There are several points to consider while selecting a good web host for taking your wordpress website – things like – the amount of storage or bandwidth that you will get; the number of domains or subdomains; operating system choices; uptime and page loading speed of your website etc.
Apart from that, other services like email accounts, refund and data backup policy, usability, tech support, and round-the-clock customer support are equally important.
Godaddy and Hostgator are two of the top web-host giants, that provide shared hosting for running online businesses.
While Godaddy was known to be web’s no.1 domain name registrar for a long time, Hostgator is considered to be the best host to grow with. Though both offer similar features and services, they are different in many aspects.
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Following is an attempt to pit them against each other, to help you decide which one would suit you the best –
Hostgator vs Godaddy Speed Test
+The performance and speed of a site go hand-in-hand and it’s most annoying when the site that you are trying to access takes ages to load. Slow loading websites degrade in performance, lead to higher bounce rates and lower rankings.
Though the speed of a site is influenced by a number of reasons, it also depends upon the capacity of web hosts to offer faster servers, and the way they manage their resources on a shared server.
We performed few tests using pingdom to calculate the page-loading speed for a couple of websites, that were either hosted by Hostgator or Godaddy.
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The results that we got clearly showed that the websites hosted by Hostgator had lesser load-time and were way faster than the websites hosted by Godaddy.
Hostgator vs Godaddy Uptime
Uptime is one of the most important components of a good web host. Typically it is the amount of time that a server has ‘stayed up and running’, and is often measured in percentage.
For example, if a site is down for 1 whole day during the entire month (or 30 days) – the uptime would be 96.667% , or if it’s down for 5 mins – then it’s 99.99%, and for just 3 secs – the uptime would be 99.9999%. In other words, more number of ‘Nines’ in a number means better Uptime.
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Hostgator guarantees an uptime of 99.9% and has been consistently delivering it too – even during the extreme traffic scenarios. And incase they fall short of this offered uptime rating, they issue you an entire month’s credit !
Godaddy on the other hand, also offers 99.9% uptime, but as the load on their server increases, their ‘downtime percentage’ increases too.
Hostgator vs Godaddy OS and Processors
Hostgator runs on CentOS Linux x86 and uses Dual Xeon E5520 2.26 GHz Quad Core Processors for all its webhosting, reseller, and VPS accounts.
Godaddy offers both Linux and Windows as hosting account OS options, and uses Type 1x Xeon E3-1220-v3 Processors.
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Hostgator vs Godaddy Storage and Data Backup
Disk space is where all the elements that make up a website like files, images, videos, emails etc., are stored. The larger the space, the more scope for the website to scale.
Hostgator provides unlimited disk space for all of its plans, whereas Godaddy provides it only for its higher plans (Deluxe and Ultimate). The storage is limited to 100GB for Godaddy’ Economy plan.
Both Hostgator and Godaddy provide automatic data backup, that runs once a week and overwrites any of the previous backups. However with Godaddy, it is a paid service – which means you will be charged $1.99/ mo to restore your files.
Also, if you wish to ‘create your own backup file’, HostGator will charge $25 fee to complete a restore request of your file.
Hostgator vs Godaddy User Interface
Both Hostgator and Godaddy offer simple control panels with one-click script installers – that makes it easy to manage all the hosting accounts from one centralized place.
While Hostgator offers the latest and user friendly cPanel theme for Linux hosting; Godaddy offers their own customized cPanel theme, which has a very different interface and would need time to get used to.
Godaddy also gives you a choice of using Plesk, (the second best option to cPanel) which works on both Linux and Windows.
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Hostgator vs Godaddy Pricing and Refund Policy
Hostgator has three subscription plans – Hatchling (with only one domain), while Baby and Business offer unlimited domains. All plans include unlimited emails, 99.9% uptime, round-the-clock server monitoring, unmetered bandwidth etc.
Hostgator offers a 45 day refund policy, but only to first-time accounts who are eligible for a refund. It does not cover refunds on dedicated servers, administrative fees, install fees for custom software or domain name purchases.
Godaddy’s LINUX option has three subscription plans as Economy, Deluxe and Ultimate, where the former two are comparatively cheaper to Hostgator. (Note : The Windows OS option too has similar pricing).
Unlike Hostgator, Godaddy provides a ‘free domain name’ with every hosting plan. The Economy plan can host one domain while its unlimited for the higher plans. All plans include unmetered bandwidth, 24/7 security monitoring and DDoS protection.
Godaddy has 30 days refund policy for Annual Plans, and 48 hours refund policy for Monthly Plans (all plans with less than a 1-year term).
Hostgator vs Godaddy Customer Support
The customer-support experience ranges from person to person, and both Godaddy and Hostgator offer excellent customer support.
Hostgator provides 24X7 telephonic and live chat support. They also have emails and ticketing system that you can use to lodge your concern, and they are very responsive towards all your grievances.
Godaddy on the other hand, also offers 24×7 US-based telephonic support with a current wait time of 6-8 mins. But they are launching call centers in several countries to improve their response time. They too have ticket system, email as well as live chat.
Apart from that, both Hostgator and Godaddy provide a huge knowledge bank consisting of articles, tutorials etc., but then GoDaddy’s website is kind of hard to navigate.
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Hostgator vs Godaddy – Final Verdict
The above comparisons give us a clear understanding that Hostgator is better than Godaddy in almost every aspect of web hosting.
Divya Dube is an e-commerce subject writer at Mofluid. She loves to research and is an avid reader of technology, psychology and fiction. She is also a gadget freak, a traveller, loves chocolates & music and has an immense passion for writing.