Hostgator vs Bluehost

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Which host is better for a small blog with about 2k hits a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    They are the same: owned by the same parent company:

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  • Profile picture of the author Mack
    But one has a gator as their logo... how cool is that?!

    Kidding aside, I use HostGator and it's been a good experience thus far.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    All I can tell you is I used Hostgator for about 8 years and recently ditched them because they merged with a bigger company and ever since their servers have been changed over and the down-time has been much worse.

    For what it's worth I now use LiquidWeb and have been very happy with it.
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    • Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      All I can tell you is I used Hostgator for about 8 years and recently ditched them because they merged with a bigger company and ever since their servers have been changed over and the down-time has been much worse.

      For what it's worth I now use LiquidWeb and have been very happy with it.
      Hmmm. Good to know. I'll have to give Liquid Web a try.
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    They are both the same company. Hostgator used to be good and since they merged, well...

    I use Godaddy. At least I get a live person on the phone 24/7 and they don't play silly games with their affiliates.
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  • Profile picture of the author Luscious84
    hostgator is good. but bad for affiliates. They dont pay them. But that is not what you asked for ^_^
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    • Originally Posted by Luscious84 View Post

      hostgator is good. but bad for affiliates. They dont pay them. But that is not what you asked for ^_^
      That is good to know. What is the better hosting to support affiliates? What about namecheap?
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    VPS at or WPengine.
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  • Profile picture of the author alliance
    I've enjoyed success with hostgator and my websites and their customer service has always been there when needed. I wasn't aware of the Hostgator merger.
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  • Profile picture of the author Graham Maddison
    I would recommend WPengine for dedicated wordpress hosting ..speeds up to 4 x faster than most hosts, but a bit pricey ..you get what you pay for in this world.
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  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    I had a problem with HostGator and changed to HawkHost.

    HostGator shut down service to my hosting (my blogs went down) without any warning because of cache issues. I wish they would have given me at least 24 hours notice before-hand. I would have gladly made the changes they wanted / needed as quickly as possible so that I would not have lost earnings unnecessarily.

    Oh well... live and learn !
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  • Profile picture of the author BarbaraP
    Hostgator servers have been down more than one day in the last 6 months (since the merger). A client was using them and called us to fix it. Another uses GoDaddy and has had issues with them. We've like super fast service and 100% hosting up time at a great price with NameCheap.com. Have used them several years.
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    • Originally Posted by BarbaraP View Post

      Hostgator servers have been down more than one day in the last 6 months (since the merger). A client was using them and called us to fix it. Another uses GoDaddy and has had issues with them. We've like super fast service and 100% hosting up time at a great price with NameCheap.com. Have used them several years.
      Have not heard of namecheap as offering good hosting services.
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      • Profile picture of the author M@tt
        Originally Posted by seoextremewithsophie View Post

        Have not heard of namecheap as offering good hosting services.
        We've been offering hosting for years now with many happy customers

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  • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
    how about some more details about your site(s)? "hits" or "visits" doesn't really equate to anything..

    what type of site?

    location preference?

    what's your budget?

    does the site have a lot of images?

    where are most of your visitors?

    what, if any, problems are you are have you faced so far?
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  • Profile picture of the author rzamananik
    Hostgator is the best hosting provider right now. There support is now terrible. I am now using JaguarPC for my personal uses though I have a reseller from HostGator.
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  • Profile picture of the author dids
    I'm holding on with hostgator for the next couple of months to see if things improve (many sites pain to transfer) they where great hopefully rhey will return to there former glory.
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  • Profile picture of the author tamalanwar
    I have been a Hostgator customer and fan for more than 4 years, they answer all the tech issues and responds quickly. I have 2 shared accounts with lots of personal sites they are running all good.

    I have 1 client site in Bluehost, and I found they are very laggy, the support doesn't help with tech questions, all they say is to tell the developer to fix it. Also this client had just 1 site on the shared server but site was slow. Even page speed tool suggests that server response time is bad.

    So in a nutshell I recommend hostgator.

    Tip: Get a baby plan (middle one) that allows you to have multiple domains/sites per account.
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  • Profile picture of the author geekology
    Originally Posted by Tom Peterson View Post

    Which host is better for a small blog with about 2k hits a day.
    Hostgator should be fine with even 5k-6k of traffic. Make sure to use caching plugins etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brantley Whitley
      I just left hostgator after being a customer for more than five years. Since their sale/merger I've had big problems with their support which was impeccable in the past. Really unfortunate to watch them slide.

      I've recently switched all my sites over to LiquidWeb and have found their support to be out of this world fantastic!

      Someone else already said, "You get what you pay for" and I'm echoing that sentiment 100% when it comes to hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    I have used both hostgator and bluehost, both are good. But recently I am seeing issues with hostgator hosted sites while bluehost sites are diong fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberzolo
    It really wouldn't matter, but if your blog gets a ton of traffic, I would use BlueHost.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicole Thomas
    Both are the same you can go for either of them. I personally prefer Hostgator as I have seen couple of my clients using it and they are really happy with it.
    Hostgator also offer 50% OFF on any web hosting plans which I guess is a good deal
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth Paulson
    Originally Posted by Tom Peterson View Post

    Which host is better for a small blog with about 2k hits a day.
    I am with Hostgator I am quite happy with them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph G Spiteri
      I had been with Hostgator but these few months there service
      has been crap. Servers kept going down and customer service
      that was non existent. I recently move to Veerotech and they
      have just been great very fast servers and the service is fantastic.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
        Originally Posted by Joseph G Spiteri View Post

        I had been with Hostgator but these few months there service
        has been crap. Servers kept going down and customer service
        that was non existent. I recently move to Veerotech and they
        have just been great very fast servers and the service is fantastic.
        Thanks for the mention here & glad to hear you're happy with our services.
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          I've had a Hostgator reseller account for several years, and I haven't seen any of the problems with downtime or reduced/reluctant/rude service. Keeping my fingers crossed.

          My account was down for a few hours when they did an upgrade of some kind on that bank of servers, but they warned me about it several days in advance...
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  • Profile picture of the author Chr
    A lot of people here are saying that they are the same company, which is only sort of true. Both BlueHost and HostGator are owned by the parent company EIG, but not all aspects of the services are merged together so they really should not be thought of as the exact same companies.

    Both are fairly good hosts and either should be fine for 2k views/month.

    One difference that may be important to you is that HostGator offers a reasonable priced plan with a monthly billing cycle while BlueHost requires a longer commitment.



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    hostgator is good. but bad for affiliates. They dont pay them. But that is not what you asked for ^_^
    That's just not true. Both BlueHost and HostGator have well run affiliate programs and both offer very large commissions. There are however clearly explained requirements that someone must be a first-time HostGator customer and they must remain active for at least 60-90 days.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
    I did one site for a client on bluehost a year or so back.. I found it very weird.. I can't recall but possibly it was their c-panel was just different than the one I've been used to on hostgator.

    I still have almost all of my sites on hostgator, and had very few problems and found their telephone support to be very good.
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  • Hostgator is amazing because of the fact alone that any time of the day or night any day of the year I can click live support and chat with someone within 2 or 3 minutes and have anything I need done just like that
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  • Profile picture of the author Brady Partridge
    I've never had a problem with HostGator. But then, I have a fairly undemanding website that doesn't get a ton of traffic (yet).
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  • Profile picture of the author BuzzLab
    If you can effort use Media Temple or Namecheap hosting. The are fantastic.
    HG support and performance is very bad now a days
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  • Profile picture of the author IM Leauge
    I would choose Hostgator for your small blog
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  • Profile picture of the author ppcmanager
    Yup. Hostgator all the way - especially since they allow a lot of niche/verticals not allowed by other hosts like Bluehosts
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    You'll find lots of fan clubs and groupies in the hosting world. The two you mention are pretty much at the same level no matter what anybody says here...particularly if you are going the shared or reseller route.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chosen2013
    Hostgator is pretty known, haven't heard about Bluehost before.
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  • Profile picture of the author CTWilliamson
    I use Hostgator for all my sites. I have been with them for over 8 years and never had a problem. I haven't used support since they moved but it has always been good in the past.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Evans
    Hostgator VPS is absolutely terrible. Their shared hosting accounts are decent, however.
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  • Profile picture of the author Grazina
    I want to say that a2hosting.com is the best in providing quality and affordable hosting services.
    Servers are stable and their tech staff is online around the clock.
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  • Profile picture of the author geotargeted
    Both have pretty crappy page load speeds. Look forward to 10 seconds plus to load your page. This is my experience with both.

    The host I use now is 1 - 1.5 seconds to load the same page that hostgator or blue host would take 10 seconds plus.
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