Hostgator, Hostmonster, and Justhost all have good reputation with webmasters and individuals in the web hosting industry. Below, we will compare these 3 web hosts; features, pricing, reliability, server performance and customer support to determine which one is the best suited for you.
Who are these web hosts?
All these companies are part of the EIG (Endurance International Group), a leader in website hosting companies, which means you’ll see some similarity with Hostgator (www.hostgator.com), Hostmonster (www.hostmonster.com), and Justhost (www.justhost.com).
Firstly, all these web hosts offer “Anytime Money Back” guarantees, customers can request a full refund of hosting fees within the first 30 days if they are not satisfied with their services. Besides, all these companies are well-known for offering excellent rich hosting solutions to their customers.
In fact, Justhost use the same data center as hostmonster, the same type of web servers, and they also shared the same management team. In theory, the different between Justhost and Hostmonster is price and branding, but we will go into the details below.
Hostgator vs Hostmonster vs Justhost – Price Value
In terms of pricing, Justhost is the cheapest starting at $2.50/month. In fact for customers who sign up for a 4 year term get can Justhost services even lower at $2.25/month.
Meanwhile, Hostgator and Hostmonster hosting prices start at $3.96/month and $3.95/month respectively. Below is the price comparison chart between these companies, as you could see purchasing a 1 year term is cheaper with Hostgator and for a longer term 3 or more, Justhost is the cheapest.
|Web Hosts||1 Year Plan||2 Years Plan||3 Years Plan|
Hostgator vs Hostmonster vs Justhost – Hosting Features
|Scripts||PHP 5, ROR,SSH, Perl, Python, Cron and more||PHP 5.2.x, PHP 5.3.x, CGI-BIN, Perl, Python, RoR||PHP 5.2.x, PHP 5.3.x, CGI-BIN, Perl, Python, RoR|
|Free Ad Credit||$100 Google AdWords||$100 Google AdWords||$100 Google AdWords|
|Database||MySQL||MySQL, PostgreSQL||MySQL, PostgreSQL|
As you could see in above, Hostmonster and Justhost shared web hosting is ‘unlimited’. All of them offer free domain, unlimited; disk space, bandwidth, PHP 5.2, PHP 5.3, MySQL, and more. Both Hostmonster and Justhost also cost cheaper and offer a free domain, compared with Hostgator which there shared hatchling plan doesn't offer 1 free domain.
Hostgator vs Hostmonster vs Justhost – Reliability and Performance
Hostgator utilized the data center of Softlayer last year. However they have relocated all their servers from Softlayer to Bluehost data center in 2013. Since Justhost and hostmonster also use the same data center as bluehost, all these companies use the same data centers now, this means their performance and reliability are very close.
Their data centers are backed with high-powered network, redundant power generators, BGP4 smart routing technology, uninterrupted power supply, and multi-tiered network architecture.
Besides this, all these companies guarantee a 99.9% server time.
Hostgator vs Hostmonster vs Justhost – Customer Support
All these web hosts have similar customer support teams and that provide 24/7/365 via Toll-Free Phone, live chat and email. Moreover, all companies have customer forums and online knowledge base/help centers. Engineers from Hostgator, Hostmonster and JustHost are all experienced and have experiences with helping customers.
However, we have seen many negative reviews from Hostgator recently for much longer waiting time. We have done a test and see a waiting time as 30 minutes in Live chat, this really surprised us a lot and would rate its customer support lower than Hostmonster and Justhost.
How to choose between these web hosts?
All these companies provide good web hosting services respectively. Since their service are very close, and the major different are their brand and the customer support team. Considering Justhost and Hostmonster come with better pricing and customer support, we would like to recommend them over Hostgator.