Today, we will be comparing two of the most recommended web hosting services available: Bluehost vs Hostgator. The objective is to dive deep into services that each provides and determine which service comes out on top.
Comparisons of performance, price, security, and usability are some of the criteria we will look at, as well as customer service, and pros and cons of each service. At the end of the article, we will give you our opinion on who comes out of top of the matchup of Bluehost vs Hostgator.
Bluehost vs Hostgator – Performance
Both Bluehost and Hostgator are among the most recommended web hosting services because they both have a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Bluehost uses what is called CPU Segregation technology, which significantly increases performance.
HostGator touts the use of the very fast and reliable Dual Xeon servers in their data centers. When it comes to uptime statistics, one study shows that, during a seven day period, a website hosted on Hostgator had one outage for a total of one minute. During the same study, a website hosted on Bluehost had 11 total outages for a total of 51 minutes. As far as response time, the same study showed that the site hosted on Hostgator fell in the range of 1 to 1.2 seconds. The range for Bluehost was between 5.3 and 5.6 seconds. So, as far as overall performance, this category goes to Hostgator.
Bluehost vs Hostgator – Prices & Features
As far as features and pricing, the winner of this category is really going to depend on what the user is looking for. Both Bluehost and Hostgator offer so many features, and they both have pricing categories where anyone could find something suitable to their needs. Bluehost offers plans called BlueHost Starter and BlueHost Plus.
Hostgator is a little more creative with their category names. They offer HostGator Hatchling and HostGator Baby. Below is a table comparing the different plan prices as well as the more popular features.
|Hosting Company||Price Range/Month||Domains||Disk Space (min. to max.)||Bandwidth (min. to max.)|
|HostGator||$3.44-$6.97||1 to Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|1 to Unlimited
|100GB to Unlimited
Hostgator vs Bluehost – Security
Both providers also offer a Business Plan, if you need something more robust than the plans shown in the table above. As far as a winner in this category, it really depends on the individual’s needs. But, for the sake of picking one, the edge would have to be given to HostGator.
Again, both hosts provide security measures to keep your websites safe. Bluehost offers tools that can prevent spam, as well a tool, called CloudFlare, that protects websites from DDoS attacks.
Hostgator, too, provides protection from DDoS attacks. HostGator also concentrates on the firewalls in detail by creating extensive firewall rulesets that protect their servers from various attacks. All of the HostGator data centers are highly secure with restricted access. Both providers also caution the individual website owners to take their own security precautions as well. Because of the attention that Hostgator gives to the firewalls, they get the edge in security.
Hostgator vs Bluehost – Usability
Both Bluehost and Hostgator use the popular platform called cPanel. The platform is very user friendly, which is important to have as a web hosting service, because many customers that use the services don’t have a great deal of programming knowledge. The other areas of both providers such as the billing area and support are also very user friendly. HostGator’s cPanel is customized to a certain extent, and it proves to be even more user friendly than the cPanel that you get out of the box or that Bluehost provides. In the Usability category, the slight edge goes to Hostgator.
Hostgator vs Bluehost – Customer Service
Having great customer service is a must when dealing with a web hosting company. Websites are sometimes the lifeblood of a business and problems or downtime means lost revenue. Hostgator provides around the clock support, and there are different ways to contact them depending on your preference. You can call them, use live chat or create a ticket on their website. One of Bluehost’s main goal is to be known for their customer support. You can also use the same methods to contact their technical support. Both companies have a great reputation for their customer service. With that being said, there is no clear cut winner in this category.
Bluehost vs. Hostgator – Pros and Cons
- Low Pricing
- Good Security
- Official WordPress.org Host
- Below Average Uptime
- Low Price
- High Uptime Average
- Customized cPanel
- High Price Domains
- Appearance of Being Complex
Bluehost vs. Hostgator – Ratings
|Hosting Company||Features||Prices||Performance||Security||Usability||Customer Usability
Bluehost vs. Hostgator – Verdict
As you can see in the above table, both of these providers are solid and have a lot to offer to the customer. There is not a big difference between either one of them. However, based on the difference in reliability between the two providers, Hostgator emerges the winner in this comparison. Along with all the other reasons to go with Hostgator, they also offer a 45-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. So, if you are looking for a host that provides an economical package and extreme uptime for your website, Hostgator is the provider for you.