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HostGator VS DreamHost – Shared Web Hosting Comparison

HostGator VS DreamHost – Shared Web Hosting ComparisonAs both HostGator and DreamHost are leading shared web hosting companies, many customers feel the choice between these 2 companies is not easy.

This is the reason why we wrote this comparison of HostGator VS DreamHost. Note: this comparison is mainly concerning their shared web hosting popularity, affordability, reliability, speed, and customer service.

To help readers know the main information of the shared hosting service of the 2 companies, we have worked out the following table to show the ratings of their services. Proceed to learn the details.

Plan In ComparisonHatchlingBabyHappy Hosting
Loading Speed4.54.52.5
Tech Support5.05.02.5
Recommended ForPersonalSmall BusinessSmall Business
Sales Now30%30%34%
Starting At$4.86/mo$6.96/mo$5.95/mo

HostGator Overview

Founded in 2002, HostGator is a well-known web hosting company that strives to provide fast and reliable hosting solutions at budget-friendly prices and to maintain the highest level of customer service and customer satisfaction. Until now, HostGator has hosted more than 8 million domains for nearly a million customers from over 200 countries.

HostGator Advantages

  • Customers with HostGator shared web hosting can have an assortment of hosting options. HostGator offers 3 web hosting plans named as Hatchling, Baby, and Business plan, which meet different individual requirements from bloggers to large e-commerce site owners.
  • The domain names offered by HostGator is much more reliable than those offered by many other web hosts. As we all know, the DNS (domain name server) is the battery for the domain name, so the more powerful the DNS is, the more likely people will be able to see your site and send you an email. Therefore, unlike most companies offering customers one or two domain servers – one main server, and one for backup, HostGator domain name is backed by six servers distributed around the U.S. with superior connectivity and reliability.
  • HostGator constantly provides its customers with a 20% discount, which reduces the price of shared web hosting to $4.76/mo. To be frank, this rate is fairly affordable to the majority of customers.
  • The HostGator control panel is the widely used and respected cPanel, with which customers can enjoy a high level of control over their hosting experiences, such as manage their FTP accounts, passwords, domain names and their webmail account, check the website statistics to obtain information about how many people visit their website, and install numerous scripts and applications.
  • The datacenters of HostGator are highly advanced in terms of technology and security, with which HostGator is able to provide reliable, fast and secure hosting solutions. As tested, the uptime is guaranteed to 99.9%, and the page loading speed is less than 1 second in the real world.

HostGator Disadvantages

  • HostGator Hatchling Plan is a little bit feature-limited, which allows only 1 site and 1 domain on 1 account. This plan, to be honest, is not suitable for customers with multiple websites, but is powerful enough for new bloggers setting up a simple personal blog site.
  • While there are a large number of web hosts in the market offering free domain name, HostGator still charges customers $12.95 for domain registration.

DreamHost Overview

Founded in 1997, DreamHost has a long track record in offering quality shared web hosting services. With DreamHost, customers can get instant provisioning after purchase, free domain name registration, the latest versions of PHP and MySQL database, unlimited domain hosting, and a large volume of server resources.

DreamHost Advantages

  • DreamHost is one of the most risk-free and worry-free web hosting companies, for it offers the longest money-back period, which is up to 97 days. Therefore, customers can have enough time to test the features and quality of DreamHost web hosting services.
  • DreamHost allows customers to host multiple domain names, with which customers can build a portfolio of websites without worrying about several hosting accounts.

DreamHost Disadvantages

  • DreamHost does not offer cPanel. Their self-built control panel, which is not user-friendly, makes customers feel difficult to use.
  • Another disadvantage of DreamHost is their customer service. DreamHost does not offer telephone support for free. Only the customers who have paid an extra $14.95/mo for the premium support service can be guaranteed the 100% availability of the support.

HostGator VS DreamHost – Price

Plan In ComparisonHatchlingBabyHappy Hosting
Discount30% Off30% Off34% Off

Obviously, the Hatchling plan of HostGator is a little bit cheaper than DreamHost. Moreover, we highly recommend customers going with HostGator 2-year plan. Although this means customers need to pay 2 years in one time, they can purchase starting at $4.86/mo, and there is no need to worry about the waste of money with the HostGator 45 days money back guarantee.

HostGator VS DreamHost – Feature

Plan In ComparisonHatchlingBabyHappy Hosting
Disk SpaceUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Domians Allowed1UnlimitedUnlimited
Control PanelcPanelcPanelCustom
1-Click Script InstallerYesYesYes
Site BuilderYesYesNo
PHP 5YesYesYes
Ruby on RailsYesYesYes
Money Back Guarantee45 days45 days97 days

HostGator VS DreamHost – Page Loading Speed

We have personally carried out a performance testing with a WordPress website hosted with both DreamHost and HostGator since June 2013. As a result, the page loading speed of HostGator is much faster than that of DreamHost. Read the server response monitoring as following.


We have found that both HostGator and DreamHost are reliable hosting providers. However, due to the fact that HostGator has surpassed DreamHost in terms of price, support and contorl panel, we think HostGator is a more recommendable choice for web hosting service.

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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