Many people are unaware of the term Shared Hosting. Shared hosting allows multiple websites to make use of a single server. Usually, you’ll have no idea who or what websites you’re sharing the resources of a server with. Each customer will usually have a limit on the total amount of server resources they can use, but this will be defined by your hosting package.
Shared hosting is easily the cheapest and most economical option for your needs. However, the cheap price comes with limitations, which we’ll get to below. Since most hosting companies will offer the same amount of space and storage it’s important to choose a company most appropriate for you in terms of the specifications you require and the budget you can approve.
Shared Hosting plans of Bluehost offers shared web hosting services in three variants or packages: Basic, Plus, and Prime. Hostgator too has 3 packages which are Hatchling Plan, Baby Plan and Business Plan.
The Basic package from Bluehost has features such as 1 website limit, 50GB website space, 100MB Email storage, unmetered bandwidth and standard performance. This is the cheapest package that Bluehost offers and does not have the best specifications and is suitable for light users or those who do not need large systems in place. On the other hand, the Hatchling plan from Hostgator too has an unmetered bandwidth. Both these packages support only one domain. Both these packages are also competitively priced.
The second level package that Bluehost has to offer is the Plus package which consists of the following specifications. Unlimited websites, unmetered website space, unmetered bandwidth, unlimited email storage and a spam expert facility. This package is meant for heavier use unlike the first package which does not have the best specifications. The Plus package is certainly better but not the best in terms of specifications.
In this same level, the Baby plan from Hostgator too allows many domains and can install anything with a click. When considering the price point for both, the Plus package and the Baby plan, they are very evenly priced. The Baby plan is priced at $5.95 and the Plus package is priced at $5.99.
The third package from both these companies which is supposed to be the one with the best specifications and should deliver high end performance is the Prime package from Bluehost and the Business plan from Hostgator. The Prime package has features that are the same as the Plus package except for new addition.
The Prime package has a site backup facility included in the package. Some may say argue that this is not much of an improvement on the specifications path but the Prime package is also the priced the same as the Plus package. $5.99. The Business plan from Hostgator has SSL certification along with the other features that are similar to the prime package from Bluehost.
Bluehost v/s Hostgator hosting can also be defined by performance. Let’s take a look at some recorded figures to see how the services from these two companies perform in terms of performance. Firstly, page load time; the average page load time for Bluehost is 3.45 seconds whereas the average page load time for Hostgator is 3.11 seconds. The fastest recorded page load time for Bluehost is 1.15 seconds and for Hostgator it is 1.88 seconds. Although Bluehost has the quickest time, its average shows that Bluehost is not as consistent as Hostgator when it comes to page load time.
Moving on, uptime is arguably the most important factor to focus on when choosing the best web hosting service. The average uptime for Bluehost is 99.98% and the average uptime for Hostgator is 99.97% which is close competition in that field.
When looking at uptime, you must not be fooled by the Company because most companies claim that they have 100% uptime which is rare and false. No hosting service can maintain uptime at 100% consistently and people who want to choose their best option should not get tricked.
Both companies have decent packages to offer for shared web hosting but most of it is to do with your requirement and what suits it the best.