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Updated : May 4, 2016
As webmasters, choosing a highly reliable web hosting company that fits into all our requirements has been the most difficult task. There are so many web hosting companies on the market that finding the right one can sometimes be overwhelming.
I have already compared Bluehost Vs HostGator in another post, but this specific post adds in DreamHost and compares it to the previous two. HostGator and Bluehost are two of the most highly-rated web hosting companies on the web and are often featured in top review posts across the Internet.
All three are great choices to go with, but each one provides something different from the other, and this review of HostGator vs Bluehost vs DreamHost will help make your selection process much easier.
In this post, I’ll compare performance (which includes uptime and speed), pricing plans and features, customer support, and control panels.
It wasn’t easy comparing the performance of these three high-quality web hosting companies because they all provided adequate performance tests that are better than a number of others out there.
All three also boast world-class data centers to ensure security and stability for their users. HostGator runs on Dual Xeon E5520 2.26 GHz Quad Core Processors whereas Bluehost runs on AMD Opteron™ 6200 Series Processor. DreamHost uses AMD and Intel, which varies with the plan you choose.
HostGator Vs DreamHost Vs Bluehost -Server response time
Server response time determines the exact time taken by the hosting server to respond initially.
We tested load time and server response time of websites hosted on HostGator and Bluehost using Load Impact App.
The Green Line indicates the number of visitors and Blue line represent the adjacent response time as the traffic increase. The traffic was steadily increased from 1 to 50 visitors and the response time was noted.
Response time of sites hosted on HostGator
Maximum Response Time: 3.2 seconds
Min Response Time: 258.07 milliseconds (The least for any web hosting tested at Inline Hosting review)
HostGator’s server performance seems to be solid, healthy and consistent. Only problem is that we don’t want to see a graph with lots of ups and down, flat lines are great for any hosting company. HostGator returned the fastest response time compared to any other hosting.
Response time of sites hosted on Bluehost
Max Response Time: 8.2 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 915.53 milliseconds
Bluehost’s performance was uninspiring. Response time increased with increase in traffic. Even at lower traffic of 10 users, the response time started varying between 1000ms to 3500ms. As the concurrent traffic was increased to 20, the response time touched a high of 10.61s. Their performance was highly inconsistent with high difference from one second to another.
Response time of sites hosted on DreamHost
Max Response Time: 3.72 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 626.97 milliseconds
DreamHost performance was solid from start to end. It was consistently showing good response time without having massive jumps in response time.
Winner: HostGator- HostGator was very fast and consistent in providing great server response time followed by DreamHost. Bluehost was no match to these hosting companies.
HostGator Vs Bluehost Vs DreamHost –Uptime report & Website speed test
Some companies promise impressive uptimes just to make a sale, all three prove that users do get decent uptimes. As promised, HostGator offer 99.99 % uptime, and this occurs for most of the month. Bluehost hasn’t been so lucky, and we’ve experienced some major downtime recently, which place their uptime below 99% and caused lots of problems for their users.
Finally, we’ve found that DreamHost is very stable and readily up during the majority of the month and we didn’t find any major recent outages that justify rating it lower.
Our analysis team were tracking uptime of around 150 websites hosted under HostGator, Bluehost And DreamHost. To see different estimates for uptime percentage, you can plug-in various data points into the following interactive graph.
Uptime of sites hosted on HostGator
Uptime of sites hosted on DreamHost
Uptime of sites hosted on Bluehost
Just 1 second decrease in site load time improves 7% in conversion rate and 11% in page views. If your website is not fast enough, it’s killing your website business. I used a Pingdom speed test tool to determine the speed of the websites running with these hosting companies. To begin with, I would like to show my website (Inlinehostblogger.com hosted on HostGator) speed, it loaded in half a second, which is excellent for any type of website in the world.
According to our results, the websites running with HostGator appear to be very fast. HostGator has less than a second page load time when tested with an average of 1.35 seconds overall, which translates to a guaranteed high speed website.
The average speed of websites running with Bluehost and DreamHost is 1.9 seconds and 2.3 seconds, respectively.
Winner: HostGator followed by DreamHost dominates all the test I have conducted with regards to uptime and Speed.
Prices,Plans, and Features
DreamHost’s shared hosting plan is $119.40 for the first year, which is the most expensive among these three web hosting companies. However, you can opt for DreamHost’s shared hosting plan for as low as $49.00/year by using the DreamHost coupon code provided at the end of this post.
The prices and features of shared and advanced plans of HostGator, Bluehost and DreamHost are given below.
|Features||HostGator Hatchling||HostGator Baby||BlueHost Shared||Bluehost Plus||DreamHost Basic|
|Control Panel||cPanel||cPanel||cPanel||cPanel||Web Panel|
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|12 month Plan||$4.83||$6.96||$6.99||$8.95||$9.95|
|2 Year Term||$4.12||$6.25||$6.55||$8.95||$8.95|
|3 Year Term||$3.33 (Best Price*)- Use coupon code HGHOSTING30 for 50% more discount on final cart.||$5.15||$5.55||$8.95||$8.95|
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Winner: Bluehost, HostGator and DreamHost – It really just depends on your budget and quality preferences, but all three offer adequate pricing for their services.
Customer support should never be disregarded since it’s an important aspect that helps you to easily build an error-free website. HostGator provides users with a 24/7 live chat, a ticketing system and number of video tutorials to help you with any problems that might arise with your website. Nowadays, It’s true that their live chat team is not as fast as it used to be – long waiting time is a major worry for them. Nevertheless, HostGator has a very fast ticketing team which responds within an hour or two.
Bluehost has a decent support team. They are friendly and have a good live chat team, but they do lack urgency in resolving user’s problems when it came to downtime issues. Both HostGator and Bluehost provide a toll-free number and international call-in support, which can be used as an alternative if you have any trouble with their live chat team.
DreamHost doesn’t have a live chat or toll free number. You can contact them through their ticketing system, and also they provide a limited number of call back options with a support team member reaching you at a later call back time. Nevertheless, DreamHost has a very fast and knowledgeable ticketing team to help with our problems.
Winner: HostGator- Even though HostGator’s live chat team cannot be called as the best one, they have a very knowledgeable and fast ticketing system, which I think does the job more often than not.
Both HostGator and Bluehost use cPanel as their control panel – and both feature similar options, so there’s not really a big difference between the two (especially if you’re familiar with cPanel).
cPanels comes with a 1-click installer for popular scripts like WordPress, Joomla and Weebly. These freebies initially help newbies in setting up their websites without having to deal with any advanced control panel functions. And HostGator provides users with easy-to-understand video tutorials to get users familiar with how cPanel works, speeding up the time it takes for users to get associated with the control panel.
DreamHost has a completely different control panel that they call a “web panel”. Those used to working with cPanel might find it difficult to adjust to DreamHost’s web panel since it has more features. It’ll definitely take some extra time for you to fully understand all of its functions, but after you’ve mastered it, you’ll come to love it.
Winner: HostGator – We like how familiar cPanel is and how easy it is to use, even for newbies. It doesn’t take as long to master and it comes with a useful 1-click installer for popular scripts.
HostGator Vs DreamHost Vs Bluehost -My Recommendation
Even though these three web hosting companies have similarities in some aspects of web hosting, clearly HostGator outplays Bluehost and DreamHost when we calculate the overall performance of different web hosting aspects.
Here’s Why I Choose HostGator ?
- High quality performance, 99.99% uptime, and a speedy server, which ensures great access for your readers.
- 45-day full money back guarantee, so there’s no risk of losing your money.
- Create unlimited email accounts associated with your brand.
- No hidden terms and conditions regarding their plans, prices, and performance.
- Excellent 24/7 customer support, a quick ticketing system that solves problems with complete honesty.
- Accessible control panel that newbies will love. My first ever control panel was cPanel, and I’m still using it.
- They have a security team which never fails in protecting our website from hacks and viruses.
After spending a lot of time researching and using all three web hosting companies, I’ve found that behind HostGator, DreamHost is the next best option because of the uniqueness the company brings to the field of web hosting. I feel that Bluehost still has to improve their services a bit to be anywhere near the quality of HostGator or even DreamHost.
Without any doubt, HostGator is the best choice for hosting your website.
Also Read: Godaddy vs HostGator review
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