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.

Updated: January 1 , 2019

HostGator Vs DreamHost Vs Bluehost
HostGator Vs DreamHost Vs Bluehost

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 and HostGator vs SiteGround 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.

Also read: Why we recommend SiteGround as our #1 choice for hosting your website.

Performance Test

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.

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SiteGround-Startup-vs-growbig-vs-gogeek-reviewSiteGround is one of the largest independent web hosting companies in the world. Founded in 2004 by some university friends, the company has now grown to the point where they have 400 employees and host 1.8 million domains.

In this SiteGround Startup vs Grow Big vs Go Geek review, we’re going to be looking at the company’s three shared hosting plans. We’ll review each one and conduct a comparison so that you have all the information you need to make the best possible decision for your particular circumstances.

Before you read this review, I recommend you to read why SiteGround is really better than Bluehost or any other hosting out there.

Below you will find the details showing that we actually bought the hosting plans to test them out ourselves.

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Prices and Features of SiteGround’s Shared Hosting Plans

For this SiteGround Startup review, we took a close look at what the three plans offer. Thus, all three offer cPanel, free Cloudflare CDN that can be activated with a single click, and Super Cacher.

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However, the Startup plan only offers the first level of Super Cacher, namely Static Cache that covers all static content such as CSS files, images, JavaScript and so on.

Memcached on Grow Big

The other two plans offer all three levels of Super Cache. Level 2 is Dynamic Cache that creates copies of a site’s dynamic content, while level 3 is Memcached that speeds up API calls, database calls and page rendering by keeping objects and data in the server’s memory.

Dynamic-caching on Gogeek Memcached on Grow Big

Free backups on demand are only available on the Go Geek plan, as is the staging feature that allows you to test new code and designs in a controlled environment without affecting the site itself. In terms of database and email features, the more expensive the plan, the more space and features you get.

Here’s the breakdown of price and features of these 3 plans.

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Performance – Which plan offers the best performance?

For this SiteGround Grow Big review, we also checked if performance would be affected by the plan you decide on. Thus, with the Startup plan, you get a database size of 500 MB and DB queries can use up to 10% of server resources, while your mailbox size will be 2000 MB and you can send 400 emails per hour with a maximum 40 recipients per email and a maximum attachment size of 50 MB. The only difference with the Grow Big plan is that you get a database of 750 MB and a mailbox of 4000 MB.

Conversely, the GoGeek plan offers a database of 1000 MB and queries can use 30% of server resources, while the mailbox is 6000 MB and you can send 800 emails per hour with a max of 80 recipients per email and 50 MB per attachment.  In other words, the more you pay, the better the server resources you get.

PHP, Security and Technological Advances

SiteGround has always promised their customers to bring them the latest technological advances as quickly as feasibly possible, which they constantly deliver on. Thus, SiteGround has already released PHP 7.3, which is why their performance, speed, and security continues to be leagues ahead of their competition.

In terms of security, SiteGround introduced an anti-bot AI designed to protect customers from brute-force attacks. The smart system not only is outstanding at protecting websites, but it has also free up resources on the company’s servers which have been put to better use in service of customers.

SiteGround continues to innovate constantly, with things like:

  • The SiteGround Migrator plugin that allows customers to transfer their WordPress sites with little hassle
  • Upgrades to their SG Optimizer plugin that allow for multisite support
  • TSL 1.3 and OCSP Stapling designed to make HTTPS sites faster, which are already available at SiteGround

Uptime – 99.99% uptime guarantee tested.

For this SiteGround Go Geek review, we delved into the nitty gritty to see if uptime would be affected by the type of plan you choose. We also tested SiteGround against a competitor, namely Bluehost, to see if there were any differences.

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As you can see, there are some differences between the three plans. The SiteGround Startup plan has an uptime of 99.99%, with a downtime of 4 minutes, and a response time of 896 ms. The SiteGround Grow Big plan offers the same uptime, but with a response of 610 ms, while the SiteGround Go Geek plan offers a similar uptime but with a slightly shorter downtime of 3 minutes, and an impressive response time of 573 ms.

In other words, uptime is pretty much the same across the board, but the more you pay, the better the response time, which is certainly very important for any website. So, in terms of our SiteGround Startup vs Grow Big vs Go Geek review, we definitely have to recommend the Go Geek plan for the far better response time.

This level of uptime is achieved through their multiple power failure option including enterprise-level UPS technology and their own power generators, 24/7 server monitoring, etc,.

When we compared against a shared hosting plan from Bluehost, though, we discovered that even the cheapest plan from SiteGround delivered far better results. Thus, Bluehost had an uptime of 99.96% with a downtime of 6 minutes, and a response time of 1789 ms, which is pretty ridiculous in this day and age when speed is essential.

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Notes:

  • SiteGround Startup Plan uptime and response time details show it to be the weakest of the three SiteGround plans.
  • The SiteGround Grow Big plan outperforms the Startup plan in terms of response time but delivers the same uptime results.
  • The SiteGround Go Geek plan offers the best results with a slightly lower downtime and a better response time.
  • Bluehost’s shared hosting plans underperforms compared to all three SiteGround plans as they have a lower uptime and a far higher response time.

Speed Test – Which plan is the fastest?

At SiteGround, the more you pay for the plan, the more resources you get because fewer sites are hosted on the same server. When you get more resources, your site is faster.

Speed is essential because most users don’t have a lot of patience and will leave your site if it takes too long to load. While many factors impact speed, including on-site ones, your web hosts server is one of the very important variables that will determine how fast your site loads. So, the more resources your site has access to and the better the quality of the server, the quicker your site will be.

Of course, for this SiteGround Startup vs Grow Big vs Go Geek review, we conducted a load impact test to really see what their servers are capable of. And this time, we didn’t stop at 100 visitors. We wanted to see how the servers would perform when placed under serious strain, so we took it all the way up to 500 concurrent visitors. The results are below.

Note that in the charts, the green line represents the number of concurrent users, the purple line is the request rate, while the blue line represents the response time.

SiteGround Startup Review: Speed Test Results

At 100 concurrent visitors and with an average request rate of 604 per second, the average response time was 81 ms. The response time was a little choppy, with a few impressive spikes, but then it settled down.

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SiteGround Startup Plan load impact test results with figures displayed for 100 concurrent visitors showing a response time of 81 ms.

At 175 visitors with a request rate of 613 per second, the average response time was 37 ms. Interestingly enough, despite the response time improving, once we threw more than 175 visitors at the site, the server just stopped responding.

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SiteGround Startup Plan load impact test results for 175 concurrent visitors showing a response time of 37 ms.

As you can see, at 300 visitors, the server simply isn’t responding.

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SiteGround Startup Plan load impact test results for 300 concurrent users showing the server has stopped responding.

SiteGround Grow Big Review: Speed Test Results

At 100 concurrent visitors, with a request rate of 1,360 per second, the server had a response time of 14 ms, and it was far more stable than with the Startup plan.

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SiteGround Grow Big Plan load impact test results at 100 visitors showing a response time of 14 ms.

At 300 visitors, the response time is 13 ms, at 400 visitors, it’s 18 ms, and at 500 visitors, the response time is 156 ms.

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SiteGround Grow Big Plan load impact test results with 300 visitors and a response time of 13 ms.

Thus, the more visitors we sent, the slower the server became, with an impressive decline when we hit 500. From 300 visitors onwards, the response time also became choppier and less stable.

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SiteGround Grow Big Plan load impact test results with 500 visitors and a response time of 156 ms.

SiteGround Go Geek Review: Speed Test Results

At 100 visitors, the Go Geek Plan generated an excellent response time of 11 ms, despite the 1,200 requests per second.

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SiteGround Go Geek Plan load impact test results at 100 concurrent visitors with a response time of 11 ms.

When we increased it to 200 visitors, the response time remained quite good at 16 ms, just like with 300 visitors and a response time of 22 ms

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SiteGround Go Geek Plan load impact test results at 300 concurrent users with a response time of 22 ms.

. At 400 visitors, the response time was 22 ms, and once we got to 500 visitors, the response time increased to 64 ms, which is still highly impressive.

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SiteGround Go Geek Plan load impact test results with 500 concurrent users generated a response time of 64 ms.

SiteGround Startup vs Grow Big vs Go Geek Review: Speed Test Comparison

As you can see, the Grow Big and Go Geek plans generated the best results. With both plans, the response times were decent, even when we threw 500 concurrent visitors at them.

Now, to be fair, if you have a site big enough and so popular that it’s frequently getting 500 visitors at the same time, you aren’t likely to be on a shared hosting plan. Even so, the two plans did deliver, and the response times were impressive.

Conversely, the Startup plan just couldn’t take more than 175 visitors at a time, and though you might not think you’ll ever get that many concurrent visitors, you are still better off going with a higher plan to be safe.

SiteGround shared vs Blue Host shared: Speed Test Comparison

We decided to check SiteGround against Bluehost to see how the competition performs. And, well, there really isn’t much of a comparison.

At 100 visitors, Bluehost had a response time of 139 ms, which is far poorer than the SiteGround Startup plan at 175 visitors.

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Bluehost load impact test results for 100 concurrent visitors with a response time of 139 ms.

At 200 visitors, Bluehost’s response time was 76 ms, while at 300 visitors, the response time was 83 ms. At 400 visitors, the response time was 82 ms, and at 500, it was 76 ms.

 

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Bluehost load impact test results with 300 concurrent users generated a response time of 83 ms.

Thus, the Bluehost plan only outperformed SiteGround’s Startup plan once we went over 175 visitors, and the Grow Big plan when we hit 500 visitors. Compared to the Go Geek plan, though, Bluehost doesn’t stand a chance.

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Bluehost load impact test results at 500 concurrent visitors resulted in a response time of 76 ms.

Support –  Priority and normal support compared.

SiteGround promises priority support for the Grow Big and Go Geek plans and we wanted to see if there really was a difference between their standard support and priority. We discovered that live chat has the same response time, regardless of the plan. So, we decided to test the ticketing system.

With the Grow Big and Go Geek plans, we asked the ticketing team for some FTP details for the account, making it a pretty simple request. The initial reply took 5 minutes and then it took another 25 minutes to get the response. Compared to other web hosting plans, the response time of the ticketing team was practically at light speed.

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Priority support offered by GrowBig

Conversely, with the Startup plan, it took them 17 minutes to reply the first time and then approximately an hour the second time. Take into account that, in this case, we only asked how we could activate Super Cacher and Cloudflare, which shouldn’t have taken more than 2 minutes to answer.

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Normal ticketing support offered by StartUp plan.

So, priority support is twice as fast as the standard support SiteGround provides.

Final Verdict – Which is the right plan for you?

SiteGround’s three shared hosting plans outperform the competition by far. In fact, the Go Geek plan is the most powerful shared hosting plan available on the market at the moment. However, you have to consider your particular circumstances and needs because even though the initial prices are attractive, the renewals can get expensive, especially since they are shared plans. 

If you have on a website, for example, with only a few thousand visitors per month, then the Startup plan is more than sufficient for your needs. If you need outstanding performance and excellent speed on a budget, then Grow Big is definitely the best option.

The only real differences between the Grow Big and Go Geek plans is the staging feature, which simply allows you to test code and design without affecting your site, and a lower number of accounts on the same server, as well as backups on demand. However, you have to ask yourself if you really need those features, because they will cost you an extra $100 per year.

Get 60% discount coupon code on SiteGround StartUp, GrowBig and Gogeek plan.

As web hosting companies started competing with each other in providing the most in-demand feature for the best affordable price, choosing one hosting over the other has become so hard. Moreover, even after you choose the best hosting for your website, the job is not done yet, then comes the part of choosing the best plan within a hosting that suits your website requirements.

So I guess that is one of the reasons you are here. You have already decided upon SiteGround, now confused about choosing between their most three basic shared hosting plans. You are in the right place, I will be reviewing SiteGround GrowBig plan here to help you analyze if this is indeed the right plan for your website requirement.

Here’s what we analyze.

  • Performance
  • Speed Test
  • Uptime Test
  • Support
  • Features
  • User Reviews

How are we going to compare?

We are going to compare SiteGround GrowBig plan with Grow Big plan from SiteGround and Similar shared hosting plan from Bluehost.

SiteGround GrowBig Performance Reviewed

SiteGround servers are equipped with some highly innovative and advanced technologies from the web hosting industry. They have a unique approach to giving the best of performance in the entire web hosting. This can be evident from their features such as SiteGround supercacher, SSD drives, latest PHP 7.2 version, TCP 1.3 and OCSP stapling methods. I have explained much further about their performance and these feature in this SiteGround Vs Bluehost comparison.

SiteGround supercacher uses 3 layers of advanced caching solution to deliver a very fast website. And this 3 level of caching is one major feature that makes GrowBig plan superior over SiteGround’s lower level plan like Startup plan.

Another important feature at Siteground its release of the latest PHP7.2 version for their server. PHP 7.2 is 1.5x faster than PHP7.0.  Most well known hosting companies like Bluehost and HostGator still uses PHP 7.0 as their latest version.

HTTPS has become a norm for everyone owning a website. Moreover, Lets encrypt started offering Free SSL, as a result, everyone started transferring their site from http to https. However, there is some major worry among people that https sites add a little bit of time to their load time. This was addressed by SiteGround’s TCP1.3 AND OCSP stapling method. Usually, browser have to validate encryption certificate from the certificate provider, this increases the load time. However, TCP 1.3  makes this process faster by storing the certificate inside SiteGround’s server.

How fast is SiteGround GrowBig plan websites?

One of my favorite feature of SiteGround’s Grow Big plan is its speed. They have built in so many excellent software and hardware to offer great speed. This was one of the main features that helped SiteGround grow as big as it is now.

We tested GrowBig speed with that from the base plan of SiteGround and similar priced plan from Bluehost.

Speed is the most important factor to consider while choosing a web hosting, so we have conducted an extensive test to review the speed of SiteGround Grow Big.

This test was conducted by sending around 500 concurrent visitors to test website hosted on all these plans. We measured their speed as we started sending visitors from 0 to 500. The level of consistency in speed as we increase visitors 0 to 500 will help us rate the hosting based on speed.

Here are the results for the test.

The speed of SiteGround GrowBig and Bluehost Basic plan at 100 visitors.

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At 300 Visitors…

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At 500 Visitors…

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The website hosted at SiteGround Grow Big plan was 3* faster than Bluehost shared plan.

99.99% Uptime guarantee test

Uptime is the amount of time your website is up and running to your visitors. Therefore, downtime is opposite to uptime and can be defined as the amount of time your website is unavailable to anyone visiting your website.

Causes of downtime can be many, but mainly due to hosting companies.

This can be:

  • Due to the poor quality of hardware used in hosting servers.
  • Lack of power backups during outages.
  • Vulnerable security firewalls.
  • Old and outdated softwares.
  • Overstuffing a single server with a high number of websites.

Most hosting companies promise 99.99% uptime, but that isn’t the case nowadays. It’s nearly impossible to get that amount of uptime in a year. And from my last 5 years of testing hosting companies, I haven’t seen a single company that fulfilled this promise of 99.99% uptime. Some companies will let us know prior to having downtime and hence they don’t calculate that as downtimes, that’s how they justify their 99/99% uptime.

However, SiteGround is one of the few who takes uptime very seriously and therefore they are the best hosting companies in terms of uptime from my testing. It’s very rare to see any unscheduled downtime from their side. I am hosting this site with SiteGround from last 3 years, and every time they had some server maintenance, they would let me know in advance.

They are very close to what we say is 99.99% uptime, if not entirely.

These are some figures which compare uptime of a website hosted at SiteGround Grow Big plan and a  similar priced plan from Bluehost.

Siteground growbig uptime review

Support speed and knowledge test

Support is an important aspect of web hosting. Consider a situation when your website is suddenly down or you need to spike up your resources instantly to meet your sudden traffic, or for any other issue associated with your hosting, you will need a reliable, knowledgeable and speedy support.

SiteGround support is highly rated across the web hosting industry. They give a lot of emphasis on customer satisfaction, and support is one of the medium to achieve that.

Here are some of the reviews on SiteGround support from real users.

SiteGround support review

SiteGround offers 2 types of support. Normal support for their base shared hosting plan like Startup plan, and priority support for their higher plans. SiteGround Grow big is equipped with priority support feature. Priority support is very fast and gives you access to very experienced technicians to solve your problems.

SiteGround Grow Big support features

We tested the speed of normal and priority support and here are the results.

SiteGround Grow Big priority support

SiteGround Grow Big priority support review

SiteGround normal support offered by Startup plan.

SiteGround Startup support review

The priority support first reply was within 5 minutes, and the subsequent reply was 2* faster than replies made by the normal support offered by Startup plan.

All in all, SiteGround priority support offered by Grow Big plan is very fast than the normal support.

Can I use WordPress with SiteGround GrowBig Plan?

With the emergence of WordPress, building website has been a very easy task for someone who has no knowledge whatsoever about the website. WordPress is an application which helps you build a build a website with few clicks instantly.

And SiteGround GrowBig plan has in-built WordPress feature. It helps you create a WordPress website in few clicks from their control panel.

SiteGround Grow Big WordPress features

Moreover, their shared plans and servers are customized for providing maximum performance to WordPress users. They have SG Optimizer WordPress plugin to enable some of the performance features directly from WordPress dashboard. They have a dedicated team of WordPress support expert who will help us with problems associated with our WordPress websites.

Is GrowBig plan equipped with enough resources for your website requirement?

SiteGround is feature rich hosting with so many innovative features. Grow. Grow Big is a mid-level shared hosting plan with enough resources for a website with reasonable traffic. They state that the Grow Big plan can accommodate up to 25000 visitors per month. That’s roughly 800-900 visitors per day, which is a good figure for a small personal blog.

However, if you have more visitors than that, their Gogeek plan is most suited capable of handling up to 100000 visitors.

Grow Big plan comes with all the important stuff except staging and backup on demand features. If you are okay without these two features, consider GrowBig as it can save you around 200$/year compared to Gogeek.

Here’s an image which compare features among three shared hosting plan of SiteGround.

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Which SiteGround shared hosting plan is more popular?

Which shared plan is used by most people? From my years of promoting SiteGround through this review site, I found out that SiteGround Grow Big plan is the most popular shared hosting plan.

Here’s a report on commission I received promoting Siteground in this site. As you can see, more than 80% of my referrals chose Grow Big plan for their website.SiteGround-Grow-Big-popularity

How good is the user interface?

A user interface is what that controls the backend of your website. Its a place where you can access your website files, make changes to your web design, upload and download web files, check your resource stats, logs, create a backup, restore, etc,.

You might be migrating from a different hosting and has been using a different user interface for past years. So migrating to a new hosting can be tricky for you as it will have different structures and features for its user interface.

However, SiteGround uses cPanel, which is the most popular web hosting control panel. Almost 80% of the popular hosting use cPanel as their user interface. Therefore, getting used to SiteGround cPanel will be a very easy procedure for you as there are minimal differences between theirs and other hosting’s cPanel.

SiteGround cPanel: Try Demo

SiteGround GrowBig Plan Final Analysis and Review

SiteGround Grow Big plan is a powerful shared hosting plan that promises and delivers amazing performance for mid-sized websites and businesses.

Renewal prices are higher compared to similar level plans offered by Bluehost, HostGator or DreamHost. However, performance is top notch and the best in the industry, way higher than the above 3 mentioned hosting. Its reliable, very fast, highly secure and offers excellent support to help us with as simple as setting up our website to highly complex issues.

I have no issue recommending SiteGround Grow Big for hosting your website.

HostGator Vs GoDaddy Comparison
HostGator Vs GoDaddy

Updated: January 31, 2019

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.

 

1. 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 and Godaddy

Here are the results…

HostGator performed exceptionally well, and scored an uptime of 99.99% or greater throughout the entire period of our testing, whereas Godaddy disappointed us with a downtime of more than 1 hour.

Godaddy vs HostGator Uptime
Godaddy was down for 2 hours, whereas HostGator was down for just 10 minutes during our 30-day testing.

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

2. 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.

Here are some of the steps taken to ensure that all tests were as fair as possible.

  • Each site has a WordPress 4 installation running on it, and features the same theme, the same number of images, page size, content and requests.
  • All the plugins and catching systems were disabled
  • The test was conducted several times and the best results are displayed here.
  • The host servers we tested are located in Chicago, IL, and Provo, UT, while the servers we used were located in Dallas, TX, and Ashburn, VA, respectively.

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

Hostgator response time
HostGator response time was around 400ms until it reached 75 concurrent visitors, after that load time started jumping too high.

Click 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 one the fastest response time of 400ms during this test.

Although, they were able to maintain this response time only until 75 concurrent visitors, which is not bad considering this webisite was hosted on a shared hosting server.

Response time of sites hosted on GoDaddy

Godaddy load impact response time
Godaddy recorded a response time of 1.2s, which is 3* HostGator’s response time.

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

GoDaddy started at an average server response time of 1.2s, but once the traffic passed 46 concurrent visitors, it started slowing down heavily and eventually the website stopped responding.

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 46 mark.

Winner: HostGator – HostGator website loaded with an average response time of 400 ms  compared to GoDaddy which have an average over 1200ms.

3. HostGator vs Bluehost – Website Speed test(15 Points)

We conducted two test for understanding the speed of both these web hosting.

First test …

This tests use the concept of TTFB or Time to First Byte, it refers to how quickly the host’s server sends the first byte of data when responding to a request send by the browser of your visitor . This will determine the quality and speed of hosting servers.

Here are the result..

HostGator TTFB speed test result
HostGator TTFB was recorded at 0.377s. Anything under 0.4s is exceptional, and only few hosting companies manages to score that high. The load time of entire website is 1.5s
Godaddy TTFB speed test result
GoDaddy TTFB was recorder at 0.732s, almost double that of HostGator’s.  Moreover, the entire website was loaded in 4.0s, which is 3* HostGator’s load time.

 

Second test …

We performed a speed test from New York, Amsterdam and Melbourne to study their website speed from different continents.

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.

3.1 Speed of sites hosted on HostGator

HostGator showed great performace in Europe and USA, loaded a bit slower in Australia.

Testing LocationTest 1 Test 2Test 3
New York1.00.850.7
Amsterdam1.61.51.5
Melbourne2.21.712.0

3.2 Speed of sites hosted on GoDaddy

Godaddy load time is 2* higher than HostGator from all the tested locations.

Testing LocationTest 1 Test 2Test 3
New York3.33.43.0
Amsterdam2.72.11.9
Melbourne6.35.04.5

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 HostGator Comparison
SiteGround Vs HostGator

Updated: January 30, 2019

Creating a website with a poor web hosting company is like building a house on quicksand. Eventually, you are going to have structural problems. Because your web hosting company is so important, this review will compare two of the most popular: SiteGround Vs HostGator.

Additional Resources: Bluehost Vs HostGator Comparison

HostGator is a large web hosting and domain company with over 9 million domains and more than 400,000 clients using their service. Based in Houston, they have grown rapidly since their inception in 2002. They were acquired by Endurance International Group in 2012.

SiteGround was established in 2004 and now has 140 employees. They are strong supporters of open-source software and have custom hosting plans for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, and other popular programs. Currently, they host over 250,000 clients worldwide.

Here’s what we will review.

SiteGround Vs HostGator- Why not to choose EIG?

EIG is an international brand for web hosting owning around 40 top hosting companies which include HostGator, Bluehost, iPage and many more. They have a reputation for acquiring large hosting companies and then ruining their quality, one such acquisition was HostGator in 2012.

EIG-Companies
Web hosting companies owned by EIG.

Like any other acquisition, HostGator’s quality and performance started declining so much in terms of uptime, speed, and support since 2013.

However, SiteGround’s growth in the last 3 year is mindblowing. They grew from hosting just 500,000 domains in 2016 to 1.8 Million domains in 2018. That’s a 300 percent increase in just 2 years.

Here are some of the ugly facts about EIG.

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SiteGround Vs HostGator – Performance

SiteGround’s emphasis on offering top-level performance has led them to use SSD servers, latest software releases, their own inbuilt caching system known as SuperCacher, HTTPS speeding, etc,.

These features help them offer the highest performance among all the hosting companies.

SiteGround uses PHP 7.3 RC( the latest available version) released on 2018 as the server-side language. Whereas, HostGator uses PHP 7.0 released in 2015 to run their server-side language.

Using the latest PHP version address many bugs and also helps in faster execution of scripts, which further helps in increasing site speed.

Affect-of-PHP-versions-on-a-wordpress-website

SiteGround and HostGator provide free SSL certificate for the encrypted connection.

Why-SSL-is-important

However, just like any other feature, HostGator was very late in providing free SSL. As a result, many of their customers openly showed their dissapointments.

SiteGround-vs-HostGator-SSL-feature

Moreover, It’s a fact that HTTPS site adds some extra load time to your website. Therefore, SiteGround started using HTTPS speeding(TLS 1.3 and OCSP stapling) to fasten the encryption connection and minimize the effect of HTTPS on your load time. 

★ Winner

SiteGround offers innovative features to achieve high performance.

SiteGround Vs HostGator-Uptime Report

As you can guess from the name, uptime is a critical measurement of web hosting companies. It is the total amount of time the company’s servers are up, operational and effectively serving websites for their clients.

SiteGround states they have a guarantee to be up 99.9% of the time. This guarantee applies across the board, no matter which plans you have. Much of their strength is in their custom programming, like a detection system they built which “sniffs out” potential downtime problems and automatically corrects them.

Similarly, HostGator guarantees to deliver 99.9% uptime. You get this guarantee whether you purchase the smallest intro plan, use the reseller plan or utilize their most complex dedicated server technology. A separate guarantee offers additional coverage for Network clients.

Let’s look at the raw numbers:

• The average 6-month uptime for SiteGround during our study (tested for 10 sites based in different parts of the globe): 99.99%. This means your website could potentially be off-line for just over four hours over six months of service.
• The average 6-month uptime for HostGator tested for 10 sites based all over the planet: also 99.99%. Like SiteGround, your site could potentially be offline for around four hours over 6 months.

But consider this: SiteGround was online with no downtime for 100 percent of the time during long periods of our study. This is unusual for any web host and a good testimonial for SiteGround.

Further, we are tracking uptime of a test website using Pingdom and here are the results.

Here are the test website used and the results.

For SiteGround- inlinehostblogger.com

Siteground uptime report for test website

For HostGator –  hg-inlinehosting.com

hostgator uptime for test website

 

From the above test result, we can conclude that SiteGround has a better uptime compared to HostGator.

Read our extensive Bluehost vs Siteground web hosting comparison review.

We have a unique uptime interactive graph here that lets you enter different data points to see various results for each hosting service. This graph tracks real-time uptime of around 150 websites hosted under these hosting companies.

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More Extensive stats on HostGator can be read from this Bluehost Vs HostGator Vs DreamHost Review

★ Winner

Tie. Both hosting companies scored 99.99% uptime as promised.

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SiteGround Vs HostGator – Speed Test

SiteGround had good quality speed results based on a unique quality of many open-source projects: They respond well to good caching systems. Knowing this, SiteGround built the SuperCacher, a custom-made cache process that keeps things moving fast. On the other hand, HostGator focused on employing more equipment and server layers to allow faster speeds and better service.

TTFB or Time to First Byte refers to how quickly the host’s server sends the first byte of data when responding to a request. This is an important metric because it allows us to test the speed and quality of the servers independent of front-end issues.

So here are the results for SiteGround and HostGator w.r.t TTFB.

HostGator TTFB test result
TTFB of this test website hosted at HostGator was recorded as 0.37s, which is an excellent TTFB for any website.
Siteground-first-byte test result
SiteGround’s TTFB was even better at 0.3s.

Take a look at these stats:

• The average speed of a website hosted on SiteGround (Optimized 10 sites): 1.1 seconds.
• The average speed of a website hosted on HostGator (Optimized 10 sites): 1.25 seconds.

HostGator looses to SiteGround on pure speed. SiteGround has made significant investments like VPS servers that use Supermicro Server Chassis, Dual AMD Opteron CPUs, SuperCacher, and RAID 10 Disk Arrays. To get a custom look at different speed scenarios,  I have conducted a speed test for 2 similar sites hosted on SiteGround and HostGator from different continents. To make it appealing, two websites used are similar in size, content, requests, and attachments.

Speed Of Sites Hosted On SiteGround

Testing LocationTest 1 Test 2Test 3
New York0.90.70.65
Amsterdam1.31.21.2
Melbourne2.42.52.4

Speed Of Sites Hosted On HostGator

Testing LocationTest 1 Test 2Test 3
New York1.00.850.7
Amsterdam1.61.51.5
Melbourne2.21.712.0

As expected, SiteGround loaded faster in USA and Netherlands whereas HostGator tops in Australia. This is mainly due to the availability of servers for SiteGround in Netherlands and USA region. And also, their inability to have data centre in Australia, where HostGator manages to have a data centre.

Here’s a why website hosted on SiteGround is faster than HostGator.

★ Winner

SiteGround.

 

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Server Response Time

In essence, a web server is really a big hard drive in an off-site, secure location. The speed of each machine will make a big impact on how fast your site is. SiteGround, who put customer support and satisfaction above all, purposefully keep server loads low. That means they have room to allow for surges and seasonal increases, like during holidays and near the end of the year.

HostGator has an impressive battery of server arrays, which work instantly to balance loads and keep server response high.

These are the hard numbers:

• The average server response time for SiteGround over our 6 months study (10 Optimized sites): 650 ms.
• The average server response time for HostGator for the same time period (same 10 Optimized sites): 750 ms.

We used the Load Impact app to send up to 100 concurrent visitors and test the load time of the website. The Green Line indicates the number of visitors and blue line represent the adjacent response time as the traffic increase.

Here are some of the steps taken to ensure that all tests were fair as possible.

  • Each site is a WordPress site of Installation 4 with the same theme installed and the same number of images, pages size, content, and request.
  • All the plugins and catching system was disabled
  • The test was conducted several times and the best results are displayed here.
  • Server location of both these hosting companies was located on Ashburn, VA, and Portland, Oregon.

Response time of SiteGround

SiteGround response time
SiteGround response time was recorded at 0.5ms for up to 100 concurrent visitors.

Have a look at the source and full test result from Load Impact for SiteGround

SiteGround clocked a response time of 0.5s throughout the test, the blue line ( which indicate response time) remained flat for up to 100 concurrent visitors. This means the number of visitors and their multiple requests didn’t have much impact on the response time of SiteGround servers.

Siteground servers were stable and performed with high quality even when there was heavy load applied on the servers.

Response time of HostGator

Hostgator load impact test
HostGator response time was clocked at 0.4ms until 40 concurrent visitors.

Click here to have a look at the source and full test result from Load Impact for HostGator

HostGator clocked a response time of 0.4ms until the traffic reached 50. After that, response time started varying heavily and finally, server stopped responding at 75 concurrent visitors. However, handling 50 concurrent visitors at a response time of 0.4ms is a good benchmark for a shared hosting server.

Here's another test on the response time of HostGator and SiteGround

Recently, another test was conducted on a smaller test website from a different location, and the result was similar.

Response time of SiteGround – 90ms

2ND SiteGround server response time TEST

Response time of HostGator – 120ms

siteground vs hostgator server response time

 

This concludes the superiority of SiteGround’s server over HostGator with a 1.5x faster performance.

★ Winner

SiteGround. Again, SiteGround gains an edge over HostGator.

 

HostGator Vs SiteGround – Control Panel

Control Panel is where you manage all the backend part of your website. This is where you make major design changes, coding changes to your website. The ease and flexibility in using the control panel play a huge role in successful and speedily development of your website.

Both these hosting use Cpanel as their control panel, except some design and feature changes, most of the functionalities are the same.

SiteGround cPanel: Try Demo

HostGator cPanel: Try Demo

★ Winner:  

Tie

#HostGator vs SiteGround – Free migration (Transfer)

If you are someone new or someone with limited web development knowledge, it will be a tedious task for you to transfer your existing website from your current hosting to the newly chosen one.

SiteGround makes this process very easy with their super cool expert team transferring your website in less than 24 hours. Additionally, this service comes free of cost.

Here’s how SitGround’s transfer works. They got our very heavy test website transferred in less than 24 hours.

SiteGround-Vs-Bluehost website transfer feature

Similarly, HostGator offers the same service free of cost. I didn’t get a chance to personally test HostGator transfer service, I will update this post once I do it in near future.

Here are some more details on the free transfer service of HostGator.

Hostgator vs Siteground free migration

Price, Plans and Features

SiteGround has a wide variety of hosting service plans for everyone from individuals to large organizations. They are especially suited to open-source projects like the popular e-commerce platform Magento.

HostGator also has a number of plans, from low-cost starter plans to full VPS hosting and dedicated servers.

FeaturesSiteGround StartupSiteGround GrowBigHostGator HatchlingHostGator Baby
Disk Space1020 GBUnmeteredUnmetered
Traffic Allowed10000 Visits25000UnmeteredUnmetered
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnmeteredUnlimited
Domains Allowed1Unlimited1Unlimited
Control PanelcPanelcPanelcPanelcPanel
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SiteGround Vs HostGator – Backup feature

Backup lets you keep a copy of your website just in case something goes wrong with your website. This can be anything like site breaking down due to accidental coding error, bugs in application software updates, hacking attempts, malware infections, etc,.

During such an event, the backup can be used to easily restore your website to a previous working condition. You will never know the value of a backup unless you are stuck with any such situations.

SiteGround provides 30 automatic backup copy of your website for a month, it means they will have a copy of your website for each day of last 30 days. Additionally, they will let you create a backup on demand, which means you will be able to create a backup copy anytime before you make major changes to your website.

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SiteGround Backup tool. Select a date and click restore to restore your website to a previous date.

HostGator only provides 1 automatic backup per week. This backup will be created on a random day of a particular week. However, they state in their TOC that those backups are not guaranteed, and encourages us to create a backup by ourselves.

HostGator-backup-feature

SiteGround and HostGator – Live review by current user

Let’s start with live user review of SiteGround and HostGator by current users, posted by them on twitter.



As seen from the twitter feed, SiteGround has a very high customer satisfaction compared to HostGator.

Steps to High Performance

SiteGround early on niched themselves in the world of open-source software with customized plans tailored around specific packages like Joomla and Drupal. Their server response time is on par with competitors, although not at the top of the industry. Rather, they have concentrated on superior customer satisfaction.

Hostgator has increased investment in their infrastructure including more enterprise-class servers, 24-hour monitoring, and stronger UPS backup capability. Their partnership with SoftLayer, a cloud computing provider, has given them increased capability and speed to service customers.

Customer Support

SiteGround offers telephone support in addition to chat and an email-oriented ticket system. The ticket system boasts a “first reply” within ten minutes, while live chat and telephone support are almost instantaneous.

HostGator has beefed up support to deal with their strong growth in the last few years. They have built an entire support portal on their site with quick access to live chat (Still has longer waiting time compared to SiteGround), ticket submission or billing management. There is also a customer forum with lots of quality content built up over years of service.

SiteGround Support Waiting Time – 0 Minute (Instant)

SiteGround support waiting time

HostGator Support Waiting time – 0 Minute (Instant)

HostGator support waiting time

★ Winner

SiteGround. Both Web hosting companies have a fast, knowledgeable and friendly support team to help on problems associated with our website.

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HostGator vs. SiteGround – My Recommendation

We’ve taken a good look at the features and benefits of two of the most prominent web hosting services on the Internet. No other site looks as closely as we do at customer support, uptime, site speed, and overall performance.

That said, my recommendation is to go with SiteGround. Their considerable client base allows them to continue to invest heavily in increasingly complex server technology like DDR3 ECC Ram and customized hardware specs. The end result is their servers are faster, have better uptime and make fewer errors. For that reason, I can easily recommend SiteGround as the home for your next web hosting.

HostGator Vs SiteGround Score Sheet

SiteGround: 2 win

HostGator: 1 win

Tie: 4

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