Today, we will do a definitive comparison between HostGator and Bluehost to choose best web hosting for your website. A beginner’s big dilemma is that which web host they should choose?
Creating a new website is always a cool experience, but choosing a good hosting provider is a big desicion. If you don’t care about your hosting company, you may face many difiiculties to run your website in coming days.
There are many factors to choose a best web hosting for you. Here I will include many points to select best web hosting provider.
Bluehost Vs Hostgator – Load Time
Speed of your website is a keypoint to your blog success. Researches say people won’t wait a website to open more than 5 seconds. That means, you website speed should be less than 5 seconds.
Bluehost and Hostgator gives gaurantee to give you better speed than other, but we need to analyze this using speed testing tool.
Actually, I decided that I am not going to do some speed test on pingdom or metrix. As you seen, every different blogger have different views on load time of these hosting providers.
So I decided that Instead of doing any speed test. I will analyze top 10 search results regarding their speed test result. I did a search on google “Bluehost vs Hostgator” and I got many results. I opened only first 10 results and noted their opinions on speed.
I have seen the results and got that 2 out of 10 bloggers referring Bluehost while 8 out of 10 bloggers examined that Hostgator load time is much faster than bluehost.
Hostgator vs Bluehost – Pricing
Hostgator – Various plans are available with Hostgator. We will discuss here only shared hosting plans. Shared hosting have 3 different plans for users. First is hatchling plan, here you will get a hosting plan for a single site, unmetered bandwidth and a free SSL certificate. This plan os for $2.75/month.
Second plan is baby plan, here you will get all the features of hatchling plan including unlimited domains. You can host many websites on a single hosting plan. Its price is $3.95/month. This is good for medium level websites having 30 – 40 thousand visitors in a month.
Third one is business plan, this is specailly made plan for business websites. Here you can use all the features of both of the plan above. Additionally, you are able to upgrade to positive SSL, FREE dedicated IP and free SEO tools. All these fetaures can be yours only at $5.95/month.
Bluehost – They have many minimal plans for shared hosting users. First is Basic Plan, here you will get a hosting plan available for 1 website, 50gb website space, unmetered bandwidth and free SSL. You can see all the features in the image below. You can purchase this plan only at $3.95/month.
Secone one plus plan, here you will get many more features than basic plan. I am show casing here some of them. You can see all in the image below. First you will get all features what you are getting with basic plan. Additionally, you will get unlimited website usage, unlimited storage, unlimited parked domains and unlimited sub domains. You can avail this package at $5.95/month.
This plan in the bluehost list is Choice Plus. This plan is presently avavilable at the same price as plus plan ($5.95/month). Here you will get all same fetaures as plus plan. Additionally, you will get domain privacy and CodeGaurd basic pro package.
Content Delivery Network : Bluehost has many hosting plans. They have everything to boost your site except of CDN. However, bluehost supports cloudflare free CDN provider.
On the other hand, HostGator does not support any specific CDN provider. You are free to think and use any company’s CDN service.
Access Database : Bluehost is the most preferred hosting provider for many people because they allow you to access your database via phpMyAdmin.
Whereas, HostGator does not allow their starter plan customers to get access their own database files. It is so ridiculous sometimes when you need to edit those files.
WordPress Website Migration : There are many reasons when you may need to migrate your website from one hosting to another company. In this criteria, HostGator is a better option.
Hostgator freely provides a complete migration facilty for their WordPress users. This is so halpful for beginners who dont know these tech stuff.
On the other hand, bluehost charge around $150 for this migration service. It may be costly purchase for newbie bloggers.
Cleaning Hacked Files : Bluehost provides you a list of all the hacked files on your website. You need to remove them manually, while HostGator automatically remove malware from your wordpress website.
Security of your Site : Hotgator protects your site from malwares and it gives you a SiteLock security service plan, while bluehost doesn’t provide you DDoS scanning checks and its SiteLock security plans additionally paid.
Plugins Allowance : Bluehost is the most recommended hosting service provider by WordPress itself. Bluehost gives you to download and use each and every WordPress plugin but HostGator has a list of not-allowed WordPress plugins. You cant use these specific plugins.
SSL Certificate : SSL certificates are the only way to show your site as a safe website for any transection. Google indicates a safe sign on every Https websites. That’s why you need this feature and bluehost gives you a free SSL certificate, while HostGator does not provide any free SSL certificate. You need to buy it outsource.
Bluehost and Hostgator – Uptime
Most improtant factor of your site’s future is downtime. Its highly recommended that you need to minimize your website’s downtime. As long as your website stays up, your visitors will never face an issue to view the pages on site.
Bluehost has many great features with its hosting plans. There are tons of sites tested both of these servers with their sites. The most favourable results are coming for HostGator.
Basically, uptime factor depends on your hosting plan as well. However, most of the results say that HostGator gives 99.99% uptime than bluehost (99.98).
Moreover, this is not a big difference and you can’t change your hosting provider by only 0.01% differnece. Bluehost is a reliable hosting network and WordPress officially support it. Therefore, there is not a big difference in the matter of uptime. You need to choose your hosting provider by comparing other factors as well.