Bluehost vs HostGator: the same corporation, yet different offers?
In this Bluehost vs HostGator comparison, I take a look at two of the biggest names in the web hosting market. Is it reputation alone giving them all the hype, or are these two hosting giants truly deserve it by offering the best services? If so, which one is the better?
Hosting performance, customer support, ease of use, and security are the key areas when deciding on the provider. No matter if you are a beginner or a pro. Sadly, they can only be evaluated through experience. And none of us, simple people, have the resources and time to try out a dozen providers to pick out the best.
So here you are reading reviews and here I am writing them.
Whenever I write an article, I like to personally try out and test the providers. Then, I can share my experience and results with you.
And you know what?
Enough of this introduction. Let’s get into all the details about Bluehost and HostGator to find out if they are any good and which of the two is better.
In this article, I compared the prices, performance, ease of use, security features, and customer support – all from the user perspective. I will provide all the results that I got during the testing, as well as helpful tips and insights about using these two hosts.
Bluehost vs HostGator: general info
Let’s address the elephant in the room. This Bluehost vs HostGator comparison is not a comparison of two companies. That is, they both belong to the same corporation and generally offer similar services. But that’s not the reason to ditch them altogether. Although there are many similarities, we will still see differences in interfaces, performance, and even pricing.
Here’s a quick look at both providers and the main areas of interest. Alternatively, if you’d like to know the final thoughts, feel free to jump to the final verdict.
|Pricing:||from $3.95/mo||from $2.75/mo|
|Ease of use:||Modern native dashboard with the classic cPanel integration||Modern native dashboard with the classic cPanel integration|
|Performance:||99.99% uptime and 361ms response time||>99.99% uptime, 525ms response time|
|Security:||SSLs and server monitoring||Free SSL and server monitoring|
|Support:||24/7 live chat and phone||24/7 live chat and phone|
Bluehost vs HostGator pricing
Bluehost is slightly pricier than HostGator, offering shared hosting plans from $3.95/mo, while HostGator plans start at $2.75/mo. However, Bluehost shared plans go all the way up to $13.95/mo while HostGator stops at $5.25/mo, making it a cheaper option overall.
Other hosting options provided by the providers are pretty similar: HostGator's VPS plans start at $19.95/mo, while Bluehost's – $19.99/mo. Dedicated server hosting with HostGator is $89.98/mo, with Bluehost – $79.99/mo. HostGator also has more options – Cloud hosting ($4.95/mo), Reseller hosting ($19.95/mo), and Windows hosting ($4.76/mo) that the other contender is lacking.
However, shared hosting is what made both popular.
And without any surprise, there are some similarities between the plans. Both providers will give you a free domain for a year as well as unlimited SSL certificates. The entry plans also start with the 1 website limit.
- Bluehost (Basic - $3.95/mo) - this plan can host 1 website using 50GB SSD storage and unmetered bandwidth. Alongside that, you get a free domain and SSL certificate. Basic will be best for a small personal site.
- HostGator (Hatchling - $2.75/mo) - this plan allows you to connect 1 website using unlimited storage and bandwidth. You also get a free domain and SSL certificate. Hatchling is great for a portfolio website or casual blogging.
At the same time, Bluehost provides accounts with 50GB SSD storage while HostGator claims unlimited disk space But take that with a pinch of salt.
Unlimited is not physically possible, and you probably won’t get more than 50GB in HostGator’s entry plan.
Bluehost gives you a standard 30-day money-back guarantee while HostGator extends its guarantee to 45 days. Just keep in mind that both providers do not compensate for the domain price.
In any case, these advertised prices are available with 36-month subscriptions and will get more expensive once they end. So how does that look?
|Provider||Advertised price||Total||Renewal monthly||Total|
It is obvious that Bluehost will turn out to be the more expensive option in the long run. Nonetheless, when features that you get for the price are concerned – both providers offer virtually the same.
Higher renewal pricing is inevitable. Almost every provider that I tested does this with very few exceptions for particular plans and/or billing periods.
By the way, the cheapest plans only look good on paper. More often than not, you’ll need to add a second website or a few subdomains. This means upgrading, which in turn means even more expenses.
So which plans with Bluehost and HostGator offer the best value?
Bluehost has 4 shared hosting plans which prices range from $3.95/mo to $13.95/mo.
However, all plans offer quite different value for money. Even though Bluehost itself suggests that the recommended plan is Choice Plus, I’d say Plus offers better value for money. Especially in the long run.
- You get unlimited domains for an extra $2.50 a month comparing to Basic.
- Renewal pricing is just $3 more expensive than Basic, yet $5 cheaper than Choice Plus.
To get the best price with Bluehost, you should opt for the Plus plan with the 3-year subscription. The initial payment is higher, however, you save money in the long run. The initial payment will be $214.20 for the 3 years, and it'll renew for $431.64.Check Bluehost Pricing Now
On the other hand, HostGator has only 3 shared hosting options. The prices for these plans range between $2.75/mo to $5.25/mo, making this provider much cheaper.
Different from Bluehost's recommendation, I do agree with HostGator's plan suggestion - the Baby plan is what you should pay attention to. It's not much pricier than the cheapest plan, yet you automatically get to connect as many websites as you'd like.
- Unlimited websites for just an extra $0.75 a month comparing to Hatchling.
- Renewal pricing is just $3 more expensive than Hatchling, yet $5 cheaper than Business.
The best deal with HostGator hides under the Baby plan. To make the most out of this you should choose the 3-year subscription, which means the initial payment will be $126 for the 3 years, and it'll renew for $358.20.Check HostGator Pricing Now
Once again, HostGator wins big when it comes to prices. I want to point out that the features of these plans are exactly the same, but the pricing difference is quite big.
But that is only when purely pricing is considered. I personally will always be willing to pay more if the provider is easier to use, more functional, and of course, performs better.
All in all, HostGator is significantly cheaper than Bluehost while managing to offer the same resources. It also has a longer money-back guarantee and cheaper renewals.
Bluehost's main selling point is that it's a WordPress-focused hosting provider that's rocking the endorsement from the platform itself. Meanwhile, HostGator also aims to make hosting WordPress sites easier, yet doesn't focus its services entirely on it. Nonetheless, both hosts have plans and features for the content management platform specifically.
Starting with Bluehost, everything in the interface, servers, and features are focused on WordPress.
- Once you first log in to the platform, there's a setup process that installs WordPress (and even a theme with selected plugins if you wish) automatically.
- There's a huge guide dedicated to creating a WordPress website and using the platform in the area of the dashboard.
- WordPress websites get a separate management area where you can manage plugins, updates, comments, and other settings globally.
- WordPress websites also get a staging tool, something that's not available for other CMSs.
And all that with simple shared hosting. Bluehost also has managed WordPress plans starting at $9.95/mo for larger websites. It adds features like Global Edge servers, Jetpack license, daily backups, and malware protection.
At the same time, HostGator is pretty basic:
- You can use one-click WordPress installation via shortcut from the dashboard.
- HostGator has extra services for setting up a WordPress website – you can order theme installation and design service.
Additionally, you can pick managed WordPress plans that start at $5.95/mo. Although they are not as inclusive as Bluehost's – you get extra security features such as daily backups, malware removal, and DDoS protection.
So in terms of WordPress hosting, Bluehost is a better and more inclusive choice. However, that's pre-determined – it's the provider that's been working on the platform for years.
Hosting management: ease of use
Bluehost and HostGator feature similarly easy-to-use account management dashboards. Both are designed with beginners in mind and apart from traditional control tools feature intuitive website builders. However, they both don’t slack in terms of advanced management by incorporating improved cPanel versions.
First, users get to know the main dashboards where all the necessary information and tools are located. In fact, these main dashboards might be all that you’ll ever use. Both Bluehost and HostGator have all the tools to set up and manage websites from there.
At the same time, control panel integrations are also useful for more advanced things while website builders save those that are in a hurry.
So I looked at these interfaces to see which one does the job better.
Account management dashboard
Your first encounter with each web host will be via the account management dashboard. First impressions count, and neither of the providers has disappointed. The interfaces are clean, uncluttered, and intuitive. However, Bluehost has a slightly better dashboard if you are looking to host a business website.
When you first log in to Bluehost, it guides you through an automatic WordPress installation and setup.
So by the time you reach the dashboard, your website will be ready for customization.
The homepage of Bluehost’s dashboard presents you with a drop-down list of all your websites. You can also add a new site directly from the drop-down.
Below that, there is a series of suggestions in checklist form for getting your website started with WordPress. If you’re new to building websites, these can be very handy, as some points may regard things you otherwise might not know about.
Nonetheless, you won’t spend much more time on this main screen as more important tools are on the left-side menu where you can:
- Manage existing websites and access individual site control panels in the “My Sites” menu. It’s by far the most important interface.
- Add new services or features via the “Marketplace” – WordPress, other CMSs, website builder, email marketing options as well as themes and plugins for WordPress can be found there.
- Manage and access email accounts – both settings and mailboxes are accessed through the “Email & Office” menu option.
- Manage domain names via “Domains” – add or purchase new ones as well as add subdomains.
- Access cPanel under the “Advanced” tab.
With all the features accessible from the main menu, most of the users won’t even need to get familiar with cPanel. Bluehost is not wrong naming it “Advanced,” as its main dashboard features all the necessary tools to get the website up and running.
One more thing that allows you to skip on cPanel is the “My Sites” management area. In there, you'll find all of your websites listed out and if you click on them, it will reveal a whole new world for your website management.
From this interface, you can do things as simple as logging in to your WordPress dashboard and as advanced as setting up CDN. And Bluehost makes advanced into very simple – turning on Cloudflare CDN is as easy as 2 clicks.
By the way, “Marketing Center” is a feature-rich option that will help you to set up your business presence online. That is ads, Google Maps integration, and SEO Tools. All this makes Bluehost very helpful for managing business sites.
“My Sites” is a powerful tool that definitely gives Bluehost an upper hand in this dashboard comparison.
Meanwhile, HostGator leaves the website set up for you, so the first thing you see when logging in is the main user interface.
The homepage of HostGator’s dashboard is a bit more business-like and not as friendly-looking as Bluehost’s. You will not see tips and tutorials here, but it does give you more links to important management functions from the main content area.
What I liked about HostGator is that you can set up your website directly from your dashboard. You can install a CMS by clicking on “Install WordPress,” add a professional email account in “Email Accounts,” and check if SSL was automatically installed in “SSL Management.”
These are the main tasks that every website owner usually does, and HostGator made it all very convenient.
HostGator also has an individual website management area, but it is not as powerful as Bluehost’s “My Sites.” You’ll find it under the “Hosting” menu tab.
HostGator, as per usual, does not skip the chance to get some advertisements for its own and 3rd party services. Meanwhile, more important modules are not given so much attention.
Nonetheless, this area is also similar to the main dashboard as you can reach cPanel, email service, or databases. But these are cPanel shortcuts and not separate management tools like those that Bluehost has. So while useful and nice to have, this area is not as functional.
And… There was one issue with HostGator.
For some reason, at the time of me writing this HostGator vs Bluehost comparison, HostGator was using an old PHP version by default. I did not notice that before I logged in to WordPress and it gave me a warning.
So if that’s the case for you too, you won’t be able to dodge cPanel where it is super easy to change the PHP version.
So go to “Launch cPanel,” find the "MultiPHP Manager" icon under the Software section, and choose the latest version available.
By the way, the PHP version has a significant impact on your website’s speed and security, so it’s worth taking a couple of minutes to check if it’s up to date.
While it’s not a deal-breaker to go in and change the PHP version yourself, I’d prefer it if the provider took care of that.
Apart from this, HostGator is responsive and easy to use. In fact, I even think there’s less clutter in the main dashboard compared to Bluehost, which tries to just give you everything.
Talking about everything…
Control panel comparison
Both Bluehost and HostGator offer customized versions of the popular hosting control panel cPanel. This tool is used for more advanced website development tasks and configurations – think of creating subdomains, managing databases, blacklisting IPs, or implementing frameworks. It always comes in handy when custom websites are built.
Bluehost’s cPanel opens in the same window or tab as the rest of the dashboard, but it actually exists on a different subdomain. Many won’t even notice, though, because it’s been skinned to look like the rest of the dashboard. That’s nice and sleek.
Theming aside, it’s a fairly standard cPanel offering. It has all the functions that those familiar with hosting control panels would come to expect.
Compared to the main account dashboard, the transitions between pages aren’t as fast. And going between cPanel and the account dashboard, or vice versa always takes a few seconds.
But in general, it’s an easy-to-use interface that looks good and has everything you need to manage your service.
HostGator also offers a pretty standard-looking cPanel. It has just a tad bit more spice mixed in it compared to the original. However, not enough to have the left-side menu option like Bluehost.
Other than that, you’ll find all the regular things in there – file manager, email settings, databases, and tools such as PHP manager.
Overall, HostGator offers more standard-looking cPanel, which is very easy to navigate.
So when it comes to cPanel, there’s no winner here. Both Bluehost and HostGator put in some effort to customize and make the user interface friendlier. Nonetheless, Bluehost’s cPanel has a left-side menu, which could help to navigate quicker.
Bluehost and HostGator both can migrate your website for free, although HostGator policy is better. Bluehost migrates just WordPress sites, while HostGator can transfer all cPanel and WordPress-based projects.
Bluehost is a bit secretive about its website transfer service. Although it's there and available. So if you have a WordPress site with a different provider, find Migration Service in the Marketplace.
Transfer of 1 site is free, while a $149 fee will get you up to 5 transfers.
HostGator is proud of its migration service and mentions it when you purchase a plan. And ordering is very simple. You just need to fill out a form on your dashboard.
The service is free of charge for 1 cPanel or WordPress-based website.
So in this department, my vote goes to HostGator. It's simply a more flexible option when it comes to switching hosts.
Website builder experience
If you are entirely new to hosting and managing a website or if you need to get a website launched really quickly, both Bluehost and HostGator give you access to website builders. While both website builders are easy to use, Bluehost’s one has an advantage – it is based on WordPress.
I was honestly very impressed with Bluehost’s website builder. It started very regularly – you answer some questions, get to pick some colors, images, and so on. The editor itself is very simple. Simplistic, even.
Everything is based on blocks. These blocks each have a couple of different templates based on functionality, and they all stack together nicely. Not too flexible, but makes a tidy website.
It’s also a modern builder that adapts the design to all screens automatically. You won’t be missing out on mobile traffic.
Nonetheless, I was most impressed when I discovered that the website builder is actually based on WordPress. So you get to use this very quick way of arranging a simple website that you can later customize further with WordPress.
This takes the one thing that always stops me from using website builders from the equation – being tied to one platform or one hosting provider. You see, when it’s a WordPress website, migrating becomes super easy.
So while Bluehost website builder is very simplistic, that simplicity allows it to work together with WordPress. Once you’re ready, you can use the basically limitless possibilities of the most popular CMS.
HostGator’s website builder is more standard. It works by you choosing a template and changing the content into yours. However, the free version allows you to create just 6 pages and there’s HostGator’s logo in the footer. Although, it allows PayPal integration, making it great to accept payments or donations.
Gator has over 100 responsive templates that are modern and well-made. The templates are organized into various categories including blogs, eCommerce, one-pagers, and so on making it easy to find something to match unique needs.
The editor features drag-and-drop functionality. You can take a design element and place it on the website. On the other hand, spots, where you can place that design element, are pre-allocated based on a template. This makes for less customizability but more tidiness.
For me, HostGator’s website editor was more functional and easier to use. On the other hand, once you make a website with it, switching to WordPress is almost impossible.
In this case, Bluehost has a more comprehensive option that can become a permanent website. Especially for beginner users. Meanwhile, HostGator’s option remains a temporary solution for a very quick site.
All in all, Bluehost is one step forward when it comes to user interfaces and ease of use. It has a more functional dashboard area, a clean cPanel, and a website builder that can save a lot of time and struggle. That being said, HostGator is very easy to use as well and no less functional. However, its tools are a little less comprehensive.
Bluehost vs HostGator performance
Surprisingly, Bluehost vs HostGator performance was not consistent with the price. HostGator was faster and was able to handle more traffic than Bluehost. On the other hand, both providers showed reliable and speedy results.
Uptime and response time
For starters, I monitored the long-term performance to see if any of these hosts can be trusted to stay up.
Over a period from January to March, the site on Bluehost’s server was down on 6 separate occasions for nearly 11 minutes. This equates to an uptime rate of 99.99%.
The average response time was 361ms, which is really good. Response times were rather inconsistent but improved to around 300ms towards the end.
One thing that concerns me the most about Bluehost is the absence of an uptime guarantee. While it performs well, a legal obligation to keep servers online would make me much more confident. Meanwhile, HostGator promises a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which is an industry-standard.
The testing of HostGator’s server was over a slightly different period of time - between December and February. In that time there were 3 outages, resulting in 5 minutes of downtime. This means that the uptime was greater than 99.99%.
Average response times were slightly off at 525ms compared to Bluehost. Even though it is worse than Bluehost's, it's still better than industry average of 600ms. Meaning the provider still manages to rise higher than average.
Another test that I did was a simple page loading speed test. Users expect pages to load almost instantaneously and if it takes more than 3 seconds – a lot of them will bounce.
Especially those users coming from Google and not targeting your site directly.
So I set up identical WordPress websites on both of the providers and ran the tests.
I must note that both websites are hosted in the US data centers. My test is also run from the US, meaning these are the best expected results from these providers.
Both Bluehost and HostGator do not offer server location choices. Their private servers are located in the US and will perform best for audiences located in the North American region.
To understand the results, there are 3 main things you should look at:
- Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) – the time when the biggest chunk of content (image or text) is loaded. For many visitors, LCP is equal to full page load time.
- TTFB (time to first byte) – similar to response time, this metric shows us how long it took for the server to react to the visitor’s request to open the page.
- Fully Loaded Time – speaks for itself. At this point, the website is fully loaded and interactive.
From the first look, the results look very much different.
When we're talking about Bluehost, it's Largest Contentful Paint, and the Fully Loaded Time is the exact same - 1.8 seconds. If we take those the fact that visitors are more likely to bounce if the loading time is any longer than 3 seconds, Bluehost is doing a good job.
On the other hand, HostGator demonstrated significantly speedier results. Hostgator's Largest Contentful Paint is only 1.1s, while the Fully Loaded Time is 1.2s. So if we take only the end result as a conclusion, HostGator load websites faster.
But not so fast.
There's another measure that we should pay attention to, and it's TTFB. Bluehost would be a ton faster if it wasn’t for that slow 1 second. Meanwhile, HostGator’s server reacts super quickly in 154ms.
Knowing that Google only cares about LCP and TTFB… HostGator definitely wins. On the other hand, users may barely notice any difference.
Stress testing results
The final point in this comparison is how many visitors can each provider handle. For the stress test, I’ve sent 50 virtual visitors to each website and analyzed the results.
Unfortunately, Bluehost did not pass the test initially. I had to keep decreasing the number of visitors. The first test it passed was with 15 visitors.
Even with that, the blue line representing speed did go up as the number of visitors (grey line) increased. This shows that Bluehost had to slow down in order to fit everyone in.
Meanwhile, HostGator handled the test with ease. 50 visitors was a mere joke.
HostGator didn’t even slow down except for a small bump in the middle. The blue line (response time) experienced little change in regard to visitor increase (grey line).
So there’s a big difference in what Bluehost and HostGator can handle. But for disclosure, 15 visitors at exactly the same time is not what small or even medium-sized websites reach easily. It would amount to at least 10 000 visitors monthly if there were constantly 15 users browsing your site.
All in all, HostGator shows better results in all regards when it comes to performance. It is faster, more reliable, and can handle more traffic. Nonetheless, Bluehost results are not bad either, but it’s obvious that the tech used by this provider could use an upgrade.
Neither Bluehost nor HostGator is brilliant when it comes to security. Both of them include free SSL certificates, but that’s about it when it comes to freebies. Bluehost might be a bit more secure here as it has one-step Cloudflare integration which helps to prevent some DDoS attacks.
Bluehost Cloudflare integration is seamless. It is turned on in the “My Sites” menu and by simply switching an “on” setting. That is as easy as it gets and not only it serves as a security precaution but also as a performance booster. Win-win.
HostGator does not have immediate Cloudflare protection, but as with all websites, it can be set up manually. That will require some tutorial-following, but generally, it’s not difficult.
Another important thing is the website backups. Bluehost and HostGator are similarly lagging behind here.
Neither Bluehost nor HostGator includes automatic backups – though they can be purchased separately as third-party software.
- Bluehost charges $2.99 per month for such functionality and can go as $23.95/mo (free with Choice Plus and Pro).
- HostGator has 3 options for backups with the cheapest being at $2.76/mo and going up to $8.33/mo (free with Business).
cPanel allows creating backups manually, but automation of such action is a much more secure way to go in case there’s an attack or a problem. You don’t want your data to be lost.
Other things in terms of security that should be considered are the overall safety of your account, spam prevention, and monitoring.
- In terms of account security, you will get two-factor authentication, and both providers will regularly ask you to confirm your identity when contacting customer support with more advanced inquiries.
- Bluehost includes spam protection starting with the Plus plan, while HostGator has the functionality built-in.
- Monitoring software to prevent threats has to be purchased both with Bluehost and HostGator unless you are opting for the most expensive plans.
Altogether, Bluehost is slightly more equipped than HostGator when it comes to security. Nonetheless, neither of the providers is doing all to make sure they are secure, and additional tools need to be purchased separately.
Bluehost offers customer support via 24/7 live chat and phone, help desk tickets, knowledge base articles, and video guides. HostGator also has 24/7 live chat and phone options, a knowledge base, and videos, but no help desk tickets.
To test how effective each support team is, I decided to ask both providers a similarly easy question via live chat.
I started with Bluehost and asked some questions about how to go about setting up staging sites.
I’ve found in the past that a lot of hosting providers’ support agents are often just reading from scripts and don’t have all the answers ready at hand. Often they’ll send you links to help articles and expect you to figure out the problem yourself.
That wasn’t the case with my live chat experience with Bluehost. My operator looked into my problems and gave me the answers I was looking for.
That aspect of the interaction was great. What wasn’t so great was that the initial connection took some time to occur. Also, quite a lot of time passed between replies in some cases. Sometimes the gap was as long as 10 minutes. This indicates that the operator may have been working on many support requests at the same time.
Getting connected to live chat with HostGator also took a long time. Unfortunately, my experience with HostGator from there wasn’t exactly positive either.
I didn’t get a clear answer to my question and gave up. Also, the operator wasn’t replying in complete sentences, didn’t use any punctuation, and seemed to have less than perfect English.
So Bluehost’s support gave me quicker, more accurate answers to the same question, and the wait times to chat with an operator weren’t as long either.
But don’t take my word as the only truth. In both Bluehost and HostGator reviews, I’ve had absolutely wonderful and quite disappointing chats. So it will always depend on the person that’s on the other end. And that means that they might be having a bad day – so be understanding at all times.
If the human factor is just too much, you can turn to knowledge bases filled with tutorials and even videos. Both providers display answers to questions under a variety of common categories.
Bluehost goes a bit further by recommending different methods of getting help. These recommendations change depending on what it is you want to do, like walk-throughs, videos, articles, or links to chat or call.
HostGator doesn’t provide recommendations with its knowledge base, but I found the search function to be lightning-quick, much quicker than Bluehost’s. The content of the articles was very similar to that of Bluehost, though.
Also, HostGator has a YouTube channel where a lot of issues are covered with thorough tutorials.
Overall, my live chat experience was better with Bluehost. On the other hand, I might have just got lucky with the knowledgeable agent. That being said, HostGator’s agent was not knowledgeable, and to solve the problem, I would have needed more than one interaction.
Bluehost vs HostGator: final recommendation
In the grand summary of this Bluehost vs HostGator comparison, I tend to put my favors with HostGator.The provider is less expensive; it offers significantly better performance stability. Bluehost is not far behind with its more functional user interface and slightly better security.
|Pricing||While the initial pricing difference does not look big, HostGator is around 30% cheaper overall if we take more expensive plans and consider renewals.|
|Interface||Both providers are easy to use, but Bluehost's interface is more functional and has more tools to help websites succeed.|
|Performance||Both providers showed reliable uptime of 99.99%, while Bluehost's response time was significantly better than HostGator's. However, overall Hostgator showed much better results in regard to the website's loading speed and the amount of traffic it can handle on the site.|
|Security||Neither Bluehost nor HostGator is very comprehensive when it comes to security with many tools being paid. However, Bluehost makes setting up security easier.|
|Support||Both providers have similar options to reach support. In my case, Bluehost provided me with more accurate answers while HostGator’s issue was not solved with one interaction.|
Looking at all the comparison points, the competition of HostGator vs Bluehost is very even. Both are impressive providers that will be great to start a website and take it online.
My final recommendation is:
- Choose Bluehost if you’re building a business website. The pricing difference is not too big, but you’ll have many useful tools for creating an online presence.
- Choose HostGator if it’s your first website or you have a tight budget. The prices are low, it’s easy to use, and the performance is very much competitive.
Alternatives to Bluehost and HostGator
If you’re still not convinced by either Bluehost or HostGator, there are many other viable web hosting alternatives for you to consider. A2 Hosting, for example, is another company that provides competitive low pricing for shared hosting. And if you want more powerful WordPress hosting, Flywheel is a good choice.
A2 Hosting offers very similar prices to both Bluehost and HostGator. Its shared hosting prices start at $2.99/month which compares to $2.75/month for HostGator and $3.95/month for Bluehost. It uses classic cPanel for hosting management, making it an easy-to-use and familiar option.
A2 Hosting also offers a full range of hosting products including standard and managed WordPress options, VPS, reseller, and dedicated hosting plans.
One thing that A2 Hosting can offer that Bluehost and HostGator don’t, is a choice of data centers. A2 Hosting has data centers in two locations in the US, Europe, and Singapore.
Flywheel provides managed WordPress hosting with prices starting at $15/month.
It has a particular focus on freelance web developers and agencies. You can create accounts with Flywheel and then later transfer billing to your clients. Or you can resell the hosting to create recurring income.
For web professionals, Flywheel has even released its own server development tool, which they can use to work on sites locally, and then connect to Flywheel for easy deployment.
Bluehost vs HostGator FAQs
Who owns Bluehost and HostGator?
Both Bluehost and HostGator are owned by Endurance International Group (EIG). EIG is an information/technology company that specializes in web hosting services. Bluehost and HostGator are what EIG is most known for.
Are Bluehost and HostGator the same company?
Both Bluehost and HostGator are owned by the same company. However, it would be more accurate to view them as two different products that are managed by different teams. That's why experience with each can vary greatly.
Do Bluehost and HostGator offer money-back guarantees?
Yes, both Bluehost and HostGator offer money-back guarantees. Bluehost offers the industry-standard 30 days on all its hosting plans. HostGator offers 45 days on all plans except for dedicated servers for which there is no money-back guarantee.
Do Bluehost and HostGator offer domain name registration services?
Yes, both Bluehost and HostGator offer domain name registration services. With Bluehost, prices start at $1.99/year for some special domains like .website, while domains like .com cost $11.95/year. HostGator’s prices start at $12.95/year for .com domains, but some special domains like .online can be purchased for $1.95/year.
Bluehost vs HostGator for WordPress hosting – which is better?
Bluehost is one of the 3 providers officially recommended by WordPress. However, it comes down to what you're looking for. Bluehost offers a staging option and its website builder is based on WordPress. Yet, HostGator's performance is significantly faster.
Do Bluehost and HostGator offer a choice of data centers?
No, both Bluehost and HostGator only have US-based data centers.
Do Bluehost and HostGator offer free website migrations?
Yes, both providers offer free website migrations. HostGator will transfer your site from another provider for free if you request the transfer within 30 days of signing up. Bluehost's migration is available for WordPress websites.