A hosting company, or hoster for short, is a company that offers web space. So a company that provides the storage space where you have your websites. Many successful Internet marketers swear by American hosters, especially Hostgator*. What is the advantage of an American hosting company compared to a German hosting company?
The advantage of German hosters is that you can speak German with the support if necessary. Of course, the German companies are also subject to the stricter German data protection guidelines.
- First of all, the price/performance ratio speaks for the American hosters like the Hostgator virtual servers. For example, you get a certain – usually very small – number of databases with the German hosters, depending on the package booked.
- With the American hosters, the number of databases is usually not limited. So if you build a lot of sites with WordPress and need a database for every website, you quickly reach the limits of the German hosters.
- Another advantage is that you can book the webspace monthly with Hostgator*. At the German hosting companies the contract runs as much as I know always over one year.
Hostgator Control Panel
Hostgator is operated via a control panel, which is clearly arranged with icons (see picture). So no long searching in any menus. By the way, you can easily change the control panel to German under “Preferences – Change Language”.
I use both German and American providers. But some time ago I had already planned to rely completely on American providers. Due to the long contract period of my German provider I missed the notice period. This is probably the reason why contracts in Germany are only offered for such a long time.
One of the main reasons why I want to switch completely to American providers is the above mentioned limitation of the databases of German providers. My current German provider only offers me 5 databases, which is clearly not enough for me.
In the past one and a half years of experience with American providers I have not noticed any disadvantages. On the contrary, the services of the American hosters convinced me completely. Due to the short contract terms of the US providers, you also have the possibility to test them for a few months and don’t have to commit yourself for a whole year.
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