- By Joe Fylan
- December 24, 2020
If you’re looking for fast yet affordable web hosting, HostGator and GoDaddy are two of the most well-known providers of this type of service.
However, while the headline features and prices of both hosts look similar, as our tests reveal, there are significant differences in performance when it comes to site speed and the ability to handle multiple simultaneous visitors.
So if you’re considering HostGator or GoDaddy, the results from our tests carried out using paid tools as well as our evaluation of their features and hosting technology will enable you to make an educated decision on which host to sign up with, or whether you should look elsewhere.
HostGator vs GoDaddy Shared Hosting Plan Details
Both HostGator and GoDaddy have hosting plans for all types of websites, but for this comparison, we’re focusing on their affordable WordPress-friendly entry-level shared hosting services. Later on in this comparison, we also take a quick look at their WordPress-only plans to see how they differ from the regular shared plans.
Our comparison starts with some points to consider when choosing a plan before looking at the prices of the different HostGator and GoDaddy shared hosting services.
After that, we explore the key features of the shared hosting plans and their main differences. Next, we share the results from our performance tests that reveal who is the fastest shared host and whether websites hosted by HostGator or GoDaddy are better at handling multiple visitors at the same time.
So let’s begin with a look at what to consider before signing up with a new shared hosting provider…
As you’re about to see, the HostGator and GoDaddy shared hosting plans are very affordable. However, be aware that the lowest advertised prices are only available for new contracts, and also that the longer your contract, the lower equivalent monthly fee you’ll pay. Once your initial contract is up, you’ll pay a higher rate to renew your plan. Again, how much more depends on the length of your renewal contract.
Due to this, it’s important to check out the full price before choosing a plan, rather than just looking at the reduced promotional rates. Doing so should help prevent your host from becoming too expensive once your initial contract is up and it’s time to renew.
However, as your initial contract can be up to three years long with both hosts, you can lock in these promotional rates for a considerable amount of time.
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This article was written by Joe Fylan and originally published on WinningWP.