With HostGator you are stuck with what they want you to have (and right now with PHP they are several versions behind - I think the default is 5.2.x and there is a way to enable 5.3.x in your .htaccess). I started with them and stayed for a bout 5 months then went to a VPS at Ram Node. Their 512MB KVM VPS was $12 a month and Ghan_04 had posted a coupon link that resulted in a lifetime 30% savings from that. Installed Debian 6.0 and took me about 2 days to configure and that is what I'm running on now. The only good thing about HostGator was they had decent support. I didn't like the shared because I wanted to use GeoIP and you have to be on a VPS or dedicated with them to get it.Great to hear! I've already checked that on Hostgator and they meet all the requirements.
Can it happen that someone like me wants a specific version of PHP on my server, while another user wants a different one
or what if my hosting company changes server config on request of one user and my forum stops working because it doesn't matches
the server config anymore?