WP Engine vs. Pagely

Have you ever wondered, “WP Engine vs. Pagely, which hosting provider would win?”

Well, wonder no more. We’ll be discussing the performance, customer support infrastructure, pricing structure and all other important hosting peculiarities of these two companies right here and right now.

How will we be doing that? Easy. We’ve taken the liberty of buying WP Engine and Pagely plans in order to run performance tests and check out customer support quality. We’ve also done a ton of research, so we have loads of information to share.

We discovered some pretty interesting things. Let’s just say when it comes to Pagely and WP Engine, conventional knowledge doesn’t cut it at all.

Before we dive into that, let’s look at an overview of both companies.

WP Engine vs. Pagely Overview

In 2010, WP Engine was founded as a WordPress managed hosting provider. The company has offices all over the world and has headquarters in Houston, Texas. If you didn’t know it before, perhaps you should know it now. WP Engine provides only managed WordPress hosting. That is the beginning and end of their service portfolio.

Pagely is also a WordPress managed hosting service provider and is actually one of the very firsts (if not the very first). The company was founded in 2006 and has managed to get some really top clients like Verizon, Disney, and PetSmart.

In terms of popularity, Pagely and WP Engine are at roughly the same level. Even though Pagely was founded much earlier, WP Engine has managed to corner a large chunk of the relatively small market of WordPress managed hosting. In fact, recently, WP Engine managed to acquire Flywheel, a fairly large managed WordPress host.

But that’s not what we’re here for. We’re here to check if Pagely is actually a better host than WP Engine or whether otherwise is the case.

And how will we be doing that? Easy, by purchasing WordPress hosting plans and running performance tests on our dummy sites.

WP Engine vs. Pagely Performance

We’ll be testing performance using uptime and speed, two very vital performance metrics.

Uptime Comparison

We set up a WordPress site on Pagely and WP Engine and maintained both sites for a four-month period. Over these four months, we ran Pingdom on the sites to see how long they stated up for. And here are our results.

MonthWP EnginePagely
September 2019100%100%
October 2019100%100%
November 2019100%99.99%
December 201999.99%100%

Our tests showed us what we already suspected to be true. In terms of performance, managed WordPress hosting platforms are always a level above the performance of Shared hosting servers.

Clearly, Pagely and WP Engine have amazing uptime. Both hosts scored an almost perfect 99.99% average uptime over our testing period.

Uptime Guarantee

Since we couldn’t find a clear winner in our uptime comparison, let’s see if we can find one in our uptime guarantee comparison.

Uptime guarantees are important because they give you a path of compensation if ever your site gets down for a considerable period of time.

WP Engine Uptime Guarantee

WP Engine maintains an impressive 99.95% uptime guarantee (it is impressive because a lot of hosts offer only a 99.9% uptime guarantee). Customers are entitled to 5% of applicable monthly fees for each hour of downtime experienced below 0.5% of the minutes in a month.

However, when calculating downtime/uptime, customers have to minus “excused uptime”. This includes scheduled and emergency maintenance, Beta services, and force majeure events. All in all, WP Engine has a decent uptime guarantee.

Pagely Uptime Guarantee

Pagely goes even higher, offering customers an excellent 100% uptime guarantee. That means that Pagely guarantees that your site will be available 100% of the time.

What if they fail this promise? Well, if your site is down for less than thirty minutes, you get 5% of your monthly credit back. If it’s higher than thirty minutes but less than an hour, you get 8% back. If it is less than 90 minutes but more than an hour, you get 12% back. If it is less than 2 hours but more than 90 minutes, you get 20% back.

After this, if downtime persists, Pagely will credit 20% of your monthly fees for every two hours of downtime experienced. This means that if your site is down for ten hours in a month, you get 100% of your monthly fee back. That’s amazing.

However, like WP Engine, Pagely also has excuses for compensation rule:

  • Service interruptions caused by customers,
  • Scheduled maintenance,
  • Forced Majeure events.

Speed Comparison

First, let’s look at the spread of data centres of both hosts.

Pagely’s Speed

Pagely has two tiers of data centers that come with their own special pricing. Tier one data centers are in Virginia, Ohio, and Oregon while tier two data centers are in California, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Ireland, Frankfurt, London, California, and Canada.

WP Engine’s  Speed

WP Engine has data centers in London, California, St Ghislaine (Belgium), Changhua County (Taiwan), and Hong Kong.

Clearly, Pagely has a better data center spread than WP Engine, but will our speed tests reflect this?

Time to First Byte Comparison

Our speed test was based on measuring the response time or TTFB (Time To First Byte) of our sites on WP Engine and Pagely. We tested from different locations consistently over a four-month period, and here is one of our results

LocationWP EnginePagely
New York49ms96ms
Sydney211ms292ms
Los Angeles109ms115ms
London158ms71ms
Singapore298ms398ms
Amsterdam338ms371ms
Vancouver309ms490ms
Chicago118ms91ms
Virginia121ms99ms
Bangladesh423ms499ms
Mumbai406ms510ms

WP Engine proved to be the faster host, as we calculated an average response time of 200ms. When you consider that most of the hosts we’ve reviewed just about manage double of that, you sort of understand how impressive a response time of 200ms is.

Pagely didn’t do too bad either, recording an average response time of 246ms.

Our page load test also showed us roughly the same picture. WP Engine proved to be way faster with an average page load speed of 498ms – which is way faster than what most hosting providers offer. In our experience, the standard average load speed for pages is around 700ms.

Pagely performed well too, but not as well as WP Engine, with an impressive average page load speed of 572ms. No matter how you look at it, regardless of WP Engine’s scores, that is impressive.

Load Impact Test

To have an accurate picture of speed, we decided to check out how our sites would perform under high traffic.

We sent up to 100 virtual users to the sites and monitored speed under traffic.

As you can see, both Pagely and WP Engine managed to maintain very stable speed even during the height of traffic which was with a hundred users.

Ease Of Use Comparison

The best hosts are extremely easy to use and they find a way to give customers little or no headaches. This is even truer when it comes to managed WordPress hosting. Let’s see which host is the easiest to use.

Sign-up process

We had our WP Engine account up and running in about 5 minutes. While it doesn’t take as long with other hosts, a lot of hosts have an easier sign-up process. This is something that WP Engine has to work on.

Pagely, on the other hand, gave us a significant amount of trouble before we could sign up. It took a while. It was almost an hour before our credit card details were confirm and we had to click through a lot of “red tape” before we got access to the Atomic core (Yes, you read that right).

Interface

There are very few managed hosting service providers who make use of cPanel. Right now, we can’t even think of one. While, ordinarily, we would prefer a cPanel interface, we’ve seen that custom interfaces make the work of users easier, especially when operating a managed hosting account.

WP Engine makes use of a custom control panel called the WordPress user portal. Which, given the names that a lot of hosts give their features (we are looking at you, Gator by HostGator), isn’t a really standout name.  We used the user portal, and it made the job of setting up a site easier. It was not cluttered, and it was easy for us to navigate around.

Say what you want about Pagely, but they know how to come up with mind-blowing names. Pagely calls its user panel the Atomic control panel.

Like expected, the Atomic panel wasn’t disappointing. We had zero problems navigating it and controlling our site through it.

If we had a choice between the Atomic control panel and User portal, we would put on a blindfold and choose either one. Both control panels are really that good.

Free Site Migration

A lot of hosts answer the question of site migration in different ways. Hosts like GoDaddy and DreamHost think it is best for users to pay about $99 to migrate a single site, while hosts like HostGator and Flywheel offer a free site migration service.

What does WP Engine do? Well, unlike a lot of other managed WordPress hosting services, WP Engine doesn’t provide a free site migration service. Instead, WP Engine provides a free DIY(Do It Yourself) tool which is an automated WordPress migration plugin that helps users migrate their WordPress sites. While the tool is reasonably easy to use, as it allows you to migrate your site in eight easy steps, it still requires some technical knowledge from users.

We’ve met a lot of website owners, and a huge chunk of them want nothing to do with the technical part of hosting. So while this plug-in may be an easy way for you to migrate WordPress sites, it isn’t something that we suspect a lot of users will be pleased with.

Pagely, on the other hand, runs a free migration service. That is, all plans come with two free WordPress transfers.

Even though WP Engine’s WordPress transfer tool is free and has unlimited transfers, we suspect that a lot of users would prefer Pagely’s less stressful system.

Free Domains

A lot of hosts double as domain registrars, so they offer free domains as users sign on to new plans. But since Pagely and WP Engine are not domain registrars, they do not offer free domains.

Backups

An interesting trait that all managed WordPress hosting platform providers seem to share is a great backup policy. WP Engine and Pagely offer daily automated backups, which is a great thing. Too many hosts don’t deem it fit to add free backups to their package.

Staging Environments

Staging environments are quite useful because they stop you from making very costly mistakes. With a staging environment, you can test out your ideas and see how they’d look before translating those changes to the live site.

WP Engine provides a one-click WordPress staging environment on all hosting plans. This environment can be easily accessed through the WordPress Admin dashboard.

Unlike WP Engine, Pagely doesn’t have a “one-click” staging environment. Instead, Pagely has a command-line utility that they call Pagely Sync. This tool allows you to easily create clones of your WordPress site where you can test out wonky code before putting it on your live site.

Security Comparison

PagelyWP Engine
Free SSLYesYes
Domain privacyNoNo
BackupDaily (Auto)Daily (Auto)
DDoS protectionYesYes
Anti-spam E-mailYesYes
Anti-malwareMALDET (Daily)Daily (Auto)
Vulnerabilities scannerCustom (Daily)Custom (Daily)
SSH accessYesYes
Starting from$199/m$25.00

Customer Support

If you’re a rookie in hosting service, or even if you’re a veteran, you’ll most likely end up needing the help of customer support. When or if that day comes, you want customer support that is easily reachable and extremely helpful.

And that’s exactly what we’ll be testing.

Customer Support Channels

WP Engine has live chat support and ticketing support for basic plans. However, phone support is only for top tier plans. Live chat support and ticketing support is available 24/7.

Pagely runs a similar system. However, the only problem is that live chat support is not available 24/7. Live chat is only available on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST. The ticketing system is available 24/7 instead.

Customer Support Test

To test wait time, we tried contacting WP Engine numerous times during our performance test period, and we were always connected to a live representative in 2 minutes or less. That’s pretty short and is up there with the best customer services we’ve reviewed.

You can take a look at our SiteGround vs. WP Engine to see which host has the best customer support infrastructure.

When we connected to live support, the representatives that spoke to us were friendly enough and they were extremely helpful. All our questions, even some nonsensical ones, were answered politely. We were not given links to articles or put on hold or transferred to another representative – which, in hosting companies’ customer support, is kind of rare.

For the most part, Pagely’s customer support was great too. Wait time was short, and the reps that we spoke to were friendly and knowledgeable.

However, since WP Engine’s customer support is online 24/7 and Pagely’s not, WP Engine is the obvious choice here.

Ticketing Support

Pagely’s ticketing support system is 24/7 (thank God). Our tickets were always returned within 24 hours or less and most of our problems were solved. We had absolutely no issues.

WP Engine’s ticketing support quality was more of the same. Our tickets were always returned within 24 hours and our problems usually found a way to be promptly solved.

Knowledge Base

WP Engine and Pagely have well-arranged articles for users. Both knowledge bases are quite expansive and there are very few issues that you wouldn’t be able to solve by consulting them.

However, the articles on Pagely’s knowledge base are noticeably skimpy. They rarely go in-depth and most times treat issues on the surface. WP Engine’s articles are noticeably better.

WP Engine vs. Pagely: Money-back Guarantee

A lot of hosting companies have the habit of forcing customers into long term contracts with cheap annual offers, and then hiking the sign-up fee by about 200% or more after two or three years have elapsed. In order not to be sucked into a long term contract, it’s important to know whether you have a money-back guarantee, and how long the guarantee is.

Pagely has a standard 30-day money-back guarantee period, which is pretty decent. Considering that there are hosts, like LiquidWeb, for example, that offer only a 14 day guarantee period, Pagely’s guarantee is pretty okay.

WP Engine manages to double Pagely’s money-back guarantee by offering a very impressive 60-day money-back guarantee. This is one of the highest money-back guarantees that we’ve ever seen a host offer. In case you were wondering, the highest money-back guarantee we’ve ever reviewed is the 97-day offer of DreamHost.

There are obvious limitations to these money-back guarantees, of course. One of them is that only the hosting fees are refundable and add-ons paid for sign-up are non-refundable.

WP Engine vs. Pagely: Plans and Pricing

To some, this may just be the crux of our comparison. No matter how great a service is, you have to be absolutely certain that you’re getting the best deal. In fact, we’re of the opinion that even poor service can be forgiven if it comes at the right price.

Since Pagely has extremely expensive plans – we mean plans that are as high as two thousand dollars per month, we’ll be comparing WP Engine plans based on price range and not tiers.

Plans Less Than $200

Pagely has only one plan less than $200 and that’s the VBurst-1 plan. Compared to that, WP Engine has two plans under $200 per month. These are the Growth and StartUp plans.

The StartUp plan is the cheapest plan of the lot and it comes with 25,000 visits per month, 10GB of local storage, 50GB of bandwidth per month, and one site. All things considered, this is a pretty expensive plan as many other hosts have plans that cost less for about the same specs. But we’re not comparing WP Engine to those other hosts, we’re comparing them to Pagely. And, as you will soon see, Pagely is a rather different breed when it comes to pricing.

The Growth plan costs $95 per month and comes with 100,000 visits per month, 200GB of bandwidth per month, 10 included sites and 20GB of storage. The Growth plan isn’t terrible and should be sufficient for most users. However, at $95, it is a bit too pricey.

But compared to the VBurst-1 plan, it is nothing.

The VBurst-1 plan which, remarkably, is the cheapest Pagely plan, costs $199 per month. Since this is the plan that we used to run our performance tests, you can see that in terms of performance, there is no great difference between it and the Growth plan.

So what does the VBurst-1 plan come with? It comes with 1 Node, a shared database, 5 sites, and one day set up.

What this means is that, basically, the Growth plan comes with double the sites than the VBurst-1 plan and still manages to cost less. That’s a sign of a bad deal if I’ve ever seen one.

Plans Above $200 per month

WP Engine has only one plan above the $200 mark and that’s the Scale plan. The plan costs $241 per month and comes with 400,000 visits per month, 50GB of local storage, 30 included sites and 300GB of bandwidth per month. For 30 included sites and 50GB of storage, this plan is really decent.

Compared to this, we have Pagely’s VBurst-2 plan. The plan costs $299 per month and comes with 1 Node, a Shared database, 15 sites and 1 day set up.

WP Engine ScalePagely VBurst-2
Websites3015
SSD Storage50GB50GB
Monthly Visitors400.000Unlimited
SSL CertificateYesYes
Domain includedYesYes
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain PrivacyNoNo
SitebackupDaily AutomaticDaily Automatic
Dedicated IPNoYes
Starting from$241.67$299.00

So the Scale plan still manages to cost less and have double the capacity of VBurst-2 plan. Clearly, WP Engine has the far better deal here.

Custom Plans and Plans Above $300 per month

WP Engine has no plan that costs more than $300. Instead, they have a custom plan arrangement. The Dedicated environment of custom plans ensures that users can get millions of visits per month, up to one terabyte of storage, more than 400GB of bandwidth per month, but custom plans are still capped at 30 sites.

Pagely isn’t all about that “below $300 life” though. In fact, most of Pagely’s plans cost more than $300. Fortunately, all plans above $300 are VPS plans and they range from the VPS-1 plan that costs $499 per month and comes with 35 sites to the VPS-2+ [HA] plan that costs $2249 per month and comes with 60 sites.

Of course, the argument could be made that Pagely’s plans are faster and have better performance if they cost that much. But we used the Pagely VBurst-1 plan to carry set up our dummy site and carry out our performance tests, and we can say categorically that there is no great difference between the VBurst-1 plan and WP Engine’s growth plan.

WP Engine vs. Pagely: Major Differences

  • WP Engine has only three Managed WordPress hosting plans, while Pagely has up to six plans.
  • WP Engine has 24/7 live chat support while Pagely does not.
  • WP Engine has an annual discount for plans, while Pagely doesn’t.
  • WP Engine has a sixty-day money-back guarantee, while Pagely has a theory day money-back guarantee.
  • Pagely has a better spread of data centres than WP Engine.
  • WP Engine makes use of a custom-built User Portal while Pagely makes use of an Atomic core dashboard.
  • Pagely comes with two free site transfers on every plan, while WP Engine comes with a website transfer tool instead.
  • WP has a way easier setup process than Pagely

WP Engine vs. Pagely: Our Pick

WP Engine managed to win in our speed test, customer support test, and even money-back guarantee analysis. However, what truly convinced us that WP Engine is the better choice was our pricing comparison. The fact that Pagely costs more than WP Engine and only packs about half the value showed us that WP is the better choice by far.

HostGator vs. DigitalOcean

HostGator vs. DigitalOcean is like Bill Nye the science guy versus Sir Isaac Newton. Both are great web hosts that meet the creative needs of people, but there’s a difference in the type of people they appeal to.

HostGator, like Bill Nye, could bring itself down to the level of an internet toddler and meet all their needs as well as the needs of creatives at the cheapest rate. But there is something about DigitalOcean, like Sir Isaac Newton, it has complete trust and pride in its services in a condescending way. It belongs to an elite class of developers and webmasters and it cannot even begin to comprehend the needs of beginners.

HostGator caters to the needs of everyone, everywhere and it does it at very cheap prices. You could almost imagine DigitalOcean users working with their VR lens in a soundproof room trying to solve the theory of everything. With all its exotic terms like droplets, Kubernetes, etc.

DigitalOcean is focused on cloud hosting services. HostGator offers shared, WordPress, VPS and dedicated server hosting. They both have differences in the services they offer. We will analyze all of these differences and similarities, and when all is said and done, we will help you choose the best web host for you. Pull up a front-row seat, and strap in.

DigitalOcean vs. HostGator Overview

Founded by Brent Oxley, a student at Florida Atlantic University, in October 2002 (whole 9 years before DigitalOcean), by 2006, HostGator had registered over 200,000 domains. Operating out of New York City, DigitalOcean is the web host for professionals, creatives and veteran developers everywhere. Its first server, launched in 2011, put it on the map in a big way. HostGator is headquartered at Houston and their data-centers are located at Provo, Utah.

In the first ten years of providing hosting services, HostGator built up a name providing for every noob and intermediate developer and was known for its reliable services. As an American hosting company, DigitalOcean does not market itself as a beginner-friendly web host, rather it promises and delivers to boost the cloud hosting work processes of developers and creatives in the most convenient way possible.

HostGator was acquired by Endurance International Group (EIG), the conglomerate that owns basically half of the Web-hosts on the internet (Check out Bluehost versus HostGator comparison to see which is better among two EIG web hosts). While some say that this has reduced the quality of hosting that the web host provides, we prefer to check things out and form our own opinion. DigitalOcean has three servers in New York City and like EIG, the company is bankrolled by Andreessen Horowitz, IA Ventures, Techstars, and Crunchfund.

Popularity Contest

DigitalOcean has over 500,000 customers worldwide. HostGator blows this out of the water with its 10 million subscribers worldwide. This makes sense since HostGator is beginner-friendly and it accommodates amateurs. DigitalOcean, on the other hand, is for coders, developers, and advanced programmers.

As a big company and as a member of a great conglomerate like EIG, HostGator has the funds to embark on great marketing campaigns. DigitalOcean was stated by Netcraft to be one of the fastest-growing web hosts in the world. In the following year, they were also considered the third-largest VPS hosting service provider in the world. The company also does not offer any features like domain or even the ability to choose a domain name, both of which will be needed by beginners.

Performance Comparison

Two things we’ll consider in this section. Uptime and speed.

Speed

Your website loads under 3 seconds? Yes, so does literally every other web host. We are, however, looking for a web host that does better. One that loads websites under a second. Let’s see if either DigitalOcean or HostGator is that kind of web host.

We measured the response time, page load speed and carried out a load impact assessment for both web hosts. Our results are analyzed below:

Response Time

How quick are the sites hosted on DigitalOcean and HostGator? We put our demo sites hosted on both to test from November 2018 to October 2019.

HostGator ResponseDigitalOcean Response
November 2018563ms102ms
December 2018529ms283ms
January 2019509ms247ms
February 2019506ms86ms
March 2019567ms326ms
April 2019584ms317ms
May 2019514ms284ms
June 2019521ms607ms
July 2019599ms240ms
August 2019515ms357ms
September 2019536ms382ms
October 2019528ms312ms

HostGator consistently posted response time of 500ms+, and DigitalOcean often sits between 200ms and 400ms. Seeing as DigitalOcean’s upper threshold isn’t even as high as HostGator’s number, it’s clear that DigitalOcean has a faster response time.

HostGator has a response time that’s a little below average, the same with 50% of the sites we have reviewed. DigitalOcean, on the other hand, is slightly above average, better than 70% of the sites we have tested. Both are not exceptional, but they aren’t the worst we have reviewed outside. They are OK, but we won’t be finding award winners here.

All in all, we are happy to recommend DigitalOcean based on response time, they performed suite decent. Response time has a huge impact on the Load Time of a website. Let’s find out how HostGator will keep up in terms of full page load speed.

Page Load Speed Test

We tested the site load speeds consecutively and calculated the average speed. We got an average speed of 1.2s for HostGator. It’s a decent number, quite alright, but it’s not the best among the Web-hosts we’ve reviewed. DigitalOcean, on the other hand, loaded a whole page in less than a second.

We believe that DigitalOcean has the speed advantage because it deals mostly with cloud services and frowns on the sharing of resources. Basically, if speed is your thing (and it should be), DigitalOcean is the host you want to go with. HostGator also has a faster hosting option in the HostGator cloud (a different plan from their shared hosting packages).

Load Impact Test

We sent virtual users intermittently to sites hosted on both DigitalOcean and HostGator, 10 at a time, and we found out the level of speed consistency. The chart below shows which can handle heavy traffic between websites hosted on HostGator and DigitalOcean. We already guessed though.

[Insert a chart here that shows DigitalOcean is more consistent than HostGator. Throughout the test, while HostGator spiked at 50, 70, 80 users].

As you can see, both web hosts started well. But when it got to 50 users, HostGator started to slow down. And this downward spiraling in speed only worsened as we increased the number of virtual users. We can comfortably place HostGator on the same level as GoDaddy (Read our GoDaddy and SiteGround comparison here). Not the worst in the industry, but certainly not the best.

Datacenters and Server Locations:

Both DigitalOcean and HostGator have servers located in the US. DigitalOcean does have more data centers than HostGator.

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GoDaddy also has thousands of servers to meet the needs of its customers as seen in our GoDaddy versus DreamHost review.

Speed Optimization Tools: Which goes the extra mile for speed?

Content Delivery Systems usually make servers faster and HostGator comes with integrated Cloudflare CDN on all plans. DigitalOcean does not come with an in-built CDN.

Unlike HostGator, DigitalOcean prioritizes SSD for optimized speed that we don’t think any other web host makes use of SSD like they do. It’s utilized in all their plans. Zero tolerance for HDD. We guess if you are paying a premium price, you have to fly First Class.

Uptime:

Will DigitalOcean lock your site in Davy Jones locker? Or will HostGator drop the proverbial uptime ball?

When we are asked to choose between a web host with perfect uptime and that of a sub-par uptime, it’s Hobson’s choice really. Because it’s either great uptime or it’s nothing. We have been able to collate uptime readings for 12 months. Online results differ, that’s OK, the same test will generate the different results for everyone. Ours should be accepted more though, it is a recent test.

DigitalOcean UptimeHostGator Uptime
November 2018100%100%
December 201899.94%99.99%
January 2019100%99.96%
February 2019100%99.98%
March 2019100%99.98%
April 201999.98%99.98%
May 2019100%99.99%
June 2019100%100%
July 2019100%99.96%
August 2019100%100%
September 201999.96%99.99%
October 201999.99%99.99%

Web hosts like SiteGround and WPEngine are at the top of the shelve with respect to uptime; simply exceptional. Considering what we’ve seen with HostGator’s speed, we weren’t very optimistic about its uptime numbers. HostGator, quite surprisingly, posted an average uptime of 99.985%. DigitalOcean has an average of 99.989%. This slightly edges out HostGator’s number.

Uptime posted by both are considerably higher than 75% of the hosts we have tested. As you can see from the reading, both web hosts maintain very consistent and great uptime. DigitalOcean’ only had less than 100% on 4 occasions. The bare minimum uptime for any web host to meet is 99.9%, and both of these web hosts have greater uptime than that.

Uptime Guarantee:

Both web hosts have an uptime guarantee of 99.9%. This means that if uptime drops below 99.9%, you get about 5% credit of the monthly hosting fee. Luckily, both web hosts pose a decent uptime, so we didn’t have to ask for our money back.

Security:

If your site has never been struck by malware or plagued by brute force attacks, be grateful to your web host. To remain that way, we would like to help you make the right choice, preferably with no additional cost.

HostGator protects you in the traditional way. Using different features (multilayered), or allowing you to seek protection in the hands of third-party apps. DigitalOcean makes use of the SSD to effectively provide redundant security for your data.

HostGator provides free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt on all plans and protects your site from DDoS attacks, brute force, and other malware attacks. DigitalOcean marketplace has Vendors that provide a fairly easy way to get a free SSL certificate as part of their installation procedure, but it’s at their discretion and you may need to pay them. They also maintain multiple security and compliance certifications including those for the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield and PCI-DSS.

The Defense continues…

HostGator also informs users of weak passwords through their audits on a weekly basis. If you are not satisfied with the security that HostGator provides, you have the option of fighting spams with SpamAssassin and combating malware using the SiteLock Website Security (for a price).

Both web hosts have a 24/7 monitoring team for their servers to arrest any attack and stop it from spreading, but maybe DigitalOcean took it a little farther. A lot of customers have complained about being locked out of their own accounts for days. Claiming that the company provides security for their own servers and not necessarily customer security. When customers complain that their accounts are blocked because the company supposedly noticed suspicious activities, we have to wonder where the line should be drawn.

On HostGator’s website, they say they use additional “confidential methods” to protect their servers. Whether that is just a marketing tactic, we wouldn’t know. But seeing that, in recent times, HostGator hasn’t experienced massive security breaches, they must be doing something right.

If after all the security that DigitalOcean provides, you want added security for your account, you have to do some coding by yourself, not to mention DigitalOcean does not come with pre-installed cPanel and all the protection that comes with it. In fact, you have to pay a third party if you want the cPanel.

Backup and Restores:

HostGator doesn’t provide free daily backups, instead, it offers automated backups for free every week but charges $19 to retrieve the backup. A tool is, however, recommended to users which is the Codeguard automatic backup tool. It isn’t free and costs about $2 per month and allows daily backups of about five websites. The plan also allows three restores per month. The tool is also scalable. DigitalOcean’s automatic backup is provided at 20% of the droplet plan.

Ease of Use: Baby gloves or big boy shoes?

Both HostGator and DigitalOcean employ a code-driven backend. The problem is, a lot of people have complained and compared DigitalOcean with Chinese arithmetic; very difficult to navigate. HostGator’s launch, set up and management are pretty easy and beginner-friendly.

On DigitalOcean, when you deploy a Droplet, it is deploying an empty canvas. You will have to configure, secure, optimize, etc. You do this by installing and configuring the webserver (NGINX, Apache, Caddy, etc.) as well as any other programming language you may require (PHP, Ruby, RoR, Python, NodeJS, etc), and the database server (MySQL, MariaDB, Percona, etc.).

DigitalOcean, however, has pre-configured images for WordPress and some other types of software. At the end of the day though, you are on your own with the management and operation and security of your CLI and OS.

Ease of Signup

HostGator has an extremely easy and fast signup process. Account activation is a breeze; fast and easy, barely any inconvenience. Its onboarding process is even more fluid. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same about DigitalOcean.

Signing up DigitalOcean takes time. Your sign up even has to be confirmed through a phone call, especially if you are from outside the US. Although their onboarding process is also superfast. You can set up and spin droplets under a minute. With HostGator, after onboarding, you can set a website and Start hosting in a few hours at Max. With DigitalOcean, a developer can probably get a project started in a few hours but it will take a blogger at least a whole day.

Both DigitalOcean and HostGator allow credit, debit, prepaid cards, and PayPal payment options.

Control panel and dashboard

DigitalOcean has the DigitalOcean control panel. (we’ll get to that in a minute). HostGator has the industry-standard cPanel, which is graphically based on icons useful for people migrating from a web host that has cPanel. It’s best for anyone familiar with it or migrating from a previous web host that uses cPanel.

DigitalOcean does not host websites alone. They host everything from your small brain project to game development, etc. For this, they require an intuitive and more versatile control panel which is their DigitalOcean control panel. It’s a choice at first, but once you learn to use it, you’ll feel like a wizard riding a broomstick. If you do want to install cPanel, you have to know how to code and pay third parties ($15 – $20) for it. With DigitalOcean, you can also use third-party dashboards like a Centos droplet along with the Centos Web Panel which is free, convenient and informative. You just have to set it up first and to do that, you need a developer.

App Market, One-click installation and App Integration

HostGator supports a host of Content Management Systems and a couple of other apps like Drupal, Joomla, and Magento. What’s more? It ensures that users have access to these apps, plug-ins and even professional services, through the MOJO marketplace.

DigitalOcean used to have the own cloud which was scrapped for a reason we do not know and succeeded by the Nextcloud. The Nextcloud was ultimately removed and replaced by the new and ever-expanding DigitalOcean Marketplace, a platform for preconfigured 1-Click Apps and tools. You can choose the Operating System or One-click apps. DigitalOcean supports these operating systems: Ubuntu, FreeBSD, Fedora, Debian, CoreOS, CentOS. It supports the basic one-click installation of WordPress, Grafana, OpenFaas, InfluxDB, etc.

For users who would like to install WordPress on their shared hosting plans, HostGator also has one-click installation support that ensures that you can build a WordPress and other CMS sites at a go.

Website Builder

Site-building with DigitalOcean is like a heaping help of manual labor. It’s not for beginners at all. On a spectrum of site-building difficulty. Builder specific solutions like Squarespace, Weebly and Wix are on the extremely easy side. GoCentral builder would be close, followed by the Gator site builder that utilizes drag and drop features, as well as templates.

You see DigitalOcean, it is perhaps the hardest we have seen for beginners. In their defense, they never masqueraded as a beginner-friendly web host. Their multipurpose hosting solution is for developers that can dismantle a site and build it up again in minutes. You’ll have to do actual coding. Developers jargon like setup Apache2 or Nginx and, FileZilla sFTP (FTP really shouldn’t be used), PuTTY to connect via SSH, etc. will have to become important terms in your dictionary.

Domain, Migration, Staging and Site Transfer

The HostGator domain costs $3.84/month. DigitalOcean is not a domain registrar. To use DigitalOcean DNS, we advise that you register a domain name with either GoDaddy or NameCheap and update your domain’s NS records to point to DigitalOcean’s name servers. Naturally, you can add up to 50 domains but DigitalOcean can allow you to set up as many domains as you want if you have the space.

HostGator has no staging site before the push to live production. DigitalOcean allows you to use droplets and Git hooks to easily go from local to live production. HostGator has secure shell (SSH) access but no Git pre-installed, and no automatic migration. DigitalOcean gives you SSH access, log file access, as well as root access.

HostGator allows you to either transfer your site on your own or assist you through their free website content transfer service. The free content transfer is only available for new accounts that are under upgrade and require a server move, within 30 days of signup or upgrade. It’s not automatic, you have to request for it. Like all things with DigitalOcean, site migration or transfer is a bit more complicated. You create a new website, then you backup your previous data, database, etc. You have to make use of SFTP or SSH (if your current host gives SSH access) to transfer the files over. It’s manual.

Email

HostGator offers emails with its plans and the amount depends on the tier of your plan. You can set up an email service with DigitalOcean using a mail server, but it’s also manual. You could, however, use Zoho for free. You could also use Google G Suite which is cheap and it provides security.

Features:

Both web hosts have a ton of features. With HostGator, the features are available for every Tom, Dick, and Harry. With DigitalOcean, if you are lucky to find it, you have to learn to use it. And even then, it takes a lot of time and some getting used to.

DigitalOcean offers tailor-made plans for specific purposes and needs. DigitalOcean refers to its Virtual Private Servers as Droplets (touche). It provides you with root access and allows you to configure the server as you like. Unlike Shared Hosting (which HostGator offers), you have to do things like updating and upgrading software, maintaining security, installing stack, installing WordPress and performing all system admin duties, all by yourself.

With HostGator’s Shared Hosting, you sign up for the hosting provider to manage your servers among other things, and you have nothing to worry about.

Unless you install one of your own for a price, Droplets do not provide you with a Control Panel (like cPanel or Plesk). You will only be allowed to use CLI (Command Line Interface), Terminal (macOS), PuTTy (Windows), or some other shell access (if you’re running a Linux distro for your desktop).

The Fancy Droplets

The most popular defaults have already been chosen. Scroll to the end and configure your Droplet by selecting a server image from the popular OS (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.), or available one-click apps.

You create and customize your droplets yourself. If you want to customize your Droplet, you can follow the DigitalOcean interface instructions. After the creation comes the allocation of resources. Our advice is to start small, you can upgrade later. After droplet deployment, you can use SSH to access it (typical) or open a terminal through the console of your DigitalOcean account.

They have two major Droplets from which you can select

First is the Standard Droplet for very small websites, a blog or small testing tasks. Their Standard Droplet category has subcategories; The second, CPU Optimized Droplet will cater to users who will require heavy CPU usage like batch processing.

Other features

Spaces: DigitalOcean has Droplets for app deployment, but they need something to handle storage and that’s where Spaces come in. It’s simply a security system that lets you store and send your data to applications and end-users. Spaces utilize drag and drop UI or API system to create a solid storage. Spaces can save backup files, weblogs, data analysis, etc. The service is also scalable, so your Spaces can grow with your company. Spaces can be used as standalone or together with other DigitalOcean features.

Digital storage

When you spin up and delete your droplets, you will require a storage mechanism to save its data and that’s where the following two types of storage come in: block storage and object storage.

Block storage is similar to your computer hard drive. Block storage is fast and has a size range of 1 GB to 16 TB. They can also be used together just like A2 Hosting’s RAID system. You can change the scale of the blocks and transfer them to different droplets. All blocks have SSD’s for added speed but you can also burst them for extra speed boost if you suddenly have a heavy workload.

Second, DigitalOcean also offers object storage, which it calls Spaces. Spaces are best suited for storing large amounts of unstructured data like video. Object storage works differently from block storage. The data is unstructured, with no specific format, unlike the file structures on block storage.

Kubernetes

Kubernetes allows developers to deploy and scale up a containerized app in clusters. They also have Load Balancers which share your traffic among droplets.

Customer Support and Reliability:

We consider the speed and mediums of support as well as feedback. We also compare the size of each web host’s knowledge base in relation to the ease of navigation.

First Contact

When you are looking for a web host with good support. These are the questions to ask. Could they be reached easily and fast? 24/7 support? Will you be connected to a bot or a human on the other end? If it’s human, is the human knowledgeable?

HostGator offers 24/7 phone, chat and email support. Most people prefer making use of the live chat channel, so we decided to check that out first. On our first few tries, we got connected to a live rep in a relatively short period of time. However, and this did not happen very often, we were sometimes forced to wait for more than twenty minutes before getting a hold of a live rep. It got dicier when we actually got talking to the reps we contacted. Some were quite knowledgeable and answered our questions well, while some had to take their time. We also found out their support could communicate in Russian, Chinese and of course, English.

Both web hosts have knowledgeable support. As seen in our SiteGround review, as well as SiteGround and A2 Hosting comparison. If you consider support an investment, it will help your business, especially with word of mouth.

With DigitalOcean, the reverse is the case. We have scoured the internet and we saw many comments about DigitalOcean’s prolific bad customer support, but we didn’t believe it so we tested them ourselves.

They do not have a phone option, so you can only contact them through email or ticketing. We tried both and the response was not good. We filled their customer support form and it’s buggy, we haven’t gotten a response till today and we don’t know if we ever will. It also takes them days to respond to emails. Thank God our account wasn’t blocked or hacked or worse, mistakenly deleted without backup.

When you get a customer support message like this: “We have reviewed your account and have declined to activate it. No further information or action is required from you.” you wonder if it’s a human on the other end or a robot. DigitalOcean may think they are protecting their customers, but we are cynical enough to think that they are only protecting their own servers and not one bit about the customers. And there is a fine line between those two, trust us.

Knowledgebase and Website Navigation.

HostGator has a large collection of video tutorials, forums, and even choose to share your screen with support for more hands-on help. DigitalOcean has a decent knowledge base with tutorials that explain how to run and customize your cloud.

Pricing

In the world of web hosting, pricing of plans sits with the likes of performance atop the shelf of important factors to consider while choosing a web host. In fact, no plan has the same price for more than a few months. They offer discounts all year round to suck you in. But believe it or not, a lot of web hosts will promise you the web hosting moon, only to hang you out to dry with hidden prices and upsells.

HostGator provides a host (pun intended) of web hosting services like VPS, managed WordPress hosting, Dedicated Server hosting and a few others at vastly different rates. A lot of web hosts like HostGator try to woo new customers with low prices. DigitalOcean is not a very big fan of this approach. In fact, DigitalOcean has a completely unique pricing system, the likes only offered by CloudWays (check out CloudWays versus SiteGround comparison).

HostGator has a traditional plan and annual or monthly payment plan. DigitalOcean does not have such. The company uses a form of after monthly payment system. In which case, the bill for your services last month will be sent to your mail at the beginning of the next month. That’s like the best pricing and money-back guarantee policy wrapped into one.

What’s more? They only charge you for the services you use. Where HostGator will give you everything you may need or not need at a price, DigitalOcean only charges you based on what you used. No wasted money or services, no additional costs.

Shared Hosting:

HostGator, like most Web-hosts, has three shared hosting plans. These are the Hatchling Plan, the Baby Plan, and the Business plan.

Tier 1:

The Hatchling plan costs $2.75 per month (with a 60% discount). However, much like all the other HostGator plans, this price is only available if you’re paying three years in advance. If you’re paying for lower than three years, you have to pay the regular price which is $10.95. After the first three years, you can renew the plan at $6.95 per month. This means that you’re looking at a honeymoon period of three years. After that, you’re on your own. You should perhaps consider whether or not you can afford the renewal fee before purchasing a plan, if not you’ll be forced to pay through your nose or move to another Web-host after three years. It comes with these features:

  • A single domain.
  • One-click installations.
  • Unlimited disk space.
  • Unlimited email accounts.
  • Unmetered bandwidth and subdomains.
  • A free SSL certificate.

Tier 2:

The second plan is the Baby plan, it costs a discount fee of $3.95 per month. The real monthly fee is $11.95 and renewals cost $9.95, as well. It comes with the following features: Unlimited domains, a free domain, all the features of the Hatchling plan.

Tier 3:

The third is the Business plan and it comes with all the features of the Baby plan plus a free dedicated IP and free SEO tools. The plan costs $5.95 per month, but renewal costs $14.95 per month. If you plan on paying per month, you best be ready to fork out $16.95 per month.

VPS Hosting:

Apart from their shared hosting plans, HostGator has another branch of plans called HostGator cloud hosting.

Snappy 2000 at $29.95/month. Included With hosting:

  • CPU: 2 Cores.
  • RAM: 2 GB.
  • Disk Space: 120 GB.
  • Bandwidth: 1.5 TB.
  • IP Addresses: 2 IPs.

Extras: Advanced server features, multiple layers of security, cutting-edge server hardware, top of the line network

Snappy 4000 at $39.95/month, Included with hosting:

  • CPU: 2 Cores.
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Disk Space: 165 GB.
  • Bandwidth: 2 TB.
  • IP Addresses: 2 IPs.
  • Plus every extra that comes with Snappy 2000.

Snappy 8000 at $49.95/month. Included with hosting:

  • CPU: 4 Cores.
  • RAM: 8 GB.
  • Disk Space: 240 GB.
  • Bandwidth: 3 TB.
  • IP Addresses: 2 IPs.
  • Plus every extra that comes with Snappy 2000.

As the king of VPS hosting, DigitalOcean VPS hosting consists of a record of 9 different plans. All droplet plans come with solid-state drives (SSD) as standard. For the latest and up to date prices visit DigitalOcean’s website (it keeps changing).

Plan Name.   monthly price.

Cloud 1.          5.00

Cloud 2.         10.00

Cloud 3.         20.00

Cloud 4.         40.00

Cloud 5.         80.00

Cloud 6.         160.00

Cloud 7.         320.00

Cloud 8.         480.00

Cloud 9.         640.00

Standard plans offer a range of 1 to 4 servers and memory of 512 MB to 8 GB. The TB transfer rate starts at 1 with a maximum of 5 with respect to the plan you are going for, while the SSD disk space starts at 20 GB and ends at 80GB.

For a measly $5, the most popular plan (Cloud 1) offers 1 GB memory, 1 core processor, 30 GB SSD disk, and 2TB bandwidth transfer. But HostGator’s cheapest VPS plan, Snappy 2000 goes for a hefty $29.95/month and it offers 2 CPU Cores, 2GB RAM, disk space of 120 GB, bandwith 1.5 TB, and 2 IPs. There is not much difference.

Granted, on DigitalOcean’s simplest plan, it’s difficult to setup Nginx, PHP7.1, MariaDB and WordPress on a $5 droplet without running out of RAM, which leads to crashes. A simple upgrade that would still be cheaper than HostGator’s simplest plan will fix that.

We know one thing that’s certain; the HostGator cloud hosting plans are way better than the shared hosting plan. But they are also more expensive than other web hosting providers VPS plans and offer considerably lower value for money compared to their DigitalOcean equivalents.

DigitalOcean customers are billed for their actual usage alone and this makes sure that you do not spend on features you do not need or periods you are inactive. You can also pay per hour, and pay-after-use, i.e the payment for last month is on the first day of every month.

They also have a monthly cap that prevents you from spending or using more than you planned or requested.

Which VPS plan would we opt for? That’s simple, DigitalOcean. It’s cheap, powerful and we don’t have to pay for what we don’t use. Boom, done, solved it for you. Let’s go get pizza.

Hidden charges:

Generally, HostGator plans including the cloud hosting plans, have exactly the same problem. Whiplash inducing hidden charges. We won’t teach them how to host, and they won’t teach us how to review. But if they think they can sneak this past us, they are wrong. This is because we’ve reviewed Web-hosts that do not need to pull this “marketing tactic” including the web host that they are going up against; DigitalOcean. Check out our 1&1 IONOS review for other web hosts with transparent pricing.

DigitalOcean is one-of-a-kind in a sea of web hosts. A web host that doesn’t rely on upsells and renewal hikes. We didn’t even know they were allowed to do that.

Money-back Policy:

Generally speaking, since we all want the longest period to check out the performance of a Web-host, the Web-host with the longer money-back guarantee period wins. The industry standard is 30-days, and that is what DigitalOcean offers. We’ve however seen a lot of Web-hosts go beyond 30-days. We’ve even seen one go as far as 97-days. (check out our DreamHost versus InMotion comparison to see the two web hosts with 90+ money-back policies) Amazing, right?

Extras of HostGator and DigitalOcean

All Web-hosts (or most, some are utterly ordinary) have that extra features that makes them stand out. Let us see if these Web-hosts have any interesting extra features.

For HostGator, we could find the following;

HostGator Features plus Extras:

  • Affordable plans.
  • Windows hosting options.
  • $100 in free advertising credits.
  • Unlimited FTP and email accounts.
  • Unlimited disk space and bandwidth.
  • Green power servers (eco-conscious).
  • HostGator has only one database— MySQL
  • Better uptime and money-back guarantees.
  • Access to Google analytics and Mojo marketplace.
  • Support of multiple languages including Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, and Perl.
  • Better performance with Opteron 6000 series CPU combined with DDR3 ECC RAM.

DigitalOcean extras are:

  • IPv6 support.
  • DigitalOcean offers “Floating IPs,” where IP addresses can be quickly redefined.
  • If a droplet fails, its IP can be reassigned to a standby droplet to keep the app running.
  • You only pay for the machines you use, this saves cost and makes them popular with startups.
  • DigitalOcean offers one-click apps for droplets which include: MySQL, Docker, LAMP stack, MongoDB, Node.js, WordPress, PhpMyAdmin, Ruby On Rails, Ghost, Machine Learning.

Similarities between HostGator and DigitalOcean

  • They both give SSL certificates.
  • They both utilize drag-and-drop tools.
  • They both do not have free plans.
  • They both have great uptime.
  • Both have 99.9%uptime guarantees.
  • Neither has a free automatic backup and restore system.
  • Both offer SSH access with all their VPS hosting plans.
  • Both allow easy collaboration, although DigitalOcean does it better than HostGator by making it easy for teams to collaborate in building DigitalOcean-enabled apps. To ensure security, DigitalOcean allows collaborators to work together without sharing credentials. They will also be billed on a single invoice.

Major Differences between HostGator and DigitalOcean

  • DigitalOcean is faster.
  • HostGator is more popular.
  • HostGator has a much better support system.
  • DigitalOcean has staging, HostGator does not.
  • HostGator is a domain registrar, DigitalOcean is not.
  • HostGator comes with in-built CDN, DigitalOcean does not.
  • HostGator has cPanel. DigitalOcean has DigitalOcean control panel.
  • HostGator crumbles under heavy Traffic, DigitalOcean stays strong.
  • HostGator has 45 days money-back policy, while DigitalOcean only has 30 days.
  • DigitalOcean does not provide free email, HostGator does, depending on your plan.
  • HostGator gives you a lot of control, with DigitalOcean, you control everything.
  • DigitalOcean can host anything from websites to game servers. HostGator only hosts websites.
  • HostGator has multiple layers of security but it also allows you to seek third party protection. DigitalOcean lets you secure yourself.

Conclusion

HostGator is a multipurpose web solution: it is a domain registrar, web host, and has a web design and website builder tools at pocket-friendly prices. They have an above-average money-back guarantee and customer support. It is good all round for bloggers, Joomla, WordPress and all niches that are related. DigitalOcean is targeted towards developers who know what they want. Steve Jobs may dislike Wix, but he’ll absolutely adore DigitalOcean.

Let’s talk about prices:

One thing you need to know about DigitalOcean’s plans generally is that it is flexible, complicated and transparent at the same time, but if you know how to navigate the complexities, it is very cheap. HostGator is cheaper with tons of discounts all year round. To fully enjoy HostGator’s discounts, you need to subscribe for 3 years at a time. Pre-paying for a full year is not a bad thing or out of the norm. But if you are unsure about your project length, monthly plans such as those offered by HostGator can be worthwhile.

Not to mention, the web host is easy to use for every Tom, Dick, and Harry.

For us, HostGator wins this match-up. Mainly because it’s easier to use, has superior support and has a cheap shared hosting plan. I have seen first-hand situations where even experienced developers complained about DigitalOcean’s confusing mechanism, with bad support and that’s not a situation we want our readers to find themselves in.

DigitalOcean vs HostGator? The hosting ground remains the gator’s territory.

HostMonster vs. HostGator

HostGator vs. HostMonster sounds like the title of a Hollywood 90’s flick where a gator that lives in a city named Host goes against a monster that lives in the same city. And then, in the end, we discover that the real monster is the city’s mayor.

Or not.

HostGator and HostMonster are two of the most popular web hosts on the internet. We are yet to see a top ten list of most popular hosts that don’t have either or both hosts on it. But which host is better?

We bought plans from both hosts to find out. We tested both platforms and came to some really revealing information, and some of the things we found out defied everything we previously knew about both hosts. At the end of our testing, we’ll give a verdict and decide the host that we think offers the most value.

However, you do not have to accept our verdict. You can come to your own conclusion, and the important thing is that you’ll have all the information you to come to an informed decision.

HostMonster vs. HostGator Overview

HostGator and HostMonster were both founded in the United States, with HostMonster founded by Matt Heaton in 1996, and HostGator founded by Brent Oxley in 2002. HostMonster is the less popular sibling of Bluehost and has many of the same features of Bluehost.

HostGator, on the other hand, is a much bigger company despite being younger than HostMonster. By 2006, HostGator had surpassed the 200,000 mark, that is, in just four years, the host had managed to register more than two hundred thousand domains.

In 2015, HostMonster managed to be acquired by EIG, five years after the same company had bought Bluehost. Coincidentally, the same company also acquired HostGator. While some say that companies owned by EIG (and there are quite a lot of them) don’t usually do so great in terms of performance, hosts like Bluehost have shattered that assumption. You can check how HostGator stacks up to Bluehost in our Bluehost vs. HostGator comparison if you want.

The business model of HostMonster and HostGator are verily similar. They both offer Dedicated, VPS and Shared Server Hosting. In addition, unlike companies like WP Engine that command a premium fee, both hosts offer great specs at the lowest prices. Well, not exactly the lowest prices, that title goes to NameCheap. Let’s get right into it. You can check out our Namecheap vs. HostGator comparison if you’d like to.

The Popularity of the Two Hosts

Both hosts may be really popular, but HostGator is clearly the more popular host, despite being the younger company. Does it really does not matter which host is more popular, though? It certainly doesn’t matter to us, and it shouldn’t matter to you.

Popularity says very little about the quality of the service you’re getting. It does say a lot about the effectiveness of the quality of the host’s marketing department, though. Since that shouldn’t be of great importance to you, what truly matters?

HostGator vs. HostMonster for Performance

We’ll be testing the performance of both hosts with speed and uptime, which are both very important metrics.

Uptime

How did we test for uptime? Simple. By buying plans from both hosts, setting up, and using tools like Pingdom to test for uptime. We tested both hosts over a three month period and here are our results;

HostGator UptimeHostMonster Uptime
Last 7 Days100%99.94%
Last 30 Days100%99.93%
Last 3 Months99.99%99.97%
Last Year99.99%99.97%

Our tests show one thing clearly, the Gator is certainly up, on average, for longer than the Monster. While an average uptime of 99.95% isn’t the worst thing in the world, an average uptime of 99.99% is definitely better.

Uptime Guarantee Policy

We don’t like to base our judgment of a host’s uptime only on uptime statistics. We also like to check out uptime guarantees to know what happens when uptime does get bad. For HostMonster, the answer is simple, there is no uptime guarantee. Although, on their website, they promise that downtime is fixed within fifteen minutes. But that’s just it, a promise. And those are regularly broken.

HostGator, on the other hand, offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee. That is, users get a free month of hosting for every percent of downtime experienced below 99.9%. Definitely better than a fifteen minutes promise from HostMonster, wouldn’t you say?

Speed Comparison

Before checking out the speed of both hosts, let’s check out two factors that affect load speed and response time. The first is whether or not hosts have CDN support.

CDN

Content Delivery Networks allows versions of your site to be saved on servers all around the world and helps deliver better speed. HostGator and HostMonster both come with CDN support, but you’ll have to activate it from your control panel.

Datacenters

The same logic that applies to CDN applies to datacenters. Datacenters spread across the world will certainly deliver better speed that one just set on one continent. Unfortunately, both hosts only have data centers in the US.

(show a diagram of the datacenters of both hosts)

Speed is vital in today’s world, and as such, it is important to create and maintain your site on servers that prioritize speed. We went to work with our test tools and checked the TTFB (time to the first byte) of both hosts. In our calculations, we also factored in speed from different locations. Here is a snapshot of our results:

HostGatorHostMonster
New York131ms190ms
London183ms200ms
Sydney620ms521ms
Bangladesh831ms1.9 sec
Amsterdam609ms987ms
Ontario421ms590ms
Ottawa141ms194ms
Calcutta10ms789ms
Mumbai501ms1.4 sec

On average, HostGator had a 781ms response time, which isn’t really impressive. HostMonster didn’t perform that well either, with an average response time of 841ms. Unfortunately, both hosts post quite average response times. There are hosts definitely faster, and a good example of such hosts is A2 Hosting. You can check out how A2 Hosting compares to HostGator in our dedicated comparison.

Load Impact test

Not satisfied with our tests, we decided to check the performance of both hosts under traffic by sending virtual users to our sites. As we expected, page load speed was not stable and decidedly got worse as traffic increased.

(diagram of speed getting worse for both hosts)

It’s simply not good enough.

HostGator vs. HostMonster for Ease of Use

It’s important that the company you eventually go with provides service that is easy to understand through a great interface. It is also important that the host helps, as much as possible, to make your task easier.

User Interface

The first place to start is the user interface. When it comes to interface, the best choice, in our opinion, is cPanel or Plesk. HostGator and HostMonster share this opinion with us, and as such, both have cPanel installed on their Shared Hosting plans.

Sign-Up process

Signing up for both hosts was easy, but we had a problem with HostGator. It took a while for us to have access to the workspace that we had paid for, it took as long as thirty minutes.

Whether the payment was being confirmed or whether extra verification was being done is a question we don’t have an answer to. We scoured the internet for similar stories, but we found none, so it probably was a one-off thing. If you experience such a delay, you shouldn’t be worried.

Free Domains

Most hosts provide a free included domain on all plans, and since a year’s registration costs about $15, you’ll save some money if you go with a host that does provide free domain registration. Thankfully, HostMonster and HostGator have that in common. Free domains come with all plans.

Apps Integration, Installation and Marketplace

In this regard, we hardly saw a difference between HostMonster and HostGator. Both have one-click Installation support for WordPress, both have access to the MOJO marketplace where you can purchase templates, themes, plug-ins, and apps. Both support other popular content management systems like Joomla, Drupal, and Magneto.

Free Site Migration

In our opinion, for a new customer, all hosts should provide at least one free site migration. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, and there are many hosts who, in fact, do not offer free web transfer services. One of such hosts in HostMonster.

While you can move your site over to HostMonster for free using FTP, it is a technical task that might not be worth your time, especially when there are other hosts who’ll do the same service for you, for free. HostGator is one of such hosts, and depending on your hosting plan, you are entitled to at least a free web transfer.

You must note, though, that HostGator’s web transfers are performed on an “as is” basis. That means you are entitled to only a web transfer, and all other related services are not offered for free. If you’d like HostMonster to transfer your site for you, you’d have to pay $149.99 and that entitles you to a transfer of five sites and 20 email accounts.

Website Builder

If you don’t want to have your site hosted on a content management system and want to build it yourself, you can make use of a website builder instead of going through needless lines of code. While most hosts make use of third party solutions such as Wix and/or Weebly website builder, HostGator has a proprietary website builder named (and this is definitely not a joke) Gator by HostGator.

Do we applause the genius of the name or do we deplore it? The Jury is still out. What we can’t deplore, though, is the usefulness of Gator by HostGator. It has drag and drop support, so you can set up your site within minutes.

We’ve used the Gator before, so we can tell you that it is one of the more efficient website builders out there. Users have access to 100 mobile-friendly templates and can start with 6 ready-made pages. It has social media integration, PayPal payment gateway, Google analytics, and social media integration. For an inbuilt app, Gator by HostGator isn’t half bad. However, this tool isn’t free and packages range from $3.45 to $8.30.

HostMonster, on the other hand, offers two choices of web builders. That is the Weebly website builder, and Concrete5.  Both web builders are great for building as they have drag and drop functionality. While Weebly isn’t quite as flexible as Wix and/or Squarespace, it is definitely easier to use. Both web builders are also search engine optimized as well.

Weebly is free to use, but you can only have six pages on the free version. For more functionality, you’ll be required to buy a package with more functionality.

Staging Environments

For a green user, there is probably nothing that will be as useful as a staging environment. Staging environments allow you to make changes to a version of your site that is not live. This way, you can see the effects that your changes and configurations choices will make on the site without actually making them on your live site.

This helps you to avoid making costly mistakes that can lead to long periods of downtime. While it is possible for you to create staging environments with some plugins and also on subdomains, it is easier if they come with your hosting plan. With HostMonster, you get absolutely zero installed staging sites and HostGator doesn’t either. That sucks.

Money-Back Guarantee Policy

Money-back guarantees are important because they reduce the risks that users are exposed to. While most hosts offer an industry-standard thirty days money-back guarantee, we believe that the best hosts often offer longer. At least we’ve seen hosts like DreamHost that offer a stunning 97-day money-back guarantee. You can check out our DreamHost vs. HostGator comparison if you want.

HostMonster offers only a thirty-day money-back guarantee, which is absolutely the lowest they could have gone. HostGator, on the other hand, adds fifteen days and makes it a forty-five-day money-back guarantee. While a forty-five-day money-back guarantee is certainly not the best we’ve seen, it is certainly longer than many.

Limitations

As usual, there are some terms and conditions. The first is that if you’ve gotten a free service, like a free domain, the fee will be deducted from your refund. Not so free anymore, is it?

HostGator vs. HostMonster: Customer Support and Reliability

Many times, great customer support can be the difference between pulling your hair out in frustration and heaving a sigh of relief. Great support is easy to contact, easy to talk to, and extremely helpful.

HostGator and HostMonster are pretty popular and large companies, and as such, we have to confess that we didn’t expect great things from their customer support. Why? Large companies often have too many customers to cater to, and as such may not spend enough time training personnel. And there’s also the matter of EIG companies being notorious for having inconsistent customer support.

Customer Support Channels

HostMonster and HostGator have regular customer support channels which are the phone, live chat, and ticketing support. All channels are open 24/7.

Testing Support

We first decided to test the live chat channel because of obvious reasons. Most people use that channel, and it is clear of many ambiguities. The first thing we discovered was that, on average, it took us a shorter period to connect to HostMonster’s customer support than it took us to connect to HostGator’s.

When we eventually connected, the quality of customer support was more or less the same. The live reps that we spoke to were cordial enough, and to some extent looked like they knew what they were talking about.

However, some questions still took a long time to answer and we were not exactly inspired. On a whole, it wasn’t a bad experience and was definitely better than many that we’ve had contact with over the years, at least we weren’t mesmerized with a bunch of article links.

You should probably be aware, though, that HostMonster has a somewhat lengthy verification process before you can connect with a live chat representative.

Phone support was more of the same, and as with the live chat support, we found that connecting to customer support was quicker with HostMonster than it was with HostGator.

Ticketing support with both hosts was great, as tickets are returned and queries are answered comprehensively within 24 hours.

Knowledge Base

Both hosts maintain great knowledge bases where users can search for answers to basic questions and go through tutorials. We would advise, in fact, that users go through tutorials or articles before attempting to speak to customer support. It is many times a more effective way of solving problems.

Security Infrastructure

The internet is a wonderful place, and it can also be a scary one. Any webmaster knows that making sure that your site is continually secure is perhaps one of the most important things to figure out when creating a site. While a lot of the responsibility of keeping your site secure lies in your hands (making sure you update your plugins and apps etc.), your host also has a lot of work to do. In fact, recent studies suggest that up to 40% of site hacks are as a result of weak server infrastructure.

SSL certificate

In the beginning, people only got SSL certificates for e-commerce websites. Today, though, the best practice is for you to have an SSL certificate regardless of what sort of site you have. In fact, Chrome will mark your site as insecure if you do not have “s” behind your “HTTP”. That will wreak some serious damage on your numbers for sure.

Thankfully, HostMonster and HostGator plan come with free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt, so that is covered.

Backup Policy

In case your site does get hacked or gets a virus, and you have to clear out the entire system, your backups are your only saving Grace. HostGator has a backup service that runs on a random day of every week. The backup overwrites previous backups as only one copy of the backup is stored on HostGator’s servers. Fair warning, though, HostGator’s backups are created as a matter of courtesy and aren’t guaranteed.

This means that keeping running a backup is sort of up to them. They can pretty much choose not to because they have literally zero obligation to. HostMonster’s backup policy is also somewhat like HostGator’s, with only one version of backups stored. And like HostGator, HostMonster only offers backups on a courtesy basis.

So what do you have to do to get mirrored, daily and automatic backups? Easy. You’re expected to purchase a backup tool like CodeGuard basic or Site Backup and configure it. Both tools are safer options than the custom backups provided by either host.

Firewall Protection

HostGator offers extensive Firewall protection with extensive firewall rules and large security sets that help protect servers from attacks from malware and mischievous entities. In case of heavy flooding, HostGator has network-level flood protection that can be easily enabled.

In addition, HostGator’s data centers are highly secured with extremely restricted access and have diesel backed up generators. HostMonster, on the other hand, runs a Web Application Firewall that protects against SQL injection and cross-site scripting based attacks.

Site Security

HostGator offers access to SiteLock, a third party advanced warning and malware scanning security application, from as little as $1.94. HostMonster also makes use of SiteLock, and as a HostMonster customer, you get up to 80% off on all of SiteLock’s packages.

HostGator vs. HostMonster: Pricing and Plans

To some, this is the most important consideration to look at when trying to buy a hosting plan. However, we won’t just be looking at the cheapest host, we’ll be looking at the host that offers the best value at the best price.

Shared Hosting Plans

A majority of the sites on the internet are hosted on Shared Hosting servers, that much is a fact. Therefore, we’ll be looking, specifically, at the prices of Shared Hosting plans and managed WordPress plans.

HostGator has three tiers of Shared Hosting plans which are the Hatchling Plan, the Baby Plan, and the Business plan, while HostMonster also has three tiers which are the Basic, Plus, and Choice-Plus.

Basic Shared Hosting Plan

HostGator’s basic plan is the Hatchling plan and it costs about $2.75 per month and renews at $10.95. The plan comes with single domain registration, one website, unlimited disk space, unlimited email accounts, unmetered bandwidth and subdomains, and a free SSL certificate. At $2.75, unlimited disk space, email accounts and bandwidth is great value for money, that’s for sure.

HostMonster’s basic plan costs $2.65 per month and renews at $9.49. The plan comes with one website, 50GB storage, unmetered bandwidth, one domain, 5 email accounts, and 100 MB of email storage.

HostGator HatchlingHostMonster Basic
Websites11
StorageUnlimited50GB
SSLFreeFree
Free DomainYesYes
Free Marketing$200No
SupportGoodGood
Uptime Guarantee99.9%No
Money Back Guarantee45-days30-days
Price$2.75 with discount$4.95 with discount

It’s clear that, for the basic plan, HostGator obviously offers more, and at a relatively lower price as well. Regardless, we do think that HostMonster’s plan comparable to HostGator’s despite the gator’s enviable specs because, for one, it is extremely unlikely that a single website can use up 50 GB of space. However, we would still go with HostGator’s plan if we had to choose one.

Medium Range Plan

The medium-range plan for HostMonster is the Plus plan and it comes with ten websites, 150 GB of storage, 20 parked domains and 50 subdomains, 100 email accounts with 500mb of storage per account, and unmetered bandwidth.

Staying in line with HostMonster’s pricing philosophy, the plan costs $4.95 per month and renews at $12.49 per month. At $4.95, the Plus plan is pretty cheap. However, you might have to consider the fact that it costs $12.49 to renew. That’s almost as two hundred percent hike. Steep.

For HostGator, the medium-range plan is the Baby plan (which is weird for all manner of reasons) and would set you back just about $3.95 per month. Renewal costs $9.95 though.

For this price, the plan comes with unlimited domains, a free domain plus all the features of the Hatchling plan. So basically, all you’re paying extra for is unlimited websites, which is a pretty big deal. But after your first subscription, you’ll have to pay $9.95 which puts everything in a whole different perspective.

HostGator BabyHostMonster Plus
WebsitesUnlimitedUnlimited
StorageUnlimitedUnlimited
SSLFreeFree
Free DomainYesYes
Free Marketing$200$200
SupportGoodGood
Uptime Guarantee99.9%No
Money Back Guarantee45-days30-days
Price$3.95 with discount$6.95 with discount

Comparing the two, it’s easy to see that HostGator offers more value both at the initial purchase stage and the renewal stage.

High Range Plan

HostMonster’s most expensive plan is the Choice-Plus plan and it comes with unlimited websites, storage, bandwidth, subdomains, parked domains, Spam protection, 1 domain privacy, CodeGuard Basic, and one free domain.

It costs the same initial price of the Plus plan, which is $6.95 ($14.99 for renewal). For the level of specs that this plan comes with, $6.95 is a veritable bargain. But is $14.99 such a bargain? In any case, the price hike is too high, and you may find yourself paying double for the same service in a short period.

HostGator’s most expensive plan, as expected, pulls out all the stops as well (although one wonders what stops can actually be pulled). The plan comes with all the features of the Baby Plan plus a free dedicated IP and free SEO tools.

The plan costs $5.95 per month (renewal costs $14.95 per month). Here we see yet another steep price hike. The lower price draws you in and gets you comfortable. The reality of paying almost 200 bucks per year soon dawns on you, though.

HostGator BusinessHostMonster Choice Plus
WebsitesUnlimitedUnlimited
StorageUnlimitedUnlimited
SSLFree Positive SSLFree
Free DomainYesYes
Free Marketing$200$200
SupportGoodGood
Uptime Guarantee99.9%No
Money Back Guarantee45-days30-days
Dedicated IPYesNo
Free SEO ToolsYesNo
Price$5.95 with discount$6.95 with discount

Even here, where it is a bit difficult to choose a clear winner, HostGator emerges the host with the best price. Women lie, men, lie, but numbers don’t lie.

WordPress Hosting Plan

One thing that makes a WordPress plan stand out is that it comes with WordPress pre-installed, which is sort of, well, needless, as you can always install WordPress with one click on a Shared Hosting plan. That isn’t the only thing, though. WordPress plans are optimized for WordPress users, so they are usually faster, are more stable during traffic surges and have better uptime overall. In addition, with the managed WordPress hosting plan, the host actually helps you manage your site.

This means dealing with all the technical jargon that comes with updates and so much more. While HostGator has a special WordPress plan, HostMonster doesn’t, so we’ll be looking only at HostGator’s WordPress plans.

Basic WordPress Hosting Plan

HostGator’s least expensive WordPress Hosting plan is the Starter plan and comes with one website, a hundred thousand visitors per month,  one gigabyte of backups, a free SL certificate and free domains. It costs $5.95 for new customers who would like to purchase an annual plan.

After the first period, though, the plan renews at $9.95. There is sort of a recurring theme here, and we’d advise long-term users to always check the renewal price of plans, and as much as possible, plan their budget with this price in mind.

Medium range WordPress Hosting Plan

After the Starter plan comes the Standard plan and it comes with standard features such as two websites, two hundred thousand visits per month, two GB backup space, a free SSL certificate and a free domain. The plan costs $7.95 and renewal costs about $15.95, clearly significantly more expensive than the regular Shared Hosting plan.

Since the medium-range WordPress Hosting plan costs more than the most expensive Shared Hosting plan, the question is, does it worth that much, especially when comes with only two websites? You’re the only one with a concrete idea of your needs, so you’re in the best position to answer that question.

High Range WordPress Hosting Plan

HostGator most expensive managed WordPress Plan is the Business Plan and it comes with 3 websites, a capacity of 500 thousand visits per month, 3 GB of backups, a free domain and free SSL certificate.

The plan costs $9.95 per month for an initial annual plan purchase, and renewal costs $22.95. In a space of a year, you could go from paying around $120 per year to paying about $270 per year, and that tells you all you need to know, really.

HostGator Starter PlanHostGator Standard PlanHostGator Business Plan
Sites123
Visits Per Month100k200k300k
Backups1GB2GB3GB
Free SSLYesYesYes
Free DomainYesYesYes
Price$5.95/mo$7.95/mo$9.95/mo

HostGator vs. HostMonster Extra features

HostGator has the following extra features:

  • Better performance with Opteron 6000 series CPU combined with DDR3 ECC RAM
  • Support of multiple languages including Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, and Perl.
  • HostGator has only one database: MySQL
  • Unlimited FTP and email accounts.
  • $100 in free advertising credits.

HostMonster has the following extra features:

  • Instant provisioning is enabled, so if you plan to go for VPS hosting or Dedicated hosting, they promise instant provisioning of their servers. That’s important if you want to get your site online in minutes. You won’t have to go through the stress of lengthy verification processes with HostMonster.
  • Unfortunately, HostMonster doesn’t offer monthly hosting.
  • You have access to developer features such as FTP access, SSH access, MySQL databases, custom Cron jobs, and CGI-Bin.
  • All hosting plans come with a limit of 1000 total database tables, 3GB total database size, and 200,000 inodes.
  • The host offers hotlink protection, Secure Shell (SSH) access, AllowOverride .htaccess support, Server Side Includes (SSI)
  • Dual Quad Processor Performance servers

Major Differences between HostGator and HostMonster

  • HostGator has a forty-five-day money-back guarantee while HostMonster only has a thirty-day money-back guarantee.
  • HostGator has a managed WordPress hosting plan, while HostMonster does not.
  • HostGator has way better uptime than HostMonster
  • HostGator has a money-back guarantee, while HostMonster doesn’t have one
  • HostGator is definitely more popular than HostMonster.

HostMonster vs. HostGator: Our Winner

We thought that this would be somewhat difficult because both hosts are alike in so many ways, but the fact that HostMonster only won in one category tells us otherwise. The gator in this 90s flick definitely served (served because of server, you get it?) the monster is behind on a plate. HostGator vs. HostMonster? The gator wins this one convincingly.

Cheap Cloud Hosting – Best Server Providers in 2019

If you’re looking to sign up with your very first hosting provider you might be tempted to go for the cheapest possible option, which is understandable. After all, you don’t really need an expensive hosting plan unless you have a sizeable website that gets a good amount of traffic. For the longest time, novice webmasters were encouraged to go with a shared hosting plan for starters and then switch to a VPS or dedicated server further down the road. Even though that remains a good option even today, it’s no longer the only one because now you can go with a cheap cloud hosting plan instead.

Cloud hosting may seem like one of those things that only big companies would be interested in, but that’s not really the case. In fact, cloud hosting rivals shared hosting nowadays in terms of affordability while generally being more reliable and efficient. The downside of cloud hosting is that it’s not as user-friendly as other types of hosting, which is why a lot of people tend to stay away from it. However, that’s slowly starting to change, with many cloud computing companies realizing that they can attract a lot more customers by simply adding a few ease-of-use features.

Although many cheap cloud hosting services continue to be targeted primarily at developers, there are more than a few companies that have managed to make their services accessible to everybody. With that in mind, in this article, we’re going to take a look at both the user-friendly and developer-focused top cheapest cloud hosting services of 2019.

  • Kamatera – The best of the best. Affordable prices, great performance, and reliable customer support. Offers a free 30-day trial for new users.
  • Hostwinds – An even cheaper option that focuses primarily on security and performance.
  • Vultr – Aimed at developers but surprisingly user-friendly, cheap, and very reliable.
  • InMotion – Above average prices but plenty of nice features to sweeten the deal.
  • A2 Hosting – Streamlined server configuration and unbeatable refund policy.
  • Cloudways – Uses a unique system to make cloud hosting accessible to everyone.
  • Dreamhost – Veteran provider with good customer support. Unlimited bandwidth.
  • DigitalOcean – Long-time favorite of developers but also good for newcomers.
  • Linode – Another classic option that offers specialized cloud computing plans.
  • KnownHost – It offers both managed and unmanaged cloud hosting packages.

In order to create our list, we took into consideration not just the price but also other factors like features, performance, location, coverage, customer support, and more. In other words, you can trust that all the companies covered in this article are trustworthy and offer very reliable (as well as very cheap) cloud hosting services. We put a good amount of emphasis on companies that try to appeal to a broader audience but if you’re a developer, don’t worry because we also included a few options that are certain to be right up your alley.

In no particular order (apart from the first three) here is a list of Cheap Cloud Hosting that we loved.

1. Kamatera

With well over 20 years of experience, Kamatera is the perfect choice for developers and novice webmasters alike. The company offers an excellent bang for the buck thanks to its cheap entry point, as well as flexibility and a great variety of features. Not only is this one of the cheapest cloud computing companies out there, it’s also one of the most reliable and easiest to use.

Update November 2019: If the cheap cloud hosting wasn’t reason enough to give it a try, Kamatera is making it even easier for users to check out its services. The company is currently offering a free 30-day trial with no strings attached to all new users. Not many hosting companies offer free trials nowadays so we can only assume that Kamatera is very confident that users will immediately fall in love with its services.

If the price is your main concern, you’ll be happy to know that Kamatera only charges $4 per month for its basic cloud hosting package. The service is highly scalable so if you need more resources, you can upgrade at any time to the $6 or $12 packages. Even better, Kamatera allows users to pay by the hour so you can get away with paying less depending on your usage. If you’re not interested in a standard plan, you’ll be happy to know that Kamatera offers an incredible level of customization, allowing you to choose everything from the exact number of resources you need to the operating system, data center location, and more.

Speaking of data centers, the company has 13 of them spread strategically across the world so the location coverage will not be a problem here. The same can be said about the performance. All servers use 40Gbit networking, fast SSD drives, and the latest Intel processors. You can also expect an uptime guarantee of at least 99.95% and the ability to choose between a wide variety of operating systems or even install a custom one.

Remarkably Easy to Use

Given that Kamatera is one of the cheapest cloud hosting companies out there, you might expect its services to be primarily aimed at developers. Well, yes and no. Developers do indeed have good tools at their disposal, such as root and admin access, API access, load balancers, firewalls, the option to pick between Linux and Windows servers, and more. At the same time, though, the company also offers many features designed specifically for beginners.

For starters, Kamatera’s default server management console is very intuitive and easy to work with. But if you’re looking for an even simpler alternative, you can also install the popular cPanel or the phpMy Admin control panel along with many other useful 1-click apps. A few examples include Magento, Plesk, Joomla, Docker, and of course, WordPress. As far as the setup process is concerned, you can deploy a new server in less than 60 seconds even without any prior experience. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Reliable Customer Support

Cheap cloud computing services usually come with a few caveats, one of which is almost always the customer support. Companies that specialize exclusively in cloud hosting don’t invest a lot of resources into customer support because they assume most of their customers are developers who can fix server problems themselves. Although that’s not an entirely unreasonable stance to take, the truth is that customer support is always important, a fact that Kamatera is keenly aware of.

Unlike many of its rivals, Kamatera didn’t skimp on the customer support. In fact, the company offers 24/7 assistance via all the usual channels, including phone, email, ticket, and even live chat. From my personal experience, I can tell you that live chat is rare among cloud hosting companies, so this is a pretty big deal. Sure, it’s possible you might never need to contact customer support, but trust me when I say that you’ll be sleeping a lot better knowing there’s a team of professionals ready to assist you at a moment’s notice in case of an emergency.

2. Hostwinds

Hostwinds is another very good option if you’re looking for cheap cloud hosting. Or any type of hosting for that matter. The company offers pretty much any type of hosting you can think of, including shared, business, VPS, and more. Thanks to the fact that Hostwinds tries to target a wide audience, you can expect things to be extremely user-friendly here.

One of the first things you may notice about Hostwinds is that the company allows you to pay by the hour for its cloud hosting services. The hourly prices are some of the best out there ($0.006931/hr) but you can also go for a monthly or yearly billing cycle if that works best for you. The basic package will give you 1 GB of RAM, 30 GB of storage and 1 TB of bandwidth to work with. Once it’s time to upgrade, you can choose one of the other packages or customize your instance to your liking. In order to make things more convenient for new users, Hostwinds set up a very intuitive Cloud Control Portal that you can use to easily manage your server.

As far as the other services are concerned, the one that stands out the most is the shared hosting. The entry package here is just $2.45 per month and comes with some very nice features like unlimited bandwidth and storage, a cloud-based backup system, website monitoring tools, cPanel, and more. Regardless of which type of hosting you end up choosing, you can pay a small fee to add a few more optional services to your package, including a VPN, SSL certificates, and enterprise-grade email accounts.

State of the Art Facilities

Compared to other cheap cloud computing services on this list, Hostwinds is a bit lacking in the location coverage. However, the company does make up for that with the impressive security and efficiency of its data centers. The data centers feature everything from video surveillance to 24/7 armed security to ensure that nobody tampers with the company’s operations. In case of a technical issue, your server will likely not suffer any serious downtime because all data centers come equipped with backup generators and various redundancy systems to ensure that everything runs smooth as butter at all times.

On the other hand, if you run into a problem on your end, you can always rely on Hostwinds’ award-winning customer support team to help you out. The company offers 24/7 assistance via phone, ticket and live chat along with an extensive database that contains plenty of useful guides. The average response time for the customer support team is very impressive. You can expect to only spend between 10 and 30 seconds to get in touch with an agent via live chat or phone, and about 3 minutes to get a reply after submitting a ticket.

3. Vultr

Vultr is hands down one of the cheapest cloud hosting providers out there, as well as one of the most reliable ones. The company focuses all its efforts on cloud hosting while still managing to make things surprisingly user-friendly for newcomers. The company is also doing great when it comes to performance and stability, with an average server uptime of almost 100%.

Update November 2019: If you want to see for yourself what Vultr is all about now is your chance because the company is currently running a special promotion. The offer consists of free credits worth $50 for anyone who makes a deposit of at least $10 while the promotion lasts. All you have to do is follow the promotional link and then make a deposit of $10 or more to receive another $50 on the house.

Vultr offers two options for those who are in the market for a solid cloud computing solution. The first is a fairly standard package that comes with 10 GB of SSD storage, 512 MB of RAM and 0.50 TB of traffic, all for just $2.50 a month. The specs aren’t anything to write home about but you can’t really argue with that ridiculously low price. If you need more resources, there are a lot of possible upgrade options you can look into, including some that are priced at $3.50, $5, and $10 per month. As you can see, the scaling is very smooth and you can choose to pay either monthly or by the hour.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a more specialized cheap cloud hosting solution, you can try out one of Vultr’s high-frequency plans. With prices starting at $6 per month, these packages are a bit more expensive than the standard ones but you get faster NVMe SSD storage and better 3 GHz+ CPUs in return. The entry plan here comes with 32 GB of SSD, 1 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of storage. Regardless of whether you go for a standard or high-frequency plan, you can add a number of useful services to your package, including a firewall, automated backup system, DDoS protection, snapshot tool, and more.

Remarkably Easy to Use

A lot of cloud hosting services are infamous for having a steep learning curve but that’s not really the case with Vultr. You shouldn’t have any trouble navigating the user interface because it’s very intuitive and you can make things even easier for yourself by installing a few one-click apps. Among other things, Vultr supports cPanel, Docker, Joomla, Plesk, and WordPress. You can also upload a custom operating system if you’re very particular about that sort of thing or simply choose one from the OS library, which includes both Windows and several Linux distributions.

The customer support system is pretty standard as far as cloud hosting companies are concerned, with tickets being the primary method of contacting agents. In terms of location coverage, Vultr is doing a lot better than most providers. The company has a total of 16 data centers and although more than half of them are located in North America, you can also rent servers in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

4. InMotion Hosting

Although InMotion’s prices are a bit higher compared to other companies on this list, the cost is definitely worth it. The company offers many hosting solutions, including shared hosting plans and dedicated servers. However, since we’re mainly interested in cloud hosting, we’re going to focus on the VPS plans because InMotion’s virtual private servers run on cloud-based infrastructure.

It’s worth noting that InMotion offers two types of VPS plans – managed and self-managed. The self-managed variety is aimed at system administrators and developers and doesn’t come with a lot of ease-of-use features. In other words, you’ll need to manually take care of things like backups, operating system updates, and the server configuration process itself. The basic plan starts at $21.04 per month and comes with 4 GB of RAM, 75 GB of storage, and 4 TB of traffic. Although the price is fairly high, you definitely get a good amount of resources in return.

If you don’t have any experience as a server administrator, you could always go for a managed VPS hosting plan instead. With this type of plan, you can manage everything via cPanel and you don’t have to worry about things like updates and patches because they occur automatically. In addition, InMotion throws in a couple of nice freebies, including an SSL certificate. A managed VPS package has the same amount of resources as a self-managed one, however, the price is a bit higher, with the entry package setting you back $29.19 per month.

Features Galore

Although InMotion might not be one of the cheapest cloud hosting services out there, you still get great bang for your buck thanks to the impressive amount of features included in each package. For example, with self-managed VPS plans you can expect full root access, free dedicated IPs, DDoS protection, server snapshot tool, resource monitoring tool, and more. Meanwhile, managed VPS plans include automatic server backups, unlimited email addresses, free site migration service, a free domain name, and optional root access, among other things.

InMotion also has very good customer support, with 24/7 assistance via phone, email, ticket and live chat all readily available. If you would rather try and fix any potential server problem yourself, you’ll be happy to know that the company has one of the best help centers out there where you can find guides, tutorials, articles, and many other resources. And if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for in the help center, you can also try checking out InMotion’s YouTube channel.

5. A2 Hosting

A2 is another good cloud hosting solution thanks to its low prices and high performance. The company is known for its high-speed servers and its reliable uptime, which sits at around 99.99% on average. You get SSD storage with all plans but if you want things to run even faster, there’s an optional service called TurboBoost that can increase the loading speeds of your pages even more. Combine that with the Turbo Cache option and you’ll notice a tremendous boost in performance, albeit at a cost.

Although A2 isn’t the cheapest cloud computing service on this list, the prices here are still pretty reasonable. The entry point is $5 per month and will grant you access to 20 GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM, and 2 TB of traffic. There are a couple more tiers you can choose from or you can skip the standard configurations and customize the server to suit your specific needs. The location coverage isn’t amazing as you only have four regions to choose from, however, because the performance is so robust, you shouldn’t run into any problems even if you are located far away from your server.

A2 only offers unmanaged cloud VPS plans so there is a bit of a learning curve here. That said, the service is more user-friendly than you might expect so learning your way around it shouldn’t be too hard. You get a SolusVM control panel by default, as well as the option of using cPanel, though only if you purchase a package that includes at least 1 GB of RAM. In addition, A2 also providers 1-click setup for apps like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and more. Once again, however, these are only available with plans that come with at least 1 GB of memory, the cheapest of which costs $10 per month.

Simple Server Configuration

If you’re not a fan of the standard packages, you have the option to create a custom plan. Configuring a server can be a bit intimidating with other companies but that’s definitely not the case here. In fact, all you need to do is move a few sliders and tick some boxes. The customization menu allows you to choose the exact amount of resources you need along with the operating system and server location. You can also add a couple of optional services like cPanel license and Turbo Boost.

If you purchase a plan from A2 and end up feeling dissatisfied with the service further down the road don’t worry because the company offers an ‘anytime money-back’ refund policy. Although there are some stipulations to this policy, for the most part, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Just make sure you don’t ask for refunds for partial months of services or non-hosting services (like domain registrations) because those are not refundable.

 6. Cloudways

At first glance, Cloudways might not necessarily seem like a cheap cloud hosting service as its services cost quite a bit more compared to other entries on this list. However, when you consider that this is a fully managed service that comes with tons of features, you’ll quickly realize that the asking price is actually quite reasonable. Cloudways is one of the most user-friendly cloud hosting services out there, so that alone should be worth your attention.

In case you’re not familiar with Cloudways, this is a company that works with a very unique system. The provider doesn’t use its own data centers and instead makes use of the infrastructure of other companies to serve its customers. Their partners include big names like Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean, Vultr, and Linode. Among other benefits, this partnership has enabled Cloudways to provide users access to dozens of data centers around the world so there’s no need to worry about the location coverage here.

As far as the pricing is concerned, it varies depending on what type of server you’re looking for. The cheapest option would be to go with a DigitalOcean entry plan, which costs $10 per month. Next, you have Vultr and Linode with $11 and $12 per month, respectively. And finally, a Google Cloud plan will set you back $33.30 per month while an AWS package will cost you $36.51 per month. It’s worth noting that you don’t have to pay any extra charges to the owners of the data centers, nor do you need to sign up for an account with any of the third-party companies.

Simpler Than You Might Expect

Working with Cloudways may seem confusing but that’s actually not the case at all. In fact, the goal of the company is to simplify cloud hosting for everybody. To that end, the company is offering many quality-of-life features that you couldn’t get with the actual providers of the data centers. Because this is a fully managed service, working with Cloudways is similar to working with a shared hosting provider.

That means you can expect access to cPanel, one-click installs for WordPress and other apps, automated backups, staging environment, regular security updates, free SSL certificate, migration service, firewall and much more. Even better, all the available features are included with all plans so there’s no need to worry about having to pay more in order to access certain features. If you’re still not sure if Cloudways is your cup of tea, you can always sign up for the free trial and check it out for yourself.

7. Dreamhost

While primarily known for providing excellent WordPress hosting plans, Dreamhost isn’t doing too shabby when it comes to cloud hosting either. The company is well known for being user-friendly and having a good customer support team that you can always rely on. In addition to hosting, the provider also offers a few other useful services such as domain registration, professional mailboxes, website builder, and more.

If you’re looking for the cheapest cloud hosting plan on offer it will cost you $4.50 per month or $0.0075 per hour, depending on how you choose to pay. The entry package comes with 512 MB of RAM, 80 GB of SSD storage, 100 GB of additional block storage, and free bandwidth. According to the company, the bandwidth will remain uncapped for a limited time but it’s uncertain at the moment how long the promotion will last. In other words, it’s a good idea to act sooner rather than later if you want to take advantage of the offer.

Dreamhost’s cloud plans were designed to work hand in hand with all the popular Linux OS applications and developer tools. All packages come with built-in support for MongoDB, Redis, Python, Ruby, Node, and more. That said, if you want your server to be based on Windows instead, that’s also an option. Whether you decide to pay per month or by the hour, Dreamhost will only charge you for up to 600 hours (25 days) during each month. So essentially, you get to use the service for free for a few days every month.

Customer Support Options

Dreamhost’s customer support system may seem a bit convoluted at first but that’s only because you won’t be able to access all the channels unless you’re a registered user. If you do decide to sign up with the company, you’ll be able to contact agents via ticket, email, and live chat. You can’t reach out to customer support via phone, however, you can request a callback in case of a serious problem. In addition to that, you can also look for answers in the discussion forums or consult the extensive knowledgebase found on the company’s website.

As far as the refund policy is concerned, Dreamhost offers a 97-day money-back guarantee for all hosting plans. While not as impressive as A2’s ‘anytime money-back guarantee’ policy, 97 days is still very generous. The company doesn’t have a free trial for its hosting plans but you can try out the cloud storage service for up to 30 days with no strings attached. The trial comes with a very generous 100 GB of storage included. Once the trial is over, you’ll need to pay $2.5/GB per month if you want to continue using the service.

8. DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean is a very popular choice for developers who are in the market for a cheap cloud hosting solution. The company is fairly easy to work with even if you’re a beginner and you can install a variety of 1-click apps if you feel the need to simplify things even further. With a very solid infrastructure and 12 data centers to choose from, DigitalOcean is a great option for those who value performance above all else.

DigitalOcean hosting plans are known as Droplets and they come in a few different varieties. Standard is the cheapest variant and starts off at $5 per month. In return, you get 1 GB of RAM, 1 TB of traffic usage, and 25 GB of SSD storage. Meanwhile, if you’re in need of a more powerful machine that can handle heavy workloads, you can go for a General Purpose Droplet. The entry price here is $60 but you get 8 GB of RAM, 4 TB of traffic usage, 25 GB of SSD storage and a dedicated dual-core CPU to work with.

Meanwhile, DigitalOcean also offers CPU-optimized and memory-optimized Droplets, which are designed for very specific tasks. These variants are also quite a bit more expensive than the Standard machines, with prices starting at $40/mo for the CPU-optimized and $90/mo for the memory-optimized plans. You won’t find many ease-of-use features built into any of the Droplets but DO does include a few nice services like team accounts, firewalls, monitoring & alerts tools, DNS management, API access, and more.

An App for Any Situation

DigitalOcean has a very extensive marketplace where you can browse for pre-configured application stacks that you can use to enhance your Droplet. Some of these apps like cPanel, Plesk or WordPress are meant to provide some much-needed ease-of-use features. Others such as Dokku, Selenoid and Sourcegraph are very useful tools aimed primarily at developers. With over 100 apps available on the marketplace, it’s safe to say that there’s a little something for everyone here.

While many of the aforementioned apps are available for free, some of the other tools and services offered by DigitalOcean will cost you a monthly fee. Namely, you can get managed databases starting at $15 per month or $0.022 per hour. A block of 200 GB SSD storage will set you back $20 per month while the object storage only costs $5 per month for a chunk of 250 GB. Other useful services include automated backups, snapshots, floating IPs, and load balancers.

9. Linode

Linode is a veteran cloud hosting provider that was established way back in 2003. If you’re familiar with what DigitalOcean has to offer you’ll know what to expect here because Linode is very similar to its long-time rival. You have 10 different server locations to choose from around the world and there’s no need to worry about the performance because Linode is known for constantly modernizing its infrastructure.

An entry-level machine at Linode will set you back $5 per month or $0.0075 per hour. Included in that price are 1 GB of RAM, 25 GB of SSD storage, and 1 TB of traffic. Once it’s time to upgrade to the next level, packages with more resources will be available for anywhere between $10 and $960 per month. If you need additional tools and services to spice up your hosting plan you can find everything ranging from block storage and automated backups to node balancers and a wide variety of 1-click apps. Some of these are available for free but for things like extra storage and automated backups, you’ll need to pay a monthly fee.

The entry-level Linode packages are unmanaged but you can add a cPanel or certain 1-click apps in order to make your life a bit easier. Alternatively, you can opt for the Linode Managed Service if you would rather let the company take care of all the heavy lifting. Doing so will grant you a number of perks, including free cPanel & WHM, dashboard metrics, automated backups, and free site migrations, among other things. Even more importantly, though, the company’s team of experts will take care of installations, configurations, deployments, updates and everything else you might need. The only downside of the managed service is that it costs $100 per month, which is a bit expensive if you ask me.

Optimized Cloud Computing

Going with a cheap cloud hosting plan is a good idea if you’re a novice webmaster. However, if you’re running projects that require a more specialized approach you’re going to need a more robust solution sooner or later. As it happens, Linode offers several specialized packages, some of which were designed for high-intensity workloads. The standard machines are quite affordable ($10/mo) but some of the other variants, particularly the GPU-intensive plans, can get very expensive. Definitely worth the asking price if you can afford it, though.

In terms of customer support, Linode offers the usual channels you would expect from a cloud hosting company. Namely, you can contact agents via ticket, email or phone. There is no live chat option here, however, you can try getting in touch with an agent by using Linode’s IRC channel. Aside from that, there are plenty of comprehensive guides and tutorials available on the company’s website along with other helpful resources like videos and blogs.

10. KnownHost

In spite of its name, KnownHost isn’t nearly as popular as some of the other companies on this list. That said, the company has been around since 2006 so it clearly has plenty of experience under its belt. You can find pretty much any type of hosting imaginable here, including shared hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, and cloud services. The location coverage isn’t great but the performance is solid and KnownHost definitely doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the features.

KnownHost doesn’t have the cheapest cloud hosting plans but it does have a set of packages that are very interesting. These plans start at $3.47 per month and come with dedicated cloud storage, which is pretty unusual. Generally speaking, you don’t have exclusive access to the resources contained in a shared hosting plan as they are meant to be shared by multiple users. However, KnownHost came up with a system where you do get exclusive access to the resources along with the many features you would expect from a shared hosting plan.

Among other things, you can expect unlimited bandwidth, free MySQL databases, email accounts, SSL certificates, cPanel, free site migration, free backups, DDoS protection and more. In addition to all of that, KnownHost is also throwing in a 30-day money-back guarantee. Unfortunately, the entry plan only comes with 5 GB of cloud storage while the second tier doesn’t fare much better with 20 GB. If you go with the $9.97/mo package, though, you can expected unlimited cloud storage.

Even More Cloud-Based Options

Although the shared hosting plans with cloud storage are very nice, KnownHost has two other cloud-based services you might be interested in. The first comes in the form of unmanaged VPS cloud servers with prices ranging between $10 and $36 per month. These plans are aimed at developers so you won’t get many of the ease-of-use features found in the shared plans. On the other hand, you get full root access and more resources to work with, including 2 GB of RAM, 25 GB of SSD storage and 2 TB of traffic even with the entry tier.

If you’re looking for a more accessible solution, on the other hand, you can try the fully managed KVM cloud servers. These plans are aimed at newcomers and veterans alike so expect a lot more features compared to the unmanaged plans. A few of the highlights include free DDoS protection, free migrations and backups, instant provisioning, two control panels to choose from (DirectAdmin/cPanel), and more. The fully managed packages will set you back anywhere between $50.40 and $94.50 per month so, needless to say, they’re quite pricey.

Cloud Hosting vs Shared Hosting vs VPS

We touched upon this earlier but we wanted to go a bit deeper into the topic so you can gain a better understanding of the most important differences between these different types of hosting. When you buy a shared hosting plan you are given a set amount of resources that are contained on a single server. That same server is shared between multiple users, hence the name.

Depending on the provider, you can have dozen or even hundreds of websites hosted on the same server, which can lead to performance and security issues. With a cloud hosting plan, on the other hand, your resources are spread across multiple servers. You still share those servers with other users but because you’re not putting all your eggs into one basket, there’s a much lower risk of performance or security issues.

Cloud hosting plans are very flexible and allow you to add extra resources on the fly without any downtime. Meanwhile, upgrading or downgrading a shared hosting plan is a more complicated process that usually requires the website to temporarily go offline. That’s not to say that there’s never any downtime with cloud hosting but it’s far less of a problem when compared to shared hosting.

As far as VPS (Virtual Private Server) is concerned, this type of hosting is similar to the cloud version in the sense that you pay for a certain amount of resources and you’re usually able to customize your plan. A VPS is also similar to a shared hosting plan, where your block of resources is found on a single server. However, in this case, you have exclusive access to the resources and won’t have to share the server with other users.

Final Thoughts

Most people probably wouldn’t have even considered cloud hosting a few years ago when the concept was just starting to get traction. Nowadays, however, there are so many cheap hosting services available that is has become a viable option for pretty much anybody. While you can still get away with a shared hosting plan if you own a small website or blog, cloud hosting offers many advantages for larger projects that require higher levels of stability and performance.

If you do decide to look into cloud hosting, we recommend checking out Kamatera because the company offers the best bang for your buck at the moment. Alternatively, Cloudways and Vultr are great options as well while companies like Hostwinds and InMotion offer a larger variety of products and services to try out. With cloud hosting being as cheap as it is, you could try a couple of different options and see what works best for you without having to make a large investment.

Winner – Kamatera is a very well-rounded provider that offers excellent services at affordable prices. The entry point is only $4 per month and you can customize your package to your heart’s content in order to get the most out of your hosting. Unlike most other cloud hosting companies, Kamatera is extremely easy to use and is a good option even for users who are completely new to web hosting. In addition, the company has reliable customer support and even offers a free 30-day trial, so what’s not to love?

A2 Hosting vs. HostGator

On the surface, it looks like a contest between a big burly man with great muscles, and a quick, skillful fighter. So basically, it’s Thanos Vs Spiderman all over again. HostGator is a popular Web-host with a lot of plans, and a lot of domains— over eight million of them. So you could say that HostGator packs a lot of muscle. A2 Hosting, on the other hand, could only dream of HostGator’s numbers. However, A2 hosting is known for incredible speed— making it into the top three of most “fastest” reviews online. However, asides speed and customer strength, let’s look at how both Web-hosts stack up on other parts of hosting.

Overview

HostGator was found way back in 2002, so it’s pretty old, although there are far older Web-hosts. The headquarters of the company is at Houston and their data-centers are located at Provo, Utah. In the first ten years of providing hosting service, HostGator built up a name and was known for its reliable service. The company was consequently acquired by EIG (Endurance  International Group), the conglomerate that owns basically half of the Web-hosts on the internet. While some say that this has reduced the quality of hosting that HostGator provides, we say that we have to check it out first to form an opinion, so that’s what we’ll do.

A2 hosting has started operations since 2001, so they are pretty old. Unlike HostGator, though, it has kept a relatively low profile. Like we said earlier, recently A2 hosting has invested in new technology and has now carved a niche for itself. With great customer care and developer-friendly plans, speed isn’t the only thing that A2 hosting is good at. Regardless, though, does A2 hosting measure up to the giant HostGator?

Popularity

Very few hosting providers are popular than HostGator— that’s how well known the Web-host is. And even though A2 hosting started in 2001, it still isn’t quite as popular as HostGator.

But does popularity matter, in the real sense? Personally, we’d prefer to make use of a small company that provides reliable and quick service, instead of the more popular ones that tend to have subpar customer support.

But you might want to go with the crowd. We just wouldn’t recommend it.

Performance

This is the crux of any hosting comparison and is one of the things to look out for in a prospective Web-host. You want to know how well their servers perform and how reliable they are. We are going to be measuring the speed and uptime of both Web-hosts to see exactly how they deliver.

Speed

A few milliseconds might make no difference to you, but those milliseconds add up and add your website’s SEO visibility. Slower websites don’t rank high on google searches, and it is obvious how low SEO could impact sales and conversion rates. So it is very important to make use of a fast Web-host— your bottom line at the end of the year might just depend on it.

We set to work by purchasing a basic HostGator plan. We tested response speeds consecutively and reached an average TTFB (Time To the first Byte) of 765ms. It’s lower than a second, quite alright, but is lower than almost half of the Web-hosts we’ve reviewed. In fact, an average response time of 765ms is probably next to average in our books. Full load speed was even slower, with our site often taking more than a second to reach full strength. Basically, if speed is your thing (and it should be), HostGator isn’t the best for you. However, HostGator has a far faster hosting option in HostGator cloud (a different plan from their shared hosting packages). The average speed for the cloud service was 432ms and we were really impressed. Load speed was really low too.

We also bought a basic A2 hosting plan and went to work testing it. A2 shared hosting plans generally get faster higher up, but since we bought the cheapest plan that we could find, we weren’t really sure that we would get to see the amazing speed that A2 hosting is known for. We were very wrong. Our dummy website delivered an average response time of 331ms. This isn’t only fast but it is super fast. A2 says that their turbo plans provide 20× better speed, but we think that that is quite impossible— we can’t imagine speeds 20× faster than the speed we got on our basic plan. The average load speed we measured was even more impressive, at 391ms. The word instantaneous comes to mind.

VERDICT; Even putting HostGator cloud service into consideration, HostGator doesn’t quite seem to catch up. A2 is really fast, and that’s that about that.

Uptime

The best speed is nothing without great uptime, just as the way acceleration is as important as direction.

We already had our dummy website set up, so we went to work with Pingdom and looked at uptime statistics. We recorded 99.99% uptime with HostGator, which was fair and the highest percentage any Web-host can guarantee. That isn’t all, though. We also like to look at whether a Web-host has an uptime guarantee or not. An uptime guarantee means that customers are entitled to some level of compensation if uptime gets worse than a certain level. This helps to hold Web-hosts to their word and allows customers to be compensated for subpar service. HostGator has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. This means that if HostGator’s uptime gets lower than 99.9%, customers are entitled to one month of credit. Don’t get your hopes up, though, we think it is very unlikely that such a situation would ever arise— HostGator’s uptime is just too good.

We’d really like to say A2 hosting backs up their great speed with impeccable uptime, but that would be wrong. A2 hosting often has long periods of downtime, with servers down for 4 hours in June 2018. During our testing period, it performed passably well, with an uptime of 99.96%. Even at that, it is still behind the industry-leading hosts such as HostGator or BlueHost. Like HostGator, A2 hosting also has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. There are two conditions where this guarantee doesn’t apply though;

  • During scheduled maintenance
  • When outages are because of circumstances that A2 hosting cannot control.

Customers are entitled to downtime compensation when downtime experienced is more than 0.1% of an entire month. The compensation gotten is service credit that is equal to 5% of the amount paid for that month. If downtime is higher than 0.1%, customers receive 5% credit for each hour that downtime is further experienced. To receive downtime compensation, your claim must be verified by A2 customer service.

VERDICT; HostGator has better uptime, while A2 hosting has better speed. Just as we expected, no surprise there.

Ease of Use

No one wants to rack their brains trying to figure out the easiest thing about a Web-host. Not beginners, not regular users, and not advanced users. Everyone, presumably, wants a level of ease guaranteed when controlling their website. Let’s see how easy these Web-hosts make managing domain names.

HostGator makes use of cPanel, so its user interface is pretty simple to use. cPanel isn’t only great because it is simple to use, it’s also great because it is the standard interface used by most Web-hosts. This means that new users will not have to get used to a different interface. The interface has direct access to most of the features that customers would need like billing, domain name management, plan details, and tech support. There is access to the Mojo marketplace, one-click installations support and access to Google analytics.

All plans come with free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt, so that’s one less upsell that customers have to pay for.  Plans also come with $100 worth of ad credits. New websites will find this invaluable. HostGator also has a proprietary website builder called Gator by HostGator (an apt name, perhaps), which is one of the best website builders we’ve reviewed. Gator by HostGator also has eCommerce support so new users don’t have to bother about setting up payment pathways, and all other technical stuff. There are also advanced features for advanced users to PHP, MySQL, and SSH. For users moving over from another Web-host, HostGator offers a single site free transfer service. This makes it easier for users changing Web-hosts to set up their accounts easily, without wedging a hole in their pocket.

Since not all Web-hosts have free site migrations, we were pretty impressed with HostGator. The user experience was sleek and easy, and we rarely had any reason to rack our heads to discover the use of something. We don’t think there are any webmasters who would find using HostGator difficult.

A2’s hosting backend looks, to us, somewhat outdated and could probably take some lessons from HostGator on being intuitive. They make use of cPanel too, and as typical of cPanel, it is really to use. A2 Hosting is very compatible with all content management systems. It has one-click installations so apps like WordPress, Joomla, Magneto, and Drupal can be installed with one click. There are also some special features that come with higher-tier plans like the A2 Optimized WordPress plugin that comes with Turbo plans. A2 hosting has a proprietary website builder called Sitebuilder (we are not entirely sure whether this simplicity is a stroke of genius or whether it shows an alarming lack of imagination). If you’re looking to customize your website yourself without having to know a single HTML tag, then A2 hosting features have got you. However, this service isn’t rendered for free. You have to pay to make use of A2 hosting’s Sitebuilder.  A2 hosting plans are also compatible with Cloudflare CDN. So speed will never ever be a problem with A2 hosting.

A2 Hosting is also known for packing, in its plans, developer-friendly tools that offer admin-level access to webmasters. You have access to multiple versions of MySQL, PostgreSQL, Python, and ASP.NET.

A2 hosting also offers free Site migration.

VERDICT; It really comes down to personal experience, and having bought the plans of both Web-hosts, we can say that we have experienced both. HostGator impressed us with a clean interface and intuitive backend. A2’s backend, though, was cluttered and somewhat unappealing. HostGator takes this us for us.

Money-Back Policy

We’ve all been there. We’ve all bought something that we wished we hadn’t. We’ve all that feeling of regret. We’ve all wished that there was something to be done— some way of getting a refund. And above all, we’ve all wished that something like that never happens to us again.

Money-back policies are a lifesaver, and generally, it’s the longer the better. The industry standard for Web-hosts is 30 days, but HostGator does one better— or fifteen ones better, with a 45-day money-back policy. It isn’t much, but it’s honest work. We are usually impressed by anything above average, and a 45-day money-back policy is truly impressive.

What is more impressive that a 45-day money-back policy, though? 50 days? 60 days? Double 45 days and round up at 95 days? 100 days? 200?

Wrong.

A2 hosting has an impressive “anytime” money-back policy. So even if you pay for a three-year plan in advance and after a year get pissed off by the type of performance you’re getting, you can request for a refund and get prorated refunds. That is, you get a refund equal to the remaining term of your plan. As usual, there are non-refundable payments like payments made for “free additional services” like domain names, etc.

VERDICT; A2 hosting blows HostGator straight out of the water with its “anytime money-back” policy. A2 hosting takes this one for us.

Customer Support

Customer support is one of the most important things to look at when considering choosing a Web-host. This is because, no matter how great you are at web hosting, or how bad you are, or how simple your needs may be, the chances of you needing the help of support is very high. When the day comes, as it is more than likely that it will, you won’t want to be advised by people who are even less qualified than you are. You’d want to be able to access support quickly, and more importantly, you’d want to access support that can actually help you.

HostGator offers 24/7 phone, chat and email support. Most people prefer making use of the live chat channel, so we decided to check that out first. On our first few tries, we got connected to a live rep in a relatively short period of time. However, and this did not happen very often, we were sometimes forced to wait for more than twenty minutes before getting a hold of a live rep. It got dicier when we actually got talking to the reps we contacted. Some were quite knowledgeable and answered our questions well, while some had to take their time. For us, it was more like a gamble; you could be lucky to connect to a customer rep who can solve your problem effectively, and you may be unlucky as well. There is really no method to the Russian roulette that is HostGator’s customer support.

A2 hosting offers everything from a phone to a Skype to a  live chat to a ticketing platform and they are all available 24/7. There is also a very instructive and easy to understand knowledge base that ensures that users rarely have the need to speak to an actual live rep. There is a search function on the knowledge base that allows you to search for solutions to difficulties easily. A2 hosting calls their customer support the “Gurus crew”, and we were really interested in seeing how efficient this group of gurus would be. To a large extent, we weren’t disappointed. As we did with Hostgator, we tried contacting their live chat platform first and got connected with a live rep in less than five minutes. Unlike with Hostgator, this time was pretty stable. Once we got a hold of the live reps, we asked them questions and they were friendly, and very knowledgeable too. The story was the same on the other channels we tried. In fact, we only see one room for improvement in A2 hosting’s customer support and that is wait-time. Asides that, we don’t have the tiniest criticism. Our experience was almost perfect.

VERDICT; As a rule, we try not to depend too much on customer support. This is because so many Web-hosts do not see customer support as an area to invest in. It was refreshing to see A2 hosting take a different path, though. A2 hosting wins this one.

Security

All Web-hosts take security seriously— presumably. The only difference is if you’re forced to pay for extra security features and whatnot. What of backups? Are they regular and free? In the case of a hack or a virus attack, what measures are in place to help or protect the customer from further attacks? A Web-host with great security, in the end, will save you a lot of money and even if you never get attacked by hackers or viruses, it is comforting that whatever happens, your website is in safe hands. All Web-hosts provide the bare minimum security,  but the best go above and beyond. Let’s see how above and beyond these two Web-hosts are willing to go.

HostGator provides free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt on all plans, so that’s one less thing customers have to worry about. There is Codeguard basic too, for extra security, but that only comes free with higher-tier plans. Folks on basic plans have to pay $2 for access to this security feature. It comes with 1GB daily backups for a maximum of five websites. The feature also acts like a malware scanner. HostGator also allows customers to add Sitelock monitoring to their sites. This service works by looking for potential breaches and reporting on then so that they can be fixed quickly. They also offer the services of the Spam assassin feature on email plans to allow users to secure their emails from spams and suspicious-looking emails. HostGator is secure from DDoS attacks via UDP flood. There’s also an extensive firewall put in place to secure their servers from various kinds of attacks. So, in the case of heavy flooding, HostGator’s servers are protected. On HostGator’s website, they say they use additional “confidential methods” to protect their servers. Whether that is just a marketing tactic, we wouldn’t know. But seeing that, in recent times, HostGator hasn’t experienced massive security breaches, they must be doing something right.

A2 hosting has HackScan, a virus scanning service that scans for viruses 24 hours a day. There also have scalable data centers, which means that your servers are protected in case of DDoS attacks. Free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt are also provided on basic plans so that’s one extra layer of protection that users don’t have to pay for. A2 Hosting customers also receive free KernelCare, a feature that automatically runs rebootless Kernel updates daily. There’s also an optimized plug-in for WordPress that auto-hardens websites and prevents hacks. The plug-in comes with a unique WordPress login URL, reCAPTCHA and automatic WordPress updates. Other aspects of A2 hosting’s security include a firewall, brute-defense force, and virus scanning. A2 hosting also provides automatic backups, and you can also backup your data offsite with the addition of a plug-in to your site. This service, though, isn’t free.

VERDICT; A2 hosting provides free automatic backups, and that is really all we need to know. They win this one for us.

Pricing

We don’t know about you, but whenever we want to buy something, the first questions (or one of the first questions we ask, at any rate) is whether we can afford it. Or whether it is worth the $ signs we are forking out for it. And most times, if the answer to those kinda questions is negative, we end up not purchasing that product.

It doesn’t change with Web-hosting plans. You don’t just want to overpay for a service that isn’t worth it. You want to pay exactly the price that the value offered is worth— and more importantly, perhaps, you don’t want to pay more for a service that another provider is offering for less. So let’s see which Web-host gives the most value for the lowest price

To make it easier to compare, we’re going to be looking at only the shared hosting plans that they have to offer.

HostGator, like most Web-hosts, has three shared hosting plans. These are the Hatchling Plan, the Baby Plan, and the Business plan.  The Hatchling plan comes with the following features

  • A single domain,
  • One-click installations,
  • Unlimited disk space,
  • Unlimited email accounts,
  • Unmetered bandwidth and subdomains,
  • A free SSL certificate

The plan costs $2.75 per month (with a 60% discount) However, this price is only available if you’re paying three years in advance. If you’re paying for lower than three years, you have to pay the regular price which is $10.95. After the first three years, you can renew the plan at $6.95 per month. This means that you’re looking at a honeymoon period of three years. After that, you’re on your own. You should perhaps consider whether or not you can afford the renewal fee before purchasing a plan, if not you’ll be forced to pay through your nose or move to another Web-host after three years.

The second plan is the Baby plan and it comes with the following features

  • Unlimited domains, a free domain
  • All the features of the Hatchling plan.

It costs a discount fee of $3.95 per month. However, the same conditions as with the Hatchling plan applies. The real monthly fee is $11.95 and renewals cost $9.95, as well.

The next is the Business plan and it comes with all the features of the Baby plan plus a free dedicated IP and free SEO tools. The plan costs $5.95 per month, but renewal costs $14.95 per month. If you plan on paying per month, you best be ready to fork out $16.95 per month.

Apart from their shared hosting plans, which doesn’t really perform that amazingly, HostGator has another branch of plans called HostGator cloud hosting. We’ve gone through tonnes of review and checked out the plan ourselves, and there’s one thing that’s certain; the cloud hosting plans are way better than the shared hosting plans. The plans have the same names as the shared hosting plans but are more expensive and according to HostGator, come with times four the resources and are twice as fast as the shared hosting plans.

The Hatchling plan comes with;

  • a single domain
  • 2GB memory
  • 2 core CPU
  • free SSL certificate
  • and free domain

The plan costs $4.95 per month (renews at $8.95 per month).

The Baby plan comes with the following features

  • Unlimited domains
  • 4 GB memory
  • 4 core CPU
  • free SSL certificate
  • free domain

The plan costs $6.57 per month and renews at  $11.95 per month

The last plan, which is the Business plan comes with the following features

  • Unlimited domains
  • 6 GB memory
  • 6 core CPU
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Free upgrade to positive SSL
  • Free Dedicated IP
  • Free SEO Tools
  • Free Domain included

The plan costs $9.95 per month and renews at $17.95.

Generally, the cloud hosting plans have exactly the same problem as the shared hosting plans. The initial fees are cheap enough, but renewal fees are oftentimes two of the initial fees. While this is a common problem with Web-hosting plans, we won’t cease to list it as a con. This is because we’ve reviewed Web-hosts that do not need to pull this “marketing tactic”.

A2 hosting has three levels of shared hosting plans. They are the Lite, Swift, And Turbo plans. The Lite plan is the cheapest plan and costs $2.96 (renewal costs $7.99). The plan comes with the following features;

  • 1 website
  • Unlimited storage
  • 25 Email accounts
  • Free and Easy site migration
  • Free SSL certificate

The second plan, which is the lite plan, costs $3.70 monthly (renewal costs $9.99). The plan comes with the following features;

  • Unlimited websites
  • Unlimited Email accounts
  • Free and automatic backups
  • And all the features of the Lite plan.

The highest shared hosting plan is the Turbo plan and it costs $7.03 monthly and $18.99 upon renewal. The plan comes with the following features;

  • Turbo speed (up to 20× faster than regular servers)
  • all the features of Lite and Swift plans.

The same complaints we had about HostGator is visible here as well. We have a piece of advice though; bloggers/small business owners who cannot afford the renewal fees should stay far away.

VERDICT; Comparing prices is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of writing articles like this. On a whole, though, we believe that A2 hosting had a better deal for us. However, if you want superior performance and are willing to pay a little bit more, you should probably opt for the HostGator Cloud hosting plan.

Extra Features

All Web-hosts (or most— some are utterly ordinary) have that extra feature that makes them stand out. Let us see if these Web-hosts have any interesting extra features.

For HostGator, we could find the following;

  • Better performance with Opteron 6000 series CPU combined with DDR3 ECC RAM
  • Support of multiple languages including Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, and Perl.
  • Access to Google analytics and Mojo marketplace
  • HostGator has only one database— MySQL
  • Unlimited FTP and email accounts.
  • $100 in free advertising credits

For A2 hosting, we could find the following;

  • A2 Hosting is very interested in maintaining a sustainable environment. In fact, their headquarters in Michigan is Ann Arbor, a place reputed to have 50,000 trees and 150 parks. A2 hosting has also partnered with Carbonfund.org to battle global warming and help develop renewable energy and support reforestation. They also run a program called “future serve” that helps to offset emissions from their servers.
  • A2 hosting has Windows-based servers
  • All shared hosting plans are limited to 35 concurrent HTTP plans— we aren’t sure if this will be enough for everyone
  • Built-in server-side caching.
  • A2 hosting has great developer options; with users having access to Apache 2.4 FTP/SFTP access to your server environment, PERL 5.10 Node.js, MySQL 5.6 databases, PHP (5.x and 7.x) Python (2.6, 2.7, and 3.2), PostgreSQL 9.6, and Free SSH access.
  • A2 hosting offers free Cloudflare CDN on all plans
  • A2 hosting has multiple data centers around the world

VERDICT; A2 hosting’s crop of extra features are definitely more impressive than HostGator’s. They win this one for us.

MAJOR DIFFERENCES

Just to recap, let’s go over the major differences between HostGator and A2 hosting.

  • A2 Hosting is faster than HostGator— although, HostGator’s cloud hosting option has similar speeds to A2 hosting
  • A2 hosting has better customer support
  • A2 hosting has a better money-back guarantee period
  • A2 hosting has “green” hosting initiative, HostGator doesn’t
  • Hostgator has a more reliable uptime than A2 hosting

A2 Hosting vs. HostGator – Our Pick

It’s been as tough a matchup as any, with both sides being simultaneously amazing and ordinary with regards to performance. However, A2 hosting took a comfortable lead in customer support, money-back guarantees, and security. Unfortunately for HostGator, being easy to use isn’t the only requirement of a Web-host, so they lose this duel for us. However, we think it was so dicey that it could really have gone either way.

So, HostGator Vs A2 hosting? The gator isn’t fast enough.

HostGator vs. Wix

HostGator vs. Wix is on the menu today, and we’ll be checking out the two hosting companies to find out exactly which host does it for us.

How? Easy, we bought plans on the two platforms, and we ran a lot of performance tests, so we are going to show you (not tell) which host actually comes out on top.

But first, let’s look at an overview of both companies.

HostGator vs. Wix Overview

Regardless of what people may think, HostGator isn’t actually a company of alligators who host people. Instead, HostGator is a hosting company that was founded in 2002 by Brent Oxely. Since then, the company has grown to be one of the biggest names in hosting worldwide.

In June 2012, HostGator was acquired by EIG, a web company that owns about half of all the hosts we’ve reviewed (companies like Bluehost are under EIG as well).

Wix is also a hosting company that was founded four years later in 2006 by Avishai Abrahami, Nadav Abrahami, and Giora Kaplan. The company has become really popular, with millions of users over 120 countries.

While HostGator focuses on specialized hosting solutions, like providing VPS hosting and WordPress hosting, Wix is more of a do it yourself host.

The main focus of Wix is to allow people to create their site however they wish without the stylistic encumbrance of content management systems. To aid this, the host offers a drag and drop website builder with HTML5 functions, a lot of ready-made templates, and loads of features for free.

HostGator, on the other hand, does a bit of everything. If you’d like to build your site on a content management system, you can do that with HostGator as they offer one-click installations for popular systems like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. If you’d also like to build your website from scratch, you can do that on any of their plans.

Now, let’s get to the main comparison. Generally, we like to start off with our performance tests, but since we had to build our site using the Wix site builder, we’re going to start off with the ease of use. That will give you a rough idea of the differences in the quality and capacity of the two hosting companies.

Ease Of Use Comparison

What use is a host that is difficult to use?

Sign-up Process

We had an easy sign-up process with HostGator. We only had to click through two or three pages of forms to get to checkout. Like a lot of hosting providers, HostGator offers a lot of upsells, but we knew what we wanted so it was easy for us to navigate through and pay.

Although not as easy as HostGator’s process, Wix’s sign-up process was also not tedious. Like HostGator, there were also attempts to sell us services that we wouldn’t eventually need, but that’s common to most hosting companies so we wouldn’t be bothered about that.

Interface

Like most EIG hosts, HostGator makes use of cPanel. We’ve used a lot of control panels, and while some hosts prefer to reinvent the wheel (DreamHost is a great example), we’ve discovered that 9 out of 10 times, cPanel is the right choice. In fact, the only times that custom interfaces have done it for us is with managed hosting specialists like LiquidWeb and Flywheel.

(You can check out our DreamHost vs. HostGator comparison here).

Wix doesn’t offer cPanel, but with good reason. Wix’s control panel is optimised for web services, and as such doesn’t offer many tools for web administration.

Which control panel would we rather use? Well, we’ve used both, and we’d take HostGator’s cPanel anytime, any day (and twice on Sundays).

Free Site Migration

We believe that all hosting plans should come with at least a free single site migration service. It’s just the proper thing to do. Not all hosts agree with us, though. GoDaddy, for example, charges about 100 dollars to help you migrate a site to their servers.

HostGator, on the other hand, runs a free site transfer service. This means that HostGator helps you transfer your site for free at least once depending on the plan that you’ve signed up for. However, this free offer is only active for thirty days from sign-up. Users must also note that free transfers are offered on an “as is” basis. This means that there will be no updates on-site configuration and website content and data will be transferred as they are.

As Wix is a website development platform, they don’t offer a site migration service. You cannot transfer a cPanel based site to Wix. The best you can do is to recreate the structure of your WordPress/CMS site on Wix, and manually transfer the content unto the Wix based site.

That is certainly more work than what HostGator offers.

Free Domains

It is now common practice among hosting providers to offer a free domain to users signing up on a new plan.

Unlike hosts like SiteGround, HostGator and Wix offer a free domain for every new sign-up – given that the user pays for an annual plan.

You can check out our SiteGround vs. HostGator comparison to see exactly how both hosts stack up.

Backups

The internet is a scary place, and no matter how secure you think your site is, it can still get hacked or attacked by malware. That’s why it’s important that you have backups – and the host that makes that task easier for you is most certainly easy to use.

Wix doesn’t offer automatic backups. Instead, they offer the next best thing. You can generate backups on Wix whenever you want – and it is absolutely free.

HostGator’s backup policy is a tad bit more complex. Backup runs once a week on a random day and HostGator makes sure not to keep mirrored or redundant backups. This means that only one backup is available at any given moment.

Users must note that HostGator provides backups as a courtesy. This means that they are not guaranteed so they may or may not be available.

Generally speaking, it’s better to purchase a separate Backup service like Codeguard if your hosting provider doesn’t offer guaranteed backups.

Staging Environment

Staging environments are great for beginners. Except you want to be a cowboy developer – this is the name that we give to developers who develop without a staging site, it is important to have a site where you can test out changes before transferring these changes to your live site.

Wix has a “Sandbox” environment where you can create a staging site (which is a clone of your live site) and make necessary changes on it before you move those changes to your live site.

HostGator also comes with a staging environment where you can test out your changes. This environment comes on all hosting plans.

Website Builder Comparison

Since Wix is primarily a website builder, this is the crux of this article. We’ll be comparing the Wix site builder to Gator by HostGator, which is the spectacular name of HostGator’s site builder.

Creating The Website With Wix

Wix offers two primary ways to build a site. The first is a Do It Yourself mode where you’ll be able to create your site to whatever specifications you want. You are started off with a template, and with the very intuitive drag and drop editor, you’ll be able to add anything that you want to customize your site.

Wix has hundreds of templates for you to choose from, so users rarely have problems because they are spoilt for choice (at least we were). The Wix Editor app gives you control over almost all aspects of your site. This includes the background, apps, store, blog and bookings. With the editor, you can enable or disable any feature that you think would be useful for your site.

The second way is to let Wix’s ADI fix a website for you. How does this work? Easy, really. You answer a few basic questions about the structure of your site, and the system generates a generic website for you.

The system does it by choosing a unique combination of billions of features that you’ve previously selected. So your final site looks exactly like what you’d want but still remains very unique. Unlike with similar site builders, the Wix ADI doesn’t ask you to choose a theme. Instead, you are asked to choose a general style.

After this, your website is designed and the work is left to you. You can easily edit the website and add your content and pictures yourself.

An interesting feature of the Wix site builder is that it comes with an “onboarding support checklist”. If you don’t know how to edit a site, the checklist walks you through the important parts of your site and even shows you a quick tutorial.

An important feature of the Wix site builder is that it gives you access to advanced features – this is something that a lot of other site builders lack.

So if you’re a developer and would like to dig through the code of your website, Wix offers you control through advanced features like full control through Wix Code API and JavaScript. Asides that, you also have access to advanced features like:

  • Creating custom forms, quizzes and so on
  • You can also create custom interactions. For example, you can set your site to act in a certain manner when customers make certain actions.
  • You can separate your content from your site so that you can add images and text easily.

Creating The Website Gator By HostGator

Gator by HostGator is the name of HostGator’s website builder, and like most website builders, it is simple and meant for people with little technical expertise.

Creating a website with HostGator is simple. Immediately you sign up, you must choose a template (or theme?). This is simply because all templates are categorised into industries.

Like Wix, HostGator gives you templates to choose from when building a site. However, unlike Wix, the templates of HostGator are basic and not as expansive as Wix’s. Even though HostGator’s themes are arranged by industries like business, beauty, music and entertainment, they still aren’t quite as expansive as the templates that Wix offers.

To build your website, you are given a drag and drop editor. It works a bit like creating a PowerPoint presentation. The Wix Editor makes use of the same system.

Like Wix, Gator by HostGator also comes with an onboarding tutorial, so in that respect, both sites are fairly similar.

It is important to add that, unlike other site builders, Gator by HostGator gives editors complete control over the eventual look of their site. You can resize, change fonts and switch colors without any headaches whatsoever. You can even add videos, blog posts and social media posts easily. As far as creating a website goes, Gator by HostGator is up there with one of the easiest to use.

However, there’s one thing that we noticed with the Gator. Unlike with Wix, images don’t automatically adjust when you add a new feature to your website. This means that before adding a new feature, you need to do a bit of space management, if not you’ll be stuck in an endless loop of resizing pictures.

HostGator is very mobile responsive, and you don’t have to design a different site for mobile. The sites created can fit any size of the screen easily.

The same can be said of Wix. All sites created with Wix are mobile responsive by default. There is even a Switch Editor view button that lets you see how your website would look on a mobile phone.

Performance Comparison

We created two sites using the Gator site builder and the Wix site builder. We ran tests on them for four months, and we have some interesting results.

Uptime

Using Pingdom, we monitored uptime on HostGator and Wix for four months. Here are our results.

MonthWixHostGator
September99.92%99.99%
October99.97%99.96%
November99.97%100%
December99.99%100%

Wix had an average uptime of 99.96% which isn’t spectacular but certainly isn’t bad. HostGator has a superior uptime of 99.98%.

Uptime Guarantee

Uptime is fickle, and it’s great to have an uptime guarantee for times when uptime gets actually terrible.

HostGator has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. This means that you are entitled to a month of credit if your website is up for less than that period of time. Wix also offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee and reimburses users based on downtime experienced.

Speed

Data centers are important to speed and HostGator has two of them. One in Houston, Texas, and the other in Provo, Utah.

Unlike HostGator, Wix had data centers in America and Europe.

Let’s get to our speed performance results. Here are our TTFB (Time To First Byte) speed results.

WixHostGator
New York139ms116ms
Sydney541ms322ms
Los Angeles491ms215ms
London158ms171ms
Singapore498ms591ms
Amsterdam438ms291ms
Vancouver339ms420ms
Chicago218ms449ms
Virginia221ms199ms
Bangladesh823ms989ms
Mumbai906ms501ms

HostGator was the much faster host, blowing us away with an average response time of 668ms. Wix proved to be slower, coming in with an 801ms response time.

Page load speed figures reflected the difference in speed. HostGator consistently loaded completely under a second (around 800ms) while Wix took longer than a second to load many times.

Load Impact Test

To check out if our speed figures were wrong, we tried using load impact. We sent up to a hundred virtual users to our respective sites and found out something rather interesting.

HostGator is a much more stable host than Wix. Even at a hundred virtual users, our site with HostGator still managed to report stable speed. That was certainly not the case with Wix.

HostGator vs. Wix: Customer Support and Reliability

If you’re a beginner, you should probably pay a lot of attention to the customer support department of your prospective hosting provider. Why? Hosting plans can become really technical at times, and you will need easy solutions when you run into problems. Only quality customer support can provide that.

We tried to measure the quality of customer support that both hosts offer and we found really interesting things.

Customer Support Channel

Wix and HostGator offer roughly the same sort of customer support. They both have phone and email support channels. Wix doesn’t have a live chat system while HostGator has one.

It’s important to note that Wix offers support is Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish.

Customer Support Test

While testing customer support, there are two things that we paid close attention to. The first is wait time – that is, the period of time it took for a live rep to get to us. The second is the quality of support.

For HostGator, wait time was particularly long, as we often had to wait for over five minutes before we connected to support staff. We found that tedious. After connecting to support staff on the live chat channel, we found the representatives who spoke to us to be friendly.

However, they had very little help for us when we came with problems and questions that were above basic ones. Too many times we were given links to videos and tutorials that did little to solve our problems. Phone chat was more of the same, and more often than not we put down the phone feeling a bit disappointed.

We had to wait for over ten minutes before we got someone to talk to us on the phone. Even at that, the support wasn’t great. Like with HostGator, we continually got advice that was of no help, and even though support staff was cordial enough, they were often unhelpful.

Since Wix’s support is not available 24/7 (only available from 5:00 am and 5:00 pm PST) users can often get stranded. That’s another negative.

Simply put, interacting with HostGator’s customer support was tedious. But certainly not as tedious as what we continually had to pass through with Wix.

Ticketing Support

Thankfully, the ticketing support of both hosts was a huge improvement. We got our tickets back in 24 hours, and our problems/questions were always comprehensively attended to.

Knowledge Base

Wix and HostGator maintain a really up to date knowledge base. The knowledge bases are so filled with articles and tutorials that they almost excuse the subpar live support that is on offer.

Customer Support Winner HostGator: Let’s get this right. The support infrastructure of Wix and HostGator needs overhauling. Customers often have to wait for a while before live reps attend to them, and even when that is done, quality is more often than not missing.

Money-Back Guarantee

Wix offers an incredibly low 14 days money-back guarantee. This 14 days money-back guarantee doesn’t apply to renewal plans. In addition to that, if you’ve received a free domain, Wix will deduct about $15 from your refund. Add-ons paid for at checkout are non-refundable.

HostGator has a way longer 45 days money-back guarantee. Like with Wix, this guarantee doesn’t apply to renewal payments, and if you’ve received a free service (like a free domain, for example), it will be deducted from your plan.

Security Comparison

HostGatorWix
Free SSLYesYes
Domain privacy$14.95No
BackupCodeGuardDaily
DDoS protectionSiteGuardYes
Anti-spam E-mailSpamAssassinNo
Anti-malwareSiteGuardRegular scans
Vulnerabilities scannerSiteGuardRegular Scans
SSH accessYesNo
Starting from$2.75$4.50

HostGator vs. Wix: Plans and Pricing

No matter how great a service is, it must come at the right price, if not, it’s basically a waste. Let’s look at the deals offered by Wix and HostGator to see which host offers the better deal.

We’ll be comparing Wix premium plans to HostGator’s three shared hosting plans.

Basic Plan comparison

HostGator’s basic plan is the Hatchling plan and it comes with a single domain, free transfers, unlimited bandwidth and disk space, a free SSL certificate and a free domain. The plan costs $2.75 for an initial three years plan and renews at a normal rate of $6.95 per month.

This plan is great because it has unmetered bandwidth and disk space. However, unmetered doesn’t mean unlimited. It only means that you are only allowed to use as much bandwidth and disk space as HostGator deems “normal” for a small Hatchling website. Once you exceed that threshold, you will be informed and may be charged accordingly. All in all, an initial payment of $2.75 is quite cheap. However, when one looks it in the context of the renewal price, it takes on a whole different look. It is a decent deal, but certainly not the best.

Wix’s cheapest plan is the Connect Domain which, on Wix’s website, has the endearing “most basic” title.

The plan comes with 1GB of bandwidth, 500mb of storage, a free SSL certificate, and costs $4.50 per month.

It is important to note that Wix doesn’t have a limit on sites that can be created on a single account. You can create an unlimited amount of sites on the same account on any Wix plan. However, since the Most basic plan only comes with 500mb of storage, you most likely will only be able to create a single site.

How good is this deal? It is certainly more expensive than the HostGator plan, and cannot be justified since HostGator has better performance. The Hatchling plan is definitely more value for money.

Wix Connect DomainWix ComboHostGator Hatchling
Websites111
SSD Storage1GB2GBUnmetered
Bandwidth500MB2GBUnmetered
SSL CertificateNoNoYes
Domain includedNoYesYes
Anti SpamNoNoSpamAssassin
Domain Privacy$9.90$9.90$14.95
SitebackupView and restoreView and restoreCodeGuard
Dedicated IPNoNoNo
Starting from$4.50$8.50$2.75

Medium Tier Plan

The Medium tier plan is the Baby plan and it comes with unlimited domains, unmetered bandwidth, a free SSL certificate, and a free domain. The plan costs $3.95 for an initial 3 year period and costs $9.95 for renewal.

This plan is sort of tricky because it comes with unlimited domains and unmetered bandwidth. This means that you’re never quite sure of how many domains you can host before you run out of “legally allowed” bandwidth and disk space. In our experience hosting more than two blogs or sites with a lot of traffic may result in considerable downtime.

On face value, the plan is really good. Unlimited domains for $3.95? A good deal for sure.

Wix’s medium-tier plan is the Combo plan and it comes with 3GB of storage, 2GB of bandwidth, a free domain, and no Wix ads. The plan costs a grand total of $8.50 per month – which is really a lot, no matter how you look at it.

The Baby plan may be a baby plan, but it is certainly bossing this Combo plan left, right and centre.

Wix UnlimitedHostGator Baby
Websites1Unlimited
SSD Storage10GBUnmetered
BandwidthUnlimitedUnmetered
SSL CertificateNoYes
Domain includedYesYes
Anti SpamNoSpamAssassin
Domain Privacy$9.90$14.95
SitebackupView and restoreCodeGuard
Dedicated IPNo$4.00
Starting from$12.50$3.95

Top Tier plan comparison

The VIP and Unlimited plan are the top tier plans of Wix. The Unlimited plan is the most popular plan and comes with unlimited bandwidth, 10GB of storage, no Wix Ads, a free domain for a year, Visitor analytics and Site booster. For all this, customers are expected to pay $12.50 per month. It is not a bad deal, as it comes with unlimited bandwidth. However, 10GB of storage means that you can only host four to five sites at maximum capacity. In any case, $12.50 is too much to pay.

HostGator’s top plan is the Business plan and it comes with all the features of the Baby plan plus free dedicated IP, free SEO tools, and a free upgrade to positive SSL. The plan costs $5.95 per month for an initial three-year deal and costs $14.95 for renewal.

This deal isn’t terrible, but for a plan that isn’t very different from the Baby plan (the free dedicated IP address is the only important difference here), it costs a lot more. If you have no great need for the additional features of the Business plan, I’d advise you to go with the Baby plan. It packs more value for money.

The VIP plan of Wix comes with unlimited bandwidth, 20GB of storage, a free domain for a year, two video hours, social media logo files, VIP support, priority response professional logo and all other features of the Unlimited plan. The plan costs $24.50 per month. The VIP plan is definitely not worth it. It is a bad deal that no one would recommend.

Wix VIPHostGator Business
Websites1Unlimited
SSD Storage20GBUnmetered
BandwidthUnlimitedUnmetered
SSL CertificateNoYes
Domain includedYesYes
Anti SpamNoSpamAssassin
Domain Privacy$9.90$14.95
SitebackupView and restoreCodeGuard
Dedicated IPNo$4.00
Starting from$24.5$5.95

HostGator vs. Wix: Major Differences

  • Wix doesn’t offer content management hosting, VPS hosting or Dedicated server hosting like HostGator
  • HostGator’s performance stats (in terms of uptime and speed) are much better than Wix’s
  • Wix has a fourteen days guarantee while HostGator has a forty-five days guarantee
  • HostGator has 24/7 support on all plans, while Wix doesn’t
  • HostGator has live chat support, Wix doesn’t
  • HostGator makes use of cPanel, Wix doesn’t

HostGator vs. Wix: Our Pick

DreamHost vs. InMotion Hosting

InMotion vs. DreamHost? Well, you’re at the right place. Today, we’ll be looking at these two hosting companies to find out exactly which host is the best for you.

How would we be doing this? Well, we did the only logical thing: we bought plans from both hosts, and we compared our experience based on important metrics like speed, uptime, pricing and customer support. Don’t worry, we won’t just be relying on first-hand knowledge for this comparison – we’ve also done a ton of research, so you know whatever information you get is correct.

At the end of our comparison, we’ll give a final verdict on which host we think offers a better deal. You may choose to agree or disagree with us, but the important thing is that you’ll have the proper information to come to an informed decision on the host to go with.

Overview

InMotion isn’t your regular hosting company. The company is employee-operated and was founded way back in 2001. Today, the company has grown from humble beginnings to have over 300,000 domains hosted on its servers.

DreamHost, on the hand, is more like the regular hosting company. Founded in 1996 by Dallas Bethune, Josh Jones, Michael Rodriguez and Sage Weil, the company has grown to become one of the biggest names in hosting today. The company is now owned by New Dreams Network and has over 400,000 customers.

In terms of business model, DreamHost and InMotion aren’t that different. The two companies offer Shared hosting services at really cheap prices and target small businesses and blogs.

That is certainly not all though.

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Popularity

In terms of popularity, neither of these hosts are very popular. However, if we had to choose one host that has something resembling a household name, we would go with DreamHost in a heartbeat. With over 400,000 customers, DreamHost is certainly more popular than InMotion.

In terms of performance, we’ve discovered that popular hosting providers often have a great marketing strategy and not necessarily great value for money. So we do not care about popularity, and you shouldn’t either.

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Performance

This is one of the most important metrics that should be used to measure hosting company. We’ll be measuring performance using speed and uptime.

Speed

Speed is such a fickle metric because so many things affect the eventual load speed and response times that your site experiences. However, of these many factors, two stand out. Their CDN and the spread of the data centres

CDN

CDN means Content Delivery Network and they help your site achieve faster load and response time using proxy servers and cached versions of your site. Unfortunately, InMotion doesn’t come with CDN included. However, if you want CDN, InMotion has a handy article on how to add Cloudflare to your site.

DreamHost comes with CDN included, however, you’ll have to configure it yourself through the cPanel.

Data Centres

The more spread out the data centres of a host, the quicker the content of your site will be able to reach visitors. Therefore companies with data centres that spread across continents are nine out of ten times faster than hosts that don’t have.

While InMotion doesn’t have data centres outside America, they manage to have redundant and climate-controlled centres on both the east and west coast. It is the same for DreamHost as well – their data centres are only located within the United States. We could not find the locations of all DreamHost’s data centres, but we do know that they have one in Virginia and another in California.

Now that we are done with the preliminaries, let’s get to our speed test.

Speed Test

The first thing we tested for was TTFB. This measure just how responsive a site is. To test this, we tested speed from multiple locations around the globe.  Afterwards, we collated our results and calculated an average. This gives you a rough idea of just how fast your site will be.

LocationInMotionDreamHost
Mumbai.500ms901ms
New York.89ms228ms
Sydney341ms355ms
Virginia221ms189ms.
Los Angeles291ms285ms
Chicago98ms465ms
London258ms429ms
Vancouver339ms307ms
Singapore298ms431ms
Amsterdam438ms391ms

A total aggregate of our tests showed InMotion far ahead of DreamHost with a 379ms average response time while DreamHost came in with a decent response time of 490ms.

Page Load Speed Test

LocationInMotionDreamHost
Mumbai.1.4 secs1.8 secs
New York.678ms798ms
Bangladesh.1.6 secs1.8 secs
Sydney6711ms785ms
Virginia821ms789ms.
Los Angeles721ms685ms
Chicago698ms815ms
London658ms829ms
Vancouver679ms707ms
Singapore708ms731ms
Amsterdam868ms891ms

Page load speed had a far more telling difference, with InMotion coming in with 710ms average load speed and DreamHost getting a 968ms average page load speed. As you can see, DreamHost is much slower in places like Mumbai and Bangladesh, and that is something that you have to take into consideration when choosing a host. Which region does the core of your customers/readers reside and how well does your potential host perform in that region?

Load Impact Test

Asides our speed test, we also tried to check how well the hosts would perform under high traffic. We sent about a hundred virtual users to our sites on the servers of both hosts and discovered that InMotion was far more stable during high traffic than DreamHost.

(Graph showing InMotion performing better than DreamHost).

Uptime

Uptime is important because you don’t purchase a hosting plan because you want your site up some of the time, you do so because you want it up all of the time.

We ran an uptime test using Pingdom on DreamHost and InMotion and here are our results. Our test was over a four-month period.

Month.InMotionDreamHost
December.99.98%.99.99%
November.99.97%.99.97%
October.99.91%.1
September99.99%.1

October wasn’t a great month for InMotion as our site was down for 0.9% of the time. Overall, DreamHost managed to score a better uptime than InMotion with a 99.99% uptime over our testing period. InMotion managed an average 99.96% uptime – decent but not fantastic.

Uptime Guarantee

Uptime is notorious for being particularly fickle. Look at InMotion’s September performance for example. A 99.99% uptime is impressive, but the very next month, it got as bad as 99.91%. The next month it managed to bounce back to 99.97%.

What’s the point? Any host can suddenly come down with a terrible downtime. If that happens, what are your options?

DreamHost has an impressive 100% uptime guarantee. For each hour of downtime that you get, you will receive a day of free hosting. InMotion’s 99.9% uptime guarantee isn’t that bad as well. If uptime gets lower than this, InMotion will reimburse you with a free month of hosting.

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Ease Of Use

The best hosts are easy to use. They offer loads of freebies and have really intuitive interfaces. Let’s see how easy to use DreamHost and InMotion are.

Sign In Process

Signing in and paying for our DreamHost account was long and complicated. We’ve signed up for many hosting services and DreamHost had one of the hardest processes we’ve ever gone through. Sign-up should certainly be easier.  Asides the long sign-up process, we were offered a lot of add-ons (many of which were unnecessary) at checkout.

It was the same with InMotion – the sign-up process was long and before we had access to our account we had to go through a lengthy verification process.

Interface

We’ve used a lot of interfaces. Some are terrible, some are good, some are great and some are rather uninspiring. But for the most part, the best interfaces we’ve used have been based on cPanel. That’s why, as a rule, we prefer either cPanel or Plesk based interfaces.

InMotion uses cPanel, which is great. While their version of cPanel isn’t as heavily customised as Bluehost, it still offered us an easy and intuitive experience. (You can check out our Bluehost vs. InMotion comparison if you want). DreamHost, on the other hand, makes use of an inbuilt control panel that can be great to use if you’re new to hosting but can be a nightmare if you’re not.

One example of the frustration that can come with DreamHost’s panel is this; The interface doesn’t offer an automated way to import .tar.gz files. This means that if you’re migrating your cPanel site from another provider to DreamHost, you’ll have to do it manually through MySQL and FTP.

Take it from us, that’s a process you don’t want to go through.

Free Domains

Today, almost all hosting providers offer free domains upon sign-up. This is because most hosting companies double as domain registration companies. What of InMotion and DreamHost, do they offer free domains on sign-up?

Yes, the two hosts offer new users a free domain for a year upon registration. You must note that although the free domain is, free, a fee equivalent to the price of a year’s domain registration would be deducted if you decide to cancel your plan and ask for a refund.

Site Migration

This is a service that we believe that all hosts should offer. InMotion agrees too and offers a free site migration service.

InMotion Site Migration

InMotion will migrate accounts that have 3 or fewer databases and/or websites for free. If your account has more than that number of databases and/or websites, you can still migrate your site. The only problem is that you will be charged $10 per item transferred. This is a pretty good deal, and Flywheel is the only host that we can think of that offers a better deal. You can check out our Flywheel vs. InMotion comparison here if you’d like.

DreamHost Site Migration

DreamHost doesn’t offer such free services (which is particularly difficult because they don’t have cPanel so you go through a lot more stress trying to migrate your site.). To transfer a site to DreamHost, you’ll be charged $99. However, you should note that WordPress site transfers to DreamPress (that is DreamHost’s WordPress management platform) are free of charge.

Apps Integration, Marketplace and one-click installation.

Here is where DreamHost and InMotion are mostly similar. The two platforms offer one-click installation for popular apps like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. InMotion even gives you the option, at checkout, to have your favourite app installed before you get access to your cPanel. That’s pretty neat.

There is a marketplace where you can purchase plug-ins, themes, templates and even professional services to optimize your site how you deem fit on both hosts.

Website Builders

If you don’t plan on using WordPress or other content management systems and would like to create your own site, you should be interested in the website builders offered by the companies we’re comparing.

DreamHost website Builder

Unlike other hosts (like Bluehost, for example) who make use of third party site builders like Weebly,  DreamHost has an inbuilt website builder called the Remixer. One cool thing about the Remixer is that it is free for the first fourteen days so you know exactly what you’re getting into.

We tried the Remixer out and while it doesn’t look like most website builders (for example, it doesn’t have drag and drop functionality), it is still pretty decent. However, people who like having a lot of control over the final look of their site may have problems with the builder because users have very limited controls. For example, you cannot add background images, shadows or animations through the editor. Additionally, you cannot resize or reorder photos.

We understand that this makes things easier for the inexperienced user, but it also makes things difficult for the experienced user.

InMotion website Builder

Like DreamHost, InMotion has a website creator called BoldGrid (also called Website Creator). The app has two versions, the free one, and of course the paid one.. For the paid option, you’ll have to pay about $15 per month (if you’re paying annually) or $20 per month if you’re paying per month.

So what is the difference between the paid and free versions? Well, the free option can only support a single site while the paid option can support unlimited websites. It’s also important to note that websites created with the paid option will not display BoldGrid branding.

We used BoldGrid and we didn’t have a lot of complaints. It’s great for inexperienced and experienced users and it is based on WordPress so it is quite reliable. Importantly, BoldGrid offers a staging plug-in where you can check out your site, experiment, check out settings and so much more without it affecting the live version of the site.

So which website builder would we choose between the Remixer and BoldGrid if we absolutely had to choose one? We’d go with BoldGrid, no doubt.

Staging Environments

Staging environments are great things, as they can help you develop your site better and smarter.

InMotion has the capability to have multiple servers where you can develop a test site before taking it live. Users can easily create a staging site using the Softaculous installer on their cPanel on all hosting plans. Additionally, you can use the staging plug-in from BoldGrid to create a staging site if you’re developing a site on WordPress.

DreamHost comes with already installed staging sites on all shared hosting plans except the Starter plan. All Managed WordPress Hosting plans come with a staging site.

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Money-back Guarantee

One thing about a lot of hosting companies is their tendency to use low prices to trap you into paying for a long term plan.

This means that you get to pay a lot of money upfront. However, what if something comes up and you have to cancel your plan? What if you’re not happy with the service being rendered? What happens to your money then?

DreamHost has one of the longest money-back guarantees that we’ve ever seen, with a 97-day money-back period. InMotion also has an incredible money-back guarantee period, with a 90-day money-back guarantee.

Limitations

The refund that you get after the cancellation of your plan does not include services that are not connected to basic hosting services. For example, any add-ons that you purchase during checkout are non-refundable. Additionally, about $15 will be deducted from your refund if you’ve received a free domain. You will be free to continue to use the domain for the remainder of the registration period (which is usually a year).

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Customer Service Support

Quality of customer support is very important, especially if you’re inexperienced. You want customer support staff that are easy to reach and that will answer your questions easily. You certainly don’t want to start hunting around the internet looking for solutions that could easily be gotten from customer support.

Customer Support Channels

InMotion and DreamHost have roughly the same customer support channels. The two hosts have a live chat channel and a ticketing system, while InMotion is the only one with a phone support system. All channels are open 24/7,  except for DreamHost’s live chat channel.

Customer Support Test

To check out the availability and efficiency of the customer support staff of InMotion and DreamHost we tried to connect to the support staff of each host several times throughout our uptime testing period (that’s four months).

InMotion Customer Service Support

We tried to connect to an InMotion live representative many times and we never had to wait for more than two minutes before we had a live rep to speak to. If you have experience with a lot of hosting companies, you’ll know that an average wait time of 2 minutes is quite rare.

InMotion doesn’t only have a great wait time. They also have amazing support. All our answers were answered promptly and we were never transferred to another rep or given a link to a knowledge base article – something that doesn’t happen often.  It was more of the same with phone support and all our tickets were returned promptly within 24 hours.

DreamHost Customer Service Support

DreamHost customer support was disappointing, to say the least. The first thing that we noticed was that customer service (at least on the live chat channel) wasn’t 24/7. There were times we connected and got this message.

(show screenshot of chat with bot saying that the sales team is only available from Monday to Friday, 8-4 pm PT).

However, when we did connect to live support (wait time was an average of 5+ minutes), we were often left on hold. While the reps that we spoke to were friendly enough, our questions were left unanswered too often.  The ticketing channel proved to be more effective, though, as tickets were returned in 24 hours.

Knowledgebase

DreamHost and InMotion both have great knowledgebases where you can find tutorials and articles on almost any issue that concerns hosting. That will prove to be a great help to DreamHost customers if live reps aren’t able to solve their problems.

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Security

Putting anything online, especially a website, puts you at risk of getting your information in the wrong hands. We’ll be looking at how these hosts protect the interests of their customers – if they do at all.

SSL Certificate

In recent times, thanks to companies like Let’s Encrypt, hosts have been able to offer free SSL certificates to customers. However, not all hosts do this. A good example is GoDaddy – and we have a great article on how well GoDaddy compares to DreamHost.

Unlike GoDaddy, both InMotion and DreamHost offer free SSL certificates on all hosting plans.

Backups

What if something happens to your site? What happens then? Is there a backup policy that protects your website?

Here is where DreamHost shines. There’s a one-click backup option on their cPanel that allows customers to control their backups and control how and when they back up their files.

InMotion has an exclusive Backup manager plug-in that allows users to create an automated backup system for themselves. You can also restore your site through this plug-in.

Both options are absolutely free.

Site Security

DreamHost Security

For site security, DreamHost makes use of Modsecurity, which is a web application firewall that works by blocking malicious HTTP requests. Some of the attacks that Modsecurity blocks are Cross-site scripting, Remote executioner, Remote file inclusion, Brute force attempts, and SQL injection-based attacks. Importantly, this security cover is free. A lot of other hosts would much rather sell it to you as an add-on.

InMotion Security

InMotion makes use of Corero, an anti-DDoS system to protect its servers from DDOS attacks. Corero protects InMotion servers using a proprietary Smartwall Threat Defense System. It is quite a sophisticated system, and customers can rest easy assured that they have the best protection guarding their site.

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Pricing

This is about value for money, that is why very cheap hosts like Namecheap (the clue is in the name) have lost this section to far more expensive options like WP Engine or SiteGround.

You can check out our Namecheap vs. SiteGround comparison to see exactly how this went down.

Shared Hosting Comparison

We’ll be comparing the shared hosting plans of both hosts. DreamHost has two tiers of shared hosting plans which are the Shared Starter and Shared Unlimited plans. InMotion has three tiers of shared hosting plans which are the Launch, Power and Pro plans.

Basic Plan Comparison: Shared Starter vs. Launch plan

DreamHost’s basic plan is the Shared Starter plan and it comes with one website, a free domain, unlimited traffic (DreamHost, unlike other hosts, doesn’t track bandwidth or traffic, so users are free to expand as much as possible), free WordPress site builder, pre-installed WordPress, and free SSL certificate. The plan only costs $2.59 per month (this price only applies to three-year plans. Monthly/renewal plans cost $4.95 per month).

At $2.59 per month, we weren’t expecting so much. But the fact that the plan comes with unlimited traffic is a huge bonus. However, if you look at it through the fact that the renewal fee is $4.95, it doesn’t look so much as a bonus anymore – but that takes nothing away from the quality of the deal. As far as starting deals go, DreamHost’s Shared Starter plan is decent.

InMotion’s basic shared hosting plan is the Launch plan and it comes with a free domain, two websites, unlimited disk space and bandwidth, a free SSL certificate, 6 parked domains, 25 subdomains and unlimited emails. The plan costs $3.99 per month if you’re paying for two years in advance and $7.99 when you choose to renew your plan.

This plan is tricky because it comes with two websites and unlimited disk space and traffic, therefore it completely leaves the Shared Starter plan from DreamHost in the dust. At $3.99 this plan represents great value for money. Even at $7.99, it still costs less than double the renewal price of the Shared Starter plan. It is the better deal of the lot.

InMotion Launch Dreamhost shared starter
Websites21
SSD StorageUnlimited50GB
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
SSL CertificateYes(Free)Available
PerformanceStandardStandard
Domain includedYes(Free)Yes
Anti SpamYes(Free)Yes $3.00/month
Domain Privacy$12.99Yes(Free)
Site backupDaily (free)Automated Daily
Dedicated IP$4.00/monthUnique IP
Starting from$3.99$2.59

High Tier Hosting comparison; Shared Unlimited vs. Power and Pro Plans

Here we’ll be comparing two of InMotion’s hosting plans to DreamHost’s Shared Unlimited plan. That’s because the Power and The Pro plans – these are InMotion’s plans, come with multiple websites, unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth and that is what constitutes a top tier plan in the books of most hosting providers.

The Power plan, from InMotion, comes with all the features of the Launch plan (which are a free domain, unlimited disk space and bandwidth, and a free SSL certificate) plus a capacity for six websites. It also comes with 2× the performance of the Launch plan. The plan costs $5.99 per month for an initial two-year deal and renewal costs $9.99 per month.

At this price, the Power plan looks like a very decent deal, even if the renewal fee jumps more than 70% from the original price.

The Shared Unlimited plan of DreamHost comes with all the features of the basic DreamHost plan (which is the Shared Starter package) plus unlimited websites and unlimited emails. It costs $5.95 per month for a one-time annual fee and it costs $10.95 for renewals.

At a renewal price of $10.95 and with unlimited websites, the Shared Unlimited plan blows the Power plan away. But does it blow the Pro plan of InMotion away?

The Pro plan comes with all the features of the Launch plan (which are a free domain, unlimited disk space and bandwidth, and a free SSL certificate) plus unlimited websites, 4× the performance of the Launch plan, Pro-level support, and a security suite (these are security add-ons). The Pro plan is way more expensive than the Shared Unlimited plan though and costs just about  $13.99 if you’re paying for the first two years upfront. The renewal price is $15.99.

The Pro plan, in the face of the Shared Unlimited plan with similar specs, cannot justify its price. It would be wise to go for the Shared Unlimited plan over the Pro plan. However, InMotion’s Power plan looks like the better option if you don’t plan on hosting more than six sites. Overall, InMotion’s shared hosting plans offer better value than DreamHost’s plans.

InMotion PowerInMotion ProDreamhost shared unlimited
Websites6UnlimitedUnlimited
SSD StorageUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
SSL CertificateYes(Free)Yes(Free)Pre-installed
Performance2xPerformance4xPerformanceStandard
Domain includedYes(Free)Yes(Free)Yes
Anti SpamYes(Free)Yes(Free)Yes $3.00/month
Domain Privacy$12.99$12.99Yes(Free)
Site backupDaily (free)Daily (free)Automated Daily
Dedicated IP$4.00/month$4.00/monthUnique IP
Starting from$5.99$13.99$4.95

WordPress Hosting Plan comparison

DreamHost has three WordPress plans and they are the DreamPress, DreamPress Plus and DreamPress Pro plans. InMotion also has three plans and they are the WP-1000S, WP-2000S and WP-3000S plans.

Basic Plan comparison.

The DreamPress plan comes with a single WordPress site, 30 GB SSD storage, a free domain included unmetered bandwidth and capacity for a hundred thousand visitors per month. The plan costs $16.95 annually and costs $19.75 upon renewal.

Compared to this, the WP-1000S plan comes with a free domain, a single website, 40GB SSD storage, unlimited email accounts and the BoldGrid website builder. The plan costs $4.99 ($7.99 for renewal).

The basic plans of both hosts can only be compared on the basis of how many websites that they allow as they are far apart in capacity and price. Regardless, the DreamPress plan should be coming with more than one site for $16.95.

InMotion WP-1000SDreamPress
Websites11
SSD Storage40GB30GB
Monthly Visitors20.000100.000
SSL CertificateYesYes
PerformanceStandardBuilt-in caching
Domain includedYesYes
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain Privacy$12.99Free
SitebackupStandardAutomatic
Dedicated IPNoNo
Starting from$4.99$16.95

Medium Hosting Plan Comparison

The WP-2000S plan comes with two websites, a single domain, 80GB of SSD storage, unlimited email accounts, an included staging environment, BoldGrid, and it is suitable for fifty thousand monthly visitors. The plan costs $7.99 and renews at $10.99.

Compared to that, the DreamPress Plus plan comes with a single WordPress site, a capacity for three hundred thousand visitors, 60GB of storage, an included free domain and unmetered bandwidth. The plan costs $24.95 for the first annual payment and renews at $29.95 per month.

Although the DreamPress Plus plan triples the capacity of the DreamPress plan, it still comes with only one website. At $24.95, customers should be getting more than a single website. Even the  WP-2000S plan comes with more than one website.

InMotion WP-2000SDreamPress Plus
Websites21
SSD Storage80GB60GB
Monthly Visitors50.000300.000
SSL CertificateYesYes
PerformanceStandardBuilt-in caching
Domain includedYesYes
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain Privacy$12.99Free
SitebackupAutomaticAutomatic
Dedicated IPNoNo
Starting from$7.99$24.95

High Tier Plan Comparison

The DreamPress Pro plan comes with a single WordPress site + staging site, 120 GB of SSD storage, over a million visits per month, free domain, and unmetered bandwidth. The plan costs $71.95 per month for the first annual plan and costs $79.95 per month for renewal.

At this point, it’s safe to say that the DreamPress plans aren’t for bloggers or developers who want to develop multiple websites. It is for the biggest WordPress sites that are only focused on making content. Even at that, the $71.95 plan remains a tough sell.

The WP-3000S plan comes with 3 websites, is suitable for about 120,000 visits per month, a free domain and all the other features of the WP-2000S plans. This plan costs $10.99 for the first annual payment and costs $13.99 upon renewal.

Interestingly, in terms of the capacity of visits, the WP-3000S is the only plan that compares with DreamHost’s Managed WordPress cheapest plan which is the DreamPress plan. Importantly, the WP-3000S plan costs less than the DreamPress plan despite having three websites and even more capacity for visitors. That should tell you a thing or two about the value offered by InMotion and DreamHost.

InMotion WP-3000SDreamPress Pro
Websites31
SSD Storage120GB120GB
Monthly Visitors125.0001.000.000
SSL CertificateYesYes
PerformanceDedicated Opcode CacheBuilt-in caching
Domain includedYesYes
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain Privacy$12.99Free
SitebackupAutomaticAutomatic
Dedicated IPNoNo
Starting from$10.99$71.95$

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Major Differences

  • DreamHost has better uptime than InMotion
  • InMotion is faster than DreamHost
  • DreamHost has a 97-day money-back policy while InMotion has a 90-day money-back policy.
  • InMotion offers free site migration while DreamHost doesn’t
  • InMotion makes use of green data centres, while DreamHost doesn’t
  • InMotion uses cPanel, while DreamHost doesn’t

InMotion vs. DreamHost? InMotion for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloudways vs. SiteGround

SiteGround vs. Cloudways? This is the comparison to see which is the web’s most powerful VPS host.

Both web hosts will be tested for speed, Uptime, pricing, and features and only one will come out on top. It is not an overstatement to say that SiteGround is regarded as one of the best providers when it comes to web hosting. And many people will agree. They have amazing speed, arguably the best uptime, and security multiplex. Will SiteGround worm its way to the top with its impeccable customer service and reasonable pricing? Or will Cloudways win the day with its much specific approach to VPS hosting?

SiteGround offers shared, WordPress and most hosting types. Cloudways is concerned with providing that best cloud services. They equip PHP developers and novices with the best-managed services for app development. They are in collaboration with many other hosting companies like DigitalOcean, a sister company. At the end of this comparison is the answer to the question lingering on your mind; which web host will be perfect for me? But we won’t only tell you which is suitable for your needs. As is our duty, we will let you know which web host is better. Without further ado, let’s get down to it.

SiteGround vs. Cloudways: A Complete Overview

Cloudways was established in 2009, with the intention of providing great hosting services for app developers. SiteGround, founded in 2004, provides all-round services, at great plans, for beginners and creatives alike. SiteGround is based in Sofia, Bulgaria, while Cloudways operates from the island of Malta in Europe. Cloudways was established by Uzair Gadit, Pere Hospital, and Aaqib Gadit. They also have offices in Spain and Dubai. They have 30+ staff members who manage 25,000+ web apps hosted on 12,000+ servers used by 8,000 users from 43 countries.

SiteGround’s army of skilled personnel caters to around 1.5 million domains used by hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide. SiteGround is WordPress’ official website, Cloudways makes the dreams of beginner-level developers everywhere come true.  They do this without sacrificing convenience for control through their managed cloud hosting. When a lot of web hosts were going through an evolution in 2011, Cloudways also re-branded to Cloudways 2.0. A more advanced and more lean company determined to please people more. While some web hosts like DigitalOcean focus on assisting developers and programmers, others like SiteGround treat their customers with baby gloves. Cloudways, in the style of the dialectics, decided to build a middle ground. By catering to professional and advanced developers, and also grooming and simplifying hosting for beginners.

SiteGround made a big impression on the web hosting industry by providing unmatched all-round services out of the gate.  You want speed? SiteGround has it. Uptime, security and unlimited features?  Check. They also have their extra advantage of placing the convenience of their customers above all else. Cloudways’ operation is in two separate phases. First is their futuristic platform for PHP developers. It provides all the needed features for PHP developers to develop, build and deploy their containerized applications.  Second is their ability to create an integral web of cloud services while simultaneously allowing you to manage and control them with ease, from a single console. SiteGround has data centers in 3 states while Cloudways has in 6.

SiteGround vs. Cloudways comparison. Which deserves to sit with the league of extraordinary web hosts? Let’s find out.

Popularity Comparison

Cloudways is popular among developers, but, perhaps not generally popular enough. Since it was only searched on Google a total of 1,256 times last month.  To put this in perspective, SiteGround is searched on Google on an average of 24,000 times. Someone is either recommending SiteGround to people or their publicity team is not slacking off. Either way, they are way more popular.  Riding on the back of the WordPress stamp is also an additional advantage.  SiteGround is the official website of WordPress, a website script used by over 60,000 site owners.  At this rate, we will wake up one morning, and SiteGround would have become a household name. Being a household name does not equal being the best web host in the market though. The best of the best web host is determined by another test.  The test of performance.

Verdict: When popularity is the contest, I don’t think Cloudways should be in the same ring as SiteGround. SiteGround firmly plants its flag undoubtedly in the hosting ground.

Performance

Ladies, gentlemen, let’s get started. Shall we?

Speed

You probably know how fast Sonic is, but do you know how fast your website host is? Fast websites help developers get their works done in a blink of an eye.

We set up speed tests for Both SiteGround and Cloudways and the results are in. Let’s see which of the two web hosts is slow, and would, in turn, make your website or app deployment slow and of course, which one is faster. Slow sites and customers are like sieve and water. No matter how many times your website shows up in the search result, the traffic will not be converted optimally for revenue.

Pingdom

SiteGround and Cloudways were tested for speed three times and the average was taken. It should excite you to know that both performed optimally in the speed and response tests. SiteGround had an average response time of 348 seconds while Cloudways had an average of 228. The good news is; this will make your site SEO-optimized by making it show up on the first page during searches. This won’t necessarily make that million-dollar customer shop with you though. What will do that? Thanks for asking. It’s the load speed. SiteGround is, by no means, slow.  We thought it could have a chance of winning in load speed even if it had a slightly slower response time.  We thought wrong.  A site hosted by SiteGround, on average, loaded in 1.5 seconds. The same site loaded on Cloudways had a load speed of 745ms. This means SiteGround is fast (definitely one of the fastest), but Cloudways is faster. Aaaand furious!

Bitcacha

Since both web hosts have different servers in various datacenter locations all over the world, we decided to test the speed of each from different locations. Will Cloudways take its flash speed to London? Or will what happened in Los Angeles stay in Los Angeles?

LOCATION           SITEGROUND RESULT                    DIGITALOCEAN RESULT

New York.                           1.7S                                                    1.1S

Sydney                                 2.2S                                            1.3S

Los Angeles                        1.5S                                            745ms

London                                 1.7S                                                     1.5S

Singapore                            6.3S                                                     4.8S

Amsterdam                        3.2S                                                     2.2S

Vancouver                 2.4S                                              1.9S

New Delhi                           2.0S                                                     1.8S

San Francisco           1.6S                                               1.7S

Frankfurt.                   4.5S                                                         1.6S.

As evident in the table above, Cloudways soars high up into the cloud (pun intended) in terms of speed. It is easily faster than 95% of the sites we have reviewed. SiteGround has been the champion of web hosts in terms of speed. That is, until today. It posed great speed especially in 5 states where it performed below 2 seconds for a full-speed load. Cloudways performed better in the other 5 test sites, especially in locations where SiteGround does not have servers. It would be a tie, if not that Cloudways performed excellently in the cities it won. Both SiteGround and Cloudways may be in the 98th percentile in terms of speed, but there are kind of even among kings. Today, Cloudways is the speed king we appoint.

Load Impact

You know that feeling when you and your friends test your new website, and it works pretty fast?  Well, wait until it handles load almost as fast before you get excited. Because it just might not. We tested both web hosts, to see how they would perform under heavy workload and pressure, and now we know which performs best. We sent increasing packets of traffic to sites hosted on both, and this is what we noticed.

When we sent the first ten users to open at once, SiteGround, of course, remained stable.  We continued to increase the packet until it got to 100. SiteGround’s loading speed may have spiked at 50 users and 80 users, but it quickly adjusted and accommodated the increasing traffic. Even up till 100. Cloudways, on the other hand, remained consistent in speed load throughout.

Both web hosts performed well in terms of heavy load handling but one is slightly better.

Cloudways vs. SiteGround: Datacenters and Locations

SiteGround has 5 servers in datacenter locations spread across 3 continents: Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Milan, and Singapore. They also have access to all of CloudFlare’s datacenters.

Both web hosts have the world covered in datacenters. Cloudways has datacenters located in London, San Francisco, Singapore, New York, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago. But, the thing is, they didn’t need to set up these servers. Why? Cloudways currently supports five cloud providers; Amazon Web Services (AWS), DigitalOcean, Google Compute Engine (GCE), Linode, and Vultr. Depending on the cloud provider of your choice, you can host your website in datacenters owned by these cloud service providers located in the U.S., Europe, Asia, or South America. In addition, Cloudways uses the StackPath CDN, a global network of 45 datacenters worldwide. Now, we don’t know why, but you may still want more.  In that case, you can install CloudFlare CDN. Yes, the same CDN project adopted by SiteGround. CloudFlare CDN has a far-reaching tentacle of 152 datacenters all over the world. If you have ever heard of the phrase “there is strength in number”, CloudFlare validates this with its lighting fast speed. But, you may need to install it yourself.

Speed Optimization Accesories

Cloudways customers should be happy because they can install Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates through the user interface for free. Of course, SiteGround also gives out free SSL certificates for added speed.  Cloudways also allows you to better protect yourself by getting and installing your own certificates on your sites.

Cloudways also has ThunderStack. A speed mechanism that serves as the foundation of Cloudways platform and all its inclusive web services.  ThunderStack allows software infrastructure to be rooted in Nginx and Apache web servers, MySQL, MariaDB, PHP 7, and several kinds of caching. All applications, therefore, utilize the hyper-fast ThunderStack. They also use Debian Linux 8, optimized for Linux-based hosting, as their operating system. You can be sure of it, Cloudways generates lightning and thunder speed.

Content Delivery Network

SiteGround has covered a lot of ground by partnering with CloudFlare to provide CDN for its customers but Cloudways is not lagging behind in CDN acquisition. Cloudways has its own in-house Cloudways CDN to speed up its customer’s works. This is an amazing achievement, in and of its own,  because creating a CDN system is like getting fire from the gods. Both hosts provide a boost in services with their SSD storage technology.  Saving and retrieving of data has never been faster.

WordPress sites hosted on Cloudways load faster, thanks to Cloudways’ proprietary VMAN technology, which utilizes Varnish, Memcached, Apache, and Nginx to increase site speed. SiteGround also has optimization for WordPress sites using Nginx and caching technology.

Verdict: “Slow and steady wins the race” is a popular saying, but it’s not a phrase you would want associated with your website. There is a web host that stands apart in the cloud of web hosting service providers. It’s called Cloudways.

Uptime

24/7/7 2018 Uptime for Each Month:

MONTH.   SITEGROUND UPTIME         CLOUDWAYS UPTIME

August –                100%                                    100%

September –         100%                                     99.98%

October –               100%                                    100%

November –          99.98%                                  99.98%

December –          100%                                      100%

24/7/7 2019 Uptime for Each Month:

January –               99.98%                                 99.98%

February —             100%                                    100%

March —                  99.99%                                99.99%

April —                    100%                                    100%

May —                     99.99%                                 100%

June —                   100%                                     100%

July —                     100%                                     100%

SiteGround has an average uptime of 99.995% and that slightly (quickly negligently) edges out Cloudways’ 99.994%. Most of the web hosts we test are usually at least 0.05% less than SiteGround in uptime.  That Cloudways keeps your website awake, for virtually the same time as SiteGround, is something that we find surprising. And exciting!

From the results, one thing is clear.  Both web hosts are like a law student before a bar exam. They will keep your website awake without blinking.

Cloudways’ and SiteGround’s 99.9% uptime guarantee compensates users if annual uptime drops from 99.9%. But you won’t be needing it.

Verdict: your website having an extended downtime is a dangerous thing.  In the blink of an eye, you could lose your biggest customer. Luckily, with SiteGround and Cloudways, you won’t need to blink to find out. However, our winner for this round of the contest is SiteGround.

Uptime Winner SiteGround: Your website having an extended downtime is a dangerous thing.  In the blink of an eye, you could lose your biggest customer. Luckily, with SiteGround and Cloudways, you won’t need to blink to find out. However, our winner for this round of the contest is SiteGround.

Security

Both web hosts provide SSD for maximum security. SiteGround has Bot protection that crawls your site for threats, and Cloudways has platform-level firewalls on every server as well as continuous monitoring. We also strongly recommend Cloudways’ two-factor authentication as an alternative. API keys based on OAuth restricts access to the Cloudways’ API.

Get ready for SiteGround’s signature multiple layers defense system that lets you sleep like a baby in his mother’s arms.

Unlike the walls of Troy, if you use SiteGround, even the greatest Trojan horse cannot penetrate your impregnable defense. SiteGround isolates corrupted websites completely, keeping you safe. Both web hosts have optimized WAF (Web Application Firewall) for all your CMSs like Magento, WordPress, and Joomla. WAF protects your website from 99% of all unauthorized login attempts. SiteGround also uses cPanel, which has login security features like IP blacklisting, SpamAssassin, firewall and more. It’s said that you can never be too safe, and you are better safe than sorry.  Well,  SiteGround will never give you a reason to be sorry.  SiteGround, in a proactive attempt, also protects you using SG Site Scanner. Offered by Sucuri.net extension, SiteGround Site Scanner scans the publicly available link of your website to detect malicious activities. That’s right, keep calm. You are safe, even on the outside.

SiteGround vs. Cloudways: Backups and Restores

SiteGround’s hosting has automated backups and so does Cloudways. SiteGround’s backups are kept for no more than 30 days. They do not keep your files beyond that, so we advise you to backup somewhere else. Website owners can demand for backup five times on higher plans like GoGeek. This attempt to improve their backup and restore features is limited by a single caveat; you have to pay an extra fee on low-level plans like Startup and GrowBig hosting plans to request for on-demand backup.

Cloudways gives you the chance to set up automatic backups of your cloud server images. You can preset this so that the server backs itself up at intervals.  The interval can be every day, two days, three days or more. The maximum backup frequency though is for a week. For instant backup, unlike in SiteGround, you don’t have to request.  You can easily back up your site or project anytime.

Verdict: With SiteGround, you will be safe from hackers too, assuming you don’t reveal your password to an irresistible lady at the bar. If you, however, prefer backup and restore, Cloudways is better for you. So pure security or advanced backup options?  To be or not to be. It’s a tie.

Ease of Use for SiteGround compared to Cloudways

We want to clearly state that both web hosts are great examples of web hosts with beginner-friendly features and set up. SiteGround caters to everyone with its ridiculously low price and cPanel. Cloudways was created to fill the void left by DigitalOcean, a hosting provider that could care less about beginners.

Is it easy to set up an account and get started?

SiteGround can get you started on any hosting plan.  Cloudways makes use of DigitalOcean services through their partnership. Unlike DigitalOcean though, Cloudways is fully managed for you. This is why they handle the server setup and maintenance on your selected provider (I.e. DigitalOcean, AWS, Google, Amazon, etc.) for a very small pay-per-use extra fees.  They also walk you through their console setup and application deployment very fast. We have noticed that their console set up is even faster than DigitalOcean’s droplets setup.

Do they offer a free domain to make life easier when registering to launch a website?

On Cloudways, you have to purchase domain before they help you link it to your web applications. You can subsequently add domains and subdomains.  SiteGround offers affordable domain registrations for both the most popular TLDs and ccTLDs! Domain prices for SiteGround starts from $15.95. Both web hosts provide free DNS management, but SiteGround offers free ID protection options, free domain theft protection, etc.

Do they have a website builder that assists you in easily launching your website?

In the website building department, Cloudways assist, but not as much as SiteGround.  SiteGround comes with Weebly, which is just perfect for web building.  SiteGround’s cPanel allows you to quickly build websites with its dozen or so 1-click installers and drag-and-drop tools. Installers website scripts like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal will probably get easier with the advancement in techniques. For now, it doesn’t get more convenient than this. The resident Cloudways custom server management application is Click&Go Cloud console and it lives up to its name. With its cutting-edge tools, it allows you to configure basic settings, monitor server resources, etc. Click&Go supports and assists in managing web applications e.g. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal Magento, Prestashop, and WooCommerce, etc. It also allows you to adjust server resources to fit traffic requirements at any time.

Do they offer channel? Do they offer 1 click WordPress installs?

Once again, cPanel comes to SiteGround’s rescue. This time with the Softaculous 1-click installer. SiteGround has advanced and easy to use one-click installers of its own. Applications that come with SiteGround’s cPanelz like Magento, can also be installed on Cloudways with a single click. You can even install DigitalOcean WordPress with a single click. With Cloudways, you can deploy a new site for your server through one click. Server backup? One-click. With one click to create them all, they really are determined to make your life a whole lot easier.

Migrations

For first-timers, Cloudways allows a free site migration to its cloud platform for the first time. Any additional migrations will attract a fee depending on the website app type. SiteGround isn’t much better in this case. You have one free site migration for their two higher plans. Any additional migration on these two plans or on the basic StartUp plan incurs a fee of $30.

Website Staging

Do you like to preview your works before live production?  Well, you are in luck because both web hosts have just the right things for that. Cloudways grants you staging feature for all websites to be tested. Benevolent, yes, we know. SiteGround’s staging feature is available for WordPress websites. Both websites allow you to create a copy of your live site on a separate, staging environment with a single click. You can test new codes, designs and create website love copies with a single click. SiteGround even creates a backup of your site just before pushing your changes to live production. In the real world, there are no do-overs. But now, you can correct WordPress mistakes with SiteGround.

Exclusive Convenience Features

Both web hosts have Git-support for a more hands-on approach. If you need additional infrastructure from one of Cloudways’ third-party services, it’s a features buffet.  You can use as many as you can afford from one account.

Verdict: Cloudways may be for beginners, but it’s for beginner-level developers.  SiteGround is for everyone, even those hearing about web hosting for the first time. SiteGround wins.

Cloudways vs. SiteGround: Customer Support and Reliability

Both SiteGround and Cloudways allow phone, email, and chat, as a means to contact customer service. SiteGround also offers the ticket support system. Getting much-needed help has never been easier. This is only normal since SiteGround is reported to have a more rigorous recruitment and training process which enables their customer care to solve your problems faster than you can scream help!

Proactive Support

I have personally experienced situations where SiteGround goes out of the way to comment on the complaints of clients even without even being tagged. This proactive attitude to support makes them unmatched in customer satisfaction, and brand protection support, in the global hosting ground. And this proactive nature even extends to problems that were caused by no fault of theirs, or those covered in their terms and conditions.

Knowledgebase

Answers to billing, sales, or technical queries are available on both hosts’ support pages. knowledgebase also includes hundreds of tutorials, articles and answered FAQs that will make your hosting experience way walk in the park. SiteGround also seems to pay more attention to details, like making tutorials easier to find, and arranging their knowledgebase, so that it becomes extremely easy to navigate for beginners.

Verdict: Both web hosts offer solid support. If web hosts are judged by how supportive they are, SiteGround is easily the best.

Plans & Pricing

Cloudways does not offer shared or reseller hosting.

Shared Hosting

SiteGround shared hosting prices:

The StartUp plan: $3.95 per month, can host one website. It can handle up to 10,000 unique visits per month, and it comes with Essential database and Email offers.

Essential database:

DB Size: 500 MB || DB Table Size: 250 MB || DB Queries: Up to 10% of Server Resources.

Essential Email offers:

Mailbox Size: 2000 MB || Email Sends per Hour: 400 || Recipients per Email: 40 || Attachment Size: 50 MB || Emails Received per Minute: 20 || Undelivered Mail Retry Time: 11 Hrs.

The GrowBig plan: $5.95 per month and can host multiple websites. It also comes with a free SSL Wildcard for 1 year, all 3-levels of the SuperCacher, and staging environments for both WordPress and Joomla. It comes with premium database and Email offers.

Premium database:

DB Size: 750 MB || DB Table Size: 250 MB || DB Queries: Up to 10% of Server Resources.

Premium Email offers:

Mailbox Size: 4000 MB || Email Sends per Hour: 400 || Recipients per Email: 40 || Attachment Size: 50 MB || Emails Received per Minute: 20 || Undelivered Mail Retry Time: 11 Hrs.

Their GoGeek plan: $11.95 per month and can host unlimited websites. It has 30GB of space for up to 100,000 visits per month. Enjoy priority support, PCI compliance, and one-click Git repo creation. It comes with geeky database and Email offers.

Geeky database:

DB Size: 1000 MB || DB Table Size: 500 MB || DB Queries: Up to 30% of Server Resources. ||

Geeky Email offers:

Mailbox Size: 6000 MB || Email Sends per Hour: 800 || Recipients per Email: 80 || Attachment Size: 50 MB || Emails Received per Minute: 20 || Undelivered Mail Retry Time: 11 Hrs.

It should be noted that all SiteGround shared hosting plans have 24/7 client support, free CloudFlare CDN, free Let’s Encrypt SSL, free daily backups and restore.

PHP Users

SiteGround offers multiple PHP versions at a cheap cost of $1. Their unique server setup that allows each customer to choose among multiple versions of PHP to use for their account. This allows customers to use multiple applications on a single account, even if they require different PHP versions. Multiple gallery and PHP libraries, PHP encoders are supported e.g. GD library, ImageMagick, CURL, Zlib, Zend Optimizer, ionCube, SourceGuardian, Mod_rewrite, .htaccess, Smarty Templates, php.ini.

Cloudways is a whole ball game on its own in PHP services, seeing as its one of its primary purposes. It supports all forms of PHP and provides all the necessary features needed to develop PHP apps. They have PHP-7 ready servers and allow the containerized deployment of PHP and PHP CMS apps.

WordPress Hosting.

Both web hosts support WordPress hosting. Honestly, who doesn’t?  SiteGround helps you install WordPress, and automatically updates it, together with all its plugins regularly. You can get WordPress on Cloudways console, through the DigitalOcean WordPress one-click installer.

Cloud/VPS Hosting

Apart from PHP, cloud/VPS hosting is another of Cloudways’ areas of expertise. Affordable, pay-as-you-go pricing: the pricing is also cheap barely above what SiteGround charges. Cloudways uses a post billing system. The money you pay in the first week of every month is for services you used in the month before. Talk about an unusual and appreciated money-back-guarantee policy.  You can pay via Paypal, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.

Below are the most popular Cloudways hosting plans:

DO1GB             DO2GB                 DO4GB

Disk Space               25GB          50GB                    80GB

Bandwidth.         1TB                      2TB                    4TB

Price                  $10 / mo  $22 / mo              $42 / mo

In the control panel on your console, you can check your resource usage and bill anytime. It also provides an estimate of how much you’ll need to pay on your next invoice.

This table compares Cloudways’ pricing to other popular cloud hosts.

Cloudways.  LiquidWeb    Hostwinds DigitalOcean Vultr

vCPU Cores                       2.                             2.                            2.                            2.            2

RAM.                                     4 GB.                     2 GB.                     4 GB.     4 GB.    4 GB

Storage                                    80 GB                         40GB.           75GB        80GB                  80GB

Bandwidth.                         1 TB                  10 TB                   2 TB                    4 GB       3 GB

Price.                         $42.00                      $59.00.           $18.99   $20.00   $20.00

Before server configuration on Cloudways, you will be asked to choose from 5(majorly) service cloud/web service providers on the Cloudways console. A cloud provider basically offers access to datacenters and cloud-based servers for hosting websites. Imagine your PlayStation, that’s Cloudways. These other providers are the games you play on it. We don’t think it’ll be as fun as “Last of Us” though.

Since Cloudways is a console-based platform that integrates other web service providers. We felt we should tell you about these other cloud providers since you will be paying them, if you use their services too.

  • Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, Kyup, Linode.
  • HostWinds: Pretty much like Cloudways, but they accept bitcoins.
  • DigitalOcean:  in partnership with Cloudways for years now, they share a lot of similarities, although it is geared towards advanced developers more.  It’s also cheaper.
  • Vultr: offers root access, which Cloudways does not.

SiteGround has four cloud hosting plans with increasing price and sophistication: Entry, Business, Business Plus, and Super power. All of them provide 5 TB of monthly data transfer, and even the basic Entry plan is very powerful, as seen below:

  • The Entry plan comes with 24GB CPU Cores, 40GB RAM at $80.00 disk price.
  • The business plan comes with 36GB CPU Cores, 60GB RAM at $120.00 disk price.
  • The Business Plus plan comes with 48GB CPU Cores, 80GB RAM at $1600.00 disk price.
  • The Super Power plan comes with 810GB CPU Cores, 120GB RAM at $240.00 disk price.

Reseller Hosting

There is a complicated credit and discount reseller hosting system on SiteGround. Cloudways has an affiliate program that allows you to earn by partially replacing reseller. With either of their two warning structures: “Slab” or “Hybrid,” you can earn more than $5,000 a month. Cloudways will provide you with banners for your website, affiliate links, exclusive deals for promotion, and seasonal campaigns. They even help you learn about this program through resource guides and handlers.

As a tech or website design freelancer, blogger or design agent, you should make use of the affiliate program which comes in two structures:

THE “HYBRID” COMMISSION STRUCTURE

For 1- 5 customers, you earn an initial fee of $30 with a 7% recurring rate and you eat $164 month. This, of course, increases, as your customers increase:

6 –  20   $30         7%          $642

21 – 45  $30            7%       $1,445

46 – 80  $30            7%       $2,568

Dedicated Server Hosting

SiteGround can accommodate two types of website owners that demand high-end hosting: dedicated and custom-built server users. They have three plans for them: Entry, Power, Super Power and enterprise hosting (where you basically contact them and tell them all that you need). Entry, Power and Super Power all have 10TB of bandwidth per month and run on Xeon processors. Cloudways does not offer shared hosting but you can use DigitalOcean’s dedicated hosting plans from your console.

eCommerce Hosting

Cloudways supports e-commerce and Magento. SiteGroubd supports woo-commerce and other CMS.

Scalability

With Cloudways’ pay-as-you-go system, the sky is the starting point for small businesses with the potential to grow.

Hidden Fees

Cloudways may ask you to pay for every feature you point to, but at least they are transparent about this. SiteGround has no such virtue.

SiteGround’s Domain prices start from $15.95 but you can try their shared hosting plan for just a month. When you choose to sign up for a month, SiteGround will require you to pay a setup fee of $14.95. They also charge $30 for subsequent site migrations after the first.

Extra Features

Cloudways offers the following as extras:

  • Vertical scaling of servers.
  • Staging area for testing websites.
  • Support for Multiple PHP versions.
  • Free Cloud CDN and HTTPS support.
  • Git integration for instant deployment.
  • One-click stop for applications and servers.
  • Folder-like structure for managing multiple projects.
  • It allows you to start, share and work on projects with individuals and teams.
  • Limited applications supported: Cloudways dream come true if you’re hosting a common CMS (like a WordPress site), but if you’re creating a custom app in Python, JavaScript, Ruby, etc., you won’t enjoy Cloudways at all.

SitGround offers:

  • Free Cloudflare CDN.
  • Free FTP, and SFTP.
  • Unlimited sub and packed domains.
  • Av free WordPress Migration Plugin.
  • SiteGround has the Weebly Site builder.
  • SiteGround has HTTP2 /enabled servers.
  • SiteGround is optimized for WordPress and Joomla.
  • Unlimited number of MySQL & PostgreSQL databases.
  • Transfer of site to other SiteGround clients.
  • White-Label hosting and client management for higher plans.

SiteGround supports Mod_perl, Plexum, HTMLDoc, PDFLib, MS SQL or ColdFusion.

SiteGround’s 99.9% uptime guarantee compensates users with one free month of hosting if annual uptime drops from 99.9%. But you won’t need it.

It offers free and easy installation of a shopping cart of your choice, such as Magento, osCommerce, PrestaShop and more.

On your account, you can also use multiple galleries and PHP libraries, PHP encoders and other technologies like GD library, ImageMagick, CURL, Zlib, Zend Optimizer, ionCube, SourceGuardian, Mod_rewrite, .htaccess, Smarty Templates, php.ini.

Many more technologies supported.

They sponsor and send employees to hosting events like Word Camp.

Cloudways offer:

  • A 30-day free trial is available.
  • Host unlimited sites.
  • Automatic site backups.
  • Pay-as-you-go pricing system.
  • WordPress is easy to get started with.
  • You get a 10-in1 deal with the various other cloud hosting providers in Cloudways’ console.
  • You can pay via Paypal, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.

Recap:

Monthly Price:

Cloudways starts from $10.00 per month, SiteGround starts from $3.95 per month.

Unlimited Data Transfer:

Cloudways: No (From 1TB). SiteGround: Yes.

Unlimited Data Storage:

Cloudways: No (From 20GB). SiteGround: No (10GB – 30GB).

Unlimited Emails:

Cloudways: No. SiteGround: Yes.

Host Multiple Domains:

Cloudways: Yes. SiteGround: Yes (Except on StartUp plan).

Hosting Controlpanel / Interface:

Cloudways: Interface. SiteGround: cPanel.

Server Uptime Guarantee:

Cloudways: 99.994%. SiteGround: 99.995%

Money-Back Guarantee:

Cloudways: 3 Days Free Trial. SiteGround: 30 Days.

Dedicated Hosting Available:

Cloudways: No (only Cloud available). SiteGround: Yes.

SiteGround vs. Cloudways: Our Pick

This obviously seems like an unfair fight.  With SiteGround being an all-rounder and Cloudways burying its head in the VPS cloud, it may be hard to find a clear winner. Not to mention, both of them aggressively compete in every category. Cloudways has superior speed, SiteGround edges out in Uptime. Cloudways has better VPS, but SiteGround has a host of other plans. Cloudways has multilayered security, Cloudways has the ultimate backup and restore feature. While SiteGround is more expensive in the VPS hosting category that both web hosts share, customers have the chance of going for cheaper plans like those of shared hosting.

SiteGround’s customer support and reliability, as well as their ease of use for beginners, end up winning them this contest. We can only hope that their support keeps it up. SiteGround vs. Cloudways? The ground remains more solid.

Liquid Web vs. SiteGround

We’ll be looking at SiteGround vs. Liquid Web today. If you’ve ever wondered which of the two hosts is the best for you, well you’re at the right place.

SiteGround and Liquid Web will be going head to head, and we’ll be finding out which hosting company offers the best deal and why.

How will we be doing this? Easy. We bought hosting plans on both platforms and did a tonne of research, so we’ll be comparing them on the basis of our performance tests, customer support test and a whole lot of other important metrics.

But first, an overview.

Liquid Web vs. SiteGround Overview

SiteGround was founded in Sophia, Bulgaria in 2004. The company is pretty big as well, employing over 500 people and hosting over two million domains worldwide. Unlike many other hosting companies, SiteGround is a privately owned company.

Liquid Web is not as big as SiteGround as the company only has about 32,000 customers. Founded in 1997, Liquid Web deals with managed hosting solutions, while SiteGround basically sells all sorts of hosting – from shared hosting to dedicated server hosting.

What this also means that Liquid Web’s plans are significantly more expensive than SiteGround’s shared hosting plans – and this is saying a lot because SiteGround plans are one of the most expensive shared hosting options on the market.

With over two million domains, SiteGround is certainly the most popular host of the two. However, that means ridiculously little in terms of performance and quality. The most popular hosts have, sometimes, put in shocking performances.

What You Should Know when comparing Liquid Web and SiteGround

SiteGround and Liquid Web aren’t very similar when it comes to the services that they provide. For example, SiteGround is well known for its Shared Hosting which, even if quite expensive, is popular because it comes with top performance. Even when compared with other tops hosts like Bluehost, SiteGround manages to stand its ground. This is clearly seen in our SiteGround vs. Bluehost comparison.

On the other hand, FlyWheel does not even offer that kind of service. The most affordable FLyWheel plan Tiny starts at $13.00 per month and it’s a Managed WordPress Hosting Plan.

As such, we’ll be comparing only the basic plans that SiteGround and Liquid Web have in common, which is the managed WordPress hosting tier plans and Cloud hosting plans. Our performance tests were done on managed WordPress hosting plans, and our opinion on the speed and uptime of SiteGround and Liquid Web is only valid in the context of managed WordPress hosting.

Performance Comparison

We’ll be checking outperformance using our speed and uptime tests.

Uptime

To test uptime on the two hosts, we did the only logical thing. We bought plans on SiteGround and Liquid Web, and then used Pingdom to test uptime for a four-month period. Here are the results we got over those four months.

Month.SiteGroundLiquid Web
October.99.99%100%
November.100%.100%
December.100%.100%
January.99.99%.100%

Over our testing period, Liquid Web recorded amazing uptime with a perfect 100% score. That’s impressive to say the least. SiteGround was also impressive with a 99.99% uptime, but Liquid Web is the host with the clearly better uptime here.

Uptime Guarantee

Uptime can be fickle, and many hosts are usually one faulty server away from offering hours and hours of downtime. If this happens (as it often does), what guarantees do you have?

SiteGround has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. That means that for every percent of uptime below 99.9%, users will be entitled to a month of free hosting.

Liquid Web has a much better uptime guarantee at 100%. This means that for every hour of downtime experienced by users (as recorded by Liquid Web’s service logs), users are entitled to credit for 10 times (1,000%) the actual amount of downtime. So that means if your site is down for 1 hour, you receive credit of up to ten hours.

There are limitations to these uptime guarantees though. One of such limitations is that downtime from scheduled maintenances (this includes software and hardware maintenance) are not to be compensated. In addition to this, downtime from malicious attacks is not liable to be compensated as well. While SiteGround and Liquid Web will do all they can to stop the attack and restore your site, they cannot guarantee that you won’t experience a period of downtime during the process.

Speed

Before we go to our speed tests, we’ll take a look at factors that affect speed like CDN and spread of data centers. Hopefully, that should put our eventual speed results in context.

CDN

Content Delivery Networks are a connection of proxy servers all over the world that keep a cached version of your site. This makes it easier for your site to load quicker and have better response times, and as such, they make your site faster. Not all hosting plans come with free CDN.

All SiteGround’s plans come with Cloudflare CDN. You can easily activate it from your cPanel, and it is free. Liquid Web also runs a similar system. They offer free Cloudflare CDN that can easily be activated from the control panel.

However, for Liquid Web, there are other paid options like the Akamai CDN that can be used for bandwidth and storage.

Data Centers

Faster hosts are the ones with widespread data centers, as that makes it easier for content to get around quicker – according to conventional knowledge, that is.

Liquid Web has three main data centers which are on both the east and west coast of the United States and in central Europe.

(graphic showing data centers in Amsterdam, Phoenix Arizona, and Lansing Michigan).

SiteGround, on the other hand, has a better spread, with six data centers located on three continents.

(Show SiteGround data centers in Iowa, Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Singapore, and Eenshaven)

Speed Test

To run our speed test, we made an average of recorded speed from random locations around the globe. Here’s a look at our results:

LocationSiteGroundLiquid Web
New York.39ms6ms
Sydney341ms592ms
Los Angeles291ms75ms
London158ms271ms
Singapore198ms331ms
Amsterdam138ms191ms
Vancouver239ms107ms
Chicago98ms65ms
Virginia121ms289ms.
Bangladesh.323ms.489ms
Mumbai.500ms401ms

On average, SiteGround managed the quickest response time which was 252ms. Seeing that most of the hosting providers that we’ve reviewed only managed about a 500ms average uptime, SiteGround’s speed is really impressive. Liquid Web did quite good as well, scoring an average of 261ms – which is also really fast.

SiteGround’s page load speed was quite impressive as well, with an average page load speed of 600ms. Liquid Web’s average page load speed was also around the same range.

Load Impact Test

We also tried to check what would happen if there was a traffic surge, so we sent virtual users (up to a hundred) to our site to see how well they could handle traffic surges.

The test clearly shows us that both hosts are able to maintain stable speed at high traffic, but Liquid Web is certainly the more reliable host.

SiteGround vs. Liquid Web for Ease Of Use

The best hosts make the job of hosting a website easier for users. Things like the sign-up process, free site transfers, and the user interface need to be looked at if you want to know just how easy to use your prospective hosting plan would be.

Sign-Up process

SiteGround has a very easy sign-up process. In fact, we only needed to click through a page of forms before getting to the checkout, where we paid and got access to our account. We’ve not reviewed many hosts with a better and easier sign-up process.

The sign-up process for Liquid Web was not as easy as with SiteGround, but it wasn’t terrible as we only had to click through about three pages of forms before checking out. While we signed up for the GrowBig plan with SiteGround, we had to sign up for the managed WordPress hosting Spark plan of Liquid Web (it costs about $19 for a site).

Free Site Migration

We believe that all hosting plans should come with at least one free site migration. Some hosts agree, and some do not. Let’s see what SiteGround and Liquid Web think.

Liquid Web has an amazing free site migration policy. They offer free migration of multiple sites on all plans.

SiteGround also offers a free migration service, however, it is only valid for one site and is only available on GrowBig plans or higher.

Interface

We’ve used a lot of interfaces from the highly customized version of cPanel that Bluehost offers, to the peculiar (for lack of a better word) custom panel of DreamHost, and we can say that interfaces based on cPanel are the best. If you’d bloke to know how well Bluehost’s interface compares to the interface of other hosts, you can check out our Bluehost vs. DreamHost comparison.

Liquid Web makes use of different control panels and your control panel depends on the sort of plan you’re on. The Managed WordPress hosting plan (the plan that we bought) came with a custom control panel. Other plans though, like the cloud hosting and dedicated hosting plans, come with a choice of using either Plesk or cPanel/WHM.

The custom control panel that we used on our Spark plan was actually pretty decent, and we can only compare it to the custom panel of Flywheel in terms of functionality. It was really that good.

SiteGround makes use of a very functional and easy to use version of cPanel. We had no problems using our site with their interface as it was a very smooth experience.

Free Domains

Most hosts provide free domains with all plans. However, hosting companies who do that also double as domain registration companies. SiteGround is not a domain registration company, neither is Liquid Web, so neither of them offer free domains when you sign up. If you want to buy a domain, you can buy it during checkout, but it is certainly not free.

Website Builder

Like we’ve explained earlier, Liquid Web doesn’t offer the regular hosting service so they don’t have a site builder – nor do they need one.

SiteGround, on the other hand, offers a free Weebly site builder is great if you plan on creating less than six pages. If you want to create more, you’ll have to subscribe to the Weebly Pro plan.

We’ve used the Weebly site builder, and as site builders go, it is up there with the very best.

Staging Environments

For people new to hosting, staging environments can be the difference between hours of needless downtime and smooth operation. Staging environments allow you to test changes you might want to make on your live site on a dummy site. That way, you have no need to make needless experiments on your website.

This is one issue that not a lot of hosting companies agree on. Some companies offer staging environments “en suite” with all plans, while some offer it on only top plans. Let’s see what SiteGround and Liquid Web think about staging environments.

Liquid Web allows you to create a staging environment on your managed WordPress plan quite easily (we know because we created one ourselves and it was an easy 4-5 steps process). You simply click on the Manage Site option, then click on staging and then click copy live site to staging. Once that’s done, all you need to do is to click the staging domain link to open the staging site. Importantly, this can be done on all of Liquid Web plans.

As easy as can be, right?

SiteGround isn’t quite as malleable as Liquid Web (which makes sense because Liquid Web has liquid in its name and SiteGround has ground so…), so they don’t offer staging sites on all plans. In fact, only the GoGeek plan, which is the top tier plan that costs about $14, comes with staging sites.

On the GoGeek plan (which we suppose is not exclusively for geeks, even though the name states otherwise?), you can easily create a staging site by clicking on the staging icon that is under the Software and Service option. After that, you just need to click on the create staging copy icon to create your staging site.

SiteGround vs. Liquid Web: Customer Support

To test support quality, we decided to contact the customer support staff multiple times over our testing period to ask questions.

To measure quality, we looked at wait time (time that elapsed between when we initiated contact and when we got a representative to talk to us) and quality of support (how helpful the information or help that was finally rendered proved to be).

Customer Support Channel

Liquid Web and SiteGround have identical customer support channels with phone support, live chat support and email/ticketing support available 24/7.

Customer Service Test

Liquid Web says that they have the ‘most helpful humans in hosting’. And we were eager to check that out. To a great extent, they aren’t wrong.

When we tried to connect to a live representative through their live chat platform, we experienced less than a minute of wait time on all occasions. That’s amazing because most hosts that we’ve reviewed (Especially Bluehost and HostGator) always manage to make us wait an average of five minutes before allowing us to connect to a live chat representative.

Connecting to a live representative from SiteGround was easy – we never had cause to wait for more than one minute before a live rep spoke to us. Impressively, sometimes we never even had to wait at all.

Additionally, there’s something so human-like about SiteGround’s live chat platform. When we connected to a live rep, there was always a tab that showed his/her name, hobbies, picture and a short bio. It made us connect more.

Aside from the aesthetics of the live chat, the live representative that we spoke to were friendly, knowledgeable and super helpful, although we didn’t really need their help.

Phone Support and Email/Ticketing Support

Phone support was more of the same. Wait time was very short, about a minute or thereabouts and the quality of support rendered was top notch. Importantly, we were never put on hold or advised to go read an article – these are things that one often encounters when one contacts the customer support of a lot of hosting.

Our tickets/Emails were replied quickly (most times under ten hours) and the replies were usually comprehensive solutions to our problems.

Knowledgebase

The knowledgebases of SiteGround and Liquid Web are stock full of helpful articles and tutorials that can help you solve the most basic problems that you encounter.

In terms of quality, we found nothing to differentiate one host from the other. Both SiteGround and Liquid Web had very high-quality articles and tutorials.

Money-back Guarantee

Many hosting companies have the annoying habit of locking new users in with rock bottom prices that only span two or three years. After this period, they immediately jack up the prices, leaving customers in uncomfortable situations.

That’s why it is important to choose a host with an agreeable money-back guarantee period so that you aren’t locked into a long and useless contract.

SiteGround has a standard thirty days money-back guarantee for shared hosting plans, while they have a shorter fifteen-day money-back guarantee for cloud hosting plans.

Customers must note that this money-back guarantee is only applicable to the hosting fees paid. Other add-ons gotten at checkout are non-refundable.

Liquid Web, on the other hand, offers absolutely no refunds. And, in a weird convoluted way, this makes sense. This is because Liquid Web allows you to pay on a month by month or year by year basis, without drawing you in with extremely low prices that get jacked up after two years or three.

Security Comparison

The internet is a scary place and you deserve a host that takes things like backups, SSL certificates and site security seriously.

SSL certificate

Companies like Let’s Encrypt have made it easier for sites to get free SSL certificates, however not all hosts offer them.

SiteGround and Liquid Web are two of the many hosts who offer a free SSL certificate on all plans. All of their plans come pre-installed with SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt.

Backup Policy

If you’re putting a website up, you’re putting a lot of things at risk. That’s why it’s important that you back up your most important files because even the most secure systems can be hacked. If or when that happens, you need to be sure that your site is safe and can be restored at a moment’s notice.

Now, since Liquid Web is a managed hosting solutions provider, we were not very surprised to find out that the host offers free daily backups on all hosting plans.

SiteGround also offers backups on hosting plans. The host keeps backups of customers for up to thirty days. Backups of Shared and Cloud hosting plans are kept for a period of up to thirty and seven days accordingly. If you have the SiteGround backup service enabled on your account, you can easily restore backups yourself from cPanel at no extra charge.

Site Security

Liquid Web offers both paid and free security options. The Web protection provides malware and remediation service. It costs about $20 per month. In addition to this, Liquid Web has a Cloudflare Web Application Firewall that is managed by Cloudflare and helps you stay one step ahead of attacks from malware by updating new security rules automatically.

Asides that, Liquid Web has strong DDoS protection that monitors your site in real-time and shields you from disruption of service attacks.

SiteGround also had a robust security system. The host offers a proprietary security app called the SG scanner. The SG scanner is powered by Sucuri and is a malware detection application and early warning system that prevents attacks on your website.

The SG scanner also checks authoritative blacklist sites to check if your site has been blacklisted. If it has been, it automatically notifies you by mail. However, we would only advise that you activate the SG scanner on GrowBig plans or higher. The SG scanner costs $19.80 per year ($1.65 monthly).

When it comes to firewalls, SiteGround has that covered with ModSecurity which is an open-source web application firewall. Additionally, SiteGround makes sure that security rules are updated every week. This protects users from common malware and attacks.

Liquid WebSiteGround
Free SSLYesYes
Domain privacyNo$12.00/year
BackupDaily(Auto)Daily(Auto)
DDoS protectionYesYes
Anti-spam E-mailYesYes
Anti-malwareYesSG Site scanner($19.80/m)
Vulnerabilities scannerYesSG Site scanner($19.80/m)
SSH accessNoYes
Starting from$19.00$3.95

SiteGround vs. Liquid Web: Plans and Pricing

No matter how good a service provider is, it must be at the right price for it to be a viable offer. We’ll compare the quality and price of the Managed WordPress hosting plans of SiteGround and Liquid Web to see exactly which host offers the best deal.

WordPress hosting

SiteGround has three WordPress hosting plans which are the StartUp, GrowBig, and GoGeek plans. Liquid Web has double that number, with six plans. The plans are the Spark (the plan that we bought for this comparison), Marker, and Builder packages.

Basic Plan comparison

SiteGround’s StartUp plan is the basic plan which comes with a single website, 10 GB of space, ten thousand monthly visits, unmetered traffic, free daily backups, and free emails. The StartUp plan costs about $3.95 per month ($11.95 for renewal).

Liquid Web’s comparable plan is the Spark plan. The plan comes with a single site, 15 GB of storage, 2 terabytes of bandwidth, and unlimited email accounts. It costs just about $19 per month – a huge difference from the StartUp plan by SiteGround.

The main thing to look at in hosting plans is the number of websites allowed, and in this criteria, the StartUp and Spark plan are quite similar. Asides this, the plans have a difference of just 5GB in disk space. So, in theory, this Spark plan should and the StartUp plans should cost about the same thing – unfortunately, they don’t.

The Spark plan is way more expensive and we simply cannot see a reason for that. SiteGround’s StartUp plan is way cheaper and has comparable specs – so, to us, SiteGround offers the better deal.

Flywheel TinyLiquid Web Spark
Websites11
SSD Storage5GB15GB
Monthly Visitors5.0002TB Bandwidth
SSL CertificateYesYes
Domain includedNoNo
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain PrivacyNoNo
SitebackupDaily(Auto)Daily(Auto)
Dedicated IPNoNo
Starting from$13.00$19.00

Medium Plan Comparison

Here, the GrowBig plan of SiteGround will be going against the Marker plan of Liquid Web.

The GrowBig plan costs only about $5.95 per month (renewal after a two year period costs $19.95). The plan comes with unlimited websites, 20GB of webspace, and capacity for 100,000 visitors per month. This is in addition to all the basic features of the StartUp plan.

The Marker plan is quite expensive, at $79 per month. To put that in context, SiteGround’s most expensive plan (the GoGeek plan) isn’t as expensive as the Marker plan. The Marker plan has really impressive specs as it comes with up to five sites, 40GB of storage, 3 TB of bandwidth, and unlimited email accounts.

It is easy to think that because the GrowBig plan has unlimited sites, it is better than the Marker. However, that’s not true. With only 20GB of webspace, the GrowBig plan may not be able to even host 5 huge sites successfully.

The Marker plan, on the other hand, comes with double that storage and that’s something to consider when weighing the value of both packages.

We certainly think the Marker plan from Liquid Web has better specs than the GrowBig plan, but we absolutely do not think that it is worth $79 per month. For this reason, the GrowBig plan wins this comparison.

Flywheel StarterLiquid Web Maker
Websites1Up to 5
SSD Storage10GB40GB
Monthly Visitors25.0003TB Bandwidth
SSL CertificateYesYes
Domain includedNoNo
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain PrivacyNoNo
SitebackupDaily(Auto)Daily(Auto)
Dedicated IPNoNo
Starting from$25.00$79.00

Top Tier plan comparison

The top tier plans are the GoGeek plan of SiteGround – which costs $11.95 per month (renewal costs $34.95) and the Builder plan of Liquid Web.

The GoGeek plan comes with unlimited sites, 30GB of storage, capacity for a hundred thousand visits per month, and premium WordPress features like free WP transfer, WordPress SuperCacher, advanced and on-demand backups, and 1-click WordPress staging.

At $11.95 per month, this is a pretty decent service.

The Builder plan costs $149 per month and comes with 25 sites, a hundred GB of storage, five terabytes of bandwidth, and unlimited emails.

Flywheel FreelancerLiquid Web Builder
WebsitesUp to 10Up to 25
SSD Storage20GB100GB
Monthly Visitors100.0005TB Bandwidth
SSL CertificateYesYes
Domain includedNoNo
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain PrivacyNoNo
SitebackupDaily(Auto)Daily(Auto)
Dedicated IPNoNo
Starting from$96.00$149.00

On the whole, one thing is clear; Liquid Web and SiteGround have different customers in mind in terms of managed WordPress hosting. In terms of quality, both deals are actually really great. The GoGeek plan is great for customers who have multiple small sites that they control, while the Builder plan is great for customers or developers with much more sites who would like a premium managed hosting experience.

However, we simply can’t see why the Builder plan, at $149, wouldn’t at least come with unlimited diskspace or websites. The GoGeek plan is cheaper, and in our opinion, worth what its asking.

Cloud hosting plan comparison

The managed WordPress hosting plan was a bit skewed because SiteGround plans were way cheaper than Liquid Web and as such packed way lower performance.

So to offset that, we’ll be comparing the Cloud hosting plans of both hosts as they have way more comparable plans.

Liquid Web has four cloud VPS hosting plans and they are the 2GB, 4GB, 6GB and 8GB plans. SiteGround also has only four cloud hosting plans and they are the Entry, Business, Business Plus and Super Power plans.

The plans have some disparity in terms of price, but they pack roughly the same quality so they ought to give us a rough idea of the quality of deals on offer by both hosts.

Entry Plan vs. 2GB plan

The entry plan of SiteGround comes with 2 CPU cores, 40GB of SSD space, 5 Terabytes of Data Transfer, 4GB of memory and costs $80 per month.

The 2GB plan of Liquid Web comes with 2 virtual CPUs, 40 GB of SSD space, and 10 Terabytes of Data Transfer. It comes with free 100GB of backups. At $29 per month, this is an amazing deal and is the cheaper option – even with virtual CPUs.

SiteGround Entry PlanFlywheel 2GB Plan
CPU22
RAM4GB2GB
SSD40GB40GB
Bandwidth5TB10TB
Starting From$80.00/m$29.00/m

Business plan vs. 4 GB Ram plan

The 4GB ram plan of Liquid Web comes with 4 virtual CPUs, a 100GB of SSD disk space, 10 Terabytes of bandwidth, and a hundred gigabytes of backup. The plan costs $49 per month.

The Business plan of SiteGround comes with 3 CPU cores, 6 GB memory, 60 GB SSD webspace, and 5 Terabytes of data transfer. The plan costs $120 per month.

SiteGround Business Plan Flywheel 4GB Plan
CPU34
RAM6GB4GB
SSD60GB100GB
Bandwidth5TB10TB
Starting From$120.00/m$49.00/m

Business Plus plan vs. 6 GB plan

The Business plan of SiteGround comes with 4 CPU cores, 8 GB of memory, 80GB of SSD storage, and 5 terabytes of data transfer. The plan costs $160 per month.

The 6 GB plan of Liquid Web comes with 8 virtual CPU, comes with 150 GB of SSD storage, and ten terabytes of bandwidth. It also comes with 100 GB of backups. The plan costs $69 per month.

It’s really telling that Liquid Web’s plan comes with 70GB more storage than a plan that costs double.

SiteGround Business Plus PlanFlywheel 6GB Plan
CPU48
RAM8GB6GB
SSD80GB150GB
Bandwidth5TB10TB
Starting From$160.00/m$69.00/m

16 GB plan vs. Super Power plan

The Super Power plan of SiteGround comes with 8 CPU cores, 10GB of memory, 5 terabytes of data transfer, and 120 GB of SSD storage. The plan costs a whopping $240 per month. For only 120 GB of storage, this might be a tad bit high and not very reflective of the value of the plan.

The 16 GB plan of Liquid Web comes with 8 virtual CPUs, 200 GB of SSD storage and ten terabytes of bandwidth. The plan also comes with a 100GB of backup and costs only about $129 per month.

It’s obvious that Liquid Web’s 16 GB plan has more value for money than the Super Power plan.

Pricing Winner – Draw: This was a difficult section, as in most cases Liquid Web and SiteGround offer radically different plans, values and prices. However, in terms of quality and price, neither host goes extremely above board.

SiteGround Super Power PlanFlywheel 16GB Plan
CPU88
RAM10GB16GB
SSD120GB200GB
Bandwidth5TB10TB
Starting From$240.00/m$129.00/m

While there are a few plans (like the Super Power plan from SiteGround and the Builder plan from Liquid Web) that we think are way too expensive, on a whole, SiteGround and Liquid Web offer reasonable prices.

SiteGround vs. Liquid Web: Major Differences

  • The first major difference between both hosts is that they offer very different services. SiteGround offers a wider range of services, while Liquid Web only offers managed hosting plans that are made for big businesses, not small businesses and/or individuals.
  • Another major difference is that SiteGround offers standard money-back guarantees while Liquid Web does not
  • Liquid Web has better security Infrastructure than SiteGround
  • Liquid Web offers hosting on Linux and Windows while SiteGround only offers Linux based hosting.

SiteGround vs. Liquid Web: Our Pick

HostGator vs. 1&1 IONOS

HostGator vs 1and1 has got to be, in recent times, one of the most like for like matchups we’ve seen. It’s like comparing the giant of two continents. HostGator is one of the biggest names in Web-hosting in America, and 1and1 is the largest one in Europe, with over 20 million domains under its control. On the other hand, HostGator has over 10 million domains under its control. So maybe they aren’t that similar.

Or are they? Both are owned by some of the biggest internet conglomerates on the planet. HostGator is owned by EIG, a company that owns almost half of the Web-hosts that we’ve reviewed, and 1and1 is owned by United Internet, a company that has been around since 1988. The company also owns Mail.com, which is probably the biggest mail service on the internet. But does all these have a bearing on the actual performance of 1and1 or HostGator? Let’s find out.

1and1 vs. HostGator Overview

HostGator, as one of the most powerful host (in the US, anyway), offers a lot of web hosting services. These services include VPS, shared, dedicated and WordPress hosting. It also comes with its own proprietary website builder called Gator by HostGator (A bit obvious, but also a stroke of genius, we think).

With a longer than normal money-back guarantee, decent security and superb uptime, HostGator is pretty reliable. This is probably why, despite being acquired by EIG, a company notorious for making Web-hosts a shadow of themselves, HostGator is still popular amongst small business owners and bloggers. 

Like HostGator, 1and1 provides services from the ground up. Be it advanced level hosting services or shared hosting plans for beginners, it is unlikely that any group of webmasters would not find a viable plan with 1and1. Recently, in 2018 (whether or not 2018 is recent is relative), we got the news that 1and1 expanded by buying Profitbricks which was an enterprise cloud solution. If anything, we expected this expansion to mean even more stellar performance stats from 1and1. Will we be disappointed? Let’s find out. 

Popularity

This is usually the more irrelevant aspect of the hosting and we literally just write about it to state the obvious. However, we won’t be stating the obvious for this section, because the answer to this question is probably not really obvious – especially if you’re reading from America. Hostgator is a supremely popular Web-host… in America, and perhaps, Provo, Utah. 1and1 is much more popular everywhere else. And that is that about that. 

Performance Comparison

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a host for your website is performance. How reliable are the services you’ll be paying for? How quick? Since the primary job description of a hosting provider is to keep your website online and accessible, you should be able to measure how well these services are rendered. Obviously, the best service is the one that handles these tasks better than others. Let’s see how well both perform on uptime and page load speed. 

Speed

What difference can a few milliseconds make? A LOT, according to google. Faster websites generally rank high on search engine inquiries, and that means a higher conversion rate for businesses and higher traffic for blogs. So speed does matter. 

To test the speed of HostGator, we did what we do best – we bought a basic plan (sorry if it sounds like we’re being a tad cheap), built a dummy website, filled it with basic content and tested response time. On average, HostGator had a response time of 765ms, which was quite high for us, especially as we’ve seen response times consistently lower than 500ms.

In short, if speed is your thing, as it should be, HostGator isn’t the greatest choice for you. The page load speed was even lower, around 1280ms. However, if you’re determined to use HostGator, you can make use of their cloud hosting option which is two times faster and has four times the resources of their shared hosting plan – according to HostGator, at least. 

So, compared to HostGator, how fast is 1and1? Well, we set up a website and tested the response time, and we measured an amazing average of 276ms. This isn’t only higher than HostGator’s response time by far, it is also significantly higher than the industry average.

If speed is something that you’re particular about, then 1and1 should be at least near the top of your list of prospective choices. Full-page load speed wasn’t up to a second either, with most of our page requests loading around 800ms. We think it’s unlikely that users would have a problem with the speed that 1&1 provides. 

VERDICT; 1&1 most certainly blows HostGator out of the water in terms of speed. It’s almost like comparing a Hyundai to a Ferrari. 

Uptime

Page load speed can only be measured if there is a page to load – there can only be a journey if there is a destination to reach. So it is important to know how reliable a prospective Web-host is in accomplishing the most basic of tasks – keeping the website accessible.

Of course, no provider can claim to have your website online 100% of the time. There are too many variables that interfere with this, however, any hosting service can be judged on how close to 100% their service really is. It would be needless, at this point, to start explaining how vital it is to businesses and blogs that their website is constantly reachable. 

Since we already have a HostGator plan (specifically bought to be tested for this review), we went to work. Over our testing period, which was a little over two months (not long enough to get an accurate picture, but just the exact length to get a preliminary idea of what to expect), HostGator had an impressive uptime of 99.99%.

Like we earlier said, it is almost impossible for any provider to promise 100% uptime, and the closest is usually 99.99%. So HostGator has most definitely hit the mark squarely here, and we don’t think that it gets much better than this.

When analyzing uptime, we don’t like to look at the data of the results alone. We also like to know whether the provider in question has an uptime guarantee or a compensation policy for customers when they experience uptime below a certain point. We were impressed to discover that HostGator has a 99.9% uptime, which means that if uptime gets worse than 99.9%, users are entitled to a free month of credit. So not only do you get great uptime, but HostGator also provides a safety net in case uptime gets terrible. 

Using the same methods we made use of when testing HostGator, we arrived at a slightly less impressive uptime of 99.98% for 1and1. So basically, 1and1 has amazing speed, and very nearly almost perfect uptime. So in terms of performance, we have to say that it is very near impossible to have a problem with them.

We are so used to seeing hosting providers sacrifice speed for uptime or vice versa that it is a genuine sight to see them deliver on both counts, exceptionally. (Well, just almost exceptionally). 1and1 even does better than HostGator on account of an uptime guarantee, with a guarantee of 99.99%. 

VERDICT; We recorded a 99.99% uptime for HostGator, and they have a 99.9% uptime guarantee while we recorded a 99.98% uptime for 1&1 and they have a 99.99% uptime guarantee. So, on one hand, HostGator has better uptime than 1&1 and on the other hand, 1&1 has a better uptime guarantee. So which do we go for? We’d rather have great uptime than the best uptime guarantee there is, so HostGator takes this one for us. But it’s a close margin, though. 

Ease of Use

We’ve met a lot of webmasters and website owners. We’ve never met one who told us that they “enjoyed the challenge” of handling a difficult user interface or backend. So we can say, on some authority, that no one likes the stress of navigating a difficult interface or handling a backend with unnecessary complexities. In fact, in all cases, it is the easier the better. Asides that, some hosting providers are more helpful than others. 

HostGator Beginner Friendliness

HostGator makes use of cPanel, the standard industry interface, for all its plans. However, HostGator’s version is heavily customized to make it easier for beginners to use. We noticed that Hostgator’s customized version of cPanel is far easier to use than many other brands of cPanel that we’ve seen.

Upon logging in, the user is presented with most of the options they’d need to run their website. There’s also a clear path to the knowledge base on the first page of the panel. There’s a search panel for users to pull up tutorials or articles that would help answer difficult questions. Failing that, there’s a support tab that lets them contact support directly. 

HostGator also has a “wizard-like” feature that allows you to make a request and then recommends a package that users can add to their plan to accomplish their goal.

Gator by HostGator

There’s also a website builder, developed by HostGator itself, appropriately called “Gator by HostGator”. It’s a free website builder that comes with all of HostGator’s plans and comes with drag and drop functionality so that even beginners can get their websites up and running in no time. The builder comes with a full image library, so if you want full customization, you’re covered.

HostGator Professional Email

Hostgator also has an email marketing feature that is free to use for the first three months. The feature also has tools for people interested in building their email list. Like most other Web-hosts, HostGator has one-click installations of a lot of applications, so users don’t need to fret over installing their favorite apps.

HostGator Marketing Freebies

Hostgator also has freebies for new users like a gift $100 advertising credit (however, this only becomes yours when you spend $25 on actual advertising). Additionally, all of HostGator’s plans come equipped with a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt. It might not be much, seeing as Let’s Encrypt provides these certificates for free, but there are some Web-hosts who don’t make it available so this should be applauded, to a certain extent.

Website Transfer to HostGator

Hostgator also solves one of the most frustrating questions that users can have, which is the question of site transfers, easily. Users can migrate their site, absolutely free of charge, with less than minimum downtime. However, if you want to get this done, you have the first thirty days to get in touch and have it done. A single site transfer might not be the greatest thing in the world but when you consider that it isn’t a service that a lot of Web-hosts offer, it actually begins to sound nice. Users also get Google analytics straight out of the gate and can start work without having to set it up. That helps them track the progress of their work easily. 

We ran into very few problems (none at all, in fact) while using HostGator. It was an easy experience for us and not one that we think a lot of Web-hosts can beat. But can 1&1 surprise us? Why not let’s find out. 

1and1 Beginner Friendliness

First off, 1and1 does not make use of a cPanel. This means that they have their own dashboard customized entirely to their specifications. 

We found it rather difficult to carry out the easiest tasks and had to Google or speak to a customer rep to figure out the basic controls of the dashboard. It wasn’t an experience that we enjoyed very much and we don’t think people would feel very encouraged to switch from a control panel that they understand to one that they cannot quite wrap their heads around.

1and1 Scalability

1and1 offers easily scalable performance, though. This means that whenever your server is under a lot of stress, its easy for your server performance to be increased with just a few clicks. 1and1 also makes use of HTTP/2 protocol, the so-called “future protocol”. This protocol optimizes the web and allows for quicker load times (No wonder 1and1 is so fast), and makes it easier for pages to be displayed.

In any case, only about 20-25% of the websites on the internet offer HTTP/2 but the number is increasing every day. 1and1 also offers some freebies like free SSL certificates with shared hosting plans and a free domain name too (for the first term, at least).

1and1 Marketing Freebies

In order to get the word about your website out there quicker, 1and1 has a Google Ads management lesson that helps you with writing ads, location-specific targeting, and keyword research. This ensures that your ads never get stale or old. There’s also a rankingCoach tool that gives your website full coverage on SEO through videos and tutorials. In no time, if you make judicious use of these features, your business should be on the first page of a search engine inquiry. 

1and1 Website Builder

For users looking to build their first website, they can look into MyWebsite Builder, a turnkey that gives you access to the tools needed to build a proper website. The builder comes with a lot of templates so you don’t have to build anything from scratch. All you need to do is to add your text, as simple as something that is extremely simple.

To customize your website further, there’s the award-winning Drag-and-Drop interface. You can also add widgets to further customize your website to your taste. It isn’t a free service, though, and it comes at $4.99 per month. As usual with Web-hosts, 1and1 also offers access to a lot of popular apps like Drupal and Joomla, and they can be installed in one click.

However, for users looking to set up a virtual market, 1and1 provides a website builder especially for that function called the… drumroll… Ecommerce website builder. The builder is very similar to the first Website builder that we spoke about earlier, the only difference is that it comes with features peculiar to E-commerce website building. 

1and1 for Small Businesses

1&1, to round it up, has something different for small businesses, startups in particular. It’s called a Startup guide that contains exactly what you would imagine that a startup guide would contain- articles on how to start a limited liability company, and how to create a work schedule using eXcel. 

Asides from the initial difficulty of navigating the user interface, 1and1 IONOS actually provides a lot of help for new users. But do they compare to HostGator?

VERDICT; For many webmasters, the lack of a cPanel can be a deal-breaker, and for all the features of 1&1 IONOS, we just couldn’t look past it. For us, HostGator takes this round, and easily too. 

Money-back Guarantee

What if, after purchasing a hosting plan, you feel like you’ve been terribly shortchanged. What happens then? Do you have to stay with the provider for the whole term that you’ve paid for?

Most Hosting companies have a period called a guarantee period. This is the period where you can check out the performance of your service and decide whether it is the right fit for what you want. If it is not you can cancel your plan and get your money back – as long as this is done within the grace period.

The industry standard is 30-days, but we’ve seen a lot of providers go beyond 30-days. We’ve even seen one go as far as 97-days. Amazing, right? HostGator goes above the standard too, promising a 45-day money-back guarantee. Of course, like with most services, this isn’t a cut and dried issue. Refunds don’t cover additional services like free domain names. If you’ve received any of such services, the price will be deducted from the total amount you paid. 

1and1 IONOS, on the other hand, is more comfortable towing the industry line, as they provide only a 30-day money-back guarantee. However, this guarantee is not applicable to their premium products and the same conditions as with HostGator apply. 

VERDICT; This as simple as any duel to decide. The service with the longer money-back guarantee period wins, and that provider was HostGator. 

Customer Support

One of the pillars of a good host is great customer support. Controlling a website, or numerous websites, is technical work and a day might come (most certainly will) when you’ll need the help of an expert. When that day comes, we can assure you that you would hate for your fate to be in the hands of half-trained support that can’t even be reached. Let’s see how well the customer support of 1and1 and HostGator perform in terms of customer support reliability. 

HostGator’s Support

HostGator has chat, phone and email channels open 24/7. That’s a good sign, but again, that’s what most of HostGator Alternatives have. So we tried to contact a live rep because that’s the channel that most people love using to solve their problems. We had varying degrees of wait time, ranging from 35 seconds to 35 minutes.

When we spoke to the customer reps that we connected with, we tried asking some difficult questions, and while they were generally friendly and courteous, almost half of them didn’t have the answers to the questions we asked on the spot and had to take up to ten minutes to confirm. We wouldn’t say that it was a fantastic experience and we wouldn’t say it was terrible either. We’ve seen much worse, and we’ve seen a lot better. 

1and1 Support

Like HostGator or BlueHost (or most big players in the hosting industry), 1and1 has three main customer support channels. They are the live chat, phone, and email support channels and they are open 24/7. 1and1 also has a lot of articles and tutorials that answer the most basic questions.

For more complex issues, you’ll have to speak to them directly. So we tried the chat channel, and we were reasonably impressed with the wait time which was about 2 minutes on average. The longest period we had to wait was about 5 minutes.

Unfortunately, though, we were not impressed with much else. We tried asking difficult technical questions and most often than not we were transferred to another agent. This happened consistently.

The closest we got to a coherent answer was a link to an article available on the knowledge base which, surprise surprise, did not answer our questions in the least. The experience was more or less the same as the phone channel too. Although to be fair, we had some success with the email channel and our emails were always replied under 24 hours.

VERDICT; Sometimes we got lucky with HostGator and actually connected with someone who sounded like they knew exactly what they were doing. It isn’t the same with 1&1 IONOS, though. We were almost never lucky and it never sounded like we were going to get reliable help. HostGator wins this one for us. 

Security

While a lot of the responsibility of security rests on the shoulders of the end-user, the customer can only do so much to protect the servers their Information is on. The responsibility of this rests squarely on the shoulders of the hosting provider. So let’s see how far both these Web hosts go to protect your website.

HostGator’s Security

Asides from the fact that all plans get a free SSL certificate, HostGator also provides extra security features. For example, you can add Sitelock to your website with just a few clicks. This service is a malware scanner that runs through the website daily, looking for breaches and reporting on them instantly. They also provide Spam Assassin, a tool that, like the name implies, assassinates spam.

So if you have an email account connected to your website, you’re covered from suspicious emails. Unfortunately, though, HostGator doesn’t provide automatic backups. But a tool is recommended to users which is the Codeguard automatic backup tool. It isn’t free and costs about 2$ per month. It isn’t bad value for money as it comes with 1GB automatic daily backup storage for about five websites. The plan also allows for three restores per month. The tool is scalable too so users can upgrade to 5Gb space backups and so forth. 

To us, it seems like HostGator has got the basics covered, but we didn’t like that they did not have automatic backups for free. 

1and1’s Security

Like HostGator, 1and1 provides a free SSL certificate on all plans. 1and1 also provides anti-DDoS protection that prevents attacks on servers and stops malicious third-party users from attacking servers. The higher-tier plans also get SiteLock, a tool that acts as a malware scanner and protector.

Website pages are protected from bugs, threats, viruses, and vulnerabilities with this tool. 1and1 doesn’t slack in the backup area, as users have great backup and restore options in the unlikely case that they lose their website to virus or something of the sort. There’s also a defense against brute force attacks (we know because we tried and we rather unsuccessful). 

VERDICT; Overall, we were more impressed with HostGator’s security infrastructure. They take this one for us. 

Pricing and Plans Comparison

To some people on a budget, this is the most important metric to consider. However, rather than looking for the lowest price, we’ll be looking at the BEST price. Trust us, there’s a difference. 

HostGator’s Plans

HostGator has 3 shared hosting plans. These are the Hatchling Plan, the Baby Plan, and the Business plan. 

The Hatchling plan is the base plan and it comes with:

  • One domain
  • One-click installations
  • Unmetered bandwidth and subdomains,
  • Unlimited disk space
  • Unlimited email accounts,  
  • Free SSL certificate

All these come at a price of $2.75 per month. This price only for customers paying 36 months in advance, though. Other customers have to pay something around the region of $10.95. If after the initial three-year term, you’d like to renew the plan, you’d be asked to pay only $6.75. 

The Baby plan costs $3.95 per month and comes with:

The plan comes with unlimited domains, one-click installs, free SSL certificate, unmetered bandwidth, and an included a free domain.

The Business plan costs $5.95 per month and comes with:

  • Unlimited Domains
  • One-click installs
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Free dedicated IP
  • Free SEO tools
  • And a free included Domain. 

Do HostGator’s Plans pack a lot of value? Ordinarily, yes. But when we consider their subpar performance, we get less impressed. However, this isn’t the worse “value per dollar” that we’ve seen. It is not the best either. 

1and1 Plans

1&1 has three shared hosting plans and they are the Essential, Business and Expert Plan.

  • The Essential plan comes with 1 Website hosting, 10GB storage, 10 email accounts, and 10 databases. 
  • The Business plan is priced at a flat rate of $8 per month and comes with hosting for five websites, 25 databases and email accounts, and 100 GB storage.
  • The next plan is the expert plan, and, as the name implies, it is for experts and can host about 50 websites. It comes with 500Gb storage, 500 databases, and  500 emails. 

So is there something missing? How about the renewals? Yup. It stays the same. And this is something we love to see— clean pricing, with no hidden schemes and whatnot. In terms of value, 1&1 might not have the badge of so many unlimited plans, but they have just enough that it really stops to matter.  

VERDICT; Both Web-hosts have fairly cheap plans, but we loved the straightforward pricing of 1&1. They take this one for us.

Extra Features

Do any of these Web-hosts have interesting extra features? Let’s see

We could find the following extra features for HostGator:

  • Better performance with Opteron 6000 series CPU combined with DDR3 ECC RAM
  • HostGator has only one database – MySQL
  • Unlimited FTP and email accounts. 
  • Support of multiple languages including Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, and Perl. 
  • $100 in free advertising credits.
  • Access to Google analytics and Mojo marketplace.

Impressive? Let’s see what 1&1 has to offer us.

We could find the following for 1&1 IONOS:

  • 1&1 IONOS has a proprietary backend interface separate from cPanel or Plesk.
  • 1&1 IONOS makes use of the HTTP/2 protocol 
  • 1&1 IONOS offers several cloud services
  • 1&1 IONOS assigns consultants to new users; these consultants are point men that users can turn to for questions, whenever the need arises. 
  • 1&1 IONOS offers the services of two website builders

VERDICT; HostGator’s extra features we’re more impressive for us, they win this round. 

Major Differences

Just to recap, let’s look at the differences between these two Web-hosts

  • 1&1 is faster than HostGator
  • HostGator has a longer money-back guarantee period
  • HostGator has a better customer support
  • HostGator has cPanel, while 1&1 doesn’t
  • HostGator’s pricing hike after renewal, 1&1 prices don’t.

HostGator vs. 1and1: Our Pick

Performance stats mean a lot, and 1&1 IONOS absolutely held its own in that respect. However, it went downhill from there before the Web-host found itself with great prices, and most importantly, no phony renewal schemes. The three most important things to judge a Web-host with, to us, are performance, customer service, and price. 1&1 carried the day in two of these, so they emerge worthy winners. 

So, HostGator Vs 1&1 IONOS? 1&1 comes out number one in this one.

BlueHost vs Network Solutions

The match-up between BlueHost vs Network Solutions could easily be settled in terms of longevity and experience, but it doesn’t necessarily make sense to decide based on these details. True enough, Network Solutions was founded almost two decades before BlueHost took its first steps into the web services market, but, if you look at them side by side today, it seems that the newer kid on the block may have gotten the upper hand.

Both BlueHost and Network Solutions offer an extensive list of services, from domain registration to hosting plans, free e-mails, and website builders. Since Network Solutions was the first ever domain registrar, you’d naturally expect them to have some kind of advantage in this respect. Has their experience in the field paid off? They certainly have a long-standing reputation to rely on, but is this enough to make new clients turn to Network Solutions?

As for whether you should choose Bluehost or Network Solutions for your hosting plan, the correct decision is even clearer. Ultimately, though, I always say that this choice should be made with specific needs in mind. Only when you know exactly what you want from your registrar/hosting provider can you actually look at the two services, consider their offers, and make an optimal decision.

BlueHostNetwork Solutions
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $3.99/month
Storage50GB300GB
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoNo
IP Address10
RAMUnmetered1GB
Uptime offer0.9990.9999
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts5Unlimited
CPanelYesYes
Built-in CDNYesNo
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseStarters and Students
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs Network Solutions Conclusion

This is the way I see it: Network Solutions may have had more time to build a reputation in the industry, but BlueHost is currently a much better service overall. If I had to choose between Network Solutions vs BlueHost, I’d go with the latter every time.

BlueHost vs Pressable

BlueHost vs Pressable is a match-up that I like to consider from the point of view of how well these two services integrate with WordPress. This is, after all, the one feature that both BlueHost and Pressable to pride themselves with, so just how good are their offers?

While BlueHost is more of a jack-of-all-trades that mainly targets users or businesses looking to gain a quick online presence, Pressable is a specialized service that vows to integrate with WordPress like no other host. Indeed, Pressable does deliver secure, scalable, and high-performance WordPress hosting. Their servers are specifically configured to host WordPress websites and their support team is immersed in all-things WordPress. So far, the offer seems attractive enough.

The one issue I take with Pressable is that it’s painfully expensive for the offers it provides. Although BlueHost isn’t necessarily specialized in WordPress hosting, they do have a number of features that make integration super easy. More importantly, they do so for a much more affordable price. Is the difference in cost worth it? Before you decide to go for BlueHost or Pressable, you have to consider their features side-by-side.

BlueHostPressable
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $29.99/monthfrom $25/month
Storage60GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoNo
IP Address2No
RAM4GBUnlimited
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email AccountsUnlimitedn/a
CPanelYesNo
Built-in CDNYesYes
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Refund Policy30-day Moneybackn/a
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseDevelopers and Business Enterprises
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs Pressable Conclusion

Overall, there is no doubt that Pressable is a better option when it comes to hosting multiple WordPress websites. It’s difficult to beat their offer in this respect, and, although BlueHost comes close, their plans are more inclusive, rather than laser-focused on one type of platform. The thing is, as a beginner or a small to medium business, I would still go for BlueHost simply because, if you ask me, the price difference in just not worth it.

Bluehost vs Shopify

If you’re looking for a regular hosting plan to help give your business an online presence, then BlueHost vs Shopify is not a match-up that should interest you. From pricing to features and WordPress integration, BlueHost is by far the better candidate. However, if your goal is to start an e-commerce business, then it’s definitely worth taking a closer look at both BlueHost and Shopify.

BlueHost is, overall, one of the most popular hosting providers on the market – and for good reason. Their offers integrate a number of different services and are well below the industry average when it comes to costs. In terms of e-commerce, BlueHost is a solid choice thanks to its templates and included features, but is this enough to go against Shopify?

If you want to choose either BlueHost or Shopify for your e-commerce website, you have to consider that the latter is one of the most popular hosting platforms built specifically for this purpose. In one way or another, everything they offer has to do with online shopping and that makes them a strong contender.

BlueHostShopify
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $29.99/monthfrom $29/month
Storage60GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoNo
IP Address2No
RAM4GBn/a
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email AccountsUnlimitedn/a
CPanelYesNo
Built-in CDNYesYes
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Refund Policy30-day Moneyback14-day Free Trial
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseEcommerce websites
HeadquartersUSACanada

Bluehost vs Shopify Conclusion:

Overall, I see Shopify vs BlueHost as a fairly simple decision. If you’re out for a hosting provider that will help you set up your e-commerce business every step of the way, Shopify is your go-to service. For everything else, BlueHost is likely to make a better choice.

Bluehost vs Weebly

If you want to settle the BlueHost vs Weebly match-up in terms of hosting services, you’re in for a fairly easy decision. As you’ll see in just a moment when I put the offers of BlueHost and Weebly side-by-side, one of these two services has the upper hand in almost every respect. But there’s a catch.

BlueHost has a number of complete hosting plans for small and medium businesses, many of which come at a highly affordable cost. Weebly, on the other hand, features an excellent website builder with plenty of drag-and-drop functionality that is ideal for new users looking to get online. Given that both services have their unique advantages, how are you supposed to choose either BlueHost or Weebly?

The thing is, you don’t have to. Once you’re through with the side-by-side comparison below, I’ll let you know exactly what I mean.

BlueHostWeebly
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $29.99/monthfrom $25/month
Storage60GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoNo
IP Address2No
RAM4GBn/a
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email AccountsUnlimitedn/a
CPanelYesNo
Built-in CDNYesYes
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesNo
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseReady-to-go websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs Weebly Conclusion

As you can easily see already, in the matchup between Weebly vs BlueHost, the latter is by far the better hosting provider. Although they do not have an uptime guarantee, they actually have better average uptime stats that Weebly and for a significantly more affordable cost. Certainly, Weebly does have a free plan in store, but I only recommend you use it if the website you’re building is temporary.

But what about the Weebly website builder, you might ask? Well, you don’t have to worry, because you can actually integrate Weebly with BlueHost. In other words, even if you’re on a BlueHost plan, you can still use Weebly’s website builder for free. This way, you can get the best of both services for no additional costs.

BlueHost vs Laughing Squid

New users often ask how I would settle the BlueHost vs. LaughingSquid matchup and I always have to tell them that it’s all about their needs. Objectively speaking, there are several key differences between BlueHost and LaughingSquid that you should probably take into account.

For starters, LaughingSquid actually re-sells RackSpace’s web hosting, which is known to overload IP addresses with endless amounts of servers. This may pose a problem if, say, one of the other sites using the same IP gets banned for malicious activities. From this perspective, choosing either BlueHost or LaughingSquid is made easier for me, since I trust the former’s practices and datacenter configurations much more.

Although many people seem to think that LaughingSquid vs. BlueHost is a matter of a small company going against a big corporation, there’s more to webhosting than marketing. I would advise you to look at the value you get out of your money in each case and only then try to decide between them. BlueHost’s customer service, for instance, is much better than LaughingSquid’s, but the latter has its own strong points when you compare them side-by-side.

BlueHostLaughing Squid
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $5/month
Storage50GB2GB
BandwidthUnlimited40GB
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoNo
IP Address10
RAMUnmetered1GB
Uptime offer0.9990.95
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesBusiness hours support
Email Accounts50
CPanelYesYes
Built-in CDNYesNo
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesNo
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseStarters and Students
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs Laughing Squid: Overview

LaughingSquid makes a bold pitch for the managed WordPress hosting demographic. Unfortunately, none of their offers seem to be even remotely as advantageous as what you would get from BlueHost. For only $3 a month (for a three-year timeframe), BlueHost’s basic shared hosting gives you unlimited bandwidth, more storage space, up to 25 subdomains, and much more.

BlueHost vs WebHostingHub

BlueHost vs. WebHostingHub might be a tight race on paper, but things look quite different in practice. Although WHH greatly simplifies the range of options you have when going online with just three plans to choose from, the company focuses entirely on all-in-one shared hosting.

If you’re looking for VPS or dedicated hosting, there’s no way to compare between BlueHost and WebHostingHub, since the latter does not give you these options. This is not necessarily bad, since it is entirely dependent on your needs as an individual or enterprise. For those who are expanding their operations and, as a result, their web services, WebHostingHub vs. BlueHost is a clear and easy choice.

This is increasingly shaping up to be a competition between a one-hit-wonder and a group like AC/DC or The Who. WHH’s all-in-one plans, 90 days money-back guarantee and on-boarding aid are certainly attractive, but are they enough to convince me to switch my playlist from the reliable and scalable infrastructure of BlueHost? Scroll down to find out if BlueHost or WebHostingHub will be the main act of the night.

BlueHostWebHostingHub
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $2.99/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address10
RAMUnmeteredUnmetered
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts5Unlimited
CPanelYesYes
Built-in CDNYesYes
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium-sized Websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs WebHostingHub Conclusion

As can be seen from the point-by-point comparison, WebHostingHub’s offers are not as attractive as the number one web hosting service recommended by WordPress. Aside from a wider range of plans to choose from, BlueHost’s individual subscriptions have fewer resource limitations than those of WWH. More importantly, BlueHost websites seem to have, on average, faster loading speeds. Responsiveness is paramount, especially if you’re in the business of eCommerce.

BlueHost vs DigitalOcean

Although BlueHost vs. DigitalOcean is not a hosting comparison I’m often met with, enterprises looking for a cloud-based service might actually have to decide between the two. Even if DigitalOcean is less than 10 years old, they have quickly become one of the most popular providers of cloud hosting.

Both Bluehost and DigitalOcean offer great site-loading speeds and server uptime. Without looking at the particulars of each subscription, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to set them apart. However, if you had to pick either BlueHost or DigitalOcean solely based on pricing, you’re more likely to go for the former.

In terms of customer support, the DigitalOcean vs. BlueHost matchup becomes really easy to decide. On the one hand, I have a written, indirect ticketing system, while, on the other, I can call at any time of day or night and talk to a real-life person. Personally, I think one of these companies comes out on top more often than not. Scroll down to find out more.

BlueHostDigitalOcean
PlanSharedShared Cloud
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $5/month
Storage50GB25GB
BandwidthUnlimited1GB
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address11 Static IP
RAMUnmetered1GB
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
CPanelYesDigitalOcean Interface
Moneyback30 Days30 Days
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseTech Startups and Developers
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs DigitalOcean Conclusion

As you can see, DigitalOcean’s offers are quite pricey and limited by comparison to what BlueHost can give you. DO does not offer dedicated hosting since they’re an exclusively cloud-based service. In addition, if you’re new at this and you’re looking to get online as easy as possible, DO’s API is less intuitive than BlueHost’s cPanel and 1-click WordPress installation.

BlueHost vs FatCow

I can’t say that I’m often required to come up with a winner for the BlueHost vs. FatCow competition. Personally, I’d call it a ‘moo’ point, but many users who are just starting out would rather support a smaller company that gives its services a personal touch.

Although BlueHost and FatCow complete for roughly the same demographic, joining the herd seem to me like a more expensive deal than betting on blue. Both data centers offer SSD storage, good speed, and reliable security for your websites. Depending on your needs, you can choose from a series of hosting plans with either of them.

Still, when I look at the fine print, it becomes obvious that going with BlueHost or FatCow is not so much a matter of preference, but one that relates to reasonable consumer behavior. What you think you might be getting with FatCow in terms of customer service might not actually be the case when you subscribe, as many users have pointed out. But why don’t we take a closer look?

BlueHostFatCow
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $4.08/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoNo
IP Address10
RAMUnmeteredUnmetered
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts5Unlimited
CPanelYesYes
Built-in CDNYesYes
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium-sized Websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs FatCow: Conclusion

Initially, it seems that FatCow vs. BlueHost is not about the money, since the former is just marginally more expensive than the latter. However, when you take a look at FatCow’s subscription renewals, you notice that renewals cost significantly more than the initial ask.

Even if the herd relies entirely on green energy, their customer service seems to be lackluster more often than I’d like. I don’t know about you, but I want to be 100% sure that when I need support, someone will be there to help me out. This and a few other reasons make me recommend BlueHost every time.

BlueHost vs GreenGeeks

BlueHost vs. GreenGeeks is a comparison I’ve encountered more times than I can count. The two services have been going head to head for over a decade now and, by the looks of it, their rivalry is not going to be settled any time soon. I think it’s about time I grab my salted caramel popcorn.

The fact of the matter is that choosing between BlueHost and GreenGeeks is not an easy ask. Both of them rely on high-value, low-priced, shared web hosting plans to attract more clients and they’ve been incredibly successful so far. They are also fiercely competing to increase the quality of their services.

Although BlueHost pulls slightly ahead in terms of pricing, GreenGeeks’s environmental approach is hard to refuse. We all need to be more environmentally friendly, both in our professional and in our personal lives. If you want to see whether BlueHost or GreenGeeks might be better for your needs, all you have to do is scroll down and check out their specific pros and cons.

BlueHostGreenGeeks
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $3.95/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address10
RAMUnmetered384MB
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts5Unlimited
CPanelYesYes
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium-sized Websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs GreenGeeks: Conclusion

As you can see, GreenGeeks vs. BlueHost is a picture finish. What the former lacks in terms of premium pricing they make up for with a green-energy solution and exceptional server uptime. At the same time, aside from being more affordable, setting up your website on BlueHost is a bit easier. Overall, if you’re a new user, I’m inclined to recommend BlueHost rather than GreenGeeks, but it could still go either way.

Hostinger vs Bluehost

Before I dive into my comparison of BlueHost vs Hostinger, I have to mention that both of these services focus on shared hosting. In addition, while neither of them qualifies as a premium hosting provider, BlueHost and Hostinger are some of the most affordable options out there, which makes them both ideal for beginners.

Whether you go with BlueHost or Hostinger, you get unlimited data transfer and storage, as well as unlimited e-mails and the ability to host multiple domains. The difference between the two is that, while Hostinger is cheaper in terms of discounted prices, BlueHost offers more flexibility and better scaling options in the long run.

Unlike Hostinger, BlueHost provides dedicated hosting (with some plans) and a variety of optimizations for WordPress and WooCommerce users, to name a few. Thanks to its modern infrastructure and its use of SSD servers, Hostinger tends to score better website loading speeds, but this cannot make up for a general lack of flexibility in hosting plans.

Then there’s the thorny issue of customer support. Although both companies offer competent 24/7 support, there is no way to get in touch with a representative from Hostinger by phone, which can become a problem for some customers.

BlueHostHostinger
PlanSharedCloud Shared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $3.49/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address10
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SuppportYesYes
Email Accounts5Unlimited
CPanelYesNo
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseBloggers and Tech Savvy
HeadquartersUSAUSA

Hostinger vs Bluehost Conclusion

All in all, if I were to choose between Hostinger vs BlueHost as a beginner looking to spend as little as possible on hosting services, I might go with the former. On the other hand, if I planned to integrate my website with WordPress and/or e-commerce applications and eventually scale to a better hosting plan, I would definitely go with BlueHost, instead.

Bluehost vs. Heroku

I like clear-cut winners as much as the next person, but when it comes to Bluehost vs. Heroku, it would be silly for me to pick one for you. Why? Because, although you can technically host websites with both Bluehost and Heroku, the two companies specialize in very different things. The first strives to provide a straightforward hosting plan that all people can use to run a website, while the second focuses on app creation and hosting, which is an entirely different kettle of fish.

As I was saying, you can theoretically use Heroku to host a static website, but you have no incentive to do so. In this respect, Bluehost is a much better service. It’s affordable, it comes with a free domain, and it’s one of the most beginner-friendly hosting providers out there. It doesn’t exactly offer the fastest website speed, but it’s well above the market average both in terms of page loading time and uptime.

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Meanwhile, if you ask me whether Bluehost or Heroku is the better choice to host an app, I would definitely go with the second. You can use Bluehost’s AppMachine to create and publish an app on the Internet, but this feature is only suitable for lightweight apps at best.

Heroku, on the other hand, allows you to create and publish a small app for free. They have an unmatched list of integrations, support a wide range of languages, and offer to do the heavy lifting for you in terms of updates and maintenance. Furthermore, if you eventually decide to scale your app, Heroku gives you options. You have to pay for them, of course, but they are easy to implement and can effectively keep up with the growth of your app.

BluehostHeroku
PlanSharedShared Cloud
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $7/month
Storage50GB10GB
RAMUnmetered512MB
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoYes
1 Click WordPress InstallYesNo
CPanelYesNo
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesBusiness Hour Support
OwnerEndurance International Group (EIG)Salesforce.com
Founded20022007
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseDevelopers and App Creators
HeadquartersUSAUSA

Bluehost vs. Heroku Conclusion

The bottom line is that settling the Heroku vs Bluehost dispute is all about what you need. If you want to create and host and app, we recommend the former. Otherwise, Bluehost is the better choice.

BlueHost vs TMDHosting

If you flip through most of the existing reviews of BlueHost vs TMDHosting, you’ll notice that some users prefer the former, while others praise the latter. It almost seems like the match could go either way, but my tests show a very different story.

Yes, BlueHost is, by far, the more popular kid in school, but, when you put this service next to TMDHosting, it makes the latter look like the classroom genius. So I asked myself: who would I rather trust to run the heart of my website? The good-looking lad who gets by on charm or the brainy kid who is likely to win the next Olympiad in Math?

Here’s what I mean: the difference in cost between BlueHost and TMDHosting is negligible for their most affordable plans, but the difference in features is not. For instance, while both services provide unlimited bandwidth and a free domain, only TMDHosting offers SSD storage and even SSL certificates for this amount of money.

In addition, the average uptime for BlueHost is just under the industry standard, whereas TMDHosting maintains a stellar 99.99%. In terms of website speed, my tests indicate a 1.5 second page load time for BlueHost and an incomparable 8.5 ms for TMDHosting. Even if I had to choose BlueHost or TMDHosting purely based on speed, I would go for the second. And the list can go on.

BlueHostTMD Hosting
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $2.85/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address10
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts5Unlimited
CPanelYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseStartup blogs
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs TMDHosting Conclusion

Ultimately, it’s not that TMDHosting is the brightest service out there. However, its performance and features look pretty impressive when you compare them to what BlueHost has to offer for a similar price.

BlueHost vs Google Domain

To choose a winner in the BlueHost vs Google Domain contest, you have to think in terms of domain registry. While BlueHost integrates a number of other services, from hosting to e-mails and website building, the single purpose of Google Domain is to help you buy a domain name and get on the web. Bear this in mind as you compare BlueHost and Google Domain.

So how do these two services match up when it comes to selling domains? I have to tell you straight away that it may be difficult to choose a clear winner. Google Domain has an excellent interface that makes the domain registry a breeze for any user. In addition, they are fully transparent about their fees, which is a rare sight in today’s industry. BlueHost, on the other hand, has more affordable options, as well as a series of hosting plans that integrate several necessary services for a business that is new to online space.

Then, there’s Google’s decision to keep Google Domain in beta for no less than 5 years… and counting! It’s not that this is a bad thing per se, but the conglomerate has been known to cut down on projects like Google Domain when people least expected it. For many users, this lack of certainty may influence their choice of either BlueHost or Google Domain.

BlueHostGoogle Domain
PlanSharedCloud Platform
Pricingfrom $29.95/monthfrom $150/month
Storage60GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesYes
IP Address1n/a
RAMUnmeteredn/a
Uptime offer0.9991
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email AccountsUnlimitedn/a
CPanelYesNo
Built-in CDNYesYes
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesNo
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseDevelopers and Startups
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs Google Domain Conclusion

It’s not easy to settle the match between Google Domain and BlueHost, but it can be done. All things considered, I would go with the latter, on account of attractive pricing and an added sense of stability.

Media Temple vs Bluehost

BlueHost and Media Temple are significantly different hosting services. Sure, they both aim to host websites, but the latter’s features and service quality far outweigh those of the former. If you want to be fair about it, the BlueHost vs. Media Temple competition can only be judged in terms of WordPress hosting, at which they both excel.

Media Temple is designed for the B2B market. Their outstanding grid network of shared hosting services is difficult to outperform and they’re considered to be the industry benchmark in terms of reliability. To put it briefly, MT’s top tier plan manages your entire cloud architecture for you with the help of AWS, but, in exchange, you have to pay a steep price. If that’s not a problem, they might be the best choice for you.

If I just want to create and host a basic website, though, I’d rather pay 10x less than Media Temple’s lowest subscription and have it taken care of by BlueHost. I’m not looking to launch a Fortune 500 company; I just want to get online. With that in mind, I wouldn’t think of choosing BlueHost or Media Temple. The former always has the upper hand in this particular situation.

BlueHostMedia Temple
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $29.99/monthfrom $30/month
Storage50GB20GB
BandwidthUnlimited1TB
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYESYes
IP Address20
Uptime offer10.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email AccountsUnlimited1000
CPanelYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseWeb and Media Websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

Media Temple vs Bluehost Conclusion

As you can see, BlueHost and Media Temple are playing in different leagues. We’re talking about juniors and pros, here. MT offers an outstanding hosting standard, but I’d classify it as overkill if I used it for anything less than an agile, fast-growing enterprise.

BlueHost vs Site5

Having tested both of these services, I have to say that it’s a little unfair to even draw the BlueHost vs Site5 comparison. One of the two is so far ahead of the other that it makes you feel bad to put their features side-by-side. However, both BlueHost and Site5 are competing for the same public, so it makes sense that you should at least try to look at both in order to make an informed decision.

What exactly should you look for, then? This depends on your specific hosting needs. Since you’re considering either BlueHost of Site5, I’ll assume that you’re likely in search of highly affordable service and a complete hosting plan for small to medium websites. Both companies can handle such a request, but it’s important to look at their individual features if you want to get the most for your money. Which of the two has better speeds? Which is likely to give you more uptime? What other features are you going to get and, finally, how much will it all cost you?

BlueHostSite5
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $29.99/monthfrom $25.95/month
Storage60GB50GB
BandwidthUnlimited500GB
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address21
RAM4GB64GB
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimited
CPanelYesYes
Built-in CDNYesNo
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium-sized Websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs Site5: Conclusion

It’s easy to see that Site5 vs BlueHost is a landslide in favor of the latter. BlueHost offers consistently higher speeds, better uptime, a host of additional features that can be integrated with your main purchase and, get this, it’s even cheaper than Site5. The only advantage of Site5 is that their customer support is reported to have a quicker response time, but is this really enough to change anyone’s mind? Not for me, I’m afraid.

Bluehost Shared vs WordPress

To decide between BlueHost Shared vs WordPress hosting, you should first consider whether you need a simple shared hosting plan for small to medium website(s) or a form of managed WordPress hosting for better performance and additional security features for WP sites. Bear in mind that WP Pro, BlueHost’s managed WordPress hosting service, is only suitable for websites built with the help of the WordPress CMS.

Almost all hosting plans from BlueHost are head-and-shoulders above the market standard in terms of affordability. BlueHost Shared and WordPress hosting are no different, so you can rest assured that you’ll get a great deal with either of the two. But here’s the thing: these two different types of hosting services are made for different purposes and this should sit at the foundation of your decision.

While BlueHost’s shared hosting plans are ideal for small to medium websites and businesses looking to get online fast, WP Pro is optimized specifically for websites built with the WordPress CMS. In other words, when you use WP Pro, you don’t only get additional features (such as more storage space, domains, and websites), but also significantly higher speeds and, ultimately, better SEO for websites built in WordPress. Naturally, all the added boons don’t come for free.

Bluehost Shared vs WordPress: Conclusion

Whether you go for BlueHost Shared or WordPress hosting should depend entirely on your hosting needs. If you’re just starting out and you need a complete hosting solution for your first website(s), there are a number of highly affordable BlueHost Shared plans to suit all preferences and budgets. If, on the other hand, you need peak performance for your WordPress website(s) and a hosting plan that is fully optimized for WP, then BlueHost’s WP Pro is the better choice.

BlueHost Cloud vs Shared Hosting

We all think we can figure out the perfect web host for our needs in a matter of hours, but, as soon as we encounter choices like BlueHost Cloud vs Shared Hosting, things get really tricky. This is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in terms of web hosting solutions, so don’t take it lightly. Yes, you can change hosts, yet some of them make it really difficult to do so.

To simplify the equation, you should probably go with a company that has both. BlueHost’s Cloud and Shared Hosting are joined by a Dedicated Hosting option, which means you can, at any point, switch from one to the other according to your needs.

To put it briefly, BlueHost’s Shared and Cloud hosting services are differentiated by the technology they each use. With Shared, your website shares the server it is currently on with other pages. Alternatively, Cloud solutions guarantee that your website is to be found on multiple servers. There are a host of advantages that Cloud has over Shared, including performance and downtime… all for a price, however. To figure out which option is best for you, it’s a good idea to compare their features side by side.

BlueHost Cloud vs Shared Hosting: Conclusion

While it may seem difficult to choose either BlueHost Cloud or Shared hosting, the technology behind the two is very different. If you think your company’s growth will require more digital resources (i.e. bandwidth, storage, etc.) in the near future, then Cloud is likely a more suitable selection. Otherwise, if you’re not sure what you need or you just want to get online, Shared hosting packs great value per purchase.

Bluehost Cloud Hosting Review

Back in 2012, BlueHost began to offer free CDN services to their existing users through a partnership with CloudFare, but it was only in 2015 that the company published its own proper cloud hosting service, referred to as BlueHost Cloud Sites. Since then, BlueHost has only improved its offer.

If you’re looking through BlueHost cloud hosting reviews in an attempt to figure out whether this is the right hosting solution for you, allow me to first ask you a question. Do you actually need to switch to cloud? Consider that, even though BlueHost has an incredibly affordable offer for cloud hosting, this service is significantly more expensive than, say, most shared hosting plans. As such, you should first make sure that the traffic on your website is high enough to justify the switch since small to medium sites can fare perfectly well even without cloud.

If you’re settled on getting more security for your website(s), as well as virtually 100% uptime, and great loading speeds, then BlueHost cloud hosting might be the right choice for you. Below, you can check out BlueHost’s cloud hosting plan and all of its features to make an informed decision.

Bluehost Cloud Hosting Review: Conclusion

BlueHost cloud hosting is most certainly worth its asking price, which, by the way, is lower than the cost of any other similar service on the market. Should you decide to make the switch, then BlueHost Cloud Sites is a good way to get started, although you might want to consider some of the premium services out there if your website is about to grow exponentially.

Bluehost VPS Review

Although BlueHost does not necessarily offer a premium service in terms of VPS hosting, you’ll notice that most BlueHost VPS reviews are overwhelmingly positive – and for good reason. This company’s main target audience is comprised of people or businesses who want to get online quickly, but do not have extensive knowledge in the field. The same holds true for their VPS plans, although these are more suitable for websites with high monthly traffic.

Since you’re considering BlueHost VPS, it’s likely that you’ve started out with one of BlueHost’s shared hosting plans and are now ready to take your website(s) to the next level. There are a number of good reasons to stick with BlueHost as your online presence continues to grow, including their attractive pricing, SSD storage options, available RAM, enhanced cPanel, instant provisioning, and more.

Before you make a decision, though, you should go further than most BlueHost VPS reviews and check each individual feature of your favorite VPS plan against the specific needs of your website(s) or business. I’ve included all the essential details below to help you out.

Bluehost VPS Review: Conclusion

Making the switch from shared hosting to VPS is a big step. Although the costs are steeper, the superior performance, higher degree of control, and better security you get in exchange are well worth the price tag. This is especially the case with BlueHost’s VPS plans, which are some of the most affordable options currently on the market. If you’re looking at up to 100 million visitors per month, BlueHost VPS hosting might just be the ideal choice for you.

BlueHost Website Builder Review

BlueHost is like Beyond Meat for the dev world – easy to make, affordable, incredibly tasty, and guilt-free. If you’ve been thinking about building your own website and got to do even the tiniest bit of research, you’ve probably stumbled across BlueHost as one of the best and easiest ways to get online.

I also think that the BlueHost website builder is a remarkably powerful web development tool that anybody – literally anybody who can open a browser – can use to their advantage. Not having to pay the premium price of a programmer is, by far, their most alluring pitch. To put it differently, we can’t eat out at a high-end restaurant every day, so a comfortable, DIY gourmet option is something we desperately need.

In this BlueHost website builder review, you’ll become acquainted with some of their best features and tools. You can instantly launch a WordPress page or add Weebly, set-up an eCommerce platform, integrate databases, expand your website’s functionality with tens of thousands of free scripts, and much more. See for yourself!

BlueHost Website Builder Review: Conclusion

There is no denying the fact that the BlueHost website builder is one of the most dynamic and impressive tools of its kind. Whether you’re an established business transitioning to the digital world or an independent contractor seeking more visibility, BlueHost will not only help keep your web development costs low, but also guarantee your page looks fresh and professional.

BlueHost eCommerce Review

2021 is expected to bring close to $5 trillion in worldwide eCommerce sales, while the number of online shoppers is drastically increasing on a yearly basis. It’s no wonder that businesses who start online are likely to grow at a faster rate. In this BlueHost eCommerce review, I’m going to tell you why this web hosting industry leader is your best bet if you’re just starting out as a retailer.

In 2019, BlueHost partnered with WooCommerce to give their customers a one-stop shopping cart solution. Woo is your perfect gateway to the world of selling things online: it’s easy to set-up, it scales well, and it can be managed in an intuitive, straightforward point-and-click manner.

If you’re a web developer, you can easily dive into the backend of the BlueHost eCommerce solution, but this is not an absolute necessity. If you’re trying to manage your costs, there is no need for a premium programmer to launch your online shopping experience when you work with BlueHost.

You can optimize the visuals of your page, choose the size of your products’ images, and use extensions like USPS, Square, MailChimp and more to improve your page’s features. Scroll down to find out what other benefits you get with BlueHost’s eCommerce.

BlueHost eCommerce Review Conclusion

BlueHost’s eCommerce proposal is great for small and medium enterprises starting out in the world of online retail. Their association with WooCommerce provides for a versatile and easy to manage online shopping cart for individuals or businesses who are not yet ready to hand over the reins to their webpage.

A2 Hosting vs. Bluehost

If you want to decide the Bluehost vs. A2 Hosting match-up, you’re in for a sweet, sumptuous ride. It’s like trying to choose between the softest chocolate chip cookie and the perfect apple pie; in a sense, it’s bittersweet because both are just that good. You might spend hours on end balancing out features, details, and drawbacks before you come up with a clear winner.

In the competition between Bluehost and A2 Hosting, the first comes out strong with a free domain name and SSL certificate, while the second is considered to be one of the best platforms for picky developers. The two services keep improving their offer to the point where it’s become tortuous to say for certain which is better.

Yet, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sample both and deliver our delectable experience in what follows. Don’t worry: we’ll also include the shortcomings. We are, after all, very fussy about our delicacies.

Bluehost vs. A2 Hosting: A Complete Overview

Bluehost is a somewhat old company, founded in 2003. The company is based in Provo, Utah, and has its main data centers in the same place. Bluehost is a pretty large company too, hosting over two million websites on its servers. Before the success of Bluehost, founder Matt Heaton had tried his hands on creating two other hosts starting from 1996 before he settled on Bluehost in 2003. Bluehost offers a wide range of services— from Dedicated hosting and VPS hosting to Shared hosting. However, we are only going to review Bluehost shared hosting plans. In 2010, Bluehost was acquired by EIG, adding them to a plethora of hosts owned by the conglomerate.

A2 Hosting was conceived far back in 2001 by Bryan Muthig and compared to Bluehost has endured pretty low publicity while delivering great speed and decent performance in other areas as well. As we mentioned in our A2 Hosting review, they are also known for having great customer support and loads of great, high-tech features like SSDs on all plans and loads of beneficial features like free site migration, unlimited data transfer and a lot more. Impressively, A2 Hosting rarely discriminates in regards to plan level. Higher plans maybe get higher storage and capacity, but the basic features are available for even basic plans. Another important thing that you should perhaps know about A2 Hosting is that it’s one of the few independently owned Bluehost alternatives, and this is a big deal (or not, depending on whether you love big corporations or not) in an industry where most hosts are owned by Endurance International Group (EIG), a telecommunication giant.

The Bluehost Chocolate Chip

Newcomers to the world of hosting who are still unsure whether to go with Bluehost or A2 Hosting might find the first option to be more alluring. Bluehost has recently overhauled its UI (user interface), which makes it incredibly easy to navigate (see more about this in our Bluehost review Article). If you have basic computer operating skills, all it takes is an afternoon on Bluehost to be able to launch your very own website.

For WordPress hosting, in particular, Bluehost is one of the industry leaders in terms of affordability and value for your purchase. A free domain name, SSL certificate, unlimited e-mails, and marketing credits are all features that sweeten the whole.

Even if the popular blogging platform has its own hosting service, Bluehost vs. WordPress is a debate that is often won by the former. We’ll readily admit that they’re also one of our favorites, despite the fact that their starter packages tend to fall off by comparison with A2 Hosting when it comes to high volumes of traffic.

The A2 Hosting Apple Pie

In terms of data transfer, A2 Hosting is one of the first organizations to have offered high-speed SSDs, which are now a staple of their services and can enable your pages to be loaded faster. On average, you can expect your website to be anywhere from 10 to 20 times more responsive than the industry average if properly set-up and maintained.

Although slightly more expensive for the starter pack, A2 Hosting’s proposal includes their recently introduced Turbo Servers package, which is to say that you will share your server with fewer clients than usual. In turn, this will give you more physical memory and a range of pre-configured caching options. It might seem like developer gibberish, but these are the tools that ultimately lead to above-standard performance.

You don’t get a free domain with A2 Hosting like in the case of Bluehost, but you do benefit from free site transfer, as well as the possibility to host unlimited websites.

BlueHosta2 Hosting
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $3.92/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address10
Uptime offer0.9991
RAMUnmetered4GB Virtual
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts525
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium
HeadquartersUSAUSA

Popularity Comparison

Full disclosure; we couldn’t care less about how popular a web-host is. But we always like to make the clarification so that some smart fellow wouldn’t say, hey but this host is more popular, what’s up with that? Popularity levels have more to do with advertising and marketing tactics than with actual hosting proficiency. So, which Web-host is more popular? Bluehost, without a doubt. A2 Hosting doesn’t even come close in terms of websites hosted or reach. Now that we are done with that, it’s time to move on to one of the most important criteria of choosing a host for your site; performance. 

Performance

When you purchase a hosting plan, you have some certain expectations. You want your website to be accessible, and quickly too. The best hosts deliver on this promise better than others— some are more reliable and faster than others. Let’s look at uptime, for instance. 

Uptime

In order to get the most accurate review, we purchased a basic Bluehost plan (most of the data in this review is from our experience using the host), created a website using Weebly and set up our testing tools to test for uptime. Over our testing period, we recorded about 99.99% uptime. Which is just about the best that a host can promise. Of course, we all want our sites up for 100% of the time, but that isn’t possible. Scheduled updates, random server failures and a lot of other things make that ideal rather impossible. In that case, a 99.99% uptime is quite applaudable. We do not only like to test for uptime, but we also like to check whether a host has an uptime guarantee. Unfortunately, Bluehost doesn’t offer an uptime guarantee. As you probably know, this means that even uptime gets bad, you can only hope it gets better. Users cannot request any compensation. This isn’t especially encouraging, seeing as a lot of other Web-hosts offer an uptime guarantee. 

We also tested A2 Hosting’s Uptime

We also bought a basic A2 Hosting plan (most of the data in this review is from our experience using the host), set up a dummy account, filled it with content and set to work testing. Over our testing period, we recorded a decent, but not amazing, uptime of 99.96%, similar to the averages of other well-known hosts such as Hostgator or BlueHost. Over the course of a year, that’s an almost negligible 3 and a half hours. If you run an online store, you may lose some money if your website is down 3+ hours a year, but it certainly wouldn’t be that big of a bother. To make things better (somewhat), A2 Hosting offers an uptime guarantee. A2 has a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which means that  If downtime is higher than 0.1%, customers receive 5% credit for each hour that downtime is further experienced. However, this uptime isn’t valid on two conditions;

During scheduled maintenance

When outages are because of circumstances that A2 Hosting cannot control.

VERDICT; While A2 Hosting uptime is negligible, Bluehost’s trumps it by a lot (0.03% is a lot in terms of uptime). A2 tries to cover its blushes by offering an uptime guarantee, but we aren’t just buying it. We prefer great uptime to a great uptime guarantee, and Bluehost has a better uptime. Bluehost wins this one for us. 

Speed

Did you know that Amazon would lose up to 160 million dollars a year if the website got any slower? Now you do. Did you know that 40% of people would stop visiting a site if they experienced problems with speed? Speed matters to visitors and they should to hosts and webmasters too— in fact, they do. 

Bluehost Speed Tests

We measured the average response time of 461ms on our Bluehost website and we were quite surprised. We certainly did not expect that Bluehost would perform above average in regards to speed. However, that is exactly what happened. To make sure that we did not record phantom speeds, we sent about a hundred virtual users to the site to see whether the servers would perform worse during a traffic spike. That didn’t happen, as Bluehost continued to deliver really stable speeds around 400ms. It was impressive, especially as it isn’t something that we expected. 

(Our speed test takes into consideration speeds from various locations around the world. Actual speeds within the US are much lower)

A2 Hosting Speed Tests

We were sort of excited to carry out our A2 Hosting speed test. Why? A lot, and we mean a lot, of reviews place A2 Hosting at the top of the totem regarding speed. So we fired up our site and calculated the average speed of our testing period. We got an astounding response time of 331ms, which is amazing because response speed within the US is around 50-70ms. The average was brought down because we took other locations outside the US into consideration. This isn’t just fast, it is super fast and we don’t think we’ve reviewed a faster host. A2’s speed absolutely blows everyone out of the market. Like Bluehost, we tried to test whether the speed we saw could hold up doing traffic spikes, and we were glad to not see a dip in speed. Whether with low traffic or high traffic, A2 Hosting is super fast. 

 It even gets more impressive when you take into consideration the fact that we didn’t test speed using the signature turbo plan. We recorded these speeds on our basic plan, and A2 Hosting claims that the turbo plan is even faster— 20 times faster than the normal servers. Talk about a weird flex. 

VERDICT; Bluehost provides decent speed, but decent is nothing compared to extraordinary. We don’t think that there are many hosts that would beat A2 Hosting in the speed department. It appears that the hype is real and A2 really is that fast. They win this round for us, and convincingly too. 

Ease of Use for Bluehost compared to A2 Hosting

There is a reason why people prefer automatic cars to manual ones, tractors to hoes, air conditioning to a hand fan, and riding in a car to hiking (most of the time, at least). That reason is ease— no one likes difficulties, and it is the same with hosting. The simple truth is that the easier a hosting experience, the better the host. And that’s that. 

First, let’s talk about the user interface. Bluehost makes use of cPanel, the standard user interface for hosting. This means two things; a) users migrating from other hosts (who are most likely to be using cPanel) will find it easier to understand and use, and b) cPanel is great for beginners or less advanced users so they can get most of their tasks done without trouble. Some of the useful features of Bluehost’s cPanel are;

 MySites; It allows users to control multiple websites via a single account 

The Marketplace feature; It gives users access to a digital marketplace where tonnes of things like add-ons, themes, and even professional services can be bought seamlessly. 

Domain manager aptly called Domains; This is a tool that allows users to manage the registration status of domains, discover and register new domains, set up redirection, and update information. 

Users who want more advanced settings can find them grouped neatly together under the advanced option. Bluehost provides one-click installation support for most popular apps like Joomla, Magneto, Drupal and WordPress. Bluehost also has a special customer service called Blue flash that provides instant advice on WordPress. Whatever help is needed— be it advice on plug-ins, themes or/and templates, Blue Flash is provided absolutely free and on all plans to guide customers. If you’d like to build a website, Bluehost provides the services of the Weebly website builder absolutely free of charge. Weebly has drag and drop functionality so that you can get your website on the way without writing a single line of code. To top a wonderful performance up, Bluehost offers free SSL certificates on all plans. 

There is one thing that we noticed, though. Bluehost doesn’t offer a free site transfer and users have to pay a one time fee of $149.99 to transfer five websites, 20 email accounts and any other file or database that you might want to be moved. We are not entirely sure this is the greatest deal for people moving from other Web-hosts. There are a lot of Web-hosts with more or less the same profile as Bluehost offering free site transfers. It would be easier to transfer to one of those hosts.

Like Bluehost, A2 has a cPanel interface and it’s great for all the same reasons. However, it isn’t as heavily customized as Bluehost’s, so we think that beginners would prefer Bluehost’s interface. Experienced users, however, should have no problems with navigating A2’s interface. In addition, we wouldn’t give A2 Hosting top marks for space management— the interface is needlessly cluttered with so much information. 

Asides that, almost everything regarding use is satisfactory. There is one-click installation support for a lot of apps, including Joomla and WordPress. A2 Hosting also has special tools like the A2 Optimized WordPress plugin that optimizes WordPress. However, this tool is only available on higher-tier plans. Unlike Bluehost, A2 Hosting doesn’t make use of a third-party website builder. The host has a proprietary website builder called Sitebuilder. No, we are not kidding. A2 Hosting spent years developing a website builder and called it Sitebuilder. Goes to show that truth can be stranger than fiction. A2’s Sitebuilder has drag and drop functionality, and while it might not be the greatest Sitebuilder we’ve seen, it’s still pretty decent. Unfortunately, Sitebuilder isn’t free and costs anything from $2.76 to $8.88. Lastly, A2 Hosting provides free SSL certificates from Let’s encrypt on all plans. In addition to that, A2 Hosting allows users to migrate anything one free website on a shared hosting plan. This is a sweet deal, especially as Bluehost doesn’t offer it.

VERDICT; Overall, Bluehost was easier to use for us. However, we were let down in some key areas which include the fact that there is no free site migration offered. A2 Hosting, in the end, gave us more problems than Bluehost, even though they are negligible in the long run. 

Money-Back Guarantee Policy

We absolutely love money-back guarantees, and generally speaking, it is the longer the better for us. They are important because they show exactly how much a provider trusts the goods/services being sold and they allow users to check for themselves whether the service/goods purchased were what was advertised. The industry standard for money-back guarantees is 30-days, and we are of the opinion that thirty days is simply not enough to test run a hosting service. 

Bluehost has an average money-back guarantee of thirty days. That is, if you purchase an annual plan (a plan of a year or more), you get thirty days to set up your website, monitor performance stats and decided whether or not you’d like to continue with Bluehost for the long haul. Bluehost’s money-back guarantee is pretty straightforward and doesn’t involve any shenanigans as we saw with GoDaddy. However, refunds can only be made on the condition that the fee for free services received like free domains is deducted. In the case of free domain, a fee of $15.99 will be deducted. Bluehost claims that this must be done because of the special nature of domain costs.

A2 Hosting, on the other hand, has two kinds of money-back guarantee. They have the first one, like Bluehost’s, that lasts for thirty months and has roughly the same conditions. However, here is where A2 Hosting blows us away. If you decide to cancel your hosting plan after the first thirty days, the fee for the days of hosting you’ve used will be deducted from your original fee and the rest will be refunded to you. People talk a lot about considering the risks associated with buying a hosting plan, but A2 destroys this argument easily. Purchasing an A2 Hosting plan comes with little or no risk attached, and this anytime money-back policy is something we’d like all hosts to implement. 

VERDICT; The answer is easy for us, and it should be for you too. A2 Hosting wins this round completely. It’s not even a contest. 

A2 Hosting vs. Bluehost: Customer Support and Reliability

If we were to mention the top three things that are important to us (and should be important to you too) when considering moving to a new host or purchasing a hosting plan from a Web-host, customer support and reliability would make the list a hundred out of a hundred times. Customer support reliability is so important, whether you’re a beginner or the most advanced webmaster. The chances of you running in to a problem or something that you need clarification on, especially if you have more complex hosting needs, is almost 100 percent. And when that time comes, it’s important to have customer support that is 1) easily and quickly accessible and 2) helpful. 

Bluehost offers three channels for contacting tech support and these channels are the live chat, phone, and ticketing channels all available 24/7 and on all plans. Like most hosts that we’ve reviewed, Bluehost also maintains a pretty stacked up databases that have everything from articles explaining the simple parts of hosting to one’s guiding users through the multiple technical processes needed to run a website.

Since the live chat channel is the most commonly used channel, (and we suspect that it is the most effective tool), we decided to try that out first. Bluehost is a pretty large corporation, so we didn’t have especially high hopes for their customer support. We are always wary of the customer support of pretty large companies because they usually have too many customers to attend to and the support rep to customer ratio is often unbelievable. So we tried to connect to a customer rep, knowing that we might have to wait for a while because it is what it is. Impressively, although we still ended up waiting for about an average of five minutes thereabouts when we tried to connect to a live rep, it really wasn’t as bad as we originally anticipated. The live reps that we spoke to were friendly and courteous enough, however, only about half of the people we asked questions looked like they had in-depth knowledge about what we were asking. The rest had to delay before replying us (we believe this is because they were confirming answers to our questions). Perhaps Bluehost hasn’t yet finished training the reps that were less than impressive? We wouldn’t know. Bluehost’s customer service won’t get top marks for customer reliability— but that doesn’t mean they have the worst support we’ve seen. We’ve seen far worse, and in fact, Bluehost is quite above average in our opinion. 

A2 Hosting offers more customer support channels than Bluehost, with a phone, live chat, ticketing, and even Skype customer support service. Like Bluehost offers, there’s also a robust knowledge base if you’d prefer not to speak A2 Hosting also has a nice (We think? We aren’t entirely sure, to be honest) name for their customer support service. They are called the “Gurus Crew”, which has a nice ring to it and would be appropriate if the entire customer service department wore turbans, mediated, and drank spiritual tea in the Himalayas. But, presumably, they don’t, so it ends up being what it is. 

Moving on. 

We contacted the live chat support as we did with Bluehost, and we experienced considerably lower wait times on an average than we did with Bluehost. The reps, or members of the Guru crew, that we spoke to were friendly, knowledgeable (as a guru should be), and answered all our questions in less than a minute. It does appear that you don’t have to drink spiritual tea and live in the Himalayas to be a guru. Overall, it was an easy experience. We were able to connect to a rep quickly, and our problems were solved quickly too. It rarely ever gets better than this. 

VERDICT; Did we have any serious problems with either host? No. But we have to choose a winner. While Bluehost’s customer support is more than able to help you through tiny, uncomplicated problems, we aren’t sure that a lot of the customer reps will be much help if you run into bigger issues that need expert advice. On the other hand, we feel the non-tea drinking (presumably) men and women at the guru crew will be more than capable. A2 Hosting takes this one for us.

Security

A website holds a lot of information, and in some cases, that information can be dangerous if in the wrong hands. It can also be very painful if users lose data and files because of malware. That is why, in order to protect your investment (a website, no matter which way you look at it, is an investment), you must pay attention to the security infrastructure of a host before purchasing a plan. Thankfully, most Web-hosts offer some level of security. The major differences are often in how much they are worth, and whether they are free or not. 

Bluehost Security Features

Bluehost covers the basic by offering a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt. The host also offers a special security tool called Sitelock that scans for malware 24 hours a day, seven days a week and immediately reports once any danger is spotted. However, this isn’t a free service and users may have to pay within the range of $2.69 to $41.99 per month. Bluehost also has the Codeguard basic, a tool for automatically backing up data. Codeguard isn’t free either and costs $2.95 (lowest renewal price) to $23.95 (highest renewal price). There are other security features like Spam Experts, a tool that filters your mail and saves you for spam and suspicious emails. There is also access to the Domain privacy feature that helps keep your private information off public WHOIS listings. Unfortunately, all these features, while they might be free for the first term, come with a renewal price. There is indeed no free lunch. However, most of these features, like Codeguard basic for instance, are offered for free on higher-tier plans. Bluehost provides courtesy backups on lower plans too, but we would advise users to either purchase Codeguard basic or find another way to be responsible for their own backups. This is because courtesy backups simply mean that Bluehost does the backup as a favor to the user, and it is not guaranteed. 

Bluehost has decent security options, but most of them are not available to basic plans and are only available as add-ons. Not good enough, we’re afraid. 

A2 Hosting Security Features

A2 Hosting has HackScan, a virus scanning service that scans for viruses 24 hours a day. There is also a defense against DDOS attacks. A2 Hosting provides free SSL certificates on all plans, and KernelCare, a feature that automatically runs rebootless Kernel updates daily. A2 Hosting also offers optimized plug-in for WordPress that auto-hardens websites and prevents hacks. This plug-in comes with a unique WordPress login URL, reCAPTCHA and automatic WordPress updates. This keeps websites safe from hackers and malware simultaneously. A2 Hosting also has a firewall, brute-defense force, and virus scanning features to keep websites safe. In addition to all these, A2 Hosting also offers automatic backups. Unfortunately, this service isn’t free and you are charged a fee. 

VERDICT; The security of both Web-hosts did little to impress us if we are being fair, and it looks a lot like a case of we couldn’t really care either way. We don’t like draws, but this looks like one so we are going to call it one. 

Plans & Pricing

Of course, there is always the temptation to take the one-dimensional route and simply choose the cheapest hosting plan and be done with it. Instead, though, we are going to take a more nuanced path and will be judging the shared hosting plans on whether the value offered is worth the price quoted. We’ll also be looking at the industry as a whole and look at the prices other hosts are quoting for the same or similar service— then we’ll decide if a deal is worth or, or whether you can get a better deal elsewhere. 

A2 Hosting has three levels of shared hosting plans. They are the Lite, Swift, And Turbo plans. The Lite plan is the cheapest plan and costs $2.96 (renewal costs $7.99). The plan comes with the following features;

  • 1 website
  • Unlimited storage
  • 25 Email accounts
  • Free and Easy site migration
  • Free SSL certificate

The second plan, which is the lite plan, costs $3.70 monthly (renewal costs $9.99). The plan comes with the following features;

  • Unlimited websites
  • Unlimited Email accounts
  • Free and automatic backups
  • And all the features of the Lite plan. 

The highest shared hosting plan is the Turbo plan and it costs $7.03 monthly and $18.99 upon renewal. The plan comes with the following features;

  • Turbo speed (up to 20× faster than regular servers) 
  • all the features of Lite and Swift plans. 

Our first complaint is one we have for many Web-hosts in the market, and while it may seem like it is impossible to achieve, we’d really like for Web-hosts to adopt a transparent pricing scheme. It really isn’t that difficult, as we’ve seen Web-hosts who don’t increase their price by 100-200% percent after the first term. 

So let’s move on to Bluehost.

Bluehost offers four Shared hosting plans. Most Web-hosts just offer three, but we like how Bluehost leaves a lot of room for scalability. The three plans are the Basic plan, Plus plan, and the Pro plan.

The Basic plan comes with;

  • 1 website
  • 5 parked domains
  • 25 subdomains. 
  • 50GB of storage
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Free SSL certificate
  • 1 free domain
  • The plan costs $2.75 (renewal costs $7.99 per month).

The Plus plan comes with all the features of the basic plan plus;

  • Unlimited websites
  • $200 marketing offer
  • Spam experts.
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited domains
  • Unlimited subdomains
  • Unlimited parked domains

The plan costs $5.45 per month (normally $10.99).

The Choice-plus plan comes with all the features of the Plus plan plus;

  • Domain Privacy and protection
  • 1 office 365 mailbox – free 30 days and Codeguard basic site backup. 

The plan is the same price as the Plus plan but renewal costs $14.99

The Pro plan is the most expensive shared hosting plan offered by Bluehost. The plan costs $13.95 per month (renewal is $23.99 per month) and it comes with all the features of the Choice-Plus plan with a dedicated IP address and high performance. Does this mean that previous plans have low performance? No. Apparently, previous plans have standard performance. According to Bluehost, high performance means that Pro servers allow for a 300,000 file count and are deployed with fewer users per server than the standard shared hosting servers.  Therefore each user gets more resources allocated than with normal lower their hosting plans.  

We have only one problem with Bluehost, though, and it is the same one we had with A2 Hosting. Renewal fees are hiked up to the high heavens after the first term. We think that there should be a better way— at least we’ve seen hosts come up with a better way, and still offer competitive pricing. 

VERDICT; We thought A2 Hosting was pricey, but compared to Bluehost, A2 Hosting is even approaching dirt cheap territory. A2 Hosting wins this one, not because we think they offer the best deal that we could get, but because the host offers great value than Bluehost and is overall cheaper.

Extra Features

We simply cannot wait to find out the juicy features that both Web-hosts have. Will they have any feature that’ll tip the scales? 

Let’s check out A2 Hosting first.

  • A2 Hosting has Windows-based servers. Accounts using these servers come with a Plesk interface instead of cPanel.
  • A2 Hosting offers free Cloudflare CDN on all plan
  • All shared hosting plans are limited to 35 concurrent HTTP plans— we aren’t sure if this will be enough for everyone
  • Built-in server-side caching.
  • A2 Hosting has great developer options; with users having access to Apache 2.4 FTP/SFTP access to your server environment, PERL 5.10 Node.js, MySQL 5.6 databases, PHP (5.x and 7.x) Python (2.6, 2.7, and 3.2), PostgreSQL 9.6, and Free SSH access. 
  • A2 Hosting has multiple data centers around the world
  • A2 Hosting is rather interested in sustaining the environment, that’s why the host has taken extra care to make sure that they eliminate their carbon footprint. To this end, A2 Hosting has launched a lot of projects, among them the FutureServe” green hosting initiative which tries to eliminate the harmful effects of emissions from their servers. 

What about Bluehost?

  • Bluehost offers hotlink protection to protect your data.
  • Bluehost offers CDN access
  • Bluehost is an officially recommended web host by WordPress. Only two other Web-hosts share this status
  • In case you need to manage your domains through them, Bluehost has a domain manager
  • One-click installations for over 100+ apps from MOJO
  • Bluehost offers the services of website builders like Drupal and Weebly.
  • $200 Marketing offers 
  • Bluehost has both MySQL and PostgreSQL databases and you can use either phpMyAdmin, Remote MySQL, or phpPgAdmin to manage your databases. 
  • The Blue flash feature is a special customer care feature that allows you access to experts dedicated to helping you get your WordPress website up and running.
  • Bluehost supports the use of Perl modules, Cron jobs, PHP PEAR packages, and Apache handlers.
  • Automatic WordPress Plugin and Theme updates. 

VERDICT; The standout feature for us was A2 Hosting’s green initiatives, and the second was Bluehost’s Blue flash feature. While we applaud A2 Hosting for their efforts on the environment, we do not see how this affects hosting experience directly. On the other hand, we do see how Blue flash affects hosting experience, so Bluehost takes this round for us. 

Major Differences between A2 Hosting and Bluehost

  • Just to recap, let’s confirm the major differences between both Web-hosts
  • A2 Hosting is way faster than Bluehost.
  • Bluehost has a thirty days guarantee, while A2 Hosting has an anytime guarantee. 
  • A2 Hosting provides free site migrations, while Bluehost doesn’t
  • A2 Hosting has data centers all over the world. Bluehost? Not so much.

Bluehost vs. A2 Hosting – Our Pick

Our long ride is finally over, so let’s look at the scoreboard. A2 Hosting is faster while Bluehost is more reliable. A2 Hosting has a better money-back guarantee (not even a contest) and has better customer support. Bluehost is easier to use and both hosts drew the security section. A2 Hosting offers a better price deal and Bluehost has the more exciting feature. It was a hard and tough fight but Bluehost wins this one for us. 

Bluehost vs. A2 Hosting? A2 Hosting takes this one. 

Bluehost Basic vs. Plus

Bluehost Basic vs. Plus is a match-up that mostly interests people who are looking for the best shared hosting solution in order to build small to a medium website. Both of these plans from Bluehost are significantly more affordable when compared to most of Bluehost’s Alternatives for the same services, which is already a big plus. But if you can afford either Bluehost Basic or Plus, which one should you go for?

I always say that this choice depends on your specific needs. We’ll take a look at both Bluehost Basic and Plus, as well as their features in just a moment, but, before we do, this is my general rule of thumb: If you’re a beginner who wants to test the waters and create a single website or blog, then Bluehost Basic is perfect for you. It’s super cheap and you don’t have to worry about the space limitations, because 50GB of SSD storage is more than enough for a single static HTML or WordPress site. If, on the other hand, you’re likely to try out multiple websites in the near future, Bluehost Plus is a much better plan. Here’s what I mean.

Bluehost Basic vs. Plus: Overview

Let’s take an overview at both Bluehost Basic and Plus and see what you get and how much you pay, then we’ll decide together what’s the best option for your needs but also for your pocket.

Bluehost Basic versus Plus Comparison
Bluehost Basic vs. Plus

The Bluehost Basic plan costs $3.95 and renews at $7.99, which is, admittedly, a steep price hike. The plan comes with one website, 50 GB of SSD storage, a free SSL certificate, one free domain registration, 5 parked domains, 25 subdomains, and unmetered bandwidth.

The Bluehost Plus plan, on the other hand, comes with unlimited websites, unlimited SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited domains, unlimited parked domains, and unlimited subdomains, Spam Experts (a security feature for your email) and 1 office 365 mailbox – free for the first thirty days. The plan costs $5.40 per month and renews at $10.99. Again, Bluehost’s plan is a bastion of affordability. If you need to see the difference between Plus and Choice Plus, feel free to read about it in our Bluehost Review.

Bluehost BasicBluehost Plus
Websites AllowedOneUnlimited
SSD Storage50 GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnmeteredUnmetered
Free SSLYesYes
Free DomainYesYes
BackupNoNo
Domain PrivacyNoNo
Spam PreventionNoSpam Experts
Pricing$2.95/mo$5.45/mo

The important thing to take note of when comparing two shared hosting plans is the number of websites allowed. The Plus plan allows unlimited websites which is great while the Basic plan only allows only one website.

This is where the needs of the user come in. If, for example, you’re just starting out and only plan to create one website, going with the Plus plan might seem a little bit like using a grenade launcher to roast a Turkey. Another important thing to note when we are comparing Bluehost Basic versus Plus plan is storage. Here again, your needs come in. If your website is a simple one that doesn’t have too many videos and pictures, then 50GB of storage ought to be enough.

However, if your site is going to be data-heavy with lots of videos, pictures, and files, then the Plus plan is probably the best for you – even if you only plan on creating one website. You can always change your mind, and if you do, you’ll have zero troubles scaling up. The fact that both plans come with free domain registration and a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt is great too.

Bluehost Basic vs. Plus: Conclusion

However, since the gap between the Bluehost Basic vs. Plus plan in terms of price isn’t that much (only about 2-3 dollars), we would recommend that you purchase the Plus plan regardless. You can never have too much space, too many websites, or too many domains. If the Plus plan is too expensive for you, though, you can go with the Basic plan.

GoDaddy vs AWS

In March 2016, GoDaddy announced their official entrance on the cloud market, an event which, according to many, meant that GoDaddy vs AWS would finally be a race on equal terms. Less than two years from this announcement, GoDaddy shut down their cloud business and, another six months afterwards, migrated most of their infrastructure to AWS. The race for cloud hosting was thus concluded.

Otherwise, from a hardware perspective, GoDaddy and AWS are quite similar. Whether you choose GoDaddy or AWS is entirely dependent on your expertise. Amazon’s services are intended for advanced users and people who can easily manage back-end development, while GoDaddy is a better option for those who are still trying to figure out their web hosting goals and needs.

The way I see it, GoDaddy is something of a local restaurant who purchased the rights to the operations of a successful international fast food company. If you’re looking for a nice place to grab lunch right now, there’s isn’t much of an AWS vs GoDaddy competition. However, if you want to grow a business of your own and believe that your organization will need more and more resources, it makes more sense to consider AWS.

GodaddyAmazon AWS
PlanSharedLightsail
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $100 consumable
Storage100GBNo
BandwidthUnlimitedper Instance
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesYes
IP Address15
Uptime offer0.9941
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SuppportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonAmazon Inc.
Year Founded19972006
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseWeb and Appliction Startups
HeadquartersUSAUSA

As you can see from the comparison between these two services, they are essentially competing for different markets. GoDaddy will give you some of the benefits of AWS’s scale and pricing, as well as their own support services. AWS’s customers are primarily businesses, but, unless you really know what you’re doing, you should probably put a pin in their offer until you get more information on what you need and how you can get it.

GoDaddy Reseller Review

You know how you sometimes have an idea that looks amazing on paper, but always falls short of your expectations when you try to implement it? The GoDaddy reseller option is one of those theoretically sound, yet practically unwise decisions. In this GoDaddy reseller review, I’ll take you through the ups and downs of the company’s service.

White label hosting or reseller hosting is a subscription that makes it possible for you to become a provider of web hosting services without the physical infrastructure of a hosting business. Essentially, you’ll be a broker between a large hosting organization and others who may require their services. If you’re good at merchandising and customer service, you can put your skills to great use through reseller programs.

While there are many good aspects to GoDaddy’s reseller program, their offer sometimes falls short in terms of benefits and, by extension, what you can offer your potential clients. When sales and basic support are your kernel operations, you want to make sure that your product is the best possible one you can afford.

GoDaddy Reseller Review Conclusion

As you can tell from this GoDaddy reseller review, it’s not just a subjective opinion that I hold with regards to their particular offer. Their ambiguous limits on server resources, odd e-mail plans, and lack of cloud hosting have deterred many customers from closing the deal with them. Their attractive prices make for a good starting option, but you should probably check out other companies as well.

GoDaddy eCommerce Review

Selling things online is the way to do business in the 21st century. This is how giants like Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, and countless smaller companies built their fortune. With GoDaddy, eCommerce can also be within your reach.

GoDaddy’s eCommerce features render their offer particularly attractive for newcomers to online retail. Their standard online store is a great way to test the waters, although I’d go with the premium GoDaddy eCommerce plan. Aside from being hosted on WordPress, the subscription would allow my customers to select and compare products, create wish lists, and much more. These are several of the crucial tools that generate invaluable marketing data regarding my customers’ preferences.

For people who really have no specialized knowledge, GoDaddy’s eCommerce website design service ensures that everything is setup neatly without much effort. For more details on how GoDaddy can enable your eCommerce business, just scroll down to find out what features you can benefit from.

GoDaddy eCommerce Review Conclusion

It’s difficult to raise the stakes on GoDaddy’s eCommerce options. They have great support, an all-round service that delivers everything you might need, both frontend and backend, as well as reasonably priced plans. I don’t need to tell you how important ease of use can be for a business that is either transitioning online or just starting out. You’ll have 1,000 problems that will scream for your attention and you don’t want your website’s uptime, responsiveness, or functionality to be one of them.

GoDaddy WordPress Hosting Review

 

WordPress is, without a doubt, the easiest way for you to set-up a secure website without any specialized help. It’s likely the reason why over 1/3 of the entire Internet is actually powered by the WordPress platform. Although GoDaddy WordPress hosting plans are a relatively new option in their portfolio, the U.S. domain registrar quickly became one of the major players for WordPress hosting.

Aside from excellent support, when you chose GoDaddy WordPress hosting you get free website migration, easy installation of the WordPress suite, automatic security updates for your WordPress software, and other useful features. Feel free to read more about them below.

Just to give you an example of what you can achieve with a GoDaddy WordPress plan, their basic subscription starts at around $4 and can go as low as $1 if you land on a promotion. This goes up to $7 when you renew. For a highly affordable fee, you can get a free domain when you purchase an annual plan, 10GB of storage, and more. I call that a great deal any day of the week.

GoDaddy WordPress Hosting Review Conclusion

Many people have come to know the GoDaddy through its controversial Super Bowl ads. However, if you decide to opt for GoDaddy WordPress hosting, you’re in for a powerful, easy to use platform that is reasonably priced. In addition, you benefit from amazing features, not to mention live (actually talking to a person, not a robot) 24/7 support when you need it.

GoDaddy VPS Reviews

If your company and/or website(s) is growing at an unprecedented rate, it might be high time for you to make the leap from shared hosting to a virtual private server (VPS). A VPS is exactly what you’d expect from something bearing this name. You get your own (virtual) share of a physical server – which means you have a pool of resources, including CPU, RAM, and storage – specifically dedicated to your business.

The value you get out of GoDaddy’s VPS packages makes up for one of the most competitive offers on the market. To give you an example, the self-managed GoDaddy VPS starts at about $9.99. However, if you don’t think you have the specialized knowledge to oversee your own slice of server with the help of root access, GoDaddy can do everything for you for a monthly price of $24.49. Not bad.

Either of the GoDaddy VPS subscriptions are certainly affordable, but are they also good? I think that 200 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM, 4 CPU cores, and a free SSL cert for one year speak for themselves. You don’t have to take my word for it, though. Scroll down below to find out other GoDaddy VPS possibilities and judge for yourself.

GoDaddy VPS Review Conclusion

GoDaddy’s VPS offers cover much more than the basic needs of setting up a VPS. Good uptime, great page-loading speed, and a strong list of resources on all of their plans makes it hard to turn them down. More importantly, you can scale your GoDaddy VPS configuration to a better one, or even jump to a dedicated server, if need be.

GoDaddy vs UniRegistry

Putting GoDaddy and Uniregistry against one another is not fair, at least not from my perspective. Uniregistry is a newcomer to the market of domain registrars, as well as to that of SSL certificates. In fact, it’s been roughly a year and a half since they started offering SSLs, which is why you won’t find them in any of the key market share statistics.

Unfortunately, Uniregistry got off on the wrong foot with SSL certs. No more than a month after announcing their partnership with Comodo to provide these certificates, a scare-tactic scam incident took place, where a number of Uni customers received fake renewal messages.

From this perspective, the debate between GoDaddy vs Uniregistry weighs heavily in favor of the former. GoDaddy has provided high-quality web security services for more than a decade and they currently are the third-largest provider of security across the Internet, right after Sectigo and DigiCert.

Faced with the Uniregistry or GoDaddy decision, some claim they chose the former simply due to novelty and sleek design, but I’m not really buying it. Especially when it comes to security.

GodaddyUniRegistry
PlanDomain RegistryDomain Registry
Pricingfrom $11.99 per yr per .com domainfrom $10.88 per yr per .com domain
Free WhoisNoYes
Free ICANNYesYes
Free TransferYesYes
in-house HostingYesNo
Free SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonFrank Schilling
Year Founded19972002
Ideal forSmall to Medium Enterprisehosting business / personal
HeadquartersUSACanada

The Uniregistry vs GoDaddy showdown might have different results later on – far, far into the future, perhaps. However, as I see it right now, Hover’s offer doesn’t pack that punch of confidentiality or value that I would need to switch over from an acknowledged company that has proven its worth time and again.

DigiCert vs GoDaddy

SSL certificates are an important matter for e-commerce businesses. If you’re selling something online, odds are nobody will buy from you if their connection to your website is not a secure one. Encrypting data and securing connections is what SSL certificates were made for, which is why both GoDaddy and DigiCert sell them.

To eliminate any moment of hesitation when you consider GoDaddy vs DigiCert, I’d like to focus on the fact that the former leverages its sizeable market capitalization to render Internet security incredibly affordable. With DigiCert, I have to pay around $100 every year just for the SSL, while GoDaddy’s first ask is just $55 (there’s a 20% off promotion at the moment), and $70 when renewed. If I’m also looking for hosting, their Ultimate plan throws a one-year free SSL my way for just $15 a month.

The decision to buy a GoDaddy or DigiCert SSL is not that clear-cut for multinationals, though. These clients might also want a warranty to go with the security service, which is not GoDaddy’s forte.

GodaddyDigiCert
PlanDeluxe SSLStandard
Pricingfrom $116.99 per yearfrom $218 per year
30-day Money-backNoYes
Issuance Time2-3 Business DaysHours
Warranty2500001000000
Certificate Utility with one-click installationNoYes
Easy CSR Generator ToolNoYes
Market Share0.15350.175
Current Websites542678618446
Free unlimited reissues for the lifetime of the certificateYesYes
Validates proof of domain ownership and organization identityYesYes
Supports 128-bit and 256-bit encryptionYesYes
Compatible with all major browsers and mobile devicesYesYes
24/7 SupportYesYes

It’s obvious that an individual, say, a blogger, would not need DigiCert’s $1,000,000 warranty in case of an incorrect certificate issue. For such customers, it’s hardly worth to even compare between DigiCert vs GoDaddy. In addition, you benefit from the same level of encryption with both services, although, as a major corporation, you might incline more towards DigiCert and their SSL warranty.

NameSilo vs GoDaddy

If you’re just looking for a place where you can buy a reasonably priced domain, then GoDaddy and NameSilo will definitely be among your most affordable solutions. While they are roughly on par in terms of prices – for example, .org is only $2 more expensive on NameSilo – there is a major difference between the total number of domains claimed by each. They often run promotions where you can land better prices on many top-level domains, so your best bet is to keep an eye out for these sales.

NameSilo says it currently monitors around 6 million worldwide domains, while GoDaddy claims over 77 million. This discrepancy is evident both in their market capitalization, as well as in the services they provide. For those looking to get online in the fastest, most affordable way possible, I cannot advise them to think in terms of GoDaddy vs NameSilo, since the latter does not have a hosting service of their own.

Having said this, customers who consider GoDaddy or NameSilo purely as domain registrars should look beyond the comparable prices. Below is a comprehensive list of additional features each service provides to its clients.

GodaddyNameSilo
PlanDomain RegistryDomain Registry
Pricingfrom $11.99 per yr per .com domainfrom $8.99 per yr per .com domain
Free WhoisNoYes
Free ICANNYesYes
Elite web site encryptionNoYes
Offers 2-factor authenticationNoYes
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Accepts unverified PayPal accountsNoYes
Accepts BitcoinNoYes
Accepts SkrillYesYes
Accepts AlipayYesYes
Free Email ForwardingYesYes
POP AccountsYesNo
Registration RefundsYesYes

With features such as Domain Auctions, Domain Broker, Bulk Search, and the newly added Domain Value Appraisal, the NameSilo vs GoDaddy match-up leans heavily in favor of the latter.

domain.com vs GoDaddy

For some time now, GoDaddy and Domain.com have been head-to-head in terms of landing new customers. It’s a well-balanced match that’s likely to go on for a while. Both hosting services offer great prices for those who also want to register a free domain, although GoDaddy’s basic subscription is slightly cheaper. Nevertheless, users who have tried these services have reported similar levels of satisfaction.

It’s enough to look at their most popular plans to get a feel of how the match between GoDaddy vs Domain.com might go. Where Domain.com offers unlimited storage space, GoDaddy gives me 100 GB – which is still way, way more than I need for a starter website. On the flip side, GoDaddy guarantees unlimited bandwidth, which I care much more about than space, at least at this point. Domain.com has “scaling” options, which is to say that they’re going to make me pay if I want to maintain my website’s responsiveness.

I wouldn’t necessarily jump to conclusions and vouchsafe for either GoDaddy or Domain.com right now, but you can take a look at the figures and judge for yourself.

GodaddyDomain.com
PlanEconomyLinux Basic
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $3.75/month
Storage100GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesn/a
SSL CertificateNoNo
CpanelYesother
RAM1GB1GB
Email Accounts1Unlimited
24/7 SupportYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseBest for blogs and social websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

It’s sensible to have a Domain.com vs GoDaddy showdown. The two are, after all, aiming for the same market segment. However, the only thing Domain.com has to show for its higher price is the SSL Certificate, which appears only in GoDaddy’s Ultimate plan. But, to be fair, I can easily setup a free and secure SSL plugin on my WordPress without having to pay anything to anyone, so I don’t know if that should be a deciding factor in any equation.

Hover vs GoDaddy

Somewhere in the early 2010s, GoDaddy and Hover were deadlocked in something of a trial by combat. Everyone, including Forbes, mind you, demonized GoDaddy, while Hover was portrayed as nothing short of an “oasis” for new domain names.

Although IT is my life, my main hobby is reading, so I’m quite adept at telling when I’m being finessed. Even more so when I’m being sold one of the oldest archetypes in literature: the story of the underdog. But the narrative of Hover being an awesome underdog and a great alternative to GoDaddy was nothing more than marketing spiel. Today, if you look at GoDaddy vs Hover purely on the basis of what they offer, fiction crumbles under the weight of fact.

For those of you trying to decide whether GoDaddy or Hover is a better solution, I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that Hover will ask you for 4x the Economy pack of GoDaddy just to register a domain name. And the list goes on. Just scroll down to find out more about how they stack up against one another.

GodaddyHover
PlanDomain RegistryDomain Registry
Pricingfrom $11.99 per yr per .com domainfrom $12.99 per yr per .com domain
Free WhoisNoYes
Free ICANNYesYes
Free TransferYesYes
in-house HostingYesNo
Free SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email ForwardingYesPaid
Year Founded19972008
Ideal forSmall to Medium Enterprisenon-profit websites
HeadquartersUSACanada

To me, it seems very clear that an entrenched and successful hosting service like GoDaddy will sometimes be targeted by negative marketing campaigns. Hover vs. GoDaddy was never even a competition. It was rather a marketing ploy to attract new customers who do not have the time to look at the facts and don’t mind replacing them with fiction.

Network Solutions vs GoDaddy

You may think it harsh of me to claim that GoDaddy and Network Solutions aren’t even in the same race, but that’s the cold, hard truth. However, if you’re anything me when it comes to recommendations, you’re not going to take me at face value. Instead, you’ll take the GoDaddy vs Network Solutions match-up even further. You’ll want to see data and in-depth comparisons and, luckily, plenty of that is about to follow.

As a general rule, I dislike taking the easy stance by claiming that either GoDaddy or Network Solutions is the better of the two, but, in this particular case one service simply out-classes the other across the board.

You’ll see this throughout my value analysis of the two services. For example, GoDaddy’s Economy pack lets me register a free domain, gives me 100 GB of storage space, and free e-mail, while NS’s Starter is only 15GB of space and no free domain registration. You may disagree with me, but take a look at the features below and tell me if I’m not right.

GodaddyNetwork Solutions
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $3.99/month
Storage100GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageYesn/a
SSL CertificateNon/a
Money-back Guarantee30 Daysn/a
Email Accounts1Unlimited
24/7 SupportYesYes
One-click installsYesYes
24/7 Security MonitoringYesNo
CpanelYesYes
HeadquartersUSAUSA

So far, this is the data I can offer to help you resolve the dispute between Network Solutions vs GoDaddy. From very basic plans, where the latter raises the stakes considerably, to high-traffic offers, GoDaddy has more features, top tier support, and a better uptime. I may see a different, better race in the future, say, if GoDaddy decides to stop competing for a season or two, but it’s unlikely that such a thing would ever happen.

GoDaddy vs. Enom

GoDaddy vs. Enom is not a very spectacular contest. In a fight, neither of the two domain registrars would achieve a resounding victory. Instead, one would slowly grind down the other in what would probably become the most tiresome match-up in the industry. But, hey, if you’re trying to choose the best service out there, you have to give them all a fair chance, right?

GoDaddy and Enom started out as domain registrars at roughly the same time. Since then, GoDaddy Inc. has become one of the largest web service companies in the world and currently holds an enormous share of the market in terms of domain purchases. Meanwhile, Enom has also developed nicely, but, at present, the number of domains they sell is minimal when compared to GoDaddy.

Because they generally sell the same stuff, it’s kinda difficult to come up with a winner. But, as we always do, we managed to find a way.

GoDaddy vs. Enom Registrar Overview

Both companies started off at around the same time, with Enom getting started in 1997 and GoDaddy later in the same year (for the full story on how GoDaddy started, feel free to check our GoDaddy review). They also started with the same products as well, with both Enom and GoDaddy starting off as domain registrars and web hosting companies.

Twenty years later, both GoDaddy and Enom have managed to go really far. But one has managed to go farther than the other, and with over 17 million reported customers, GoDaddy is by far the more popular company. Why? Consistent advertising, for the most part.

It wasn’t always that way though. In 2006, Enom brought out Bulkregister, a major competitor and became the second-largest domain registrar in the world. In 2014, the host’s parent company, Rightside, split off from their parent company, Demand Media and began to work as an independent entity.

GoDaddy vs. Enom Hosting Overview

As a web host, GoDaddy is also incredibly popular. However, this is partly due to the fact that there are almost no hosts that offer to host as cheap as GoDaddy’s. They keep the price low, and the demand high. Adam Smith would probably host his website, if he had one, with GoDaddy (click here for the reference of this joke).

GodaddyEnom
PlanSharedStarter
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $5.96/month
Storage100GB20GB
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageYesn/a
SSL CertificateNon/a
Uptime offer99.4%99.9%
RAM1GBn/a
CpanelYesother

Enom’s business model is a somewhat curious one. In exchange for advertising Dreamhost’s VPS and cloud computing services, Enom acts as the permanent domain registrar for all of Dreamhost’s customers.

GoDaddy vs. Enom: What to Look Forward To

The first thing you should take note of before choosing a domain registrar is whether they are ICANN- accredited registrars. This organization acts as the regulator of the industry and makes sure that domain registrars such as GoDaddy and Enom, but also others, are playing by the rules.

Generally, this is much better than buying a domain name from a third-party reseller as they are usually not ICANN- accredited. Secondly, if you’d want to get a country-specific domain name, you need to first check local domain registrar prices. Registering with well known global registrars such as GoDaddy or Google Domains and taking advantage of their on-going promos can save you a few bucks in the end.

The third thing to do is what you’re presumably doing right now – do your research. Since most companies offer the same goods, the important thing you need to take note of is the price. Many registrars have special discounts that take quite a great percentage off the first-time price, so you need to look for that as well.

If you’re going to be launching your site after acquiring your domain name, you should probably think of purchasing your hosting plan and your domain plan from the same company. Hosting your site with the same provider as you registered your domain name with makes things a lot easier (Not all registrars also offer hosting services, GoDaddy and NetworkSolutions are some of the registrars who do that and make your life overall better because of it). You also need to think of additional services you may need like SSL certificates, and if your provider offers these services with special discounts.

Things to remember when deciding between Enom and GoDaddy:

  • Both GoDaddy and Enom are ICANN registered, so you’re covered on that.
  • GoDaddy provides a free domain name if you purchase an annual plan. Importantly,Enom doesn’t.
  • While Enom can match GoDaddy when it comes to TLD extensions and generic extensions, Enom only has a handful of country-specific TLDs. Compared to GoDaddy, Enom easily takes the second position.

Domain Pricing

As we said, pricing is an important metric to consider when choosing between Enom and GoDaddy. You don’t want to be buying something of the same value at a higher price, do you?

We’ll be looking at the price lists of both companies for .com, .xyz, .co, .org, .net and .club domains.

GoDaddy PricingEnom Pricing
.com$0.99 (with this discount)$13.95
.org$7.99$14.75
.co$11.99$32.50
.xyz$0.99$12.99
.net$11.99$16.57
.club$9.99$19.99

Clearly, GoDaddy’s domain prices are way cheaper than Enom’s. The choice here is astonishingly easy.

Both companies don’t only sell domains. There are also additional services like WHOIS privacy (a feature that keeps your details off public WHOIS listing), SSL certificates, Shared Hosting, and website builder tools.

Shared Hosting Pricing

Enom’s hosting is not exactly what we would call cheap. In fact, compared to GoDaddy’s, it is downright luxurious. GoDaddy has four tiers of Shared Hosting plans, compared to Enom with only has three. GoDaddy’s plans are the Economy, Deluxe, Ultimate, and Maximum plans. Enom’s three plans are the Starter, Advanced and Power plans.

Low-Tier Hosting Plan Compared

Enom’s starter plan comes with 1 domain, 20GB of space, 200 GB of bandwidth and costs $5.96. GoDaddy’s basic plan, the Economy plan, comes with one website, 100GB of storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited emails, and one free domain. The plan just costs about $2.99 and around seven dollars to renew. Not only does Enom cost more, but generally provides less value as well.

Medium-Tier Hosting Plan Compared

The Advanced plan comes with 40 GB of storage, 400 GB of bandwidth, one domain and costs $9.76. GoDaddy’s Deluxe plan comes with all the features of the Economy plan and has the added advantage of unlimited websites, storage, and subdomains. It costs $4.99 (and $10.99 to renew). Again, GoDaddy’s plan completely floors Enom’s plan. Is it starting to look like a farce? Yes.

High-End Hosting Plan Compared

The Power plan which is Enom’s highest Shared Hosting plan comes with not very much power, ironically. It only has one domain, a hundred gigabytes of disk space, a terabyte of bandwidth and costs $19.68. To compare, GoDaddy’s Ultimate plan costs just about $5.99 (The renewal fee is $16.99). The plan comes with all the features of the Deluxe plan plus a free SSL certificate, double the processing power of the Deluxe plan and unlimited databases.

Ultimate Hosting Plan Compared

GoDaddy’s most expensive plan is the Ultimate plan and it comes with all the features of the High-End plan but doubles the processing power and memory. It also doubles the maximum website traffic limit and includes a free SSL certificate for the full term. It costs 12.99 for an initial purchase and $24.99 upon renewal. Again, this plan packs more power than Enom’s most expensive plan, even though it has comparable pricing.

GoDaddy vs. Enom: Customer Support

Whether managing your domains or hosting, you’ll almost certainly need customer support, especially if you’re a rookie. We did some testing, and we can tell you the host that we’d rather speak to if we’re in a fix.

Customer Support Channels

The first thing that we consider when testing live chat for both GoDaddy and Enom is how long we have to wait in line before getting in touch with a support representative on their end. For GoDaddy, we consistently had to wait for over ten minutes to get connected to a live rep. Ten minutes is a pretty long time if your website is down and you need urgent help. What’s more, the live reps that we spoke to were not of much help. While a few were able to answer our questions, an overwhelming majority were not able to give us satisfactory answers.

As bad as we thought GoDaddy’s customer support was, Enom’s managed to be worse.

First off, on an average, we found connecting to Enom’s live reps to be more of a headache than connecting to GoDaddy’s. Plainly put, it took longer. The quality of live support was even worse as all the reps that we spoke to sounded impatient and were not even able to answer anything asides basic questions.

For phone support, it was more of the same. GoDaddy had long wait times, Enom had longer wait times, and both did not have great support. However, the ticketing system for both was great.

Enom vs. GoDaddy: Our Winner

All in all, when you look closely at the match-up between Enom vs. GoDaddy, GoDaddy is just slightly more advantageous than Enom across the board. Granted, they have received all manners of complaints from customers lately, but, provided that they will address their problems, they will most certainly continue to be a better choice. Why? It’s simple. They give you more features and they do so for less money. Win-win… not for Enom, unfortunately, but for you.

Namecheap vs GoDaddy

The match-up between GoDaddy vs NameCheap is a clash of titans in terms of domain purchases. Both of these started out selling domains and are well-known for their additional services across the industry. Whether you’re just looking to buy a domain or you’re also interested in hosting, e-mail, and other features, GoDaddy and NameCheap will both jump to your aid.

How, then, are you supposed to decide between them? My recommendation is to start with pricing, but it can be difficult to make out which of the two services is cheaper when your screen is invaded with offers and special first-sales. To get to the bottom of whether GoDaddy or NameCheap is more affordable, you have to look at their renewal prices for .com domain names. I get to that in a moment.

In addition, to make your life easier later down the line, you should consider which of these companies offer a better interface, both for transactions and when it comes to their domain manager. Before you pull the trigger, you might also want to give some thought to the ethical stance of the company you’re about to support, because what you discover might actually change your mind.

GodaddyNameCheap
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $9.88/month
Storage100GB50GB
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageYesYes
SSL CertificateNoNo
Uptime offer0.9941
RAM1GBn/a
Email Accounts1100
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonRichard Kirkendall
Year Founded19972000
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseInternet beginners / bloggers
HeadquartersUSAUSA

So here’s the deal: GoDaddy is the largest domain registrar out there. They have attractive prices for most domain names and a host of additional features you can purchase once you’ve landed a domain.

At the same time, however, NameCheap is actually more affordable in the long run because they are more upfront about renewal costs and maintain the same fees for longer than 2 years. Their interface is also much cleaner and, although they are not perfect in this respect, they do attempt way fewer upsell strategies than GoDaddy.

Last, but not least, GoDaddy has some serious ethical issues to deal with in terms of advertising and company values. Based on this alone, I’d ask myself whether I actually want to support such a company, especially when so many similar alternatives are competing for my money.

iPage vs GoDaddy

GoDaddy vs iPage is a tough match-up to settle, but it’s not exactly a tie, either. If you’re looking for a straightforward X is better than Y, I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint you. The two services are far too similar in terms of features and performance to warrant that kind of clear-cut distinction. What I can say, however, is that X is better for certain customers, while Y is more attractive to others. At the end of the day, it’s all about what you’re looking for.

GoDaddy and iPage are owned by two of the most powerful companies on the web services market, GoDaddy Group and Endurance International, respectively. This comes with advantages and drawbacks, but it doesn’t essentially differentiate between the two. They both offer affordable hosting options and are geared towards businesses looking to get on the web quickly. In terms of free domains, storage space, and e-mails, they are almost indistinguishable.

What can help you separate between them is in the details. That’s why I’ve put their features side by side and drew a scrupulous comparison.

GodaddyiPage
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $2.75/month
Storage100GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedscalable
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageYesn/a
SSL CertificateNon/a
Uptime offer0.9940.999
RAM1GB1GB
Email Accounts1Unlimited
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonEndurance International Group
Year Founded19971998
Ideal forSmall to Medium Enterprisehosting business/personal
HeadquartersUSAUSA

In spite of the fact that the iPage vs GoDaddy debate is as close as it can get, you can settle it by asking yourself the following questions. Do you want super affordable, vanilla hosting? If so, then iPage is the answer. Would you rather pay a slightly higher fee for more features and a potentially complete solution for your business? GoDaddy is the right call for you.

Namecheap vs. HostGator

HostGator Vs Namecheap, which company offers the best hosting service? Your best mate would probably say either of the two. And then when you ask them why they chose either one, they would probably say something along the lines of “It’s really cheap, durrrh” (concerning Namecheap) or “Gators are like, super cool, man” (concerning HostGator). When you ask us, though, we give you an actual in-depth review of both Web-hosts, buy their plans and test their performance, talk to their customer care, research about their tech, and show you (not tell) why one is better than the other.

So, which Web-host is the best?

Let’s show you.

Overview

HostGator is one of the oldest Web-hosts, founded way back in 2002, and one of the most popular Web-hosts on the planet. They are based in Houston, and most of their servers are based in Provo, Utah, and Houston. The Web-host also hosts around 10 million websites on their servers, making it one of the biggest Web-hosts on the planet.  Offering services like VPS, dedicated and shared server hosting, HostGator has a lot of plans. A while ago, HostGator was bought by Endurance International Group, a conglomerate that owns almost half of the Web-hosting industry. HostGator’s reputation suffered a bit when its Provo datacenter experienced massive outages after the purchase by EIG. But since then, they’ve started performing at the level of a top Web-host.

Namecheap was founded in 2000 by Richard Kirkendall and since that time they’ve managed to rack up more than two million customers. It gets better for Namecheap though. As a domain registrar, they have over seven million domain names under their control. It appears, to us, that Namecheap has managed to build a name for itself in domain registration. As the name implies, Namecheap’s main selling point is inexpensive plans, but does this mean that they deliver on performance? Let’s find out.

Popularity

Namecheap and HostGator are pretty big Web-hosts, with both hosting more than a million websites, so In a way, this is the battle of titans of web-hosting. Regardless, we think that HostGator has a bigger name than Namecheap.

But does it matter? Not in the least.

Performance

The primary way of judging a Web-host is via performance. How well does the service deliver on its promise of keeping your website accessible? How quickly, on an average, can they deliver that promise? No doubt, the better Web-host delivers on its promise better than the other.

We’ll be measuring the performance of both Web-hosts using uptime and speed.

May the best host win.

Uptime

Like we said earlier, we got on the HostGator website, paid for a plan, set up our account, and went to work testing uptime. Over our testing period, we experienced 99.99% percent uptime, which is as great as any Web-host can promise anyone. So on account of uptime, HostGator is doing pretty well. Most reviewers end uptime analysis here, but not us. We also like to see whether Web-hosts have an uptime guarantee policy. This just makes sure that if ever uptime with a Web-host gets terrible, users have a claim at some compensation. HostGator is pretty impressive here too, giving a 99.9% uptime guarantee. What’s the best part? If ever you experience an uptime lower than 99.9%, you are entitled to one month of credit on your account. By far, this is one of the best uptime packages we’ve ever reviewed. Almost impeccable uptime plus a great uptime guarantee is almost impossible to beat.

Using the same method we used for HostGator, we checked out Namecheap’s uptime. Over our testing period, Namecheap averaged an uptime of 99.94%, which might sound like amazing numbers on a report card, but translates to about 6 hours of downtime each year. It’s not quite the worst thing in the world, but when compared to HostGator, Namecheap may have to take several seats.  We wanted to know whether Namecheap has a great guarantee that can make up for their server performance. Namecheap provides an uptime guarantee of 99.9% and users are eligible for a free day of hosting for each hour of downtime after uptime drops below 99.9%. While this is good news, it doesn’t really do much to reassure us that websites won’t experience reoccurring downtime.

VERDICT; HostGator obviously has better uptime than Namecheap and is consequently the more reliable Web-host.

Speed

While it is important that your website is up an OVERWHELMING majority of the time, it is also important that the servers that your website runs on respond quickly to queries. A fast Web-host can be the difference between a high conversion rate and a low one. Faster websites appear higher on search engine queries than slower ones. If your website, for example, doesn’t rank high on search engine queries, you stand a chance of losing a lot of customers to a competitor.

Let’s see how HostGator and Namecheap perform in regards to page speed.

HostGator, even with great uptime, has questionable page speed. Over our testing period, we recorded an average speed of 765ms, which is just a bit above average. Were we impressed? It is difficult to be impressed by something like that. As expected, full load speed was even slower, with our dummy website taking more than a second to load most times. This is very dangerous because 40% of visitors will leave a site if it takes too long to load. Usually, the limit is 2 seconds and, although not regularly, we saw our page take more than two seconds to load. So if speed is a necessity for you (and it should be), HostGator hasn’t really got you covered.

Over our testing period, Namecheap averaged a page speed of 708ms, pretty much sat squarely in the average zone. We’ve seen worse, yes, but we’ve seen much better. While the TTFB (Time To First Byte) wasn’t disappointing most of the time, there were also periods where it was decidedly terrible. Thankfully, our dummy website loaded in a little under a second and we rarely had to wait up to two seconds to view our website either

VERDICT; Both Web-hosts are decidedly average with respect to speed, but we have to choose a winner. Namecheap might have had the worse uptime, but they have servers that are definitely faster than HostGator. They take this one for us.

Ease of Use

Let’s face it, web-hosting is a pretty technical (we don’t want to use words like difficult)  thing to grasp. So technical that some people would rather have an IT guy to set up their account rather than do it themselves. But there are people, especially small business owners, who don’t have that luxury. For these set of people, and for even advanced users, it is important that the backend interface is simple and efficient. Sounds easy right? Not really.

Let’s look at how great the experience of managing a website is with these two Web-hosts.

The first thing to talk about would be the signup process of HostGator. While the sign-up itself was a breeze and our payment was cleared as quickly as possible, it took over thirty minutes for the services paid for to be available to us. Whatever the problem is, it doesn’t look good. While it is unlikely to be a sticking point, it’s one aspect of the service that we didn’t appreciate.

HostGator’s user interface is pretty great, with most things, like billing, domain name management, plan details, and support usually a click away most times. The interface is not cluttered and quite efficient. Users manage their site through the standard cPanel. This means that users crossing over from other Web-hosts don’t need to go through a process of getting used to a new interface. Because of cPanel’s structure, you cannot change the theme of the interface, but you can customize the layout to an extent.

All of HostGator’s plans come with Google analytics, MOJO marketplace, and one-click installations. The Marketplace, if used well, can add a lot of quality to your website. This means that users get to install whatever apps they want, whenever they want, and easily too. There is also the vanish server caching which comes pre-installed and delivers really great speed. Google Analytics is also immediately ready to use— this means no setup or anything. To make the work of users even easier, all plans come with a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate. For a new website, visibility is probably one of the most important things to get right. To this effect, HostGator offers $100 ad credits for the first $25 of ad credits spent. Coupled with great SEO practices, these ad credits can take a website from the dark corners of the internet to the first page on a Google search.

For users transferring from a previous Web-host, HostGator offers a single free site transfer— which is one more than most Web-hosts offer. To make the deal sweeter, HostGator includes a free cPanel transfer plan as well so if you have a large site with multiple subdomains, HostGator has got you covered. For newbies with no websites, HostGator has a website builder called Gator by HostGator (very captain obvious-y, that). It is one of the best proprietary website builders that we’ve seen and is tailor-made for beginners. It comes with a free domain name, so all you need to do is to purchase a plan and get on with building your website. Gator by HostGator also comes with an eCommerce plan so even newbies can set up a fully functioning online store without worrying about plugins, payment gateways and all of that technical stuff.

Advanced users also have access to advanced Programming and Databases – PHP, MySQL, SSH access and more.

All in all, using HostGator is super easy, barely an inconvenience.

We don’t pay Web-hosts with Bitcoin— mostly because most Web-hosts do not accept it. That’s where Namecheap is different, though. You can pay via bitcoin if you want to. We found that to be pretty neat and innovative.

Namecheap’s user interface is clean, uncluttered and unsurprisingly efficient at displaying a tonne of information. Other Web-hosts like A2 could probably learn a thing or two from Namecheap’s space management. From the interface, you get access to everything worth getting access to— billing information, domain management and hosting management. Namecheap makes use of cPanel too, so if you’re moving over from another Web-host you do not have to worry about getting used to another site management interface. It’s easy to use and, if you ever run out of ideas or get stuck, there are a lot of tutorials available to help you through.

Namecheap also offers free site migration. That’s great news if you’re moving from another Web-host to Namecheap. The steps are easy and actually require only the minimum involvement on your path. You only need to provide access to the cPanel of the site you want to be migrated. While there’s no promise that your website won’t experience downtime, there’s a promise that even if your site does experience downtime, it won’t exceed fifteen minutes. It gets even better. If your site experiences downtime longer than 15 minutes, you get a period of hosting equal to your initial purchase free. EVEN THOUGH, we think that it is very unlikely that Namecheap botches up your website migration in such a mega way, it’s good to know that they are so confident in their ability.

Namecheap started business as a domain registrar and has built up a reputation of being a pretty amazing one too, so if you want a domain registered, there is hardly a better choice. Namecheap has no inbuilt cache, but the cPanel interface has easy to use support for Cloudflare caching. Namecheap makes things easier for businesses by offering direct access to an online-based advertising service called Business promoter which runs ads for you when you feed it information. There’s also access, to people on shared plans, to Softaculous, a feature that allows users to install software that upgrades website features and functionality.

VERDICT; We used both Web-hosts and take it from us when we say that HostGator is easier to use than Namecheap. They win this one for us.

Money-Back Policy

False advertising is one of the banes of modern-day capitalism. Too often we purchase something and discover that it isn’t quite what we thought it’d be, but by then it’s too late. Our money is gone, and we’ve been handed a dud. Thankfully, money-back policies ensure that this doesn’t happen often.

Even Web-hosts have different money-back policies, and it goes without saying that the Web-host with the longer testing period is the better Web-host in this regard. So which Web-host gives a longer period of testing?

Namecheap offers the basic, industry-standard 30-days money-back policy. This means that you get a thirty days period to try out your Web-hosting service and decide whether it is for you or not.

HostGator, on the other hand, adds fifteen days to Namecheap’s thirty days and provides a significantly longer 45 days money back policy.

Are there any hidden fees? Just the basic ones— your refunds don’t cover any service received for free, for example, if you received a free domain name from both Web-hosts, a fee of $15 or thereabouts will be deducted.

VERDICT; Forty-five is longer than thirty. This is pretty much as straightforward as it can get— HostGator takes this one for us.

Customer Support

If there’s one thing you should test carefully before picking a Web-host, it the quality of their Tech-support. All kinds of issues can come up during hosting, and you need to be sure that you can count on the Tech-support of your Web-host to help you solve problems quickly and efficiently.

You can contact HostGator’s customer support through phone, live chat, and email channels. We tried connecting to their live chat channel a few times and got confused. Why? The first few times we tried to get a hold of live rep, we were connected in about a minute or two, but on one occasion we were forced to wait for 35 minutes. So, it’s not impossible to get a hold of HostGator’s live rep, but depending on luck and whether or not the force is with you, you might be forced to wait for more than an hour. The reps we connected to were just as erratic— all were really friendly, but only a few seemed to be really knowledgeable. When we asked them the same kind of questions, only a few were able to give us answers on the spot. We had to wait for as long as fifteen minutes for others to give us an answer. Generally, HostGator’s customer support gave us the feeling of gambling; the chances of getting reliable support is about fifty-fifty.

We’d read and heard a lot of really interesting things about Namecheap’s customer support. But we decided to try it out for ourselves and see if things were really as people said they were.

To a large extent, they were.

They have a live chat and ticketing channel with a great knowledge base but no phone support (we weren’t really disappointed by that as we don’t really appreciate phone support in the first place). There’s also a really smooth FAQ section that answers most of the questions that beginners would have. So we decided to reach out to a live rep through their live chat channel. While wait time was relatively stable under ten minutes, the live reps we spoke weren’t exactly helpful. When we asked questions, we were either sent links to articles or were quoted some paragraphs from the service agreement. Half the time, we were transferred to another customer service rep who seemed to be just as clueless as the first customer service rep. All in all, Namecheap’s customer support is relatively easy to contact, but getting them to help you is something else entirely.

VERDICT; We are usually wary of the customer support structure of large companies, and most of the time we are right to be. This is another case in point. Both HostGator and Namecheap are pretty big Web-hosts, and they offer pretty uninspiring customer support. Who is surprised? Not us, that’s for sure. No matter how long HostGator’s customer support wait time can be, though, we found more assistance talking to them than with talking to Namecheap’s customer support. HostGator, again, takes this one.

Security

An important thing to consider when choosing a Web-host is the level of security provided. How secure is the information hosted on their servers? Do they provide backups? Do users have to pay extra?

Well, HostGator only offers free SSL certificates. The other security features provided for having to be bought separately at checkout. HostGator provides CodeGuard Automatic Backups and the price for this feature starts at $2 per month and it comes with 1GB automatic daily backups for a maximum of five websites, databases and files. There is also a limit to restores too, with only three restores allowed per month. The tool also acts as a malware scanner and protects websites from hackers and viruses. HostGator is protected from DDOS attacks via “flood” and there’s an extensive firewall put in place to protect servers from different kinds of attacks. If heavy flooding is experienced, HostGator’s servers have network level flood protection. HostGator also provides Sitelock security. Sitelock scans the website of users, discovers malware or viruses and alerts users. However, this service is not free and starts from $1.94 per month.

HostGator has pretty basic security features, but most of them have to be purchased separately and only come free with higher-tier plans. The real work of security has to be done at the end of the user. Actions like using a safe password, updating all installed applications, ensuring that you scan your account regularly and installing only safe plugins can help users protect their servers further.

Namecheap offers free backups. These backups are done twice a week and only the higher tier plans have access to free daily backups. However, seeing that most Web-hosts do not even offer free backups at all, bi-weekly guaranteed backups are quite respectable.  In the event that your website gets attacked and all your data is lost, Namecheap can attempt to recover all your lost files for a fee of $15.  All Namecheap plans come with free SSL certificates so the minimum level of protection is offered free of charge. If you want to add additional certificates to your site, you can add them through cPanel. There’s a two-factor authentication feature available to users, and WhoIsGuard privacy protection, free of charge. Namecheap also has a VPN service that keeps the location of users safe on public Wi-Fi networks. There is also a brute attack mechanism that makes sure brute attacks can’t be used to gain access to a website. After two or three trials of a wrong password, users are forced to verify their identity using reCAPTCHA. This basically makes it impossible for a brute attack to be successfully carried out. There’s an extra level of protection called the Leech protect feature that allows users to set the limit on logins. The feature also allows users to detect any unusual activities on password-restricted areas of your account.

VERDICT; Both Web-hosts have pretty decent security infrastructure— not really great, but certainly not bad either. In addition, the fact that neither Web-host has been involved in large breaches of security in recent times tells us that whatever they’re doing, it’s working. This is a tie for us, as both Web-hosts are great but not outstanding.

HostGator vs. Namecheap – Pricing

Even terrible service can be forgiven if you’re paying exactly what it’s worth. It is important to get the best deal, and that’s why the pricing structure of web-hosting plans is important. We believe that there is always an optimum deal— the perfect marriage between price and value, and we are always on the lookout for such deals because, while they might be rare, they do exist (You can check out HostGator vs Bluehost’s pricing comparison, for example). Let’s see how close either of these two Web-hosts get to this perfect marriage of value and price. To make it easier, and more relevant to you, we’ll only be looking at shared hosting plans because they are more popular and a better yardstick for price behavior on other plans.

HostGator has three shared hosting plans and they are the Hatchling Plan, the Baby Plan, and the Business plan. The Hatchling plan comes with a single domain, one-click installations, unlimited disk space, unlimited email accounts, unmetered bandwidth and subdomains,  and a free SSL certificate all at a  price of $2.75 per month. However, this price is only available if you’re paying 36 months in advance. If you’re paying for lower, you have to pay the regular price which is $10.95. So, basically, the plan is great value for the first three years. After that, though, you might wish you hadn’t bought the plan.

The second plan is the Baby plan and it comes with unlimited domains, and a free domain plus all the features of the Hatchling plan. It costs a promotional price of $3.95 per month but the same conditions as the Hatchling plan applies and the normal price per month is $11.95. Renewals cost $9.95, as well. The business plan comes with all the features of the Baby plus a free dedicated IP and free SEO tools. The plan costs $5.95 per month, but renewal costs $14.95 per month.

HostGator’s introductory prices are really enticing but with renewal, the prices quoted give us pause. After enjoying great prices for three years, how annoying would it be to start paying the real cost of a Web-hosting plan? Great deal, but it could be better.

Namecheap is supposed, like the name implies, to be really cheap. Let’s see if they live up to their name.

Namecheap has three shared hosting plans and they are the Stellar, Stellar Plus and Stellar business plans. The Stellar plan provides for three websites, 20GB SSD and unmetered bandwidth at $1.44 per month (normally $2.88 per month). The Stellar plus plan comes with unmetered SSDs, unlimited websites, and auto backup. The plan costs an introductory price of $2.44 and renews at $4.88. The last plan is the Stellar Business plan and it costs $3.88 per month and comes with unlimited websites auto backup and cloud storage. Renewal of the plan costs $7.88

VERDICT; Without a doubt, Namecheap’s plan costs less and in some cases, especially with their basic plan, packs more value. The quality of the hosting experience itself may be suspect, but you really cannot fault the pricing structure of Namecheap— by far one of the best we’ve ever reviewed.

Extra Features

There are so many aspects of hosting— so many that some don’t even have the right subheadings to cover them. Let’s see how many extra features these Web hosts have and how useful they are (yes, some extra features can be quite utterly useless).

HostGator has several extra features like;

  • Better performance with Opteron 6000 series CPU combined with DDR3 ECC RAM
  • Support of multiple languages including Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, and Perl.
  • HostGator has only one database— MySQL
  • Unlimited FTP and email accounts.
  • $100 in free advertising credits
  • Access to Google analytics and Mojo marketplace
  • Generally, HostGator has a nice crop of extra features, but nothing really stands out for us.

Namecheap also has some really cool extra features like;

  • Better performance with Dell M1000 Blade server technology
  • Namecheap plans can be paid for using Bitcoin
  • Access to marketplace
  • Namecheap has an auto backup tool
  • free website domain on all plans
  • multiple websites on the cheapest plans

VERDICT; This can be somewhat subjective, but we feel that Namecheap’s extra features are more useful, overall, to the running of your website so they win this one again

Major Differences

Let’s have a quick recap. What are the major differences between HostGator and Namecheap?

  • Namecheap is cheaper (no one is surprised) than HostGator
  • HostGator has a 45-day money-back guarantee, while Namecheap has a 30-days money-back guarantee
  • HostGator has better performance than Namecheap
  • Namecheap allows payments in Bitcoin, HostGator doesn’t

Namecheap vs. HostGator – Our Pick

This article has been considerably longer than the reply that your mate would have given you had you asked them, which Web-host is better? HostGator or Namecheap?

It has also been less funny too, but the price of information can be quite steep.

So to our answer. HostGator has everything important— except for the lowest prices. But quality comes at a cost, and that is what HostGator represents— quality. (At least when put side by side Namecheap).

So, HostGator Vs Namecheap?

Gators are like really cool, man.

Weebly vs. GoDaddy

GoDaddy vs. Weebly is a comparison that pops up a lot in Google searches. I wouldn’t have it any other way: these two companies offer affordable hosting options and can help businesses achieve an online presence very quickly. Mind you, neither of them provides a premium service, but both GoDaddy and Weebly are ideal for starter websites and beginners.

So which should you go for, then? Does it even make sense to compare them if they are so similar to one another? Well, yes. As it turns out, one of these services may actually be slightly better for you than the other. It’s not that the difference between them in terms of performance is anything to write home about, but they each have their own strong suit, which may or may not be to your advantage.

If you want to choose GoDaddy or Weebly to better suit your specific needs, the head-to-head comparison is what counts the most.

GodaddyWeebly
PlanSharedConnect
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $7/month
Storage100GB500mb
BandwidthUnlimitedn/a
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesn/a
SSL CertificateNoYes
Uptime offer0.9940.999
RAM1GBUnmetered
Email Accounts1Unlimited
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonDavid Rusenko
Year Founded19972006
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium Businesses
HeadquartersUSAUSA

This comparison will be based mostly on the website building capabilities of both web solutions. Which means Weebly will be going up against GoDaddy’s website building platform called GoCentral Website Builder instead of the GoDaddy as a web host. A good website builder is expected to offer the best features as well as smooth design experience to build your desired website or online store. At the end of the day, your website should come out fully-functional, responsive and gorgeous.

If a stress-free website builder is what you are after, Weebly is for you. If you are just getting started with all these hosting business, you really need a site builder that allows you to develop with room for mistake. GoDaddy is your plug. Like we always do, we have considered their strengths and weaknesses based on our metrics, and we have analyzed our findings below.

Weebly vs. GoDaddy Overview

As far as web hosts go, we haven’t seen any that is as old as GoDaddy which was established in 1997. Ten years later, in 2007, Weebly was founded. It has helped people with zero website building knowledge to build websites they could only dream of a few years before. GoDaddy, primarily a domain registrar, could as well be called a web-host, while Weebly is, more specifically, called a Site builder.

GoDaddy is a publicly-traded company owned by a private investment group. Their customers benefit from the host being the who’s who of the hosting industry. Their customers are also concerned that their upsells will only get worse.

Weebly is a private company that was recently purchased by Square, a privately-owned payment company. This has been a cause of excitement and worry. Some customers are excited at the prospect of things getting cheaper while others are concerned that Square could refuse to improve the web builder if it ceases to make money, like in the case of Blogger & Google.

Unlike Weebly, GoDaddy is known for its notorious Superbowl adverts (GoDaddy girls), but the recent change in the status quo has promised to erase the stigma. The web hosting juggernaut was considered a Fortune 100 “Best Company to Work for” in 2012. Not bad for a small business venture that was founded in Baltimore, Maryland. GoDaddy also owns Media Temple and the affordable Host Europe Group.

Although they employ slightly different mechanisms, both web hosts help everyday people with little site developing knowledge. Where GoDaddy is a juggernaut that helps anyone, mainly beginners, to accomplish their complete web hosting needs, Weebly is a platform for entrepreneurs with little to no coding knowledge.

Popularity Comparison

Don’t judge a website builder capabilities through popularity. But if you like to compare numbers and see which is bigger, we got you covered. GoDaddy has around 2 million Facebook fans and more than 300,000 twitter followers while Weebly only has 300,000+ facebook followers and 110,000+ followers on twitter.

As the biggest domain registrar in the world, GoDaddy maintains 77 million domains. Weebly’s 40 million+ creative customers may be a lot, but GoDaddy has 77 million domains, 13 million customers, and operates 15% of all websites online.

Weebly is believed to have hundreds of employees. GoDaddy has 8,000 employees working round-the-clock to satisfy their customers. Research shows that 1 out of 5 websites in the United States is hosted on GoDaddy. The company also offers Windows and Linux dual hosting offerings while Weebly professionals do your hosting for you. We have noticed that GoDaddy seems to be searched on Google more than Weebly (way more). But whatever you do, do not let your decision be influenced by popularity.

Performance Comparison

In a world of meritocracy, all things should be selected based on performance.

Speed and Uptime are the two major metrics of performance. Weebly or GoDaddy? We set up demo websites to see which of the two keeps your website online 24/7 and which has better speed.

Speed

Our speed test isn’t three parts. Response time, full-page speed load, and load impact test. Weebly is strictly a website builder, not a web host or domain registrar, so it is not responsible for the speed of the websites it hosts.

However, the scripts that it uses to build its websites is also a big factor in site speed determination. GoDaddy, on the other hand, provides hosting services. To make this fair, we manually migrated a Weebly website to GoDaddy. This way, we can test the speed of the Weebly websites on GoDaddy servers, by comparing it with the speed of websites built with GoCentral site builder.

Response Time

Through our demo sites, we generated a response time of 452 for the Weebly site. The GoDaddy demo site is slightly slower with 518ms. As seen with Squarespace and Wix, sites built with independent site builders like Weebly tend to respond fast. The page load speed is another matter entirely.

Page Load Speed

We randomly picked three Weebly templates to test for speed while simultaneously firing up our GoDaddy subscription:

The demo website hosted on GoDaddy has average speed of 589ms, while the Weebly website posted an average speed well above a second. From the speed results, it’s clear that GoDaddy Website is faster.

It’s clear that Weebly has faster response time, but what’s the point of response time if the page takes forever to fully load? GoDaddy is not the fastest web host we have reviewed, but it is faster than 70% of most web hosts. It still trails below web hosts like SiteGround and WpEngine though.

Load Impact Test

Our test showed that GoDaddy’s speed jumped a couple of times when it gets high traffic. The website we tested on Weebly did not show such a sign. We were able to deduce that this is as a result of the e-commerce focus of Weebly websites compared to the multipurpose GoDaddy.

Uptime

We were disappointed with Weebly speed results, so we decided to check out their uptime, with optimism. Unfortunately, this didn’t do anything to alleviate our disappointment:

GoDaddy has an uptime guarantee of 99.9% and it comfortably performs above its guarantee. This means that if uptime drops below 99.9%, you get about 5% credit of the monthly hosting fee. Weebly boasts of no such guarantee as it’s not responsible for the uptime of websites it builds.

Design and Appearance

So far, it has been one defeat after another for Weebly, but that’s about to change.

Weebly comes with 100+ themes (pre-formatted into about 35 templates) for your business and e-commerce websites. GoDaddy, on the other hand, has three times as much as Weebly. Clocking in at 300+ Website Builder templates, 100+ Jimdo templates, and 300+ WordPress themes.

Have you heard the phrase: two heads are better than one?  Well, 300 templates do not make superior design and sadly, GoDaddy proves it. All of Weebly’s themes are responsive and optimized for mobile view. GoDaddy’s themes are also responsive on mobile but not as seamlessly as Weebly’s. Weebly also supports hundreds of applications and their Integrations. Conversely, GoDaddy only integrates with about 20+ apps.

Both site builder allows you to pick any of the templates, but Weebly’s templates are better structured with stylistic and professional looks. We can attest to it that, although not on the level of Wix or Squarespace, there’s something that gets you excited after building a website with Weebly.

One of the reasons that GoDaddy is faster than Weebly overall in website creation is the selection of templates. Weebly requires you to scroll through each category to find the right template for you, as opposed to searching for your category. Although this lets you see the theme before selection. This advantage is lost on mobile or tablet mode, as you won’t be able to preview what each template looks.

Aesthetic Appeal

You must have seen beautiful websites over the years. Chances are, you don’t know how to go about it. We set to help you make the right choice if aesthetic is really important to you.

GoDaddy creates an active website for you. That’s it. But their functionality is not accompanied by aesthetic allure. At least, not on the level of Weebly. Although, with GoDaddy, you can get external plugins and third party widgets to beautify your website more.

All of Weebly’s 35+ diverse templates are unique, different and beautiful in their own ways. With GoDaddy, this isn’t the case. About 10 templates may look alike, and for those that do not look alike, there isn’t much difference in aesthetic. We didn’t try all the 300+ templates, but there are complaints that some of the templates are replicas of previous templates, only different in color palette.

On the website template spectrum, if Squarespace and Wix are on the best quality templates end of the spectrum, Weebly should be close to them, but GoDaddy’s GoCentral would be below average.

Most site builders allow you to change fonts and colors, personalize texts and insert pictures into special places through their toolbars. For Weebly, the customization goes way beyond that of GoDaddy. Weebly allows video inclusion, the addition of sections and maps, amongst many others. GoDaddy also allows the creation of sections but it has predetermined color, typography and layouts. This would be fine if these templates are actually drop-dead beautiful, and of diverse variety. GoCentral also does not make use of drag-and-drop options.

GoDaddy uses a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) format.

Templates

Both GoDaddy and Weebly have diverse website templates of personal, business or e-commerce categories. Like we mentioned earlier, the site you build using either Weebly or GoDaddy is optimized for mobile. However, since you can not preview the template if you choose to build using mobile (on GoDaddy), and you can not specifically build your site with mobile in mind, GoDaddy’s responsiveness is not as smooth as that of Weebly. But web hosts basically try to fit your mobile design into a mobile mode.

You just have to hope that there will be no glitch. Most times, there isn’t, but Weebly generally succeeds in this area than GoDaddy. Both site builders allow you to see a preview of your site on mobile though, so maybe it won’t be too late before you can make changes.

Ease of Use and Friendliness

Both web hosts have an easy-to-see toolbar. Weebly uses true drag and drop interface, and GoDaddy uses WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) platform.

Weebly’s pre-formatted editing page makes the site building a breeze. GoCentral ADI ensures the shortest seconds between your first click and full website activation. Both services automatically optimize websites into a mobile-friendly interface.

With Weebly, you only need your name and email address. After sign up, you are asked to choose between an e-commerce store or a normal website. The next step is to choose between various categories of website templates or store templates. After this, all need is to pick your preferred team and begin editing.

You can choose between three domain options when signing up for Weebly:

  • A subdomain (which will be your only option if you are using their free plan
  • New domain
  • Connect your existing domain with your Weebly account

After the domain selection, you utilize drag-and-drop, matching, switch and replace options to customize your preferred website. Publishing is the final step, and just like that, your stunning website is ready.

To put it into perspective, setting up a website with GoDaddy’s GoCentral website builder is like signing up for a Facebook or Twitter account. Simple, fast, but limited. Compared to Weebly, there aren’t as many options or features as you would want.

Customization and Design Flexibility

You’ve seen their designs and templates, but which is more flexible? Which gives you more control?

Weebly provides 35 beautiful, mobile-responsive templates, which can be customized easily. GoCentral has an ADI function that helps you create websites using a questionnaire process if you sacrifice a little more control. One thing we are sure of is that the site builder that lets you build websites in seconds has not been created. Neither has the builder that lets you build your best site on the first trial. So when we say Weebly needs some getting used to, it’s not really a disadvantage.

GoDaddy selects all the nuanced elements of your website creation for you. It does this based on your choice of website type (personal or business).

Weebly allows you to change text, add and replace images, add sections, customize fonts, include videos, maps and many more with zero website design knowledge. GoDaddy also lets you some modifications like font and color scheme change, text personalization and picture insertion. But overall, there is a restriction in customization and it employs the pre-population of websites more than Weebly does.

Everything from the website editor and the SEO optimization (questionnaire-based) is optimized for convenience. With Weebly, although you may not need coding knowledge, you would adapt faster if you are used to visual and graphical software like Picasa or Photoshop.

Onboarding

If, for instance, you were to sign up for both GoDaddy and Weebly. You place two laptops with both site builders side by side, and you decide you will only proceed with the one that impresses you first. That stage of decision making is called onboarding.

Weebly also employs checklists, email, info buttons, and pop-up notifications to guide you from start to finish. Even if you abandon your site-building for some days, their emails would convince you to return to the building.

After you get on board, we can then start talking about your everyday experience using the builder. Between the aesthetic appeal, non-intrusive reminders and the control you are given, Weebly is better with onboarding.

Technical Features and Complete Toolbox

There are very few web services providers that provide advanced features for their customers on the lowest plan. GoDaddy sadly is not among them (not even in their top-tier plans), but Weebly had tons of features. Weebly also has so many more advanced apps than GoDaddy.

This is understandable since GoDaddy is after your convenience and would not want you to be crowded with apps, features, and Integrations. GoDaddy does offer a simple Facebook creation feature to create posts with its two most expensive plans, something that Weebly does not offer.

Weebly offers its Lead Capture function to all pricing tiers, which allows you to get subscribers for your newsletters and email marketing campaigns. The GoCentral site builder creates secure URLs and renderable HTML. Abundant technical features are not exactly the strong suits of Website builders. This is why we were impressed by Weebly’s outstandingly professional features.

Weebly’s “Weebly Promote”, assists the user to create email campaigns. It helps with email copies, templates as well as scheduled broadcast. There is a free trial, with a subsequent $10 per month charge. However, the Weebly Promote email marketing suite is only available on the tiers 3 and 4 plans. GoDaddy also supports its tiers 3 and 4 users with simple email marketing tools.

Technical Features

If “clean URLs”, “editable metadata”, “page-level redirects” etc. are not in your dictionary, then you may not bother about this aspect. But if you make use of them, then you really should be concerned about this category. Weebly has tons of functional blogging, marketing, and social media Integrations and features. But, the icing on the cake is its mall-sized app center.

Even when compared with Wix and Squarespace, Weebly has the highest number of apps in its market, GoDaddy’s GoCentral does not even have an app market. For every feature that Weebly has, GoDaddy either does not have an answer, or its answer is a lesser version to that of Weebly. The addition of many front-end tools is much appreciated. Professionals can employ them in the automatic creation of permalinks and neat HTML. Weebly also allows CSS and HTML editing.

Marketing Features and App Integrations

Site builder often supports hundreds of one-click installation third-party apps. You can find various apps for marketing, e-commerce, social media, to boost your site’s performance. These apps are not always free, and some can be expensive.

Weebly offers 150+ app Integrations while GoDaddy only offers a few.  GoDaddy integrates with Bitium but lacks many other apps like API, Box, Dropbox, Facebook, Google Drive, Mailchimp, Salesforce Sales Cloud, Twitter, Zapier. Although Weebly also lacks API, Box, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Zapier, it has many others. Some of the 100+ apps that Weebly integrates with are Bitium, Facebook, Mailchimp, Twitter.

Search Engine Optimization

After creating your website, you need it to have heavy traffic like a Jumia mall on Black Friday. That’s where marketing your website comes in, and SEO is one of the most effective ways to accomplish this. You may have heard the saying “Google likes Weebly.” Unlike the major complaint with Wix, Weebly has taken major steps to make sure your site ranks high on Google through its many features and SEO apps.

GoDaddy’s GoCentral offers basic SEO assistance in its own way, through access to keyword and topic suggestion tool, SEO checklists, as well as ranking reports. But the unavailability of SEO apps and their Integrations needs to be rectified. Weebly has Meta keywords and SEO description. It is also optimized for Google Analytics through its use of Footer code and Header code. You should know though, if you sign up for GoDaddy’s tier 1 plan, you are on your own with marketing, as it has no SEO features. Weebly, on the other hand, has SEO tools on all its plans.

E-commerce Features: Weebly provides a simple platform to start a new website/ eCommerce store and integrated marketing to create a successful online business. GoDaddy also has some pretty cool e-commerce deals. We will discuss the prices as well as suitable e-commerce plans for both web hosts later under the pricing part of this comparison.

Security

As is the case with any independent site builder, Weebly also provides a level of security. GoCentral, on the other hand, is protected by the web hosting arm of GoDaddy. Weebly comes fully installed in many top web hosts like SiteGround and BlueHost. These web hosts provide added security, but you’ll have to subscribe to their plans.

GoDaddy offers free 24/7 security monitoring and DDoS protection all plans, but only high-end plans come with SSL certificate and malware removal. In addition, it also provides shared SSL certificates (private SSL for higher-end plans) and basically lets you control how people access your content, so you can protect yourself better. GoDaddy also has SpamAssassin and BoxTrapper to filer emails. If there are not enough, GoDaddy allows you to use third-party plugins for your security. Anything to make you feel secure.

Backups and Restores

GoDaddy allows the creation of multiple backup versions of the website. GoDaddy’s backup and restore does not come for free on shared hosting. They charge a monthly fee. Daily backup and restore are, however, free on WordPress, VPS, and dedicated plans. You can’t expect backup options with Weebly since its strictly a website builder. You will have to check with your web host.

Weebly vs. GoDaddy Plans and Pricing

You’ve seen what both web hosts have to offer, but at what cost? The free plan makes it look like Weebly has the market cornered in value for money, not to mention its plans are available. GoDaddy has no free plan, but they have a free trial period and all their plans are reasonable. Excluding GoDaddy’s trial period and Weebly’s free plan, GoDaddy and Weebly have 4 plans to choose from.

Weebly’s starter plan, for personal websites, is $8 per month, followed by the Pro plan for groups and organizations, for $12 per month, the Business plan for small businesses and stores for $25 a month, and the Performance plan for big e-commerce sites, which costs $38 per month. GoDaddy’s Personal plan is $5.99 per month, while its Business plan is $9.99 per month, followed by its Business Plus plan at $14.99 per month and finally, its Online Store plan which costs $29.99 per month.

With Weebly’s smallest plan, you can sell a maximum of 10 products, 25 products on its Pro plan and there is no cap for the number of products you can sell on its 2 highest plans. As is the tradition with many site builders, if you opt for their small plans, you are charged a percentage of your transaction fee when you accept payments. This is also the same with Weebly and GoDaddy, but this can stop if you opt for higher plans.

These high-end plans allow you to sell digital products, and you are supported with the full force of Weebly’s advanced eCommerce features. These features include but are not limited to inventory management, shipping and tax calculator, coupons and SSL certificate for security. GoDaddy has an SSL certificate, PayPal integration and donation capabilities starting from its Business plan.

Weebly’s biggest plan, Performance Plan, comes with gift cards, real-time shipping rates, customizable automatic recovery emails to customers. GoDaddy’s expensive online store plan also has great features like a built-in shopping cart, credit card payment system, and product configuration, as well as automatic abandoned cart recovery email and text notifications for new orders.

Weebly vs. GoDaddy Customer Support and Reliability

Weebly provides email, live chat, a help center, and phone support, but unfortunately, it can not boast of a 24/7 support. GoDaddy has chat support and all the other kinds of support available 24/7/356. When we talked to GoDaddy’s support, we were not happy. It took close to 30 minutes for us to get through. We asked technical questions and it did seem like the guy on the other end was a human and not a bot. And he knew what he was saying. But we figured customers would be too frustrated by the time someone comes along to solve their problems.

Knowledgebase

Both web hosts have an expansive knowledge of tutorial videos and articles, but a wise man once said: “Knowledge is always a riddle until it finds a body to inhabit.” Well, we still don’t want to have to solve the riddle of the sphinx to find the knowledge. That’s why a good web host has to have accessible and properly arranged knowledgebase.

GoDaddy does not have an easily accessible or a properly arranged web host for beginners. Weebly has a small but comprehensive and detailed knowledgebase as well as forums for its customers.

Major Differences

  • GoDaddy offers an integrated domain name and complete security.
  • GoDaddy has the benefit of convenience and fast site creation speed by anyone with no prior knowledge of site creation.
  • GoDaddy does not have a free plan, unlike Weebly. The basic “Personal” plan lacks essential features like SSL, SEO, PayPal integration, etc.
  • Weebly’s smallest premium is a bit expensive even when compared with other special site builders like Wix.
  • Weebly is also set to benefit majorly from its deal with the e-commerce company Square.

Weebly vs. GoDaddy: Our Winner

There really is no question as to who has the more attractive templates and the most customization abilities. Weebly wins the template battle in a landslide, despite GoDaddy’s overall larger number of templates. Pricing comparison is tough because the tier bases differ. Weebly tiers are based on technical and eCommerce features. GoDaddy’s tier is more focused on service upgrades e.g. Speed Optimization.

GoDaddy wins this comparison for us. Why?  Well, you can get everything that Weebly offers by signing up for much faster web hosts like SiteGround and Bluehost with better uptime. These web hosts also offer other topnotch services. It just feels like a waste of money to sign up for Weebly alone, when there is that option.

Justhost vs GoDaddy

GoDaddy vs JustHost is one of those super-tight match-ups that you can only decide once you get down to the nitty-gritty. Luckily, I’ve already done it for you. Yet, the two services are so similar that even as you look over my results, you might reach a different conclusion than I have.

GoDaddy and JustHost are like brothers from two different mothers, so to speak. They are both geared towards websites with low and medium performance requirements and, although the former is more affordable than the latter, they both offer a wide range of plans for all types of budgets.

Whether you choose GoDaddy or JustHost, you can count on a 99.99% uptime guarantee, as well as some very appealing first-sale offers and beginner-friendly website building tools. However, there are some minor differences between the two in terms of website speeds, reliability, and customer service. I have all the details below.

GodaddyJustHost
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom 3.95/month
Storage100GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesNo
SSL CertificateNoNo
Uptime offer0.9940.999
RAM1GBUnmetered
Email Accounts1Unlimited
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonEndurance International Grou
Year Founded19972008
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium Businesses
HeadquartersUSAUSA

Overall, it remains a challenge to pick between JustHost vs GoDaddy. GoDaddy makes a good case for itself with a well-rounded service and more affordable plans. On the other hand, JustHost has slightly better results when it comes to website speeds, a more reliable uptime guarantee, and a spotless reputation for customer service.

To me, the price difference is small enough to make me tip the scales in favor of JustHost. You, on the other hand, might look at the same data and make a different decision. The match-up is just that close.

 

Azure vs GoDaddy

My comparison of GoDaddy vs Azure boils down to the following question: Do you need web hosting or cloud hosting? It’s not that it would be impossible to settle the dispute between the two in terms of performance. If you want to look at it that way, one is a premium hosting provider, while the other… well, isn’t. But to see GoDaddy and Azure in this light is to assume a reductionist view.

GoDaddy is one of your best options in terms of web hosting. They offer a number of fixed hosting plans that are highly affordable and can serve starter websites very well. Azure, on the other hand, is a whole different kettle of fish, from storage to speeds, customization options, and more. They focus on cloud hosting, which means they fit into an entirely different performance class… for a significantly more expensive cost.

As such, whether you choose GoDaddy or Azure should depend on the very specific needs of your business. That’s why I believe a side-by-side comparison is a useful tool here.

GodaddyAzure
PlanSharedNo
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthover $100/month
Storage100GBvaried per location
BandwidthUnlimitedvaried per location
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesvaried per location
SSL CertificateNovaried per location
Uptime offer0.9940.999
RAM1GBvaried per location
Email Accounts1varied per location
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonMicrosoft Corporation
Year Founded19972010
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseDevelopers and Startups
HeadquartersUSAUSA

As you can see, it’s not exactly fair to stage a match-up between Azure vs GoDaddy. The former will outperform the latter in pretty much every respect you can think of, but that doesn’t mean you should choose Azure right away. Remember that, with a cloud service, you pay for what you use, rather than a fixed fee. If your website requirements are not that high, GoDaddy is a much better (as in, more logical) option.

Arvixe vs GoDaddy

In terms of promised website speed and performance, there is a clear winner in the debate between GoDaddy vs Arvixe. However, I make it a point to go beyond mere promises when I settle a comparison between two hosting providers and, in this particular case, the result was quite an unexpected upturn.

GoDaddy and Arvixe are very similar to one another, which can make it difficult to choose between them. At a glance, Arvixe works with better infrastructure and can, as such, offer better overall performance. Otherwise, both providers guarantee 99.99% uptime, provide 24/7 customer support, and offer hosting options for Linux and Windows. In addition, although Arvixe is more expensive than GoDaddy, they could both do with minor improvements in terms of website speeds.

But here’s the red flag: Arvixe has recently been flooded with complaints about uptime and unresponsive customer service. Bear this in mind as you go through my side-to-side comparison and decide whether GoDaddy or Arvixe is more likely to serve your needs.

GodaddyArvixe
PlanSharedPersonal Class
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $7/month
Storage100GBUnmetered
BandwidthUnlimitedUnmetered
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageYesNo
SSL CertificateNoYes
Uptime offer0.9940.999
RAM1GB3GB
Email Accounts1Unlimited
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonArvand Sabetian
Year Founded19972003
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall ventures
HeadquartersUSAUSA

At the end of the day, it might seem that Arvixe is the better hosting provider, but I venture that this conclusion only holds on paper. Not only is GoDaddy better reviewed by actual customers, but their offer is also more versatile in terms of different hosting plans and they are more affordable across the board. With this in mind, I have to settle the Arvixe vs GoDaddy in favor of the latter.

A2 Hosting vs GoDaddy

The GoDaddy vs A2 Hosting match-up is not one that you can easily settle. Both providers address largely the same audiences, but each has a unique pitch that may or may not suit your needs. That’s why, in this particular situation, I recommend a close side-by-side comparison.

GoDaddy and A2 Hosting have similar offers. They both guarantee 99.99% uptime, offer Linux and Windows options, and provide outstanding 24/7 support. Furthermore, you can get an affordable quote for a shared hosting plan regardless of whether you go with GoDaddy or A2 Hosting.

However, A2 Hosting tends to get significantly more expensive in terms of dedicated hosting and VPS. Meanwhile, although GoDaddy is more affordable across the board, they can hardly compete with the website speeds guaranteed by A2 Hosting’s Turbo option. If you ask me, the comparison could go either way, so the best way to make a decision is to take a closer look at the details.

GodaddyA2 Hosting
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $3.92/month
Storage100GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesYes
SSL CertificateNoYes
Uptime offer0.9940.999
RAM1GB8GB virtual / 4GB physical
Email Accounts125
24/7 SuppportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonBryan Muthig
Year Founded19972007
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall business/blogs/ecomm
HeadquartersUSAUSA

Overall, if the cost is not a problem for you and you’re determined to pick between A2 Hosting vs GoDaddy, I would go for the former, which is clearly more advantageous in terms of website speeds and is only slightly more expensive for shared hosting. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a more affordable option, I wholeheartedly recommend GoDaddy. Their dedicated hosting and VPS plans are much cheaper, while the performance they offer is still well above the market average.

 

 

 

 

Rackspace vs. GoDaddy

GoDaddy vs. Rackspace is a dispute that can only be settled once you have a good idea of the kind of host your website needs. Are you looking for an affordable and quick solution to create and publish a website? Or does your project require greater customization, better security features, and premium performance?

Both GoDaddy and Rackspace are excellent services, but they are designed for different purposes. That being said, you might have a negative experience with either of them if you do not make your choice according to your specific needs. After all, you don’t want to pay exorbitant fees if your website doesn’t have high storage, security, and performance requirements. At the same time, you also don’t want to be stuck with a hosting plan that cannot meet the demands of your website because this can cost your business sorely.

That’s why you need to know exactly what each of these hosting providers brings to the table before you go for either GoDaddy or Rackspace. Then, you can consider whether GoDaddy’s standard plan is enough for you or whether you need to take it further with Rackspace.

GodaddyRackspace
PlanSharedDedicated Server
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $50/month
Storage100GB2x 300GB
BandwidthUnlimited2 TB
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesYes
Easy Control PanelYesNo
Uptime offer99.94%99.96%
SSL CertificateYesNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonDirk Elmendorf/Pat Condon
Year Founded19971998
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseCloud Computing and Applications
HeadquartersUSAUSA

At the end of the review, we’ll be giving our final verdict on the host that we think is generally the best choice. However, you don’t have to come to the same conclusion as we do. You can decide your own winner, and importantly, you’ll have all the necessary data to do so.

Rackspace vs. GoDaddy: Overview

Founded in 1997 by Bob Parsons, GoDaddy is the biggest domain registrar on the planet. We would have said the universe, but it’s likely that aliens may have entered into the domain registration business. In any case, GoDaddy is also one of the largest web hosts on the internet, with over ten million websites. For more information about GoDaddy history feel free to read our GoDaddy review.

Rackspace began as Cymitar Network systems and was founded in the same year as GoDaddy by Richard Yoo, Pat Condon, Morris Miller, and Graham Weston. In 1998, the company took on the name Rackspace with Richard Yoo installed as CEO. The company went on to go public ten years later.

In terms of size, GoDaddy is certainly bigger. That isn’t the only difference between Rackspace and GoDaddy, though. The business model is also markedly different, with Rackspace targeting high-end users who want managed, dedicated, and cloud hosting solutions. GoDaddy, on the other hand, primarily targets customers who need Shared Hosting solutions. As a result of this, Rackspace’s plans tend to be generally more expensive than GoDaddy’s plans.

When it comes to time brand awareness, both hosts have carved a niche for themselves in the hosting market. Rackspace, for one, is one of the leading providers of managed and expertise hosting, while GoDaddy provides cheap web hosting on Shared servers. The fact that they are targetting a different customer-base is the main reason why Rackspace was not included in our list of the best GoDaddy alternatives.

GoDaddy Popularity vs. Rackspace Popularity

If you don’t have any foreknowledge about what you’re going into, it is easy to get lost in the maze of the internet, with questionable sites throwing you names here and there. It is even easier to go with the host that you think is the most popular because you assume that if a lot of people like them, they must be good.

That’s a great assumption, but the only problem with it is that it is wrong. In fact, many of the less popular hosts we’ve reviewed always have better performance than the more popular ones.

However, if you still think that it’s better to go with the most popular host, then you should go with GoDaddy. They are the more popular host by far.

So if popularity isn’t important, what then is?

Performance Comparison

We’ll be measuring the performance of both hosts using two very important metrics. The first is speed, and the second is uptime.

Uptime

To test the uptime of both hosts, we did the only logical thing. We bought hosting plans from both and put our tools to work.

Now, this was pretty tricky because when testing uptime we usually just buy a Shared Hosting plan. But Rackspace doesn’t have Shared Hosting plans, so we bought a Cloud Hosting plan, which was considerably more expensive than GoDaddy’s Shared Hosting counterpart. And if you know anything about hosting, you’d know that cloud-based solutions usually score great marks in performance. Here’s the result of our uptime test over four months.

GoDaddyRackspace
July100%100%
August100%100%
Sept99.98%100%
Oct100%100%

We often say that no host can maintain a 100% uptime over a sustained period, but it does seem that Rackspace can do that over four months. As the test shows, GoDaddy has an average uptime of 99.99% while Rackspace has perfect uptime.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, though. We purchased a cloud hosting solution that is normally known for next to zero uptime, and Rackspace can do this, they claim, because of advanced redundancy technology. This ensures that when or if a particular network or provider fails, their system immediately scans for a replacement, eliminating any threat of downtime.

Uptime Guarantee

Even though both hosts have great uptime, we still would like to check whether they have great uptime guarantees. GoDaddy offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which sounds great till you learn about the compensation you’re entitled to if your uptime gets lower than 99.9%.

Basically, you’re entitled to a whole of 5% off your monthly hosting fee. So if your monthly hosting fee is, let’s say, $10, you’re entitled to 50 cents if you experience 0.2% downtime. To make matters better, only GoDaddy can determine whether or not your site experienced downtime.

Generally, we feel that GoDaddy’s uptime guarantee is… an uptime guarantee. Rackspace, on the other hand, offers a 100% uptime guarantee. That is, for every 30minutes of downtime experienced, Rackspace will apply a 5% credit of your monthly fee on your next purchase.

Speed

Before we talk about speed, let’s talk about speed optimization.

CDN

Content delivery networks save a cached version of your site on servers around the world. That makes it easier for visitors to access your site quicker. GoDaddy comes with CDN installed, but users will have to configure it through cPanel. Rackspace also comes in with an inbuilt CDN as well.

Datacenters and TTFB

GoDaddy has global datacenters, while Rackspace operates 14 data centers in 12 regions.

(picture of all GoDaddy’s and Rackspace’s datacenters here)

Some think that speed, especially when it’s close margins like a second or two, is a vanity metric. Well, studies have shown that a delay of one second can reduce your conversion rate by about 7%. That’s a lot, especially if you’re someone who depends on your website to sell or generate sales. We tested the response time of both hosts from different locations and repeatedly. To make our tests fair, we disabled all speed optimization plugins.

GoDaddyRackspace
New York104ms12ms
Ontario121ms18ms
Mumbai409ms291ms
Bangladesh979ms320ms
Amsterdam619ms93ms
Barcelona151ms71ms

Our speed test was overwhelmingly clear about one fact; Rackspace is way faster than GoDaddy. Again, that was sort of expected. Cloud hosting platforms are generally faster than Shared hosting servers. It is just what it is, we suppose.

Load Impact speed

The gap between Rackspace and GoDaddy speed-wise might be a lot, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to test for stability during traffic hikes. Our test went exactly the way you would think. Rackspace maintained far more stable speed levels than GoDaddy.

GoDaddy vs. Rackspace for Ease of Use and Friendliness

The best hosts are easy to use. Creating and maintaining a website is certainly a very technical job, and the best hosts give you as much help as possible. We’ll be looking at exactly how easy it is to use both hosts and the extras that they offer users.

User Interface

When it comes to user interfaces, we believe that the best answer is cPanel or Plesk. GoDaddy agrees emphatically with us, and as such, cPanel is installed on all GoDaddy’s Shared Hosting plans. It’s also a pretty clean version too, as we had no problems navigating through.

Rackspace doesn’t offer cPanel or Plesk but has an inbuilt control panel called, wait for it, the Rackspace intelligence dashboard user interface. Which, if we are being honest, sounds about as creative as something not really creative. What about the functionality of the interface? Surprisingly, it was quite simple and intuitive, if you know what you’re doing.

The average user would have a lot of problems understanding the interface. If we had to choose between a regular cPanel and a whole new layout, we would obviously go with the cPanel without thinking twice.

Sign-up process

The sign-up process for GoDaddy and Rackspace was relatively easy. However, for Rackspace, we had to generate a quote. That is, we were not given a price list. We filled a form, and a representative contacted us. Then we told them about our website needs and was given a quote. Importantly, it’s easy for a novice to get lost and confused on Rackspace’s website. We were often overloaded with information on products that we didn’t care or want to know about.

Free Site Migration

It’s our strong belief that any host worth anything should offer at least a single site free migration to new users. However, it is the strong belief of GoDaddy and Rackspace to ignore us and do the exact opposite of that.

Neither host offers free site migration. What both offer, though, are articles on how you can migrate your site yourself if you are so badly in need of one. While we weren’t able to get a quote on Rackspace’s paid migration service (or even if they had one), we were able to get some answers in GoDaddy’s migration service. Basically, it costs $99.99 to migrate to a single site. That’s decidedly expensive.

Website Builder

GoDaddy has an inbuilt website building tool called GoCentral. As far as website builders go, GoCentral is probably the best we’ve used for beginners. With only the answers to a few basic questions, GoCentral can design a workable website for you within minutes.

One drawback is that, because it is so easy to use, GoCentral has limited functionality in designing e-commerce sites and limited flexibility in designing regular sites. Rackspace, on the other hand, expects you to create your own website and upload it.

While this may seem crude to some people, it certainly will not seem all that difficult to Rackspace’s target market. It’ll do you good to remember that Rackspace is for large businesses with complex needs and a deep pocket.

Staging environments

For the newbie, there is hardly a feature more useful than a staging environment. These environments allow you to make changes to a copy of your website that is not live. That way, you can review decisions by seeing how your settings affect your site. Thus, if you make mistakes (which you will if you’re a beginner), you don’t have to pay dearly for it.

GoDaddy has staging environments installed in all managed WordPress hosting plans except the basic plan, and Rackspace doesn’t have staging environments at all. However, you can also create a staging environment yourself on a subdomain or by using a plugin.

Money-back Guarantee Policy

Generally speaking, the longer a money-back guarantee, the better. Long guarantees allow you to fully test the performance of the plan you’ve bought and let you get a refund if the performance hasn’t been quite up to scratch.

While GoDaddy offers the standard 30-day money-back guarantee, Rackspace doesn’t seem to be into such shenanigans. Although, their general agreement terms infer that in extreme cases where they have been some infringement on your rights, you could get a refund. Asides that, though, once you purchase a Rackspace plan, there’s no turning back.

Limitations

Well, you can’t have limitations when you don’t have a money-back guarantee in the first place, can you? We combed through GoDaddy’s user agreement and we discovered this actual gem: “If a Hosting Service has already been performed, then it is non-refundable (if not yet performed, eligible for a refund within 30 days of the date of the transaction)”.

Which is just as confusing as you think it is. Additionally, if you’ve received a free service like a free domain, the fee (about $15 dollars) will be deducted from your refund. If you’d like to check out a host with a really exceptional money-back guarantee, you should go through our GoDaddy vs. Dreamhost comparison.

GoDaddy vs. Rackspace: Customer Support and Reliability

Even the most experienced web users still occasionally run into problems that require the advice of customer support. When (it is often not a matter of if) a user runs into such problems, it is important that customer support is easy to reach, and that the support offered is helpful.

Customs Support Channels

While customer support isn’t the easiest thing to test because of a plethora of reasons, one being that it can be a subjective judgment, we tried to make our test as empirical as possible.

Rackspace, on the surface, looks like they would have great customer support. Apparently, they have a “Fanatical Support” system that has customer satisfaction as a priority. Additionally, they have over two thousand professionals, many of whom work in the customer support department. That way, you’re always speaking to an expert who can help you.

So, we tried to test this assumption, and for the most part, we were not disappointed. Wait time was often under two minutes, and the live reps we contacted sounded and answered our questions like they knew a lot about what they were talking about.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t quite the case with GoDaddy. First off, response time was unbearably long, and on some occasions, we could have filled up a basket with water during the period that we had to wait for. When we did connect, we were not blown away by the quality of support we spoke to. While all the reps that attended to us were cordial enough, too often, we had to be put on hold for pretty basic questions to be answered.

Phone support was much more of the same, with the only difference being that GoDaddy didn’t allow us to wait as much.

To be fair to GoDaddy, though, ticketing support was stellar. We got our tickets back within 24 hours and all queries were comprehensively answered. If great customer support is what you’re looking for, you can check out our SiteGround vs. GoDaddy comparison, where you can see how SiteGround took support to the next level.

Knowledge Base

Rackspace has an extensive knowledge base called “How-to”. Here, you have access to a lot of “how-to” articles and video tutorials as well. There’s also an open cloud community where you can connect to other users just like you. GoDaddy also operates an extensive knowledge base where you can get information/tutorials on basic procedures as well.

Security Infrastructure

The internet is an amazing place, but if you’ve ever been the victim of a hack or a malware attack, you’ll know that it can also be a pretty unsafe place. While most of the responsibility of keeping your site safe rests in your hands, your host also has a big role to play. That’s why it is important to know that the security of your host is in the right place.

Backup Policy

While most hosts offer a backup tool that helps you backup your site for a few extra dollars per month, there are some who have custom backup policies that are great if you don’t have a few extra dollars per month.

For GoDaddy, it is pretty simple. GoDaddy runs free daily backups on all WordPress hosting sites, but for other sites, you’ll have to purchase the GoDaddy Website backup tool. The website backup tool starts at $1.99 per month. As far as backup tools go, that is pretty cheap.

Rackspace, unlike GoDaddy, doesn’t run automatic backups of any kind. Users are advised to make their own backup arrangements. They do offer a paid cloud backup tool that allows users to set up their own backups, though.

Firewall service and DDoS protection

GoDaddy has a Web Application Firewall that protects against SQL injection and cross-site scripting based attacks. Rackspace, on the other hand, has a managed firewall service that allows customers to manage the security of their sites in real-time.

That is, Rackspace customers can change permit rules or view destination IP addresses in real-time. Of course, only users with a high level of technical ability can actually make good use of this feature. Rackspace also makes sure that your site is safe by initiating server-level anti-DDoS protection.

Security Solutions

Most hosts make use of SiteLock, a third party advanced warning and malware scanning prevention system for site protection. However, GoDaddy has an inbuilt tool that does that same thing.

The tool is called Website Security which, as we know, is a great example of intuitive naming. Website Security is a paid service and works more or less like SiteLock. Rackspace’s security infrastructure, though, is based on four pillars.

The first is breach detection, which means that Rackspace offers a team that monitors and manages your IT environment 24/7, searching for failures in infrastructure using analytics and advanced technology. The second is minimizing breach window, which also means that Rackspace’s security team closes down malware breaches before the problem gets out of hand.

The third is threat remediation response which means that Rackspace acts on anomalous events immediately. Of course, actions are based on pre-approved conditions. The last pillar is the reduction of TCO, which means that by turning to an MSSP with the experience and resources to detect threats quickly, your site’s integrity is maintained while reducing your cost.

VPS Pricing and Plans Comparison

This is perhaps the most difficult comparison here. Rackspace doesn’t have a regular hosting pricing structure. First off, in order to get any meaningful idea about the amount you are supposed to pay, you’ll first have to sign up to Rackspace to get a “free quote”.

This is markedly different from GoDaddy where you have an idea of the plans that suit your needs, and you only have to pay to have access to them. In any case, we’ll be looking only at GoDaddy’s VPS plans. We’ll also only be looking at Rackspace’s Cloud VPS plans.

Basic Plan

GoDaddy’s basic VPS plan is the Launch plan and it comes with 40GB storage, 2 GB storage, 1 CPU core and costs $29.99 per month. Unlike GoDaddy, Rackspace doesn’t have a fancy name for its plans. The 1GB ram plan, which is obviously the lowest Rackspace Cloud VPS plan, comes with 20GB space and 1 CPU core.

Importantly, bandwidth is paid differently and the first 10 TB of data costs $0.12 per GB. Also, price is calculated per region and the VPS plan covers the most important locations like the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The US region plan costs about $313 per month (we are assuming that you use 2 terabytes of bandwidth).

As the sky is far from the ground, so is the way Rackspace’s prices are far from GoDaddy’s. Of course, the question is, is the difference in performance that important?

Medium Range Plan

Rackspace’s 2GB Ram plan comes with 40GB storage, unlimited domains, and two CPU cores. The plan costs $336.72 (US region). However, that isn’t Rackspace’s only medium-range plan, as there’s a 5GB ram plan that comes with 80GB, 4GB ram, four CPU cores, and unlimited domains. The US region price for this plan is $333.44.

GoDaddy has two medium-range VPS plans. The first is the Enhance plan and it comes with 60GB storage, 4GB ram, 2 CPU cores, and costs $44.99 per month. The second medium-range plan is the Grow plan and it comes with 150GB storage, 6GB of Ram, 3 CPU cores and costs $59.99 per month.

High Range Plan

Rackspace’s highest cloud VPS hosting plan comes with 160 GB worth of disk space, 8GB of ram, 8 cores, and unlimited domains. The US region price for the plan is $426.88.

While 160GB of space is a lot, GoDaddy manages to do better and even at a lower price. GoDaddy’s Expand plan comes with 200GB of space, 8GB of memory ram, 4 CPU cores and costs $74.99.

Basically, what this has managed to show us is that Rackspace is only for fellows with extremely deep pockets.

Extra Features

Rackspace has the following extra features:

  • The expertise and knowledge of over three thousand engineers trained in all things Windows, Linux, and VMWare;
  • Provides access to Google Cloud, Microsoft Cloud, and OpenStack Cloud;
  • Government Cloud-based Solutions (The host offers FedRAMP, FISMA, NIST, and DFARS-compliant cloud portfolio management)
  • Co-location services – this means that if you have existing hardware, you can have it set up in one of Rackspace’s data centers and allow the team to manage your physical servers.

GoDaddy has the following extra features:

  • Access to over 125 apps with one-click installs. This includes the more popular applications like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
  • GoDaddy offers a free domain name for the first term for every created website.
  • An extensive knowledgebase ensures that you do not have a lot of reasons to contact live support.
  • All hosting plans have access to a free website builder.
  • GoDaddy helps new websites to reach a larger audience with $100 worth ad credits for every $25 spent. The credits also include $50 in Bing and Facebook ads.

Major Differences Between GoDaddy and Rackspace

Well, there are a lot of differences between both hosts. This is like asking of the major differences between Paris Hilton and the Eiffel tower: yes, both have been in Paris, both are connected to Paris, but they are entirely two different things.

  • GoDaddy offers a money-back guarantee, while Rackspace doesn’t;
  • GoDaddy offers Shared Hosting solutions, while Rackspace doesn’t;
  • GoDaddy offers managed WordPress hosting, while Rackspace doesn’t;
  • Rackspace is primarily a cloud-based hosting platform, GoDaddy is not;
  • Rackspace is more expensive than GoDaddy;
  • GoDaddy comes with cPanel installed, while Rackspace doesn’t;
  • GoDaddy has a staging environment, Rackspace doesn’t;
  • Rackspace has a way better uptime than GoDaddy;
  • Rackspace has better customer support than GoDaddy;

Rackspace vs. GoDaddy: Our Pick

There are a lot of things not to like about Rackspace. It’s expensive, it’s difficult to use, and the host simply doesn’t care about refund policies. But when it comes down to performance and customer support, Rackspace takes GoDaddy to the racks. At that point, it stops being a contest.

However, it is important to know that both hosts target different markets. If you’re looking to set up a basic website, then GoDaddy is the best host for you. However, if you’re looking for something more, with better security, performance and customer support, and you have the budget to afford Rackspace, then Rackspace has the best solution for you.

Bluehost vs. FastComet

Bluehost Vs FastComet? We’ve got you covered. Right off the bat, we have to say that both web hosts are really great choices— and that is why this in-depth and unbiased review is important for you to make your choice.

Both web hosts will be going head to head and we’ll tell you all the important statistics and information you to know to make the right choice. And at the end of this review, we’ll tell you our expert opinion on the better web host. You don’t have to agree with us, but since you’re rational and our verdict will be based on data, it is very likely that you’ll see reason.

Bluehost vs. FastComet: Overview & General Info

If you’re looking for a new web host for your website, Bluehost is one of the names that you must necessarily have heard. In fact, it is very possible that Bluehost is the most popular web host on the planet. Do they justify their popularity with quality? We’ll find out soon enough

The company was founded in 1996, and that makes them something of a dinosaur in the industry. They have over 2 million subscribers— numbers that most web hosts would kill to have. They are also officially recommended by WordPress, which is a big deal by any measure. Bluehost is known for being the beginners’ dream because of its simple to understand customized cPanel user interface, and they offer quite decent performance too.

Compared to Bluehost, FastComet is a smaller company with only 45, 000 customers spread across 83 countries. With headquarters in San Fransisco, FastComet has servers in eight locations like London, Amsterdam, Singapore, Chicago, and Tokyo. The general principle is that the closer you are to a server, the faster the connection. Since FastComet has servers in so many different locations, we expect their average speed to be something. FastComet is also privately owned— in the world of hosting, this is pretty rare. This is because most of the companies in the industry are owned by the big conglomerate EIG.

Basically, this comparison looks like that of an underdog against a pit bull.

But don’t let that let you jump into conclusions. Raw data and unbiased analysis can reveal some pretty interesting facts. Who knows, we might be in for a shock.

Can a relatively unknown web host stand up to a giant of the web hosting industry? We’ll find out soon enough.

Popularity

There are few vanity metrics— in fact, there is only one vanity metric in this review. And this is it.

While popularity might be a pointer to the value, it is a metric that can easily be manipulated. We’ve reviewed little known web hosts with far more quality than the more popular web hosts, and it isn’t quite a rare occurrence as you might imagine. Regardless, Bluehost blows FastComet out of the water in terms of popularity. With over 2 million customers all over the world, there are very few web hosts capable of holding a candle to Bluehost in terms of popularity (Read more about this in our exclusive Bluehost review).

Performance Comparison

This deals with the core of what you’re getting when you purchase a web host’s plan. There are two primary ways to measure a web host’s performance and they are speed and uptime. Let’s see how these web hosts perform.

Speed

The simple fact is that no one wants to waste a longer time than necessary doing anything. Even a second delay can be vital. If Amazon’s server slowed down by one second, they stand to lose over one hundred and sixty billion dollars per year. This is the same for small businesses. In addition, a fast website has better SEO ranking than a slower one. So if you want to retain visitors on your site, and you want to have greater visibility, you had better pay attention to the speed of your web host.

Google’s optimal speed (TTFB) is 200ms, but the industry average is somewhere around 800ms. Although we cannot blame Google for taking a Utopian outlook towards speed, we have chosen to be more realistic. We created a dummy site to test Bluehost speed and discovered that they don’t think speed is a vanity metric— response time of 461mms is comfortably above the average. While we wouldn’t name Bluehost a speedster, we can’t deny that they’re actually quite fast. We understand that many web hosts who post remarkable initial speeds tend to slow down with an influx of visitors. That wasn’t the story with Bluehost, though. The average speed didn’t experience any drastic change with even up to 100 visitors visiting the site at a time. Given that a lot of web hosts have the problem of providing optimal speed with optimal load-bearing capacity, we were quite impressed.

Before testing FastComet’s speed, we were quite certain that it would be much faster than Bluehost. The signs were there; free Cloudflare CDN, data centers in different parts of the world, an infographic on their website that shows FastComet to have an average speed of 395mms

(here show infographic on FastComet’s website)

and the word “Fast” fixed at the front of the word “comet”. Pro-tip: comets are generally very fast.  FastComet is a disappointing exception to that rule, though, as we recorded an astonishingly low response time of 881mms. That is almost double the time it takes for Bluehost to respond. To make it even worse, FastComet gets even slower with higher traffic. A proper comedy of errors, that.

We honestly thought that this would be some sort of contest. It appears that the pit bull is going to drive the underdog out of the ring before it even begins. Bluehost, obviously, is the winner for us.

Uptime

The primary task of a web host is to keep your website accessible. If a web host can’t be trusted to perform that task regularly, you have no business patronizing them.

With an uptime of 99.99%, we really can’t see how Bluehost can be beaten on account of their uptime. However, they do not have an uptime guarantee, and that was a bummer. Without an uptime guarantee, you can only trust that Bluehost will continue doing a great job in keeping your website reachable. If they don’t do a good job, though, you’d have no means to get compensation. Your hands would be effectively tied. We didn’t like this at all.

On FastComet’s website, you cannot miss an infographic that compares FastComet with popular web hosts and ensures you that FastComet is the best overall.

(here, show the infographic from FastComet’s website)

As a rule, regardless of the speed incident, we do not have a habit of taking too seriously official statistics. We make sure to do our own testing ourselves. FastComet has great uptime, slightly behind Bluehost’s at 99.98%. A lot of web hosts talk about having 99.99% uptime, but only a few even consistently maintain anything near that number. FastComet hasn’t done badly by itself in this department. Unlike Bluehost, FastComet has an uptime guarantee, and that is something that guarantees an edge. “We apply a 10% credit of your monthly fee for each hour of network downtime, up to 100% of your monthly fee for the affected service,” says FastComet’s website.

A web host with a decent uptime and an uptime guarantee is always going to be a tough contender, but a 99.99% uptime isn’t something that can just be wished away. We wish that Bluehost had an uptime guarantee, but even if they don’t, based on the data alone, they have better uptime than FastComet.

Ease of Use

Even advanced users do not like needless complexities— and advanced users do not make up the bulk of website owners. People want an easy to use the website, and very few people (if at all) find any form of satisfaction in spending valuable time figuring out how to make use of a control panel. In essence, everyone wants ease, and the web host that can provide the greatest level of ease is a good one.

Bluehost is, for the lack of a better word, legendary In ease of use, especially for beginners. Bluehost makes use of cPanel, the most common and easiest to use backend interface. However, Bluehost’s cPanel has even undergone more customization to make it really simple for beginners to grasp. Bluehost’s sign up process is also extremely easy. Two pages of forms were all it took to set up an account. If you don’t have a lot of experience with building a website, Bluehost offers Weebly, a third party website builder that allows you to build your website with little or no contact with codes. Installation of apps isn’t a hassle either— Bluehost offers access to the Mojo marketplace where there are over a hundred apps ready for one-click installations. These include apps like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. If you’re into eCommerce, Bluehost has also got you covered with access to 100+ website themes and templates. You also don’t need to worry about whether Bluehost’s servers are compatible with your shopping cart as Bluehost supports over 8 popular eCommerce software. Free SSL certificates and almost $200 of ad money are also some of the things that make it easier for people to use Bluehost.

Bluehost has most of the features that would make the task of running a website easier for anyone— whether veteran or amateur. Not a lot of web hosts can say that.

Like most of the big hosts as HostGator or Bluehost, FastComet has a cPanel user interface. This ensures that most users won’t find themselves lost on their backend. If you choose to host your website with FastComet’s servers, you’ll get 450+ one-click installations, 20+ framework development tools and step by step instructions on creating your website. Additionally, if you choose to move your domain over to FastComet, it is absolutely free (free site migration. Bluehost charges $149.99 for this, but more on that later), and what’s more, you get one year of domain registration free of charge. FastComet also offers a wild array of developer tools for website owners who have the desire and knowledge of using them. Symphony, WP-CLI, bash, Drush, Laravel, and Genesis are just some of the developer tools that FastComet offers. A free SSL certificate, an SEO suite, a free chat client, and $75 worth of ad money ensures that new subscribers have very little to ask for.

This can seem to be a subjective metric, and it might be difficult to come to a conclusion. The truth is that both web hosts are quite simple to use and understand. However, we’ve used both web hosts and we had fewer problems with Bluehost than we had with FastComet. Therefore, for us, Bluehost takes the day.

Money-back Policy

Bluehost has the standard thirty days money back policy. This isn’t remarkable, as a thirty-day money-back policy reflects the industry average. Most web hosts have at least a thirty days window for refunds and very few don’t have at all. We do not think that 30 days is enough time for users to fully test a web host and see whether they are the one for them. Forty-five days, on the other hand, might just do it. FastComet has a money-back policy that extends to 45 days, and we’re glad for it.

However, Bluehost doesn’t pay refunds on domain names. So a fee of $15.99 will be deducted from your refund. The same applies to FastComet and other Bluehost alternatives.

FastComet vs. Bluehost: Customer Support and Reliability

The best web hosts have quick and personal tech support capable of solving problems and answering questions as quick as possible. Unfortunately, no one has near enough information to undertake a statistics based review of both web hosts. However, we’ll base our judgment on personal experience and reviews from trusted sources.

Bluehost claims to have 24/7 across different channels. They have a live chat, phone, and email channel. They also have an extensive knowledgebase if you’d much rather solve your problems yourself without the help of a live representative. From our personal experience, Bluehost’s customer support was helpful, friendly and seemed to know exactly what she was doing. That isn’t something you can say for a lot of customer support reps. Bluehost’s Blue flash feature allows you access to WordPress experts to help you with all aspects with setting up your account. Problems, like installing the right plugins and selecting an appropriate theme, are easily solved by expert advice and guidance. What’s more, it comes free with all hosting plans.

Because of their size, perhaps, FastComet is able to deliver fast and personal support the likes of which we’ve rarely encountered. We were particularly impressed with their live chat section. On most web hosts you’ll have to wait for minutes before you are attended to, and even then, replies are slow and seem mechanical. But this isn’t applicable to FastComet. In their live chat section, there’s an image of the person you’re chatting with, and they reach out to you before you even ask a question. What is more, you are replied within seconds.

A while back, when we made use of FastComet’s phone support, we found it to be a matter of chance to get a hold of live rep. Thankfully, they’ve cleaned up their act and now we experience the same personal and helpful support that we experienced on their live chat channel.

Basically, if we were to rate the quality of FastComet’s support, we would give them 99%. They were that good.

While we understand that it may be a bit difficult to compare customer service support, we have to come to a conclusion. Which web host has the best customer service? Bluehost and FastComet impressed us— personally, though, we loved FastComet’s customer support infrastructure. They take this round for us.

Security

We assume that most web hosts have security measures in place to protect their servers. However, first-hand experience has taught us that some are far more effective than others. Asides that, some web hosts are even cheaper to secure than others. For example, a web host that offers free and automatic backups is superior to one that doesn’t.

Bluehost might be one of the cheapest hosting options on the market, but if you looked at their security infrastructure, you wouldn’t notice. Most of the security options they provide are a given by default and this includes free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt. A domain privacy feature that keeps your personal information off public internet logs is also provided for free on all plans. This is important because it stops hackers from using your information in phishing schemes. Bluehost also has Sitelock, which helps protect users against malware attacks.

Bluehost offers the protection of Codeguard which, apart from helping against external attacks, helps provide daily backups so that you can easily restore your site even if it does get hacked. Bluehost also offers Postini, a security tool from Google. This provides spam protection for your email so that you are protected from suspicious-looking emails. All in all, Bluehost has a very sound security infrastructure.

FastComet doesn’t joke with security either. An advanced isolation software through CageFs and Cloud Linux makes sure that if a site I infected, it stays within that site. That is, it is impossible for malware to spread through sites. BitNinja stops DDoS and XSS attacks too. The company also has a Web Application Firewall (WAF) that is optimized for Joomla, Magneto, and WordPress. It blocks about 99% of all unauthorized attempted access to hosted sites. As a last layer of protection, FastComet has a specially dedicated team of software/malware experts working around the clock to ensure that attacks are contained and repelled within the span of a few minutes. Before we forget, FastComet also offers Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates at no extra charge.

Overall, we discovered no major glitches with both web hosts, and it comes down to who impressed us the most. Personally, we feel that Bluehost has a more comprehensive security cover than FastComet, so they win this round.

Pricing Comparison

This is one of the most important metrics to consider when choosing a web host. Many people make the mistake of simply choosing the cheapest plan and then getting on with it. That is nothing but pure pedestrian analysis. The most important thing to consider when analyzing the different pricing modules of web hosts is if the value offered is proportional for the price tag. The second most important thing is to consider how much a particular plan will cost in the long run.

Bluehost has a lot of plans, but we will be considering their shared hosting plans because that’s the most common type of hosting. They have four plans which are Basic, Plus, Choice-plus and the Pro plans.

The Basic plan costs $2.75 (renewal costs $7.99 per month) and comes with

  • 1 website
  • 50GB of storage
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • free SSL certificate
  • 1 domain
  • 5 parked domains
  • 25 subdomains.

The Plus plan costs $5.45 per month (normally $10.99) and comes with these perks and all the other features of the basic plan:

  • Unlimited websites
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited domains
  • Unlimited subdomains
  • Unlimited parked domains
  • $200 marketing offer
  • Spam experts.

The Choice-plus plan is the same price as the Plus plan but costs $14.99 upon renewal. It comes with all the features of the Plus plan plus Domain Privacy and protection, 1 office 365 mailbox – free 30 days and Codeguard basic site backup. The Pro plan is the Apex shared hosting plan that Bluehost offers. It costs $13.95 per month (normally $23.99 per month) and comes with all the features of the Choice-Plus plan with a dedicated IP address and high performance. According to Bluehost, high performance means that Pro servers allow for 300,000 file count and are deployed with fewer users per server than standard shared servers, allowing for greater compute resource availability per user.

All Bluehost shared hosting plans come with a domain manager, resource protection, and scalability. The resource protection feature means that websites using excessive resources are temporarily relocated to isolated systems. This removes the risk of low performance because of huge traffic.

There is one snag, though. And depending on your hosting needs, it can turn out to be a very big one; Bluehost doesn’t offer by month payments. This means that you can only pay for more than a month.

FastComet has three shared hosting plans and they are the Fastcloud, Fastcloud Plus, Fastcloud extra plans. Apparently, FastComet gives discounts on initial purchases (as much as 70% off). If we face it, it is the pretty much the standard pricing tactic of the industry to give low initial prices and then jack renewal process up by almost 200%.

The Fastcloud plan costs only about $2.95 per month (with 70% off, the normal price is $9.95 per month). You get free domain registration, one website, 150GB SSD space, unmetered traffic, 2 CPU cores available, 2GB ram, one free website transfer, unlimited parked domains, and unlimited Subdomains.

The Fastcloud plus plan is $5.95 with 60% off (it costs $14.95 normally). It comes with multiple websites, free website transfer, free domain transfer, 25GB SSD space, 3GB ram, and 4 CPU cores.

Fast cloud extra is FastComet’s most expensive plan and it comes at $9.95 with 50% off. The normal price is $19.95 per month. The plan comes with multiple websites, free website transfer, free domain transfer, 35GB SSD space, 6GB ram available, 6 CPU cores available, and three free website transfers. FastComet does offer a monthly payment option— but like we’ve seen many times, there is a string attached. You have to pay a setup fee of $19.95 fo access that option. Seems like money must be made one way or the other.

Both web hosts have a really competitive pricing model, with their highest plans going for $19.95 and $23.99. However, we are a bit concerned that FastComet doesn’t have unlimited disk space. Scratch that, we aren’t just a bit concerned, we are a lot concerned. We understood the 15GB for the lowest plan part, but 35GB for the highest plan? Atrocious, to say the very least. On the other hand, we have to consider that FastComet guarantees free automatic and regular backup with every plan. That’s a service that Bluehost doesn’t guarantee.

This was close, but Bluehost edges it for us. We simply could not ignore the unlimited features that were on offer. Just to be clear, though. Both Web hosts give insane value for the price, and you probably wouldn’t have a dent in your wallet if you went for either.

Extra Features

There are web hosts that have that extra thing that just might tip the scales in their favor. Sometimes it could be that they are very environmentally friendly, or maybe they have a policy of sending treats to customers during holidays. Despite popular opinion, extra features aren’t always good. They can be bad too. The point is, we cannot ignore potential extra features, and we have to dissect them thoroughly too. They could literally make or break a web host.

  • Bluehost has a tone of extra features. Let’s start with the good ones
  • In case you need to manage your domains through them, Bluehost has a domain manager
  • One-click installations for over 100+ apps from MOJO
  • Bluehost has CDN access
  • Bluehost is an officially recommended web host by WordPress
  • Bluehost doesn’t make use of SSD’s for shared hosting servers, and if you know your tech, that might eventually translate into some speed problems.
  • Bluehost offers hotlink protection to protect your data
  • Bluehost supports the use of PHP PEAR packages, Perl modules, Cron jobs, and Apache handlers.
  • Bluehost supports both MySQL and PostgreSQL databases and you can use either phpMyAdmin, Remote MySQL, or phpPgAdmin to manage your databases.
  • Bluehost offers the services of website builders like Drupal and Weebly
  • Unfortunately, here’s a bad extra— site migrations aren’t free with Bluehost. It is important to note that FastComet offers free site migration on up to three sites on their plans. However, you can pay a one time fee of $149.99 to migrate five websites and up to 20 email accounts.

Let us look at the extras that FastComet has on offer

  • FastComet offers up to three free website migrations across all its shared hosting plans. Bluehost doesn’t
  • FastComet offers an SEO suite, a free chat client, and $75 worth of ad money with new plans
  • FastComet offers free and regular backups— Bluehost doesn’t
  • FastComet makes use of SSD drives across all hosting plans. These are much safer and faster than regular hard drives.
  • Access to more 150 popular open-source apps
  • We don’t know if this is entirely an extra, but FastComet’s terms and conditions contain a spooky paragraph. “We cannot and do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information, including prices, product images, specifications, availability, and services. We reserve the right to change or update information and to correct errors, inaccuracies, or omissions at any time without prior notice.” Basically, everything on their website may be wrong. That’s sketchy, to say the least.

Major Differences between Bluehost and FastComet

Just to recap, let’s look at the major differences between these two web hosts

  • FastComet offers free site migration, while Bluehost doesn’t
  • FastComet offers regular backups, while Bluehost doesn’t guarantee it
  • FastComet has a forty-five days refund policy, while Bluehost has a thirty days refund policy
  • Bluehost doesn’t have a monthly payment option, while FastComet does. You’d have to pay for it, though.
  • Bluehost is officially recommended by WordPress, FastComet isn’t.
  • FastComet has fewer upsells than Bluehost.
  • Bluehost posts better uptime than FastComet and is faster

Bluehost vs. FastComet – Our Pick

This was certainly a tough duel. Both web hosts excelled in some areas, and in some others, there were keen contests of strength. But we have to announce a winner and give our verdict. FastComet impressed us with an almost nonexistent wait time in their chat rooms, and the longer than standard money-back policy. Ultimately, though, Bluehost surprised us and won us over with great performance and great pricing.

Bluehost Vs FastComet? Only one winner, and it isn’t a comet.

Siteground vs DigitalOcean 2019

SiteGround vs. DigitalOcean, you asked for it, and you got it—granted, we wanted to make them go head to head anyway. With the way new web hosting service providers pop up every day, we felt obligated to help you select the one that best suits you. Both web hosts have been known to cater for developers and their hosting needs. DigitalOcean is a leading host in unmanaged SSD servers and VPS hosting. They grant their customers total freedom and complete control of their hosting services. SiteGround, the web most that came out of nowhere and took the world by surprise with their world-class customer support and reliability. Can DigitalOceans’s developers-oriented services outmatch SiteGround’s all-round web hosting service delivery? There is only one way to find out. We tested both web hosts for performance, ease of use and pricing in relation to value for your money. One web host impressed us, the other, not so much.

Siteground vs. DigitalOcean: A Complete Overview

DigitalOcean is a pretty decent web host for developers. Its first server, launched in 2011, put it on the map in a big way. As an American hosting company, DigitalOcean does not market itself as a beginner-friendly web host, rather it promises and delivers to boost the work processes of developers and creatives in the most convenient way possible. SiteGround, on the other hand, is a web host that has plans for beginners and developers alike. Founded in 2004, by three friends in Bulgaria where they have a head office. The hosting world has been forever changed by the performance splash that SiteGround continues to make. SiteGround is WordPress’ official web host. DigitalOcean has its head office in New York City, where it has three servers and over 500,000 customers worldwide. DigitalOcean is funded by Andreessen Horowitz, IA Ventures, Techstars, and Crunchfund.

It is usually tricky to make two web hosts that have their strengths in different areas go head-to-head like this, but we have found a way.

Popularity Comparison

Which host is more popular?

DigitalOcean was stated by Netcraft to be one of the fastest-growing web hosts in the world.  In the following year, they also considered DigitalOcean to be the third-largest web hosting service provider in the world. SiteGround is goggled by roughly 30,000 people every month. That number beats DigitalOcean’s 5,000 Google Searches. SiteGround’s a million-plus customers also beats the half a million posed by DigitalOcean. This makes sense since SiteGround is beginner-friendly and it accommodates amateurs. DigitalOcean, on the other hand, is for coders, developers, and programmers. It also does not offer any feature like domain or even the ability to choose a domain name, both of which will be needed by beginners. Finally, although DigitalOcean allows you to upgrade and downgrade depending on your hosting type, they are still more expensive than many VPS web hosts.

Verdict: SiteGround is obviously the winner of the popularity contest. This is further influenced by WordPress certifying it as their golden boy and flag-bearer.

Performance

Done properly, a web host should be capable of making your website load at breath-taking speed as well as keeping your website active 24/7/365, done properly. Your website should not blink, sleep or slowdown when users try to access it. This is why we compare web hosts to see which has great speed and even greater uptime.

Speed

‘Good” and “quick” seldom meet, but in terms of web hosting, they must. SiteGround or DigitalOcean, which of these two web hosts is the flash and which is a slug? Hint: check what our speed test shows. We set up a speed test of three parts to test the response time and site speed or load time of the two web hosts. Pingdom test, Bitcacha test, and Load impact test.

For the Pingdom speed test, we set up dummy websites with no load to figure out the pure speed of each web host. We tested the websites from the same location. The websites hosted on both web hosts were created the same way and they had the same content.

Here are the results:

Pingdom Speed Test Result:

SiteGround has an average speed of 321 while DigitalOcean has 345. Very good numbers, if you ask me. This number comfortably puts both web hosts in the 95th percentile in terms of speed. SiteGround is ahead, but not so much that it is significant.

One thing is for sure when it comes to SiteGround and DigitalOcean, speed can not be the reason that people will change from one to the other.

Bitcacha Response Time Test

This is the most precise way to calculate the exact difference in the speed of both web hosts. Two web hosts, same website, same geographical area as hosting companies’ servers.

Which hosting is faster around the world? We made them go head to head in this table.

LOCATION           SITEGROUND RESULT                    DIGITALOCEAN RESULT

New York.                           94ms                                                 102ms

Sydney                                 241ms                                            542ms

Karnataka                            1.5S                                                 247ms

London                                 74ms                                                  86ms

Singapore                            684ms                                            630ms

Amsterdam                        409ms                                            662ms

Vancouver                    537ms                                                  695ms

New Delhi                           290ms                                            607ms

Ottawa                                 644ms                                            240ms

Berlin                                    705ms                                            357ms.

We analyzed the test results below:

SiteGround outperformed DigitalOcean mostly except in Singapore. SiteGround and DigitalOcean performed quite well in the speed test. SiteGround has average speed of 501 and was faster in 6 of our test sites. DigitalOcean also has great raw speed and it obviously performed better than SiteGround in places like Germany, India, and Canada. With an average speed of 533, and beating SiteGround in 4 test sites out of 10, DigitalOcean is a big contender of the speed award.

The datacenters advantage really shows here as DigitalOcean has more servers than SiteGround around the world. From the average speed calculated, DigitalOcean’s speed is not to be trifled with and it falls conveniently in the 90th percentile of the speeds we have tested. Thanks to their numerous datacenters.  SiteGround’s speed also falls in the 90th percentile and it clearly performed better in places where both web hosts have a server.

Bitcacha rates SiteGround C+ and DigitalOcean D.

Load Impact High Traffic Test

It is good to know the pure speed of your web host as well as speed from various servers across the world. But what happens when there is peak traffic? This is why the Load Impact test is important. We tested the site with 100 different visitors at a time to see how they would hold under heavy traffic and now we know.

[Here insert a chart showing both we hosts spiked a bit but remained mostly consistent with 100 users.]

The green line represents page load time and the blue line represents the number of users on the site. As you can see, the SiteGround test site performed really well up to 100 users, it spiked a bit, but we are OK with that. This is also the same with DigitalOcean This shows that if you plan to do flash sales on your website,  you can use any of the two web hosts.

Siteground vs DigitalOcean: Datacenters and Locations

DigitalOcean has the highest number of datacenters out of all the web hosts we have tested. They have 12 datacenters in various places around the world. Sometimes, three in a single city,  depending on how many customers they have in that city.

AMS2    Amsterdam, Netherlands.

AMS3    Amsterdam, Netherlands.

BLR1      Bangalore, India.

FRA1      Frankfurt, Germany.

LON1     London, UK.

NYC1     New York, USA.

NYC2     New York, USA

NYC3     New York, USA

SFO1      San Francisco, USA

SFO2      San Francisco, USA

SGP1     Singapore

TOR1     Toronto, Canada.

SiteGround has 5 servers in four cities across three continents. They allow you to choose any of the following locations as your server: Singapore, Chicago (USA), Milan (Italy), Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and London (UK).

Speed Optimization Accesories

Since March, SiteGround has incorporated Quic on their servers, the newest protocol that makes it possible for websites to load fast even with a slow internet connection. Both web hosts use fast SSD disks, but DigitalOcean has further polished its SSD for even greater speed. They are SSD-service focused after all.

In addition, SiteGround has the following speed optimized that is noticeably absent in DigitalOcean: Nginx web server, SuperCacher, CloudFlare CDN and HHVM.

Verdict: SiteGround is slightly faster overall, but for those living in countries like India, DigitalOcean will be their best bet. Not to mention DigitalOcean has a better SSD implementation as one of its primary focus. Your need for speed will be met by both web hosts. It’s a tie.

Uptime

All the speed and popularity in the world won’t count for much if your website is in downtime. With our basic plan, we tested both SiteGround and DigitalOcean for speed and you need to see what we discovered.

24/7/7 2018 Uptime for Each Month:

MONTH.   SITEGROUND UPTIME          DIGITALOCEAN UPTIME

August –                100%                                    100%

September –         100%                                     99.4%

October –               100%                                    100%

November –          99.98%                                  100%

December –          100%                                      100%

24/7/7 2019 Uptime for Each Month:

January –               99.98%                                 99.98%

February —             100%                                    100%

March —                  99.99%                                100%

April —                    100%                                    100%

May —                     99.99%                                100%

June —                   100%                                    99.96%

July —                     100%                                    99.99%

As you can see from the reading, both web hosts maintain very consistent and great uptime. January seemed to be a tough time for both web hosts. SiteGround started very well while DigitalOcean fumbled a little in September, but apart from that, they both performed very well. SiteGround only had less than 100% on 4 occasions, same with DigitalOcean.

On average, SiteGround has 99.995% for the 12 months while DigitalOcean had 99.989. This is good enough, and they didn’t have to refund, us since they didn’t perform below 99%. Sadly, this means that,  although DigitalOcean is not bad, they need to stay awake more to find ways of increasing their uptime percentage.

Extra Features for Uptime

Most of the time,  the uptime generated by a particular web hosting provider is due to a host of reasons. From the way their servers are built to the level of monitoring they allocate to servers, as well as the proactive plans they put in place to rectify issues immediately they occur to arrest any downtime. SiteGround’s servers are made from special Linux containers by professionals, and it is equally monitored and managed by an array of skilled personnel. We don’t know how DigitalOcean’s servers are built but we do know they are monitored 24/7.

Verdict: DigitalOcean does not have a bad uptime, by web host standards. SiteGround is just not a typical web host.  SiteGround wins this round.  Up, up and away.

Security

You may take risks in life,  but when it comes to choosing web hosts,  it is better to be safe than sorry. DigitalOcean makes use of end-to-end encryption to secure your database. Both your stored and transferred data are encrypted so they are not corrupted or hacked. Since they cater to big companies and developers,  they are experts in preventing cooperate espionage through hacking. They protect your account’s private network which contains your databases by isolating communication at the account or team level. You may even need to white list some information sources if you want them to allow data into your account through these specific sources. Fortunately, SiteGround brings it’s best to the security challenge. It is perhaps the single web host with the highest number of security features. With layers and layers of security and hack defenses, their customers will not lack protection. It can be argued that DigitalOcean does not need layers of security since they take their security seriously to the point of being aggressive.

Stricter Security

A lot of customers have complained about being locked out of their own accounts for days. Some even believe that what DigitalOcean provides is security for their own servers and not necessarily customer security. We believe the two go hand in hand. But, when customers complain that their accounts are blocked because DigitalOcean supposedly noticed suspicious activities, we have to wonder where the line should be drawn. If you want added security for your account,  you have to do some coding by yourself,  not to mention DigitalOcean does not come with pre-installed cPanel and all the protection that comes with it.  In fact,  you have to pay a third party if you want the cPanel. SiteGround differs,  in that they come have cPanel pre-installed, and they have the SG site scanner. In collaboration surgery SUCURI.NET, SiteGround uses the SG site scanner to thoroughly analyze your account, and detect threats.

There is more…

It gets better,  SiteGround also has a web redundancy system and web Application Firewall (WAF) which are dedicated to protecting you, your websites and your business. Just when you think you are secure,  they go the extra mile by partnering with 1H to bring you the powerful Guardian. Guardian adds to the multiple layers of defense by working authority advanced isolation mechanisms and proactive monitoring tools to arrest threats in 0.5seconds. With that threat apprehension speed, your cPanel security will never even be tested. As part of their security policy, when a hacker activity is detected on a client’s account, they suspend access to the compromised files to stop it from spreading and affecting other users. The icing on the cake is the extra security provided by CloudFlare, the project that also grants them CDN access.  They also provide Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates, DDoS and malware protection in every plan. The SSL that comes authority their GoGeek is also PCI-compliant, to allow you to sell online and incorporate credit card payment.

Money-Back Guarantee Policy

Siteground offers 30 days money-back guarantee but DigitalOcean does not need this. With DigitalOcean, you only pay for the services, machines and hours you use. So if are ever uncomfortable with their services, you can stop. Anytime.

Both SiteGround and DigitalOcean make use of the SSD. DigitalOcean maintains multiple security and compliance certifications including those for the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield and PCI-DSS.

Backup and Restores for SiteGroudn and DigitalOcean

For SiteGround customers, Christmas came early when SiteGround provided backup and staging features to their lower shared hosting plans and improved the support for GoGeek and higher plans for their 15th anniversary.

DigitalOcean’s automatic backup is provided at 20% of the droplet plan.

Verdict: DigitalOcean maintains great security with in-house tools and SSD. SiteGround has tons of measures to secure your account, and the real win here is that they provide this invulnerable fortress without slowing down their speed. Not bad for a company that started in a dorm room.

Ease of Use for Siteground compared to DigitalOcean

Let’s make this clear now.  DigitalOcean is not for beginners.  If you are looking for a web host that will treat you with baby gloves, go for SiteGround or any other web host with beginner-friendly dashboard and features.

DigitalOcean does not have cPanel, so website building is a chore. If you do want to install cPanel,  you have to know how to code and pay third parties ($15 – $20). Monthly! SiteGround, in contrast, comes with a superb cPanel that has been polished so it meets the needs of beginners and developers alike. DigitalOcean’s alternative to cPanel is many of the third-party dashboards like a Centos droplet along with the Centos Web Panel which is free, convenient and informative. You just have to set it up first and to do that, you need a developer.

To our disappointment, we noticed DigitalOcean does not even have CDN that comes with most web hosts,  if you want some extra boost,  you have to take matters into your hands.  In DigitalOcean’s defense, they never masqueraded as a beginner-friendly web hosting service provider. We just wish they would make their decent service available to everyday site owners.

Migration and Staging

If you think SiteGround is stingy by only providing free migration for their higher plans, wait till you see what DigitalOcean does. They do not give free migration at all no matter what plan you start with. The only type of migration they provide is that of your project into the cloud.  We deduce that they are not in the business of appealing to the majority. SiteGround provides free and easy staging for WordPress site owners. It allows you to create a copy of your live site on a separate, staging environment with a single click. You can test any new code and designs on the staging copy before you push those changes to the production site. The live production of staging is done with a single click, and a backup of your site is immediately created. Just in case you made a mistake. For a developer, DigitalOcean’s staging area is heaven, for beginners, it’s hell.

Verdict: we pity beginners that find themselves at the mercy of DigitalOcean. We can’t even imagine the frustration. SiteGround owns beginners and that should not even be argued.

DigitalOcean vs. Siteground: Customer Support and Reliability

It’s no secret that SiteGround has the best customer support in the business. Their customer is fast,  reliable,  proactive and eager to help. With DigitalOcean, the reverse is the case.  We have scoured the internet and we saw many comments about DigitalOcean’s prolific bad customer support, but we didn’t believe it so we tested them ourselves.

They do not have a phone option,  so you can only contact them through email or ticketing. We tried both and the response is not good. We filled their customer support form and it’s buggy,  we haven’t gotten a response till today and we don’t know if we ever will. It also takes them days to respond to emails.  Thank God our account wasn’t blocked or hacked or worse,  mistakenly deleted without backup.

When you get a customer support message like this: “We have reviewed your account and have declined to activate it. No further information or action is required from you.” you wonder if it’s a human on the other end or a robot.

Knowledgebase

DigitalOcean has a decent knowledge base with tutorials that explain how to run and customize your cloud. SiteGround makes its knowledgebase more accessible and self-explanatory though.

Verdict: with the attitude that DigitalOcean handles support,  you will be convinced that they are more focused on making their services suit the developers that know what they are doing. But you also wonder if their customer service can be called a “support” at all.

Plans & Pricing

We compare their offers and prices.

Cloud/VPS Hosting

SiteGround has four cloud hosting plans with increasing price and sophistication: Entry, Business, Business Plus, and Super power. All of them provide 5 TB of monthly data transfer, and even the basic Entry plan is very powerful, as seen below:

The Entry plan comes with 24GB CPU Cores, 40GB RAM at $80.00 disk price.

The business plan comes with 36GB CPU Cores, 60GB RAM at $120.00 disk price.

The Business Plus plan comes with 48GB CPU Cores, 80GB RAM at $1600.00 disk price.

The Super Power plan comes with 810GB CPU Cores, 120GB RAM at $240.00 disk price.

DigitalOcean.

DigitalOcean offers tailor-made plans for specific purposes and needs. DigitalOcean refers to servers as Droplets (touche). In addition, they also have Kubernetes, load balancer, spaces, and storage.

DigitalOcean’s Droplets

The most popular defaults have already been chosen. Scroll to the end and configure your Droplet by selecting a server image from popular OS (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.), or available one-click apps.

You create and customize your droplets yourself. If you want to customize your Droplet, you can follow the DigitalOcean interface instructions. After the creation comes allocation of resources. Our advice is to start small, you can upgrade later. After droplet deployment, you can use SSH to access it (typical) or open a terminal through the console of your DigitalOcean account.

They have two major Droplets from which you can select:

First is the Standard Droplet for very small websites, a blog or small testing tasks. Their Standard Droplet category has subcategories.

The second, CPU Optimized Droplet will cater to users who will require heavy CPU usage e.g batch processing.

SPACES: DigitalOcean has Droplets for app deployment, but they need something to handle storage and that’s where Spaces comes in. It’s simply a security system that lets you store and send your data to applications and end-users. Spaces utilize drag and drop UI or API system to create a solid storage. Spaces can save backup files, weblogs, data analysis, etc. The service is also scalable, so your Spaces can grow with your company. Spaces can be used as standalone or together with other DigitalOcean features.

Digital Storage

When you spin up and delete your droplets, you will require a storage mechanism to save its data and that’s where the following two types of storage come in: block storage and object storage.

Block storage is similar to your computer hard drive. Block storage is fast and has a size range of 1 GB to 16 TB. They can also be used together just like A2 Hosting’s RAID system. You can change the scale of the blocks and transfer them to different droplets. All blocks have SSD’s for added speed but you can also burst them for extra speed boost if you suddenly have a heavy workload.

Second, DigitalOcean also offers object storage, which it calls Spaces. Spaces are best suited for storing large amounts of unstructured data like video. Object storage works differently from block storage. The data is unstructured, with no specific format, unlike the file structures on block storage.

Kubernetes: Kubernetes allows developers to deploy and scale up a containerized app in clusters.

They also have Load Balancers which share your traffic among droplets.

All plans come with solid-state drives (SSD) as standard. For the latest and up to date prices visit DigitalOcean’s website (it keeps changing.)

PLAN NAME       MONTHLY PRICE

Cloud 1 5.00

Cloud 2 10.00

Cloud 3 20.00

Cloud 4 40.00

Cloud 5 80.00

Cloud 6 160.00

Cloud 7 320.00

Cloud 8 480.00

Cloud 9 640.00

Standard plans offer a range of 1 to 4 servers and memory of 512 MB to 8 GB. The TB transfer rate starts at 1 with a maximum of 5 with respect to the plan you are going for, while the SSD Disk space starts at 20 GB and ends at 80GB.

The most popular plan (Cloud 1) offers:

  • 1 GB memory
  • 1 core processor
  • 30 GB SSD disk
  • 2 TB transfer.

One thing you need to know about DigitalOcean’s plans generally is that it is flexible, complicated and unclear, but if you know how to navigate the complexities, it is very cheap. Customers are billed for their actual usage alone and this makes sure that you do not spend on features you do not need or periods you are inactive. They also have a monthly cap that prevents you from spending or using more than you planned or requested. DigitalOcean adopts a credit card payment method. The payment is on the first day of every month.

WordPress Hosting Comparison

WordPress is used by over 60 million people across the globe for content management. DigitalOcean provides one-click installation of WordPress hosting solutions and so does SiteGround.  SiteGround achieves this with its Weebly and Softaculous. They also ensure automatic WordPress upgrade (and Joomla) and plugin updates.

DigitalOcean can get your WordPress up and running in less than a minute. They also provide a plethora of storage capacities and memory capacities depending on your company’s individual needs.

SSD Storage

One of the important advantages of using SiteGround web host is the fact that the company uses SSD storage on all of their servers and so does DigitalOcean.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is popular,  cheap and comes with limited resources, performance, and custom priority.  After all, various websites share a single server and compete with each other for resources. Maybe this is why DigitalOcean does not provide shares web of VPS hosting.

SiteGround shared hosting prices:

The StartUp plan: $3.95 per month, can host one website. It can handle up to 10,000 unique visits per month, and it comes with Essential database and Email offers.

Essential database:

DB Size: 500 MB || DB Table Size: 250 MB || DB Queries: Up to 10% of Server Resources.

Essential Email offers:

Mailbox Size: 2000 MB || Email Sends per Hour: 400 || Recipients per Email: 40 || Attachment Size: 50 MB || Emails Received per Minute: 20 || Undelivered Mail Retry Time: 11 Hrs.

The GrowBig plan: $5.95 per month and can host multiple websites. It also comes with a free SSL Wildcard for 1 year, all 3-levels of the SuperCacher, and staging environments for both WordPress and Joomla. It comes with premium database and Email offers.

Premium database:

DB Size: 750 MB || DB Table Size: 250 MB || DB Queries: Up to 10% of Server Resources.

Premium Email offers:

Mailbox Size: 4000 MB || Email Sends per Hour: 400 || Recipients per Email: 40 || Attachment Size: 50 MB || Emails Received per Minute: 20 || Undelivered Mail Retry Time: 11 Hrs.

Their GoGeek plan: $11.95 per month and can host unlimited websites. It has 30GB of space for up to 100,000 visits per month. Enjoy priority support, PCI compliance, and one-click Git repo creation. It comes with geeky database and Email offers.

Geeky database:

DB Size: 1000 MB || DB Table Size: 500 MB || DB Queries: Up to 30% of Server Resources. ||

Geeky Email offers:

Mailbox Size: 6000 MB || Email Sends per Hour: 800 || Recipients per Email: 80 || Attachment Size: 50 MB || Emails Received per Minute: 20 || Undelivered Mail Retry Time: 11 Hrs.

It should be noted that all SiteGround shared hosting plans have 24/7 client support, free CloudFlare CDN, free Let’s Encrypt SSL, free daily backups and restore.

Reseller Hosting

SiteGround offers two types of reseller hosting types. DigitalOcean did not make plans for reselling.

E-commerce

SiteGround has WooCommerce WordPress plugin which works with their free Let’s Encrypt SSL to boost your e-commerce activities. Users have noted that it could do with improvement though. DigitalOcean offers traditional CMS e-commerce, and you guessed it,  you have to do it yourself.

Dedicated Servers Pricing

SiteGround can accommodate two types of website owners that demand high-end hosting: dedicated and custom-built server users. They have three plans for them: Entry, Power, Super Power and enterprise hosting (where you basically contact them and tell them all that you need). Entry, Power and Super Power all have 10TB of bandwidth per month and run on Xeon processors.

DigitalOcean dedicated plans consist of the DigitalOcean managed databases.

DigitalOcean provides a powerful and scalable database that ensures stress-free setup and maintenance. Managed Databases run on high-class hardware and SSD storage, to give you hyper-fast performance. With the managed database you can easily spin up a high-performance database cluster very fast, launch a database cluster with just a few clicks and then access it via our simplified UI or an API. They also maintain, provide free updates and free daily backups which you can restore to any point within the previous seven days. All of this is done so you can focus on your apps, not databases.

In the event of a failure, Managed Databases will automatically switch hand over your data to a standby node to minimize downtime. They also have end to end encryption.It comes with MySQL(allows you to spin read only replicas easily, the world’s most popular open source relational database, and  PostgreSQL, arguably the most advanced open source relational database.It also comes with Redis, the popular open source, in-memory database and cache.

Managed shared databases plan starts at at $15/month.

Domain Names

DigitalOcean does not provide domain or domain name.  Nothing, nada, zip. SiteGround’s Domain prices start from $15.95, and they have unlimited sub or parked domains. Sweet, right?

Scalability

DigitalOcean must be the most scalable VPS hosting provider. SiteGround is also quite scalable.

Upsells

SiteGround’s Domain prices start from $15.95 but you can try their shared hosting plan for just a month. When you choose to sign up for a month, SiteGround will require you to pay a setup fee of $14.95. DigitalOcean’s plans are transparent.

Although unlike SiteGround uses of the strawman technique to draw you in with low prices, only to shoot up the price on renewal. DigitalOcean has transparent plans.

Verdict: DigitalOceans’s plan and price flexibility is one of the few reasons why they are unique, and globally used by hundreds of thousands of customers. SiteGround has great plans, but nothing beats DigitalOcean’s serve-yourself buffet.

Extra Features

SiteGround has the following exclusive extra features:

  • Free CloudFlare CDN.
  • Free FTP, and SFTP.
  • Unlimited sub and packed domains.
  • Av free WordPress Migration Plugin.
  • SiteGround has the Weebly Site builder.
  • SiteGround has HTTP2 /enabled servers.
  • Transfer of site to other SiteGround clients.
  • SiteGround is optimized for WordPress and Joomla.
  • Unlimited number of MySQL & PostgreSQL databases.
  • White-Label hosting and client management for higher plans.
  • SiteGround’s 99.9% uptime guarantee compensates users with one free month of hosting if annual uptime drops from 99.9%.
  • It offers free and easy installation of a shopping cart of your choice, such as Magento, osCommerce, PrestaShop and more.
  • On your account, you can also use multiple galleries and PHP libraries, PHP encoders and other technologies like GD library, ImageMagick, CURL, Zlib, Zend Optimizer, ionCube, SourceGuardian, Mod_rewrite, .htaccess, Smarty Templates, php.ini.
  • Many more technologies supported.
  • They sponsor and send employees to hosting events like Word Camp.

DIGITALOCEAN

  • IPv6 support.
  • Don’t expect much exclusive extras from DigitalOcean.
  • You only pay for the machines you use, this saves cost and makes them popular with startups.
  • DigitalOcean offers “Floating IPs,” where IP addresses can be quickly redefined.
  • If a droplet fails, its IP can be reassigned to a standby droplet to keep the app running.
  • Both offer SSH access with all their plans.
  • One-click staging and installers (on select plans only). DigitalOcean offers one-click apps for droplets which include: MySQL, Docker, LAMP stack, MongoDB, Node.js, WordPress, PhpMyAdmin, Ruby On Rails, Ghost, Machine Learning. SiteGround supports Mod_perl, Plexum, HTMLDoc, PDFLib, MS SQL or ColdFusion.
  • Both allow easy collaboration, although DigitalOcean does it better by making it easy for teams to collaborate in building DigitalOcean-enabled apps. To ensure security, DigitalOcean allows collaborators  to work together without sharing credentials. They will also be billed on a single invoice.

Verdict: DigitalOcean actually has a bunch of extra features. You just have to play hide-and-seek to find them. We prefer SiteGround’s easy-to-find and easy-to-use extras though.

Major Differences between DigitalOcean and Siteground

  • They both have great uptime.
  • Websites hosted on both are fast.
  • DigitalOcean has a developer-friendly dashboard while that of SiteGround is easier for beginners.
  • First of its kind customizable pricing in DigitalOcean.
  • SiteGround offers daily backup for free but you have to pay for it in DigitalOcean.
  • DigitalOcean has in-house security while SiteGround has multiple layers of security.
  • SiteGround has tons of basic features and even extras, but this is not the same with DigitalOcean.
  • DigitalOcean has sub-par support compared to SiteGround’s amazing support.
  • DigitOcean’s dashboard is complicated.  SiteGround has the easy-to-use cPanel.

Verdict: In the words of Shao Khan In Extras, SiteGround wins. Flawless victory.

Siteground vs. DigitalOcean: Our Pick

If you want a reason why SiteGround is better than DigitalOcean, we’ll give you three; Ease of use, customer support and tons of features. Both web hosts have their strengths in different areas. Developers should stick to DigitalOcean while anyone can use SiteGround.  SiteGround vs. DigitalOcean? Because SiteGround also accommodates developers and professionals without alienating beginners, we consider SiteGround to be the better web host.

Bluehost vs. AWS 2020

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that Bluehost vs AWS shouldn’t even take place as a competition. It’s like trying to compare a Toyota Prius, the highly successful sedan people use to go to work, with the brand’s legendary pickup, the Hilux. I’m not saying that it can’t be done. However, Bluehost and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are different categories of web services, each designed with distinctive goals and purposes in mind.

Users looking to choose the safest, most cost-effective hosting service between BlueHost and AWS shouldn’t even consider the latter. Bluehost gives you a cPanel to help manage your site without the need to hire a team of web developers, Live Chat support to use whenever needed, and an SSL Certificate, all for just several dollars a month.

Update January 2020: We decided to update this article in December with some up-to-date test results, but also because our winner is currently offering 65% off their first invoice deal; Before buying make sure to check out this promotional landing page that has the discount applied. This deal makes our winner between the two hosts deserve their #1 spot even more than before because of the lower price they have right now; If this promotion will end, or if they’ll have a better one, we’ll immediately update this article so you get only the best deals.

Bluehost is well known for their cheap and reliable hosting that comes along with cPanel and one-click install for WordPress, while AWS is focused to suit the needs of app developers with quite some unique features; When compared to Bluehost for web hosting, they are more expensive and not so easy to use.

Bluehost vs. AWS: A Complete Overview

Amazon Web Services, as an internet services company, has proven dominance in a lot of areas. AWS is the largest Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IAAS) offering and is particularly known for being very third-party integrations friendly. While other platforms have tried to compete, AWS still holds a lot of the market share because of intuitive setup and exceptional management.

Overview of Bluehost vs AWS
Overview of Bluehost vs AWS

Basically, AWS provides a whole lot of services like Mobile, Developers Tools, Management Tools, IoT, security and enterprise apps. Basically, AWS offers a whole lot more services than any company in the industry. Thankfully, AWS also offers web hosting services and it’s one of the main Bluehost Alternatives. We’ll mostly be looking at AWS Lightsail service, a part of AWS’s hosting service that is optimized for medium-sized businesses. It’s made up of one server that runs content management systems like WordPress and Joomla.

Bluehost, founded by Matt Heaton in 2003, is one of the biggest players in the hosting market section of the market. With over 2 million websites hosted on its servers, Bluehost is a big player in the business. Known for a high level of reliability (great uptime) and being user-friendly, Bluehost is one of the most recognizable names in web hosting. Bluehost was bought by the Internet hotshot, Endurance International Group, in 2010. While many critics believed that this heralded a slump in quality and consequently growth, Bluehost has proven them wrong for the most part. The host has grown from strength to strength in recent years and has now become one of only three hosts officially recommended by WordPress.

Performance

The most important part of any comparison (or at least one of the most important parts) of any comparison is ‘performance’. To gauge exactly how well AWS performs, we purchased a hosting plan and built a basic WordPress website on it. We did the same with Bluehost, and we’ll be checking performance stats like uptime and page load speed.

Speed

We built our site and set about testing AWS’s page load speed. For the most part, AWS response time is pretty average, measuring around 380ms. That is when you take locations outside Europe and America into consideration. Inside Europe and America, response speeds are consistently lower than 100ms. We sent about a hundred virtual users to our site to see if a spike in traffic would have any impact on speed. Unfortunately, AWS’s response speed got junky and even got as low as 3800ms. Not a good look.

AWS Speed Test
AWS Speed Test

All in all, AWS uptime performance isn’t terrible. It matches the above-average performers in our ratings and we don’t think users will have a lot of problems concerning speed.

We carried out the same speed tests with Bluehost. Over our testing period, we calculated an average response time of 215ms (very similar to the one we got when testing them to get data for our Bluehost Review article, so they are for sure constant when it comes to the speed part).

Bluehost Speed Test Results
Bluehost Speed Test Results

Since most of the hosts we’ve reviewed get below the 500ms mark, Bluehost’s speed is decidedly above average. We wouldn’t call Bluehost’s speed exceptional, but since it’s above average, it’s decent enough for us. We also tried to see whether speed would suffer during a spike in traffic, so we sent a hundred virtual users to our site. We were pleasantly surprised to see that Bluehost maintained stable speeds— something that AWS was missing.

Uptime

If speed is acceleration, uptime is the direction. Even the fastest speed cannot make up for terrible uptime. We don’t believe in a Utopia – we know that no host can guarantee a 100% uptime. The difference is how long downtime, when it eventually happens, lasts for. In this case, some hosts perform better than others. So let’s see which host has a better uptime between AWS and Bluehost.

Bluehsot Uptime Test
Bluehsot Uptime Test

Over our testing period, our Bluehost account was up for 99.99% of the time. That’s about the closest to 100% that any Web-host can guarantee, and Bluehost gets top marks in our book. However, we don’t just like to check uptime stats as they are fickle and can change quickly. We also like to check whether a host has an uptime guarantee. That is, do customers get compensated if downtime is higher than a certain percentage? For Bluehost, the answer is no. Bluehost doesn’t have an uptime guarantee. That wouldn’t bother us though, as a 99.99% uptime is pretty great.

But what if it all changes tomorrow? (cue existential crises)

Our site with AWS also recorded an impressive uptime of 99.98% over our testing period, which is great. Like we said earlier, 99.99% is the closest any host can get to perfect. It gets even better as we ran through AWS’s server agreement and discovered that the host actually has an uptime guarantee – a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

AWS Uptime Test
AWS Uptime Test

If uptime is less than 99.9% but greater than or equal to 99.0%, you get 10% service credit.  If it’s less than 99.0% but greater than or equal to 95.0%, you get 25% service credit. If it’s less than 95%, you get a 100% service credit. As far as uptime guarantees go, what AWS offers isn’t terrible.

Security Comparison between Amazon Web Services and Bluehost

Generally, we like to assume that most web hosts have good security measures in place. While this is true, some hosts are more effective than others in securing your site. It’s important to take this into consideration before picking a host.

Bluehost Security Features

Bluehost has effective measures in place to ensure great security. This includes free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt, and Codeguard— a tool that helps automatically backup accounts.

Bluehost offers free SSL for Security

A domain privacy tool is available to help keep personal information used to sign up off public WHOIS hosting lists. This helps to prevent hackers from getting a hold on these details for phishing schemes. Postini from google is also provided to give spam protection to your mail.

To effect secure sending and receiving of files, Bluehost supports PGP/GPG encryption. Bluehost also offers Sitelock, a third-party product serving as both malware and firewall scanner. Sitelock is also enabled to remove malware from your site. A very detailed checklist of what should be done to protect your site is also provided for, so you can keep things secure from your end.

AWS Security Features

AWS host also provides great security services. Identity and access management (IAM) helps create users, rules, groups and uses permission to deny and allow their access to AWS resources. You can also grant unique credentials to users within your AWS account by giving individual access only to the required AWS resources and services. Another security feature is Virtual Private Clouds (VPC) that gives you total control over all inbound and outbound network traffic. VPC’s can be used to secure applications by restricting where appropriate, access to and from the Internet.

Security groups is another feature that can help you create rules controlling incoming and outgoing traffic on your firewall. AWS direct connect allows you to establish a private virtual interface between your on-premise network and your Amazon Virtual private cloud which is a private and secure network connection. All these are features that you can’t get from a basic host such as Hostgator or Bluehost.

Plans & Pricing

One of the first things to consider before picking a host is the money. Is it affordable for you? Is it worth the services that are being delivered? Let’s check out the pricing structure of AWS and Bluehost to see exactly what we’re getting.

AWS has 7 levels of pricing, and these seven levels are available either under Linux servers or Windows servers. Generally, we would recommend Linux servers and you really should only use Windows servers if you have a particular reason. Linux servers are cheaper and perform just as well. Unlike other hosts, AWS doesn’t have fancy names for their packages. It’s just level one through to level seven.

AWS Linux Servers

  • Level 1: 512mb memory, 1 core processor, 20GB SD card, 1 TB transfer ($3.50 per month)
  • Level 2: 1 GB of memory, 1 core processor, 40 GB SD disk and 2 TB of transfer ($5 per month)
  • Level 3: 2 GB of memory, 1 core processor, 60GB SD disk, 3 TB transfer ($10 per month)
  • level 4: 4 GB of memory, 2 core processors, 80 GB SD disk, 4 TB of transfer ($20 per month)
  • Level 5: 8 GB of memory, 2 core processors, 160 GB SSD transfer, 5 TB of transfers ($40 per month)
  • Level 6: 16 GB of memory, 4 core processors, 320 GB of SSD disk space and 6 TB of transfers. ($80 per month)
  • Level 7: 32 GB of memory, 8 core processors, 640 GB SSD card, 7 TB of transfers ($160 per month).

In addition, AWS doesn’t offer a free domain name like other web hosts. That’s something that you have to get through other channels. In fact, AWS isn’t a freebie kinda guy, as users aren’t entitled to free site migrations either.

All in all, as we said earlier, AWS is pretty pricey and is suitable for big corporations, not businesses looking for cheap hosting options.

Bluehost’s pricing

Bluehost offers four Shared hosting plans. Most Web-hosts just offer three, but Bluehost leaves a lot of room for scalability. The four plans are the Basic plan, Plus plan, Choice-Plus plan and the Pro plan.

The Basic plan comes with:

  • 1 website
  • Free SSL certificate
  • 1 free domain
  • 5 parked domains
  • 25 subdomains.
  • 50GB of storage
  • Unmetered bandwidth

The plan costs $2.95 with the discount (renewal costs $7.99 per month).

The Plus Plan comes with all the features of the basic plan plus:

  • Unlimited websites
  • Unlimited parked domains
  • $200 marketing offer
  • Spam experts.
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited domains
  • Unlimited subdomains

The plan costs $5.45 per month with the discount (normally $10.99).

The Choice-plus plan comes with all the features of the Plus plan plus:

  • Domain Privacy and protection
  • 1 office 365 mailbox – free 30 days and Codeguard basic site backup.

The plan is the same price ($5.45 with the discount) as the Plus plan (normally $14.99).

The Pro plan is the most expensive shared hosting plan offered by Bluehost

The plan costs $13.95 per month with the discount (normally $23.99 per month) and it comes with all the features of the Choice-Plus plan with a dedicated IP address and high performance. Bluehost says that high performance means that Pro servers allow for a 300,000 file count and are deployed with fewer users per server than the standard shared hosting servers.  Therefore each user gets more resources allocated than with normal lower their hosting plans.

Bluehost’s pricing is more suitable for small businesses and offers a whole lot more free options than AWS.

Extra Features

Let’s look at the extra features that both hosts offer.

AWS has the following features

  • Decent Customer Support; AWS has the basic 24/7 customer support that most hosts offer. The channels are live chat, Email and ticketing channels. While there have been some complaints about the quality of AWS’s support, our experience was not terrible.
  • Choice of Server; You can choose whether you want a Linux server or a Windows server
  • Choice of Server Location; You can choose where you want your servers located from a number of locations worldwide
  • AWS has scheduled backups and virtual cloud storage
  • AWS supports a lot of platforms including Joomla, Ruby, WordPress, and Magento.

Bluehost has the following features

Bluehost Extras
Bluehost Extras
  • One-click installations for over 100+ apps from MOJO
  • Bluehost supports the use of Perl modules, Cron jobs, PHP PEAR packages, and Apache handlers.
  • Bluehost has both MySQL and PostgreSQL databases and you can use either phpMyAdmin, Remote MySQL, or phpPgAdmin to manage your databases.
  • In case you need to manage your domains through them, Bluehost has a domain manager.
  • The Blue Flash feature is a special customer care feature that allows you access to experts dedicated to helping you get your WordPress website up and running.
  • Scheduled backups and virtual cloud storage
  • $200 Marketing offers (read more about this here)
  • Bluehost is an officially recommended web host by WordPress.
  • Bluehost offers CDN access.
  • Bluehost offers the web building services of Weebly for free for all users.

Bluehost vs. AWS: Our Pick

AWS may be perfect for certain services, 9/10 times, the host to go with is Bluehost. In fact, if you’re going to be running your site yourself, you really shouldn’t be considering AWS at all.

HostMonster vs. GoDaddy

Today we’ll be looking at GoDaddy vs. HostMonster. If you’re here, you probably have narrowed your choice down to these two hosts and want to know which host is the best for your website. Well, that’s what we are going to do. We’ll be comparing GoDaddy and HostMonster to identify their strengths, weaknesses and everything in-between.

How will we be doing that? Easy, we bought hosting plans from both hosts so we are in the unique position of being able to compare the experiences of using both hosts accurately. And, during our testing phases, we did discover a few things that go against everything you know about both hosts. Let’s just say that conventional wisdom isn’t always the best.

At the end of the comparison, we’ll be giving a final verdict, telling you which host we think is the best. What’s important, though, is that you do not have to go with our winner. You can choose your champion since you’ll have all the data to do so.

Overview

Founded in 1996 by Bob Parsons, GoDaddy is the biggest domain registrar on the internet. With over ten million sites hosted on its servers, the company is one of the biggest names in hosting today. HostMonster was also founded in 1996, making it one of the oldest hosting companies along with GoDaddy.

Founded by the founder of Bluehost, Matt Heaton, HostMonster has managed to adopt the business model of the most prominent hosts on the internet. In 2015, HostMonster was acquired by EIG, a move that many say has lowered the quality of HostMonster’s hosting. Whether that is true or not, you are sure to find out soon enough.

GoDaddy and HostMonster are similar in many ways. Both hosts offer the same level of packages, target the same section of the market, and have more or less the same selling point. Both hosts offer Shared, VPS, and Dedicated server hosting.

However, GoDaddy provides a whole lot more hosting options like WordPress hosting, WP Pro, and Reseller hosting. Both hosts are also top-rated for being easy to use for new users, and for the lower prices and fantastic specs that individual plans come with. Now that we know that both hosts are really similar, the winner of this comparison won’t be easy to decide. Or will it? Let’s find out.

Popularity

First off, we don’t think that popularity is important when deciding the best host for your site. This is because many of the most popular hosting providers haven’t ranked well in our reviews. In fact, popularity has more to do with the marketing department of a host than it has to do with actual hosting quality.

However, if you think that popularity does matter, you should sign up with GoDaddy immediately. The company is, by several nautical miles, the most popular web host. Is it the best, though? We’ll find out soon enough.

GoDaddy vs. HostMonster Performance

We’ll be measuring the performance of both hosts using two important metrics, uptime and speed.

Uptime

To test uptime, we did the only reasonable thing. We bought plans from both hosts, set up dummy accounts and began testing uptime over a four-month period.

MonthGoDaddyHostMonster
July100%99.97%
August100%99.94%
September99.98%99.93%
October100%99.99%

The results speak for themselves. Over our testing period, GoDaddy came in with a 99.99% average uptime, while HostMonster had an average of 99.96%. While HostMonster’s uptime isn’t terrible (for the period of a year, a 99.96% uptime only gets about three and a half-hour of downtime), GoDaddy’s uptime is far superior. A 99.99% uptime means only about 52 minutes of downtime per year. The winner here, really, is clear.

Uptime Guarantee

However, we don’t base our judgment of a host’s uptime quality only on uptime statistics. Uptime is notoriously fickle, and hosts with excellent uptime can descend into the hell of long downtime periods at a moment’s notice. What isn’t changeable, though, is an uptime guarantee. This ensures that even if you get terrible uptime, you still have a path of compensation, and you aren’t totally left alone.

Surprisingly, HostMonster doesn’t offer an uptime guarantee. However, you do get a pro-rated refund if you cancel your plan because of excessive downtime. Although, HostMonster claims that will rarely ever happen. Why you may ask. Apparently, uptime issues may happen, but they will more often than not be fixed in fifteen minutes or less, so users don’t have to worry their heads. GoDaddy, on the other side of the balance, actually has an uptime guarantee policy.

HostMonster users may not be entitled to anything if they experience excessive downtime, but GoDaddy users have no such worries, with the host providing a 99.9% uptime guarantee. If you experience uptime below 99.9%, you are entitled to 5% off your monthly hosting fee. And, to be fair, may actually add up to pennies. It isn’t all rosy and straightforward with GoDaddy either. We found this little paragraph stuck away in their user agreement.

“We offer a Service uptime guarantee of 99.9% (“Service Uptime Guarantee”) of available time per month. If we fail to maintain this Service Uptime Guarantee in a particular month (as solely determined by us), you may contact us and request a credit of 5% of your monthly hosting fee for that month”.

Make of that what you will.

Speed

Time is money, and in today’s 4G-5G world, people take lightning page load speed as a given. In fact, 40% of internet users say that they would not re-visit a site that had slow page load speed. That is something that you should pay attention to if you’d like to sell more or generate more traffic on your website.

Since we already have our sites set up, we put our speed testing tools to work and first tested the time to the first byte of both hosts repeatedly. We also tested from different locations to get a feel of average speed time across the world. Before testing, we made sure to disable all speed optimization plug-ins to get fair results.

LocationGoDaddyHostMonster
New York104ms190ms
Aberdeen313ms489ms
Bangladesh1.3s1.9s
London90ms200ms
Mumbai489ms1.4s
Singapore421ms789ms
Vancouver467ms879ms
Berlin205ms906ms
Amsterdam610ms987ms
Barcelona151ms970ms
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Overall, GoDaddy had an average TTFB of 515ms, while HostMonster did much worse, reaching only an average speed of 841ms. It’s pretty clear who the faster host is. Although GoDaddy’s speed isn’t exactly excellent, it is decent. It would be tough for us to say the same about HostMonster, though. The fact that HostMonster is so slow is especially disturbing because studies have found that only a second delay can cause up to a 7% decrease in conversion rate, a 16% decrease in customer satisfaction levels and an 11% decrease in page views.

Load Impact Test

To test the speed of both hosts under pressure, we sent a hundred virtual users to the site using Load Impact. Our goal was to see whether performance suffered under traffic. As we expected, speed levels suffered, with GoDaddy and HostMonster slowing down considerably.

(a diagram where both hosts have lower speed levels)

Datacenters

The more spread out a host’s datacenters are, the quicker visitors across the world will be able to load content. HostMonster has datacenters (or datacenter?) in Utah. Like the sister company, Bluehost, information on the location of HostMonster’s datacenters is seriously scarce. GoDaddy, on the other hand, though, has datacenters all over the world.

CDN

Content Delivery Systems ensure that a cached version of your site is hosted on servers around the world. This means that visitors can access your website faster than usual. GoDaddy has CDN support; however, users have to configure and set it up themselves. HostMonster also gives you access to CDN on all plans, and it is free. You do activate it from your cPanel, though.

Ease of Use

No one, at least no one we know, wants to do something the hard way when it could quickly be done the easy way. Your web host must give you the fewest amount of headaches possible. It is also important, as well, that your web host provides as much help to you as possible.

User Interface

The first thing to take note of is the user interface. To this question, there are only two acceptable answers in our opinion; cPanel, and to a lesser extent, Plesk. Both interfaces are easy to use, and many other hosts use them so acclimatizing ought not to be a problem when you transfer your site from another host.

GoDaddy makes use of a clean and uncluttered version of cPanel. While it is undoubtedly a bit customized, it follows standard cPanel’s layout and was quite easy for us to use. HostMonster makes use of the traditional cPanel interface also, so full marks for both companies.

Sign up process

We had absolutely no problems signing up for both hosts. In under five minutes, we were done. However, both hosts did try to sell us a lot of stuff at checkout. New users have to be really careful not to buy features that they’ll eventually not need.

App Integrations, Marketplace and Installation

The shared hosting plans of both web hosts support both WordPress and other popular content management systems like Joomla, Drupal and Magneto. Both companies offer access to the MOJO marketplace where you buy all sorts of things, from themes to templates to plug-ins, to apps. Both hosts also offer one-click installation for apps, so new users do not have to worry about long installation processes.

Migration

We feel that all hosts should offer at least one free site migration for all new users. However, there are a lot of hosts who think that our opinion does not matter. GoDaddy is one of such hosts, charging $99.99 per site to be migrated. Quite expensive. In fact, so expensive that we wouldn’t encourage anyone to pay that much for single-site migration.

It does get a bit better with HostMonster, though. The company offers more or less the same free site migration policy as Bluehost, $149.99 for five websites and 20 emails from a single account. If you would like to transfer your site yourself, you could make use of a File Transfer Protocol that HostMonster provides for free. We can tell you this for free, though, it probably isn’t worth your time. There are other hosts like HostGator who offer the service for free. You can check how HostGator stacks up with GoDaddy here.

Free domains

If we had our way, all hosts would provide a free domain (for at least a year) with all new hosting plans. But, in the case of GoDaddy and HostMonster, that would be a bit useless because both hosts provided a free domain with all plans.

Website Builder

If you do not plan on creating a WordPress site or using any other content management system, then you would need a website builder to help you create the right custom site. While most hosts make use of third-party solutions, GoDaddy makes use of a tool called GoCentral that helps you build your website. It works like the popular site builders, such as Wix and Weebly, and comes with a lot of templates.

GoCentral has over three hundred templates and themes with drag and drop functionality, so designing a website stops being a drag (well, you do need to drag and drop so, maybe a little drag). However, GoCentral is free only for the first month through a trial period.

HostMonster offers two website builders, and one of them is the popular Weebly website builder. Weebly is optimized for search engines and is free. However, with the free version, you only get six pages, so there’s the catch. For more pages, you need to purchase a bigger plan. Like GoCentral, Weebly is also a drag and drop editor with a lot of themes and templates.

The other website builder that HostMonster offers is the Concrete5. It is an open-source content management system that makes it really easy for you to build your site in minutes. It is also search engine optimized.

Staging Environments

For new users, there is probably no tool quite as useful as a staging environment. It allows you to make changes/configurations on a copy of your site so that you can check out the effects of your changes before it goes on your live website. While you can create a staging environment yourself on a subdomain or using a plug-in, it’s better if a host has one installed on your control panel. Why? Frankly, it’s way easier and involves much fewer tears than learning how to create one yourself.

GoDaddy offers staging environments on all managed WordPress hosting plans except the basic plans. All other Shared Hosting plans do not get staging environments. HostMonster doesn’t offer staging sites on any shared hosting plan at all.

Money-back Guarantee

Money-back guarantees are useful because, you know, false advertising is a thing. It gives you an exit strategy in case the service that you’re provided is terrible. Generally, in our opinion, the longer the money-back guarantee period, the better.

The standard money-back guarantee period for hosts is thirty days, and in this regard, both hosts have chosen to toe the company line, offering only a thirty-day money-back guarantee. If you’re paying for any period less than a year, you only get a 48-hour money-back guarantee with GoDaddy. If you’ve received a free domain with the plan, the cost of the domain (about $15) will be removed from the refund. The domain will still be functional.

Both hosts offer the absolute bottom of the barrel quality when it comes to money-back guarantees. We have seen hosts like DreamHost offer as much as a 97-day money-back guarantee, so we know that hosting companies can do a whole lot better. You can check out how Dreamhost stacks up to GoDaddy if you want.

Customer Support and Reliability

Creating a website, running it, and doing everything that comes with owning a site, isn’t the easiest task in the world. If you don’t have the right help, it can become an actual nightmare. That’s why it is vital that you have access to customer support that responds swiftly, and is able to help.

Customer Support Channels

Both companies have the same support channels. They both have a phone, live chat, and ticketing channels. As expected, these channels are open 24/7.

Testing phase

Before testing, we had some biases. We didn’t expect particularly great things from both hosts in terms of customer support. That’s because we know that the biggest companies don’t usually have the best customer service. We’ve only discovered one exception to that rule, and that’s SiteGround. You can check out our SiteGround and GoDaddy comparison if you want.

The first thing we tried to measure was waiting time, so we attempted to connect to a live chat rep on the customer support channels of both companies. We connected with a HostMonster representative in three minutes, on average, which was terrific. Our questions were answered quickly, and the reps we spoke to were really friendly and made the whole process stress free. However, we should probably mention that HostMonster has a lengthy verification process that might be a bit annoying.

The story was different with GoDaddy. On average, we connected to a live rep in ten minutes, and on a particular occasion, we had to wait for over thirty minutes. While the reps we spoke to were friendly enough, they were only able to answer basic questions. Too often, we were left for ten minutes or more before a rep replied to us. That isn’t something that exactly makes us ecstatic.

To be fair, phone support was better with both hosts, and the ticketing support was top notch.

Knowledge Base

Both hosts maintain a great knowledge base. In fact, in the case of GoDaddy, we would instead go through pages of articles and tutorials than wait for thirty minutes to connect to a live rep.

Security

The internet is an amazing place, but it can also be a very scary one. There are no limits to the number of malware and mischievous characters crawling all over the world wide web, trying to steal your files or hack your account. There is no site small enough to be hacked, and as you grow in traffic and sells, it gets likelier that your website will be a target for nefarious groups.

While a lot of the responsibility of security lies with the end-user, it’s also good to know which host gives more coverage in terms of backups, SSL certificates, and additional security features.

SSL certificates

Only a few hosts don’t provide free SSL certificates (Let’s Encrypt) with all plans, and GoDaddy is one of those hosts. If you’d like an SSL certificate (which is like, you know, super important), you’ll have to pay around $48. HostMonster, on the other hand, offers a free SSL certificate on all plans.

Backup Policy

If your account does get hacked, and all your nightmares come true, you must have backups available. Configuring your backup policy is probably among the first things you should do while setting up an account.

For GoDaddy, it is somewhat straightforward. GoDaddy runs free daily backups on all WordPress hosting sites, but for other sites, you’ll have to purchase the GoDaddy Website backup tool.

HostMonster offers free backups but with a fun twist. The first thing to note is that they do not offer redundant or mirrored backups. That is, only one version of your site will be available to you at a time. The second thing is that backups are courtesy backups. This means that backup isn’t guaranteed, and they are kind of doing it because they are nice guys. If they, one day, decide not to backup your site anymore, you cannot hold them responsible. For any other thing, users can get the Site Backup Pro or the Codeguard tool which allows you to get your own backups done from any point in history, and set up automatic backups too. It is up to the user to download backups if they want to keep a copy of their data, as HostMonster deletes backups older than thirty days.

Firewall protection

Both hosts have a standard Web Application Firewall that protects against SQL injection and cross-site scripting based attacks.

Site Security

SiteLock, a third-party solution that is used by most hosts, is an advanced warning and malware detection tool. Depending on the package you purchase, users also get a web application firewall that blocks harmful traffic from entering your site. HostMonster makes use of SiteLock, and users can order Sitelock for Basic at $23.88 per domain. Renewal costs $99.95 per year, though. Importantly, as a HostMonster customer, you receive up to 80% off of the retail prices of SiteLock’s products. GoDaddy doesn’t offer direct support for SiteLock but instead provides a proprietary solution called Website Security that performs more or less the same sort of tasks that SiteLock performs. The Website security packages are available starting from $4.99 per month.

Pricing

If you’re trying to decide between two services, you would have to be someone who doesn’t care too much about financial responsibility to not compare prices. While many reviews only look at the host with the cheaper price tag, we’ll be looking at the price tag and the value offered at the quoted price. Our winner, then, will be the host that offers more for less.

We’ll be primarily looking at the WordPress and Shared Hosting packages of both hosts. Why? An overwhelming majority of sites on the internet are hosted on shared servers, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking of getting a Shared Hosting plan. Let’s get to it then.

Shared Hosting Plans

GoDaddy offers four tiers of regular Shared Hosting, which is great for scalability. They are the Economy, Deluxe, Ultimate and Maximum plans. HostMonster, on the other hand, has three hosting tiers which are the Basic, Plus, and Choice-Plus.

Basic Plans

GoDaddy’s basic Shared hosting plan is the Economy plan which costs $5.99 per month. Of course, $5.99 is pretty low, but it is also a promotional offer and the renewal price is actually $8.99. For such a low price, one might think that the specs of this plan would be terrible, but it is not. It comes with 24/7 support infrastructure, one website, 100GB of storage, one free domain, unlimited bandwidth and emails. No matter how you look at it, unlimited bandwidth, emails and a 100GB storage is great value for $5.99.

HostMonster’s basic plan is, well, aptly called the Basic plan, and comes with one website, 50GB storage, unmetered bandwidth, one domain, 5 email accounts, and 100 MB of email storage. The plan presently costs $4.95 per month (although you can get discounts that qualify you for massive percentages off) and renews at $9.49. HostMonster’s plan offers great specs: unmetered bandwidth and 50GB of storage don’t usually come cheap.

Both plans are cheap and come blazing out of the gate with great specs. For us, GoDaddy is the clear winner here because of more storage.

Medium Range Plans

GoDaddy’s medium-range plan is the Deluxe plan and it comes with all the features of the Economy plan and has the added advantage of unlimited websites, storage, and subdomains. It costs $7.99 per month and renewal is $11.99. HostMonster’s medium-range plan is the Plus plan and it comes with ten websites, 150Gb of storage, 20 parked domains and 50 subdomains, 100 email accounts with 500mb of storage per account, and unmetered bandwidth. The plan costs $6.95 per month and renews at $12.49 per month.

While GoDaddy pulls out all the stops with the Deluxe plan, HostMonster continues to hold out on us with 150GB storage, ten websites limited email accounts and storage. The winner here is also pretty easy to see, GoDaddy takes the round yet again.

High Tier Plan

GoDaddy has two high their plans and they are the Ultimate and Maximum plans. However, these plans are highly similar, and the only difference is in the processing power. The Ultimate plan comes with all the features of the Deluxe plan and has double the processing power (of Deluxe plans), a free SSL certificate (for a single term) and unlimited databases. The plan costs $12.99 and renews at $16.99.

The Maximum plan has all the features of the Ultimate plan and adds times two the processing power and memory, times two maximum site traffic, and a free SSL certificate for the full term. The package costs $19.99 for an initial purchase and $24.99 upon renewal.

HostMonster’s most expensive Shared Hosting Plan is the Choice-Plus plan and it is quite cheap, coming at the same initial price of the Plus plan, which is $6.95 (renewal costs $14.99 though). The plan comes with unlimited websites, storage, bandwidth, subdomains, parked domains, Spam protection, one domain privacy, Codeguard Basic, and one free domain. It’s important to note that all HostMonster plans come with a free SSL certificate.

If you’re going to be paying for a high tier plan, and plan on having a website for a long time, you should probably go with HostMonster’s plan because it costs less in the long run. Also, it has extra security features that GoDaddy’s plans do not have.

WordPress Hosting

Unfortunately, HostMonster doesn’t have a separate WordPress Hosting plan like GoDaddy. If you want to build a WordPress site with HostMonster and would like to make use of a shared server, this means that you’ll have to install it on your regular shared hosting account. This shouldn’t be too much trouble, though, as HostMonster has WordPress one-click installation support. Like with Shared Hosting, GoDaddy also has four WordPress hosting tiers.

Basic WordPress Hosting Plan

GoDaddy’s Basic plan, the Basic plan, comes with one website, 10 GB worth of space, and maximum traffic of 25,000 visitors per month. The cost of the initial price is $6.99. The price for the Basic Plan renewal, though, is $9.99 per month.

Medium Range WordPress Hosting Plan

The medium-range plan is the Deluxe plan which comes at an initial cost of $9.99. (renewal is $14.99). It comes with one website, maximum of 100k visitors per month, 15GB of space, support of free daily backups, malware scans, built-in sign-up forms, and a free domain.

High Tier Plan

GoDaddy’s most expensive plans are the Ultimate and Pro+ plans. The Ultimate costs $12.99 (Renewal is $19.99) per month and offers 2 websites, 30GB of storage, a free SSL certificate for the first year, a maximum of 400k visitors, and all the features of the Deluxe plan.

The next plan is the Pro 5+  plan and it offers 5-50 websites, support of up to 800k monthly visitors, a free SSL certificate per site, 50-200GB of storage and all the other features of the Ultimate plan before it. It costs $15.99 and renews at $24.99.

Generally, GoDaddy’s managed WordPress plans cost more (correct that to a lot more) than their Shared Hosting plan.

Extra features

GoDaddy has the following extra features:

  • GoDaddy offers a free domain name for the first term for every created website.
  • An extensive knowledge base that ensures that you do not have a lot of reasons to contact live support.
  • All hosting plans have access to a free to start website builder.
  • Access to over 125 apps with one-click installs. This includes the more popular applications like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
  • $100 worth ad credits for every $25 spent. The credits also include $50 in Bing and Facebook ads.

HostMonster has the following extra features:

  • Instant provisioning is enabled, so if you plan to go for VPS hosting or Dedicated hosting, they promise instant provisioning of their servers. That’s important if you want to get your site online in minutes. You won’t have to go through the stress of lengthy verification processes with HostMonster.
  • Unfortunately, HostMonster doesn’t offer monthly hosting.
  • All hosting plans come with a limit of 1000 total database tables, 3GB total database size, and 200,000 inodes.
  • The host offers hotlink protection, Secure Shell (SSH) access, AllowOverride .htaccess support, Server Side Includes (SSI).
  • Dual Quad Processor Performance servers.
  • You have access to developer features such as FTP access, SSH access, MySQL databases, custom Cron jobs and CGI-Bin.

This section is often a draw because of the apples to oranges sort of structure that it comes with. On the rare occasion that a host emerges winner, it is because of an extra standout feature like green hosting or an additional customer service feature. Neither hosts have any of these standout features, so it is a draw for us.

Major Differences

  • GoDaddy has better performance in terms of uptime and speed than HostMonster.
  • GoDaddy has global datacenters, while HostMonster only has Datacenters in the United States.
  • GoDaddy is an independent host, while HostMonster is owned by EIG (Endurance International Group).
  • HostMonster has better customer support overall than GoDaddy.
  • HostMonster has better security options than GoDaddy.
  • GoDaddy, generally, offers more for less price-wise.

HostMonster vs. GoDaddy: Our Pick

This is perhaps one of the most challenging comparisons we’ve done in a while and is quite close to a draw. Ultimately, GoDaddy’s superior performance and pricing model convinced us. We believe that this is one of those contests that could have gone either way. While neither host had standout performances like A2 Hosting, they both had decent stats.

Wp Engine vs GoDaddy 2019

If someone were to put to you the duel, GoDaddy vs WpEngine, which web hosting service would you go with, and why? You’d probably have some trouble deciding, and even if you did decide, you’d have trouble backing up your decision with cold, hard facts.

That’s why we are going to do it for you. How do we know the better host between GoDaddy and WpEngine?

GoDaddy is known for its name and the fact that it is extremely beginner/user-friendly (we’ve tried GoDaddy out and this is as true as true can be), and if one discounts the value offered by other competitive web hosts, GoDaddy is quite cheap too. WpEngine, on the other hand, runs like an engine. With multiple data centers all over the globe, WpEngine is a professional WordPress host and is quite fast. They are also known for their incredible customer support infrastructure (they even helped us install themes and plugins). However, WpEngine is one of the most expensive web hosts we’ve reviewed. If you want excellent services, I guess you’d have to pay.

GoDaddy vs WpEngine: Overview

Founded in 1997 as Jomax technologies, they got a name change to GoDaddy in 1999. GoDaddy has the privilege to be called the largest domain registrar in the world. And it isn’t mere talk either, with over 63 million domain names and 14 million customers, GoDaddy simply blows everyone else out of the water in terms of popularity.  Given the competition in the web hosting industry, this is an enviable claim indeed. Perhaps one of the reasons GoDaddy is so popular is that they are experts at meeting the needs of the largest group of web hosters; beginners.

WpEngine is relatively new to the world of web hosting and was founded in 2010. Rather than offering a broad range of services like Godaddy, WpEngine is much more specific and only targets a specific part of the web hosting market. Optimized for WordPress hosting and quite expensive (when compared to the discounted offers of GoDaddy), WpEngine has a particular kind of customer in mind when advertising their service. WpEngine only offers managed WordPress hosting, which means that you cannot upload your Windows or Linux website on their servers. This, obviously, means that they only target a section of the web hosting market. Recently, GoDaddy launched its managed WordPress Hosting, but it has a long way to come before coming close to anything that WpEngine has on offer.

So let’s get down to it; which is the better web host?

GoDaddy Popularity vs WpEngine Popularity

Let us start with the least Important (perhaps not even important at all) metric. And that is, which website host is the most popular one. Thanks to GoDaddy and their fine— (we understand that the word “fine” may be questionable in this context, but we find it to be fitting) advertising during Superbowl halftime shows, we can say that they are quite easily the most popular web host on the planet. We mean, who forgets a name like GoDaddy? Not a lot of people, we can tell you that for free. WpEngine, on the other hand, is perfectly inconspicuous. It is not even a contest, GoDaddy is the most popular web host.

And we wonder why we are even telling you this in the first place because we do not care. And you shouldn’t either.

WpEngine performance compared to GoDaddy

Performance stats are a big deal for us, and it should be for you too. Alongside pricing, security and customer support, it is one of those metrics that can swing a comparison entirely to the side of a web host. We’re going to look at speed and Uptime and see which web host comes out on top.

Speed Comparison

The currency of today’s world is time, and no one needs or thinks very highly of a website that doesn’t load quickly. There are a thousand reasons for this, but perhaps this is the most important; the currency of today’s world is time, and no one enjoys spending it waiting.

GoDaddy, years ago, wasn’t particularly known for speed. Its strength lay elsewhere— like in Uptime and great advertising. The story is different, at least for now, though. We set up a dummy account and tested GoDaddy’s speed with Pingdom. We were quite pleasantly surprised. With an average loading speed of 517ms over the past 21 months, GoDaddy exceeds expectations. However, when we did some research and discovered that GoDaddy has nine data centers all around the world in places such as Singapore and Amsterdam, we were only surprised that they were once known for mediocre speed. Whatever was the case, it appears that GoDaddy has gotten its act together, and customers can only benefit. GoDaddy doesn’t make use of SSD drives on their shared hosting plans, so their speed could be much better, but they aren’t quite bothered about that. We would be, and you should be too.

WpEngine offers Content Delivery Network (CDN) hosting which tells us, right off the bat, that they’ve got some serious speed potential. However, CDN is only available for top tier plans. With up to nine data centers in places like London, California, Belgium, Taiwan, Hong Kong, WpEngine has no doubt invested a great lot into their tech. Let’s see if it pays off. We tested their average load time over the last 21 months and they averaged 478mms. This is higher than 96% of all tested web hosts and is incredible for a relative beginner like WpEngine. However, the speed isn’t so much faster than GoDaddy, but with the infrastructure WpEngine has, it can only get better.

Obviously, WpEngine is the faster host, but we’ve got to say that we are quite impressed by the numbers that GoDaddy managed to pull.

Uptime Comparison

Your web host doesn’t only have to be fast, it has to be up too. Without a great uptime, incredible speed would be like Usain Bolt running on a spot; quite fast, but going nowhere.

GoDaddy has an uptime guarantee. That means if you can’t get to your website and you ask for an explanation, all you’re likely to get, at best, is some monetary compensation. We tested their uptime, and thankfully, GoDaddy can boast of an Uptime of average of 99.97%. The fact that they promise 99.99% is inconsequential, the reality is that they have great uptime, but not quite as extraordinary as they promise.

WpEngine, like GoDaddy, offers an Uptime guarantee. This means that for every time your website is down for no just cause (scheduled maintenance and the likes) you get some money/credit back. Backed up with the fact that WpEngine has barely any downtime at 99.98%, they have dwarfed GoDaddy hosting for us.

The performance results are in, and it is done on this end. The numbers show only one winner, and that winner is WpEngine

But we’re not done. There are still a lot of things to consider.

GoDaddy Ease of use compared to WpEngine

Before we start, we just have to say this; GoDaddy is the best web host for beginners. The rest of this is just to show you how in case you need convincing. But we’ve tried both web hosts out and we can say that WpEngine is far more difficult to use for beginners than GoDaddy.

For beginners, who are often just searching for a drag and drop experience in building their website, GoDaddy has a basic in-house website builder and users have the choice of either cPanel or Plesk to operate.  With one click installations of over 125 of the most popular applications available, GoDaddy is a dream for a new user. GoDaddy also supports tools like cPanel, MySQL, CloudLinux, Python, and multiple versions of PHP. Basically, they have everything to make your experience at the helm of affairs to be a stress-free one. One thing we’ve noticed, though, is that while other web hosts forgo migration fees, GoDaddy indulges in no such charitable shenanigans. And does it get worse? It does. Site migration is $99.99 per site. For a service that many web hosts render for free, this is really incredible pricing. However, we do suppose that GoDaddy can get away with it because beginners rarely have a site they intend to migrate, so they do not have to pay such outlandish fees for migration.

WpEngine is great for WordPress users, simple. If you’re hosting a WordPress site, while GoDaddy might have a great interface to help you along, WpEngine has a great structure to set up everything for you. With 36+ premium WordPress themes available for free, you can save up to $2000 on purchasing premium WordPress themes. You don’t have to install caching plugins like W3 Total Cache when using WpEngine as an inbuilt caching system called EverCache comes with every install. WpEngine has a proprietary feature called the “one-click staging area”. This allows you to test out whatever changes you want to make on your website before going live.

WpEngine doesn’t offer free site migration, but they recently launched a free migration tool. This means that if you are not willing to pay to migrate your website, you might as well do it yourself. This isn’t something that we are very pleased with, seeing as many other web hosts offer at least one free migration with basic plans. But it would have to make do, we suppose.

It’s difficult to see who the winner here is— on one hand, GoDaddy is great for any web site, on the other hand, WpEngine is absolutely fantastic for WordPress websites. Neither offers free migration too. We’ll go with GoDaddy, though, because of the singular reason that any web site is a fit for them.

Money-back Guarantee Policy Comparison

Sometimes you might check out a new web host and decide that there are many things you’d like to do, but sticking with them isn’t one.  In that case, what do you? You’ve already paid, so you might need to get a refund. Web hosting companies usually have a standing policy on this kind of issues.

GoDaddy has the standard industry 30-days refund policy. That is, if you purchase an annual plan, you’d be entitled to a refund if you refuse service within the first thirty days. If you purchase anything less than an annual plan, you’d have 48 hours. While this isn’t exactly stellar, it does get worse. Web hosts can have all manner of legal loopholes in the terms and conditions aspect of the user agreement, so we went through it and found something interesting. Here is what GoDaddy says about refunds; “If a Hosting Service has already been performed, then it is non-refundable (if not yet performed, eligible for a refund within 30 days of the date of the transaction)”. We are no legal luminaries, but to us this means that if any web hosting service has been offered within thirty days, then you lose the right to ask for a refund. That is singularly unhelpful, we think.

WpEngine has double that amount of time. The company offers a 60 days window where you can ask for a refund. What’s more? We’ve heard no complaints about people not getting their refunds on time, and WpEngine has no sketchy legal clause in their fine print.

With double the industry average, WpEngine takes this bout and is our winner.

GoDaddy vs WpEngine: Customer Support and Reliability

Setting up a web host account can be tasking work, and creating your own website can be a singularly difficult task. It helps if your web host has technical support that you can contact at a moment’s notice.

GoDaddy, like most web host, claims to have support available round the clock with phone and live chat. However, we know how deceptive claims like this can be, so we decided to check this round the clock claim out ourselves.

We tried repeatedly to get our hands on live chat rep but we found that impossible to do. We did eventually get connected to a live representative, and he was friendly and helpful. When we didn’t respond for a few minutes, though, we were automatically logged off.

That wasn’t something that we enjoyed as we had to wait a while to get connected to another live rep. This doesn’t tell well on their customer support infrastructure and we weren’t too impressed. The fact that GoDaddy doesn’t have an email channel is also quite disturbing, as we don’t see why they shouldn’t have one. There are some problems that do not need to be immediately resolved and it would be helpful to have them resolved by email. However, GoDaddy has a lot of instructional materials and FAQs available, so you rarely ever have the present need to talk to a live rep.

WpEngine, for some inexplicable reason, offers only live chat support on its most basic plans. You have to pay more to get access to a telephone support structure and this is quite unlike anything we’ve ever seen in any web host. We’ve never thought that customer support was a privilege, but that is exactly what WpEngine tells us. Their live chat feature is quick and the rep we got a hold on was knowledgeable and friendly enough. One good thing that we’ve noticed is that support technicians of WpEngine are almost always experts on WordPress and therefore are greatly suited for WordPress specific hosting problems. This is important because problems concerning plugin compatibility issues and plugin configuration can easily be sorted and solved. These problems might not be so easily solved if the tech support available do not have WordPress expertise. One more thing we’ve noticed is that WpEngine doesn’t offer Email support on any of its plans.

To make up for a lack of telephone contact with their basic plan, WpEngine has extensive online resources that provide most of the knowledge you’d ever need in launching your first site, making improvements to your website, and managing any problem that comes with having your own website.

We weren’t impressed with either of the support infrastructure reviewed, and the winner of this duel is just less terrible than the other. WpEngine’s lack of phone support for its basic plan was a deal-breaker for us. The winner, for us, is GoDaddy, despite their flaws.

Security Comparison between WpEngine and GoDaddy

Web host security is very important, especially when Google will begin to warn visitors if web sites do not have SSL certificates. It is also important to know whether backups are free (in case your web site gets hacked into or deleted) and/or whether you have to pay extra for SSL certificates.  It is also important to know whether you have extra security features enabled by your web host.

GoDaddy only offers SSL certificates on their top plans. If you’re purchasing a basic or medium range plan, you would have to purchase an SSL certificate separately. That would cost you, and we say this with no exaggeration whatsoever, an arm, a leg, and possibly a kidney. At $63.99 per year for a single site initial purchase and $79.99 per year for renewal, this is a cost that will put an extra strain on your pocket. It gets better, we suppose, if this could be called better; you’ll only have to pay $159.99 per year on multiple sites on the initial purchase and then $199.99 per year on subsequent renewals, and $295.99 per year for all subdomains (369.99/year renew). You must agree that these prices are quite simply extraordinary. Even backups and website security cost an extra $2.99 and $5.99 per month respectively. The fact that GoDaddy doesn’t offer DDoS protection is also substantially disturbing.

WpEngine has an advanced security system that covers your website, no matter what plan you’re on. With daily malware/virus scans in partnership with Sucuri, WpEngine invests a lot into security infrastructure. However, WpEngine doesn’t offer free SL certificates and you can purchase your own certificate at $49.99 a year. If you’re on a professional plan or higher, you can use a third-party SSL certificate for your site. WpEngine also offers free daily backups for all their plans. There is also a one-click restore option available in case your website gets hacked. It ensures that you can get your website back in the case of an attack. WpEngine, with their recently launched Global Edge Security For WordPress with Cloudflare, unlike GoDaddy, has sufficient protection against DDoS attacks.

WpEngine wins this one for us because of their extra security features.

Pricing Comparison

For some people, this is perhaps the most important thing to consider when choosing a web host. People don’t just want a cheap web host, they want one that has great value for a relatively low price. So while it might be easier to say, this or that web host is cheaper than this or that, it is important to know and understand the value on offer.

It is going to be quite difficult to compare prices between these two web hosts because in the first place they offer different services. GoDaddy offers the traditional web hosting package, which includes the popular shared hosting plans and supports any kind of website. WpEngine, on the other hand, only provides managed WordPress hosting, that is all. Since the products being sold are different, we will focus less on the price and more on the value being provided at the price quoted.

GoDaddy’s shared hosting plans start from the economy plan which is $2.99. The plan comes with 24/7 support infrastructure, 100GB of storage, unlimited bandwidth, free emails, and free domains. This sounds quite cheap, except of course when you discover that web hosts are up to their regular tricks of deceptive pricing here— the renewal for this plan costs  $7.99, more than two times the original purchase price.

The next plan is the Deluxe plan which can be initially purchased at $4.99 (however, you have to pay $10.99 to renew). It comes with all the features of the Economy plan and has the added advantage of unlimited websites, storage, and subdomains. The next plan is the ultimate plan which can be purchased at $5.99 (The renewal fee is $16.99). It has all the features of the deluxe plan, and in addition, has double the processing power, a free SSL certificate (for a single term) and unlimited databases. The maximum plan, which is the most expensive shared hosting plan that GoDaddy has to offer is $12.99 for an initial purchase and $24.99 upon renewal. It comes with the Ultimate plan features and ×2 the processing power and memory, ×2 maximum site traffic and a free SSL certificate for the full term.

Since WpEngine specializes in WordPress hosting, we don’t think this comparison would be complete without talking about the prices of  GoDaddy’s WordPress optimized plan. While WordPress will definitely work with any of GoDaddy’s hosting plans, having a WordPress dedicated service ensures that you have fewer problems with things such as plugins as they would come pre-installed. GoDaddy’s basic WordPress plan is the basic plan which comes with one website, 10gb worth of space, and maximum traffic of 25,000 visitors per month. The price of the initial price is $4.99. All GoDaddy’s WordPress hosting plans include;

  • a free domain (when you sign up for an annual plan)
  • free daily backups (these aren’t offered on their shared hosting plans)
  • malware scans,
  • And sign up forms that are built-in for capturing client data.

The price for basic plan renewal, though, is $9.99 per month. The next plan, which is the Deluxe plan, comes at an initial $7.99. You have one website, maximum of 100k visitors per month, 15GB of space, support of free daily backups, malware scans, built-in sign-up forms, and a free domain. However, the renewal fee is $14.99. The ultimate plan can be purchased for $9.99 per month and offers 2 websites, 30GB of storage, a free SSL certificate for the first year, a maximum of 400k visitors, and all the features of the Deluxe plan. The cost of renewal stands at $19.99. The next plan called the Pro 5+ plan, offers 5-50 websites, support of up to 800k monthly visitors, a free SSL certificate per site, 50-200GB of storage and all the other features of the Ultimate plan before it. The renewal price is the same as the price of the initial purchase.

GoDaddy’s plans, ordinarily, aren’t very expensive— however, the fact that you sometimes have to purchase things like backups, website security, and SSL plans separately is a huge issue for us.

Compared to Godaddy, WpEngine has a very straightforward plan. Since they only provide managed WordPress hosting, they have only three plans. The first, which is the startup plan, comes with 25k visits per month, 10GB of storage, 50Gb of bandwidth per month and one website. It is priced at $35 per month. The next plan, which is the Growth plan, allows for up to a hundred thousand visitors per month, 20GB of storage, 200GB of bandwidth per month, and five sites. The Growth plan requires a monthly subscription of $115. The most expensive plan, which is the scale plan, can be purchased for a whopping $290 per month. It can support up to 400 thousand visitors per month. With local storage of 30GB, 400GB of bandwidth per month and 15 websites, it could be argued that this plan packs some serious muscle. It would be difficult, though, to justify the price tag.

The custom plan, which offers support of millions of visitors per month, 100GB-1TB of storage, 400GB of bandwidth and 25 sites doesn’t have a price, as you would need to contact a WpEngine specialist for that.

We’ve looked at both relevant prices of the two web hosts, and it was as complex and as difficult to compare as we thought. However, one theme stuck with us; WpEngine is terribly expensive while GoDaddy, for all its shady dealings with price, is less expensive.

It could be understood, though, that this is a result of the fact that WpEngine is optimized for WordPress hosting and would give a much better performance than GoDaddy. However, the quoted prices give us pause. Strictly speaking in terms of value for money, we think that GoDaddy takes this round, but only just. If great and flawless WordPress hosting is what you’re looking for, though, and you have a pocket that is deep enough, we would advise that you go with WpEngine. If you don’t, GoDaddy is probably your best choice.

Wp Engine vs GoDaddy Extra Features and Freebies

There are a lot of extra features that web hosts offer that are not necessarily covered in the sections above. It would be unfair to finish comparing them without seeing the extra things that each web host throws in for its customers. For example, GoDaddy offers marketing and administrative tools that are of great help to small businesses. The 1-click installation of over 125 free application is also of great help to beginners and veterans alike— after all, no one is interested in wasting time in doing what can be done with one click. GoDaddy’s website builder, a proprietary tool called GoCentral, is also one of the easiest to use amongst the website builders that we’ve reviewed. In fact, using GoCentral, we were able to setup an account in about ten minutes, having only to deal with five pages of setup. It really is that easy. GoCentral has a lot of templates for you to choose from and from the perspective of a beginner, that is simply fantastic news. That isn’t all. The WordPress Quick Start web builder offered by GoDaddy ensures that you do not need to know a single thing about WordPress before hosting a website. The fact that GoDaddy’s plans come with a free domain is also an important extra feature.

GoDaddy, not one given to random gestures of magnanimity (as we saw with their refusal to include free SSL certificates in their basic plans), pleasantly surprised us by offering a limited number of free advertising credits to new users. So if you’re a beginner, it’s easier for you to get your name out there.

Unfortunately though, as all things cannot be rosy, GoDaddy also has some extra issues that we must name. For example, GoDaddy doesn’t make use of CDN (Content Delivery Network). This ensures that speed might never truly rise above average with GoDaddy, as CDNs help speed up servers.

WpEngine can also boast of some really impressive extra features. For example, they do not leave you to manage your web site yourself. They regularly give advice and monitor plugins to determine the safe ones and the ones likely to bring up trouble during installation. Their 60 days Money-back guarantee isn’t something that one often sees in this line of work, and is exactly double the industry average. WpEngine’s staging feature is also of great importance to all kinds of website owners from wisened veterans to the greenest beginner. The staging feature, as explained earlier, allows you to first test run whatever changes you want to implement on your account and see the results. This allows very limited mistakes as you already know what will happen before implementing the changes you have in mind.  StudioPress was acquired by WpEngine in 2018 and this means that WpEngine customers now have complete access to the Genesis framework and 37 WordPress themes at zero extra costs— GoDaddy has only eight. WpEngine also ensures that your web site software is always up to date, and they take the trouble of testing any update before applying it to your website to make sure you have no problems. Combined with automatic WordPress backups, there is no doubt that WpEngine is the best web host for WordPress websites. It doesn’t end there, though. WpEngine has a Geotarget tool that allows you to customize the content that your visitors see based on their geographical location. This can be very helpful for targeted advertising.

This is a difficult one to decide, as both web hosts have amazing features. So we’re going to let this one go— decide yourself.

Wp Engine vs GoDaddy: Our Pick

As far as Apples to Oranges comparison goes, this wasn’t so terrible. Except for one or two cases, like GoDaddy’s speed and WpEngine’s lack of telephone support on its basic plans, we weren’t too surprised by the results reached. WpEngine performs better than GoDaddy in performance stats, customer support and security infrastructure. However, GoDaddy has more competitive pricing and is easier to use for beginners. Our conclusion is that if you want to host a WordPress website, WpEngine is the best choice for you, while GoDaddy is far much better at other hosting services.

What this means is that, despite their absolutely outrageous pricing, WpEngine wins this duel for us.

So GoDaddy Vs WpEngine? WpEngine for sure.

Bluehost vs. JustHost

Bluehost vs. JustHost? That is a tricky question to answer. If you’re here, you’re probably thinking of launching a new website, or even better, switching web hosts. You’ve probably narrowed down your choices to Bluehost and Jushost and, for this, you deserve our congratulations. Because the web hosting industry is so competitive, it can be difficult to narrow down choices, so you deserve some accolades for narrowing it down to these two.

Here is where we come in. Our in-depth and unbiased analysis of both web hosts is certain to help you make your choice, and failing that, we’ll make it for you. You see, there must be a winner. And using the features of both web hosts, we’ll help you decide exactly the best web host for you.

Bluehost vs. JustHost Overview

Founded in 1996 and hosting about 2 million websites around the world, Bluehost is one of the biggest web hosts around. They have something for everyone, whether you’re hosting a business page or a blog, chances are you wouldn’t be too dissatisfied, if at all, about the services that they offer. For someone just starting out, there might not be a better web host that Bluehost as they are even officially recommended by the official WordPress team and offer 1 click installations on all their plans. With super friendly and helpful support and a dashboard that is very easy to use, Bluehost is the beginner’s dream (feel free to read more about the features that Bluehost offers for beginners in our extensive Bluehost review).

JustHost was also founded in 2008 by Chris Philips but was acquired by EIG in 2012. If you’re conversant with the world of web hosting you’d know that EIG owns up to half of all the web hosting companies available.  JustHost is a pretty decent web host too, and a great Bluehost alternative, despite not being extremely popular. They offer free domain names, unlimited email accounts, and cPanel control systems and have not done badly for themselves. JustHost also provides a great interface for advanced users and amateurs alike. Their performance is also rather decent.

Popularity Comparison

We like to get the fluff out of the way first. So we’re going to put it to you straight; popularity matters little, or not at all. That being said, Bluehost is the more popular web host. This is mostly because Bluehost has a reputation for being really beginner-friendly, and we can tell you that that reputation is based on something – Bluehost’s panel is actually quite easy to use. We know because we’ve tried. Another reason, perhaps, is that Bluehost spends quite a lot of money on ads. We can’t exactly blame them for being serious about attracting new customers, can we?

So Bluehost is more popular than JustHost, but the same we noticed in our Bluehost vs. HostGator comparison, and that did not seem to matter at all.

Bluehost vs. JustHost: Performance and Reliability

This is the core of what you want from a web host, and the important things are speed and reliability. Visitors, generally, do not like websites that load slowly and they neither fancy websites that aren’t always reachable.

Bluehost makes use of CDN (Content Delivery Network) and this enables servers to be faster than they would ordinarily be. Why? The network keeps caches of your site at datacenters all over the world and delivers content from the closest data center to the URL of the visitor.

To test Bluehost’s speed, we went to work and created a simple WordPress account and signed up. After this, we put Pingdom to work to see exactly how fast Bluehost’s servers are.  On average we recorded an amazing 461mms response time— this is the TTFB (Time to First Byte) This wasn’t wholly remarkable to us because, to be honest, we’ve seen faster— yes, we have.  However, this was comfortably faster than most of the test results we’ve had and if you’re looking for a fast web host, Bluehost might just be the fit for you. The load time, which is the period of time it takes the page to completely load, was an average of 1.24 over 6 months. Any way you wish to slice it, this means only one thing; Bluehost is fast and if you host your website on their platform, speed will never be a problem. To be honest, we are pleasantly surprised. We were also pleased when we sent up to a hundred virtual users to the dummy web site and discovered that the response time and load time were fairly stable. A lot of web hosts have trouble with load times when traffic peaks, but Bluehost’s infrastructure has managed to handle that quite well.

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We employed the same method of testing that we used for Bluehost for JustHost and we recorded an average of 709mms over the past six months. Right off the bat, it is clear that JustHost is much slower than Bluehost. However, they are still faster than most of the web hosts that we’ve tested as the industry average speed is around 850mms – 1 sec. We’ve recorded an average load time of 1.39 sec, which while not bad, could be better.

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Both aren’t crazy fast, but they aren’t crazy slow either. We don’t even think it would be strictly correct to refer to them as having average speeds— this speeds we recorded are way above average. But there has to be a winner, and Bluehost takes this round for us.

In-Depth Uptime Analysis

Reliability is an important thing for a web host to have. The assurance that your web page is up and reachable always is something that your web host should offer for free.

Bluehost blue (yes, we know) our minds away with an incredible uptime of 99.99% throughout the testing period. Asides from getting a perfect score of 100% which, because of scheduled maintenance and the likes, is almost impossible to achieve, we don’t see how this score could be better. We were let down, though, when we found out that Bluehost, unfortunately, has no uptime guarantee. This means that even if their uptime gets terrible, there’s nothing you can do. Well, you can moan over your keyboard and call customer support to ask for the manager, but that wouldn’t be of any help. So, yes, great uptime, but we are disappointed with the lack of an uptime guarantee.

When we first started recording the test results of JustHost Uptime, we were somewhat disappointed. However, they finished strong and recorded an average Uptime of 99.98%. In an industry where most web hosting companies record around 99.95%, this isn’t a terrible score at all. In fact, we were impressed.

So far so good, both Web hosts have been impressive. Decent speed coupled with amazing uptime isn’t a bad deal, and based on these stats alone both web hosts are looking too good to be true. Because of a great Uptime, Bluehost just about edges this one.

We’ve seen that both web hosts are almost impeccable in regards to performance. But that isn’t where the comparison ends. There are a lot more things to consider before deciding on the best web host for you.

Ease of Use

Earlier, we spoke about how Bluehost is actually one of, if not the best, web host for people just starting out. And here’s where we will tell you why.

Bluehost supports cPanel which is a great interface for people who know very little about web hosting. Bluehost goes a mile or two further though, by tweaking the cPanel interface to allow even someone who has never heard of a website to have very little issues with control and customization. Instead of going through the technical hoops of coding and all that, all you need to do is point and click. It really is that easy and beginners will find it easy to install and start-up WordPress. Bluehost also has website building tools that allow beginners to create websites by just dragging and dropping.  If you’re hosting a WordPress site it gets even better. Bluehost automatically updates the WordPress core software. This indubitably makes the life of any both advanced and amateur users easier. However, you are mandated to update your WordPress plugins yourself. Bluehost also has a special WordPress optimizing/Customer support structure feature called Blueflash. Blue flash works by allowing beginners to become conversant with the dashboard of Bluehost and WordPress. Amateurs always have problems with choosing the right sort of plugins and themes for their website but Blue flash eliminates that problem by providing useful pointers and stopping rookies from making simple mistakes on their websites. Blue flash works with experts in WordPress who are dedicated to giving the best advice to users concerning website configuration. What’s more? The process of having access to Blue flash is as simple as dialing 888-401-4678 and asking to begin your Blue flash call. Since WordPress is the most popular content management system, this feature is really thought out and shows how much time Bluehost has dedicated to creating a great environment for beginners.

Bluehost has a domain manager if you’d prefer to manage domains through them. You can also decide whether to have monthly, daily or weekly backups in case. You will also find it very easy to run popular apps like Joomla and Drupal. Bluehost also supports e-commerce apps. With a new plan, you get $200 in marketing credits which is great if you’re a small business looking to build an online presence. SSL certificates are free and they come with even the basic plans, however, site migration isn’t free. Site migration costs $149.99, although this is a one time fee and can allow the migration up to websites and around 20 emails.

To make life easier for users, Bluehost throws in a free domain, free SSL certificates, and even Sitelock, a third-party product that acts as both a malware detector and a firewall. We will speak more about that later.

Bluehost provides new users with all the tools needed to run a website and simplifies the entire process for them while at it. When it comes to ease of use, we don’t see so many web hosts touching Bluehost.

Let’s see just how easy JustHost is to use.

We found a lot of similarities with BlueHost and JustHost in terms of ease of use, and sometimes you get literally the same package; free domain, access to thousands of website templates, and the extremely helpful drag and drop feature. JustHost like Bluehost also supports cPanel and has unlimited everything; from websites to databases and emails. JustHost also offers 1 click installation of WordPress and with their instant server setup, it is easy for new users to configure their website and get it online in just a few minutes. JustHost’s Mojo marketplace has over 100 plugins, themes and open-source apps that require only one click to be installed onto your site. JusHost also offers e-commerce support so it is easy for beginners to add things such as shopping carts and checkout features to their site. With each new plan, Just host includes a $100 worth of ad credits for Google and Bing. So if you want to immediately get your site’s name out there, you’re free to go. Justhost exactly the same site migration policy as Bluehost; $149.99 for five websites and 20 emails

It really comes down to preference and first-hand knowledge. Bluehost is extremely easy to use, and so is JustHost. Bluehost takes the edge for us though, and this is because it is far easier to subscribe or sign up for an account with Bluehost than it is for JustHost.

Refund Policy Comparison

Sometimes a web host may sound like the greatest thing ever but would be a different thing once you migrate to their services. Sometimes you would immediately want to cancel service and start your search for a web host afresh. It happens to even the best of us. If you’ve paid for months or years in advance, what happens then? Do you get your money back? Most web hosts have a policy regarding this.

Bluehost has a 30-days refund policy, which isn’t spectacular and we feel literally couldn’t be lower even if they tried. And the thirty days policy isn’t exactly no questions asked either as you can only be refunded under three conditions. The first, of course, is that cancellation must have been made in the first three months. The second is that you can only get refunds on the cost of web hosting, not other extras like domains and others. This implies that the free domains Bluehost gives aren’t actually free. Our doubts are further cleared when we discovered that the third condition is that a fee of $15.99 would be deducted if you’ve received a free domain name. We’ve seen some websites that claim that Bluehost offers prorated refunds for cancellations that occur after thirty days, so we decided to go through their terms and conditions ourselves to find out. Here is what we found.

“Bluehost does not offer any refunds for cancellations that occur after 30 days.”

That sounds pretty final to us.

At this point, we have to say that we are really intrigued about what’ll eventually make the difference between these two web hosts. This is because, like Bluehost, JustHost offers the same thirty days refund policy. Like Bluehost, you have thirty days to decide whether or not to cancel your plan. Like Bluehost, fees for add-ons like free domain names aren’t refundable (even though they were “free” in the first place). Like Bluehost, a fee of $15.99 would be deducted if you’ve received a free domain name. Like Bluehost, JustHost doesn’t offer any refund, whether prorated or not, after the first thirty days.

Like Bluehost, Justhost has the words “host” as its last four letters— we are just kidding (we aren’t). The point, though, is that both web hosts have about the same money-back policy. If we didn’t know better, we’d assume that one of them just copied and pasted the Money-back policy of the other. We don’t often encounter situations where it is literally impossible to decide a better web host, but it seems we’ve encountered one here. We can’t, in good faith, choose one web site over the other in this comparison. It’s a draw for us.

Bluehost vs. JustHost: Customer Support & Reliability

When deciding on the quality of a web host, the quality of customer support is very important. Whether or not you have access to reliable guides who can guide you through your problems is a question that must be answered. You do not want to patronize a web host with terrible customer service. It promises to be a remarkably frustrating venture.

It is very difficult to measure the quality of a company’s customer support since, as a customer, you do not have the necessary bird’s eye view needed to see the entire infrastructure. Most of the conclusions we’ve reached are a result of personal experiences and this might not be general.

Bluehost has 24/7 live chat support, phone support,  and email ticketing system and even an extensive knowledgebase. This is usually a good sign as it shows that there are a lot of channels that support staff can be contacted on. We contacted their live chat support and we always connected with a live rep in two to three minutes. We were impressed, many web hosts take up to ten minutes to get live rep connected. Although there were some delays before each answer was given, we found their live reps to be friendly, knowledgeable and quite helpful.

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Their knowledge base is quite extensive and doesn’t only contain articles that provide step-by-step instructions for solving problems. It also contains, amongst other things, articles that educate the amateur user on topics such as email and login management. There are also video tutorials that work you through simple tasks such as installing WordPress and building your website. Overall, we had a good customer support experience with Bluehost and they score high marks in our books.

Before trying out JustHost’s customer support structure, we had a fairly good idea of what to expect. We still tried, as it were, to fulfill all righteousness. The internet is awash with reviews that say basically the same thing; JustHost’s customer support is, to be frank, just poor. Like Bluehost, JustHost claims to offer 24/7 live chat, phone, and email ticketing support.

It took us an average of 15 minutes to get a hold of a live rep when we tried the live chat channel. The reps that we spoke to were friendly enough, however, they weren’t quite as helpful. Half of the questions that we asked were answered by referring us to links that were also unhelpful. We ended going through pages and pages of different articles to get the answers that we were looking for. On the whole, it was an experience that we wouldn’t wish on anyone. We suppose that advanced users wouldn’t have much need for great customer support, but amateurs would. Going by what we experienced, amateurs should hope they never get into a fix that would require valuable help from the staff of JustHost.

At last, a gulf has appeared. Bluehost clearly has greater customer support infrastructure than JustHost. They are the indisputable winner of this round for sure.

Security Features

You want to know about the security policy of a prospective web host. The kind of security infrastructure put in place by your web host is many times the most important determinant of how secure your website is. Important questions that must be answered is if SSL certificates are provided for free or at an extra cost? What of backups? Are there any in-built security features, and if they are, are they free?

Bluehost Security Features

Bluehost is actually really security conscious. They have in-built security features such as Sitelock and Domain privacy. Sitelock works by scanning your website for malware and removing them when found and Domain privacy hides your information from the public WHOIS listing. This ensures that your personal information is safe. They also have an anti-spam solution called SpamExperts which secures your emails and checks for junks and spams. SSL certificates are also free with basic plans and this is generally speaking a good sign. While Bluehost does offer backups, they are “complementary” and aren’t guaranteed in any way. In fact, Bluehost advises customers to get their own backups done. Make what you will of that. In addition to this, they also claim to have “customized internal tools” to help stop DDoS attacks.

JustHost Security Features

Like Bluehost, JustHost provides free SSL certificates with even basic plans. However, JustHost doesn’t provide domain privacy so your information can be accessed easily. JustHost also provides Sitelock to users at no extra cost. As explained earlier, Sitelock is a third party software that scans for malware and removes them. It is always useful to have something like that on your side. However, this will set you back $1.99 per month. Sitelock does most of the internal security of your website which includes Dashboard reports, security maintenance, and daily 360° scanning for drive-by downloads, defacement, database vulnerabilities, and the likes. JustHost also provides or supports add-ons like Domain privacy protection, Codeguard, and Site backup pro. However, you will have to pay extra for any of these services. Like Bluehost, JustHost offers weekly backups, but they aren’t guaranteed. That means your content may be or may not be backed up— it really just depends on the mood of the many IT technicians that work with JustHost. We don’t think that is a chance you should take, so you’d be better off paying for the guaranteed backup feature which is the Site backup pro

In our opinion, both web hosts offer decent security. But that is precisely it— decent, nothing else. Assuming they offered free and guaranteed backups, that would have been a different case. But they don’t, so we have no choice but to dub them thoroughly average.

Since both web hosts offer roughly the same features, we do not see a winner. Once again, it is a draw.

Plans & Pricing

Cheap isn’t always better, but most times it is. Very few people wish to blow a fortune on their web hosts, so it is preferable if a web hosting service is affordable and, most importantly perhaps, valuable.

There are all kinds of problems with comparing the prices of web hosts; pricing structure varies, there is the problem of different plans, and there are always different kinds of discounts going on. We’re here to simplify the process though and let you see through the pricing shenanigans that most web hosts employ. For our comparison, we’ll focus only on the shared hosting plans offered by both web hosts. this is because they are the most popular, and if you’re reading this, you’re most likely to want a shared hosting plan.

Bluehost has shared hosting plans and they are; Basic, Plus, Choice Plus, and Pro. Naturally, they are listed from the cheapest to the most expensive.

Let’s look at what the cheapest plan has in store for us.

The basic plan costs $3.95 per month (although you might have to pay $7.99 if you want to renew your plan) and has the following features.

  • 1 website
  • 50GB of storage
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • free SSL certificate
  • 1 domain
  • 5 parked domains
  • 25 subdomains

The next plan is the Plus plan which costs $5.95 per month. (It normally costs $10.99— this is the price you might have to pay upon renewal). The plan comes with all the features of the basic plan plus the following

  • Unlimited websites
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited domains
  • Unlimited subdomains
  • Unlimited parked domains
  • $200 marketing offer
  • Spam experts.

At $5.95 per month, this plan packs some real power. The next plan is the Choice-plus plan. The plan costs It has all the features of the Plus plan and comes with the following

Site backup- Codeguard basic

Shortlist, right? This plan is basically the more secured Plus plan. If you want some extra security, you can go for this plan, but if you do not care either way you should go with the plus plan. The most expensive shared hosting plan is the  Pro plan. An initial subscription costs $13.95 (renewal fees may start from $23.99) and it has all the features of the Choice-plus Plan plus high performance. We presume that this means better speed and the capacity to support a higher number of visitors.

Bluehost recommends the Choice-plus plan, and so do we. For all the features offered, it comes at a really competitive price. We are beginning to see the reason why Bluehost is so popular with beginners.

Like Bluehost, JustHost has four hosting plans. They are the Basic, Plus, Choice-Plus, and Pro plans

The Basic plan, which is the cheapest, costs $9.49— if you’re purchasing without a discount and for at least three years. It costs $11.99 monthly. However, there are a lot of discount codes that could drive the price down to as low as $3.95. The basic plan comes with the following features

  • 1 website
  • 50GB of data
  • 1 free domain registration
  • free SSL certificate
  • 5 Email accounts
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • 25 Subdomains.

Regardless of discounts, the real price of this plan, an amazing $11.99 per month, is too high for the value on offer. There are a lot of web hosts that offer the same roughly at a much lower price— and with greater infrastructure too!

The next plan is the Plus plan. While you can get discount codes that drive the price of this plan down to $6.95, the real price starts from $12.49 (and this is when you pay for three years in advance). The monthly rate is $16.99. The Plus plan comes with the following features

  • 10 websites
  • Unlimited space
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • 1 free domain registration
  • 50 Subdomains
  • Unlimited email accounts

Like the basic plan, the Plus plan will unjustly subtract money from your wallet. Quite unjust, if you ask us. Better plans abound— Bluehost’s Plus plan, for example, costs less and comes with unlimited websites, unlimited storage,  and unlimited domains.

The next plan is the Choice-plus plan. Discounts could drive the price down to $6.95 but the price, if you’re paying for three years in advance and without discounts, is around $16.99. The monthly rate is $18.99. The plan comes with

  • Unlimited websites
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Unlimited space
  • 1 free domain
  • 1 free domain registration
  • Unlimited subdomains
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Domain Privacy
  • Automated backups

Better value, we must admit. But the price keeps skyrocketing. Their most expensive plan, which is the Pro plan costs $25.49 for a three years month term. It costs $29.99 per month otherwise. It comes with all the features of the Choice-plus plan and

  • High performance
  • Free dedicated IP
  • Premium SSL certificate

On the whole, the pricing structure of JustHost was thoroughly uncompetitive— we can think of at least three web hosts who would provide the same value and at a much lower price. Unfortunately for JustHost, Bluehost is one of those web hosts.

Extra Features

Many web hosts have extra features that are simply to die for. It’s also a great opportunity to look at features that we haven’t yet covered. Let’s see the extras that Bluehost and JustHost pack in the tank.

Bluehost Extras:

Right off the bat, we were intrigued when we found out that under Bluehost’s affiliate program if you refer someone to Bluehost and they actually get an account you get $65. Sweet deal, that. Bluehost supports the use of PHP PEAR packages, Perl modules, Cron jobs, and Apache handlers. Their security infrastructure allows you to set up SSH access to your account, block IP addresses and install your own premium SSL certificate if you so wish. Bluehost supports both MySQL and PostgreSQL databases and you can use either phpMyAdmin, Remote MySQL, or phpPgAdmin to manage your databases. The Blue flash feature that we’ve discussed earlier is also an important extra feature. It is always handy to have dedicated WordPress experts on hand to help with configuring accounts and installing and updating plugins. Bluehost’s partnership with Weebly, a web builder perfect for beginners, isn’t something that you see with everyday web hosts so that constitutes an extra for us. Bluehost provides a detailed checklist of what you should be doing to protect your site, in case you get careless with managing situations on your end. This way, they ensure that security isn’t randomly compromised. Bluehost has a managed WordPress hosting option called WP pro. It is mainly created for people who would much rather focus on creating content than on managing a website. To end this section, unlike JustHost, BlueHost supports reseller hosting.

There are still loads of extra features that come with Bluehost plans, but these are the most important. It’s been interesting to look through the fantastic features that come with Bluehost, and we’ve been impressed.

JustHost Extras:

JustHost also has a LOT of extra features. JustHost has two website builders; Weebly and WordPress. If you do not wish to make use of these, you could also go to the Mojo market place where you’d find dozens of “one click-install” apps. With every plan you subscribe to, JustHost offers free domain registration. However, this only lasts for a year and after the first year, you’ll incur the normal annual fees. JustHost supports cPanel but hosts a cPanel interface that has been customized to be even easier for amateurs to use. So while you’re getting a cPanel interface, it is even easier to use. JustHost has Cloudflare support, so as a user you only need to enable it to activate CDN on your account. JustHost’s security infrastructure makes use of SiteLock lite malware scanner to secure all hosting accounts and that adds a level of security to your website. If Sitelock lite isn’t enough for you, you also have the option to subscribe to the premium version for a higher level of security. You also have access to SEO tools, dedicated IPs, SpamExperts mail filtering, and premium SSL certificates all at extra costs. We guess you cannot possibly have extras without extra costs, can you?

Bluehost takes this one us for obvious reasons.

Differences between JustHost and Bluehost

Just to recap, let’s look at the most important differences between both web hosts

  • Justhost is more expensive than Bluehost despite having the same plan names
  • Bluehost has a superior customer support infrastructure
  • Bluehost offers more ad credits to beginners than JustHost
  • Bluehost is faster than JustHost and has better uptime
  • In our experience, Bluehost is easier to use than JustHost

Bluehost vs. JustHost – Our Pick

Both web hosts started well with decent performance, ease of use and security. However, from the customer support duel, the gyre, as it were, began to widen and somehow JustHost got lost along the way. The section on price cemented our decision for us – Bluehost vs. JustHost? Bluehost blue our minds away, JustHost just didn’t.

Bluehost vs. Rackspace

Comparing Bluehost vs. Rackspace is a bit like comparing apples and oranges.

In fact, to be even more precise, these two services are like apples and much better apples that are also significantly more expensive.

On the one hand, it’s not exactly fair to compare Bluehost and Rackspace since the latter will greatly outmatch the former in terms of almost all the hosting features you can think of. On the other hand, I wouldn’t immediately settle for Rackspace either. If Bluehost is good enough for your needs, there’s no reason to pay the spicy (and I mean hot!) fees of Rackspace.

Bluehost is tremendously popular among casual users thanks to its affordable pricing, user-friendly interface, and all-rounded service. However, while Bluehost proposes a single hosting plan with mostly pre-determined features, Rackspace offers a wide array of customization tools that include security, client software, online backup, SEO, monitoring, development, and productivity. In addition, the server specs, network, infrastructure, and switches you get with Rackspace are absolutely superior in quality to what you could otherwise get with Bluehost. Just remember that it all comes at a cost.

At the end of the day, you have to decide whether Bluehost or Rackspace is more appropriate for your hosting needs. Still, I’ll be able to tell you how to settle the Rackspace vs Bluehost debate after knowing what kind of hosting you’re after, more details about both services ought to help you make up your mind.

Bluehost vs. Rackspace: A Complete Overview

Bluehost is one of the most popular names in web hosting. This is because they’ve carved a niche for themselves in the world of shared hosting. Easy to use, cheap and with decent performance stats, Bluehost could be the best option for you if you’re just starting out.

The bigger your business or page, the more complex your hosting needs become. Rackspace targets big businesses and websites with huge traffic flow. They are one of the most successful web hosts at what they do too, as they manage 40 of the 100 companies on the Forbes fortune 100 list. With lightning-fast speed and incredible uptime, Rackspace is almost a dream come through— however, all this comes at a steep price.

Comparing these web hosts can seem a little like comparing Apples to Oranges. They are specialized in two different areas and have two different clientele in mind.

However, the word impossible doesn’t exist to us.

Popularity Comparison

It’s hard to decide, really. Both Web hosts are popular, but Bluehost is arguably more popular. This is because Bluehost offers services to the average joe, while Rackspace, not so much. In any case, it doesn’t matter. There are far more important metrics to help you make a decision.

Performance

As far as categories go, this is one of the most important. Simply put, you want a web host that is fast and reliable. Speed isn’t just a matter of convenience. If you run a small business, a faster web host can significantly increase the volume of business you get. And it is clear that a web host that guarantees that your website is continually up is better than one that doesn’t. So, to measure performance we’ll look at Uptime and Speed.

Speed

According to Google, 40% of visitors leave a site if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load. It follows that the faster a website loads, the easier or greater the retention of visitors is. So speed isn’t just a vanity metric, it does matter.

Generally speaking, web hosts that make use of CDN (Content Delivery Network) or make it available for activation, are usually faster than web hosts who do not. This is because CDN makes sure that caches of websites are kept on servers around the world and requests can be delivered to visitors easily. Bluehost makes use of Cloudflare, a CDN integration system. What’s more? It is absolutely free. This tells us good things in advance about the speed of Bluehost. That is why we were not surprised when we measured Bluehost’s average response time and recorded an amazing average speed of 461mms. While this is not the fastest we’ve seen, it is comfortably one of the fastest— at least faster than 96% of web hosting services we’ve tested. However, we have to be careful with praise especially as Google says that optimal response time should be 200mms. So, while there are websites in another league of speed, Bluehost hasn’t done badly for itself at all. Response time, though, isn’t the same as load time.

Bluehost Speed Tests

Bluehost’s average load time is 1.24 secs which, while not terribly impressive, is lower than the 2-sec benchmark and is forgivable— especially as most web hosting services are quite slow. What impressed us most, though, was the fact that when we sent around 100 virtual users to our dummy site, the recorded speed was quite stable. Ordinarily, server speed slows down as the number of visitors climb. It is great to discover that Bluehost servers aren’t suspect to load-bearing problems.

Rackspace Speed Tests

Rackspace has 7 data centers on 4 continents including in places like Sydney and Hong Kong. This is important because data locations have a significant effect on server speed. When we tested Rackspace’s speed, we were extremely impressed. At an average speed of 271mms, Rackspace is really, really fast. Full disclosure, though; we didn’t test over a longer period so it is possible that their average could have gone lower (or higher?). Regardless, though, an average speed of 271mms is something to boast of. Server speed within the US is even faster, with TTFB going as low as 4mms.

It isn’t likely that you’d have significant problems with speed if you go with any of these web hosts. However, there must be a first amongst equals (or almost equals, we think. Rackspace is much faster than Bluehost).

Rackspace takes this one for us.

Uptime

The primary job of a web host is to keep your website up. This metric measures exactly how much you can trust them to keep that particular promise.

Bluehost’s Uptime

Bluehost amazed us with an uptime of 99.99% over the test period. This is far higher than the industry average of 99.95%. Their uptime is almost perfect and to be honest we were really surprised. This is because web hosts who provide roughly the same services as Bluehost such as HostGator or other Bluehost Alternatives, don’t measure up to 99.99% over a sustained period of testing.

Bluehost doesn’t offer an uptime guarantee. This means that even if their uptime were to become terrible, there would be no consequences to be suffered by them. Users can only complain and pray to God that they get their act right. The fact that many web hosts provide some sort of uptime guarantee that ensures that customers get something in return every time that their website is down doesn’t reflect well on Bluehost. So even if Bluehost’s uptime is great, we are a bit disappointed at their lack of an uptime policy.

Rackspace’s Uptime

What’s better than 99.99%? 100%. What’s better than no uptime guarantee? An uptime guarantee. Rackspace has both. With their redundancy technology, Rackspace claims that they experience “zero-downtime” because they always have multiple servers on standby in case one fails. They also have an uptime guarantee system where customers get credit if they experience downtime. For example, if customers record <99.9% – 99.5% uptime, they get 10% credit for the next month. This demonstrates the confidence that they have in their ability to maintain uptime. However, while uptime is an important metric to use to evaluate server performance, it can too often be a case of how far back are you willing to go.  One thing to note, though, is that some do not experience downtimes as much as others and some are willing to back their customers with uptime guarantees.

Regardless, especially with an uptime guarantee, Rackspace wins this duel. It is to be expected, though, as Rackspace should have greater infrastructure than Bluehost since they charge a premium. Bluehost, however, hasn’t done badly for itself and if they had been against any other web host, they might have taken the day.

Ease of Use for Bluehost compared to Rackspace

While a higher level of complexity might mean great functionality, very few people want to be lost in the maze of control panels. In the world of web hosting, advanced users are a precious minority and we dare say even they don’t appreciate needless complexities. Web hosts that are easy to sign up on, easy to use and easy to understand are better than web hosts that are needlessly complex.

Bluehost is really great if you are not looking for great complexity. cPanel is the go-to control system for people who aren’t especially versed in the art of web hosting, and Bluehost supports this user interface. As we covered in-depth in our Bluehost Review, they go a step further by configuring their own version of cPanel to be even easier to use. Their sign up process is relatively easy with new subscribers having to go through only two pages of forms. There are no extra confirmation processes too, and this is a relief. Some Web hosts have to call you in order to confirm your subscription. While this can be beneficial for security reasons, it can also be a bit too much.

Bluehost ensures that you do not need to write a line of code in order to get your website going. The drag and drop feature is ever-present and there are one-click installations for over a hundred popular apps through the MOJO marketplace. This includes popular apps like WordPress, Drupal, Magneto and a lot more. This means that even an amateur could get WordPress installed within the span of a few minutes. The updating of WordPress plugins is left to users but Bluehost automatically updates the WordPress core program. This lifts a  burden from the shoulders of raw users as they rarely ever have to worry about the hassle of updating WordPress. With the aid of an inbuilt domain manager, Bluehost makes it easier for users to manage their domains with limited hassle.

A new Bluehost account also comes with a lot of freebies. You get a free domain name, free SSL certificate, and free access to the minimum features of Sitelock, a program that secures your website by scanning for and removing malware. You also get $200 worth of advertising credits immediately you subscribe.

It’s isn’t all rosy, though. We think that Bluehost focuses so much on new website owners while neglecting advanced users. The reason is that there are no free site migrations— you have to pay a $149.99 fee to migrate up to 5 websites and 20 emails.

In general, though, Bluehost scores high marks for ease of use. They provide most of the things that you would need for running your website without a lot of trouble. They also provide a lot of freebies for users. It would be difficult to see a web host best them.

Rackspace, as said earlier, are a premium web host service. As such, we expected that it wouldn’t be quite as easy to use as Bluehost and we set to work on this notion.

We are pleased (and considerably smug) to announce that we weren’t wrong.

First off, Rackspace’s website offers a lesson on disastrous space management. If you do not know what you want or where you’re going, it is easy to get lost in subchannels of subchannels. Their backend is also a bit like that but to a lesser degree. We don’t wholly blame Rackspace, though. Their target market is certainly not small businesses with limited needs, but big businesses with complex needs and complex infrastructure. Therefore, it makes sense that their control panel offers the sort of complexity that advanced users will appreciate. In addition, before you can get any meaningful information you have to sign up. Signing up means that your email gets bombarded with promotional emails, and we’d advise that you do not sign up with your primary email. In addition to that, it isn’t easy to do some things like changing your account status. You’ll have to discuss things like this with a dedicated account manager. We weren’t quite impressed this. And before we forget, Rackspace has its own backend control panel. They do not make use of cPanel, so if you’re used to using cPanel, we’ve got some news for you. You’ll have to get prepared to get used to another system. If you have multiple accounts, you can’t manage them all from the same interface. You’ll have to sign in and out of those accounts. We don’t imagine that this is a particularly stress-free arrangement.

Generally, we did not find Rackspace easy to use. However, if it is any consolation, it does appear that Rackspace wasn’t created to be easy to use. There is a reason most of their clientele are big businesses and advanced users with a lot of traffic.

Bluehost is by far the easier to use web host. They win this round.

Money-Back Guarantee Policy

The best of us make mistakes. It is possible that after signing up or purchasing a plan from a web host, you discover that you’d rather teach a doorknob french than to continue “enjoying” their services. What choices are available to you if such a situation were to arise?

Bluehost has a simple answer to this problem; a thirty days money-back policy. This means that if you pay for an annual plan, you get a maximum of thirty days to decide whether you want to continue using Bluehost services. A thirty day’s money-back window is the standard period for refunds, and Bluehost is actually just satisfying the bare minimum here. We won’t heap praise on them because of it. Additionally, if you’ve received a free domain name with your plan, a fee of $15.99 will be deducted from your refund. That sounds fair enough, we think.

For a long time, we scoured the Rackspace website and terms and conditions for a policy on refunds.

We found nothing. Except, of course, some legal jargon about intellectual property rights. Basically, the only way you can get your money back is if someone goes through the trouble of taking Rackspace to court over it.

Rackspace has no refund policy. So if you sign up and discover that teaching french to doorknobs would be a more rewarding venture, you best start collecting doorknobs.

One is infinitely better zero, and thirty days is certainly thirty times greater than zero days. Bluehost takes this round for us.

Rackspace vs. Bluehost: Customer Support and Reliability

The best web hosts are responsive and have great customer support infrastructure. This means that they understand that part of their duties is to make using their services a hitch-free adventure. If a web host has unhelpful and unresponsive customer care, it is possible that users might spend time-solving problems that could easily be solved with a call. Most people would much rather avoid such a situation

It is difficult to compare customer support reliability for all manner of reasons, but we’ll accomplish this using our own experience and reviews from trusted sources.

Bluehost, for example, has several channels that they can be contacted on. These channels are live chat, email, and ticketing system. Before users are forced to take any of those routes, though, there exists an extensive knowledgebase filled with articles and tutorials on how to combat basic problems. On the whole, we had no problems with Bluehost; live reps got to us quickly (under two to three minutes), our emails were promptly attended to, and the rep we got to on the phone channel was pleasant and knowledgeable.

Bluehost has a special customer support feature called Blue flash. This feature ensures that you are immediately connected to WordPress experts who will help you solve all manner of WordPress problems. We think this was well thought out, and we were quite impressed.

Bluehost impressed us, and once again, we think it’d take a lot to best Bluehost at customer support and reliability.

Rackspace claims to have 5,000 workers working around the clock in their customer service department, with most of them attending to customers. There is no way to verify this claim, but we suppose it has something to it. Companies do not often tell bald-faced lies without some factual backing (or do they? we do not know). In any case, Rackspace offers 24/7 customer support and are known for being quick to respond to questions. Response time, at least in our case, was around two minutes and the live reps that we contacted were friendly and knowledgeable. We had no trouble with them. They also maintain a great knowledge base that ensures that customers rarely have to go through the trouble of contacting live support.

Both web hosts boast of stellar customer support structures, and we have no problems. However, one web host has to win. In this case, Bluehost edges it for us because of its special Blue flash feature.

Security

One of the most important things to take note of when choosing a prospective website is their security infrastructure. Generally, web hosts take security seriously. However, the difference lies in whether they offer the basics, like website security, backups and SSL certificates at no extra charge. Web hosts who offer these features free of charge are better than those who do not, as it would cost the end user more money to secure their website.

Bluehost Security Features

Bluehost, out the gate, offers a free SSL certificate, Sitelock features, and Domain privacy. The Domain privacy feature ensures that personal information of users isn’t available on public WHOIS listings and Sitelock is a third party software that scans for malware and protects your website from attacks. SpamExperts, a security feature offered by Bluehost, protects your mail from spam and malicious emails. To some extent, Bluehost also provides free backups. However, these backups are not guaranteed. That means, while Bluehost might provide you with a backup, it is advisable that you back up your account yourself. This is their official position on the matter;

“Bluehost does not offer redundant or mirrored backups. Bluehost will run courtesy backups at our discretion. Any backups that Bluehost runs are in addition to our Terms of Service and are not guaranteed.”

Does it get definite than that? We do not think so. However, Bluehost’s security infrastructure, while not ideal, is certainly one of the best we’ve come across. For sure, many web hosts provide better and additional security, but the main difference is that you have to pay for these additional services. Bluehost offers most of them at no extra charge.

Rackspace Security Features

Rackspace has a managed firewall service that allows customers to manage/monitor their website in real-time. This means that customers can choose whether to change permit rules or to view destination server IP addresses and other such things. Rackspace’s vulnerability management feature tries to understand the infrastructure of customer websites and use that information to create tailor-made defenses. Rackspace, however, doesn’t offer automatic backups. Customers are advised to make their own backups as that is not one of the responsibilities of Rackspace. However, they have a feature called Cloud Backup which allows users to backup data and even schedule data backups. However, this feature is not free and costs $0.10/GB/MO. All the other features that Bluehost offers for free come at an extra cost with Rackspace. We have to say, though, that the quality is far higher than that of Bluehost. For example, Rackspace offers premium SSL certificates while Bluehost’s SSL certificates are from a company called Let’s Encrypt. Let’s Encrypt provides SSL certificates that are appropriate for small businesses and blogs with only a little traffic, but their SSL certificates may prove to be inadequate for bigger businesses.

While Bluehost has exactly the sort of security infrastructure that smaller businesses would appreciate, Rackspace’s security infrastructure is more suited to bigger businesses. This is one metric where it might seem like we are comparing Apples to Oranges. In any case, though, a winner must emerge.

We are going to choose Bluehost simply because their security features perfectly align with the needs of a wider percentage of the market. No hard feelings, Rackspace, but the voice of the people is the voice of God.

Vox populi, Vox Die.

Plans & Pricing

This is perhaps the toughest metric we are going to be looking at. This is because, even between two web hosts who offer roughly the same services, it can be a herculean task to compare prices because of all sorts of reasons. But the fact that Bluehost and Rackspace offer two different services in terms of web hosting (or have different market targets in mind, at any rate), makes this comparison more difficult to make.

But impossible is nothing. Regardless of the difference in the price range and offered services, we know a good deal when we see one.

May the best deal win.

Shared hosting plans are the most common web hosting services, so we’ll analyze that part of Bluehost’s structure.

Bluehost’s shared hosting plans are; Basic, Plus, Choice Plus, and Pro.

The Basic plan is the cheapest plan at $2.95 per month (however, the renewal price is $7.99). The plan comes with 1 website, 50GB of data, Unmetered bandwidth, 25 Subdomains, 1 free domain registration, a free SSL certificate, and 5 Email accounts. Great value at $3.95, wouldn’t you say?

The Plus plan can be purchased at an initial price of $5.95 per month. (Renewal costs $10.99). It comes with the following; Unlimited websites, Unlimited storage, Unlimited domains, Spam experts, Unlimited subdomains, Unlimited parked domains and a $200 marketing offer.

The Choice Plus comes with all the features of the Plus plan but with the additional security of Codeguard basic. It is relatively cheap too at the same price as the Plus plan. However, renewal is $14.99. The most expensive plan which is the Pro plan is priced at $13.95 and renewal costs $23.99. It comes with all the features of the Choice-Plus plan plus high performance. We suppose that this means greater so and bigger traffic bearing capacity.

Bluehost offers great value at moderate prices. Are there better shared hosting deals than this? We don’t think so.

Perhaps it’s a good thing that Rackspace doesn’t offer the kind of services that Bluehost offers with their shared hosting plan.

Rackspace has four general tier plans. They have managed and unmanaged plans. In the managed plans, they help you with most of the technical stuff, while in the unmanaged plans you’d have to take care of most of the technical tasks yourself.

The General1-1 plan starts at $4 per month, and it comes with 1vCPU, 20GB space, 1GB ram, and comprehensive anti-DDoS protection. The General1-2 plan costs $7 per month and includes 2 vCPU’s, 2GB of ram, and 40GB of disk space. The General1-4 plan with 4vCPU’s costs $15 per month. It comes with 80GB disk space and 4GB ram. The most expensive plan is the General1-8 plan which costs $29 a month and comes with 160GB of disk space and  8GB of ram. These, however, are the prices for managed infrastructure. If you want raw and unmanaged infrastructure, you’d have to be prepared to pay $23 – $187 per month. However, to make use of managed services, you’ll have to pay at least $50 per month. In addition to this, bandwidth is priced separately. For the first 10TB, you are charged $0.12. The price goes down from there, as the more you use the less you are charged.

The value is there, but it is far too expensive, in our estimation. Especially as there are competitors like Amazon Web services who offer roughly the same service but cost a lot less.

Bluehost wins this one for us once more.

Extra Features

All companies have that extra factor that might make them stand out. Let’s take a look at the extra features of Bluehost and Rackspace and see if they are of any consequence.

Bluehost Extras:

Bluehost has a running partnership with Weebly, a premier website builder. Weebly is one of the best at what it does, and this feature makes it even easier for amateurs to get their websites up and running. In addition, Bluehost’s security infrastructure allows you to set up SSH access to your account, block IP addresses and install your own premium SSL certificate if you so wish. Bluehost also supports the use of PHP PEAR packages, Perl modules, Cron jobs, and Apache handlers. Their Blue flash feature which allows you access to experts dedicated to helping you get your website up and running is also an important extra feature. One thing we like about these features is that they come at no extra charge. To make life even easier for content developers, Bluehost has a managed WordPress plan called WP pro. This ensures that users are allowed to focus on managing content rather than the technicalities of running a website.

Rackspace Extras:

Rackspace has a colocation feature. This means that if you have existing hardware, you can contact Rackspace and have them set it up for you at any location of your choice. Your website would be hosted on your hardware, but Rackspace would be responsible for maintenance, management, and security. Rackspace isn’t only a web hosting company. They also offer application-related services such as business intelligence, customer relationship management, databases and more. Professional services like cloud migration, reliability engineering, and data-related services are also offered by Rackspace. If you’re worried about your carbon footprint, then Rackspace is the web host for you. They are an environmentally aware company and as such have initiated tree planting schemes throughout the united states and the United Kingdom. They also provide the option of carbon-neutral web hosting.

We are aware that this is a very subjective matter, but we are impressed by Rackspace’s green policy. Rackspace has a better collection of extra features for us.

Major Differences between Rackspace and Bluehost

Just to recap, these are the major differences between both web hosts.

  • Rackspace caters to big business or medium-sized businesses looking to scale, while Bluehost has a more broad clientele.
  • Rackspace has data centers all over the world, while Bluehost’s only known data center is in the US.
  • Rackspace has an uptime guarantee, Bluehost doesn’t.
  • Bluehost plans come with free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt, Rackspace plans do not.

Bluehost vs. Rackspace – Our Pick

Rackspace and Bluehost are two web hosting providers who focus on providing services to two different types of customers. But, we can decide which web host, on a whole, offers a better deal. While Rackspace performs better in terms of speed and uptime, Bluehost has the advantage of better auxiliary features. At the end of the day, it boils down to what you want. If you’re trying to host a page that wouldn’t command a lot of traffic, Bluehost is the perfect service for you. However, if your business makes a few million a year and you’re looking to scale, you’d find a better service package with Rackspace.

However, for us, on the question of Bluehost Vs Rackspace, Bluehost is our winner.

GoDaddy vs Inmotion Hosting 2019

Today, we are going to be looking at GoDaddy vs Inmotion Hosting; which web host is better?

If you’re planning on setting up a website, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is a choice of a web host. This isn’t a decision to take lightly, as your choice of web host can determine the success of your website more than the content you’re providing or product you’re selling. A bad web host choice can delete your website, load slowly, slow down traffic on your website, and cost so much money. So it is very important that you have the absolute best choice of a web host.

The web host market is very competitive, so there are a lot of web hosts to choose from. To be honest, most of these web hosts don’t offer extremely terrible service— in fact, a lot offer just enough for the average user to get by. However, you aren’t just interested in a fair deal, are you? You are interested in the best deal that you can possibly get. And how do you get the best deal? By comparison.

That is why today we are going to be looking at two highly rated web hosts. The first, GoDaddy, is something of a household name in the Web hosting community. With approximately 18.5 million customers and about 9 thousand employees, GoDaddy is no doubt one of the biggest and most popular web hosting companies in the world. It is one of the oldest too, founded in 1997.  But prestige doesn’t always equal quality, and sometimes the most popular names can provide the most mediocre service. If you need a web host, you most certainly do not consider how popular your prospective service provider is. That is really none of your business. What you care about is the kind of quality that they provide, and whether it is the right value for money. So GoDaddy may be one of the biggest web hosts on the block, but when faced with other web hosts, how do they fare?

GoDaddy will be going up against Inmotion hosting. Compared to GoDaddy, Inmotion hosting is a small fry in terms of size. But in this business, you can really be up for a surprise as the biggest sometimes fail to meet up in terms of quality. Inmotion, though, isn’t a terribly small hosting service as a comparison with GoDaddy hosting might imply. They’ve won many awards, including best business hosting award in 2011. So this is not a mismatch— in fact, it is a perfect match. These two hosting services will go head to head in different categories like price, uptime/downtime, security guarantee, speed, customer service, and the likes. We’ll see the best they have to offer, the worst they have to offer, and everything in-between. We know that it can be a bit difficult to understand, especially if you’re a newbie to the intricacies of web hosting services, the technical terms used to measure quality. So we’ll break them all down for you and give you a complete verdict after each round.

The duels will go this way. The metric for measuring, be it speed or price, would be explained. The method of measuring would be explained, and then the results of the two web host companies would be examined.

However, it is important to note that on average, most web hosting services provided more or less the same service. Many times, the differences in quality, if they do exist at all, aren’t discernible. What is discernible, though, is the value for money. So, while other rounds of comparison are important, special attention should be paid to price. It is most likely the feature that will determine the overall best web hosting service.

It is also important to note that some specifics (like average uptime and speed) are likely to change over time. For this comparison, though, the most recent figures will be used.

GoDaddy hosting Vs Inmotion hosting. Which hosting service is the best? Well, we’ll certainly find out soon enough.

GoDaddy Hosting vs. Inmotion Hosting: Speed Comparison

We are going to start with speed. Speed, in this case, refers to how fast your site is loaded. Before we begin, what is the importance of speed? Why is it important to know the speed of a web host? This is because a website that loads slowly is likely to lose visitors over the long term. Sites that load slowly will definitely have lower conversion rates, and users will always prefer a faster website to a slower one. For example, if you’re selling a product or producing content, and the website of your competition is faster than yours, you might lose customers to them. More importantly, Google’s search algorithm is constructed in such a way that faster websites show up much higher after a search than a slower website. All in all, you don’t want to have a slow web host. It never goes well.

One of the key indicators of the speed of a web host, apart from tests carried out by independent groups, is the kind of storage being used. Solid-state drives, for example, will always perform faster than the normal hard disk drives. However, SSDs with ray disk arrays and configurations are even faster. Ideally, a website shouldn’t load slower than 3 seconds. Anything slower than this is regarded to be a colossal waste of money. The speed of a web host can be measured by submitting a web page hosted by the web host to WebPageTest and recording how long it takes to load. WebPageTest is an independent organization that uses very fast internet connection to measure the average speed of web hosts. The test typically runs about five times, and the median speed is collected.

So let’s see what web host loads the fastest.

GoDaddy used to record a speed of about 2.36 secs on an average, however, the last sixteen months have seen a considerable change in GoDaddy’s average speed. To be honest, it isn’t something that anyone really saw coming, but GoDaddy now averages a remarkable speed of 517ms. Inmotion comes in a close second with 982ms. It is to be noted, though, that with higher traffic, both web hosts tend to become slower. In fact, we wouldn’t recommend either of the two web hosts if you’re expecting a huge amount of traffic on your website.

In the end, though, it could be better, but it also could be much worse.

The score is clear, GoDaddy is faster than Inmotion hosting. The gap might not seem extreme, it must be said, but a win is a win. And this is a win for GoDaddy hosting.

Uptime for GoDaddy and Inmotion

What is Uptime? Uptime literally translates to how long you can expect that your website will be up, accessible or reachable. If you’re new to the world of website hosting, this might seem like a small deal to you. How difficult is it, you might say, to keep a website online? It really depends on the web host. Some web hosts are actually really excellent and can guarantee that your website will be up 99.99999% of the time, while some find it difficult to guarantee that. This metric is important to consider if you are concerned about the availability of your website and the reliability of your web host.

It is the basic job of a web host to keep a website online, so this is an important metric to measure when comparing web hosting services. Uptime is measured in terms of percentages, and the closer the uptime of a web host is to 100, the better. Most web hosts, like Inmotion and GoDaddy, have a “guaranteed” 99.9% uptime on their websites. But we don’t need to take their word for it. With Pingdom, we can actually test whether this claim is true. Pingdom does this by requesting a page from the chosen web host every minute and reporting for each minute that the page is unavailable. It also reports when the page loads slower than 30 seconds, because let’s face it, a page that takes more than 30 seconds to load is unusable. Pingdom performs this test from three servers worldwide and reports a problem if at least 2/3 of the servers do not respond.

So let’s see what score these two companies get on this card.

Recently, if we discount the simply atrocious uptime rate of 81.79% in September 2018, Inmotion has performed well in terms of uptime. Their average uptime stands at 99.95% which isn’t too bad. (It is important to note that uptime changes with periods, but the most recent scores of the last six months or so is usually a great indication of reliability).

GoDaddy, while not actually reaching the lofty heights of 99.99% as guaranteed on their website, have a respectable uptime of 99.97%. Considering that most downtimes are actually up to server repair and maintenance, this isn’t actually a half bad score. Again, this is a case of it could be better, but it could also be much worse.

It appears that GoDaddy is on a roll, as it takes this round again. It is fine margins, but it is winning all the same.

GoDaddy vs. Inmotion Hosting: Customer Support

If you’re a rookie, choosing a hosting service with efficient customer support is very important. If the customer support is efficient and helpful, you will be able to navigate whatever technical difficulties you may encounter without a lot of trouble.

There are some metrics that are downright difficult to compare and they are so for the same reasons it is hard to compare apples to oranges. Some of these metrics include usability, price, and the one we are currently attempting to compare, customer support. Or tech support as people choose to call it.

Tech support is difficult to compare because of a general lack of consensus and lack of data. It is rather impossible for the public to reach a consensus about the quality of tech support, and it rarely ever happens. This is because, no matter how unhelpful tech support is, chances are it has proven helpful to certain people. And even if one went through reviews, how would one be sure that the negative reviews aren’t just a noisy minority? In any case, these are some of the obstacles present in measuring the quality of tech support. However, one important metric that can be used to gauge the quality of tech support is the availability of multiple channels. A web host company that has only one channel for contacting its tech support isn’t likely to have top tier support. However, if there are up to three or four channels of contacting support, it shows that the web host company takes its customers seriously and this is usually an indication of quality customer service. The most important thing is to note whether a web host views customer support as an investment or a cost.

Let’s start with GoDaddy. GoDaddy boasts of 24/7 channel that is always open. They have a live chat option, a phone option and an email option (replies are usually gotten within 24 hours). The internet is filled, mostly at least, with glowing reviews of GoDaddy’s customer service. However, there are periods, like we’ve experienced, that it is rather impossible to get a hand on a live representative of GoDaddy to answer difficult questions. Also, there can be quite a delay in switching from rep to rep during sessions. It does help, it must be said, that GoDaddy manages an extensive knowledgebase that can help you solve whatever technical problems that might come up with your website. Although, it may be a bit difficult to search for the appropriate solution on the knowledge base.

Perhaps we are being a bit harsh, but GoDaddy can do better with their customer support infrastructure.

Inmotion like GoDaddy also offers a 24/7 customer support channel that is always open. You can contact them through phone, live chat or through email. Emails are replied promptly, and it doesn’t take long to get connected to a member of the staff if you’re going through the live channels. From personal experience, we’ve found their customer support representatives to be helpful and friendly, however, we are aware that we are just a small sample and it would be difficult to come to an accurate conclusion on the quality of customer support based on our experience alone.

Regardless of the difficulties present in comparing the customer support of both web hosts, a choice has to be made. We are going to go with Inmotion simply because of the fact that we found contacting a live rep to be easier than with GoDaddy.

Security for Inmotion Hosting vs. GoDaddy

You don’t want to patronize a website that is not serious about security. It promises to be nothing but a nightmare. There are two main ways of measuring the security level of a web host, and they are backups and SSL certificates. In the event that your website gets hacked, or gets deleted, you want to be sure that you won’t lose your entire database. In addition, even if your web host is secure, you’d want to know their policy considering security; whether they offer free backups or/and SSL certificates. SSL certificates are especially important because without them Google could warn visitors that your website is not safe.

Let’s start with GoDaddy. First of all, unlike most web hosts, GoDaddy doesn’t offer a free SSL certificate with its basic plan. In fact, most times you have to pay extra for an SSL certificate. And not only do you have to pay extra, but their prices are also, to say the least, extraordinary. Take a look.

63.99 per year for a single site (79.99/year renew)

159.99 per year for multiple sites (199.99/year renew)

$295.99 per year for all subdomains (369.99/year renew).

For a feature that most sites would throw in for free? This is most certainly an outrageous amount to pay, and speaking on this alone, we wouldn’t advise anyone to pay. And, remarkably, it gets worse. Website security and backups aren’t free with GoDaddy either. You’d have to pay an additional $5.59 per month for website security and $2.99 per month for backup. In addition to this, whether paid or not, GoDaddy doesn’t provide DDoS protection on their shared hosting plans. What does this tell us about GoDaddy? Not very nice things. Website security with GoDaddy is a luxury that you have to pay heavily for, and that is a policy you wouldn’t want to go along with.

Compared with GoDaddy, Inmotion comes out of this duel smelling like a rose. First off, Inmotion offers a free SSL certificate on every plan. Whether or not it is the cheapest or the most expensive, Inmotion has got your website secure. It also has an internal feature called Patchman which looks for vulnerabilities in your system and patches them up before hacks can happen. This is a very important tool to have, especially if you’re running an e-commerce website. Inmotion also offers backup that is not only free but also automatic. You never have to worry about backing up your content because the system has your back up, literally— we think. Inmotion also provides DDoS protection, something that GoDaddy does not. Inmotion DDoS is built into their infrastructure and is provided by Corero, one of the biggest names in cybersecurity. Attacks are blocked in real-time while maintaining a strict non-interference policy with your customer traffic.

It couldn’t be any clearer, in terms of security, Inmotion is miles ahead of GoDaddy. This is as clear a victory as any, and Inmotion takes this duel.

GoDaddy vs. Inmotion Hosting: Extra Features & Performance

There are some things that do not fall under any broad umbrella— some extra features, performance peculiarities and so on that cannot be compared. But would a comparison be complete without taking these things into consideration? We are going to look at the little (or big, for that matter) extras that both these web hosts offer.

Let’s start with GoDaddy. GoDaddy has six plans; Shared, WordPress, Cloud, Reseller, VPS and Dedicated Servers (for this article we are focusing on the shared hosting plans because they are cheaper and more popular). GoDaddy has an inbuilt website builder for people who want a simple drag and drop user experience. If one-click installations are something that you fancy, GoDaddy has about 125 of the internet’s most popular applications like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal available. It also has developer-friendly tools, if you are interested in advanced level settings. GoDaddy provides cPanel, MySQL, CloudLinux, Python, and PHP. So there are a lot of options to choose from, whether you’re a rookie or an internet savvy Codemaster. So for ease of use, GoDaddy scores high marks. It has features that make it easy for experts and beginners to use too.

It isn’t all good, though. Most Web host services have a 30 days Money-back guarantee that is in theory supposed to be no questions asked. However, this isn’t the same with GoDaddy. Their no questions asked policy can only be described as sketchy at best. To get your money back, you have to ask for a refund within 48 hours. That gives you only a two days trial period. This isn’t very impressive. With annual plans, you get up to a month where you can ask for a refund. To get either of these refunds back, you have to phone in, where unsurprisingly you would be convinced to not ask for a refund. It is all a quite tedious affair, to be honest. What’s more, they have this sketchy term in there service agreement;

“If a Hosting Service has already been performed, then it is non-refundable (if not yet performed, eligible for a refund within 30 days of the date of the transaction).”

Very sketchy, if you ask us.

In addition to this, migration is not free with GoDaddy and you will have to pay if you intend to migrate your site.

Let’s see what extra features Inmotion has. Most people don’t think very much of the free site builders that come with most web hosting plans. The reason is these builders, most times, are extremely restrictive and usually have terrible designs. Inmotion’s free site builder, BoldGrid, is anything but that. It is a premium website builder built on top of WordPress. This means that the user gets to enjoy the full flexibility of WordPress without any of the mind-numbing complexities. Their drag and drop editor makes it very easy for beginners to build their websites with little or no coding knowledge beforehand. While other web hosts don’t give you full ownership of a website you’ve built using their custom editor, this isn’t the same with BoldGrid. With BoldGrid you get all the ownership rights.

Unlike other web hosts, Inmotion also throws in a year free domain into any plan that you purchase. The most important extra features of Inmotion, in our opinion, is the fact that they have a 90-day money-back guarantee— that is three times the guarantee that GoDaddy offers. That, in itself, is a big deal and it isn’t something that you can find in many web hosting services. They also offer a free migration plan that allows you to transfer your website to their hosting service for no fee at all.

It’s not all good either. Inmotion has a very annoying check out process. There are literally no indicators on what to do. They also have a habit of calling to confirm new users. Whether this is a security tactic or not remains to be seen, but we can confirm that it isn’t a very efficient method of confirmation.

All in all, we suppose that this comparison would be a matter of taste. Perhaps there are some of the extra features of GoDaddy that tickle your fancy, and perhaps there are some of Inmotion that does the same. However, we can speak for ourselves when we say that Inmotion extra features, especially 90-day money-back guarantee and free migration offer seems to be the most helpful extra feature. For this reason, Inmotion takes the day yet again.

Pricing Comparison for Imotion Hosting vs. GoDaddy

Always follow the money.

This is perhaps the most important duel because even the most terrible service can be forgiven if the price is low enough. Knowing whether you’re getting back the value for every cent you pay is important. And knowing whether you can get the same benefits at a lower price is also very important. Because why pay more for less when you could pay less?

Before we continue, though, it has to be said that it is not easy to compare prices. It is possible, but quite difficult because it is almost like comparing apples to oranges. No two web hosts have the same structure of plans, and there are usually a lot of discount codes that,  for the uninitiated, might hide the real price. So instead of comparing prices directly, we will be looking at the industry average and seeing whether the prices we will be looking at represent good value for money.

And seeing that the choice of a web host is a long term decision (most times anyway), it is important to make the best decision for your pocket. Both GoDaddy and Inmotion have a lot of hosting plans but for the sake of this article, we’ll look at their shared hosting plans.

GoDaddy has four plans. The first and cheapest is the economy plan. If you pay for a year or two ahead, you can get it for about $2.99/month ($7.99 when you renew). With this plan, you get 1 website, an extraordinary 100Gb storage (most web hosts just give you 10Gb worth), unmetered bandwidth, free email and free domain. The second plan is the Deluxe plan and it comes with unlimited websites, unlimited storage and unlimited subdomains with all the features of the economy plan for $4.99/month ($10.99 when you renew) The next is the ultimate plan which packs ×2 the processing power of the deluxe package, a free SSL certificate for a year, free premium DNS, unlimited databases and all the other features of the deluxe plan. This plan costs about $5.99 per month ($16.99 when you renew). Their most expensive shared hosting plan is the maximum plan which comes with all the features of the ultimate plan, plus ×2 more power and memory (one wonders what times two the memory means here, seeing as it unlimited in the ultimate plan), ×2 the maximum site traffic and a free SSL certificate for the entire term of usage. All this is pegged at an amazing $12.99/month ($24.99/month when you renew).

Looking st their price structure, it is the deluxe plan that represents more value for money. The only downside is that you’re going to have to pay for your SSL certificate on your own, and you get no backup. Are there better deals than this that represent a far better value for money? Yes. But does Inmotion hosting have better deals that represent far greater value for money? Let’s find out.

Inmotion hosting has three basic shared hosting plans. Inmotion doesn’t allow you to pay per month, so you have to pay for a year or more in advance. The first and cheapest plan called the launch plan goes for a whooping (especially when compared to GoDaddy’s) $6.39/month. The plan comes with free domain, two websites, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space, and free SSL. The second plan, which is the power plan goes for $8.49/month and comes with six websites, unlimited disk space, email and bandwidth, free domain, free marketing tools, free security suite, and free SSL. The most expensive plan which is the pro plan is priced at $14.7 per month and comes with free domain, unlimited websites, disk space, bandwidth, and email. It packs ×4 the performance capacity of the next best plan and has free marketing tools, a security suite, and an SSL certificate.

In our opinion, the best value for money is the Power plan. Although it might be a bit pricey, the fact that it comes with a free SSL package and automatic backup seals the deal for us.

So we look at the Deluxe plan and the Power plan, and we have to go with the power plan. It is cheaper, in the long run of course than the deluxe plan and it offers way more value. Inmotion wins this round for us

GoDaddy vs. Inmotion Hosting: Our Pick

GoDaddy is undoubtedly faster and has better uptime than Inmotion hosting. But it appears that is where it all ends. Inmotion matches GoDaddy toe to toe at usability, performance and extra features, beats them in customer service and has a better security infrastructure. To top it all up, Inmotion packs a better value for money than GoDaddy hosting. So there you have it, folks. In the matter of GoDaddy Vs Inmotion hosting, Inmotion clearly takes the day and we have the numbers to prove it.

HostGator vs. FastComet

HostGator vs FastComet? A  very tough choice you’ve got there.

Thankfully, we love helping people through tough choices. Choosing a web host can be a tedious job, especially when your top choices are HostGator and FastComet.

HostGator is one of the biggest, oldest and most popular names (or brands) in web hosting while FastComet is relatively unknown in the industry. What’s more? A close look at both will reveal that they have different kinds of clients in mind.

Overview

While HostGator has a wider berth and seems to be in favor of the “masses” of the internet, so to speak, FastComet isn’t like that. FastComet is structured in such a way that only advanced users can appreciate the features of their web hosting service.

HostGator is undoubtedly the more popular web host, but if there’s anything we’ve found out from test running some of the most popular web hosts and some of the least popular ones, it is that popularity means very little.

Known for fantastic uptime (99.98% recorded in the last 21 months), unlimited bandwidth and storage with basic shared hosting plans in addition to great customer support, HostGator is a formidable opponent. Based on these records alone, you should migrate your website to HostGator immediately, but that wouldn’t be fair. Mostly because for all their impressive uptime records, their average page loading time isn’t something that anyone can brag about (1007ms).

To make matters worse, other extra features that most web hosts throw in for free today like free automatic backup and website security sometimes command extra fees. Owned by EIG, HostGator has become quite popular for providing relatively cheap hosting plans that have great interfaces for beginners or novices, so to speak. However, there is still a lot to know about HostGator, and we’ll find out soon enough.

Based in California, FastComet is a relatively new company, only founded in 2008. Initially, FastComet did not offer web hosting services for small business (aka shared hosting) but four years after inception, it began a cloud hosting service. FastComet might not have a rich pedigree or popular name, but with eight data centers on three continents and with the usage of SSD-only server, they are really serious about their tech.  In addition, their extremely detailed website just overloads your brain about their infrastructure. They also have an impressive worldwide clientele of over 45000 websites based in 83 countries.

To be honest, we are of the opinion that FastComet has an obsessive-compulsive approach to Technology. Let us let you in on a secret, FastComet is one of the few web hosting companies not owned by EIG— EIG owns almost two-third of all web hosting companies in the world, (yes, even HostGator) so that is a pretty big deal. FastComet also has some sweet deals like free domain on a till-death-do-us apart basis.

Popularity

Short answer? HostGator.

Long answer? HostGator is the more popular web host.

Reason? Well, HostGator is a much older company than FastComet. They’ve had the time and resources to build up a following and a loyal clientele so they have more customers than FastComet. Also, as a big company and as a member of a great conglomerate like EIG, they have the funds to embark on great marketing campaigns. Even the customer base proves this, as HostGator has about 10 million subscribers worldwide. FastComet, being relatively new to the market and being a privately owned company, has no such privileges.

The reason why this metric does not even have a shred of importance?

Some of the most popular things are actually really trash. I don’t have to give examples, but you already know popular musicians who shouldn’t, on a normal day, be allowed near a microphone. So yes, HostGator is the more popular web host, but that fact is something we would find difficult to care less about. Pro-tip; you should too.

FastComet vs. HostGator – Performance

This is the core of this comparison. Simply put, who performs better, HostGator or FastComet?

There are two or three (depends on your view on the great ideological question of our age: is speed the same as response time?) basic ways to measure performance. The first is the speed test/response time and next is the uptime rating. These metrics measure the speed and reliability of a web host. Speed and reliability are the two things to look out for in performance, and let’s see how these folks do.

Speed Test

Generally, the speed on the internet is very important. But the speed of your web host could even be more important than you thought. Here are two interesting facts for you before we continue;

  1. Amazon would lose over 1.6 billion dollars worth of business if it were hosted by a slow web host
  2. A site that takes more than four seconds to load is abandoned by 74% of users.

If Amazon can lose that much if it slowed down, imagine how much business/visitors you would lose if you slowed down.

Asides using Pingdom, there are two manual ways, I would say, to know if a web host is likely to be fast or not. The first is the number of data centers they have and the second is the kind of storage disks they use; whether they use normal hard drives or SSDs. We can tell you this for free, though. HostGator has only two data centers in Houston, Texas and in Provo, Utah. FastComet has eight data centers on three continents including places like Tokyo, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Singapore. While FastComet offers Solid-state Drives on all their plans, HostGator doesn’t offer SSD’s on their shared hosting plans. With HostGator, you’re going to have to make do with HDD drives, which are much more slower. In addition to this, FastComet is fast at providing new updates of Php versions than HostGator. While FastComet already has support for version 7.3, HostGator’s highest Php version is 7.2.

Can you already guess the faster web host?

To find out which web host runs the fastest, we purchased plans from both of them and set up WordPress accounts with the same content. We plan to make this as fair as possible. Generally speaking, the greater the visitors to a site, the slower it becomes. Regardless of how fast the web host is initially, it is advisable to get a dedicated server immediately you start getting millions of visitors per month. Testing with Pingdom, the average speed of HostGator was 1.28secs. August 2018 saw HostGator loading fully at 870mms, while September and October recorded average speeds of 1.26secs and 2.26secs respectively. November and December recorded an average speed of 1.045 secs, while January 2019 continued the trend with 1.19secs. Throughout 2019, the average load time has been pretty consistent at 1.15-1.50secs.

That is the period it took to load. Seeing as 3secs is the slowest time possible, this doesn’t represent a terrible score and is above the industry average.

Testing FastComet with Pingdom gives us almost roughly the same fully loaded speed of about 1.27secs. August to October of 2018 saw FastComet averaging a full load speed of 1.73secs while November and December saw the average speed rising to 1.21secs. January and the rest of 2019 saw speeds stay at an average of 2secs.

It may be fine margins, but with an average full load speed of 1.27secs to 1.28secs of HostGator, FastComet takes this round. There was no great upset in this round, as FastComet was always going to be the faster choice.

Response Time

Response time refers not to the full speed that loads the page, but the time it takes for the first byte to be recorded. The TTFB (Time to the first Byte), so to speak.

August 2018 saw the fastest speed of HostGator reaching 170mms, however, September saw a drop to 700mms. With October, the drop became almost double as the speed slowed down past the 1-second threshold and was at a disappointing 1.71secs. November and December saw great improvement as speeds clocked 480mms and 570mms respectively. From January through August 2019, HostGator maintained an average speed of 620mms.  This brings the average response time of HostGator to 700mms, which if not fantastic, is very respectable. The speed gets lower, though. If up to forty concurrent users are making use of your website, it might take up to an incredible 9 seconds for the first byte to load. This is quite troubling.

For FastComet, we expect so much more than we usually expect from well-known hosts such as HostGator or even BlueHost. Do they disappoint? Let’s see. FastComet records speed as low as 400mms, as we saw in August 2018 and as high as 680mms as we saw in November 2018. On an average, however (during the period we measured, at least) FastComet records speeds of up to 570mms. This is far higher than the industry’s average, and while commendable is not really surprising. FastComet was always going to have a better response time than HostGator. Even under a lot of traffic, FastComet performed really well, with speeds just about doubling at 1.06secs.

Surprising no one really, FastComet has a superior response time when compared to HostGator. And this isn’t just a result of technical luck. The work that FastComet puts into their tech, with SSD support on all plans and eight data centers, isn’t just for show, and that shows.

Uptime

A web host must be reliable. You must be sure that your website will be reachable at all times, and it is very important that a web host can guarantee this. That is the essence of an uptime rating.

In terms of this review, things haven’t been going really well for HostGator. From our point of view, they need a big break in order to stand any chance against FastComet. And with incredible uptime, this is exactly what they’re getting.  Since having some technical setbacks in December 2017, HostGator has posted incredible uptime. In the last 21 months, they’ve only gotten as low as 99.95% uptime once and that was in September 2018. They’ve scored 100% eleven times in that same period. In an industry where perfection is rarely ever guaranteed, HostGator meets this criterion perfectly. It is going to be hard for anyone to best an incredible uptime of 99.98%. What makes it better is that HostGator guarantees that if their uptime drops below 99.99% in a month, your account will be credited for that month. You need to be careful, though, as there are exceptions such as unpredictable hacks and planned maintenance. If you submit a support ticket to the billing department within the first 30 days, you will get your credit no questions asked. One important consequence of this sort of policy is that it is forcing other web hosts to sit up and be serious about maintaining flawless uptime. As a result of this, customers win. It is good ole capitalism at work once more.

FastComet has great uptime, simple. We expected that with great speed comes great responsibility and many times lower than average uptime, but we’ve simply been astounded by the reliability of FastComet. Over a 21 month period, we only recorded lower than 99.95% once, and that was in January 2018. Over the same period, we’ve seen 100% months around seven times. As you can see below, their overall uptime comes to a staggering 99.98% average. This is well above the industry average and is quite close to the best of what the best web hosts can offer in terms of uptime. Unfortunately, though, unlike HostGator, FastComet doesn’t have a guarantee of 99.99% or credit. This means they are not putting their money where their mouth is and you don’t get a chance to get something back if terrible uptime is recorded.

So is this a tie? The data certainly suggests that it is, but we have to pick a winner. HostGator wins this round for us because of its 99.99% or credit guarantee.

Ease of Use

If you aren’t a pro at owning your own web site or aren’t conversant with the technicalities that one often has to deal with when controlling their own domain, you might be worried about the ease of use of a prospective web site host.

Web hosts that make it easy to sign up and set up an account are preferable, and if they throw in a free domain to make starting up easier, it’s all the better. Whether or not they provide a website builder and whether or not they have cPanel support is also important.

HostGator is very user-friendly, especially for beginners. This is why we said, at the beginning of the article, that HostGator’s target market is probably beginners or people who aren’t too tech-savvy. We doubt that any other web host put in so much time into making the set up of an account easy for beginners. HostGator’s site is choke-full of tutorials, walkthroughs and technical help to guide you through the creation and maintenance of a domain. They have an in-house Website builder called Gator by HostGator. Unlike the frequent tales of drabness and inefficient website builders we’ve heard, Gator by HostGator actually excels at the basics. It is, in fact, one of the best in-house website builders that we’ve reviewed. One of the things that stands Gator by HostGator out is the fact that it comes with an e-commerce plan. What this means is that you are able to set up your own online store without worrying about the technicalities that come with actually creating it. Gator by HostGator simply takes care of it. The drag and drop feature is readily available to be used and you get free SSL certificates with each basic plan. HostGator is by far one of the easiest web hosts to use. Regardless of the result of this comparison, that is one thing that can hardly be denied.

FastComet is user-friendly, of course. They support one-click installations for popular apps like WordPress and Joomla. There are a lot of tools available for developers to use if they so wish. Tools like WP-CLI, bash, Drush, Laravel, Genesis, and Symphony are some of the many instruments available to developers to use on FastComet’s platform. With these vast arrays of tools, FastComet makes it easy for users to fully customize their backend. They also have a mobile-friendly cPanel which means that you can control your website from your phone.

For us, because of the reliability of Gator by HostGator and the amount of dedication that HostGator put into ensuring that users get the best experience when working, HostGator wins this round. But we must say that both web hosts score really high marks in our opinion.

Refund Policy

FastComet gives a 45 days window for you to check out their services and see if it works for you, if not you can get your money back. Their 45 days Money-back-guarantee is far higher than the industry average which is usually thirty days. This shows that FastComet is confident about their service, and is generally a good sign.

Like FastComet, HostGator offers the same 45 days Money-back guarantee— on the surface. A careful look at the fine print in the user agreement tells a different story, though. There is a 45 days window where you can get your money back if you are not satisfied with the service, quite alright. But it isn’t so black and white with HostGator. The first red flag is that if you’re using a dedicated server, this money-back guarantee doesn’t apply to you. It also doesn’t apply to admin fees and domain names. Another thing is that while you can request a refund within the first 45 days, HostGator is allowed to refund you within 90 days. That means you can be refunded the next day after asking for a refund, or the next 60 days (for some reason, we think this scenario is more likely). It is not over, though, as you will not be refunded in cash— you can only use the refund to get a new plan or new account with them. We feel, as you must, that this is quite a nice load of rubbish.

Customer Support

Customer support comparison is always going to be objective. Customer support staff are diverse, and like in any job, some are better workers than others. A company with a great customer support infrastructure may deliver a bad experience because of an undertrained or inexperienced worker, and a company with a bad customer support infrastructure may consistently deliver to customers because of a plethora of other factors. The important thing, we believe, is whether or not the firm invests and/or keeps a close eye on customer support. That would show, oftentimes than not, in customer support experience and would tell a great deal about the firm’s idea of customer sovereignty.

HostGator dedicates a lot of time to help users get through thorny problems. Asides the regular or traditional live chat, phone, and email option, HostGator has a vast knowledge base and loads of video tutorials to help you through any problems that you might encounter. Their live chat and phone in option is perhaps the most effective way to contact a live representative as the email system might be difficult for people to use. Perhaps HostGator designed it that way so that most complaints are channeled through chats and phone calls. The wait time for the live chat isn’t stable (you can be connected in 2 minutes or might have to wait for an hour), which can be bad news if you need to solve a problem quickly. Also, in our experience, the online reps of HostGator sometimes seem a little out of their depths. Here’s a conversation we had with Sarah below.

Sarah was unable to answer questions about maintenance and downtime that we experienced. All in all, there seems to be an existing customer support infrastructure, but we aren’t terribly sure of the level of effectiveness that it can reach. However, HostGator can rest in the assurance that their customer support before the point of human contact, is excellent and perhaps the best we’ve seen.

FastComet claims to have 24/7 chat, ticket, and phone support. They also, like HostGator, have a wide knowledge base that ensures that you rarely, if ever, need to contact a live representative. We’ll see in a moment whether the claim of a 24/7 available support is true on all channels.

First, we try to call up a phone support line. We are connected quickly and the live rep is helpful, speaking almost like a friend who knows an awful lot about web hosting. This is a good sign. We try a few more times, but the results are inconsistent. Sometimes we get no reply for a long time, and sometimes we are connected instantly. On average, though, we do get a hold of a live representative on the phone. So while Fas