HostGator is the only one I know of taking your 404 traffic by default. I have never experienced this with any other host I have used.
Personally it does not bother me much because I know how to change it simple. I'm a big fan of HostGator otherwise. They do provide a great service. I just find it weird your 404 page is a HostGator ad with a coupon code.
Is this a popular thing I have just never run into? I know it is the norm with free hosting providers. What do you guys think of this?
I have only heard of hostgator, and I don't like that they do it.
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I honestly was amazed when I first saw that, be careful if you have a reseller account with them . A client may get a 404 error and then just go with HostGator because it looks better.
If my memory serves me right this 404 page only applies to their shared hosting servers and not their reseller ones.
I'd say with the 404 page the majority of their users do not care. Then some that do put up their own 404 page. Then finally the last few were the ones screaming about it. The thing is those customers were probably the kind they did not want anyways.
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