HostGator and GoDaddy are two giants when it comes to shared web hosting. They are both hugely popular and similar in what they offer, and that is affordable budget web hosting. But which company is the best? Here you find our review of HostGator vs GoDaddy, side by side comparison (2015 update).
In this section we compare the main features of each website hosting company. These are the really the most important features that says a lot about what a web host offers.
Both hosts offer monthly, bi-yearly or yearly payment. Comparing their most basic entry level plans. HostGator plan starts at $3.96/month and GoDaddy at $4.99/month.
Hostgator and GoDaddy offers monthly and yearly plans. Credit card and PayPal payments are accepted.
Bandwidth refers to the transfer data when someone navigates to your site on the internet. Both HostGator and GoDaddy offers unlimited bandwidth to guarantee unrestricted access to your webpages.
Disk space is where files, images, videos and emails that make up your website are stored. HostGator offers unlimited disk space on all their plans. GoDaddy offers 100 GB disk space on their entry level basic plan, but unlimited on the plans above.
Every website has its own unique specific domain name (or web address). Addon domain names refer to additional web addresses on the web host server. HostGator and GoDaddy entry level basic hosting packages only allow for 1 domain name, their plans above allows for unlimited add-on domain names.
You get a free domain name (for example .com) registration for one year when you sign up with an annual plan on both HostGator and GoDaddy.
Backing up files, databases and emails is a critical thing to do in the event of a server failure or getting hacked. Some web hosts, like Bluehost, offer automated backups free of charge. HostGator and Godaddy offers self managed backups (at no cost) via cPanel. Hostgator charges $15 to restore an automated backup.
Seasoned site owners know that a web hosting company is only as good as their customer support. It is almost a given that at some point you will need help from your web host customer support. Godaddy and Hostgator both offer award winning, knowledgeable and friendly support.
Setting up a hosting account on both HostGator and GoDaddy is easy. Both companies set up your account almost instantly so that you to start working on your website right away. With GoDaddy you might have to wait between 30 minutes to 24 hours for your new account to be fully active.
Both HostGator and GoDaddy offer live chat support with all plans.
Both HostGator and GoDaddy offers free 24/7/365 technical support. This includes phone, email and live chat support every day of the year.
HostGator and GoDaddy both offer 45 days money back guarantee on all plans. But with GoDaddy you must request a refund within 48 hours to have the purchase price of the product refunded. After 48 hours, the refund will consist of credits to be used in-store.
If you have been on a web hosting company website then you must have seen their page with a long list of technical specs. Here we list and call out the most important ones, side by side - GoDaddy vs HostGator.
cPanel is a software on the web server where the server is managed; files created, moved, deleted and transferred, databases created, email managed, programs installed and much mores among the most popular and capable frontend utilities available. Cpanel is the most common used server control panel.
Databases are where all of the data is stored. A minimum of one database per website is needed, Hostgator offers unlimited databases while GoDaddy has a 10 x 1 GB cap on their entry level basic web hosting package.
FTP stands for file transfer protocol. You can easily transfer files to and from your websites using a FTP (free) desktop based software like Filezilla.
WordPress is a leading content management system that powers 18% of the entire internet. Both HostGator and GoDaddy offers 1-click installation of WordPress - no technical knowledge is required and your WordPress site is created and up and running in no-time.
The .htaccess file is a simple text file but a powerful web server configuration file that is used to configure specific directories and files on a website. Both GoDaddy and HostGator offers .htaccess file creation and editing.
Cron is a feature in Cpanel that lets you schedule and automate specific tasks at set time intervals. Both GoDaddy and HostGator offers Cron jobs.
Email is part of daily life. It is critical that your website can receive and send emails, to stay in touch with customers, answer questions and manage marketing campaigns.
Setup email addresses such as info@, hello@, contact@ and so on. HostGator offers unlimited email accounts. GoDaddy offers 100 email accounts on their basic plan.
Both HostGator and GoDaddy offer full-featured webmail, meaning you can access your email from any device and login and read and send emails from anywhere.
Email forwarding allows you to forward an email from one email address to another address. For example, when an email goes to email@example.com it is also forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. Both GoDaddy and Hostgator offer email forwarding.
The faster your website loads the better. Performance and uptime reliability is a key deciding factor when comparing web hosts.
Page load time is how long the server takes to load a webpage the first time it is accessed by a visitor (not yet in the browser's cache). The faster a page loads the better. In our test (From: LA, CA, on Firefox, on cable) HostGator loaded in 2.01 seconds, GoDaddy in 2.64 seconds.
First byte is the time the server takes to render the first byte of information when presenting a web page. It is a good indicator of the overall speed of the server. In our test (From: LA, CA, on Firefox, on cable) HostGator loaded in 0.34 seconds, GoDaddy in 0.36 seconds.
Both GoDaddy and HostGator guarantee a 99.9% uptime, which nowadays is the industry standard.
Here we list a few additional web hosting features offered by both Go Daddy and Host Gator. Consider them as extras or "good to have" features.
1-click installation of popular programs and applications (we mentioned WordPress above) via Fantastico de Luxe or Softaculous lets you install different types of software (e.g. WordPress, Drupal, Magento, E-commerce shopping carts, guestbooks, tools etc.) with the click of a button.
Website builder software lets you build professional looking websites in a matter of hours, using already made design templates with no special coding knowledge needed. GoDaddy comes with a powerful web site builder.
Both GoDaddy and HostGator comes with free credit (normally $100) to get your advertising started on Google Adwords, Bing and Facebook.
GoDaddy and HostGator are very similar in what they offer. You can't go wrong with either one. However there has to be a winner. The results from our side-by-side HostGator or GoDaddy review comparison are in. If we had to choose between these two we would pick HostGator. The results confirm this.
HostGator 5 "wins", and GoDaddy 3 "wins" and there are 18 "tie" scores.