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HostGator vs iPage Web Hosting Comparison

by Paul SwansonOctober 3, 2018

With so many web hosting services to choose from, it can be difficult to decide. In this review, we’ll compare two popular web hosting services: HostGator and iPage. In our HostGator vs iPage comparison, we’ll describe both services in detail, and rate them according to important criteria like prices, usability, features, security, and customer service. Finally, we’ll give you our verdict on which web hosting service is a better overall value.

HostGator vs iPage – Performance

The former, HostGator, offers a variety of hosting packages, from shared server hosting to reseller hosting in which you can sell your own hosting services using HostGator’s technology. It can be used by those who need a sophisticated hosting package, and it’s one of the best hosting services available for beginners. HostGator offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and its uptime is generally excellent. It offers Windows and Linux-based hosting packages.

The latter, iPage, also offers multiple hosting packages, and its packages are quite generous considering their low price. iPage is appropriate for first-time website owners since it has relatively simpler offerings and is affordable. It can be used by individuals as well as companies. Its uptime is not as good as HostGator’s, but, instead, it’s middle of the road. Their servers are high-performance.

HostGator is undoubtedly the better service in terms of performance. It has a more consistent uptime, and it offers Windows-based servers in addition to Linux.

HostGator vs iPage – Prices & Features

Hosting CompanyPrice Range (per month)DomainsDisk Space (min to max)Bandwidth (min to max)
HostGator$2.75 – $128.991 to unlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
iPage$1.99 – $191.991 to unlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited

HostGator’s plans cost slightly more than iPage’s, although both offer budget-friendly options. Both plans offer a robust set of features in their beginning plans, including unlimited disk space and bandwidth, content management system integration, a website builder, SEO assistance and more.

HostGator offers a wider range of hosting services than iPage, with cloud hosting and reseller hosting services. However, this is with a corresponding price increase. For either shared server hosting or dedicated servers, iPage absolutely offers more for less. Even their introductory plan offers unlimited domains and free domain registration. However, its low prices come with a compromise: iPage only offers plan contracts at one year or more. They do not offer monthly hosting, while HostGator does.

HostGator’s plans range from $2.99 per month for one domain name without a dedicated IP or SSL, to $128.99 per month for a dedicated server with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of disk space. iPage offers plans beginning at $1.99 per month for a shared server domain to $191.99 per month for a dedicated server with 16 GB of RAM and 15 TB of bandwidth. Note that these are all discounted introductory prices.

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HostGator vs iPage – Security

HostGator does not automatically safeguard your email. It doesn’t have built-in anti-virus or anti-spam software for its email services. However, it does offer 24/7 server monitoring and the option to add SpamAssassin to your email service. Many HostGator plans come with a dedicated SSL included, for no extra cost. HostGator offers a 45-day money back guarantee.

iPage, on the other hand, both safeguards your email and monitors your network for free.
They offer SSL encryption for $31.99 per year. They also offer the option to restrict who has access to the server. If you decide to cancel in the middle of a plan term, iPage will return your unused fees.

These two companies are nearly equally matched in this regard, but HostGator’s inclusion of a private SSL certificate gives it an edge over iPage.

HostGator vs iPage – Usability

HostGator’s interface can be a little tricky at first, but building a website using their platform is doable even for novices. Their interface includes a website builder that’s easy to use and intuitive. You can connect to content management system (CMS) platforms easily. There’s also a file management tool for uploading files to the server easily.

iPage is great for beginners because it offers three website builder options, along with pre-made templates. Having hundreds of customizable themes at your fingertips makes building a website a piece of cake. Like HostGator, iPage offers CMS platform and eCommerce integration.

We choose iPage as the winner in this category. It’s incredibly easy to get started using iPage’s interface, whereas HostGator has more powerful tools but takes more time to learn.

HostGator vs iPage – Customer Service

Both of these hosting services offer 24/7 technical support, either by phone or by online chat. HostGator’s customer support is excellent. Its employees are knowledgeable, and the waiting time is usually brief. iPage’s employees are similarly thorough and knowledgeable. HostGator and iPage both offer regular backups for free as part of every package.
As far as customer service, HostGator comes out ahead. HostGator offers Windows-based servers and has more consistent uptime. Its website-building tools are all included in every package and are easy to use. iPage does have three tools available for building your website, but some cost extra.

HostGator vs iPage – Pros & Cons

HostGator

Pros:

  • Wide range of hosting services
  • Customizable plans and platform use
  • Reasonable prices
  • Excellent uptime
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Unlimited disk space and bandwidth on shared server plans
  • Many features, such as a website builder, CMS, eCommerce
  • Month-to-month plans with no contract required
  • Offers Windows or Linux-based servers

Cons:

  • No built-in anti-virus or anti-spam email features
  • More expensive than iPage
  • Less intuitive interface

iPage

Pros:

  • Low prices
  • Hundreds of customizable themes
  • Unlimited disk space and bandwidth on shared server plans
  • Features such as 3 website builders and CMS integration
  • Unlimited domain names, even on starter plan
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Easy-to-use interface

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Cons:

  • No monthly plans
  • No reseller hosting services
  • Inferior uptime rates
  • No Windows-based server

HostGator vs iPage – Rating

Hosting CompanyPerformanceFeaturesPricesSecurityUsabilityCustomer Support
HostGator10/1010/108/109/108/1010/10
iPage7/109/1010/109/109/1010/10

Verdict

Overall, we recommend HostGator as the better hosting company. Once you become familiar with the interface, the superior performance and more advanced features are worth the extra cost. Plus, with their month-to-month option, you have the flexibility to change plans or cancel at any time. However, iPage is still great for those who are on a budget and don’t mind making a monthly commitment.

Which hosting company would you choose between these two? Why? Let us know your thoughts below.

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