HostGator vs. Bluehost Hosting Services

In web hosting industry, these two companies are most heard of. Their business conducting strategies are so widespread that webmasters from all regions are using their service, that too with satisfaction. Both these companies are run by Endurance International Group (EIG), a company web hosting company in general. Though owned by the same mother organization, yet there are slight differences in their service strategy; and people tend to provide a different type of feedbacks for them. For startups, both hosting company provides equal advantages. For advanced users though, there are more advanced feature in the hosting plans.

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Performance of Both Companies’ Servers

In theories, both the companies offer 99.9% uptime guarantee. That means, you should see your website up and running most of the times. According to the user feedbacks, the uptime is quite not 99.9% but more than enough, almost nearing 99.9%. Unless something goes very wrong, the web server doesn’t remain down for a longer period of time.

Hardware wise, both these companies use AMD Opteron 6000 Series processors for their server CPU operations. For faster on-board memory management, Bluehost and HostGator used DDR3 ECC RAMs in their computers. This result in greater speed – well enough to support shared servers and dedicated servers.

Both companies have their top priority data centers in the US, mostly in Dallas. And other than that, there are more additional servers across the other states as well. In Bluehost servers, the CPU segregation technology takes over the basic management to an intelligent level.

Comparing both the servers, our vote goes for the Hostgator servers due to their boldness of features and security options even in the initial level hosting plans. For pricey hosting plans, both these companies excel.

Response Time for Sites Hosted

The site response time, or in popular terminology – the ping tends to be higher on Bluehost hosting packages. Pingdom tool was used for calculating the ping for websites. Ping is basically the time a website takes to respond to the visitor requesting the website after the site has been requested; so the lower the figure the better it is.

According to Pingdom tests, Hostgator websites’ average ping was 1288 ms at most, never more than that. On the other hand, the maximum time for Bluehost hosted sites we had seen was 5429 ms – that’s quite a long boring period.

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Clearly, Hostgator wins the response time category.

Control Panel

The basic control panel for both Hostgator and Bluehost hosting plans is cPanel. The users can choose a more convenient control panel if they want. There are 1 click installers for add-ons and plugins like Joomla, WordPress etc. Users without prior coding and scripting knowledge will be vastly helped by such wizard-like step by step installers.

In the control panel criteria, both the web hosting companies performed pretty well.

Customer Support

Having a reliable customer support service is a must-have specification for any hosting provider. Luckily, both Hostgator and Bluehost provides 24/7 all the year round customer service through different contact mediums. Raise a ticket via their user interface or call their hotline – the service team will reach the customer as soon as possible to resolve issues. We liked the email, live chat and phone support in both hosting.

Pricing

The basic price for Hostgator Hatchling price is $6.27/month for a year’s subscription, whereas Bluetooth doesn’t offer any monthly plan. For a year’s contract, the monthly charge is calculated $7.49/month. For the Hostgator Baby plan, $6.97/month for 1 year contract and $11.49 for Bluehost’s 1 year’s contract; no monthly plan is offered as usual.

HostGator is providing 20% off in their plans for a limited time through a specified hosting coupon. More coupons may be found on affiliate websites for both Hostgator and Bluehost.

Winner

Judging the criterions like hardware configuration, bandwidth, storage space, memory management, control panel and pricing – our vote will certainly go for Hostgator. On the other hand, Bluehost is also really good for people who are quite experienced in website hosting for quite long already.

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