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Comparing Shared Hosting Value- HostGator vs. Bluehost

When you come to choose a web host provider you are immediately confronted by a range of different features like the number of domains that you can have or the data storage and bandwidth that is included. There is also quite a variance in the monthly costs that they advertise but, depending upon the sorts of shared hosting packages that they are offering a cheaper monthly account may not offer the same value for money performance and features that another supplier provides for an extra dollar or two. On the surface two top web hosts may seem to offer similar services for widely differing prices and this comparison of HostGator vs. Bluehost services will help you to make the right, informed choice between them.

Shared Hosting Features

HostGator advertises that their shared hosting provides unlimited bandwidth and data storage just as Bluehost does but if you look a little more closely the difference between their services becomes apparent. While Bluehost provides a flat rate service that provides unlimited disk space and bandwidth, it also allows you to have as many domains in one account as you like. HostGator’s most basic, and cheapest package permits only one domain per account. HostGator also provides a toll free number that Bluehost doesn’t have available as a part of their service but does include a secure SSL and a dedicated IP.

Control Panel Functions

Both Bluehost and HostGator use the popular C Panel control panel application for their web account management and the only real difference between them is the single click installation service that they use. HostGator include QuickInstall that gives you instant access to over 70 Open Source scripts to install while Bluehost uses Mojo Marketplace which offers a slightly wider range of features and access to premium themes and proprietary software right from their control panel. HostGator’s C Panel also includes a variety of template based web design applications as an alternative to the usual WordPress or Joomla scripts.

Included Functionality

One of the things that divide web hosts is the range of functionality that they make available. HostGator provide e-mail functionality with an autoresponder included with every account as well as a quick database installer. In comparison, Bluehost provide three alternatives for both of those functions as well as a selection of antispam and analytical tools that is larger than those that HostGator includes as a standard part of their shared hosting packages.

Technical Support and Service

Both web hosts offer 24/7 technical support via either a toll free number, e-mail or live chat services. Bluehost make a point of promoting the fact that their technical support staff are completely in house and work from the same data center in Provo, Utah where they house their state of the art server complex. HostGator, on the other hand, only indicate that the support is available and direct users to try the forums for solutions to their technical issues. Both companies provide automatic backups of your websites and server monitoring that ensures maximum uptime for all of your online properties.

Price Structure

The price of the shared hosting from Bluehost is a simple flat rate that provides all of the features and functionality. In contrast HostGator have a three tiered package structure that provides a basic single domain account for a very low price but adds to the monthly rate as you increase the functionality that you want to access. This means that for a full featured account HostGator is several dollars a month more expensive than Bluehost but for a simple, single site account HostGator provides better value for money.

This shows that there is more to differentiate between webhosts than just the price that they advertise on their home pages. When it comes to the quality of the service and support there is very little to separate the offerings from either Bluehost or HostGator and making the right choice for your website really comes down to how much internet you need to use. For a hobby blogger or even a small online business a Hatchling Plan from HostGator may provide all of the features and functionality that you need. At the same time, if you intend to have more than one domain or want to create a number of databases then the all inclusive flat rate for Bluehost’s services may provide a more flexible option that is more in line with your needs.

Simple Bluehost Pricing Provides Easy to Understand Webhosting Value

Unlike many of the webhosting services on the internet right now, Bluehost provides a simple pricing structure that doesn’t restrict any of the features that their competition often makes you pay extra for. The basic shared webhosting package from Bluehost provides unlimited bandwidth, disk storage and space for as many domains as you want to use. It also comes fully featured with a comprehensive list of single click script installers so there is no more to spend once you are signed up. They also offer a range of Virtual Private Server (VPS) packages for resellers as well as cloud technology backed dedicated hosting for larger users.

Shared Web Hosting Services

Bluehost’s shared webhosting services provide a complete service for a flat monthly rate. This includes unlimited data transfer speed, limitless disk storage space on their servers and room for as many add on domains and sub domains as you want to use and you can also park as many inactive or unused domains on your account as you like. It also allows you to create as many databases as you need to and provides a choice of management tools including the familiar MySQL and PHP Pearl applications.

Bluehost shared webhosting accounts allow an unlimited number of e-mail addresses to be created and also come with a choice of e-mail service options as well as autoresponders and all of the tools that you need to make e-mail an effective marketing tool for your websites. The complete array of simple to install scripts are also included in the simple, single flat monthly rate that means that you won’t have to upgrade your account as your website and its traffic grows.

VPS Hosting Services

For users whose needs are more comprehensive Bluehost provides a fully featured Virtual Private Server that provides super fast data speeds and on demand provisioning. It gives you much greater control of your internet assets with complete root access and guaranteed availability of all of your online resources using their cloud based KVM hyper virtualization technology. All VPS accounts come complete with an enhanced C Panel environment that extends the feature set that is available and allows you to manage your entire web hosting accounts with just one log in.

There is a choice of four levels of service based on the CPU speed, amount of RAM and disk storage space that you need to use. Beginning with the Standard package which provides single core performance coupled with 2GB of RAM, 30GB of storage space and 1 TB of data transfer per month, the packages increase in increments to the top of the range Ultimate package. This offers the quad core CPU option with 8GB of RAM, 240 GB of disk storage and up to 4 TB per month of data transfer which is suitable for even the highest traffic domains. These four packages are offered for a simple to understand flat monthly rate and your plan can be changed quickly and easily as your needs change.

Dedicated Web Hosting

For websites that require extra security or users that want the added speed and functionality that comes with keeping their own servers, Bluehost provides a comprehensive choice of Dedicated Server packages for an all inclusive monthly rate. The dedicated servers feature super fast quad core technology and offer a choice of the amount of RAM that you want to use. The standard package provides a 3 MB cache along with 1 TB of disk storage and 5 TB per month of data transfer. The mid range package increases the cache to 8 MB along with 8GB of RAM to guarantee a fast user download experience for your website’s visitors. It also provides two 1 TB HDD disks for storage and allows up to 10 TB of monthly data transfer. The Premium dedicated server package provides all of those features and upgrades the RAM to 16 GB and the data transfer to 15 TB per month, enough to handle even the highest traffic websites. Extra HDD disk storage is also available for all dedicated server accounts.

Dedicated server accounts come with all of the features that are available to VPS customers including enhanced C Panel functionality, complete root access as well as instant provisioning that is all backed up by 24/7 tech support via either the toll free number, e-mail or live, online chat. Regardless of your webhosting needs, Bluehost has a simple package that will suit your requirements as well as your budget.