Siteground v/s Hostgator Shared Hosting Plans Comparison
June 9, 2018
Shared Hosting is web hosting in which the service provider serves pages for multiple websites, each having its own internet domain name from a single web server. SiteGround and Hostgator are major competitors in the web hosting industry offering various services and packages to suit the requirements of different types of customers.
In this comparison, we will look at Hostgator and Siteground differences along with similarities in their offerings. SiteGround website shows that they have 3 packages available for shared hosting plans. Each package has better features than the previous and along with the increase features, there is an increase of price. The three packages that SiteGround offers for shared hosting are StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek. The names itself suggest that these packages are for different types of businesses in terms of size and the stage of that business.
Hostgator too has 3 packages which are Hatchling Plan, Baby Plan and Business Plan which are also named for people to have a rough idea about what kind of business is each package suited for before moving on to checking out the specifications.
Now that we have got the names of the packages out of the way, let us focus on the features that these packages come with. The StartUp package from SiteGround offers the operation of one website along with 10 GB web space and suitability traffic of 10,000 unique visitors per month.
On the other hand, the Hatchling plan from Hostgator too has an unmetered bandwidth. Both these packages support only one domain. However, Hostagtor has a better money back guarantee period of 45-days over Siteground’s 30-day guarantee. Hostgator also offers auto daily backup to keep your work secure and safe.
The second plan from SiteGround is the GrowBig plan. This plan allows multiple websites, has 20GB web space, capable of attracting 25000 unique visitors per month. The premium features that you can get with thus package is priority technical support, SuperCacher for greater speed and free backup restoring. The Baby plan from Hostgator too allows many domains. It offers unmetered bandwidth as well.
Moving on to the third and final package, SiteGround has the GoGeek package and Hostgator has the Business plan. The GoGeek package from SiteGround offers multiple website operation, 30GB web space and can attract 100,000 unique visitors per month. Just like the GrowBig plan this one also does have premium features such as priority technical support, SuperCacher for greater speed and free backup restoring. Furthermore, this package also has a set of Geeky Advanced features such as fewer accounts on server, PCI Compliant servers, WordPress and Joomla Staging and free backups on demand.
All three plan from SiteGround comes with free site transfer, free website builder, 24/7 support, SSD storage, 30-days money back guarantee, free email accounts, free auto daily backups, unmetered traffic & free SSL certification.
Meanwhile, Hostgator too has a set of features that are common to all three of their shared hosting features. Those features include free site transfer, free domain transfer and free website builder. Furthermore, it also offers automatic weekly off-site data backups.
When considering setup speed and flexibility, SiteGround claims that it only takes 3 clicks to setup a new site with them and they call their client to guide them through the process.
Both companies claim to offer 99.99% uptime. Speaking of Uptime, it is now time to see the performance scores that the services from both brands managed to score.
When considering performance, the three factors that are taken into account are page load speed and uptime. In a test conducted, the time recorded for the average page load speed was 3.11 seconds for Hostgator and 3.19 seconds for SiteGround. The best page load time recorded was 1.88 seconds for Hostgator and 2.31 seconds for SiteGround. According to the times recorded it shows that Hostgator is ahead of SiteGround when it comes to page load speed.
The next performance measure is for Uptime. The average uptime for Hostgator is 99.97% and the average for SiteGround 99.96%. The worst uptime for Hostgator is 96.78% whereas the worst for SiteGround is 94.43%. The figures for uptime show that Hostgator has the upper hand once again in uptime results as well.
The features offered by packages from both brands are fairly competitive and are targeted to similar customer groups. Siteground shared plans have given Hostgator a tight competition in terms of features but when it comes to performance, it has to be said that Hostgator performs quite better than SiteGround.