Both Hostgator and Bluehost have been in the web hosting industry for quite some time. They both have a fair amount of loyal customers, so it is not easy to say which one is better. Selecting a web hosting company for hosting your site can be a tedious job especially with hundreds of options available. Here we will talk about Hostgator vs Bluehost.
Plans and Features – Hostgator vs Bluehost:
Both the companies offer attractive shared hosting, dedicated hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, cloud hosting and reseller hosting packages. Hostgator’s basic plan starts at $3.95/mo while Bluehost charges $7.99/mo for their starting plan. Hostgator’s platform comes with a plethora of applications for WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Drupal, Wiki and phpBB hosting. The company also provides excellent reseller plans that provide 160 GB disk space, 1200 GB bandwidth, and unlimited domains for just $74.95/mo which is very reasonable.
Response Time – Hostgator vs Bluehost:
In the test we conducted using Pingdom, we found that a website (of 450 MB size) hosted on Hostgator loads in 1.2 seconds, whereas a website of the same size hosted on Bluehost needed 5.4 secs to load. Here, Hostgator clearly wins by a huge margin.
Speed Test – Hostgator vs Bluehost:
Before choosing a web host, you should perform a speed test on multiple websites hosted on it. When we performed a speed test using Pingdom, it was found that the sites hosted on Hostgator loaded almost 50% faster than those on Bluehost.
User Interface – Hostgator vs Bluehost:
Both the companies provide cPanel, a user-friendly control panel which can be easily managed by someone with no technical skills to install WordPress or Joomla web scripts. The cPanel also has top notch security features to keep your files safe from hackers and viruses. However, Hostgator is one step ahead owing to their customized cPanel. Also, the billing sections of both the hosting providers are easy to navigate.
Performance and Reliability – Hostgator vs Bluehost:
All Hostgator sites are physically hosted on powerful Dual Xenon servers located in Dallas. Their top-of-the-line data centers are well equipped with advanced hardware. The company is known to invest millions of dollars every year on upgrading their equipment and providing better security measures. Bluehost uses the CPU Segregation Technology which can protect your site by intelligently controlling the CPU.
Uptime – Hostgator vs Bluehost:
Visitors shun website downtime, and so, you lose revenue whenever your website goes down or becomes unresponsive. Both the companies guarantee 99.9% uptime. Between March 25 and April 2, Hostgator has just 1 outage of 1 minute while Bluehost had 11 outages which collectively made their services unavailable for 51 minutes.
Both the web hosting companies have a great customer support teams which are available 24/7. Whenever you experience an issue with a website or server, all you need to do is to raise a ticket, and the support personnel will contact you shortly. In addition, you can also report the issue via phone, live chat or email.
HOSTGATOR – 5/5
BLUEHOST – 4/5
Hostgator is the ultimate winner in every segment. Thanks to their reliable services, they earned millions of happy customers.