Updated: January 1, 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
Disclosure: We do receive compensation for all the products that we review, which in turn helps us finance our work and provide users with honest reviews. However, we receive compensation for any product that review and therefore we are not biased towards any single companies.
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.
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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.
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3.2 Speed of sites hosted on GoDaddy
Godaddy load time is 2* higher than HostGator from all the tested locations.
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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: