Bluehost or Hostgator? Which one is better or more importantly, which one is better suited to you? In this video, I put them both to the test and…
Bluehost vs HostGator WordPress Hosting 🔥 Who’s Better In 2021? [Pros & Cons]
Bluehost or Hostgator? Which one is better or more importantly, which one is better suited to you? In this video, I put them both to the test and compare them against each other.
And the five categories that I would be comparing them on are pricing, set up and ease of use, speed and uptime performance, support and features. Pricing.
I would determine who has the best price and what is included in those pricing plans. Set up and ease of use. I will show you who has a more intuitive user interface and who makes it easier to set up and manage your website. Speed and uptime performance. I would test which hosting provider is faster and more reliable support. I will ask questions from their customer support team to determine who is more responsive and helpful. And lastly, features.
I will compare the features of those to hosting providers to determine who has more and better features overall at the end of this video. I will give you a very special offer if you decide to pick up Bluehost or Hostgator through my link below. I’m going to give you my six figure blog, a course for free as a bonus and just a way of saying thank you for supporting my channel. In this course, I show you how to set up your WordPress website the right way, how to adjust and tweak settings for optimal website performance, and how to start driving traffic and make money from your site.
Now, let’s get straight into this review.
To make it fair, we are just going to compare their normal price with no extra special discount. I’ve done individual reviews on each hosting provider, which I believe in a description where you can purchase it at an extra discount once you have decided which hosting provider is right for you. Let’s compare the cheapest plan first for each of the hosting provider. This one is going to be really close as Bluehost Basic plan for three years cost $2.95 per month while Hostgator hatchling pain will set you back $2.75 per month.
This means that Hostgator is 7% cheaper, which is very small. If we compare their one year plan, though, Bluehost will cost $4.95, while Hostgator will cost just $3.95. Which shows a bigger difference here as Bluehost is now %20 more expensive. So go to just one out against Bluehost. Now, what about if you’re more advanced and want their most expensive plans? I’ll compare that for you now.
Things get more interesting here where Hostgatoris top plan works out to be 57% cheaper than Bluehost for three years and 58% cheaper for 1 year. I can see that Hostgator wins on prize hands down. But now that you know the percentage price difference, you can watch my next categories and see if the extra features Bluehost offers over host is worth the extra money for your specific plans. But for this pricing category, I have to give one point to Hostgator.
Now, let’s go through and assess which hosting provider is actually easier to set up and use. This one is going to be tough because both Bluehost and Hostgator have custom interface in the back end, which are somewhat similar. Bluehost has a clean looking interface and is easy to navigate through to different sections on their back end. I just have a minor issue with them in that they tend to hide some free features and easily present the paid one instead, like for the free email account.
If you navigate to the Email office tab, you won’t find the free option to create emails. Instead, you would have to navigate to advance section and create your free e-mail account from their cPanel. Now, Hostgator is pretty much exactly the same as Bluehost here. They have a very clean and responsive user interface and they also have the same issue as Bluehostwhen trying to set up your email, can they to hide their free option in the cPanel and try to up sell you to purchase the paid version.
Moving on to the WordPress installation, both hosting providers gives you the option for the custom one click WordPress installation. However, I found Bluehost to be slightly easier and quicker to do the install, as you don’t have to access your email account to retrieve your password like you have to on Hostgator. I believe both Bluehost and Hostgator are one of the best choices for beginners. If you haven’t created or hosted a website before, you’ll be able to get your WordPress site up and running in less than 5 minutes without any technical knowledge or coding skills, thanks to their one click WordPress installation, which both of them provide.
Overall, this one was a very tight one, but I would have to give the point to Bluehost this time, as I think it is a little bit cleaner and easier for me to work on my site and their WordPress install is more intuitive. First, let’s start with a comparison of the speed performance test. I made sure to compare apples with apples by installing the same speed and image optimized plugins and putting CloudFlare on both accounts to optimize it even further.
So both these websites are pretty much as fast as you can get it without paying extras for it. My test result shows Bluehost to have a page load speed of three point four seconds on metrics, while Hostgator only manage a load time of three point nine seconds here. This means Bluehost is 13% fast. And Hostgator, both companies only have data centers in the United States. So there shouldn’t be any advantage in terms of global side speed between each other if you’re accessing your website from any location outside of the United States.
This speed should decrease by roughly the same amount. Now, if you want more details on my test or just want more in-depth review of Bluehost or Hostgator, you can check the link in my description for that. The next thing we will compare is the up time. Bluehost had a perfect 100% up time, while host Guy only managed to produce a subpar result of 99.895%, which is way below my threshold of 99.95%.
And even Hostgator’s own 99.99% uptime, guarantee they fail big time here. While Bluehost was perfect overall, this was an easy win for Bluehost as their page load speed is faster than Hostgator, even though both are not that great and don’t pass Google standard three second load time Bluehost also has proven to be very reliable hohs with perfect uptime. Sadly, the same can’t be said for Hostgator. So an easy point to Bluehost on this one. Support .With regards to Bluehost customer support response time.
Their overall average over peak and off peak periods was lightning quick just 30 seconds. Same cannot be said for Hostgator. Their response time was around four minutes and 20 seconds, which is still not too bad. But they are nowhere near as good as Bluehost now in terms of the staff knowledge and helpfulness. This was also a clear win for Bluehost. For example, when I told both companies that I had a virus on my website and asked them to send me a malware report, Bluehost was able to do this for me immediately and the whole process took around 10 minutes.
But Hostgator. It took almost 30 minutes and still could not give me the report. They had to refer me to their more technical staff by email and told me that I would receive a report later through this communication. This shows a clear difference on how both of their support teams work. So based on this, I would have to declare the overall winner in the customer support department to be Bluehost by a long shot and give them another point. Features.
Now, in terms of features, this one would have to be an easy win for Bluehost as they have all the features Hostgatror’s offer and so much more. Hostgator does, however, offer nice handy feature, which is the free website migration. If you’re moving over from another hosting provider, Bluehost does not offer this. So just keep that in mind. The biggest and most important feature, which is. Critical for your website and is missing for Hostgator, but not with Bluehost is the automatic daily backup’s Bluehost provide daily backup on your website for free on their more expensive plans.
This is standard nowadays, and I believe every hosting provider should have one. So it’s really disappointing to know that Hostgator has not included this feature. Overall, this one is a no brainer for me. But Bluehost get another point easily for the features section. So after comparing these to hosting providers over five categories, Bluehost was a clear winner. They won four categories while host only one one. I don’t think I can recommend Hostgator over Bluehost in any situation, even though they may be slightly cheaper than Bluehost.
But the small price difference is just not enough for the performance loss. Bluehost does not have the fastest speed, which isn’t ideal, but with their solid uptime, it still makes them a reliable hosts which could be suitable for beginners Hostgator to fails in both of these departments and provide very little features in their plans. I still think there are better options out there over these two hosting providers and I’ll let you know my peak at the end of the video.
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