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HostMonster vs Hostgator Web Hosting Comparison

by Anne CooperAugust 21, 2017

With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to choose a web hosting provider. In this article, we will compare two popular choices: HostMonster vs HostGator. Several criteria will be used to make a detailed comparision of each service. These criteria are performance, price & features, security, usability and customer service. Let’s get started!

HostMonster vs HostGator

HostMonster vs HostGator – Performance

Speed and performance are important factors to consider when choosing a webhost. A faster speed will reduce the time it takes for pages to load and thus create a better experience for website visitors. HostMonster makes note of its multiple gigabit ethernet connections, which should theoretically allow for faster page loads and access to websites hosted on their website. However, this is not always true and they seem to be fighting a losing battle.

Hostgator, while not commenting specifically on its connections, lists features such as unmetered bandwidth which allow for large resources to be loaded quickly. The company also devoted an entire blog post to the concept of page speed and mention that choosing the right web host is a key part of making sure your site loads quickly.

HostMonster vs HostGator – Price & Features

Both companies offer a variety of plans and packages geared to a variety of users and needs. HostMonster offers four plans ranging in price from $4.95 per month to $14.95 per month. The features in these plans vary, but generally the more expensive the plan the more space and domains are available for use.

HostGator offers three web host plans, all with unmetered bandwith and either a single domain on the cheapest $3.95 per month plan up to unlimited domains on the $5.95 per month plan. Additional services such as private SSL and free VoIP phone service is available on the ‘Pro’ plan.

The table below outlines some of the price and feature options of each service:

CompanyPrice Range/monthDomainsDisk SpaceBandwidth
HostMonster$4.95 – $14.951 to unlimited50GB to UnlimitedUnmetered
HostGator$3.95 – $5.951 to unlimitedUnmeteredUnmetered

HostMonster vs HostGator – Security

Security is critical for keeping a website and its guests safe. Both services provide features to help secure content and monitor for attacks. HostMonster gives access to SpamExperts and SiteBackup Pro services on their higher end plans to protect and backup sites.

HostGator provides a variety of backup options for their plans as well as a service called SiteLock which protects sites from viruses and hackers. The CodeGuard tool also gives daily backups to ensure a site is safe if it needs restoring.

HostMonster vs HostGator – Usability

HostGator is a clear winner in usability, offering many user-friendly services such as drag and drop templates, easy to navigate interfaces and helpful tutorials. Modules and platforms such as WordPress can easily be installed with automated services, requiring minimal coding knowledge.

HostMonster doesn’t mention their user-friendly features on their website, and the site itself is harder to navigate. As a result, HostGator wins for usability.

HostMonster vs HostGator – Customer Service

Both services offer live chat services as well as toll free phone numbers for users to call. Technical phone support is available 24/7 on both platforms, although HostGator also provides 24/7 billing and sales support, which is useful if you need to make an adjustment to your service. Further, HostGator promise a 99.9% uptime guaruntee, meaning sites should rarely if ever go down or become unavailable.

HostMonster vs HostGator – Pros & Cons

HostMonster

Pros

  • $100 Google Adwords and Bing credits
  • Open source marketplace
  • Free domain

Cons

  • Price
  • Less user friendly
  • Limited information

HostGator

Pros

  • Low price
  • Numerous plans to choose from
  • Easy to navigate

Cons

  • Larger company
  • No free domain

HostMonster vs HostGator – Rating

Hosting CompanyPerformanceFeaturesPriceSecurityUsabilityCustomer Service
HostMonster8/106/107/106/105/105/10
HostGator7/108/109/106/109/109/10

Verdict

HostGator edges out HostMonster due to its superior offering. This is especially noticeable in their price and features. While HostMonster offers a good selection of plans and advertising credits, HostGator beats them with a stronger offering and more robust customer service platform.

We’d reccomend HostGator for your next website, be it for a personal site or a small business. It has the ability to easily install services such as WordPress and ensure things are secure with automated monitoring and backups.

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