HostGator is a Houston-based web hosting company with an additional presence in Austin, Texas. It was founded in 2002 by Brent Oxley, who was then a student at Florida Atlantic University. By 2006, HostGator had passed the 200,000 mark in registered domains. In 2008, Inc. Magazine ranked HostGator at #21 in the United States and #1 in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas area in its list of fastest-growing companies. The same year, HostGator decided to make their hosting service green hosting by working with Integrated Ecosystem Market Services.
In 2011, HostGator started operations in India as Hostgator.in by setting up a support office and data center. Its head office in India is located in Nashik, Maharashtra.
As of 2013, HostGator hosts over 9 million domains.
On 21 June 2012, CEO and founder Brent Oxley announced the impending sale of HostGator to Endurance International Group, and 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 features.
On August 26, 2013, HostGator was one of the first companies to successfully mitigate blacklisted IP’s. A large number of IP addresses were used for email gateways on virtually every webhost in the world and were blacklisted on multiple networks.