Hostgator or Bluehost?

by Zero
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Not really sure which to get. because i need unlimited hosting for unlimited domains...
I'm looking at the baby or business plan ($7.95 + $12.95 per month ) for hostgator, however bluehost have 1 package which is just $6.95 which on the surface would seem the better option.

I'm going to be using it to sell stuff. Which should i go for?
#bluehost #hostgator
  • Profile picture of the author Ninawa
    I always go for hostgator: they are totally reliable, their servers never crash, excellent customer service, they wait for you almost a month before cutting your service if you do not pay, REALLY unlimited (most of those who say unlimited don't mean it) and much more.
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    • Profile picture of the author andrealhendrick
      Hostgator imo too. Ive tried both and in comparison my websites that have been hosted on host gator have more uptime and overall better performance.
      Originally Posted by Ninawa View Post

      I always go for hostgator: they are totally reliable, their servers never crash, excellent customer service, they wait for you almost a month before cutting your service if you do not pay, REALLY unlimited (most of those who say unlimited don't mean it) and much more.
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  • Profile picture of the author jrafique
    My vote is also with hostgator specially when you have large no of files because I have heard that Bluehost has put in some limit on the no of files in the unlimited hosting plan even which they don't tell any where.

    I was firstly using mochahost and that was probably the most bad decision of my life. I only used some mb of bandwidth in the unlimited hosting plan and they blocked my account and dropped all of my sites without any notice and said you are consuming high bandwidth and need to upgrade. After 2 days of request they give access to my cpanel and I downloaded my all of the sites data. Now I am using much better hosting and I have 0 second downtime in the last 3 months.
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  • Profile picture of the author money2k
    Another vote for hostgator here. Been using them for a while now with NO issues. Top Notch support as well.

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  • Profile picture of the author alexts
    I have my own servers but when I was on shared hosting,hostgator proved to be very reliable with great support.
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  • Profile picture of the author niceweb
    HostGator for me aswell. Brilliant customer service, from tech to billing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    hostgator or dreamhost

    tried bluehost couple years ago. i won't ever again
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    • Profile picture of the author frodo77
      I have been with Bluehost for 6 months and I have not had any problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexander CPA
    I've been with Host Gator for years and never had a problem with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author DJ DeMarco
    I will recommend Hostgator, since I have good experience with them. Good price with good plan, very reliable for newbie or pro.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mega B
    Hostgator do have a great reputation in the hosting business.
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    Another Vote for Hostgator (feel secure with them - something important).
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  • Profile picture of the author Azlan.MY
    Hi,
    You may want to consider reviews from other users as well. Search for Hostgator negative reviews and you will find some unhappy customers.

    Review HostGator.Is hostgator.com bad host?Host Gator Sucks? Complaints!
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    • Profile picture of the author EdnaM
      I've used both and would recommend hostgator.

      Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author ahlexis
    Go with Hostgator.

    Why? Because if you have ever considered offline marketing, they have something for you that you cannot beat.

    They have templates that are nice included in the CPanel reseller control panel near the bottom. Clicking on that link leads to an interface with what seems like TONS of business styled, nice templates. In talking with their support, I asked questions. They allow you to sell those template designs. The only rule is, since it's their templates they have to stay hosted on a Hostgator server. Move the site to someplace else and it's a copyright violation. I specifically asked if they cared if I sold the design work to a local business, and the response was, "That's fine as long as it stays hosted on a Hostgator server."

    If you are an offline marketer, that means once you narrow down your prospects and start selling, the majority of your site design work is DONE. Oh, and did I mention the Fantastico panel that allows simple, easy installation of a Wordpress site if you decide not to use the templates? It's all in there.

    Also, if anything DOES go wrong, their round-the-clock chat support and PHONE support is available to fix problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author scottlee
    Hostgator. I was with Bluehost & switched over. Their servers are not reliable & goes down every once in a while, hence all your sites go down as well.

    Hostgator is marginally more expensive but they have sales from time to time where you can get really fantastic deals.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr Ex
      I have been with Hostgator for 3 years without any problems.
      Go with Hostgator.

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      • Profile picture of the author lightcam
        Hostgator without a doubt, fantastic customer service, live chat 24/7, cPanel,

        I changed a client over from GoDaddy because of bad customer service.

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  • Profile picture of the author GaryBurke
    definately Hostgator I was with Godaddy but changed to Hostgator for the support and hosting packages.
    I only have the baby package at the moment but I find it is all I need at $9.95pm eventually I will upgrade to reseller
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  • Profile picture of the author faceblogger
    I am using both and both of them are good.

    For blueshost don't pay $6.95. You can buy it for 4.95 through some referrals.
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  • Profile picture of the author tritrain
    I had the very same question.

    I'm going with Hostgator. Apparently we can also have separate C-classes as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author slim182
    I'm using HostMonster that is actually owned by Bluehost, is the same thing and there you can get hosting for 3.95 month unlimited domains/bandwidth, etc. They hay 24/7 chat support and I got to say they will solve any problems or doubts you have, I paid 140$ for 3 years, and so far so good, didn't notice downtime yet.

    However it is as somebody said in a post here, the add-on domains are as subdomains, but that is just a reference, you can access the domains with the real domain of course, and on the FTP it can get a bit confusing if you are not organized with the way you define your new websites structure etc, but if you are organized you will be just fine.

    As for installing WP and other scripts they got the wizards, it is not Fantastico, but you can do it in a couple of clicks as well, I'm happy with it, cheap and good service so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author edwardboey
    I would pick Hostgator as well, using it so far and in VERY HAPPY about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Reuven
    I've been very pleased with Hawkhost.com. Their basic service is $3.95 a month. Unlimited domains and subdomains. Email tech support has been very good and fast but I've rarely had a problem that required any assistance from them. They use cPanel and Fantastico so adding WP blogs is a breeze. The "catch" with their least expensive plan is that you have to pay 3 months at a time. More expensive plans can be billed month to month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jetro2009
    I've tried both. Currently use Hostgator on my main sites. I have 2 sites on Bluehost without any issues but I find Hostgator easier to use. And Bluehost wants the annual fee paid up front instead of monthly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zero
    hmm..so for hostgator which package should i go with? Baby or business?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jetro2009
      Business plan gives you dedicated server from what I was told when I signed up and it's only a few bucks more. Double check though because it's been a few years since I've been with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    Just stick with Hostgator baby plan. I wouldn't trust Bluehost if that was the only host on the net.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lemy Yusento
    I'm voting for hostgator....

    I've been using them and their services are reliable.

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  • Profile picture of the author edhoyz
    I have Hostgator and Bluehost. I like Bluehost.
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    • Profile picture of the author Zero
      Originally Posted by edhoyz View Post

      I have Hostgator and Bluehost. I like Bluehost.
      any particular reason u prefer bluehost over hostgator?
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  • Profile picture of the author 101millionAds
    Bluehost is my favorite.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail Grannum
    I currently use both Bluehost and Hostgator. Hostgator seems cleaner and easier to use. Having my add-on sites being "subdomains" is an unwanted hurdle on several levels. I will continue to use Hostgator for new sites and will move the Bluehost sites to Hostgator in the future.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jack Sprat
      I've been using Bluehost for over a year and am very happy. However, I agree that the addon domain becoming a subdomain is a bit of a pain. I experience on average 1 x 10 minute outage per month. Regarding the file limit issue, it is true, Bluehost have a limit of 200,000 files/folders/emails etc per hosting account.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Collins
    I would avoid BlueHost. I know they say unlimted but the fact is it is "unlimited until" you use a limit they don't disclose. A fellow Warrior (I will not reveal) is going through this now. They were setting up videos and before even making them available to others their site was down for exceeded bandwidth. BlueHost never contacted them. They had to contact support and they were told it was the way BlueHost goes about recommending people upgrade to a larger account. Needless to say they lost a customer. I've used more than a few hosting providers but like Host Gator.
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  • Profile picture of the author FriendlyRob
    My I recommend d9hosting? I switched from Hostgator to D9 and I'm glad I did. Not that there is anything wrong with hostgator but d9 is run by internet marketers, so they know what we need.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlondieWrites
    For the past few years, I've always said both Bluehost and Host Gator. I use both, and have never had a problem with Bluehost in all these years... until yesterday morning.

    You are allowed 100 MySql databases. I had 80 used. Yet I got an email saying that I had 2003 MySql tables and that if I didn't get it down to under 1000, my entire account would be shut down in 14 days. :confused:

    This is something they said they just started. Needless to say, after years with them, they just lost a customer. It will take a few days, and my sites will be down about three days probably, but I am moving all of my business to Host Gator. I talked with them about the issue and they assured me nothing of the sort would happen with them.

    So, that said, I say go with Host Gator. If you plan on having a few blogs, plan on using plugins on those blogs, plan on the blogs growing, then you want Host Gator. If you're with Bluehost now, I would say move to Host Gator. :rolleyes:

    It'll save you a load of headaches that I am going thru now with a ton of blogs that I have to back up and move, plus deal with downtime on all of them while the nameservers switch over.

    Good thing I have lots of headache pills lol.


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  • Profile picture of the author rkcc4
    Originally Posted by Zero View Post

    Not really sure which to get. because i need unlimited hosting for unlimited domains...
    I'm looking at the baby or business plan ($7.95 + $12.95 per month ) for hostgator, however bluehost have 1 package which is just $6.95 which on the surface would seem the better option.

    I'm going to be using it to sell stuff. Which should i go for?
    Although I promote Hostagator, I recommend Dreamhost, they charge $8.95 for unlimited everything and they give you 50gb for backups of your PC.

    They include a free domain and good WHOIS privacy, but I do all my registrations elsewhere for volume discount and bulk management, also they only register the main domains (they can host anything).

    In the end it comes down to reliability and performance, had a project last year and told them was not happy with performance before we went live and they stuck me on a brand new cluster within 4 hours, no work on my part.

    You can create users and allow them to host domains or restrict them to a subset of services (ideal for outsourcing) but those domains can never be hosted by anyone you give a discount to in future.

    They have a great panel, much better than cPanel (which they have an import tool for) a child could use it.
    They have 1click installs for all the usual software and a few more.

    On top of that if you get really busy you can upgrade to a private virtual server with no work, just drag a few sliders for how much ram or CPU you want and wham it is done, beware though, you have to effectively buy two private servers because on virtual servers they seperate the SQL's (not a bad practice for performance reasons).

    They are not very good for affiliates to promote, they give you the ability to just give generate your own codes which gives a discount of up to $97.00 on their plans, that $97 is your commission. I just give out two codes, one of $50 with a charity donation and one with the full $97 dollars which gives the best result on the 2 year plan so it equates to $4.90 a month.

    Monthly $60.90 $51.00
    Yearly $119.40 $97.00
    Two years $214.80 $97.00
    Three years $286.20 $97.00
    Five years $417.00 $97.00
    Ten years $714.00 $97.00

    Their support people are pretty good and you can specify 5 levels of urgency and pay for escalated service (never needed to yet).

    I don't think I am allowed to promote a code on here so I will refrain from doing so.

    One thing, when they say unlimited they mean it

    Disk Storage Unlimited TB+ 50GB Backups
    Monthly Bandwidth Unlimited TB
    Domains Hosted Unlimited
    Full Shell / SSH / FTP / SFTP Users Unlimited E-Mail Accounts (POP/IMAP/Webmail) Unlimited
    MySQL 5 Databases Unlimited
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    Do you get free email accounts with any of these?
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  • Profile picture of the author CraigX
    I personally wouldn't go with either hostgator or bluehost for the simple fact that if you want to set up auto blogs both of these hosting company's will shut your accounts down on an on going basis for using too much of the servers resources up.

    My accounts have been shutdown 3 times for a couple of days each time and it just makes me soooo MAD.

    You will beable to get your sites back up but not without spending hours dealing with the hosting company deleting plugins loading W3 Cache and other plugins on all your sites to help relieve some resources.

    If you just want to upload a few sites then both hostgator and bluehost would be ok. Both company's have really good customer service but if you plan on building many sites forget about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hank Scott
    I've tried both, and have been with Hostgator now more years than I care to count.

    Far better than Blue Host, in my opinion.

    Hostgator's tech support is top rate, and always there when you need it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bcrewse1
      Two thumbs up for Hostgator. I've had them for the last 4 years with a reseller account and NEVER had a problem that didn't get fixed via live chat within minutes. Customer service second to none.

      Barry
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  • Profile picture of the author CClassHosting
    Bluehost sucks royally

    they will hold your domains hostage.... and take them over.
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  • Profile picture of the author omarryam
    seems like host gator comes first according to many sites Best Hosting Companies
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  • Profile picture of the author TamilYoung
    Not really used Bluehost, but Hostgator is simply awesome. Most of the marketers out there use this and their Baby plan is simply incredible. Great support too!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gaston Wolf
    Used bluehost for years now, haven't had any problems with them. Make it easy for me to install wordpress and update them all at once
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    • Profile picture of the author Leadzguy
      I've used both but Hostgator wins handsdown. Hundreds of sites hosted with them. If you have enough sites hosted, they will give you special prices on SSL and install for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Hansen
    I never heard of the other one, but I am using HostGator. So I bet this would another vote for them. They are very good and have an awesome support!


    Let me know if I can help you Warrior to Warrior.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author jonmay
    Another hostgator vote here! And I would get the "baby" plan too. It's the 2nd in their 3 tiered approach. But you can host as many domains as you want to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Niks24
    I am with hostgator as i am using it for more than 2 years with no issues at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    Hostgator. Tried others, always came back. Fast support, friendly, good prices. Best in class. Period.
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  • Profile picture of the author denysapu
    Prefer to hostgator
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelPaul
    Well I have used both and I have to say hostgator is my choice... It used to be with bluehost that you have to pay for a full year service, I don't know if its still that way or not... That's ok if that's what you want to do but I don't like that myself because in the internet world of hosting you never know for what ever reason that you may wake up one day and need to move all your stuff to a different host... I always pay monthly... I will say that bluehost does seem to have a great hosting service... I have never had any problems there... I guess what I'm trying to say is think ahead if bluehost still requires a full year paid in full upfront... You may want to think more of going with hostgator cause you can pay monthly there and can move at any time to a new host... If you do bluehost and want to move you may loose a entire years worth of hosting money... This happened to me one time and they did not refund me... Hope this helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author AdrianCostan
    I've been with hostgator for almost a year now and I have not encountered any severe problems that couldn't he fixed with the help of hostgator support (which BTW is amazing)
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  • Profile picture of the author joergHaus
    Why not try HostTheName.com with the WARRIOR2011 coupon. It will cost you less than 12 bucks a year. Be sure to add a dedicated IP though as with all hosts. Don't mess around with shared IPs - can get you in trouble big time.
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