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
HostGator and GoDaddy both promise a high uptime of 99.99% each month.
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.
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’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 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..
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 Location||Test 1||Test 2||Test 3|
3.2 Speed of sites hosted on GoDaddy
Godaddy load time is 2* higher than HostGator from all the tested locations.
|Testing Location||Test 1||Test 2||Test 3|
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:
|Features||Godaddy Economy||Deluxe||HostGator Hatchling||HostGator Baby|
|Disk Space||100 GB||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Control Panel||cPanel or Plesk||cPanel or Plesk||cPanel||cPanel|
|For 1 Month||No monthly Plans||No monthly Plans||$0.01 coupon:HGHOSTING99||$0.01 coupon:HGHOSTING99|
|12 month Plan||Best Price:- $12 for one year||$6.45/mo||$2.59/mo. (Click on signup for this price)||$3.33|
|2 Year Term||$3.55||$6.45||$4.12||$6.25|
|3 Year Term||$3.55||$6.45||$3.33 (Best Price*) coupon HGHOSTING30||$5.15|
|Sign Up Now!||Sign Up Now!||Sign Up Now!||Sign Up Now!|
Winner: Tie. It’s worth noting that both these hosting companies renew at the same rate; the only difference is their initial prices.
HostGator vs. GoDaddy: Control Panel( 10 Points)
HostGator uses cPanel as its control panel. And for those who aren’t familiar with cPanel, it is the most commonly used control panel due to its simplicity and easy-to-use features. GoDaddy provides users with the option of choosing their own control panel. Customers can opt between cPanel and Plesk.
Behind cPanel, Plesk is the second most popular control panel and can run on both Linux and Windows OS, which can be a greater benefit depending on what your site runs on.
Customer Support (10 Points)
HostGator provides 24/7/365 e-mail, live chat and ticketing systems to contact their customer service support team of specialists.
Any time we had a concern and contacted them, they were very quick to respond and always took our problems very seriously.
Their ticketing system is very fast and respond within an hour of contacting them. Moreover, their live chat boast a wait time of just 1-2 minute.
GoDaddy provides toll free call in product support. Their one major downfall when it comes to customer service is their lack of a E-mail and ticketing system.
Ticketing system is common with other top web hosting companies, and it’s something that GoDaddy should utilize themselves, especially since their call in support have a long waiting time.
Moreover, their Live chat feature is not working most of the time, and is limited to only few countries and for selected hours.
Winner: HostGator – GoDaddy’s live chat absence and Email support is a major setback for them.
My conclusions – HostGator Vs Godaddy Review
|Web Hosting FACE-OFF||HostGator||GoDaddy|
|Website Speed (15)|
|UA- Interface (10)|
|Money Back Guarantee (10)|
Here is my conclusion for this HostGator vs. GoDaddy review…
I’ve found no major differences in regards to their plans, prices or features. However, there are noticeable differences in their customer support, performance and reliability.
HostGator has high uptime and an excellent response time. GoDaddy’s biggest drawback is not offering customers a live chat feature or E-mail support.
So, based on this HostGator vs GoDaddy review, it can be concluded that HostGator is superior to GoDaddy when it comes to their unmatched capability in the field of client support, performance and reliability. HostGator has 9 wins compared to 5 wins from GoDaddy.
Below is a quick review as to why HostGator is my preferred choice:
- Quality hosting at an affordable price.
- 45-Day money back guarantee with no hidden clause.
- 24/7 fast and an informative live chat and ticketing system.
- Our testing shows that HostGator ensures constant uptime of 99.99% guaranteed throughout the entire year of our testing.
- Faster than all of previously tested web hosting companies tested at Inline Hosting.
- Benefits from providing users with the most commonly used control panel in the industry, which is cPanel.
- Offers high-security protection features for your database.
GoDaddy vs HostGator twitter reviews and reactions
We have gathered some interesting reviews and reaction from real twitter users of these web hosting companies.
HostGator’s twitter user reviews and reaction..
GoDaddy’s twitter user reviews and reactions…
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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.