Why We Prefer HostPapa
HostGator is one of the most well-known web hosting companies on the web. But just because a company is well known doesn’t necessarily mean that it offers the best service. There are many competing companies that offer a similar or better service at comparable prices. HostPapa is one of these competitors and we’re going to provide a comparison review to explain why we think HostPapa is a better choice.
Hosting Packages and Pricing
HostGator has the cheaper plan at $2.75 a month for a single domain, unmetered bandwidth and a free SSL certificate. For the $5.95 a month business plan, you get unlimited domains, unlimited disk space, a positive SSL upgrade, a dedicated IP, and access to various SEO tools. All the plans require a 36-month commitment and comes with a 45 day money back guarantee.
HostPapa‘s basic plan is $3.95 a month for two domains, a free domain registration, 100 GB of disk space, and unlimited bandwidth (same as unmetered). The current promotion offers a business plan upgrade for no extra cost which gives you unlimited domains, unlimited disk space, unlimited MySQL databases, access to SEO tools, and improved server performance. The plans require a 36 month commitment and comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.
Technical and Extra Features
Let’s look at the technical features. Both hosting providers support the major CMS platforms. HostPapa offers Java support while HostGator does not. Both services offer one click installs for a long list of scripts. Both companies also offer help with site migration via their support staff.
If you want a website builder to help you create and design your site, you’ll be glad to know that HostPapa comes with a free tool. HostGator does have one as well but you have to pay a monthly fee of $6.99 to work with more than six pages. The free one is simply like a demo version created to get you to buy into the premium plan.
Uptime, Server Performance and Customer Support
- Both hosting providers offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee and it seems they both live up to their promises according to independent test.
- Where HostPapa shines is their server performance. They really focus on high performance servers with 32 cores, 128 RAM, and SSD drives. Many customers that have used both say that HostPapa delivered a better performance in terms of loading websites faster for their visitors.
- As for the customer support, both companies offer an outstanding service. Their teams can be reached via phone, ticket system, email, and live chat.
Final Verdict – HostPapa vs HostGator
Overall, we prefer HostPapa because of the free website builder and better server performance. Server performance has a huge impact on your website’s conversions, so it’s not something you can easily overlook. HostPapa‘s other services like VPS and WordPress hosting is also more affordable. That said, what makes HostGator different is that the company offers cloud and dedicated hosting. These services are not available on HostPapa. But if you’re looking for VPS, WordPress or normal shared hosting, HostPapa is the stronger choice.