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HostGator vs GoDaddy Web Hosting Comparison

by Wanda CrowleyNovember 21, 2017

HostGator and GoDaddy are two very similar hosting companies. It is hard to find the differences based only on their main features. That’s why many people ask which hosting is best, GoDaddy or HostGator? This HostGator vs GoDaddy comparison will do that for you, and provide ratings based on six criteria: performance, prices, features, security, usability, and customer service. Keep reading to find out if either hosting company is right for you.

HostGator vs GoDaddy – Performance

Both HostGator and GoDaddy have an uptime guarantee of 99.9%. HostGator’s actual uptime average is 99.85%, while GoDaddy’s average uptime is 99.95%. Another difference between the two hosting services is their page loads speeds. HostGator’s page load speeds average around 1 second or less. GoDaddy’s page speed is 3.16 seconds on average.

HostGator does have a new option: their cloud service, which currently has an uptime of 100% and a page load speed on average of less than half a second. Because of HostGator’s speed, they win over GoDaddy in performance.

HostGator vs GoDaddy – Pricing & Features

HostGator and GoDaddy offer very similar hosting options. They both provide budget-friendly shared hosting, but also cloud hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS, reseller accounts, and dedicated servers. Both companies also offer similar resources such as unlimited disk space and bandwidth.

Their starting price is also the same at $3.95 a month. However, GoDaddy’s prices jump higher after the introductory prices than HostGator’s prices do.

Hosting CompanyPrice Range/MonthDomainsDisk Space (min. to max.)Bandwidth (min. to max.)
HostGator$3.95-$9.951 to UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
GoDaddy$3.95-$16.991 to Unlimited100GB to UnlimitedUnlimited

Because of HostGator’s smaller price jump and their fully unlimited resources on their shared hosting plans, HostGator wins the GoDaddy vs HostGator pricing competition.

HostGator vs GoDaddy – Security

Being two of the biggest names in the web hosting industry, one would think that both HostGator and GoDaddy have great security on their hosting servers. HostGator offers the ability to add an SSL certificate on their Baby account, and it’s included on their Business account. The business plan also gets a free dedicated IP address. However, HostGator does not allow the addition of SSL certificates on their lowest plans.

GoDaddy offers a bit more. They provide 24/7 security monitoring, DDoS attack protection, and free backup and restore features. This is what makes GoDaddy better than HostGator in terms of security.

HostGator vs GoDaddy – Usability

When you’re hosting your own website, you want all the features to be user-friendly. As such, both GoDaddy and HostGator use cPanel as their administrative control panel. cPanel is easy to navigate, easy to use, and it gives the user more control than any other control panel on the market. GoDaddy however uses a customized cPanel, that is a bit different than the conventional cPanel.

Both GoDaddy and HostGator have a drag-and-drop website builder that you can use to build your own website. In addition to this, they have a free marketplace where you can find, download, and install many different scripts or applications with one click. Because it will take a bit longer to get used to GoDaddy’s cPanel, we consider HostGator slightly better than GoDaddy when we compare GoDaddy vs HostGator usability.

HostGator vs GoDaddy – Customer Service

If you want fast customer support via phone, live chat, or their helpdesk, then GoDaddy is your hosting company. Their average wait times for phone support are no more than 6 minutes. GoDaddy offers a 45-day money back guarantee for all of their plans.

HostGator also has a 45-day money back guarantee. Their support includes phone, chat, and a ticket system. However, HostGator customer support has mixed reviews online.

HostGator vs GoDaddy– Pros & Cons

HostGator

Here you will find the pros and cons of using HostGator’s web hosting services.

Pros

  • Great, low pricing;
  • Ability to grow with website;
  • $200 in advertising credit;

Cons

  • Uptime inconsistent between hosting plans;
  • Low amount of security features;

GoDaddy

Let’s take a closer look at GoDaddy’s pros and cons.

Pros

  • Good uptime;
  • Above average security;
  • Fast support;

Cons

  • Large gap in promotional pricing;
  • Slow page load speeds;

HostGator vs GoDaddy – Rating

Hosting CompanyPerformanceFeaturesPricesSecurityUsabilityCustomer Support
HostGator9/1010/1010/107/109/109/10
GoDaddy7/109/108/108/109/1010/10

Verdict

If you’re looking for a web hosting company to grow with, then we recommend HostGator. While GoDaddy has plenty of features that we like, they are too slow. GoDaddy also charges nearly four times the promotional price after the initial promotion is over. HostGator not only gives you $200 in free advertising credits, but their prices do not skyrocket after their initial contract period.

Do you have any experience with HostGator or GoDaddy? If so, please share with us in the comments below, and tell us who, in your opinion, deserves to win the HostGator vs GoDaddy competition. Subscribe to our newsletter for more web hosting comparisons.

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