SiteGround is up against a formidable opponent in this battle of web hosting giants. HostGator, a crowd favorite, is a provider that has tremendous power and a lot of sharp teeth. This is going to be one exciting duel. Keep your eyes peeled as an action-filled battle unfolds.
- SiteGround starts at $3.95 per month.
- SiteGround’s pricing stays the same whether you choose a 36 or 24 or 12-month payment terms.
- HostGator starts at $3.95 per month, for 36 months.
- The price per month increases the number of months in your subscription decreases.
- SiteGround offers Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Servers, Enterprise Hosting.
- HostGator offers Web Hosting, Cloud Hosting, WordPress Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS Hosting, and Dedicated Hosting
They both offer pretty much the same services, so it’s a tie.
SiteGround core features:
– SSD drives for all plans
– Enhanced performance with NGINX, HTTP/2, PHP7 and free CDN
– Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate with each account
– Over 3 million WordPress and Joomla updates every year
– Top LXC technology, automated monitoring, and daily backup
– 30-day money back guarantee
HostGator core features:
– Easy control panel
– 1-click script installs
– $100 Google AdWords offer
– $100 Yahoo!/Bing credit
– 99.9% uptime guarantee
– 45-day money back guarantee
HostGator appeals to beginner by providing services that are easy to use and setup. This is why they are so popular. On the other hand, SiteGround is built on a backbone of a very robust technology and hardware that is very hard to beat. And unlike HostGator, SiteGround bundles a free website builder with every plan. That is always a plus. SiteGround wins this round by the skin of their teeth.
- SiteGround has 24/7 support via phone, live chat, and ticket system.
- They also have webinars and tutorials available for self-help.
- HostGator has 24/7 support via phone, live chat, and ticket system.
- They also have video tutorials and forums.
- Free WP install
- WP auto-updater
- cPanel and SSH
- Free WP transfer
- WP-CLI available
- 24/7 WP support
- NGINX-based caching
- Free daily backup
- Unlimited email
- Up to 3 sites
- Up to 300k visits
- Free migration
- Auto-backup with one-click restores
HostGator only started offering WordPress hosting just recently and that makes them very late in the game. SiteGround, meanwhile, is already a household name when it comes to WordPress hosting. They offer great features that they back up with expert support at a surprisingly affordable cost. With SiteGround being recognized by WordPress.org as one of the top hosting providers, it is very clear who wins this round.
This host battle was like witnessing another David and Goliath match, with exactly the same results. The underdog has come up on top with a surprising win. Sure, HostGator is still the popular choice but there is no denying that SiteGround has better pricing and features. On top of that, they clearly break away from HostGator when it comes to WordPress hosting. This is a well-deserved victory for SiteGround.