers for these unauthorized advertising links.
Fantastico scripts are usually executed when a new website is created, or a new application is added to an existing website. The scripts typically create tables in a database, install software, adjust permissions, and modify web server configuration files. Although Fantastico primarily targets open-source software, a handful of scripts are also available that install proprietary products. Once installed, these are available to all of the domains hosted by a physical server; such as web site builder SohoLaunch, PerlDesk customer support software, and AccountLab Plus software for interacting with Internet registrars.
There are more than 50 applications that have Fantastico scripts associated with them.
Fantastico DeLuxe website



Bluehost is a web hosting company owned by Endurance International Group. It is one of the 20 largest web hosts, collectively hosting well over 1.9+ million domains with its sister companies, HostMonster, FastDomain and iPage.
Bluehost was among those studied in the analysis of web-based hosting services in collaborative online learning programs.

In 2009, BlueHost introduced a new feature to all customers – CPU throttling. CPU throttling (at BlueHost and similar hosting services) simply refers to the process of reducing user’s CPU usage in whenever the particular user is pulling “too much” server resources at one time. At that particular time, BlueHost would freeze (or drastically reduce) client sites' CPU usage substantially. This effectively shut down clients' websites hosted on the BlueHost server for several hours throughout the day.
In 2010, BlueHost was acquired by Endurance International Group.
On June 12, 2011 company founder Matt Heaton announced on his blog that he was stepping down as CEO to focus on the company hosting platform's design and technical structure. Company COO Dan Handy would take over as CEO.
In 2013, Bluehost now offers VPS and Dedicated server hosting.
In January, 2015, Endurance International Group appointed Mike Olson to be CEO of Bluehost, as Dan Handy moved to enterprise-wide mobile development for small businesses.



DreamHost is a Los Angeles-based web hosting provider and domain name registrar. It is the web hosting and cloud computing business owned by New Dream Network, LLC, founded in 1996 by Dallas Bethune, Josh Jones, Michael Rodriguez and Sage Weil, undergraduate students at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, and registered in 1997 by Michael Rodriguez.[2][3]DreamHost began hosting customers' sites in 1997.[4] In May 2012, DreamHost spun off Inktank.[5] Inktank is a professional services and support company for the open source Ceph file system.[6] In November 2014, DreamHost spun off Akanda, an open source network virtualization solution.[7]

Web hosting

DreamHost's shared, VPS, and dedicated hosting network consists of Apache, nginx and lighttpd web servers running on the Ubuntu operating system.[8] DreamHost also offers cloud storage and computing services for entrepreneurs and developers, launched in 2012.[9][10] The control panel for users to manage all services is a custom application designed in-house, includes integrated billing and a support ticket system, and has received rave reviews from some customers.[11] DreamHost's staff contribute to an official blog and a customer support wiki.[12]
DreamHost does not offer call-in phone support, but customers can pay extra to request callbacks from support staff. Furthermore, a live chat option is available for all accounts when the level of support emails is low. This option is always available for customers that already pay the monthly fee for callbacks.[13][14] The company hosts in excess of one million domains.[15]

File hosting

In 2006, the company began a beta version file hosting service they called "Files Forever".[16] The company stated that existing customers could store files "forever" after paying a one-time storage fee, and redistribute or sell them with DreamHost handling the transactions.[17] As of November 2012, this service was no longer offered to new customers.[18] In April 2013, DreamHost mentioned that the Files Forever service had been discontinued and that they would focus on building a better-supported storage technology.[19]

Free application hosting

In 2009, the company began offering free web application hosting. With either their own domain or a free subdomain, customers are able to make use of a number of open source applications, such as WordPress and MediaWiki without charge.[20] The service is similar to, and can be integrated with, the Google App Engine.[20] Through a control panel, customers are able to manage their applications or upgrade to the standard, fully managed hosting service.


DreamHost's DreamCompute is a public cloud computing service that provides scalable compute resources for developers and entrepreneurs. DreamCompute users select the amount of compute resources and storage resources needed and define their own virtual networks. DreamCompute is powered by OpenStack, Ceph and Akanda and designed for scalability, resiliency, and security.
DreamCompute provides virtual servers through the use of the KVM hypervisor. Virtual machines (VMs) can be started by creating an Instance using the DreamCompute dashboard.
Networking services for DreamCompute are delivered through OpenStack's Neutron service, coupled with VMWare's NSX (Network Virtualization Platform), and DreamHost's own Akanda project.
The DreamCompute dashboard is built with OpenStack's Horizon project. The dashboard provides a user interface for interacting with DreamCompute's three main services: Compute, Networking, and Storage. Functions such as launching an instance, creating storage volumes, and configuring a virtual network, as well as creating and managing snapshots of both a running instance and storage volumes, are done in the dashboard.
DreamCompute leverages OpenStack APIs for system automation.


DreamHost’s DreamObjects is a cloud storage service powered by Ceph. Ceph’s distributed object storage system allows for storing DreamObjects’ data on multiple disks across multiple servers for high fault-tolerance. DreamObjects users store any kind of data (developer content, video, music, etc.) and make it accessible from anywhere in the cloud. Because data is redundantly stored across multiple locations, a fault in any part of the redundant system – such as the loss of a server – will go unnoticed by users, as a user’s data remains available and accessible. Commonly used by developers needing object storage to augment or replace S3 or Swift functionally via API, DreamObjects will scale to let a user store any capacity of data. DreamObjects costs are usage based, with no costs upfront.


DreamPress is DreamHost’s managed WordPress hosting offering that features WordPress-optimized servers and support for novice and advanced WordPress users. In May 2015, DreamHost released DreamPress 2, featuring the deployment of high-speed Solid State Drives. [21]

Involvement with OpenStack

DreamHost has been heavily involved throughout the evolution of OpenStack, contributing developers and engineers to the project beginning in early 2011.[22] DreamHost development team members have been leaders on a number of major OpenStack projects, and have over 1,200 code commits changing over 128,000 lines of OpenStack code.[23] DreamHost CEO Simon Anderson has been on OpenStack’s Board of Directors since the OpenStack Foundation’s inception. In January 2015, DreamHost was elected by Gold members of the OpenStack Foundation to represent for a third consecutive year.[24]


In May 2012, DreamHost spun off Inktank.[5] Inktank is a professional services and support company for the open-source Ceph storage system.[6] Inktank was acquired by Red Hat in April 2014 for $175 million. [25]


In November 2014, DreamHost spun off Akanda, an open source network virtualization solution for OpenStack clouds. [26]

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