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

 HostGator VS GoDaddy
HostGator VS GoDaddy

Updated: October 10 , 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.

 

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.

HostGator Uptime Report 

Updated uptime of HostGator vs GoDaddy
HostGator scored an uptime of 99.98% for one month with just 10 minutes of downtime.

GoDaddy Uptime Report (May- June 2014)

Updated uptime of GoDaddy
GoDaddy scored an uptime of 99.75% with donwtime of 2 hour for a month.

 

 

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 1Test 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 1Test 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 Bluehost (Oct 2018) : 7 Tests, 1 Easy Winner – IHB

Siteground vs bluehost comparison
Siteground vs Bluehost

Updated: October 1, 2018

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. 

 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 founded in 2003, whereas SiteGround made its entry into hosting in 2004.

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

SiteGround Vs Bluehost tests

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

Bluehost vs SiteGround – Performance, Reliability, Speed test and Security

SiteGround web hosting developed some highly innovative approaches and ideas such as their own SuperCacher, latest PHP releases and SSD Drives(Bluehost recently started using SSD drives).

SSD drives are more expensive, but have proven to be faster and more reliable than HDD drives. SiteGround and Bluehost uses Apache + NGINX web server technology, running NGINX for static files and Apache for dynamic ones. This is a popular formula used by top web hosting companies. They use NGINX reverse proxy caching solution in front of Apache to give your visitors a fast website.

Apache VS  NGINX Servers – Which are better?

SSD vs. HDD: What’s the difference?

SiteGround has already released PHP 7.2 RC. The latest PHP version is 2 x faster and requires less server resource to deliver your website to the same number of visitors. Conversely, Bluehost has not yet provided their customers with access to PHP 7.2 and are still running PHP 7.0.

SiteGround and Bluehost PHP Version
The number of request/sec processed in the latest version of PHP is always higher than the previous versions.

Over the last 2 years, most sites are moving rapidly towards HTTPS due to free certificate By Lets Encrypt and Google openly promoting HTTPS site.

However, one main issue with people moving towards HTTPS site has been the slight increase in load time as a result. This was addressed by SiteGround using the latest TCP 1.3 and OCSP stapling method.

SiteGround features TLS 1.3 and OCSP stapling
All the shared and cloud account gets the benefit of TLS 1.3 and OCSP stapling feature. These 2 features improve the speed of encrypted connections.

Bluehost is much slower across the board in terms of updates and new features, which sets them pretty far behind SiteGround on the cutting-edge technology front.

The most recent survey Sitground conducted among its customers shows a satisfaction score of 97% in 2017.

This score has steadily increased over the past three years, proving that SiteGround constantly strives to improve the quality of the services they offer.

Siteground Customer satisfaction survey for 2018
Client Satisfaction survey for SiteGround from 2014 – 2017

 

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

1. SiteGround vs Bluehost Security – SiteGround is safer against multiple web threats and malware.

SiteGround has recently developed an anti-bot AI that protects their customers from brute-force attacks.

Read more:- What is Brute-force attacks and how it can destroy your website within minutes?

The new bot prevention system has delivered amazing results as it blocks as many as 2 million attacks across their servers. Not only does the AI system protect customer websites, but it also frees up server resources that can now be used by customers.

The AI system monitors all SiteGround’s servers simultaneously and analyzes the data. Based on the results, it takes automatic action to stop malicious bots. Some of the flags the AI watches include:

  • Failed Logins
  • How many simultaneous connects are present to different URLs
  • DDoS weaknesses that are already known in different apps
  • Various request types associated DDoS attacks
  • A constantly updating list of blacklisted user agents

When the AI determines that an IP is malicious, it blocks it and issues a challenge via a Captcha page. If the “puzzle” is solved, meaning that it’s actually a human and not a malicious bot, the address is whitelisted. And the AI learns from these situations so that it can reduce the level of false positives that occur.

Thus, SiteGround’s new security system is much more efficient at protecting customer websites.

Bluehost relies on Cloudflare to protect its customers from DDoS attacks. They also offer other security features, such as spam protection, password-protected directories, and an option to blacklist certain IPs.

★ Winner

SiteGround wins by a long-shot because they’ve developed their own AI to thwart brute-force attacks and aren’t relying on a third party to protect their customers.

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2. Bluehost Vs SiteGround Uptime Test – Which Hosting Offers Better Uptime?

Uptime is the amount of time your website is up and running to your visitors. There are many chances that your website might be not available to your visitors as a result of hardware failure, server maintenance, power shutdown, etc., by your web hosting company. That’s why this test is very important as less uptime can bring a lot of loss to your business through loss of credibility, lost sales, Google rank loss, etc,.

Both Bluehost and SiteGround promises 99.99% uptime guarantees. However, practice shows that Bluehost has significant and consistent issues with downtime, leading to an average uptime of less than 98% per month.

SiteGround, on the other hand, does not exhibit any major problems with downtime. In fact, over the past year, their average uptime exceeded 99.99%. This proves that their servers are highly reliable and some of the best in the industry.

We used Host Tracker to monitor approximately 150 Bluehost and SiteGround websites to determine a more accurate figure for their uptime.

To see different estimates for uptime percentage, you can change the date variables for the following interactive graph using this Live hosting uptime tracking tool from Inlinehostblogger. Continue reading

HostGator Vs Bluehost (Oct 18)- The Best Web Host Revealed

Bluehost Vs HostGator Comparison

Updated: October 5, 2018

The world of web hosting companies has polarised into a few US-based companies like HostGator, Bluehost, and SiteGround. More specifically, its either HostGator Vs Bluehost or SiteGround Vs Bluehost or SiteGround Vs HostGator at the top of the tree for most used and trusted web hosting companies.

In this article, we’ll be conducting an extensive Bluehost Vs HostGator comparison, which should help you choose the better hosting company for your particular needs.

While both these hosts offer great performance, we will be looking at the differences between them and which one is better for your needs.

Here’s how HostGator and Bluehost compare.

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HostGator Vs DreamHost Vs BlueHost

Updated: October 1 , 2018

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 vs FastComet [Oct 2018] – A Comprehensive Comparison

If you don’t know whether to choose SiteGround or FastComet because you contrast the reviews you found and aren’t even sure what to compare them on, then you’ve come to the right place.

A lot of factors go into choosing a web hosting company, and considering the consequences of choosing a poor host, it’s no wonder that many people find the experience less than pleasant.

After all, if you choose the wrong host, you could end up with a website that is nothing more than a fancy digital paperweight. Your traffic will dwindle, and your business will suffer for it.

The good news is that I’m going to fix all that for you. The following is a comprehensive review of SiteGround vs FastComet that uses plain English and analyzes the most important factors.

You can also be sure that this review is completely impartial and objective. I’m not trying to get you to buy anything. I’m only interested in making sure that you work with the best host for your needs. So, I’ve tested both hosting companies and you can find the results below.

Also, be sure to check out my other hosting reviews and comparisons, such as SiteGround versus BlueHost, HostGator vs SiteGround, and HostGator vs BlueHost.

SiteGround was founded in 2004, whereas FastComet was founded in 2010 but only expanded into web hosting in 2013.

SiteGround vs FastComet: Performance, Reliability and Speed Test

Siteground has taken a highly innovative approach to web hosting, and over the years has been at the forefront of offering top-quality services and hardware.

Thus, they have their own SuperCacher, they offer free CDN by Cloudfare, they use SSD drives, and NGINX web server tech, all in an effort to ensure that their customers are provided with outstanding performance. It should be noted that FastComet has similar options, including SSD-only servers.

Not many companies offer SSD-only servers due to the higher costs of these drives. However, they are certainly more reliable and faster than HDDs, which is why your best option is to go with a company that relies on SSDs.

SiteGround-hosting-customer-satisfaction-review

SiteGround vs FastComet: Uptime Test

Like most web hosting companies, SiteGround and FastComet both offer a guaranteed 99.99% uptime. However, you can’t always rely on guarantees, which is why we went ahead and tested both companies.

SiteGround’s uptime was on par with their guarantee, meaning that they achieved an uptime of 99.99% over the past year. As far as we’ve seen, they have some of the most reliable servers in the industry and rarely disappoint.SiteGround Uptime report

By comparison, FastComet achieved an uptime of 99.98% with only three outages. While this indicates FastComet’s servers are quite reliable, SiteGround still offers slightly better performance.

Fastcomet Uptime report

If you want to get a better idea of how well the two companies performed, you can enter different data points into the following graph to see the uptime of FastComet vs SiteGround in different situations.

SiteGround vs FastComet: Server Response Time

We test server response time because it will provide us with an indication of how good the servers are, but also to see how quickly your website will load. The latter is an essential metric in choosing a good host.

The test was conducted using identical websites to ensure it was fair. Thus, the sites featured WordPress installations and used the same themes, the same number of images, as well as identical page sizes, content, and requests. All plugins and caching systems were disabled.

In the graphs below, the blue line represents the number of individual users, while the green line represents server response time.

SiteGround definitely impressed us with their average response time of 515 ms, which was relatively stable all the way up to 99 concurrent users.

SiteGround-cloud-speed-test

On the other hand, FastComet’s results were less than impressive. Up to about 25 concurrent users, their servers had an impressive response time of 471 ms.

Fastcomet load impact server response time

Subsequently, though, the response time slowed down until it got to 36 seconds, and that was at only 40 concurrent users. We didn’t bother throwing more users at them because we were worried we’d end up waiting the whole day for a page to load.Fastcomet load impact response time at 40VUS

Clearly, in terms of server response time, SiteGround wins hands down. FastComet clearly needs to have a good look at their servers because something is very wrong. A response time of over 30 seconds for a measly 40 concurrent users is unacceptable in today’s competitive environment.

★ Winner SiteGround.

Prices, Plan, and Features

SiteGround offers a number of plans for every budget. Whether you’re looking to host a single, small website or require space for a larger website with heavy traffic, SiteGround has a plan for you.

The StartUp plan available at $3.95, for example, is designed for a basic website or average-sized blog with less than 10,000 unique visits per month. It includes a free website builder, 24/7 technical support, SSD storage, a free CMS install, free auto daily backups, unlimited emails accounts, free Cloudflare CDN and more.

The GrowBig plan, available at $6.45 per month allows you to host unlimited websites. It’s designed to provide the best performance for either a single website with slightly heavier traffic or multiple sites with average levels of traffic.

The GoGeek plan features separate instances so that customers can share fewer resources on the same server, ensuring better performance. It’s a plan that’s designed for larger websites or average-sized ecommerce sites.

FastComet’s plans appear to be slightly cheaper than SiteGround’s offer but, like the latter, they also offer a range of plans that meet any needs.

The StartSmart plan is the smallest of the bunch and comes with a free domain for life, 15GB of SSD space and unmetered traffic. You can only host one website. Other services and features seem to be on par with SiteGround, except that it’s $2.95 per month.

ScaleRight allows for multiple websites and features 25GB of SSD space, while also including all the features of the StartSmart plan. It also comes with 3 free website transfers, a free private DNS, 1-Click Restore Manager, double the CPU and RAM, unlimited addon domains and more. This is all available at $5.95.

The SpeedUp plan offers 35GB of SSD space plus all the features provided by the other plans. It also comes with 3 times the CPU power and RAM, 3 times fewer clients per server, APC and Opcode cache and much more. This plan is available at $9.95 per month.

For more details on the plans on offer from FastComet and SiteGround, please see the table below:

FeaturesSiteGround StartupSiteGround GrowBigFastcomet StartSmartFastcomet SpeedUp
Disk Space1020 GB15 GB35 GB
Traffic Allowed10000 Visits25000UnmeteredUnmetered
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Domains Allowed1Unlimited1Unlimited
Control PanelcPanelcPanelcPanelcPanel
1 Month$3.95$6.45$5.95+$19.95 Setup$12.95+$19.95 Setup
12 Month$3.95$6.45$4.95$11.95
3 Year Term$3.95$5.95$2.95$9.95
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★ Winner Fastcomet.

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SiteGround vs FastComet: Customer Support

Quality customer support is vital so we took the time to test both companies. Thus, the results of our FastComet vs SiteGround customer support test are as follows:

SiteGround clearly cares about their customers because they offer a number of ways for you to get the support that you need.

Thus, they offer a 24/7/365-day live chat, the ticking things system, as well as a toll number.

The wait time for their live chat is less than 5 seconds, whereas you can expect a response within 10 minutes on the ticketing system. As a reference point, I’ve waited as long as 5 minutes on other live chat systems.SiteGround-support-waiting-time-min

They also have a feature that allows you to see the bio of every support rep, which includes user ratings, work experience, and skill set.

FastComet also boasts 24/7 support but they only offer live chat and a ticketing system. Their live chat system is effective and their representatives are knowledgeable and eager to help. It only took three minutes for them to solve a problem for me.

Fastcomet live chat started time

Fastcomet live chat ended time

The ticketing system also delivered excellent results as it took them only 9 minutes to answer my question. For a ticketing system, that is quite impressive.Fastcomet support ticket reliability

Based on customer support, FastComet wins in terms of response time, but only by a slight margin. However, it’s worth remembering that SiteGround offers a toll number, which FastComet does not, and they also provide some unique features, which means that in terms of quality, SiteGround wins hands down.

★ Winner SiteGround.

SiteGround vs FastComet: User Interface

Both SiteGround and FastComet offer cPanel, but FastComet also includes Softaculous. As cPanel is the most popular user interface around – and the easiest to use – it’s a great option for newbies and veterans alike.

SiteGround cPanel: Try Demo

Fastcomet UA InterfaceFastcomet control panel

Both companies offer a wide range of one-click installers for some of the most popular scripts, including Joomla, WordPress, and Weebly.

★ Winner Tie.

FastComet vs SiteGround: User Reviews

Based on their Tweets, SiteGround users are extremely happy with the company. Not only are they more than pleased with the quality of the service, but people are extremely ecstatic with the customer support team. Users repeatedly call the service fantastic and state that their support is unparalleled.

Of course, there are some displeased customers, but that tends to be the exception rather than the rule. After all, no service can be absolutely perfect and it certainly can’t make everyone happy.

For more opinions, check out the live tweets below:


FastComet also seems to have quite a few positive user reviews, especially in terms of the service they offer. However, there were some disgruntled users in terms of the effectiveness of their customer support.

For more user opinions, please check out the twitter feed below:

Fastcomet user review

FastComet vs SiteGround: Free Website Migration

Both companies offer free website migration, but it’s not enough to offer it as a service. They also have to know what they’re doing. And if it takes them a month to get around to it, it’s pretty much a waste of time.

I tested SiteGround’s migration service. Their team was able to transfer my website with absolutely no issues within 24 hours, despite the fact that it was a weekend. That is truly impressive service.SiteGround-Migration-feature

Well, we thought so until I initiated a transfer request with FastComet. They did it in approximately 45 minutes, despite the fact that I initiated the request at 11 PM on a Friday night. And it only took them two minutes to reply to my request, which is even more impressive.

Fastcomet website transfer

In this situation, FastComet wins hands down because the speed of migration was ridiculously fast.

★ Winner Tie.

SiteGround vs FastComet: Renewal

We all know that some companies practice higher renewal charges, which can often come as a surprise. Unfortuantely, SiteGround is in the habit of charging a higher rate when you renew your plan with them.

SiteGround renewal price

Conversely, FastComet’s prices remain unchanged, so you won’t be paying extra when you renew.

Siteground VS Fastcomet price

 

★ Winner Fastcomet.

SiteGround vs FastComet: Final Analysis

In terms of support, uptime, and the interface on offer, FastComet and SiteGround are on equal footing. However, SiteGround offers better speed and reliability, whereas FastComet’s renewal price and site migration service is better.

Overall, though, SiteGround is a better choice simply because we cannot stress enough the importance of speed and reliability. After all, you could put up with a lot of things, but the one thing you should never put up with is less than stellar reliability and speed because, otherwise, your traffic will suffer, which means your business will suffer too.

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