To start a blog, the first task is to choose the best web host for your new website as if a wrong selection could spoil your all the future strategies and also waste your time-plus-money. So, a good host is necessary. In this post, I have reviewed the comparison of two reputed web hosts i.e. iPage Vs Hostgator.

It should be clearly noticed that both the brands have a wonderful reputation on the web and the web masters use both kind of the services as the requirement of a person vary from person to person. If a brand is providing an actual service at an affordable price, then it is always better to go with that one.

ipage vs hostgator

iPage vs hostGator comparison is already provided by so many bloggers on web but those comparisons are based on the theoretical concepts of the hosts websites. In this post, I have put light on the practical considerations on the comparisons. Hope you would be benefited from the comparisons.

iPage VS HostGator

So, the very first thing a user notices while selecting the best host is the planning, which includes the budget and type of requirement. So, I have compared the two brands according to the plans and prices offered by them. Have a look:

Plans and Pricing

The basic plan of iPage (the shared plan)is the cheapest plan offered by any other brand also providing the multiple domains hosting feature. On the contrary, HostGator’s Hatchling plan is costlier and also single domain hosting. iPage shared plan will cost a user $1.99 per month. The rest of the plan details have been shared by us below.

iPAGE PLANS Price per month after Discount HOSTGATOR PLANS Price per month after Discount
Essential (Shared) $1.99 Hatchling (Shared) $3.96
Baby (Shared) $6.36
Business (Shared) $10.36
Basic VPS $19.99 VPS(Level1 to Level9) $22.92 TO $180.41
Business VPS $47.99
Optimum VPS $79.99
Startup (Dedicated) $199.99 Basic (Dedicated) $139
Professional (Dedicated $151.99 Standard (Dedicated $175
Enterprise (Dedicated) $191.99 Elite (Dedicated) $223
Pro (Dedicated) $299

The HostGator has a range of plans in shared, VPS and dedicated hosting categories. iPage has a limited number of plans. Below are the VPS plans of these two brands comparing the features and pricings respectively. The prices of level 3 to level 9 VPS plans of HostGatorinclude the charges of a domain and cPanel. If one do not require domain further $12.95 should be reduced from the price.

SR NO BRAND NAME PLAN NAME PRICE (pm) FEATURES
1 iPage Basic $19.99 1 core CPU, 1 GB RAM, 40 GB storage, 1 TB bandwidth
2 HostGator Level 1 $22.92 1.98 GHz CPU (no cPanel), 384 MB RAM, 10 GB Storage, 250 GB bandwidth
3 HostGator Level 2 $27.92 0.85 GHz CPU (no cPanel), 576 MB RAM, 22 GB Storage, 375 GB bandwidth
4 HostGator Level 3 $44.92 1.13 GHz CPU (with cPanel), 768 MB RAM, 30 GB Storage, 500 GB bandwidth
5 iPage Business $47.99 2 cores CPU, 4 GB RAM, 90 GB storage, 3 TB bandwidth
6 HostGator Level 4 $69.12 1.98 GHz CPU (with cPanel), 1344 MB RAM, 59 GB Storage, 1050 GB bandwidth
7 iPage Optimum $79.99 4 cores CPU, 8 GB RAM, 120 GB storage, 4 TB bandwidth
8 HostGator Level 5 $88.47 2.69 GHz CPU (with cPanel), 1824 MB RAM, 80 GB Storage, 1425 GB bandwidth
9 HostGator Level 6 $109.31 3.4 GHz CPU (with cPanel), 2304 MB RAM, 102 GB Storage, 1800 GB bandwidth
10 HostGator Level 7 $132.41 4.25 GHz CPU (with cPanel), 3168 MB RAM, 165 GB Storage, 2250 GB bandwidth
11 HostGator Level 8 $157.91 5.09 GHz CPU (with cPanel), 3801 MB RAM, 198 GB Storage, 2700 GB bandwidth
12 HostGator Level 9 $180.41 5.94 GHz CPU (with cPanel),4435 MB RAM, 231 GB Storage, 3150 GB bandwidth

Check also : iPage vs Bluehost

Similarly the comparisons of ipage VS HostGator can be made in dedicated server hosting plans too. iPage provides the Linux hosting only and HostGator offers Linux as well as Windows based servers.

SR NO BRAND NAME PLAN NAME PRICE (pm) FEATURES
1 iPage Startup $119.99 2 cores CPU, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB storage, 5 TB bandwidth
2 HostGator Basic $139 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon dual core CPU, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB Storage, 10 TB bandwidth
3 iPage Professional $151.99 4 cores CPU, 8 GB RAM, 1000 GB storage, 10 TB bandwidth
4 HostGator Standard $175 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon quad core CPU, 4 GB RAM, 1000 GB Storage, 15 TB bandwidth
5 iPage Enterprise $191.99 4 cores CPU, 16 GB RAM, 1000 GB storage, 15 TB bandwidth
6 HostGator Elite $223 2.5GHz Intel Xeon quad core CPU, 8 GB RAM, 1000 GB Storage, 20TB bandwidth
7 HostGator Pro $299 3.3 GHz Intel Xeon quad core CPU, 16 GB RAM, 1000 GB Storage, 25 TB bandwidth

So, definitely, in terms of the VPS and dedicated plans, iPage has got edge over HostGator as it is the cheaper.

Reliability

iPage and HostGator have very high reliability and credibility. While HostGator has build up its business since 1996, iPage has grown since a decade only as compared to HostGator’s 17 years journey.

HostGator is hosting more than 9 million domains currently and the iPage has managed to cross 1 million number recently. So, HostGator has an edge over iPage in this comparsion. But this does not mean that iPage is less reputed or is less capable. IPage also ranks in top 10 web hosts along with HostGator.

Customer Support

Customer support of high value attracts most of the users and that is why HostGator has the heritage of having the best customer support across the globe. The anytime availability and quick responses of the HostGator professional technical support team has wooed the customers. HostGator offers support to the customers through Phone (toll free number- 1.866.96.GATOR), Live chat, Email and Twitter.

iPage also has a good customer support, it offers all the three types of customer support (Live Chat, Phone and Email). However, use of social media for the customer support has not be introduced by iPage. One can call on 18774724399 for getting the immediate response.

HostGator is winner in this comparison.

Money Back Guarantee Policy

HostGator lacks in this term. HostGator provides 45 days money back guarantee policy. It means if a user chooses out to move to other brand or to terminate the account (for whatever reason may be), then HostGator will refund the money only if the used days is less than 45 days. If the usage of the user is more than 45 days, he/ she will not get the refund.

iPage on the other hand provides anytime money back guarantee. You cancel your account and the money referred to the rest of the days of the package will be refunded to you.In this comparison, iPage is a undoubted winner.

WordPress Compatibility

WordPress is a kind of software which is most prevalent among the webmasters and the newcomers are also recommended to choose WordPress. WordPress basically provides the freedom of choosing, customizing and managing your website very easily with the use of themes, plugins and other such perks.

Both these hosts provide the WordPress compatibility. No user will encounter any issue or threat while working with these hosts. Installation of WordPress is also very easier on both these hosts, by the use of the 1-Click WordPress installers. So, iPage VS HostGator comparison ends up on tie when taken as this factor in reference. Cheapest hosting 2014 awards.

Features Offered

For the VPS and dedicated hosting plans and features, I have already provided some tabular details in the plans and pricings comparison above.

The shared plans of both these brands come with below features:

  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Free Site Building Tools
  • cPanel
  • Free installers
  • Free marketing tools and credits

Both the brands have shared plans with every plan hosting unlimited domains. In hatchling, only one domain can be hosted. However, the essential plan of iPage causes speed issues if more 3 domains are hosted.

Blog Migration (For Non-Beginners)

Both the brands have free blog migration access. So, a user can get the data of his website transferred to the new hosts’ servers. HostGator is better in this term as blog migration is very easy. iPage takes much time and everything has to be done manually.

Performance

Performance wise, HostGator has no competition. HostGator offers a continuous 99.99% uptime facility which means the site will experience the least downtime. iPage provides 99.5% uptime facility and it is also good in performance with fast speed and fast website loading.

Final Verdict

For the beginners and the experienced ones, I have some final words to say:

For The Beginners:

  • The iPage Essential plan should be the first choice, if you plan to just start and experiment with the strategies on a single domain.
  • Choose the HostGator Baby Plan if you want to run more 3 domains with a good performance analysis else stick to iPage Essential Plan if you have less than 3 domains to host.

For the Non-Beginners

The experienced ones can expand the business to next step by choosing the plan as per their need and number of visitors. So both VPS and dedicated plans of iPage and HostGator are preferred. If you are money conscious then choose iPage. For the performance needs, choose HostGator.

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