Many upcoming bloggers and internet marketers, roaming around Facebook groups, asking about the cheapest web hosting available, even after knowing that the choice may gift some serious issues to their blog or website. If you are not such a fool, we hope that you give enough concentration while choosing the web hosting service for your blog or site. The best option you can choose is to approach your friends, who have sufficient experience in using web servers from various providers and hence able to do a comparison. Nevertheless, we can guess two of prominent answers you could get – HostGator and Bluehost, which are of course favourite choices of an internet marketer or blogger or any other web-based professional.
Both of these ventures have a strong history of powering World Wide Web using their powerful and sustainable web servers, which brings up an exceptionally strong list of clients, including your popular websites. However, as an upcoming blogger or web developer, having less knowledge about these hosting related companies, you will definitely face some doubts, to choose service from this list. Here, we would solve that question by analyzing and comparing both of these services in a truly neutral manner. Before we start exploration of distinctive features of both these companies, you should better have an outline about these renowned players in web hosting industry! We also hope that we can decide the winner while analyzing each section of hosting services.
HostGator and Bluehost – An Outline
HostGator and Bluehost are indeed top players in the web hosting industry, and both of these companies provide different kinds of web hosting services, ranging from shared hosting to dedicated server. Both these ventures have a notable experience in the mentioned industry, and do integrity among professionals. Yet, something is different between these!
HostGator is a globally recognized provider of different web hosting services, such as shared hosting, VPS, dedicated server, and reseller hosting, at a truly affordable price range. This company was founded in 2002, which is strong fact to confirm the integrity of the service. If you shoot a glance at the portfolio of HostGator hosting, you could observe that the company includes several big websites and blogs in it! This does means that HostGator is one of the superb providers of web hosting services.
On the other hand, Bluehost is a bit older than HostGator! This service had its start on 1996, and in all these years, it has managed to create an outstanding impression among professionals as well as others, who do have great passion about creating and maintaining websites/blogs. Although Bluehost was providing shared hosting for a while, since 2013, Bluehost started providing VPS and dedicated hosting as well.
Credibility Among Professionals
HostGator was established in 2002. According to different stats, currently, the company is one big provider of hosting services. It provides more than 9 million websites and blogs as a whole, which seems to be strong reason to rely upon the provider. Why should you hesitate to choose the provider when thousands of professionals do depend on HostGator to manage their websites?
On the same hand, Bluehost is also housing a large number of websites/blogs in their data centres. As per some stats available in web, Bluehost hosts more than 2 million domains. A company cannot exist in the industry, if they are not providing good service for all these customers! In that sense, we have no point to oppose Bluehost’s credibility.
WINNER: IT IS A TIE! Yes, both these services are equally credible!
Variety of Services
Recalling what we mentioned earlier, HostGator provides different kinds of web hosting services such as shared web hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated server, reseller hosting. All these services have gathered enough impression from all professionals. In addition, it would be easier for you to upgrade to a VPS or dedicated server if the shared hosting is not able to bear with heaviness of site. We hope this makes enough sense!
On the other hand, Bluehost has just started providing VPS and dedicated server, and we cannot assure credibility of it in such a smaller time-period. However, we hope those service will not disappoint customers of Bluehost. In those words, however, Bluehost is a good provider too!
WINNER: Winner is HostGator, as the service provides different web hosting services from many years.
Variety of Plans
For discussing variety of plans, we would like to take shared web hosting – that is literally considered as web hosting – into the account! Since rest of services are based upon either the configuration of server or resource requirement.
When it comes to the shared hosting section of HostGator services, the company includes three different plans, and these plans are based on purpose of web hosting account. Those three plans are as follows.
- Hatchling: This plan provides unlimited disk space, bandwidth, customer support, and you can host only one site/blog in this plan.
- Baby: This plan provides same abilities of bandwidth and disk space, but you can host multiple websites in its server.
- Business: As the name says, it is made for business purposes. Apart from unlimited features, they combine private IP and SSL certificate.
Thus, a blogger has the freedom to choose the plan according to his requirement, and we hope choice is quite good. On the other hand, Bluehost does not have multiple plans to feature in shared hosting section, but they just want to satisfy all their consumers with single plan. This plan provides several features such as unlimited bandwidth, space as well as FREE DOMAIN. Well, through this free domain, as you know, you can save around $10. Moreover, the one-plan method of Bluehost seems to be quite satisfactory, and it boasts a clear level of performance as well.
WINNER: IT IS A TIE AGAIN. While HostGator provides the freedom of choice, Bluehost manages to satisfy all its users through single plan. Yet, you may have a slight inclination towards HostGator, because when you want features such as dedicated IP or SSL, you can simply choose the Business plan of HostGator, whereas you can do nothing in case of Bluehost.
Affordability of Services and Features
The basic plan of HostGator, Hatchling plan, starts with a price of $5.56 if you are purchasing the service for one year and you will have to pay $7.16 if you have chosen the monthly payment method. Similarly, baby and business plans of the services are available at a price range of $7.96 and $11.96 respectively. As we said, the payable amount might vary according to duration of plan and method of payment. However, we should mention that HostGator has many discount offers. Through these promotions, you can even cut off your monetary efforts up to 25-30%, which is a big deal indeed. So, we cannot say that HostGator plans are expensive. On the other hand, the plans will suite your budget if you can find and use appropriate coupons.
When it comes to the case of affordability, Bluehost is better, because it has single plan and single price for the plan, which makes enough sense. However, it has some variations depending on duration of service. For instance, if you are purchasing the service for three years, you have to pay just $4.95 per month whereas the amount would become 6.95 for one year. Even though the basic (Hatchling) plan of HostGator is available for $5.56, it does not allow multiple domains hosting, or does it gives you a free domain. So, there is nothing wrong in comparing the basic plan of Bluehost with the ‘Baby’ plan of HostGator. In that sense, we would have to conclude that Bluehost is less expensive. But, wait! Did we miss the case of HostGator coupons, which can cut off whole amount?
WINNER: Alas, we are confused! Even though Bluehost may look less expensive at the first glance, facts are different, and you cannot find a single answer for this question. Thus, you should ask yourself about requirement, and decide.
Performance and Page Loading Speed
We hope you are much concerned about loading speed of your website, as you do not want your visitors going back, due to the slowness of your site. Therefore, we have done speed tests of two websites, hosted on HostGator and Bluehost respectively, and results were as follows.
The website, hosted on HostGator – www.hostgator.com – took 1.03 seconds to load, and the tool Pingdom gives an awesome score of 90 out of 100! This is quite impressive, indeed. On the other hand, the site hosted on Bluehost – www.bluehost.com – took 1.35 seconds to load, and Pingdom gave a performance grade of 91 out 100. As you can see, regardless the performance grade, HostGator provides less loading speed. Please note that, we’ve tested same website on both server so please don’t argue with us about website setup and cache etc setup.
WINNER: Of course, it is HostGator, because load time matters!
Customer support of HostGator hosting services is a globally recognized one, and it seems to be quite satisfactory for almost every customer of the company. HostGator offers its customer support through different methods such as the live chat, email, and toll free number. Through these methods, which are available all the time, you can fix issues with your site as soon as they happen!
At the same time, Bluehost provides top-notch customer support section for each customer of service. Just like first one, Bluehost offers different methods to interact with the support team such as email, live chat, and phone calls. Of course, the customer support section of HostGator is quite impressive, indeed.
WINNER: There is another TIE.
User Interface and Control Panel
Once you have experience the user interface of HostGator, you would not hesitate to call it ‘Clever’. The panel that is a modified version of cPanel Accelerated can do very well when you are managing your website/blog. Apart from normal elements of cPanel, HostGator has included several additional features such as the stats of the website. In all these sections, we can say that HostGator has made the control panel quite productive, and it is the best when you would like to have a quick glance on your site. Also, the company has stuffed some damn cool QuickInstall scripts in the plan so that you can install desired CMSs and blogging platforms in matter of seconds. In addition, backup feature of HostGator is easier than that of Bluehost.
On the other hand, the control panel of Bluehost is ultra-simple! Yes, we said it seriously! Even though they have modified the cPanel in a minimal form, and the method does not require the user to have technical knowledge of the management of web server. In that sense, especially for newbie professionals, the simple-but-great behavior of Bluehost control panel is something great, indeed. In this context, there is nothing wrong in saying that control panels of both these services would perform quite impressively when it comes to web server management.
WINNER: Once again TIE!
You might be using different hosting service currently, and want to move to HostGator or Bluehost (We will decide), but you lack enough technical knowledge about transferring the site. HostGator would be there to help you, and they will do it for completely free. On the other hand, in the case of Bluehost, you have to pay an amount of $99 as the transfer fee for the company. So, should we say something?
WINNER: Winner is HostGator, indeed.
Time for Verdict
Therefore, we have discussed different sections of web hosting services from both Bluehost and HostGator. In most cases, it is visible that both companies have created a tie, which cannot be broken through a mere comparison.
Therefore, we have discussed different sections of web hosting services from both Bluehost and HostGator. In most cases, it is visible that both companies have created a tie, which cannot be broken through a mere comparison. However, in some cases such as the affordability, hosting transfer, and variety of plans, HostGator is undoubtedly the winner. On the contrary, Bluehost is the only one to give Twitter and Facebook Advertisement credits apart from Google Adwords credit of $100 whereas HostGator wants its customers to be satisfied with Google Adwords credit. The advantages of Bluehost is the free domain, Facebook and Twitter credits. Nevertheless, we think that you can save more than $10 using HostGator coupons like MaxHGDiscount. So decide yourself which hosting service you want to use 😉
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