BlueHost vs Hostgator – Which EIG Hosting is the Best?

Updated: 2022-04-14 / Article by: Jerry Low

Both Hostgator and BlueHost are well known in the industry and that’s perhaps what prompted a buy-in from Endurance International Group (EIG) to them. Today they have both grown considerably and offer a full range of web hosting services to their customers.

About BlueHost

BlueHost Hosting

Established in 2003, BlueHost is currently one of the largest website hosting providers or companies out there. Regardless of which plan you opt for, you will get a free domain for the first year, an SSL certificate, free CDN, and drag-and-drop website builder with BlueHost.

Learn more about BlueHost in our review

About Hostgator

Hostgator hosting

HostGator on the other hand is just as long in the tooth, starting out in the early 2000s but eventually getting bought over by Endurance International Group in 2012. Today it remains one of the cornerstones of the web hosting industry and is a strong (if smaller) competitor for BlueHost.

Learn more about Hostgator in our review

Web Hosting Plans & Pricing

Compare Similar Shared Hosting Plans

FeaturesHostGatorBlueHost
Plan in ReviewHatchlingBasic
Websites11
StorageUnmetered50 GB SSD
BandwidthUnmeteredUnmetered
Free DomainYesYes
EmailYesYes
Automated BackupsNoNo
Website BuilderYesYes
Signup Price$2.75/mo$2.95/mo
Order / Learn MoreVisitVisit

If you skim the surface on each, Hostgator shared hosting seems to the be value proposition of the two and offers very good buy-in prices starting from as low as $2.75 per month if you opt for a 24-month contract. BlueHost starts at slightly higher amount, from $2.95 per month.

Stat for stat they are strikingly similar as well, for example both offer free domain name, similar one-click software installer, unmetered bandwidth, and making use of the cPanel interface. There is also the built-in site builders along with free SSL via Let’s Encrypt.

What does differ though is performance and some optional services. Where BlueHost offers cheaper buy-ins to web hosting space, it charges more for some optional services such as a dedicated IP, which will run you $5.99 a year compared to HostGator’s $2 a year.

Comparison in Server Performance

Performance-wise, while both of these hosts clock in at below the 800ms mark for TTFB and rated “A” by WebPageTest, HostGator really excels on their US-based servers which click in at an eye-opening less than 130ms TTFB. This is extraordinary by any standards.

Hostgator Server Speed Tests

Recent Hostgator server speed test.

Customer Support

HostGator also has an edge in terms of support documentation. Perhaps that is one reason why it was consistently voted as most popular blogger’s hosting choice based on our own 2014 and 2016 surveys.

Unfortunately, where there are ups, there are downs and again we see some similarity between BlueHost and HostGator. Both have expensive renewal fees (over 100% increase after first contract). Pricing disadvantages continue the same across the board in terms of server upgrades which will set you back slightly more than the norm.

As with many EIG-based services I’ve seen, HostGator also suffers in customer support with some long waits necessary for live chat support. No major issues have been seen in this area for BlueHost though, surprisingly.

Verdict

As a first-time option, it isn’t difficult for me to support either of these hosts as they are both a good choice for starter accounts. In fact, I think even larger (small to medium) businesses can host safely at either as they do have very scalable services and a broad service spectrum.

About Jerry Low

Founder of WebHostingSecretRevealed.net (WHSR) - a hosting review trusted and used by 100,000's users. More than 15 years experience in web hosting, affiliate marketing, and SEO. Contributor to ProBlogger.net, Business.com, SocialMediaToday.com, and more.