While Hostgator may not be as notable for the edgy television campaigns associated with GoDaddy, both of these companies are top dogs in the world of webhosting. GoDaddy has been on the scene for quite some time, while Hostgator is only slightly over ten years old. Even so, Hostgator has grown to represent millions of websites. Their company is currently internationally located, with offices in India as well as Utah.
GoDaddy, located in Arizona, is about five years older than Hostgator and has about a million more customers. While they no longer rely on sex appeal for their ads, their ad campaigns still receive recognition for their inclusion of action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme.
The services offered by both companies are highly similar in nature. Each of them offers shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated hosting. The matter of Hostgator vs. GoDaddy cannot be settled by price, as each of them offers at least one service that is cheaper than their competitor, while neither company’s prices are vastly greater or lower than the other’s. However, GoDaddy is the clear winner in terms of domain registration services. Hostgator provides such services, but it is not the bulk of their business.
The true heart of both companies is in their webhosting services. Again, the matter of Hostgator vs. GoDaddy is not easily settled. Each appears to excel at different services. Many of GoDaddy’s shared hosting plans offer free domains, while Hostgator does not offer domains for free but does offer customers a useful website builder called Weebly. It may not sound like much, but Weebly is all you need to create a bona fide webpage for any business. GoDaddy does offer a similar option, but not for free.
Many of the service plans offered by both companies include unlimited disk space, email accounts, and transfers. To GoDaddy’s credit, they do offer a greater number of service plans; however, many of these are highly similar in nature, with only one or two minor changes between some of them.
One of GoDaddy’s best features is its control panel, cPanel. This panel is incredibly easy to use and allows customers to manage aspects of both their website and their hosting account in general. It is a truly viable tool, since ease of use is one of the most likely qualities to keep customers onboard for great lengths of time. There is one catch, though: not only does Hostgator offer the exact same feature, but they have been offering it since they first went into business. When it comes to an easy-to-use control panel that allows customers to change their website’s dedicated serve, this round of Hostgator v. GoDaddy goes to HostGator.
It should be stated that Hostgator does not run as quickly or as smoothly as GoDaddy. This makes some degree of sense, given that they are newer and have slightly fewer customers. They simply can’t afford the type of server upkeep that GoDaddy can. That said, the fact that they have managed to catch up to their primary competitor while utilizing a control panel that GoDaddy felt the need to adopt themselves. This shows a penchant for originality, which may help Hostgator skyrocket ahead of the competition at some point in the future.