hannamyluv - 2:44 pm on Aug 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
I have some millions pageviews per month.
I am not familiar directly with hostgator, but I know other hosting companies I have used will throttle your site if you get this kind of usage. I actually had to move an old site (blog, actually) that was on a bare bones hosting package yesterday because the host informed me that it was throttling things and would shut it down if I did not move it. And that site is only getting maybe 30,000 views a month. I did not personally care about the speed as I don't maintain the site, but many of the old posts are still popular so I did not want it shut down completely.
It was how I ended up moving my main site to a VPS (and eventually a dedicated server). Before the VPS, it was on a shared server but with enterprise level hosting, so not even bottom barrel. The host started to throttle the site when traffic started to get significant. It cost me thousands.
You might be getting a million visitors, but it is entirely possible that with a better hosting package, you could be 2 million, because you would not be throttled.
Like I said, I am not familiar with hostgator, but I do know that many hosting companies operate like this. Otherwise, what would be the point of offering anything but the bare bones package?