In this ongoing competition between web hosting providers, declaring a winner is not just difficult but nearly impossible. Because the providers are offering different service for different type of customers; how can there be a definite winner for different category providers? We don’t mean to declare a winner between HostGator and GoDaddy either – it’s just a comparison review. There may be people who are taking these providers as options yet confused between these two, and an article like this one can guide them through the information they seek.
Both HostGator and GoDaddy offers shared, reseller and VPS hosting services – as inquired by the newcomers to the industry often. However, for more advanced users there are dedicated hosting servers from both the companies. Shared hosting from HostGator starts at $3.95 per month and goes as high as $13.46 per month. On the other hand, GoDaddy shared hosting plans start as low as $1, and goes up to $29.99 per month.
Reseller hosting from HostGatorranges from $24.95 to $99.95 (monthly); while GoDaddy costs $35.99 to $134.99 for similar services. However, slightly more flexibility in the HostGator Reseller Hosting account makes the price go higher a little bit.
The highest priced VPS hosting service from HostGator costs $159.95 per month against GoDaddy’s $119.99 per month. The advantage of VPS hosting is – the users can split up the server space and use it for some other website setup, or just sell it for some extra money. The advantage makes the quoted price fair for both companies.
Dedicated hosting services are mostly used for business websites, hence the highest price tag from HostGator $374/month or $239/month from GoDaddy shouldn’t hurt anyone’s bank account.
HostGator uses cPanel as the default control panel. Being the most popular third-party control panel, most users will not have knowledge and mind sync issues with the web hosting’s interface. However, GoDaddy used to have a different, proprietary control panel for their hosting accounts. The increased demand for cPanel made them switch, the previous control interface stays as well. Users may choose to use either one of two. However, the proprietary panel is slow and not much intuitive.
The tests that were done on both hosting providers returned pretty satisfactory results. Out of all the requests made, HostGator had failed 6% of them while GoDaddy could serve them all. On the other hand, HostGator seemed to have shown lower ping and lower response time.
Fast loading of websites is necessary which HostGator did best. GoDaddy works pretty well too – but we believe the experience changes from region to region. On average, both these companies speed, response time, ping, transfer rate, served/failed requests etc. parameters were giving us tied outputs.
A web hosting provider’s reliability is mostly determined through how their customer support service works. HostGator support got back to us through live chat, email or phone calls upon raising tickets. GoDaddy weren’t dissatisfactory either, in fact we were very pleased with both company’s customer support.
We had used hosting coupons to earn some discounts, as trying out both these providers for ourself paying full money wasn’t practical enough. If you want to have hands on experience by yourself, these coupons can bring better deals.