If you’re thinking of starting a WordPress website or blog with either Hostgator or Bluehost, don’t sign up before reading this article where we’ll compare these two popular web hosts head-to-head. First off, did you know that only one of these web hosts has multiple servers all over the world? We will reveal which host is the winner in just a minute while also comparing the actual performance numbers based on our independent speed test. Lastly, we’ll reveal the winner and the web host you should choose for your WordPress website or blog!
If you are reading this post, I’m going to assume that you are already familiarized with WordPress as a blogging platform and you’re interested in starting your own website or blog. Perhaps you’ve already watched a couple YouTube videos or read a blog article or two. Now if you’ve done any of the things mentioned before, I guarantee that that person also recommended either Hostgator or Bluehost for your web hosting. It is important to ask why is that I’ve noticed that 90% of Youtubers recommend Hostgator while many top bloggers recommend Bluehost, either way, it’s clear that these two companies are the most popularly recommended web host when it comes to WordPress.
Let me start off by saying that we actually recommend both of these web hosts for beginners but only one can be the best option. With that said, let’s jump into the comparison. Let’s start by comparing the pricing of each web host to see which is more expensive. Bluehost starts at just $3,95 per month for the basic plan (shared hosting) while Hostgator starts at $2,75 per month. These prices are for a 3-year plan which is 36 months of hosting paid up front. Both HostGator and Bluehost offer domain registration free for a year (typically a $15 dollar value).
Now we will compare the actual load time and performance for 2 blogs exactly identical. Using a tool called Pingdom, we test both blogs which use the exact same theme, plugins, blog posts, etc. Each website is virtually identical, the only difference is where each website is hosted. Hostgator clocked in at a load time of 1.7 seconds. On the other hand, Bluehost clocked in at a load time of 1.12 seconds so interestingly, Hostgator comes out on top again but this time in the category of performance. In conclusion, Hostgator beats out Bluehost not only in pricing but also in performance. With that being said, we highly recommend Hostgator for your WordPress website or blog. FinancialTek used to be hosted with Bluehost but after suffering from extremely slow load times, we switched our entire site over to Hostgator. The technical team at Hostgator transferred our site in less than a week without losing any data!
Both hosting companies have 24/7/365 customer support which is great, however, we used Bluehost before and notice they took longer to answer our emails.
Some of the awesome features of Hostgator that made me decide to switch all my websites over to this hosting provider:
I own several websites in different niches so I’m constantly uploading pictures and content to my sites. Bluehost kept sending me emails complaining I was using too much data and they would ban my account if I continue uploading content. After I switched to HostGator I have not had any issues. Below is a picture of my control panel to give you an idea of how the portal looks.
As mentioned before, HostGator is way better than BlueHost not only in performance but in customer service. I, Matias, highly recommend Hostgator.