You might have an idea for a website but to post it onto the Internet, you need the help of a web hosting company. Web hosting is essential in having a successful website, that’s why you should take your time and choose the right provider that fits your needs and budget. In this SiteGround vs HostGator comparison, we will break down the advantages and disadvantages of these two popular hosts.
SiteGround was founded in 2004 and is host to more than 2 million websites all over the world. It is mostly known for its great load speeds and excellent customer support. HostGator is owned by the Endurance International Group and is host to more than 9 million websites and domains. HostGator is known for its cheap and scalable plans. In this post, we will mainly focus on their WordPress hosting and look at their features, support, ease of use, performance, and pricing.
1.Which host has the best features?
Both companies have a wide variety of hosting services, from shared hosting, managed WordPress hosting to dedicated hosting. Let’s explore their WordPress plans and find out which one offers the best features for their cheapest plans.
SiteGround offers three WordPress plans:
With the StartUp plan you get for a single WordPress site the following features:
- Pre-installed WordPress and automatic updates.
- CDN integration and free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate.
- Free website migration and free professional site migration in higher plans.
- 10 GB of webspace and unmetered data transfer.
- WP-CLI to help you manage your WordPress installations.
- Unlimited email accounts.
- SuperCacher for the first level only (all three levels in higher plans).
- Staging only for higher plans.
- 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Free backup and restore up to 30 days.
HostGator also offers three WordPress hosting plans:
- Starter Plan.
- Standard Plan.
- Business Plan.
The Starter plan includes the following features:
- Unmetered bandwidth.
- 1 free site migration by their professionals.
- A free domain name.
- Free email and $150 Google Ads spend match credit.
- Free SSL certificate and daily automatic backups.
- One-click WordPress installation and automatic updates.
You can host and migrate up to three websites with the other plans.
Both hosts share similar features and offer extra security features that are included in all of their plans. Since their plans are both feature-rich, we can call it a draw, even though SiteGround has a better reputation regarding WordPress hosting.
2.Which host is easiest to use?
Both SiteGround and HostGator use cPanel. The dashboards are customized for a better WordPress experience, and you can manage your account without getting lost. HostGator offers its Gator builder, a builder developed by the HostGator team that is easy to use and lets you create any type of website in a short time.
SiteGround’s plans also come with their website builder. Their backend can be followed easily and it looks very modern. Both providers offer one-click installers for popular software and CMSs such as Drupal, Joomla, etc.
3.SiteGround vs HostGator, which host has the best performance?
SiteGround’s uptime for 2020 was 99.987% while HostGator’s uptime was 99.927%. Both hosts have great uptimes but clearly, SiteGround had a better uptime. We tested the two hosts on different tools, and these are the average load times for the same website:
As you can see SiteGround performs much better than HostGator, and it is one of the top-performing providers in the industry. SiteGround has data centers in Frankfurt, London, Singapore, Sydney, and the Netherlands while HostGator has its data centers only in the US. That means that your website will perform better with SiteGround if your audience is not US-located.
4.Which host has better customer support, SiteGround, or HostGator?
Great customer support makes a difference in every type of business, and hosting makes no exceptions. It is recommended to choose a hosting provider with solid customer support, especially when it comes to small websites or for those who are not specialized in web-hosting problems. Customer support is crucial not only for technical or hosting problems but also for billing issues.
Both providers have a wide knowledgebase, easy-to-follow guides and articles, and other extensive support material. SiteGround and HostGator both offer ticketing systems, 24/7 phone, and live chat support. Our experiences with their customer support have been positive, but we must say that SiteGround has better response time and technical support.
5.Which host is more affordable?
SiteGround’s pricing for WordPress Hosting is as follows:
- StartUp plan: $6.99/month for a 12-month plan.
- GrowBig plan: $9.99/month for a 12-month plan.
- GoGeek plan: $14.99/month for a 12-month plan.
HostGator’s pricing for a 12-month plan:
- Starter plan: $7.95/month, promotional price for a 36-month contract: $5.95/month.
- Standard plan: $9.95/month, promotional price for a 36-month contract: $7.95/month.
- Business plan: $11.95/month, promotional price for a 36-month contract: $9.95/month.
For the first tier plan, it looks like SiteGround is cheaper, but the prices change for high-tier plans. HostGator offers convenient promotional prices for longer-term plans. It looks like a tie, but HostGator is more generous with the storage space, monthly traffic, daily backup limits and it also offers a free domain name for one year. For beginners, HostGator has a better price-quality ratio since SiteGround’s focus is on larger websites.
SiteGround vs HostGator: Conclusion
Choosing the right host is difficult with so many options in the market, but we recommend both hosts.
SiteGround focuses on the latest technology to offer great load speeds and excellent services. They offer speed optimization plugins and other advanced tools to make your website management easier. Their support is fast, accurate, and friendly. The prices are not ideal for small-budget websites, but for medium projects, they offer amazing features in the high-tier plans. HostGator on the other hand is generous with the features, has affordable prices, and has a user-friendly interface. Their performance is not as good as SiteGround’s but it is not bad either.
Both HostGator and SiteGround are reliable and you cannot go wrong with either host, but we recommend SiteGround for its better performance and support and HostGator for its scalability and cheap hosting, the choice is yours.