The market of web hosting companies is large and competitive with few big players and many small scale companies. In this highly competitive market which has so many players, it is a tough decision to choose the most appropriate web hosting company for you. Godaddy and Hostgator are two of the biggest companies in this industry offering the best services and solutions for web hosting.
Shared Web Hosting is a hosting service in which many websites reside on one web server connected to the internet. Both, Godaddy and Hostgator offer plans for shared hosting but do both companies offer the same features? Let’s see how both these companies’ plans fair when their features are compared.
Godaddy has 3 shared web hosting packages: Economy, Deluxe and Ultimate. Interestingly, Hostgator too has 3 packages which are Hatchling Plan, Baby Plan and Business Plan.
The Economy package from Godaddy comes with features such as 100GB storage, unmetered bandwidth, free domain with annual plan etc. On the other hand, the Hatchling plan from Hostgator too has an unmetered bandwidth.
Both these packages support only one domain. Both these packages are also competitively priced. The Economy package from Godaddy is $2.99 and the Hatchling from Hostgator is $2.75. The prices are evenly matched and only have a small difference.
The mid range package from Godaddy is the Deluxe where as Hostgator offers the Baby Plan. The deluxe is an upgrade from the economy as this package supports unlimited websites instead of allowing just one domain.
It also has unlimited storage which is a major plus point. Just like the Deluxe package, the Baby plan from Hostgator too allows many domains and can install anything with a click. However, when considering price point, the Deluxe package from Godaddy is almost one dollar cheaper at $4.99 whereas the Baby Plan from Hostgator is $5.95.
Moving on to the third and final package which is the most powerful of the lot, Godaddy has the Ultimate package and Hostagtor has the business plan. Both these packages come with dedicated IP and SSL certification along with control over unlimited number of domains and unmetered bandwidth.
Quite surprisingly, Hostgator has priced this package at only $5.95 which is the same as its baby plan. On the other hand, Godaddy has priced its Ultimate package at $7.99 which is a difference of almost 2 dollars. More differences between Hostgator and GoDaddy Hosting can be found in performance features that should help you choose the right package for you are page load speed tests, uptime tests and so on. When it comes to page load speed the average time in Hostgator is 3.11 whereas GoDaddy has a average page load speed of 4.76.
The fastest recorded time for Hostgator was 1.88 seconds whereas Godaddy recorded the quickest time of 1.49. Although Godaddy has a better fastest time, all figures show that Godaddy does not have consistent speeds whereas Hostgator has shown good signs of good signs of consistency which is a plus point for the user.
Another major performance feature that should not be taken lightly is uptime figures. Companies can claim that they have 100% uptime but that in any case is not true. Both these companies do have uptime figures that are close to 100%. The average uptime for Hostgator is 99.97% and for Godaddy it is 99.88%.
When it comes to the worst uptime recorded, Hostgator had a percentage of 96.78 whereas Godaddy had a percentage of 87.34. This clearly gives a Godaddy a plus point when considering uptime.
Both the companies have shared web hosting services that are evenly matched in terms of features. Pricing however might be a plus point for Hostgator as they have a high end package that is $2 cheaper than the one offered by Godaddy.
Performance scores also are evenly matched and it is not possible to clearly say which of these companies offer better packages for shared web hosting. However, both companies have packages that should suit your requirement to provide you with smooth web hosting service.