DREAMHOST VS HOSTGATOR

Whether you are starting a blog for the first time or is a professional blogger looking to start a new website, the first and foremost decision you are going to make is to choose a host. Over the years of the internet’s evolution, many hosting services have sprung up, some of them very good, like Media Temple, Bluehost, etc. But when it comes down to it, there are two hosting services which lead the competition, DreamHost and HostGator.

The following is a head-to-head comparison between these two hosting giants so that you can decide which of them give you the best bang for your buck.

Pricing:

Although, as compared to the competition, both DreamHost and HostGator are remarkably affordable, but when pitched against each other it is obvious that HostGator is the better option. Seriously, the starting plan at HostGator (the hatchling plan) is only 3.95$/mo as compared to the starting plan at DreamHost (the Shared Hosting plan) which is 7.95$/mo and that is if you pay triennially. If you are looking to pay for DreamHost’s Shared Hosting plan month to month, you will be charged 10.95$/mo. Sure the Shared Hosting plan offers unlimited domains as compared to the Hatchling Plan, which offers only one, but for beginners, it is very clear that HostGator is the way to go.

Also, HostGator has this aggressive policy towards amateur bloggers where they let you put up your website for just $0.01. This is done to incentivize the use of HostGator to start your website and is pretty neat if you are unsure of their service and want to try them out. Sadly DreamHost has no such option.

Reliability:

Both HostGator and DreamHost boast a reliability of 99.9%, even offering guarantees with some of their plans. If you look at their history, you would find that both services are over 14 years old (HostGator was founded in 2002 whereas DreamHost in 1996) so it is generally accepted that both services are extremely reliable and after assessing some of the results posted by various critics, it becomes apparent that both services are as reliable as they say.

Customer Support:

The internet is a dangerous place and if you don’t know it yet then take my word for it, you are bound to have problems with your websites at some point. Though DreamHost and HostGator offer good Customer support but flat out, HostGator is much better. Not only do they offer a range of options to contact them through, telephone, live chat and tickets, but what is impressive is that their helpline is available throughout the year, like literally 24/7/365! Telephone, obviously, is the fastest option and user reviews suggest that HostGator personnel have answered their calls within 30 seconds and have satisfactorily helped them.

DreamHost, on the other hand, can only be contacted through tickets. You can request DreamHost to have their employees give you a callback but that too usually takes a while and, especially at times when your website is down and you don’t know what is going on, you would have to wait until DreamHost answers you. That is not to say that DreamHost customer service is bad in any way, it is real amongst the best of the best, but it isn’t quite as good as HostGator.

User Interface:

The key difference here is a matter of personal preference. HostGator, like many other web hosting services, offers cPanel as its control panel. DreamHost, on the other hand, has a custom control panel made by itself. Both have easy click to install features, like WordPress, for your web pages and are generally reliable. Usually, people prefer cPanel as it is easier to use, has an array of options, performs well and, since it is very common, people find it easier to relate to. DreamHost’s control panel too is excellently made and performs pretty nicely but is not so relatable for people who have used cPanel from any other hosting service. In the end, it just boils down to personal preference.

Performance and Speed:

HostGator and Dreamhost both use extremely high-end processors for their servers. HostGator has Dual Xenon Quad core processors where they host their customer’s websites, whereas DreamHost uses AMD/Intel Dual Core as well as Quad core processors (depending on your pricing plan).

Speed is absolutely critical when you are concerned about your audience’s experience on your web page, which almost everyone is since fast response times tend to hold viewers on web pages and that makes it more profitable. Both DreamHost and HostGator are literally called the fastest web hosting services and both offer phenomenal speeds. Compared head to head, results generally suggest that HostGator is a bit better when it comes to loading pages but such results cannot be considered as solid evidence because some results also suggest that DreamHost loads faster. If speed is what you’re concerned about then it really doesn’t matter whether you choose HostGator or DreamHost, both are top of the line.

Verdict:

There is a reason why over 9 million websites are hosted over HostGator whereas only over 1.5 million are hosted by DreamHost. It has been the aggressive policy of HostGator to be usable, affordable and reliable to its customers that have ensured its success over the competition. One can look past the lacking Customer Support offered by DreamHost or the fact that its user interface is unique, but what really hits you is the huge pricing difference between the two services. HostGator is much affordable and will not sting your pocket as much as DreamHost. In fact, the pricing difference is almost 5 dollars per month, which means that in one year time you would be paying DreamHost 60 dollars more than HostGator.

Now, after coupling the low pricing of HostGator with the excellent (best of the industry) Customer support and an easy to use cPanel, the final decision is really a no-brainer. Choose HostGator.