HostGator and Bluehost are two very well known hosting companies. Which one of these hosts is better for setting up your websites? In the past I personally have used both of these services for my blogs. We’ll have a look at a few comparisons between these two hosting companies before making the final decision.
Pricing is often one of the more important aspects when it comes to choosing a service. Between these two companies price is pretty much the same at the entry level with HostGator offering cheaper services at the top end.
Bluehost is $5.99 per month and is discounted to $3.95 for the first term with this Bluehost Discount here. HostGator comes in at $5.56 per month and is also offering a 20% discount with this HostGator Discount down to $3.96 per month.
These starter hosting packages are probably not suitable for most online marketers as in the case of HostGator you’re only provided with a single domain and with Bluehost, while they do give you 25 sub domains, your storage space is limited.
The business plans for both hosts offer the best value and it’s the plan that I choose for my websites. The reason for this is that they both offer a free SSL certificate and your own IP address. Business plans for Bluehost are $19.99 per month while HostGator is offering a business plan for just $11.96 per month.
Uptime is definitely one of the most important factors when it comes to hosting your websites. The last thing you want is for your visitors and clients to not be able to access your site! While it happens to all of us from time to time it comes across as unprofessional to your viewers and you’re potentially losing customers every time your site goes down.
This can be devastating if your site goes down at certain moments such as at the launching of a new product or the start of a paid advertising campaign!
Let’s have a look at the uptime for both of these hosting services.
The above is a report from inlinehostblogger.com and they clearly show that over a 7 day period HostGator had far more uptime than Bluehost. In fact Bluehost had a whopping 198 outages whereas HostGator had only 9. This experience was repeated when I was using Bluehost. I found my sites were frequently down and led me to finding another hosting provider.
Host With The Best Uptime
Page Load Time
Page load time is also a very important factor when looking for a good hosting provider. This influences not only your ranking in the search engines but how many people actually visit your site. Every fraction of a second someone has to wait loading your site is another opportunity for them to grow impatient and move on to another site.
Once again we’ll compare HostGator vs Bluehost and see which service comes out on top.
Pingdom can be used to test the speed of particular websites.
As you can see HostGator loads much faster than Bluehost. My own website JeffPettit.net is hosted on HostGator so let’s see how this performs.
I was a little surprised by this speed test even though my website does load faster than 71% of all websites I’d prefer to have the load time closer to one second. It’s something I’m going to have to look into.
Specific websites may vary but how do the servers perform across the board? Once again from inlinehostblogger we’ll have a look at the server performance for both HostGator and Bluehost.
As you can see Hostgator outperforms Bluehost in all areas. Requests per second, failed requests and time per request are all better with HostGator.
Speed Test Winner
Support for both hosting providers are pretty similar. Both offer 24/7 live support and technical support. I’ve used the HostGator live support recently when I was setting up an SSL certificate for this blog and was attended to in 5 to 10 minutes. I haven’t used Bluehost for some time so I can’t comment on live support waiting times.
While the price is fairly similar for HostGator and Bluehost you will save a little bit of money each month by going with HostGator. The free SSL certificate and IP address is great value for money with both hosting providers.
As far as uptime and speed is concerned HostGator take the cake. Uptime seems to be better with HostGator and page load time is reduced significantly. The HostGator servers respond more quickly and they have fewer failed requests.
The overall winner here has to be HostGator. You can grab your HostGator Hosting Package here. I am offering a free website setup for those who do set up a new account with either HostGator or Bluehost. Watch the Free Website Video to find out how it works.