|Plan in review||Baby Cloud||GrowBig|
|Price before discount||$||$|
|Price (12-mo)||$13.95 / month||$24.99 / month|
|Price (24-mo)||$8.95 / month||$14.99 / month|
|Special Discount||Save up to 55% for Gator site builder||-|
Solid server performance - Hosting uptime > 99.99%
Fast server - TTFB below 50ms for United States users
Special discount – 45% cheaper for first time users
Free site migration for new users
Comprehensive support documentation
Most popular bloggers' hosting choice based on our 2014 and 2016 survey
Extremely reliable – 100% host uptime at most times
Excellent server performance - Test site loads below 200ms
Choice of five server locations in three continents
Free let’s Encrypt Standard & Wild Card SSL
Innovative - Full SSD, HTTP/2, Built-in Cacher, NGINX, etc
Save 60% on your first bill
Best for WordPress and Drupal websites
Positive feedback from other SiteGround users
Good after sales support
Expensive renewal fees - Price jump 40% after first term
Unlimited hosting service limited by various server usage constraints
Occasionally long wait time for live chat support
Server location in United States only
Hosting price increases after first bill
Uptime guarantee does not cover outages in the event of DDoS
|Storage Capacity||Unlimited||20 GB|
|Extra Domain Reg.||$12.95/yr for .com domain||$15.95/yr for .com domain; prices vary for different TLDs.|
|Private Domain Reg.||$14.95||$12/yr|
|Auto Script Installer||Mojo Marketplace||Softaculous (incl. 320+ apps)|
|Custom Cron Jobs||Yes||Yes|
|Site Backups||CodeGuard - $2/mo||Yes|
|Free SSL||Yes||Let's Encrypt|
|Built-in Site Builder||Yes||Yes, Weebly|
There are times that when it comes to looking at two hosts, there is very little wiggle room to prove that one is superior to the other. One such case is in the battle between SiteGround and HostGator, two of the most prominent names in the web hosting industry today.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a good thing since for the most part, good hosts thick off many check boxes that need to be filled in users’ hunt for the perfect host. If the most important technical stuff is taken care of, such as features and performance, what remains is just considering what icing you like on the cake, so to speak.
Both SiteGround and HostGator offer very impressive technical performance. Looking past the service level agreement, SiteGround can offer very reliable servers that are often serving up 100% service time at reasonable speeds.
HostGator on the other hand is slightly behind in the reliability side, but not by much. This is bolstered by extremely fast servers that can clock in at an eye-raising below 50ms for US users. This speed is very rare and is backed by a solid ‘A’ rating in the BitCatcha speed test.
Both welcome new users with open arms and offer steep discounts on new hosting plan sign up along with free site migration services to boot. SiteGround also has the impressive feather in its cap of being one of only three sites recommended by WordPress.com. In fact, SiteGround is also recommended by Drupal.org which makes it doubly impressive.
It’s not just the recommendations that make them great, but SiteGround has managed to fine tune its server resources for maximum performance on these platforms. It even has a dedicated plugin that works with WordPress sites (only for use on SiteGround servers, it won’t work elsewhere) that will help you fine tune your site for optimal performance.
One slight strike in HostGator’s record is that again, it is an EIG company. This is more of a personal gripe I have in that I feel EIG companies don’t really manage their customer service very well. HostGator may be a slight exception to the rule though as it has pretty good customer service and both documentation and a user forum to back that up. Unfortunately, there are occasional long waits for support via live chat – but that isn’t really a deal breaker.
SiteGround gets good overall feedback from many users, but it has sometimes proven a little temperamental in speed tests. It has also no live chat support on most issues – which makes the slow response from HostGator live chat look a little better, doesn’t it?
HostGator may have the edge in speed, technically, but remember that the lighting fast under 50ms proviso is for US users only. I prefer an overall more holistic experience and because of that, given the choice between these two I prefer SiteGround.
HostGator would be a better choice for those who are looking for a good host to break into the web hosting scene and those who are seeking a no-fuss, no-muss solution. Veterans or those who are of a more discerning taste can look forward to better performance if they are willing to invest a little time with SiteGround.
One of the reasons why this is so us because SiteGround does involve a little more of a premium when it comes to price. Their hosting plans are more expensive and some even consider their renewal prices to be a little unreasonable.
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