Hostgator and Godaddy do business in a similar way: Volume by up front discount and then jack up the price the next time around.
I don’t know what I paid for my first Hostgator purchase but it was probably $3-4/month. The renewal came in at $8.95 a month which is about right. However, this time the bill was $10.95 a month which was just them running up the price because they have you.
That’s a horrible business practice. If they charged 20 cents more because of inflation, that’s fine but a 22.3% increase is just taking money because you think you can get away with it.
I stay away from companies that engage in those practices at all cost and would advise you to do so as well. And just to be clear, it’s not that my promo code price wore off that I’m mad about; it’s that after they set my renewal price at $8.95, they arbitrarily jumped it 22% for no reason and then presented me with a bill.
If they do it once, they’ll do it again.
I have about 15 sites hosted there so it’s a pain for me to move away, especially with the IP situation, but I won’t buy hosting from Hostgator anymore and I definitely won’t recommend them to anyone else.