Choosing between two good web hosts just as in HostPapa vs. HostGator is certainly not an easy task. It takes a deep analysis of various aspects to have a clear picture.
This is again not everyone's cup of tea considering the amount of time, patience, and understanding required for such an analysis.
However, I did thorough research on both the services before writing this review. You only have to go through the review and by the end of this post, you can certainly choose the best for you.
HostPapa Vs HostGator Overview
HostPapa began its journey back in 2006 and over the years, HostPapa has maintained a good track record in terms of performance and security.
HostPapa hosting service is also pretty affordable and on top of that, it comprises various free features that aren't offered for free by many other web hosts.
Some of these features are FREE Domain name, Site Migration for zero additional charges, and Website Builder.
HostGator started in 2002 and deals in Shared, Cloud, WordPress, Reseller, VPS, and Dedicated hosting. Besides having many advanced features, the company has been able to keep things largely simple for its customers.
The service consists of an easy-to-use control panel for the customers to conveniently manage their hosting accounts. That's why the company is pretty popular among the customers.
HostPapa Vs HostGator Features
Performance is certainly the first important factor to consider when it comes to choosing a web hosting service. This factor needs to be carefully tested. As a part of my testing, I hosted a demo site on both the platforms.
As I monitored the uptime and speed, my HostPapa site recorded an uptime of 99.95% and a loading time of 405ms.
My HostGator site recorded 99.98% uptime but I was a bit disappointed by the site's speed which was around 1,190ms.
HostPapa certainly offers better performance than HostGator.
As far as security goes, the HostPapa hosting service is pretty good and includes FREE SSL to encrypt your traffic, firewalls to prevent your site from hackers and malware.
Apart from that, users can buy add-ons such as Protection Power Website Security, and Automated Website Backup for extra security.
Besides, most of the security features at HostGator are only available as add-ons such as CodeGuard for Daily Automatic Backups, SiteLock for Daily Malware and Vulnerability Scan, and Domain Privacy for protecting your personal information against theft.
Site Migration is a pretty simple process in HostPapa with professional assistance for zero extra charges. The experts will transfer your website from the old web hosting account to HostPapa. Besides, they will also update the DNS.
HostGator comes with 1 professional Site Transfer too for no additional fee and the technical team would transfer your website files, databases, and email accounts from the old web hosting account to HostGator and update the DNS to have your nameservers pointed to the HostGator server.
HostPapa data center locations comprise Toronto (Canada) and Los Angeles (USA).
HostGator has two data center locations and both lie in the USA; Provo (Utah) and Houston (Texas).
HostPapa offers a pretty reliable customer support service through phone, email, and live chat. Besides, customers can also refer to the video tutorials and the knowledge base anytime they want.
HostGator provides customer support through email, phone, fax, and live chat. However, HostGator Chat is characterized by long waiting times. Apart from that, the executives seem to be less friendly and they also lack product knowledge.
HostPapa Vs HostGator Pricing
With HostPapa hosting, you have 3 hosting plans to select from; Starter for $3.95, Business for $3.95, and Business Pro for $12.95. However, if you get an account during HostPapa Black Friday Sale, the pricing will be discounted up to 99% OFF.
Starter includes 2 websites support, FREE domain registration, 100GB SSD Disk Space, and Unlimited Bandwidth, and SSL.
The business includes unlimited websites support, Unlimited SSD Disk Space, bandwidth unlimited, other advanced features plus features of Starter.
Business Pro comprises the Business plan features plus performance enhancements features and security enhancements features.
All the plans come with a 30 days money-back guarantee and bandwidth unlimited.
HostGator offers you 3 shared hosting plans to choose from; Hatchling for $2.75, Baby for $3.95, and Business for $5.95.
Hatchling consists of 1 website support, Free Website Transfer, Unlimited Bandwidth, Free SSL Certificate, and Free Domain for the first year.
Baby includes unlimited Domain support alongside the Hatchling plan features.
The business includes Baby plan features plus Free Upgrade to Positive SSL, Free Dedicated IP, and Free SEO Tools.
All the plans are covered by a 45 days money-back guarantee.
With this, we pretty much come to the end of the HostPapa vs. HostGator review. By now, you should certainly have a clear picture of the two web hosts in front of you.
However, I found HostPapa a lot better than HostGator in terms of Performance and Support. Further, HostPapa hosting service also comes with an advanced Website Builder and you surely need to give it a try.