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One of the most essential tools in any small business owner’s arsenal is their website; a fast, well-maintained site can make or break your website’s revenue. The web host you choose should provide speed, security and support at a price you can afford.

When it comes to choosing between Bluehost and HostGator, there are pros and cons to both. Our comparison will help you decide which is suitable for your needs.

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Bluehost vs. HostGator: At a Glance

Bluehost and HostGator are dominant leaders in the web hosting industry with a reputation for low first-year rates, free SSL certificates and money-back guarantees. While only HostGator has an uptime and network guarantee, both hosts historically have at least 99.9% uptime. Both web hosts are fast, but Bluehost is slightly quicker.

How Bluehost and HostGator Stack Up

Bluehost offers three categories of hosting: shared, VPS and dedicated. Each of those categories has several plans ranging in price from $2.95 to $119.99 per month. When you commit to a full year, you get the best price per month compared to paying month-to-month or for a 36-month term. Several hosts price it this way so you have to renew after a year at a much higher rate.

HostGator will migrate your WordPress or cPanel site for free, and Bluehost is temporarily offering free website migration for just WordPress sites under 2 GB. Otherwise, professional migration costs $149.99. HostGator supports both Linux and Microsoft servers, whereas Bluehost only uses Linux servers. Thankfully, not many sites require Microsoft, but if yours does, you’ll have to choose HostGator.

One of the more significant complaints from customers about Bluehost is occasional downtime, which isn’t unheard of with shared hosting companies. There weren’t many complaints about this with HostGator in comparison. HostGator does have several complaints about slow customer support response, although both hosts have 24/7 support. This support comes via phone, email and chat.

However, only HostGator has an uptime guarantee with its shared and reseller accounts; if a server doesn’t meet its 99.9% uptime guarantee, you receive one month of credit on your account. VPS and dedicated servers have a network guarantee; receive a prorated credit for the amount of time the server was down.

WordPress endorses three web hosts, and one of those includes Bluehost. That’s not to say HostGator doesn’t work well with WordPress, just that it considers Bluehost to be one of the best—since 2005. Bluehost provides WordPress-specific training and support, so it’s ideal for people running their sites via WordPress—there’s an entire community of support for your platform.

It’s important to regularly back up your site if anything breaks, and Bluehost does that automatically, so you don’t have to—no matter which plan you have. HostGator backs up your site using CodeGuard, but not if you have a VPS or dedicated server.

Both Bluehost and HostGator have security tools included in every plan; SSL certificates, malware scans and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection come standard, and both hosts use SiteLock. However, Bluehost’s SiteLock includes spam monitoring, a site verification certificate, business verification and blocklist monitoring. You can even set up notifications to know when it blocks attacks if you want to block IP addresses manually.

Securing your website is essential, which is why SSL certificates come standard with most web hosts—Bluehost and HostGator included. An SSL certificate will help protect you and your customers during online transactions because it encrypts data traveling between your computer and the server.

Bottom Line

Either web host will provide you with near-perfect uptime, 24/7 customer support and security features your site needs. We recommend using Bluehost if your site runs on WordPress and HostGator if you need Microsoft-based servers.