HostGator best known for their well-priced shared hosting plans (Yet powerful). They offer three shared hosting services – Hatchling, Baby and Business Starting at $7.16 a month.
Hostgator guarantee a 99.9% uptime but keep in mine that a 0.1% down time equal to 8.76 hours a year. I have been using hostgator for more than 8 years and I am very happy with the uptime and performance.
Most of the support feedback you can get on the internet are negative against shared hosting and there is a reason. Keep in mind that you are not the only one who use and own the server, all the Hostgator shared hosting has been configured to meet most of the basic hosting requirements such as GD library, Mod Security and so on.
Do not expect for support in the mod security, fine-tuning the server settings, installing some other rare php libraries.
Undoubtedly, Hostgator is the best choice for well-priced shared hosting plans. View the Hostgator hosting plans
Hostgator have almost all the features a beginner needs. They also provided a demo Cpanel for the shared hosting, give it a try before you buy if you think the price is too good to be true.
As a conclusion, hostgator is a very good choice for beginner/intermediate user (when you are not getting any massive traffic yet). The Addon-Domain feature allows you to add unlimited domain under your $9++/month hosting. Imagine you can host 100 domains/websites just for $9++/month, is it too good to be true ? However you have to be prepared to move on to a stronger hosting upon getting traffic as there is a bandwidth limit for shared hosting.