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HostGator vs Micfo Web Hosting Comparison

by Anne CooperMay 30, 2017

This is a HostGator vs Micfo comparison regarding the two web hosting services. The areas of interest are: performance, pricing, features, security, usability, and customer service. An ascending scale of 1 to 10 will be used to rate these areas. A score of 5 indicates the item meets the current standards.

HostGator vs Micfo – Performance

HostGator advertises inexpensive shared, cloud, dedicated, and virtual private server (VPS) hosting plans. They focus on the “front-end” of hosting, offering a free, template-based site builder.

Micfo has comparable business, cloud, and dedicated hosting plans in their Managed Hosting business line. Micfo’s approach focuses on the “back-end” or server-side of hosting, appealing to customers who already have sites ready to publish or are looking for specific server features, such as HIPAA compliance.

HostGator’s cloud hosting posts an average reported page speed of 625ms. This earns them a 7 for performance. Micfo gets an 8 for speeds around 460ms

HostGator vs Micfo – Prices and Features

HostGator offers 6 shared hosting plans: Hatchling, Baby, Business, Hatchling Cloud, Baby Cloud, and Business Cloud Plans. The shared cloud plans promise 2x faster performance and 4x the resources. Introductory pricing for the cloud plans ranges from $4.95 to $9.95 per month. The packages are differentiated by the amount of memory, number of CPU cores, and features.

They advertise 3 VPS plans, with introductory pricing running from $19.95 to $39.95 per month, and 4 dedicated server plans with introductory prices ranging from $79.00 to $128.00 per month. The difference in pricing within each tier is due to hardware configuration.

Micfo provides 3 plans in their Business Hosting line: Essential, Preferred, and Enterprise. Regular pricing ranges from $14 to $21 per month and all plans include a “free domain for life” and daily backups. Their cloud and dedicated hosting tiers offer 3 and 4 plans. Cloud hosting plans run from $25.00 to $80.00 per month. Dedicated hosting plans range in price from $99.00 to $379.00 per month.

Hosting Company

Price Range/Month

DomainsDisk Space (min. to max.)Bandwidth (min to max.)
HostGator

$3.95 to $5.95

1 to Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Micfo

$14.00 to $16.001 to Unlimited70 GB to unlimited

700 GB to unlimited

 

HostGator earns an 8 for offering a large collection of features, including a free, template-based site builder, but they score a 6 in prices because, upon renewal, customers don’t know what they’ll be paying at renewal time.

Micfo scores a 7 for their feature set. Although their prices seem high, these are regular prices, so no surprises for customers at renewal time. They earn an 8 in prices for also including free domains “for life” and daily backups with their plans. A free domain for the life of a hosting account is significant.

HostGator vs Micfo – Security

HostGator offers the standard security for hosting and recommends SiteLock for additional protection and hacked site recovery. Private SSL certificates and domain protection services are also available. HostGator earns an 8 in this area.

Micfo advertises 100% power and network uptime and have very robust and proactive security. They are an HIPAA compliant hosting provider. HIPAA has the highest security requirements, scoring Micfo a 9 here. They also offer several SSL certificate options, which are free with some of their plans.

HostGator vs Micfo – Usability

HostGator has a very cute, theme-based website that is focused on helping inexperienced customers publish a website quickly. Information on everything except renewal pricing is easy to find, which earns them an 8 in this category.

Micfo’s website has a clean, corporate look. User-friendliness is implemented through an efficient flow and well-written descriptions. Micfo scores a 7 in this category because, while their site is easy to use, the corporate appearance can be intimidating to beginners at first glance.

HostGator vs Micfo – Customer Service

HostGator and Micfo advertise 24/7 support via chat, email, and phone. Chat is the preferred and fastest way to contact their technical support departments. HostGator offers a 45-day money back guarantee. This combination scores them an 8 in customer service.

Micfo’s business hosting plans are backed by an unconditional 30-day money back guarantee. Service contracts are month-to-month, so customers can easily cancel at any time. If customers want to pay for a year’s service in advance, Micfo includes two months free. Micfo earns a 9 rating for have extremely approachable technical support and pro-customer refund policies.

HostGator vs Micfo – Pros and Cons

HostGator

Pros

  • Low, initial hosting costs
  • Free, template-based site builder

Cons

  • Plan renewal pricing not readily available
  • An almost overwhelming number of plans available

Micfo

Pros

  • Free domains “for life”
  • Customer-oriented terms of service

Cons

  • Site appearance
  • No template-based site builder

HostGator vs Micfo – Ratings

 

Hosting CompanyPerformanceFeaturePricesSecurityUsabilityCustomer Service
HostGator7/108/106/108/108/108/10
Micfo8/107/108/109/107/108/10

 

Verdict

HostGator focuses on getting websites up and running fast, and they’ve got a template-based site builder. However, renewal pricing is not apparent and there are several caveats to refunds. Micfo has upfront pricing and very rare no-hassle refund policies, which earns them the win here.

In case you are not 100% sure, here’s how Micfo compares to DreamHost. Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments section below!

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