When choosing hosting for your new website, you need a company that is trusted in this field, a company that has years of experience. Hostgator offers the customer a huge amount of options, depending on what you need.
When starting a website for the first time you need to understand how hosting works, and with Hostgator, you have lots of video tutorials, they have a live cpanel (this is the interface you use to manage your website) where you can test how it works for free.
I think one of the major advantages of using a well respected company to host your site, is the comfort to know that, even if you are unsure after watching videos, reading tutorials, you can contact live chat support 24 hours a day. This is really useful for the beginner, believe me, I was there once.
Check the Hostgator cpanel below, to get a look at how it looks,