The web hosting industry has two very competitive companies dominating the industry and those are Bluehost and Hostgator. Both these have a powerful collection of features and are neck and neck in the industry.
Let’s compare Hostgator with Bluehost to find out which is better in terms of performance and pricing too!
Starting off with some features, it is important that web tools can be understood easily by the user for them to start working on it without spending much time to figure it out. So which of these providers are more user-friendly and suited for beginners? Let’s find out.
For a beginner, cost is a great factor consider, especially when making online payments where the user does not want to be tricked into paying money unnecessarily. Both, BlueHost and Hostgator offer money back deals but are both as flexible as the other?
Although both do have money back guarantee features, they have different terms and conditions which make the service different. When considering BlueHost Reseller hosting, it has a money back guarantee for a period of under 30 days but this does not apply to add on products which is a bit of let down for the user. On the other hand, Hostgator has a money back guarantee which also does not apply for add on purchases but its guarantee period is 45 days which is 15 days more than what is offered by BlueHost.
The second point we are looking at is website transfer or migration. This feature is offered by both firms but has different features within. BlueHost allows transferring of all data and files for free as long as it is done manually by you. If you wish to transfer all the files automatically, it comes at a cost of approximately $150 On the other hand, Hostgator offers website transfer for free whether done automatically or manually for 30 days after signing up or upgrading the user account.
In the online world today, speed is everything. You need to be fast and updated to give your customers the best at their disposal. Let’s see how BlueHost and Hostgator perform in terms of speed and uptime.
Both these firms have several data centers that are utilized to improve and enhance the performance for their users. This is where speeds, performance and uptime are maintained with the use of various technologies. Data Centers are rated in the term ‘Tier’. BlueHost reseller hosting currently has a rating of tier 3 whereas Hostgator has a rating of tier 4 which is infact the highest rating possible. Both these firms guarantee an uptime of 99.9% which is a great performance standard to set.
With great performance, you also need assurance and security of your work. One feature for this is to backup your work regularly. Bluehost offers the backup feature which can be done automatically and the frequency of the backups can be set manually; weekly, daily or monthly. This feature requires no additional cost. However, Bluehost does recommend that you take your own backups as they do not guarantee the backups that are done automatically.
Another security feature is an SSL Certificate which Bluehost offers free of charge for multiple types of accounts. However, Hostgator does not offer any SSL certificate which clearly gives Bluehost and advantage in terms of security.
Both companies have a fairly good reputation and features in their customer support department. Both companies can be contacted via phone and chat. Hostgator also has a forum where multiple users can communicate and help solve each other’s problems.
HostGator reseller hosting is more user-friendly for a beginner as it includes more features such as free website migration / transfer (Bluehost charges $149.99 to migrate your site). Plus HostGator’s money-back policy has a wider span of days than Bluehost. HostGator’s only downside is that they don’t offer a free domain name.
When considering WordPress hosting Bluehost is the better option because they are officially recommended by WordPress.org and offer you more features like free SSL certificate.
Similarly, when considering security as well, Bluehost has better features such as free SSL certificated along with complimentary website backups.
As mentioned in the beginning, both companies are on top of their game offering great features and variable prices. The better one can only be chosen according to what the particular user wants.