Pricing and features of the basic plans that Bluehost and HostGator offer are fairly equivalent. They each offer unlimited disk space and bandwidth, a similar control panel, plus an assortment of popular publishing platforms and programming language support.
While their basic website hosting plans are similar, beyond that there are differences.
Bluehost’s hosting service and pricing is simpler: It offers one basic plan at one low price. Price wars in the web hosting arena are common, and the pricing for Bluehost’s plan just got lower as it cut its price from $6.95 per month to $3.95 per month.
Some reviewers complain that Bluehost’s pricing is lower only when you pay annually rather than monthly, but either way the price is still quite low.
While Bluehost previously had not offered reseller plans, it now offers three reseller plans priced at $19.95, $49.95, and $99.95 per month.
Bluehost still does not offer a dedicated server plan, only shared server hosting.
HostGator offers more plans, starting at $3.96 per month for a single domain. Its plan for multiple domains starts at $6.36 per month, and the more feature-rich Business plan starts at $10.36 per month.
HostGator provides dedicated server and reseller plans, with dedicated servers priced at $174, $219, $279, and $374, with discounts for the first month.
HostGator’s reseller plans are priced starting at $24.95 per month and run up to $99.95 per month, depending on the amount of disk space and bandwidth.
While providing excellent customer service is a key reason for the popularity of both of these services, the praise that HostGator receives is especially impressive.
Hostgator also has a reputation as a more robust, scalable, and slightly more reliable service, with users citing its uptime guarantees as an appealing feature.
A number of Bluehost users pointed to its CPU throttling technology as the cause of slow performance they have experienced under heavier loads.
You can see more limited bandwidth reflected in Bluehost’s reseller plans, which offer 15 Mbps, 25 Mbps, and 35 Mbps, vs. HostGator’s 500 GB, 700 GB, 1,000 GB, 1,200 GB, and 1,400 GB reseller offerings.
The two services are continually battling in pricing and special offers. Bluehost currently is offering $75 in Google Adwords credit, while HostGator is offering a $100 credit.
Bottom Line: Both services are solid, affordable, and have good reputations. Bluehost is more limited in the one-size-fits-all basic plan it offers. HostGator has a reputation for more robust scalability, performance, and guartanteed availability. While both services have loyal followings, HostGator, in particular, receives impressive accolades for customer service from its users.
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