HostGator vs GoDaddy

Head to head Godaddy vs Hostgator comparison of features, performance, pricing, pros and cons and more, to help you decide between these popular web hosting providers.

Hostgator vs Godaddy (Company Overview)

Godaddy

3.8 Ratings
3.8/5

Godaddy founded in 1997, GoDaddy has become the largest domain registrar company accredited by ICANN. we’ll show you some stats, by which you will know why GoDaddy is such a popular domain registrar.

Hostgator

4.5 Ratings
4.5/5

Hostgator established in 2002, Owned by EIG Group, Hostgator mainly focus on its web hosting business. as a result, HostGator offers good features with solid uptime that doesn’t let your website down.

Hosting Plans & Features

Godaddy Web Hosting

  • Pricing starts - $5.49/mo
  • Storage - 100 GB
  • Bandwidth - Unmetered
  • Free Domain Avilable - Yes
  • Free SSL Certificate - No
  • Daily Backup - $2.99/mo
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HostGator Web Hosting

  • Pricing starts - $2.75/mo
  • Disk Space - Unmetered
  • Bandwidth - Unmetered
  • Free Domain Avilable - Yes
  • Free SSL Certificate - Yes
  • Daily Backup - No
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Godaddy WordPress Hosting

  • Pricing starts - $5.49/mo
  • Storage - 100 GB
  • Bandwidth - Unmetered
  • Free Domain Avilable - Yes
  • Free SSL Certificate - No
  • Daily Backup - $2.99/mo
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HostGator WordPress Hosting

  • Pricing starts - $2.75/mo
  • Disk Space - Unmetered
  • Bandwidth - Unmetered
  • Free Domain Avilable - Yes
  • Free SSL Certificate - Yes
  • Daily Backup - No
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Godaddy vs HostGator performance

GoDaddy Performance

  • Server Uptime - 99.97%
  • Loading Speed - 750ms

HostGator Performance

  • Server Uptime - 99.99%
  • Loading Speed - 399ms

Data Center Locations

Godaddy Server Location

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia

Hostgator Server Location

  • Houston
  • Texas
  • Provo

HostGator vs Godaddy Pros & Cons

Godaddy Pros:

  • World’s #1 domain name registrar
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Better Customer Support
  • cPanel & Plesk Support

Godaddy Cons:

  • Too much upselling
  • Poor Downtime

Hostgator Pros:

  • Free SSL Certificate & Domain
  • Unmetered disk space and bandwidth
  • Better loading time 399ms
  • 99.99% uptime

Hostgator Cons:

  • Higher renewal fees
  • Server locations are only in the United States

Hosting Services

Godaddy Hosting Services

  • Shared Hosting - $3.95 to $11.95
  • WordPress Hosting - $6.99 to $15.99
  • VPS Hosting - $4.99 to $99.99
  • Dedicated Hosting - $94.99 to $184.99
  • Cloud Hosting - N/A
  • Reseller Hosting - $39.99 to $89.99
  • Windows Hosting - $5.49 to $12.99

Hostgator Hosting Services

  • Shared Hosting - $2.75 to $5.95
  • WordPress Hosting - $5.95 to $9.95
  • VPS Hosting - $19.95 to $39.95
  • Dedicated Hosting - $89.98 to $139.99
  • Cloud Hosting - $4.95 to $9.95
  • Reseller Hosting - $19.95 to $24.95
  • Windows Hosting - $4.76 to $14.36

Support & Refund Policy

Godaddy Support

  • Live Chat - Yes
  • Phone Support - Yes
  • Tickets - Yes
  • Knowledge Center - Yes
  • Refund Policy - 30 Days

Hostgator Support

  • Live Chat - Yes
  • Phone Support - Yes
  • Tickets - Yes
  • Knowledge Center - Yes
  • Refund Policy - 45 Days

Popular CMS Support

GoDaddy

  • WordPress - Yes
  • Drupal - Yes
  • Joomla - Yes
  • Magento - Yes

HostGator

  • WordPress - Yes
  • Drupal - Yes
  • Joomla - Yes
  • Magento - Yes

Summary

GoDaddy & Hostgator both are well-recognized brands in the web hosting industry.

GoDaddy Facts: Godaddy has 78 million registered domains, that’s a quite large number, isn’t it. GoDaddy is mostly known for buying domain names, some bloggers avoid buying web hosting from it. I’ll tell you why in a while. But that doesn’t mean GoDaddy is the worst brand. comparatively, its lower plans aren’t effective like hostgator.

HostGator Facts: Hostgator, mostly known for its affordable web hosting. It’s a good choice for starting a new blog. It provides cloud hosting in just $5/month, you know that Godaddy doesn’t have any cloud hosting service right now, maybe be they provide in future.

Web Hosting Performance –  Performance of godaddy’s hosting may disappoint you. when you see its Economy & Deluxe plan specification, you only get 512MB RAM, you pay $8.99 to $11.99 per month for it. that’s the reason i don’t like Godaddy’s hosting. higher plans are good enough, rather than choosing godaddy i will suggest to go for hostgator where you save money and server configuration are satisfactory. Even I had some clients who were upset godaddy’s loading speed and downtime, Due to which I transferred their website to HostGator and Siteground.

No doubt GoDaddy is best for domain or other services but not good in hosting. many hosting providers in the market offer better specifications at a reasonable price. Hostgator provides unmetered bandwidth & unmetered space at $2.75. Don’t be confused, some users think unmetered means unlimited but that’s not like that, all this is done to entice the user, for this, you must read their terms and conditions or you can directly contact through chat support.

Control Panel – Both HostGator and GoDaddy have cPanel. if you don’t know what is cPanel, cPanel is a Linux based GUI control panel that gives you the simplicity to manage your server management task. It allows you to manage your domains, website files, database, etc. without cPanel you require technical skills to manage your server. That’s why most hosting companies provide cPanel support to their customers so that you can manage your website without any bother. Though it is a paid software, through the hosting provider you get it free. Godaddy also has Plesk control panel support, Which is the most accepted control panel after the cPanel.

Customer Support – I have 5 to 6 domains all of them from GoDaddy, Initially, I faced issues but their support team solves my issue. although many consumers complain about GoDaddy’s customer support, I didn’t face any problems. They always ready to help you. It’s my own experience which I shared with you. When I started my first blog, I purchased my first hosting from Hostgator, its support team is well, but genuinely I like Godaddy’s support that’s why I always purchase domains from GoDaddy except hosting.

Money-back guarantee – That’s an essential point, We don’t know when we might have trouble, in that case, we have only one option that is a money-back guarantee. The longer the day of the refund, the better it will be for us. Let’s have a look at who is giving a better facility on their money-back policy. Hostgator gives 45 days money-back guarantee on every hosting plan. while Godaddy gives 30 days money-back guarantee in a 1-year plan, 2 days refund policy if you buy hosting only for 1-month. Hostgator offers a longer period of money-back support instead of GoDaddy.

Conclusion

If we combine all the points, then Hostgator is a clear winner. Godaddy is a slightly high-priced compare to Hostgator if you want an affordable solution with better features I would suggest to go for HostGator. If you need VPS or dedicated server then you can consider Godaddy because its WordPress and shared hosting’s plans are not better than HostGator.

FAQ

If you want to buy only domain and SSL, then there is no one better than GoDaddy, if you look at the pricing of HostGator domain, then you will have to pay $12.95 (.com) for 1 year. on the other hand, GoDaddy gives you domain in $11.99, if you’re new then apply promo code you will get an awesome discount on your first purchase.

HostGator is perfect for your WordPress website, its starter plan starts from $5.95 / month and it can handle 100k visitors per month, you will also get free domain & SSL certificate.
GoDaddy WordPress hosting starts from $6.95 / month. it can handle up to 25k visitors per month which is quite low as compared to HostGator it also has a free domain.
The answer is in front of you, HostGator is giving you good specification at an affordable price, then you should choose HostGator.

Godaddy is a trustworthy brand in the hosting industry. It's quite famous for buying domain names & SSL. Talking about its hosting performance it's below average, if you want a better experience from Godaddy hosting, then you have to go for a bigger plan.

At any plan, you will get the free SSL certificate, for more security you can buy third-party tools through HostGator which saves a lot of money.

Yes, Hostgator is better than Godaddy hosting even pricing plans are also cheaper than GoDaddy. performance and speed are great.

Hostgator plans start from $2.75/month. Including shared hosting, it also provides Cloud hosting, VPS, Dedicated server at a reasonable price.

Yes, it provides a free domain in a 1-year plan.

Yes, you can pay monthly, better would be to pay yearly that you can save a lot of money.