All posts by Noor B

Noor is a well-known webhosting blogger and industry analyst. Since 2006, he has tested a wide variety of web hosting services and posted the results on his popular blog, InlineHostBlogger.com. For each review, he extensively tests each web hosting company personally, or with his hand-picked team of technicians.

HostGator Vs GoDaddy(Apr 2018)-Why Never Use GoDaddy?

 HostGator VS GoDaddy
HostGator VS GoDaddy

Updated: April 2 , 2018

Going with the first company you see isn’t always a wise choice, which is why you should research a variety of web hosting companies to see which one can provide you with better service for what you want and need for your specific website.

This HostGator vs GoDaddy review will assist you in selecting between these two web hosting companies so that you choose the best one for your needs.

After using both the HostGator and the GoDaddy for a few months, we compared the two web hosting across eight categories on a 100-point scale. Based on our test, HostGator is now the one to beat in web hosting industry. Here’s why.

Also Read: Bluehost Vs HostGator review

Also read Why I feel SiteGround is superior hosting than HostGator, Godaddy and Bluehost ?

Performance(20 Points)

HostGator and GoDaddy both promise a high uptime of 99.99% each month. HostGator uses Linux x86 CentOS 6 64-bit operating systems, while its servers run on Dual Xeon E5520 2.26 GHz Quad Core processors. GoDaddy provides customers the choice of choosing between Linux and Windows OS before signing up. And their servers run on Intel Core i7 processors.

Recently, there have been many outages regarding the uptime of GoDaddy, which has caused many customers to become outraged and drop their service. I personally feel that they are still an excellent domain registrar, but don’t provide great quality when it comes to web hosting services.

Also Read: Dual Xeon vs. Core i7 review.

 

HostGator Vs GoDaddy – Uptime Report (15 Points)

My team kept track of uptimes for both HostGator and GoDaddy for the last seven months using real time uptime tracking powered by Host-tracker

The result was a 99.99% uptime for HostGator and a below average uptime of <98% for GoDaddy.

 

Uptime of Sites Hosted on HostGator

Uptime of Sites Hosted on GoDaddy

To have a more precise understanding of HostGator’s uptime, we started tracking uptime of our personal blog hosted under HostGator.

Here are the results…

HostGator performed exceptionally well, and scored an uptime of 99.99% or greater throughout the entire period of our testing.

HostGator Uptime Report (March – April 2015)

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Uptime report of HostGar for the period March-April 2015. They were very impressive with just a minute downtime throughout the entire period.

HostGator Uptime Report(January-February 2015) 

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HostGator Uptime report May-June 2014, A single downtime which lasted 30 minute

HostGator Uptime Report (May- June 2014)

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HostGator Uptime report May-June 2014, A single downtime which lasted 30 minute

Winner: HostGator – Both of my uptime tests show that HostGator scores consistent uptime of 99.99% throughout our testing period of one year.

HostGator Vs GoDaddy – Server Response time(15 Points)

We tested load time and server response time of websites hosted on HostGator and GoDaddy 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 server response timeClick here to have a look at the source and full test result from Load Impact for HostGator

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 a hosting company. HostGator returned the fastest response time compared to any other hosting.

 

Response time of sites hosted on GoDaddy
Max Response Time: 4.1 minutes
Minimum Response Time: 483.08 milliseconds

GoDaddy Server Response timeClick here to have a look at the source and full test result from Load Impact for GoDaddy

GoDaddy started at an excellent server response time of 480ms, but once the traffic passed 25, it started slowing down heavily. The server become completely unresponsive and the rejection list was very high. Moreover, the final result has high number of failed attempt.  GoDaddy fared well for lower traffic and completely fell apart once the traffic hit 26 mark.

Winner: HostGator – HostGator website loaded with an average response time of 600 ms with a maximum of 3 second compared to GoDaddy which have an average over 1500ms and a maximum of 4.1 minute.

HostGator vs Bluehost – Website Speed test(15 Points)

We performed a  test to determine the speed of a website running with HostGator and GoDaddy.

For a better understanding, I have selected couple of website Hosted under HostGator and GoDaddy for testing their speed.

Note:-Both web pages are exactly same, i.e. they have same page size, design, request and images.

Website hosted under HostGator loaded at 603ms compared to GoDaddy which took 1.4 S to load.

 

Speed of Sites hosted on HostGator

Load time: 603ms ; Source: Pingdomscreensave

HostGator website speed test

Speed of Sites hosted on GoDaddy

Load time: 1.4 S ; Source: Pingdom

Godaddy website speed test
Godaddy website speed test

Winner: HostGator – Its very clear from these tests that HostGator servers are very fast and reliable.

 

Prices, Plans, and Features( 5 Points)

HostGator and GoDaddy are very much alike when it comes to their plans and prices. HostGator has three plans: Hatchling, Baby and Business.

GoDaddy features similar plans to HostGator, naming them: Economy, Deluxe and Unlimited. The Economy plan features a single domain and 100GB disk space; the other two plans come with unlimited disk space and domains.

The graph below shows the prices, and features of both company’s plans:

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SiteGround Vs Bluehost (April 2018) : 7 Tests, 1 Winner – IHB

SiteGround Vs Bluehost

Updated: April 2 , 2018

Does choosing a hosting company give you nightmares? 

Are you having trouble choosing between SiteGround and Bluehost because you haven’t found any unbiased reviews that you can actually understand?

 Choosing the right hosting service is a nerve-wracking experience because hosting can make or break your website. You have to spend hours upon hours doing research, trying to understand what sounds like gibberish and then comparing all these companies. And biased reviews more intent on selling you something than being honest don’t make things much easier.

It’s not something you can avoid, though, because poor hosting can have your traffic dwindling to nothing – that’s if you manage to get any traffic in the first place. So, you have to put in the effort or watch your website crash and burn.

 You have another option that will require less time and won’t be nearly as aggravating. I’ve done all the legwork for you and you’ll find a comprehensive SiteGround vs Bluehost hosting comparison below, along with many other hosting reviews and comparisons, including HostGator vs Bluehost and HostGator vs SiteGround.

Bluehost was found in 2003, whereas SiteGround made its entry into hosting in 2004.

SiteGround Vs Bluehost tests

  • BlueHost Vs SiteGround – Uptime Test
  • SiteGround vs Bluehost Server Response Time
  • Bluehost vs SiteGround – Website Speed Test
  • SiteGround Vs Bluehost: Customer Support

If you are too busy to read this entire review, here's an infographic that covers the main points.

SiteGround and Bluehost – Live review by current user

Lets start with live user review of SiteGround and Bluehost by current users, posted by them in twitter.



These tweets are live tweets, that are updated every second. So, you can clearly see the satisfaction of SiteGround users and dissatisfaction of Bluehost users.

Bluehost vs SiteGround – Performance, Reliability and Speed test

While SiteGround web hosting developed some highly innovative approaches and ideas such as their own SuperCacher, free CDN by Cloudfare, NGINX web server technology and SSD Drives( Bluehost uses HDD drives) to beat the competition and provide maximum performance to its users, Bluehost has lacked a bit of everything for the last 2-3 years.

The SSD drives are more expensive, but are proven to be faster and more reliable than HDD drives. Only a few hosting companies can boast having SSD drives and SiteGround is one of them.

Apache VS  NGINX Servers – Which are better ?

SSD vs. HDD: What’s the difference?

A recent yearly survey conducted on SiteGround shows that their clients are more than 95% happy with their services.

SiteGround hosting customer satisfaction review

Look at this video to understand how SiteGround is able to secure our websites from all hackers and other security threats.

 

BlueHost Vs SiteGround – Uptime Test

Both Bluehost and SiteGround offer 99.99% uptime guarantees. In previous blog posts, I have mentioned Bluehost’s consistent downtime  which give them an uptime of less than 98% every month.

I haven’t seen anything that shows a major downtime for SiteGround. Moreover, they were up more than 99.99% during the last year. They have pretty much the most reliable servers in the entire web hosting industry.

It is plain to see that SiteGround has a much better uptime percentage then Bluehost.

We were tracking around 150 websites hosted by Bluehost and SiteGround powered by Host-tracker,  to understand a rough estimate of their uptime. To see different estimates for uptime percentage, you can plug-in various data points into the following interactive graph.

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WP Engine Vs SiteGround(Apr 18)–Weighing the Pros and Cons

Updated: April 2 , 2018

Are you in the market for a web hosting company? Confused by the myriad of options out there on the Internet? It’s understandable because your website is your connection to the online and off-line world. It connects you to your community, company, clients and customers.

This comparison of WP Engine vs SiteGround, two popular web hosts, will help you make the best choice.

WP Engine will be a good fit if you are a WordPress user. That is because WP Engine only hosts WordPress sites. Because of this focus, they offer a unique value proposition in combination with aggressive customer support. SiteGround is a web hosting company that began operations in 2003. They have been known for their progressive approach to Internet security. When they recognize that an attack is in progress, their custom security team works quickly to create patches to ensure security of their client sites.

Let’s take a closer look at these two firms.

WP Engine Vs SiteGround – Uptime Report

Uptime refers to the percentage of time that a web hosting company is able to keep their servers online and serving websites properly. If a server is down, either all or some of the client websites are down as well. This is not good, because many people rely on their websites to generate sales and leads. Any amount of down time is lost revenue.

WP Engine has a fanatical desire to try to achieve a perfect uptime record. While this would be almost impossible, they come very close at 99.9%.This is partly due to their No Overselling Policy which makes sure they have enough server space to properly service their customer base.

SiteGround has a 99.9% uptime guarantee which applies to all of their plans, even the more inexpensive ones. They have real-time detection technology which alerts them to any downtime and quickly works to find a solution. They have customized software that automatically repairs any errors that would usually cause downtimes.

Here are the statistics:

  • Average 6-month uptime for WP Engine (tested for 10 sites based in different parts of the world): 99.99%. That means your site would possibly be down almost 4.4 hours over six months of service.
  • Average last 6 month uptime for Siteground (tested for 10 sites based in different parts of the world): 99.99%. Like a WP Engine, this level of service means that your website could potentially be off-line for just over four hours over six months of service.

It is clear both WP Engine and SiteGround have strong uptime performance numbers. They both clock in at 99.9% uptime.

Below is an interactive graph that will allow you to plug-in different sets of data to see various outcomes for each company.


★ Winner Tie.

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WP Engine Vs SiteGround –Speed Test

In the past, website surfers were more patient with slow loading sites. Those days are in the rearview mirror, however, and fast loading sites have become a common expectation. Site speed is becoming so important that Google has incorporated how fast your site delivers webpages as a contributing factor to how well they rank your pages.

WP Engine has servers in the United States, Great Britain and Japan. Customers can choose which server they want to keep their data on. More importantly, the international network of servers ensures that there is strong redundancies and stability.

SiteGround also has fairly fast-loading websites. This is partially due to their Supercacher which uses custom computations to cache items like images and theme elements that are used repeatedly.

Here are some specifics:

  • Average speed of website running with WP Engine (Optimized 10 sites): 1.3 seconds.
  • Average speed of website running with Siteground (Optimized 10 sites): 1.3 seconds. This number was 1 second just six months ago when we last tested it. They have slowed slightly due to an influx of new customers.

WP Engine has the edge on SiteGround when it comes to site speed. With over 250,000 customers, it could explain why SiteGround is slightly slower than WP Engine who only has to accommodate 20,000 customers. However, SiteGround does have servers in other countries like Singapore and the Netherlands, so this may be a temporary condition for the company. As mentioned, it may be due to an influx of your customers bogging down the system.

Refer the below images to check the speeds for both companies over time.

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Wp Engine vs SiteGround Speed Test
★ Winner WP Engine.

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Server Response Time

Server response time refers to the speed it takes for a web hosting company to deliver all of the various elements of a webpage and present them in your browser. Several factors influence server response time, and quality of servers is a primary one. WP Engine has enterprise-quality servers and, unlike some competitors, they also have enterprise-quality system administrators managing their servers. That means you get high level technology and support no matter which package you purchase.

SiteGround makes a point to keep the load on their servers below industry standards, so there is plenty of power and space to accommodate both temporary bandwidth spikes as well as long-term growth. Because they support a number of open-source software packages, they provide server optimization tutorials for a number of content management systems including Drupal, Joomla and vBulletin.

Here are the average server response times for both companies:

  • Average server response time of WP Engine for last 6 months (10 Optimized sites):  200 ms.
  • Average server response time of SiteGround for last 6 months (same 10 Optimized sites): 190 ms.

As is the case with many other web hosting services, SiteGround beats WP Engine in server response times. WP Engine is no doubt helped in this aspect by their focus on WordPress, while SiteGround accommodates multiple software packages from content management systems to bulletin board programs.

To get a better idea, you can alter the data in this interactive graph to display several different response times over a number of date ranges:

★ Winner SiteGround.

  Visit SiteGround Visit Wp-Engine

Benchmark Test

For each web hosts, I’ve identified a set of 10 websites all hosted on different web servers. A total of 825 requests were then sent to each host in order to measure the performance of their servers.

WP EngineSiteGround
Completed Requests825825
Failed Requests73
Requests per sec.6.96.46
Time per request179.07 ms165.09 ms
Average transfer rate62.8 Kbytes/sec61.8 Kbytes/sec
Median connect time13.3 msec12.8 msec
Median processing time148.56 msec msec144.49 msec
Median waiting time138.75 msec145.77 msec

 

You can clearly see that SiteGround Engine is faster in Time per request, average transfer rate, median connect time, median processing time and median waiting time. In addition, WP SiteGround has less than half the amount of failed requests.

★ Winner SiteGround is the performance winner compared to WP Engine. With a better record on failed requests, more impressive statistics in all relevant speed measurements and possibly the most committed team to customer service in the business, SiteGround is the clear performance leader.

 

WP Engine Vs SiteGround – Hosting Plans

WP Engine has a number of hosting plans that range from $29 a month for a Personal plan to enterprise-level plans that accommodate large corporations and organizations. While the entry-level plan is higher in cost than some competitor’s beginning plans, WP Engine offers tremendous value due to their level of service, customer response time and quality of server uptime and speed.

SiteGround has Linux-based hosting offers for shared, VPS, cloud and dedicated servers. They have very basic introductory shared plans starting at only a few dollars per month, making them one of the more affordable web hosting companies at this level. Cloud hosting is available in the United States, Asia and Europe and begins around $70 per month. Their GrowBig feature allows you to restore a website from a backup quickly and easily.

The following table outlines the relevant features, prices and plans available from both services.

FeaturesSiteGround Start UpSiteGround Grow BigWpengine Personal PlanWpengine Professional Plan
Disk Space10 GB20 GB 10 GB20 GB
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Domains Allowed1Unlimited110
Free DomainYesYesNoNo
Control PanelcPanelcPanelIts own panelIts Own Panel
For 1 Month$3.95$7.95$29.99/mo$99.99/mo
12 month Plan$3.95$7.95$29/mo + 2 month free hosting.$99/mo + 2 month free hosting
2 Year Term$3.95$7.95NilNil
3 Year Term$3.95$7.95NilNil
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★ Winner SiteGround, It has more affordable plans with choice of CMS other than WordPress.

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Steps to High Performance

Enterprise-level companies are finding that with WP Engine they are able to lower their overall spend on technology while increasing their company’s website speed and uptime. WP Engine, while focusing on customer service, has also developed solid, stable technology. For example, during a recent Country Music Association Awards television show in the United States WP Engine delivered over 71 million page views in less than a day easily and effortlessly.

They have a good customer satisfaction level, although their overall performance lags behind SiteGround.

SiteGround has a good performance record in the open-source CMS and bulletin board worlds. They have quality server response load times as well as an easy-to-use control panel.

Customer Support

WP Engine has established a rapid reputation for customer service. They are able to do this based on a singular focus on the WordPress content management system. By focusing on one CMS, and not spreading their attention to Drupal, Joomla and other products, they have become experts in WordPress hosting and troubleshooting. That concentration helps them answer questions quickly and accurately. Customers can contact them via online knowledge base, e-mail support and a toll-free telephone service. In addition, clients can access a chat box that is available on every page of their site.

WP Engine’s customer service goes well beyond their customer support options. For example, their security systems include disk write protection, disk write limitations, script protection and “disallowed plug-in” monitoring. Backups are separate from databases and are stored as tarballs on the Amazon S3 platform. This level of care and secure handling of data shows the level of customer support the WP Engine provides their clients.

SiteGround has a quality support staff that can be reached by telephone, chat or through the ticket system via e-mail. Customer support is adept at handling redirects, security questions, database installs and other common technical questions related to open source software programs.

Because of their singular focus on WordPress, and their unparalleled concentration on security, WP Engine ties with SiteGround for the title of best customer support.

★ Winner Tie.

Visit SiteGround Visit Wp-Engine

Last Two Years

WP Engine has enjoyed remarkable growth since they exploded on the market four years ago. Just last year, they hired their 80th employee, asign of rapid maturity and development. They have a stellar reputation of customer service based on speedy response, helpful personnel and attention to detail.

Other web hosts may charge less, but for entrepreneurs that want a service that is reliable and fast, and backed up by a highly trained support team, WP Engine is the way to go.

WP Engine has continued to innovate since they splashed on the scene in 2010. In only a short period of time, they expanded their employee count to accommodate over 20,000 customers.

Recently, WP Engine announced a new WordPress hosting platform called Mercury. It uses a new technology called HHVM which is an open source project developed mainly by the gearheads at Facebook. In terms of speed, it is like comparing a regular family sedan to a NASCAR race car. While this technology has yet to be implemented, it shows WP Engine’s continuing commitment to pushing the boundaries of their value proposition for their clients.

SiteGround enjoys a strong reputation for quality they have developed slowly since they began in 2003. With a focus on Drupal, Joomla and similar content management systems, they are well-known as a quality host for those platforms. They have created their own custom-made programs for accounts isolation, speed optimization and server monitoring, all of which indicates an ongoing focus on innovation.

 

Control Panel

WP Engine elected to make their control panel very simple and plain. It allows clients to manage their own websites with a minimum of technical knowledge. WP Engine is unique in that they have created a staging area so that customers can plan and test their website changes before going “live.” They have taken a professional web developers technique and made it available for every day clients.

Compared to well-known control panels, WP Engine’s custom-made Control Panel is simple and direct. You not need to be a web technologist to do fairly involved manipulations of your WordPress database and file structure. For example, you can set up and test new plug-ins and themes without affecting your live website. This “pre-staging” is a high-level function of web developers and WP Engine has made it available to normal users.

SiteGround, on the other hand, is more suited to open-source aficionados who know the ins and outs of their particular software packages fairly well. Whether they are Drupal fans or Joomla followers, they will find SiteGround is a good home for their particular software needs.
★ Winner SiteGround.

  Visit SiteGround Visit Wp-Engine

WP Engine Vs SiteGround – My Recommendation

This review has covered the extensive details of WP Engine vs SiteGround in the areas of server times, page load speed, site speed, customer support, control panels and overall performance. Looking at all the data, I recommend WP Engine for WordPress users at WordPress level who can afford their high prices. SiteGround along with HostGator can be an ideal choice for other type of hosting with reasonable price.

I would recommend you to have a look at this SiteGround Vs Bluehost review if you are planning for Multiple CMS hosting.

This company has dedicated their entire organization to optimizing WordPress hosting. This is particularly apparent when you look at the development of the WP Engine Mercury platform. This high-speed WordPress hosting environment is the result of WP Engine’s innovative approach to web hosting services.

If you have plans on creating your own site, SiteGround is the complete choice for web hosting.

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SiteGround Vs Inmotion Hosting (April 2018) – Which is Better?

Updated: April 3 , 2018

If you are in the market for a web host for a new site, or are considering moving to a new service, two names you’ll hear mentioned often are SiteGround and InMotion Hosting. Both have been in the hosting space for a long time — SiteGround since 2004 and InMotion since 2001. Let’s take a closer look at these two companies and determine which one is best for you.
I would also recommend to read SiteGround or Bluehost ? comparison review.
SiteGround Vs InMotion Tests

Seven tests were developed to help us examine these web hosts up close to determine where each one shines. The tests are:

  • SiteGround Vs. InMotion Uptime
  • SiteGround Vs. InMotion Website Speed Test
  • Website Server Response Time
  • Benchmark Test
  • Customer Support
  • Control Panel with Demo
  • Credibility Test

SiteGround Vs InMotion Uptime

SiteGround offers the same 99.9% uptime guarantee with each hosting plan it sells. According to our testing, SiteGround backs up its guarantee with a solid performance. We have tested it for as long as six months without significant downtime at all. This is due to its custom built alert system that finds potential bottlenecks and fixes them automatically.

InMotion also has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. It backs up this guarantee with their innovative Max Speed Zone option that is available for Business Class and higher plans. This system lets clients choose which data centre their information will be accessed from.

Uptime Report of SiteGround (June 2015)

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Uptime score of SiteGround June 2015 – 99.99%
Uptime Report of SiteGround(December 2014)

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Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(Dec-2014) :99.98%
Uptime Report of SiteGround(March-April 2015)

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Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(March – April 2015) :99.99%, There was only one downtime which lasted for 4 minutes.
 Uptime Report of SiteGround(September 2014)

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Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(September-2014) :100%, There was no downtime during this period.
 Uptime Report of SiteGround(April – May 2014)

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Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(April – May 2014) :99.89%, It’s not a bad uptime number.

Winner: SiteGround – SiteGround relies on its superior engineering staff to create creative in-house solutions.

SiteGround vs InMotion Website Speed Test

Many website owners who utilize open-source software are partial to SiteGround. The reason is SiteGround has designed its hosting service to offer maximum performance to open-source custom management systems like WordPress. For example, SiteGround created the SuperCacher, a powerful cache program that maximizes throughput for popular software programs.

InMotion, based in Los Angeles, utilizes several Tier 1 service providers accessed via BGP. It also has a route optimizer that makes sure that the system employs the quickest routes for data transfer. The firm has 20GB of connectivity using the power of a 10GB Ethernet pipe. This technology creates direct data connections which allow it to create superior server response.

SiteGround Speed test
SiteGround Speed test
 Inmotion-Hosting-speed-test

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Winner: SiteGround – optimized servers and a global footprint provides fast access.

Website Server Response Time

With servers on three continents, located in Amsterdam, Chicago and Singapore, SiteGround has geographical proximity for excellent throughout and reliable website server response. They have partnered with several carriers in each region to minimize the “hops” each data packet must take to arrive at its destination.

In their West Coast data center in Los Angeles, InMotion implements a network core built by Brocade. Their system has several layers of redundancy utilizing multi-homing. In addition, they have LAN redundancy filtered through three layers of protocols like 802.3ad. In their East Coast data center located in Herndon, Virginia, the company has level 3 peering partners, a carrier grade network core and also multiple layers of redundancy.

My Server Location: Dallas, TX
Hosting Server Location: Chicago, IL
Max Response Time: 1.6 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 669.9 milliseconds

Siteground server response time
Siteground server response time

My Server Location: Portland, OR
Hosting Server Location: Washington DC
Max Response Time: 837.78ms
Minimum Response Time: 498.42ms

Inmotion Hosting server response time
Inmotion Hosting server response time

Winner: SiteGround’s large worldwide footprint provides fast server response around the globe.

Benchmark Test

SiteGround performed well in several of the benchmark tests we set up. These are very specific evaluations in areas such as Average Transfer Rate and Time Per Request. InMotion also posted competitive results – each web hosting service was superior to the other in different categories.

Winner – Tie. Depending on the category, each service traded the lead. In the final analysis, they crossed the finish line neck and neck.

Customer Support

With each of their all hosting plans, InMotion provides Premier Support, their branded support level that gives clients access to support channels such as live chat, e-mail ticketing, phone support, online tutorials and an extensive question and answer system supported by the community. InMotion also provides many tutorials online to help clients with questions and technical concerns.

SiteGround has consistently offered a thorough system of online chat, e-mail access, and telephone support. They are set up to answer the majority of e-mail queries within 10 minutes. Their Live chat responds with 10 seconds of reaching them. They have best customer support in the entire web hosting industry.

Winner: Tie. InMotion has a deep reservoir of content online that addresses hundreds of support questions, ensuring customers get fast answers, whether that utilize the company support channels or do-it-yourself options.

Control Panel with Demo

Like many leading hosting services, InMotion utilizes the cPanel control panel. This popular control panel makes it easy to modify page content, create new e-mail addresses, manage passwords and handle the myriad of tasks website owners must deal with on an ongoing basis.

SiteGround also offers clients cPanel. It is a robust system that has grown rapidly and become pervasive in the industry due to its ease of use and technical superiority.

Winner: Tie. Take advantage of the working demos at each web host to see how easy the system is to use.

Credibility Test

Unlike some of the huge web hosting providers, both InMotion and SiteGround have taken a slow growth, customer-focused approach. InMotion has garnered many awards for web hosting going back many years.

Similarly, SiteGround also has garnered a loyal following from their customers by optimizing their infrastructure for maximum performance of popular software programs such as WordPress and Drupal.

Look at the video which explains SiteGrounds Excellent Security System.

Winner: Tie. Both vendors have worked hard on their reputation and have garnered strong credibility points in the marketplace.

SiteGround Vs InMotion – Which Should Be Your Choice?

We have come to a conclusion that SiteGround beats InMotion hosting in the majority of department and we would recommend SiteGround over InMotion.

In summary, SiteGround offers:

  • A global footprint dividing fast access from around the world.
  • Cutting-edge data centers featuring multiple failover and backup systems.
  • Steady, slow growth business model with fanatical attention to customer service.
  • A remarkable uptime performance, easily achieving the 99.9% guarantee.
  • Powerful, custom-made caching program.
  • Friendly, informative tech support with multiple channels.

WP Engine Vs HostGator – Which One Is Right For You?

Updated: April 3 , 2018

Choosing the right web hosting service is an important step in the success of your new website. The negative consequences of selecting the wrong service include loss of income, negative SEO rankings, and the constant fear of malware and security attacks on your important data.

Today, WP Engine vs HostGator review will be looking at two popular web hosting companies and determine which one is the best choice. The two companies are WP Engine and HostGator:

  • WP Engine is a popular premium web hosting service that concentrates solely on the WordPress platform. If you are not familiar with WordPress, consider that it is the software that runs 18% of the world’s websites and blogs.
  • HostGator is a company that offers shared, VPS, reseller and dedicated web hosting options. Started in 2002 by Brent Oxley in his dorm room at Florida Atlantic University, it is now headquartered in Houston with more than 7000 servers in its employ. The company was recently acquired by Endurance International which also runs other web hosting companies such as HostMonster and BlueHost.

Also Read: Inmotion Hosting vs SiteGround web hosting comparison.

 HostGator Vs WpEngine –Uptime Report

“Uptime” is a web hosting term that refers to the amount of uninterrupted service a web hosting company provides their clients. When web hosts are down, the service may have been interrupted due to a myriad of possible situations including maintenance, security attacks, technical problems, and power outages. Of course, as a customer you want a company with a strong uptime percentage.

Along those lines, WP Engine has one of the best uptime percentages in the industry. At 99.99%, they have an envious uptime record which few companies can match. They are able to achieve such an impressive number due to a combination of an advanced caching system and a worldwide system of international servers. Likewise, HostGator also enjoys a 99.99% uptime record. They guarantee this percentage for shared and reseller hosting customers. For VPS and dedicated server customers, they offer a similar but separate Network Guarantee. Here are their respective results for a typical six-month time:

  • Average 6-month uptime for WP Engine (tested for 10 sites based in different parts of the world): 99.99%. That means your site would possibly be down almost 4.4 hours over 6 months of service.
  • Average last 6 month uptime for HostGator tested for 10 sites based in different parts of the world: 99.99%. There were many months when they were successful in providing 100% uptime, which is quite amazing for any web host.

You can plug-in various details in the following interactive graph to examine various outcomes. These graph demonstrate uptime of around 150 websites hosted under these hosting companies.

 

 

Have a look at the uptime report of this website InlineHostBlogger.com, Which runs on HostGator web hosting. There were minimal duration of downtime during this month.

HostGator Uptime report
Inlinehostblogger.com Uptime report

 

WP Engine and HostGator have similar uptime percentages. The difference between the two companies will become more apparent in the following sections as we more closely examine website speed, customer service and server response.

 Winner :- HostGator

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Speed Test

Recently, Bing did a study where they examined the impact of a slight delay in site speed. They slowed test websites down by only 1.5 seconds and the results were dramatic. There was anywhere from 3.8% to 4.4% reduction in:

  • Revenue per User
  • Click Count
  • Satisfied Users

Clearly speed is an important component of good websites. Slow sites can rob you of new customers and added revenue. WP Engine maximizes the speed of their client websites by continually reviewing and tweaking the database management of WordPress including the library of plug-ins used to extend the core software.

HostGator relies on their massive amount of server arrays to deliver good website speed numbers. Here are the specifics:

  • Average speed of website running with WP Engine (Optimized 10 sites): 1.3 seconds.
  • Average speed of website running with HostGator (Optimized 10 sites): 1.25 seconds.

In addition, both WP Engine and HostGator are some of the best web hosting services for providing traffic outside the United States. Because they both have strong international data centers around the world, they can provide speedy service in many locales.

When we tested the seed of wpengine.com and HostGator.com, it was a even match where both website loaded in a quick time.

Wp-Engine-vs-HostGator-Speed-Test
Website Speed Of HostGator and WP-Engine

 

Winner :- Tie

WP-Engine Vs HostGator – Server Response Time

Server response time” is an industry phrase which refers to the amount of time it takes for a server to organize all the various parts of a webpage. When a web user clicks on a website, this site sends a request to the server to send all of the images, themes, videos, graphics, text and other assorted elements and then assembles them for the user to read as it was designed to be presented.

Server response time is highly influenced by both the number of servers and the distribution of servers and their quality. WP Engine is a young company that was able to invest in the latest technology in servers. As a result, they can provide exceptional server response time.

At the other end of the spectrum, HostGator relies on their sheer size to create the necessary capacity to deliver fast server response times for a large number of clients.

This is a breakdown of the server response times for both HostGator and WP Engine:

  • Average server response time of WP Engine for last 6 months (10 Optimized sites):  200 ms.
  • Average server response time of HostGator for last 6 months (Same 10 Optimized sites):  190 ms.

As you can see, both companies are very close in terms of server response times. HostGator has the lead in this study.

Next you’ll find an interactive graph that you can use to evaluate various date ranges and the corresponding response times for each company.

Winner :- HostGator

Wpengine Vs HostGator – Benchmark Test

For each web hosts, I’ve identified a set of 10 websites all hosted on different web servers. A total of 825 requests were then sent to each host in order to measure the performance of their servers.

HostGatorWp Engine
Completed Requests825825
Failed Requests73
Requests per sec.6.266.46
Time per request157.09 ms165.09 ms
Average transfer rate63.83 Kbytes/sec61.8 Kbytes/sec
Median connect time12.6 msec12.8 msec
Median processing time142.49 msec msec144.49 msec
Median waiting time135.71 msec145.77 msec

 

Again, HostGator has the lead over WP Engine in this category as well. This table clearly displays that HostGator has fewer failed requests, a faster average transfer rate, and edges out WP Engine in median connect, processing and waiting times.

Winner:  HostGator – HostGator’s sheer size and international presence along with their continuing investment in state-of-the-art technology has allowed them to edge out WP Engine in our performance matchup.

 

Prices, Plans And Features

WP Engine has four hosting plans: they are named the Enterprise, Business, Professional and Personal plans. Personal plans are oriented toward individual bloggers, micro-businesses and startups with small staffs. The Professional level is geared toward more established businesses and companies that have been able to establish themselves in the marketplace. The Business level is for big businesses and corporations, educational institutions and organizations. The Enterprise level is for larger corporations, international organizations and governmental agencies.

As mentioned, HostGator offers shared, VPS, reseller and dedicated server hosting. The most economical way to start a new website for a growing concern is shared hosting. That means that you share a server with potentially thousands of other websites. Reseller hosting is really for entrepreneurs that want to resell HostGator services as part of their own business offerings. VPS and dedicated servers are for larger organizations that need tighter security and fine-grained control over the maintenance of their servers.

The breakdown below is a closer look at the current features, prices and plans of each service.

FeaturesWpengine Personal PlanWpengine Professional PlanHostGator HatchlingHostGator Baby
Disk Space10 GB20 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Domains Allowed1101Unlimited
Free DomainNoNoNoNo
Control PanelIts Own PanelIts Own PanelcPanelcPanel
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12 month Plan$29/mo + 2 month free hosting.$99/mo + 2 month free hosting$4.83$6.96
2 Year TermNilNil$4.12$6.25
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Winner :- HostGator

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Steps to High Performance

WP Engine has a smaller number of clients than many other services. Because of their focus on a single platform, WordPress, and their smaller size they have been able to take the time to build a solid, robust system of international servers.

Several large events, including a music festival and a popular American television music show severely tested their server quality and durability by sending millions of visitors over a short period of time. WP Engine’s servers handled both events admirably.

HostGator has state-of-the-art data centers in both Houston, Texas and Provo, Utah. They have taken care to purchase the best electrical, network and HVAC technology available to support these facilities. In Houston, they have over 300,000 square feet of redundant systems designed to “pick up the ball” in case any server goes down at any time. In Provo, they have 750 kW battery backups, diesel generators, and dual segregated transformers which all contribute to their enviable uptime percentage record.

Customer Support

WP Engine is able to point to multiple testimonials by satisfied customers that tout the company’s speed, stability and support. One customer stated that their page load dropped to below 1 second, and became even faster once they added a content delivery network (CDN). Another mentioned the solid security they receive from WP Engine as opposed to their previous host where they were hacked not once but twice. These testimonials are good examples of the loyal following WP Engine has developed over the last several years by providing outstanding customer support.

HostGator has a myriad of support options:

  • Knowledge base with over 200 articles dealing with different technical issues.
  • Hosting forum with more than 20,000 members offering advice and guidance.
  • Chat support which is ideal for fast answers to simple questions.(Not Usually as Fast as it used to be)
  • E-mail support is available at support@HostGator.com. Issues are immediately put into the support queue, and confirmation e-mails are sent to users.
  • Phone support is also available for basic issues and simple questions. Highly technical problems are issued a support ticket.

Winner :- Tie

Last Two Years

WP Engine has grown rapidly and yet continued to innovate in their web hosting technologies. Recently, they introduced a new WordPress platform that was partially inspired by the technologists at Facebook. While it is still in the beginning stages, the platform called Mercury promises incredible speeds for WordPress websites.

HostGator has met the challenge of keeping their vast array of servers up-to-date and competitive. In Houston alone, they cool their servers with 70 ton CRAH units and 70,000 gallons of available on-site water tanks. They have early-morning smoke detection services and a 500 year floodplain. In Provo, they have 60 ton cooling units providing over 700 tons of capacity. All of this cooling and backup technology demonstrates their huge investment in maintaining their enviable uptimes and server speed.

Control Panel

Early versions of the WP Engine control panel were found lacking by various customers. It was “Plain Jane” and didn’t offer the same look and feel of some of the more popular control panels like cPanel and Plesk. While the control panel is still focused on functionality, recent updates have made it more user-friendly and graphically appealing.

HostGator offers a number of control panels depending on the plan you choose. For example, shared hosting plans use cPanel, while reseller plans use the WHM control panel. VPS setups on Windows Shared, Windows Dedicated (and VPS with Plesk) plans all use Plesk.

Winner :- Tie

HostGator Vs WP-Engine – My Recommendation

Talk about a tight horserace! Comparing these two web hosting services is like watching two world champion boxers go at it for 10 rounds. However, after breaking down all of the details of each service in terms of speed, support and server response, I recommend HostGator over WP Engine.

What put me over the top was when I realized that they were able to deliver 100% uptime response for several months during my monitoring. This is a rare and enviable achievement. It speaks volumes about HostGator’s commitment to excellence. The company has worked hard to overcome some support delays in their chat system and other challenges. They are “running on all cylinders” and are the champions over WP Engine at this time.

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