Both HostGator and GoDaddy are two of the biggest hosting providers worldwide and both have created a commanding and stable position in the Indian market. Whereas Godaddy, predominantly a domain selling company is also trying to gain the top spot in the web hosting spectrum, HostGator (founded in 2002), on the other hand, whose primary business is to sell hosting has already been dominating this market by a huge margin.
Hostgator is owned by a single company called Endurance international group or EIG and they are a huge company operating on a massive scale which has numerous web hosting providers under one umbrella. Bluehost is another company which belongs to the EIG, so you will get the same performance and services among all the providers as they are all run by one single corporation.
We as professional bloggers have used numerous such web hosting services over the past few years for many of our blogs so this will be a completely firsthand experience which we are sharing with you. In this review, we will tell you which one will be the best bang for your buck if you are just starting your blog/website or planning to switch to a better host from your current hosting provider. Since both of them are eager to sell hosting to their customers, let’s do an in-depth analysis and see which will be the best choice for you.
So, we are going to compare these two web hosts on the basis of following parameters:
- EASE OF USE and
1. Let’s start with the most important factor – PERFORMANCE:
To test out the speed of both the services, we have created a very basic website with only one page (the home page) and a few images and a few paragraphs of text. Now we hosted one copy of the same site on Hostgator shared hosting, and another copy on Godaddy shared web hosting with different domain names. Both the copies are exactly the same. Now to test the speed we used Google Page Speed and GTMetrix. Here are the results:
GTmetrix gives you the full picture on how your site loads and helps you detect where bottlenecks are. Key features include PageSpeed and YSlow scores and Recommendations, Page Load Details (time, size, number of requests), etc. Below is the GT Metrix result for Hostgator –
Below is the GT Metrix result for GoDaddy –
Now let’s look at Google page speed results. Page speed Insight tool doesn’t just check the speed of your website, it also checks if the resources are being loaded correctly and things like CSS or other render-blocking resources which is making your website slow to load, Time to First Contentful Paint, Speed Index, First Meaningful Paint, Time to Interactive and other things like this. Below is the GT Metrix result for Hostgator –
Below is the GT Metrix result for GoDaddy –
From the above results, we can see that the website hosted on HostGator is considerably faster than the website being hosted on GoDaddy. Since website speed is a ranking factor in Google, it is obvious that the faster websites will rank higher in google search page.
2. Next, we will look into the FEATURES these hosts offer:
Apart from these, one of the extremely important factors is Uptime Claims (Uptime is the period a hosting service is available online. So a website that is up all year long 24×7, it is said to have 100% uptime. If uptime is 90% then that means that the website is down for 36.5 days out of the total 365) that these companies make.
Both of them gives a 99.9% Uptime Guarantee, but whereas Hostgator provides a free one-month hosting if it falls short of the uptime guarantee, Godaddy does not specifically says what its users will get if they somehow failed to provide a 99.9% Uptime which is claimed by the company. We would personally stay away from such type of unclear agreement clause by Godaddy.
Now in our experience, Hostgator has a very reliable uptime and has never failed us on this with the remaining point zero one percent being server maintenance or server upgrades that they regularly do to ensure the quality of service for the vast majority of users and subscribers of Hostgator. Also when anything goes wrong with them we could just email them or talk to them via live chat with a customer service representative 24/7 and they always fixed any issue promptly.
3. After this, we will move onto SUPPORT:
Support is extremely important because somewhere in your journey you will need support and that is for sure. If something goes wrong with your website e.g. if you want to set it up with your web hosting and something goes wrong, you need support. If you want to change your DNS settings or records to propagate, you need support. No matter where you get stuck with your website, you need support.
Godaddy provides only live chat and phone support. However, they don’t have a ticket system. You cannot email them and you can’t have a normal support ticket system. So you won’t be able to view your support history or past cases because it just doesn’t exist. So in that regards, GoDaddy doesn’t have an advantage over HostGator because HostGator actually has that type of support service. Unless and until GoDaddy implement email ticket support system, it cannot reach the level of HostGator’s service.
4. Next up is EASE OF USE:
Both of the companies are head to head in this matter as both of them provide excellent Ease of Use, thanks to their C-Panel. If you don’t know what C-Panel is, It is basically a software that helps you manage your web server and it is usually installed on the major ‘shared web hosting’ companies. C-Panel provides a Graphical User Interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site to the website owner or the “end-user” i.e You.
If you use either HostGator or GoDaddy, you will get this feature on both of them. So that part is sorted. But, having used both of these services extensively, we can say that it is a lot easier to set up your website with HostGator using their C-Panel. The dashboard of HostGator is much more simple and user-friendly than that of GoDaddy.
5. The final factor to consider is – PRICE:
Godaddy provides four plans for shared hosting namely – Starter, Economy, Deluxe, and Ultimate.
The Starter plan costs Rs. 99/Month and hosts only one website with 30 GB storage. This plan is their most basic plan and is suitable for very small websites with lesser traffic and is quite slow. It is better to be avoided.
The next plan they have is Economy. It costs Rs. 199/Month and it is suitable for basic resources for starter websites. In this plan, you will get one website, 100 GB storage, Free email for 1 year and a free domain if you purchase the annual plan (you will have to pay for the whole year in advance).
Next is the Deluxe plan. This plan starts at Rs. 240/Month and you will get a little more space and flexibility for multiple sites. You will get 100 GB storage, customer support, Free email for 1 year and a free domain if you purchase the annual plan.
The best they have to offer is the Unlimited plan. This plan starts at Rs. 400/Month and you will get many features with this plan. You will get 100 GB storage, Free email for 1 year and a free domain, freedom to create multiple websites, 2x processing power & memory (2 CPUs and 1 GB RAM), Free SSL Certificate – 1 year (for 1 domain/website), Free Premium DNS, Unlimited databases and 24/7 priority support.
This seems like the best value but if we dive in deeper then we will be able to see the hidden costs. Rs. 400/Month is the introductory price, but when you will renew the plan you will have to pay its full price which is Rs. 999/Month. So that is a red flag. Another hidden charge is the SSL certificate which is only free for the first year. After that, it will renew automatically with the current price at the time of renewal which is Rs. 4,399/Year which is very, very high.
So all these hidden or undisclosed charges make GoDaddy out of reach for most of the new bloggers who are just starting with their websites.
Now we will analyze the pricing of Hostgator:
They have four plans for shared hosting, which are – Starter, Hatchling, Baby, and Business.
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Starter is their most basic plan which starts at Rs. 99/Month. In this plan you will get Single Domain(no need to buy a domain separately), 10 GB Disk Space, 100 GB Transfer, 1-click installation, Free cPanel, New – PHP 7.1, 5 Email Account(s) and Free SSL Certificate.
Next plan is Hatchling which starts at Rs. 199/Month. At this price, you will get a Domain (again no need to buy a domain separately), Unmetered Disk Space, Unmetered Transfer, Unlimited Email Account(s), Free SSL Certificate, 1-click installation, Free cPanel and New – PHP 7.1.
Then comes the Baby plan which costs Rs. 249/Month which according to us is the best plan for bloggers. This plan comes with 3 Domains, Unmetered Disk Space, Unmetered Transfer, Unlimited Email Account(s), Free SSL Certificate, 1-click installation, Free cPanel and New – PHP 7.1.
The final offering in shared hosting is the Business plan priced at Rs. 349/Month and it got all the bells and whistles which you will be needing if you run a business website. This plan comes with Unlimited Domains, Unmetered Disk Space, Unmetered Transfer, Unlimited Email Account(s), Free SSL Certificate, Free Upgrade to Positive SSL (Positive SSL Certificates provide a quick, cost-effective solution for secure online transactions on websites), Free Dedicated IP, 1-click installation, Free cPanel and New – PHP 7.1
As you can see, between these two web hosting providers, Hostgator provides the best value for money as it gives you more features and more control for the amount of money it charges. Hence Our recommendation is for you to go with HostGator where you will get more with less money.
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