If you’re one of the few looking for budget hosting solutions, Hostinger and HostGator are probably at the top of your list. And rightly so. Among the best names in web hosting, both are very affordable while offering reliable and fast hosting services.
Despite these great features, their reliable 24/7 customer support becomes their easiest selling point, making help available to users whenever something isn’t working as it should. This means a website that is not only fast, but also always working.
As similar as the two web hosts may seem, there are key differences that will likely determine your choice. Read carefully to find out which provider is best suited to your needs.
Hostinger vs HostGator: Key Similarities
Both Hostinger and HostGator have comprehensive plans designed to fit users’ budgets. The difference comes from the way these plans are presented. For example, HostGator has plans for users looking to start a single website, as well as plans if they are creating multiple sites. Hostinger’s plans, on the other hand, are categorized into simpler options.
Additionally, backups, easy integration, and SSD drives are all offered by both hosting platforms. Both also offer VPS, WordPress, cloud and dedicated server hosting and have a 99.9% uptime guarantee, as well as a money back guarantee.
By comparing, you will easily find that Hostinger is the most affordable option with its cheaper plans. Hostinger’s most basic plan is only available at $1.39 per month. Their WordPress and VPS hosting plans are also cheaper than HostGator, at a price of $1.99 and $3.95 respectively.
Hostinger’s basic plan lets you host one website, offers 30GB of SSD storage, weekly backups, and bandwidth capped at 100GB. It’s best for sites that don’t expect a heavy traffic. Other plans offered by Hostinger include cPanel hosting for the price of $1.95 per month, cloud hosting at $9.99 per month, CyberPanel VPS hosting at $3.95 per month, and more.
HostGator shared plans start at $2.75 per month. This plan provides users with a single website and includes free domain registration for a full year. Hostinger’s cheapest dedicated server plan is valid for $89.98 per month, while the highest level costs $139.99 per month.
Ease of use
Beginners prefer Hostinger and HostGator because of the simple interface you’ll find on both platforms, although they use completely different management systems.
HostGator went with the classic cPanel and native UI, which makes the dashboard easy to navigate for beginners. It makes tasks and processes much easier to tackle, not to mention faster. Their dashboard gives you access to billing, market, and other major tools to manage your account.
From setting up your account to managing the account, Hostinger makes the process super easy and fast. Hostinger’s automatic account setup wizard helps you from domain registration to account management. Once done, you can access hPanel, Hostinger’s personalized control panel where you can process your account configurations.
Both are relatively user-friendly and beginner-friendly, but we’re more inclined to use the native interface and cPanel dashboard at the moment. HostGator takes this trick.
Site performance often encounters problems when in shared hosting, a hosted site increases its resource consumption. This is relatively unavoidable, but HostGator protects the performance of their hosted sites by limiting the number of customers hosted by each server. As a result, HostGator sites perform well beyond expectations.
Hostinger’s high-performance SSDs alone provide faster data loading, which translates to up to 99.9% uptime guarantee and relatively higher site loading speed, in part because their servers are located on three continents.
Hostinger’s scalable servers make it an easy choice for reasonable prices and quality performance. HostGator isn’t far behind in terms of performance, but there’s no way to take that spot from Hostinger.
Comparison of dedicated hosting, VPS, WordPress
HostGator’s dedicated hosting plans start at less than $90 per month. Quite steep but when you weigh the features and benefits it’s a pretty good investment. Hostinger does not offer dedicated hosting.
Both Hostinger and HostGator give you VPS hosting options, with HostGator offering twice the RAM at 2GB with its cheapest plan. Hostinger offers dedicated IP while HostGator does not, but Hostinger limits its bandwidth on all plans while HostGator offers unlimited.
You’re also likely to find WordPress hosting in both, but Hostinger has cheaper plans and more options. HostGator only offers three plans to choose from and can only host up to three sites, while Hostinger gives you up to 300. Both are loaded with features and benefits.
While HostGator should win by default with no dedicated hosting with Hostinger, the latter offers more flexibility and proves superior in terms of features.
Comparison of website builders
Zyro, Hostinger’s widely known in-house website builder, lets you publish a website in minutes with a simple and beginner-friendly interface. With Zyro, building a website takes just three steps: choose an SEO-optimized template, drag and drop to edit, and choose a plan to publish.
HostGator’s website builder also offers the “create a website in minutes” feature. Unlike Hostinger, their website builder will require five (easy) steps to get started, including answering some questions, inserting your logo, adding your images, editing, and then launching the site. This website builder also allows drag and drop and has a simple and beginner-friendly interface.
Website builders HostGator and Hostinger both offer non-complex website building, but since only Zyro offers a free trial, Hostinger simplifies this task.
Neither HostGator nor Hostinger takes security and protection lightly. That’s why you’ll get free SSL, regular backups, DDoS protection, and server monitoring included in your plan with both companies. These backups are automated and while Hostinger lets you download and keep your backup files, HostGator clears them weekly.
However, when it comes to advanced security options, HostGator has additional security measures from add-ons that you can find on the cPanel. These features, however, cost a bit more. Hostinger offers some of these advanced features at no additional cost.
Hostinger’s security features are far more appealing, with the free advanced security features sealing the deal.
As mentioned earlier in this article, Hostinger and HostGator will have their support team ready to help you with any issues to keep your website up and running. This means that their team is available 24/7.
Hostinger only has live chat and messenger agents available which means having a live agent is the quickest way to have someone on hand if something goes wrong, which isn’t half as bad, except when you find out that Hostinger has phone agents ready to walk you through troubleshooting steps, in addition to live chat support.
That said, we’ll have to give it to Hostinger’s customer support team.
The comparison we just made has hopefully shown just how close the competition is between these two popular web hosts, which should help if you’re confused and can’t make up your mind.
There is not much difference between these two web hosts as they both offer great performance and offer their quality services in reasonably priced packages.
However, when you take into consideration how much cheaper and more convenient Hostinger’s plans are, not to mention a free trial to use their website builder and free advanced security features, Hostinger gets a huge advantage over its toughest competitor, HostGator.