For those in the web business, choosing a highly dependable web hosting company is crucial. With so many of these companies on the market, finding the right one for you could prove to be an uphill task. Two hosting companies in particular seem to have made a good impression on web professionals; HostGator and DreamHost. In fact, if you take a look around different blogs and forums, you will notice that the debate is usually about which of the two is superior. That’s probably why you’re here too, I presume. Well, you are in luck. In the following post, I will juxtapose the two hosts based on performance and their individual features. Hopefully this will help you make up your mind.
HostGator vs DreamHost?
#1. Industry Longevity.
Both companies have been around for more than a decade. HostGator was founded in 2002 and reportedly hosts over 9million websites. On the other hand, DreamHost was founded way back in 1996 and has enjoyed a steep rise in popularity over recent years.
Verdict: It’s a tie.
#2. User Interface.
HostGator uses cPanel as their control panel. The upside of cPanel is that it’s very user friendly and doesn’t require you to be technical to use it. Additionally, it comes with a 1-click installer for popular scripts like Weebly, Joomla and WordPress which help newbies set up their websites without having to wrestle with complicated control panel functions. HostGator have also gone out of their way to post video tutorials on YouTube, familiarizing newbies on the cPanel .
DreamHost, on the other hand, utilize a much more different one that they call ‘web panel’. This one has more features and those used to cPanel might find it difficult to adjust. It may take you some time but once you get the hang of it, you’ll love it.
Verdict: HostGator wins this round.
#3. Customer Support.
Reliable customer support is a prerequisite for an error-free website.
HostGator offer their users 24/7/365 support complete with online video tutorials to help users resolve issues affecting their websites. You can reach them either by telephone (toll-free), submitting tickets or via live chat (although admittedly, it’s not as fast as it used to be). Their ticketing system is relatively fast though, with responses taking somewhere between one to two hours.
DreamHost doesn’t offer telephone support. However, there’s a small premium on top of your monthly fee that you can pay to have one of the staff call you in person (this amount also covers live chat support). All support is done via email and/or ticketing.
Verdict: HostGator wins again.
#4. Web Hosting Prices & Plans.
There are 3 hosting plans offered by HostGator: The Hatchling plan will cost you about $47.40 in a year ($3.95 per month). The downside is that you only get to host a single domain. The Baby plan will cost you about $59.40 annually ($4.95 per month). It is ideal for those who want to host a number of sites.
Users of HostGator get to choose between paying monthly, quarterly or biannually.
DreamHost only has a single hosting plan which costs $8.95 per month. Their users have to pay a whole year’s fee before they can get a hosting account. This is about $107.40 annually.
Verdict: HostGator has more variety which allows for flexibility. They win.
HostGator host their users’ websites on premier Dual Xeon E5520 2.26GHz server located in Dallas.
DreamHost, on the other hand, use AMD or Intel processors which are more power efficient. There are both dual-core and quad-core processors depending on which plan you choose to go with.
Verdict: It’s a tie.
#6. Speed & Benchmark Tests.
According to results obtained from the Pingdom speed testing tool, websites hosted by HostGator appear to load very fast. Doing so in under a second! Websites hosted by DreamHost had an aveage load time of around 1.35 seconds.
The GtMetrix benchmark test was also a walk in the park for HostGator which loaded the page in a whopping 1.7 seconds compared to DreamHost’s 2.35.
HostGator wins hands down.
#7. Money back guarantee. If you do not like the service or in case you decide not to use the service HostGator promises a full refund in 45 days while Dream Host says 97 days.
#8. Making payments. HostGator – credit card and Paypal. DreamHost – credit card, Paypal and check.
1. Unlimited disk/ storage space for your files
2. Unlimited bandwidth – This means that downloads and uploads to your website or blog aren’t restricted.
3. 99.9% uptime (with DreamHost’s being 100% which is more or less the same ) – Although you share servers with millions of other users, the service never slows down or stops even during periods of heavy use.
4. Both offer unlimited domains, sub-domains and add-on domains. You’re free to run an unlimited number of websites and blogs from your one web hosting account. You can also generate as many subdomains as you like that are attached to your main domain.
NB: HostGator doesn’t offer free domains, but instead charges $12.95 per year for a traditional TDL domain ( .com, .net, .org)
I’d sincerely recommend HostGator over DreamHost any day. Reasons?
1. They have a variety of plans to choose from which offers great flexibility. It is also cheaper plus on your first month you only pay $0.01
2. Sites hosted by HostGator load quicker.
3. Free live chat and telephone support.
4. User-friendly cPanel interface
5. Their security is superb. You are protected from hackers and viruses.
6. 99.9% uptime and a fast server which is good for your readers.
7. 45-day money back guarantee. I get to keep my money in my wallet.
HostGator is obviously the better option.