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GoDaddy VS HostGator – In-Depth Web Hosting Comparison

GoDaddy VS HostGator – In-Depth Web Hosting ComparisonMany website owners feel hesitated to choose between HostGator and GoDaddy, as both of them are growing very fast in the hosting market these years.

So we have carried out an in-depth web hosting comparison between GoDaddy and HostGator.

While HostGator is one of the best web hosting companies which provide unmatched services for shared, VPS, and dedicated reseller hosting, GoDaddy has the highest number of domain name registrations.

In order to point out the better web hosting company, we have set several comparison criteria like price, features, uptime, speed, and customer service.

Plan In ComparisonHatchlingBabyEconomy
Loading Speed5.05.03.0
Tech Support5.05.03
Recommended ForPersonalSmall BusinessNOT Recommended
Sales Now45%45%40%
Starting At$3.82/mo$5.47/mo$4.99/mo

Price – Tie

When it comes to the pricing of web hosting services, HostGator is a little bit cheaper than GoDaddy. Due to the fact that both of the 2 web hosts offer 3 plans of the shared web hosting, and have launched an attractive discount, we have listed a price table as below to give our readers a straightforward expression.

Plan In ComparisonHatchlingBabyEconomy
Discount45% Off45% Off40%
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As you can see, both GoDaddy and HostGator offer a budget-friendly rate. The only difference is that the price of HostGator applies to the billing circle, and customers can save more money when purchasing a longer-term. With GoDaddy, however, customers who sign up with a 3 years plan cannot have a better price than customers who sign up with a 1 year plan.

Features – HostGator Wins

GoDaddy has 3 shared web hosting plans named as Economy, Deluxe and Unlimited. HostGator also has 3 packages named as Hatchling, Baby, and Business. In fact, they have a lot of features in common, such as unlimited monthly bandwidth, one-click installer for WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla, free site building tool, as well as PHP and MySQL databases, but HostGator web hosting packages are actually more rich-featured. Check the feature comparison table as follows.

Plan In ComparisonHatchlingBabyEconomy
Disk SpaceUnlimitedUnlimited100 GB
Domians Allowed1Unlimited1
Money Back Guarantee45 days45 days30 days
Live Chat SupportYesYesNo
Go HostGatorGo HostGatorNOT Recommended

Usability – Both Good

It’s very important to have a user-friendly control panel, especially for those who are new to web hosting or those who do not know how to install web scripts like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, etc. Fortunately, both companies utilize the most popular and powerful cPanel control panel with an easy-to-understand graphical interface. Besides, the Fantastico script installer provided with cPanel makes installing various other programs with ease.

Reliability – Both Win

HostGator data centers are equipped with redundant power, HVAC, fire detection/suppression systems, backups, and monitoring systems to ensure that service remains uninterrupted. Therefore, customers can utilize one of the world’s best data center infrastructures to power their web sites and have maximum uptime. In terms of GoDaddy, it also places all the servers in the world-class data centers, which include state of the art technologies and are monitored day and night by specialized engineers.

With such a fantastic data center infrastructure, both HostGator and GoDaddy have a good uptime record, especially HostGator which guarantees a 99.9% uptime in the real world.

Speed – HostGator Wins

In order to better compare the hosting speed of the 2 web hosts, our editors have personally carried out a performance testing with a Joomla website hosted with both GoDaddy and HostGator. As a result, the same website hosted with HostGator loads over 100% faster than GoDaddy. Read the performance comparison chart as following.

Customer Service – HostGator Wins

When choosing the right web host, having a great team of support is mandatory. Whenever you encounter an issue with your website or server, the support team must be able to resolve it as soon as possible. There is a responsive support team available at both GoDaddy and HostGator, but HostGator fares better than Godaddy.

Every HostGator customers can contact the technical support staff via toll-free phone call, e-mail, and live chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All the representatives are patient and knowledgeable, with at least 4 years support experience. GoDaddy, however, while lacks the live chat support, their support staffs are not as effective as HostGator. We have sent the same question to the 2 web hosts through e-mail, and have received the reply from HostGator within 30 minutes and from GoDaddy after 4 hours.

Conclusion – HostGator is Recommended

After making a comprehensive comparison between the two hosts aspect-to-aspect, people may easily find that HostGator does a better job for shared web hosting services in price, features, reliability, performance and technical support. Moreover, this company has been receiving high satisfaction ratings from customers all the time.

Rick Hammond

I'm a marketing consultant by trade and also own a portfolio of over 20 websites. Over the years I have tested most of the well know hosting companies for my sites and therefore can give insight into which are good and which are not from my personal experiences.

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