HostGator vs BlueHost – Web Hosting Comparison

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HostGator and BlueHost are widely recognized for offering cheap web hosting solutions. In this HostGator vs BlueHost web hosting comparison I will review these two companies, so you can get a clear picture of what you actually get for the price.

HostGator vs BlueHost – Shared Hosting Comparison

HostGator and BlueHost are pretty close in terms of shared hosting features. However, when I compare their recurring billing options I find HostGator more flexible. In order to sign up for a BlueHost plan you will at least need to pay for the whole year whereas HostGator offers so many choices (even monthly billing).

HostGator BlueHost
1 month
3 months
6 months
12 months 12 months
24 months 24 months
36 months 36 months

Flexible billing cycle gives users more confidence when they are switching to a new web host. Specially when you just want to try out a new hosting for a month. So in this case I believe the winner is HostGator.

Winner: HostGator

Price Comparison

As we know that HostGator doesn’t offer flexible billing options like BlueHost, It will only be fair if we do the price comparison based on the yearly costs.

HostGator BlueHost
Hatchling plan – $3.95/month Basic plan – $2.95/month
Baby plan – $5.95/month Plus plan – $5.95/month
Business plan – $5.95/month Business Pro plan – $5.95/month

BlueHost business pro plan might be expensive but they are still ahead of HostGator for their Basic and Plus plans. I believe most new users would be interested in the cheapest or the second cheapest plan, so BlueHost is clearly the winner here.

Winner: BlueHost

Main Feature Comparison

Here is the comparison between HostGator hatchling and BlueHost basic plans:

HostGator Hatchling BlueHost Basic
Number of websites 1 1
Web space Unmetered 50 GB
Bandwidth Unmetered Unmetered
Free domains 0 1
Parked domains 0 5
Sub domains Unlimited 25
Email accounts Unlimited 5
Email storage Unlimited 100 MB per account
Marketing credit $100 (Google Adwords)

I believe they both have some promising features. If you are really into marketing that $100 Google Adwords credit will put HostGator ahead of BlueHost. On the other hand if you just want to compare hosting related features BlueHost is clearly the winner here. It offers a free domain when you sign up and you get up to 50 GB of web space (which is more than enough for one site). The term unmetered might sound good but it doesn’t say anything specific. The problem with abstract term like “unmetered” is that they can give you warning when they feel you are using too much resources. Other things like unlimited sub domains and email accounts are not very important as you would probably create only one.

Winner: BlueHost

Here is the comparison between HostGator Basic and BlueHost Plus plans:

HostGator Baby BlueHost Plus
Number of websites Unlimited 10
Web space Unmetered 150 GB
Bandwidth Unmetered Unmetered
Free domains 0 1
Parked domains Unlimited 20
Sub domains Unlimited 50
Email accounts Unlimited 100
Email storage Unlimited 500 MB per account
Marketing credit $100 (Google Adwords) $150

I believe the result goes in favour of BlueHost again. HostGator Baby plan does provides unlimited domains but the difference is not that much. On the other hand BlueHost Plus plan is offering up to $150 marketing credit and a free domain when you sign up.

Winner: BlueHost

Here is the comparison between HostGator Basic and BlueHost Plus plans:

HostGator Business BlueHost Business Pro
Number of websites Unlimited Unlimited
Web space Unmetered Unmetered
Bandwidth Unmetered Unmetered
Free domains 0 1
Free Private SSL 1 1
Dedicated IP Yes Yes
Parked domains Unlimited Unlimited
Sub domains Unlimited Unlimited
Email accounts Unlimited Unlimited
Email storage Unlimited Unlimited
Marketing credit $100 (Google Adwords) $300

Apart from marketing credit HostGator is the winner here. You do get a free domain with BlueHost but you will be paying extra $6/month = $72/year.

Winner: HostGator

HostGator vs BlueHost – Page Speed Test

I tested the HostGator and BlueHost servers from 5 different locations. I found HostGator quicker on an average than BlueHost. There wasn’t a big difference in the page size either (HostGator 1.3 MB and BlueHost 1.5MB).

Location HostGator BlueHost
New York City, New York, USA 2.83s 5.66s
Dallas, Texas, USA 3.52s 3.92s
Amsterdam, Netherlands 4.41s 7.15s
Stockholm, Sweden 4.76s 5.80s
Melbourne, Australia 8.43s 7.05s

I ran the test a couple of times and HostGator performed better almost 90% of the time. The result from HostGator was also very stable, whereas BlueHost page load time fluctuated a lot during the tests.

Here is a graph that shows the average performance of both web hosts in the last 10 days:

HostGator Load Time

screenshot showing the average page load speed of HostGator

BlueHost Load Time

screenshot showing the average page load speed of BlueHost

 

Based on this performance test, I believe HostGator is the winner.

Winner: HostGator

If you want to see the full list of things that come with their hosting packages please visit the HostGator and BlueHost sites. If you have anything to add to the list feel free to share it in the comments.

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