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Hostgator vs. GoDaddy

Last updated on: April 2021

The Only Unbiased Review You Will Have To Read

Once again, Mike “The Web Hosting Guy” comes to save your day!

So here is the situation: You want to host your website and you have found that Hostgator and GoDaddy are good options… but which one is the absolute best?

Don’t worry, be happy! I’m going to save you a lot of time, because I’ve already reviewed and compared them. So, just read this page and find everything you need to take the best decision!

Why Hostgator and GoDaddy?

Before I go all in on the review and comparison, I like to explain why I have chosen these companies:

  1. They have been in the market for several years
  2. They offer different services and plans that are ideal for diverse kinds of businesses
  3. Excellent technology for providing reliable hosting services
  4. Awesome prices and great deals.

Both are solid options, and I’ve already compared Bluehost against them both, but now it is time to find out what company offers exactly what your business needs!

Hostgator Logo Hostgator vs. GoDaddy | The Hosting Institute

Overall Rating:

  • 99.9% Uptime
  • $2.95
  • Excellent Customer Support
GoDaddy Logo Hostgator vs. GoDaddy | The Hosting Institute

Overall Rating:

  • 99.7% Uptime
  • $3.95
  • Lacks in Customer Support

The Plans:

Like always, let’s check the plans offered by each company:


  1. Web Hosting (Hatchling, Baby, Business)
  2. Cloud Hosting (Hatchling, Baby, Business)
  3. WordPress Hosting (Starter, Standard, Business)
  4. Dedicated Hosting (Value, Power, Enterprise)
  5. VPS Hosting (Snappy 2000, Snappy 4000, Snappy 8000)
Hostgator Hostgator vs. GoDaddy | The Hosting Institute


  1. Web Hosting (Economy, Deluxe, Ultimate)
  2. Business Hosting (Launch, Enhance, Grow, Expand)
  3. Managed WordPress Hosting (Basic, Deluxe, Ultimate)
  4. VPS Hosting (Economy, Value, Deluxe, Ultimate)
  5. Dedicated Servers (Economy, Value, Deluxe, Ultimate).
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As we are going to see, they are pretty close in terms of pricing. But, without wasting any more time, let’s get straight into the review and comparison!

Web Hosting Versus:

By the way, it is the same as shared hosting only that labeled with another name.

As I stated in my comparison of Bluehost vs. GoDaddy, I believe that this is excellent marketing, because the word “shared” has some negative connotations that may scare some potential customers away.

However, in the end, they are the same thing. Nonetheless, there are different plans, and the top-tier ones are more suitable for those projects with aims to grow more and eventually upgrade to better hosting options (cloud/business hosting, VPS, a dedicated server, etc.).

Price (month)
N° of Domains
Free Domain
(Annual Plan)
(Annual Plan)
(Annual Plan)
Website Space
Email Accounts
SSL Certificate
Dedicated IP
Uptime Guarantee

As you can see, the compete very closely in terms of prices, but in this department Hostgator is the winner.

However, in order to get access to those prices, you will have to pay 36 months in advance with any of these companies and that’s a downside, but provided that the prices are already so low, it shouldn’t be a problem for most people.

What I like about HostGator’s Business plan is that it offers you the same characteristics as GoDaddy’s Ultimate plan but for a lower price and gives you a free dedicated IP and that’s huge.

If you ask me, HG offers far more value with their top-tier plan in this category than GD, so my recommendation for you is evident.

However, remember that this kind of hosting is only suitable for small projects, personal blog and for small businesses that don’t expect a lot of traffic.

You will be sharing resources with other clients, and therefore, you won’t have what you need to run a high-end online portal, a big e-commerce store or any website that requires enormous resources.

Even though these plans offer you unlimited web hosting and unmetered bandwidth, they will only remain that way until you hit the limits, and once you do so, they will warn you to stop.

Now that you know what I think about the shared hosting plans of these companies, it is time for you to go ahead and choose the best option for your business, but as I stated, I prefer HG’s Business plan.

Cloud Hosting by HostGator or Business Hosting by GoDaddy?

These plans are the “upgrade” after shared hosting, because they offer you far more resources and thereby they are suitable for business and projects with bigger needs.

However, as I stated in the comparison of BH vs. GD, it’d be a mistake to compare the cloud hosting plans vs. the business hosting plans, and that’s why I will review them separately, so you can pick the one that better suits your needs.

Cloud Hosting Analysis and Review:

Cloud Hosting Analysis and Review: Hostgator VS Godaddy | The Hosting Institute
Why is it so special?

When compared to traditional shared hosting – especially if it runs on Hard Disk Drives – the advantages are several and indeed very attractive:

  1. It offers websites a better performance which is more speed and excellent reliability
  2. More safety thanks to content mirroring across multiple devices
  3. Protection against failovers, because your website can be easily switched to another server
  4. Integrated caching for more speed.
Price (month)$4.95$7.95$9.95
N° of Domains1UnlimitedUnlimited
Website SpaceUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Available CPU246
Bandwidth UnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Local CachingYESYESYES
SSL CertificateNONOYES
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%99.9%99.9%

You are smart enough to understand why cloud hosting is so attractive, and as we are going to see, the prices are not very expensive:

Moreover, HostGator offers other excellent features when you choose cloud hosting instead of traditional web hosting:

  1. More resources thanks to its High Traffic Lift, up to x4 more resources, which is excellent for those high traffic spikes that your website might experience
  2. A speed booster for improving the performance of your site, making it up to x2 times faster, and you should know that the faster your website is, the more your visitors will like it
  3. Built-in Performance Dashboard in cPanel.

I’d recommend you to choose cloud hosting if you want to keep your costs low and at the same time get a better performance than what shared hosting can offer you.

If that’s what you are after, then I can recommend you to choose the HG’s Business plan, because it is affordable and comes with a free dedicated IP and free SSL certificate.

What kind of websites could you run with these plans?

Here you have some ideas:

  1. A small or medium-sized e-commerce store
  2. A personal blog that is gaining momentum and growing
  3. A website for a small business in your locality
  4. Lead generation websites that don’t get a lot of traffic.

And the list can go on and on, but the principle here remains the same: as long as you don’t have gigantic needs – like a very big e-commerce store – then you will be fine with these plans, especially the Business one.

Now, it is time to see what GoDaddy has to offer with its Business Hosting plans:

Business Hosting by GoDaddy:

It is basically a Virtual Private Server (VPS) but without the technical part, which is perfect for beginners or users who don’t really want to bother with the geekiest aspects of it.

However, if you want to keep the costs down, then I invite you to read my comparison on their VPS hosting plans, because they are more affordable, but you will have to deal with the technical challenges. If that’s not a problem for you, then you will save money.

Anyway, let’s see what GoDaddy brings to the table:

What are the advantages in comparison to normal web/shared hosting?

Here are the most relevant:

  1. They run on a VPS platform, which means you will get dedicated resources, more speed and better reliability, making these plan excellent for website with bigger needs than your average personal blog or small and basic site
  2. Multiple layers of server-level security to protect your websites at all times
  3. No technical skills needed, as these plans have been designed thinking about beginners.

These are the most remarkable advantages, and in my opinion, the extra security, dedicated resources and add-ons for speed, make these plans far more attractive.

Here you have the plans: 


(Great For E-commerce)

Price (month)$19.99$24.99$34.99$49.99
N° of Domains1111
Monthly avg. trafficUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Website Space60GB90GB120GB150GB
Backup SpaceNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot Specified
Bandwidth UnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Dedicated IP1111
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.99%99.99%99.99%99.99%

You can easily see that they come with very interesting features that will suit the most demanding websites, but are the prices justified?

I think that yes, because they save you everything technical wise and simply let you enjoy the benefits of a powerful VPS hosting plan.

Therefore, if you are a business owner who has a demanding website, yet don’t want to bother with the technical aspects, then these plans will suit you perfectly.

However, I still believe that the Business cloud hosting plan by HostGator is a true rival to the lowest-tier plan in this category. Therefore, if you want to get a very similar performance, then stick to HG, because you will save a lot of money.

Nonetheless, if your business demands far more resources then explore these plans and go for one of them if you do not really have the technical skills or do not want to bother with it in the slightest.

Now it is time to compare the WordPress hosting plans!

WordPress Hosting Versus:

WordPress Hosting Versus Hostgator vs. GoDaddy | The Hosting Institute

There is no doubt that WP has become the most popular CMS in the world, and it is due to its ease of use, great scalability and adaptability and tons of plugins and themes you can customize it with.

Even the least technical persons can work with WP without major problems, and these hosting plans are perfect for you in case you feel identified, because they save you from running into the technical aspect and simply give you the good stuff!

Without anything more to add, let’s see what they bring to the table:

Price (month)$5.95$7.95$9.95$3.99$4.99$7.99
N° of Domains123112
Monthly avg. traffic100K200K500K25K100K400K
Website SpaceUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered10 GB SSD15 GB SSD30 GB SSD
Backup Space1GB2GB3GBNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot Specified
RAMNot specifiedNot specifiedNot specifiedNot specifiedNot specifiedNot specified
Bandwidth UnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%

GoDaddy is the cheapest option here and I believe that it wins in this department, because the most complete plan, the Ultimate, gives you more value for a lower price:

  1. SSD web hosting, which will make your website faster
  2. Free dedicated IP
  3. Free SSL certificate.

But how come that 30 GB is better than “unlimited”? Because, as I have said before, unlimited is a tricky word and is not exactly what it means, because when you hit the limits, you will be warned to stop.

It is better to have a clear notion of how much space you can really use, and it is excellent that it is SSD hosting, because it will make your website faster, and as you probably know, speed is everything nowadays, because it can yield you more conversions, and therefore, a better return of investment.

Feel like these plans are not enough for your WordPress needs? Then worry not, because GoDaddy has special plans for pros like you:

PlanPro 1Pro 5Pro 10Pro 25
Price (month)$14.99$54.99$84.99$149.99
N° of Domains151025
Monthly avg. traffic100K200K500K1M
Website Space20 GB SSD50 GB SSD80 GB SSD100 GB SSD
Backup SpaceNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot Specified
RAMNot specifiedNot specifiedNot specifiedNot specified
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%


These plans are far more expensive, but they bring you more resources and they are designed for real pros who are running lots of websites or a business and need the best hosting for their clients.

I will keep my answer short:

If the above plans are not enough for you, and you still need something especially designed for WordPress, then these pro plans by GoDaddy are everything you need!

In a nutshell, this is everything you will get:

  1. Excellent design tools for creating WP websites in just a few minutes
  2. A panel for easily administering all of your websites or your clients’
  3. Incredible add-ons for speed: PHP7, CDN, built-in caching and dedicated resources.

Now it is time to step the leagues and review the VPS hosting plans by both companies:

VPS Hosting Versus:

VPS Hosting Versus Hostgator vs. GoDaddy | The Hosting Institute

I’ve already explained the advantages of VPS hosting in previous comparisons, but here you have them in a summary:

  1. More speed for your website
  2. Greater limits for scalability
  3. Dedicated resources for your website
  4. The possibility to host multiple sites without problems
  5. Practically everything a dedicated server offers but without the high cost
  6. Maximum data protection
  7. Fully flexible
  8. Almost endless possibilities for customization in the deepest technical aspects.

All in all, if you want to take everything to the next level, and customize your hosting to the real and specific needs of your business, then this is what you need.

Let’s see how well their plans compare against each other. However, before we go into it, remember that GoDaddy offers Linux and Windows plans, but worry not, because we will compare them:

 HostGatorGoDaddy (Linux)
PlanSnappy 2000Snappy 4000Snappy 8000EconomyValueDeluxeUltimate
Price (month)$19.95$29.95$39.95$17.99$21.99$26.99$39.99
N° of DomainsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Website Space120 GB165 GB240 GB40 GB60 GB120 GB240 GB
Bandwidth 1.5 TB2 TB3 TBUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
IP Addresses 2223333
Uptime Guarantee99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%


 HostGatorGoDaddy (Windows)
PlanSnappy 2000Snappy 4000Snappy 8000EconomyValueDeluxeUltimate
Price (month)$19.95$29.95$39.95$27.99$32.99$36.99$49.99
N° of DomainsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Website Space120 GB165 GB240 GB40 GB90 GB120 GB240 GB
Bandwidth 1.5 TB2 TB3 TBUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
IP Addresses 2223333
Uptime Guarantee99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%


Unless you know what you are doing, stick to Linux. It will make your life easier, and as you can easily tell, it is much cheaper.

With HostGator, when you order a plan, CentOS 6 (Linux) will come installed by default.

As I said, you don’t really need Windows VPS hosting unless you really need know what you are doing, and if you have found out that Windows offers you features that Linux cannot and that are vital for your project.

Therefore, let’s simply focus on Linux… and what do you think Mike? What VPS plan should I choose?

They are very close in terms of pricing, but I like how HostGator discloses how many CPUs they allocate for each plan, something that GoDaddy does not do and it is not okay, because you as the customer deserve to know it.

However, GoDaddy defeat HG in the number of IPs they bring you, and this is vital, because every extra dedicated IP will cost you a fixed fee, and this will add up your costs.

Anyway, I have a preference for HG because so far now I’ve been satisfied with their Snappy 8000 plan and the customer support for it has been incredible. Nothing to complaint about it here.

Nonetheless, you are the one who has the last word my friend! Take your time to compare the features I’ve laid out on this comparison to pick the best plan for your business.

“But hold on Mike! Why do you prefer HostGator?!”

Well, here you have my reasons in case you are not satisfied with my previous answer, which is evident!

Why do I prefer HostGator for VPS hosting to GoDaddy?

  1. The hardware is powerful and state of the art. I like the fact that AMD and Intel work with them in order to maintain an optimal performance in all their plans
  2. I love the customer support, because when you are dealing with some pretty dense geeky and technical stuff, you will need help every now and then, and HostGator has always been there for me
  3. They offer you tons of developer tools and thousands of website templates, and this is especially useful if you want to set up hundreds of websites (think of black hat online marketing campaign for example).

Are you happy now? This is why I prefer it, and I can tell you from now that you won’t be disappointed if you decide to follow the same path as me!

Now it is time to review the dedicated server plans:

Dedicated Server Versus:

Dedicated Server Versus Hostgator vs. GoDaddy | The Hosting Institute

Likewise, I’ve already explain in previous review the advantages of a dedi server, but here you have them again:

  1. The best option for websites with tons of traffic, because you will get an entire server and all of its power and resources at your entire disposal
  2. Root access for total customization, which is excellent if your business has specific needs that no other plan can meet
  3. Fully dedicated resources for optimal performance of your sites
  4. Superior security
  5. Total flexibility for any kind of project.

If you know what you are looking for, then you already know why you need a dedicated server, so let’s go down to the comparison:

Price (month)$119$139$149$69.99$99.99$109.99$129.99
N° of DomainsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainNONONO1111
Speed 4 Cores,

8 Threads

8 Cores,

16 Threads

8 Cores,

16 Threads

4 CPU Cores @ 3.1 GHz4 CPU Cores @ 3.1 GHz4 CPU Cores @ 3.1 GHz4 CPU Cores @ 3.1 GHz
CPU TechIntel Xeon-D CPUIntel Xeon-D CPUIntel Xeon-D CPUNot
Website Space1 TB HDD2 TB HDD or
512 GB SSD


1.5 TB


2 TB


2 TB


RAM8 GB16 GB30 GB4 GB8 GB16 GB32 GB
Bandwidth UnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
IP Addresses 3-53-53-53333
Uptime Guarantee99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%


If you want an entry-level dedicated server to test the waters as learn as you go, or in case your project is not so big, then the GoDaddy’s Economy plan will suit you perfectly.

However, there’s one thing that I don’t like and is that GoDaddy doesn’t disclose the technology of their CPUs, and that’s not good. On the other hand, with HG you will get powerful Intel Xeon-D CPUs ready to power up your website.

Another advantage of HG over GD is that you get to choose between HDD and SSD, and by now you should know that the latter option is much better, because it will make your website considerably faster.

With HostGator you can choose between a semi-managed or managed, whereas with GoDaddy you can choose between a self-managed, managed or fully managed server.

Now that you have the features of each plan here, it will be easy for you to pick a winner. So, take your time to do so, because both companies are solid, but again, my favorite is HostGator and I will let you know why.

Why do I prefer Hostgator for dedicated server hosting?

I’m unbiased in the sense that I present both companies as they are, but in certain plans, I have my own preferences, and just like VPS, I always prefer Hostgator to GoDaddy when it comes to dedicated servers.

But why? Here you have the reasons:

  1. The customer support is incredibly superior, especially when it comes to very technical problems that need professional and fast assistance
  2. They offer SSD hosting which makes my websites faster
  3. They offer me data center level DDOS protection and a strong IP based firewall to protect your entire server
  4. Unlimited databases and MySQL access
  5. Fully redundant network for optimal performance.

One of the things that I love the most about web hosting companies is a good, fast and reliable customer support, and this is the case with HostGator.

Now that I’ve finished reviewing all of their plans, it is time to go down to the fundamentals and compare them in the following sections.

Speed and Performance: What Makes Them a Good and Reliable Choice?

Let’s go down to review them side-by-side:



They guarantee you a 99.9% uptime just like GoDaddy, but so far now they have respected it.

The company offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee, but they have not respected it in the past, because they are the ones who determine it, even if you present proofs that say the contrary. This is a red flag in my opinion.

First, they offer a CDN (CloudFlare) for reliable and on-time content delivery. Second, they offer built-in redundancy and a Linux container that work together for making your websites faster.

Their tech for speed includes Intel Core i7 processors that are proven to make servers work pretty fast and efficiently.

CF comes installed and activated by default.

CloudFlare needs manual activation.

Datacenters in USA, China, India and Europe.

It has 9 different data centers disseminated around the world: Los Angeles, Chicago, Amsterdam, Singapore, Virginia, Ashburn, Chicago, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Mesa

Personally, I like HostGator’s technology, especially that they include SSD in practically all of their plans. That’s a huge upside in their favor, because you will experience in first person the increase in speed and performance your websites will undergo.

They are pretty close in this section, but I have to decide in favor of HG, because I’ve experience on my own how fast their plans are, especially for VPS and dedicated server hosting.

How Secure Are They? – A Side-by-side Analysis

Let’s go down quickly to the facts:



SiteLock partnership, which will make your website secure in the case of attacks or other online threats that menace the internet.

They do the analysis and monitoring of your websites with their own solutions.

Customer firewall rules and anti-DDOS technology. Their datacenters come with network-level flood protection, which is precious, because this feature will protect you in the event of problems.

GoDaddy’s plans come with protection against DDOS attacks.

Automatic backups by CodeGuard (paid)

Automatic backups (Paid).

I would say that both companies are pretty secure, because they take it seriously, especially in a time where hacking has become so normal.

However, if you want to remain even safer in nowadays online world, then you need to take your own measures and that includes using strong password and solely installing official scripts, plugins, themes, etc.

This is a draw here, because they both are equipped with what’s needed to protect your websites, but in case you want to be in favor of one company in concrete, then I invite you read the next section:

Customer Support Review: What Company Is The Winner?

Ok, HostGator has its own flaws, but customer support is reliable and unfortunately I cannot say the same about GoDaddy.

I mean, they offer you channels to get support through, but they are not as reliable as one would expect, especially for high-end plans that need and deserve dedicated and specialized assistance.

That is why I favor HostGator in this category, because they have proven over and over again that they know how to solve problems and how to do it fast, and I say it because I’ve experienced it myself.

That’s all I have to say here, because this is equally important for beginners and advanced users alike, because we all need assistance and we need it professional and quick.

What Company Is The Best for Beginners?



It doesn’t bring you a free domain with any plan.

Free Domain with every plan, that’s cool!

The team at HG will migrate your site for free without any problem, as long as you do it within 30 days of creating your account.

Migrating your sites from other hosting company to GD won’t cost you a cent.

You can install everything you need easily and quickly, it is so simple that even a total beginner can do it.

Every theme, script, plugin or virtually anything you might need to set up your website is just a few clicks away.

You will get website builder tools with any plan you choose.

If you choose any of the WP Hosting for Web Pros plans, you will get drag-n-drop tools by Beaver Builder, so you can customize your sites as much as you can.

You will get excellent marketing offers (they vary from plan to plan, like Adwords credits).

You won’t get any marketing offer.

Once again, they are pretty close in this department as well, and I will call it a draw. The fact that HG brings you free marketing offers will make it a better option than GD, whereas some will prefer a free domain with every plan on the other hand.

It is up to you, so choose wisely!

However, I have to say that all of them are easy to manage, but if you are not a technical person, then stick to WP, web/shared, business and cloud hosting, because a VPS or dedicated server may be a real challenge for you, and that could generate your problems.

Mike, What Plan Do You Recommend Me?

I’m a total beginner yet I want an excellent performance and reliability!

I’d encourage you to discard the lowest-tier plans and go for any of these, because the higher costs totally justify the superior performance:

  1. GoDaddy’s WP hosting plans, because they come with SSD storage and are considerably cheaper than HG’s
  2. Cloud hosting plans by HostGator, because they are cheap and pretty much everything what a beginner like you needs!

I’m reselling hosting or I need to manage all of my clients’ website, yet I lack technical skills!

I’d not even bother with VPS, because if you just want to set up your business and resell hosting, then you can opt for HostGator’s reseller plans, or on the other hand, you can opt for the WP Hosting for Web Pros plans by GoDaddy.

These are the best options for you, but in case you are really technical, then a VPS or dedicated server are better and more affordable options.

I want to launch a big e-commerce store, the traffic is there and I only need to build the site

If you already have everything planned, then you should go for any of these solutions:

  1. GD’s Business plans: Grow or Expand if you are not very technical
  2. A VPS by HostGator
  3. A dedicated server by HostGator.

I need to set up tons of websites for a massive online marketing operation

I won’t ask many questions, but your best pick here is a VPS hosting plan, and I especially recommend you the Snappy 8000 by HostGator, because it will offer you everything you need to set up tons of websites, receive tons of traffic and maintain an optimal performance all the time.

And yes, I recommend you to stick to Linux, because it is easier to manage and far more secure. Remember that with such operations you may be the target of other marketers, and thereby you will want to be safe, and fortunately, HG has the technology to accomplish so.

Conclusion and Final Words:

Now you know everything about each company!

This has been a long and fun ride, don’t you think so? Now, with so much info, you can tell what plan your business really needs, because I’ve even given you special recommendations for concrete cases.

However, in case you have questions or doubts, feel free to drop a comment or contact me. I will get back to you as soon as possible!