HostGator vs. BlueHost
In comparing HostGator and BlueHost we noticed several differences in the web hosting services each has to offer. We also found many similarities between BlueHost and HostGator. The chart above gives a quick overview of the HostGator versus BlueHost features. At a glance BlueHost appears to be a better deal. For the same web hosting price as what one would pay with HostGator, BlueHost customers receive a free domain name registration and are allowed unlimited domains on the account. In comparing the differences between HostGator and BlueHost is became apparent that the BlueHost web hosting system is set up to have only one web hosting plan, but it will meet the needs of virtually any personal or small business website. In contrast, HostGator takes a different approach and while still offering unlimited space, bandwidth, and other features, they choose to offer three basic shared web hosting plans. Having three plans to choose from gives each customer the option of paying for only the features they need right now.
Other than the fact that BlueHost provides a free domain name for one year and allows unlimited domains on every account, these BlueHost and HostGator plans are essentially the same. Anytime a customer signs up on a promotional rate (both the BlueHost and HostGator prices listed above are promotional and only apply to the initial web hosting term) the renewal rate will be higher. In the case of BlueHost and HostGator there is quite a difference in the renewal rate. The regular rate, with no HostGator coupon code, for 24 months is just $5.95 per month for the Hatchling plan, the same term at BlueHost will renew at $7.95 per month, with both offering a dollar off per month when choosing the 36 month plan over the 24 month plan. Both offer reliable web hosting service, outstanding customer support, and all the web hosting features and tools one will need to build and maintain any number of websites. The BlueHost features and pricing are a little easier to figure out because they offer just one plan. In comparison, the HostGator options allow for more variation in choosing what you need (SSL certificates, dedicated IPs, etc) and having them included in the web hosting plan. However, BlueHost has all the same options available, you just have to look a little deeper to find the pricing for these extras. We have used BlueHost and HostGator and have been very happy with both. Read some web hosting reviews to learn more and see which is the best web hosting plan for your needs.