Hostgator V/s Bluehost – Why Hostgator is better?
Bluehost v/s Hostgator
While hosting your website, it is really a complicated decision of which web hosting to choose. There is no dearth of web hosting companies in the industry so it becomes even more difficult to make the right decision. Users generally do not have much idea about parameters on which they should judge a web hosting provider. In this post we will make your task easier by giving you some essential facts about two major web hosting providers, Hostgator and Bluehost and hence finding out the winner among them.
Hostgator and Bluehost both have an outstanding record of growth in the last decade. So, lets’ start comparing the two giants based on our first parameter.
Ease of Use
Most of the website owners are not computer geeks. And why they should be? E.g. Hostgator and Bluehost both provide a customized Control Panel for every user. With the help of this user friendly cPanel, users can access their websites anytime from anywhere. With Hostgator you need not doo any formality to access and understand cPanel, using it is just like a piece of cake. On the other hand, with Bluehost it becomes a daunting task for users to fully understand the functionality of the cPanel if they are not computer geeks.
Same goes with the freebies of web scripts like WordPress and Joomla. These days everyone needs these essential scripts to set up their blogs or ecommerce websites, to stay ahead of the competition. With Hostgator users get one click installation of these scripts like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magneto etc. But Bluehost offers such one-click installation only for wordpress script.
Hence, it is not difficult to see that Hostgator has emerged as a winner based on the parameter of ease-of-use.
Hostgator and Bluehost are both listed among top 10 hosting providers. Both of them offer a 99.9% uptime. While Bluehost believes in its own technical efficiency and maintains its own servers, Hostgator has partnered with the experts to take care of the hardware. Hostgator emerges as a winner in this race of efficiency because of a simple reason. With the help of the technical expertise Hostgator gets from its partners, there have been really less cases of data loss and theft and even if some have happened, there were proper backups because of the unlimited storage space offered by the third party.
Even if you are not a newbie, you need proper assistance from your hosting provider. Also the customer support team should be properly technically equipped so as to solve any kind of problem efficiently in a short period of time. Hostgator offers a 24/7 customer support which can be reached via phone, chat or email anytime.
Bluehost also offers good customer support as efficient as Hostgator. The Bluehost customer support can also be reached using phone, email ticket on the website or live chat anytime 24/7.
On the basis of this parameter, both Bluehost and Hostgator have proved worthy enough and there is a tie here.
Plans and Pricing:
Unlimited (Baby Plan and onwards)
|No. of Free Domains||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|99.9% Uptime Guarantee||Yes||Yes|
|Free scripts||WordPress, Joomla and many more||Only WordPress|
|Free Toll Free No.||Yes, in Business Plan||No|
|Money back Guarantee||45 Days||Anytime|
|Coupons and offers||Yes||No|
The most important thing that we can see from the above comparison is that Hostgator offers three shared hosting plans namely, Hostgator Hatchling Plan, Hostgator Baby Plan and Hostgator Business Plan. Through these plans Hostgator tries to cater to different customers having different business requirements e.g. if you need to start your own personal blog and personal website with just one domain name you can use Hostgator Hatchling Plan. Or if you own a small or medium-sized business then you can use Hostgator Baby Plan with unlimited Features. Also, if you own a large-sized business and need everything unlimited with a toll free number you can buy the Hostgator Business Plan. Besides these shared hosting plans, Hostgator also offers VPS hosting and reseller Plans. Hostgator offers a 45 days money back guarantee but usually users do not need it. The reason being the Hostgator 1 cent coupon, which provides the users with an opportunity to test drive the services of Hostgator for first month at an unbelievable 1 cent.
Bluehost gives a tough competition to Hostgator in a lot of features above. But its biggest failure lies in the fact that it just offers a single plan for all types of users. Simply because many times users unnecessarily need to pay for features and services that they do not use. Also Bluehost does not have any specialized plan for medium and large sized businesses with features like free toll free number. Bluehost does not offer any coupons or discount offers, users need to buy the plan first and if they do not like the services they can withdraw using any time money back guarantee. This process of money-back is time consuming and has some hidden charges too.
Based on the comparison above, both the companies are tough competitors having their own pros and cons. Bluehost is ahead of Hostgator in terms of pricing but Hostgator wins a brownie point with its efficiently crafted plans. But the real ace lies in customer satisfaction which Hostgator easily wins by its discount coupons and unlimited features. Hence, Hostgator emerges as a winner on the basis of plans and pricing.
Final Conclusion- Which one to choose?
We have done a comparison of the two titans of web hosting Hostgator and Bluehost on the basis of four important parameters. These four factors ease of use, efficiency, customer assistance and plans and pricing are the most relevant parameters for a user to choose a relevant website hosting plan. The users need to be assured of full return from their investment which only Hostgator guarantees.
In the above analysis, we have given ample of reasons why one should choose Hostgator