Hostinger vs Hostgator: A Detailed Comparison

Hostgator is one of the world’s oldest hosting companies, and it has been a favorite in blogging and circles. But is it really the best choice? How does it hold up when compared to other hosting companies? In this article we’ll be comparing Hostgator to Hostinger, a budget friendly hosting solution for bloggers.

If you have narrowed down your choices to these two companies, but are having a hard time picking one, this guide is for you. When you’re done reading this post, you’ll know exactly which company is better for your situation. 

Before we begin, for the sake of keeping things simple, we’ll be comparing these company’s shared hosting services. While the companies do offer other services, we feel like the shared hosting is the most important. 

Let’s get started. 

What is Hostinger? 

Hostinger is a European-based company that offers a wide range of hosting solutions, from Windows virtual private servers, to WordPress, and video-game servers. 

During the course of its lifetime, Hostinger has been through a number of changes, including a complete brand change. Although it’s not the most popular company out there, their hosting solutions are great, especially for small business owners and bloggers. Nowadays, it’s known as one of the best budget hosting companies. They also claim to host over 29 million users. 

What About Hostgator? 

With headquarters in Houston, Texas, Hostgator is one of the world’s most popular United States based hosting companies. It’s also one of the oldest. 

The veteran marketers reading this are probably familiar with Hostgator. Founded in 2002,  It was one of the world’s most popular hosting companies back in the day. Nowadays, Hostgator still delivers a good service, comparable to other hosting companies. 

But I feel like some of their hardware hasn’t been upgraded in awhile, which is something we’ll talk about later on.

Comparing Features:

Now that you have an idea what these companies are about, we’ll be comparing the most notable features of these two hosting companies to see which one is superior. 

Before we continue, I would like to point out that neither of these companies are bad. They both offer a decent service, at least good enough for bloggers and small time business owners. On the other hand, one of these choices has significantly more features, and cheaper plans too.

First we’ll compare the prices, and then move on to the features.

Plans and Prices:

Let’s start with the most important topic. What you need to know is that both of these companies have three plans to choose from. Another thing to keep in mind is the longer plans, such as 2 years or more, are heavily discounted. For the sake of convenience, we’ll be comparing the 12 month hosting plans below, as we feel like it’s a good middle ground. 

Advertised Hostinger Shared Hosting Price for 12 Months

  1. Single Plan (one website) – $11.88
  2. Premium – $31.08
  3. Business – $49.08

(You might be wondering why these prices are so low, and we’ll explain why in the next section)

Advertised Hostgator Shared Hosting Price for 12 Months:

  1. Hatchling (one website) – $85.92
  2. Baby – $114.72
  3. Business – $162.72

Keep in mind these are the advertised rates.

What About Renewal Fees and Regular Rates? 

One thing that can bother new bloggers is expensive renewal fees. A lot of hosting companies use a payment structure where the first plan is heavily discounted, and then when it expires, the user needs to pay the full price. Sometimes that price is 2 – 3 times the initial amount. Each company has their own payment structure, and we’ll briefly explain them below. 

With Hostinger, the initial plans are heavily discounted. Taking the 12 month price from earlier, the single plan for one website has a 90% discount, while the Premium is 82%, and Business is 78%. If you choose to renew before the plan expires, you’ll only have to pay around half of the regular fee (the exact rate varies depending on the plan). For example, with the Single 12 month plan, the regular price is $115.08, but the first year is $11.88, and to renew for one more year, it costs $25.80. 

It’s a little complicated. Overall, the renewal fees aren’t that high. The key point to remember is you need to renew before the plan expires, otherwise you’ll have to pay the full regular price. 

Hostgator’s structure is quite simple. They offer a 20% discount on first payments, that’s it. After the first payment, the regular price is applied. At least they keep the discount and payment system simple. 

So from looking at the charts you can clearly see Hostinger is the cheaper choice. Even the renewal fees are very small, especially when compared to other companies. For example, to renew a Premium (unlimited websites) plan for a year it only costs $41.88. 

Payment Methods: 

One aspect of Hostinger worth mentioning is that they accept a wide range of payment methods, making it a very accessible platform. 

  1. PayPal
  2. BitPay
  3. Credit & Debit Cards
  4. CoinPayments (a payment gateway for over 1,575 cryptocurrencies)

Hostgator, on the other hand, also accepts plenty of payment methods. 

  1. PayPal
  2. Checks
  3. Money Orders
  4. Bank Wire

I like how both of these companies allow you to pay with PayPal. In the case of Hostinger, the option to pay with cryptocurrency is great too. In my opinion, Hostinger is more accessible, with plenty of payment options. 

Now that we’re done with the price, we can move on to the core features.

Hard Drives & Disk Space

Hostagor promises unmetered storage and bandwidth on all their shared hosting plans, but there’s a catch. Hostinger offers a set amount of storage for each plan, starting at 10 GB with a maximum of 30 GB for Business plans.

So what’s the catch? Hostinger provides SSD drives for on all of their shared hosting accounts. Hostgator, on the other hand, does not use Solid State drives (SSD). Instead, they use regular hard drives (HDD). What you need to know is SSDs are many times faster than HDDs, not to mention more reliable and stable. 

Although HDD drives are cheaper, they’re also much slower, and that can bring your website’s performance down. So you should always look for a hosting company that uses SSDs for storage, which most modern hosting companies do. 

In the case of hard drives, the point goes to Hostinger. 


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