The Bluehost or HostGator question seems to confuse many potential professional web hosting subscribers. In order to address this question, one must first understand why professional web hosting is required and then be able to make an informed decision.
Web hosting is basically the area of the internet where your website or blog resides. As you know, websites reside on servers. Since there are many free web hosting platforms out there on the internet, one wonders why one should even get professional web hosting.
The answer is very simple. All free platforms have the right to shut down a website without notice if they believe the website is violating their terms of service. Some reserve the right to remove a website for any reason. Still others could be shut down if the free hosting platform provider shuts down their services. In this case, the entire work of a webmaster or blog owner could be lost in an instant. And all that pain for a few bucks a month.
Two of the giants in the professional web hosting world are Bluehost and HostGator. Both are well established and have millions of subscribers on their books. It goes without saying that both are striving to remain dominant in this area. And they do this by offering similar features and throwing in a special offer or more.
Going back to the Bluehost or HostGator comparison, one has to look at the similar features that both offer. Both offer unlimited domains, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage. Both plans also come with other features like unlimited email accounts, 24/7 support, and shopping carts, among others. These apply to the single plan offered by Bluehost and also apply to the baby plan offered by HostGator. The Hatchling plan offered by the latter doesn’t offer all of these features. For the purposes of this Bluehost or HostGator contest, I will be comparing the single Bluehost plan to HostGator’s Baby plan. This is because Bluehost only offers one plan compared to HostGator, which could be considered very inflexible. However, both the single plan and the aforementioned baby plan are suitable for personal use as well as small businesses.
Where the two differ is mainly in the price. Bluehost has one pricing structure and HostGator has three, although the Business plan is overpriced for personal and small business use in my opinion. The Hatchling plan is the cheapest option, but there are limitations as only a single domain can be hosted.