Hostgator vs Bluehost - Why Bluehost is Better

2014-03-05 08:01 Posted by: ray in Tutorials, Web Hosting Go to Comment

Both Bluehost (www.bluehost.com) and Hostgator (www.hostgator.com) are well-developed brand in web hosting industry, who have very huge customer bases and are well-known for the first-class hosting service and award-winning customer support.  To compared Bluehost and hostgator used to be a tough task, however it become really simple now as both companies are belong to EIG and share the same data center in Provo, UT. To be simple, Hostgator is using the data center of Bluehost now. In below Hostgator vs Bluehost, we will explain why we prefer Bluehost over Hostgator.

Hostgator vs Bluehost on Features

Both companies provides shared web hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated server, in below, we use shared hosting as an example to explain why Bluehost offer more features than Hostgator at a cheap price.

Features Bluehost Hatchling Plan Baby Plan Business Plan
Free Domain yes yes yes yes
Domain Hosting Unlimited 1 Unlimited Unlimited
Shell Access yes yes yes yes
Toll-free number no no no yes
Dedicated IP no no no yes
SSL  Shared SSL  Shared SSL  Shared SSL  Privated SSL
Price $3.95/mo $3.96/mo $6.36/mo $10.36/mo
  www.bluehost.com www.hostgator.com

From above table, we can find Bluehost provide more features than Hostgator Baby Plan, and its price even lower than Hostgator Hatchling plan.

Hostgator vs Bluehost on Pricing

Obviously, Bluehost offers its customer a better price term. Its hosting solutions start at $3.95/mo only and comes with Anytime Money Back guarantee. However, Hostgator Baby Plan is at $6.36/mo after 20% off, which is around 60% higher than Bluehost. And what's more, Hostgator doesn't offer free domain. You can find the price difference from below table:

  1 Year Term 2 Years Term 3 Years Term
Bluehost $5.95/mo $4.95/mo $3.95/mo
Hostgator $7.96/mo $7.16/mo $6.36/mo

Hostgator vs Bluehost on Speed

Unlike many hosting companies rent space in a data center, Bluehost owns a world-class data center in Utah. The data center comes with many features, including UPS power, diesel generators, and multiple 10 gigabit fiber connections to locations all over the world. At Bluehost, the network is monitored 24/7 providing a heightened level of reliability and security.

HostGator houses servers in CyrusOne’s Houston data center and Ace’s Provo data center respectively. Both data centers feature top notch security, fully redundant power supply, high safety, and superior cooling systems.

It’s hard to say whose datacenter is better now as both of them offer their customers the best available infrastructure in the industry. But we feel Bluehost is in a better position when growing their business as they have more control on the data centers.

Bluehost vs. HostGator – Innovation

Both companies are very innovative, but we do have a feeling that HostGator is better at integrating the latest technology into their web servers, and Bluehost is more innovative in building something new.

One good example is that just couple months after PHP 5.3.x was released, HostGator has already provided this for its customers, which most of web hosts didn’t offer until a long time went by.

For Bluehost, what surprises us is that the web host has invested a lot on optimizing Linux server from Kernel. Bluehost has developed an application to monitor CPU and I/O usage of each account to avoid a single account consuming too many resources and slowing down the whole server. It also optimizes server backup solution which could be 10x faster than R1soft or 30x faster than CPBackup in cPanel.

Hostgator vs Bluehost on Customer Support

Customer support would be the main different between these two companies as their engineer teams are different. Even though both companies have great records on customer support, looks like Hostgator is in big trouble now. We have heard about more and more complaint on Hostgator for long waiting time since 2011, and the situation haven't been changed till now. This really brings a huge concerns to us since it looks like Hostgator hasn't found a way to resolve their support issues. Compared with Hostgator, Bluehost is still in very good status, their customers are happy and only few complaints we have seen.

Bluehost vs Hostgator - Who is Better

From comparison above, it's easy to see that Bluehost beat Hostgator on features, pricing, and customer support. If you need a Linux web hosting, then it won't be wrong to choose Bluehost, which could be used for building personal blog or small business site. And now, with exclusive bluehost $3.95 promotion, people could subscribe to its service with 44% off. bluehost vs hostgator To know more information about two companies, please visit www.bluehost.com and www.hostgator.com, or check out Bluehost Review and Hostgator Review.

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