HostGator vs Go Daddy

HostGator and Go Daddy are two of the biggest names in web hosting. See their strengths and weaknesses compared head to head in our guide. Who's the winner? Read more to find out.

Steven Johnson
by | Posted: June 20, 2013 | Updated: September 25, 2014
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Why HostGator?

Why GoDaddy?

  • Fast Reliable Servers
  • Excellent Prices
  • Wide Range of Plans -- shared hosting to dedicated servers
  • Helpful Customer Support
  • Excellent Reputation -- over 10 years experience
  • Cheap web hosting plans
  • Have registered more than 55 million domains
  • Easy Joomla install
  • 150 GB's of Disk space
  • Cloud & VPS hosting available
Editor Rating: 9.1 
User Rating: 8.5 
Disk Space: Unlimited 
Data Transfer: Unlimited 
Refund Policy: 45 Day 
Customers: 400,000 
Editor Rating: 7.5 
User Rating: 6.3 
Disk Space: 150GB 
Data Transfer: 1500 GB 
Refund Policy: None 
Customers: Over 11 Million 

Detailed Comparison

HostGator and Go Daddy are two of the largest hosting companies in the world yet have some of the strongest differences. HostGator is tailored for more for average internet user; they give you all you need up front at a small cost. Go Daddy focuses on beginners and breaks website building, and hosting, and other products into separate packages.

1. Company Info

HostGator has grown rapidly because of their feature-rich, affordable plans while Go Daddy has grew fast because of their number 1 place as ICANN registrar and, of course, their sexy model Super Bowl commercials.

HostGator

HostGator was founded in 2002 and is located in Austin and Houston, Texas. They host over 9 million domains and have 400,000+ customers. They are one of the fastest growing hosting companies around.

They focus on getting new customers by keeping prices low, giving you lots of tools and performing great.

Go Daddy

Go Daddy was founded in 1997 and is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have over 55 million domains, 11 million customers and they are one of the most recognized and popular hosting companies in the world.

Their missions is to focus primarily on new website owners. They over a lot of basic packages that include website templates and easy to use website builders.

2. Plan & Pricing

With HostGator customers get an access to more tools, customization, and support options for a lower price. Go Daddy has all of their own proprietary products, tools are treated like addons, they do not have all the same options for support as HostGator, and costs more.

HostGator

Shared Hosting

  • Economy - $2.99/Month unlimited bandwidth, 1 website, 100GB, 10 Databases, 100 Email Addresses.
  • Deluxe - $4.49/Month unlimited bandwidth, websites, and disk space. 25 databases, 500 email address.
  • Ultimate - $9.99/Month unlimited bandwidth, websites, disk space, databases, and email address.

VPS Hosting

  • Lowest plan is VPS Level 1 (plans increase from here) - $19.95/Mo. 384MB RAM, 10GB space, 250GB bandwidth, unlimited domains, email and databases.
  • Highest plan is VPS Level 9 - $219.95/Mo. 4435MB RAM, 231GB space, 3150GB bandwidth, unlimited domains, email and databases.

Dedicated Hosting

  • Lowest plan is Basic - $174.00/Mo. 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drives RAID-1, 10TB bandwidth, 5 IP addresses, unlimited domains, email and databases.
  • Highest plan is Pro - $374.00/Mo. 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drives RAID-1, 10TB bandwidth, 5 IP addresses, unlimited domains, email and databases.

Go Daddy

Website Builder Hosting

  • Personal - $5.99/Mo. 5 webpages, 1 email, 1GB disk space, 150GB bandwidth, 8,700 professional images.
  • Business - $8.99/Mo. 10 webpages,  500 email addresses, 10GB space, 500GB bandwidth, 8700 professional images.
  • Unlimited - $14.99/Mo. Unlimited webpages, 1,000 email addresses, 50GB space, 1TB bandwidth, 28,000 professional images.

Shared Hosting

  • Economy - $5.99/Mo. 10 databases, 100 email addresses, 100GB space, 1 website, unlimited bandwidth.
  • Deluxe - $8.99/Mo. 25 databases, 500 email addresses, unlimited space, websites and bandwidth.
  • Ultimate - $14.99/Mo. unlimited databases, email addresses, space, websites and bandwidth.

VPS Hosting

  • Lowest plan is Economy - $29.99/Mo. 3GB RAM, 40GB storage, 1TB bandwidth, CentOS Fedora or Windows.
  • Highest plan is Ultimate - $149.99/Mo. 8GB RAM, 240GB storage, 8TB bandwidth, CentOS, Fedora or Windows.

Dedicated Hosting

  • Lowest plan is Economy - $99.99/Mo. 2GB RAM, 160GB storage, 5TB bandwidth, CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, or Windows.
  • Highest plan is Memory Hog - $99.99/Mo. 16GB RAM, 1TB storage,15TB bandwidth, CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, or Windows.

3. Control Panel & User Experience

Navigating control panels at HostGator and GoDaddy is completely different. HostGator uses a widely popular control panel called, cPanel, while Go Daddy has a custom control panel called, Hosting Control Center.

HostGator

Navigating cPanel take a little getting used to because of all the different apps. If you read over each section and understand the applications, then it will make sense. It's really grown on me, and I prefer it. The real benefit to using cPanel is lots of other hosting companies use it. Say you ever need to switch hosting companies, you will still know your way around cPanel.

Go Daddy

For each of Go Daddy's packages you have a slightly different control panel. I haven't used them yet, so it's unfair to say at this point if they are good or bad.

4. Installing and Managing Joomla/WordPress

Both companies give you two options for installing Joomla. First, you can use an installer. Second, you can install manually.

HostGator

With HostGator you can install Joomla by using QuickInstall, Fantastico, or manually. QuickInstall is the best of the two installers because it is kept up to date. Fantastico works fine if you need to use it, but check to see which version you are installing. Manual installation is the best option overall, in my opinion, because you can customize your databases and table prefixes.

There are no compatibility errors when installing Joomla with HostGator.

HostGator backs up your Joomla site weekly. They do not keep older versions of backups, only the latest.

Go Daddy

Installing Joomla can be done through their apps section called, Popular Apps. During the installation you have to create database descriptions and passwords, choose a directory, admin name and password, and email. You do not have control over table prefixes. You can install Joomla manually if you want to using FTP and MySQL databases.

According to their website Joomla should not have any issues. I have not installed it myself, so I cannot say for sure.

Go Daddy does not keep backups of your website.

5. Performance (speed and uptime)

Performance at HostGator has always been great and I have not tested the speed at Go Daddy, so this part of the comparison here will be one sided.

HostGator

We have used HostGator for four plus years with great success. There is hardly any downtime and response time is very good.

When you are using Joomla, it is fast and responsive. Load times are great, which means your site could rank higher in search engines.

6. Support Options

Both HostGator and Go Daddy have solid support. HostGator has one up on Go Daddy in support and that is because they offer Live Chat.

HostGator

Live Chat happens to be one of my favorite ways to get support. HostGator is on top of it and answers quickly. I can usually talk to them within 7-8 minutes. The other options are great too; phone support 24/7, ticket system, knowledgebase and forums.

Go Daddy

They do not have my favorite method, Live Chat, at Go Daddy, so that is a negative point for me. Instead of chatting I submitted a ticket asking a simple question and they got back to me within 13 hours. It was somewhat helpful, but not very detailed. It will probably take a couple more emails to get the answer clarified. Besides ticket system, they have phone support 24/7, knowledgebase, and forum.

Conclusion

Even though HostGator and Go Daddy are two of the largest hosting companies, they are very different in how they set up plans and packages, give you access to control panels and how they set up tech support.

To sum up my thoughts on these two companies, my preference is HostGator. The plans are cheaper for how much access you get to resources and tools, the control panel has everything in one place, and technical support has my favorite form of support, Live Chat.

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9.6 / 10
 
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9.4 / 10
 
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9.3 / 10
 
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9.3 / 10
 
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9.3 / 10
 
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9.1 / 10
 
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Feature Comparison Table

 
HostGator
GoDaddy
Disk Space / Data Transfer 
Unlimited
150GB / 1500GB
Price: 
$5.95 
$6.99 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Editor Rating
9.1 
7.5 
User Rating
8.5 
6.3 

Company Info

HostGator

GoDaddy

Company Headquarters: 
Houston, Texas 
Scottsdale, Arizona 
First Year in Business: 
2002 
1997 
Number of Employees: 
Around 260 
Over 3400 
Customers: 
400,000 
Over 11 Million 
Domains Hosted: 
Over 9 Million 
Over 55 Million 
Datacenter Locations: 
United States 
United States 
Refund Policy: 
45 Day 
None 

Technical Details

Control Panel: 
cPanel 
Custom 
MySQL Databases: 
Unlimited 
25 
phpMyAdmin: 
Yes 
Yes 
 
Yes 
 
1 Click Installers: 
Yes 
No 

Support Options

HostGator

GoDaddy

Email / Help Desk: 
Yes 
Yes 
Phone Support: 
Yes 
Yes 
Live Chat: 
Yes 
Yes 
Member Forum: 
Yes 
Yes 
Blog Support  
Yes 
Yes 
Knowledge Base  
Yes 
Yes 
FAQs 
Yes 
Yes 
Tutorials 
Yes 
Yes 
Video Tutorials 
No 
Yes 
Steven Johnson

Steven is a Joomla web developer and worked with Joomla since the Mambo days. He has built websites for startup businesses all the way to for Fortune 500 companies. A graduate of Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering, he now happily spends his time building websites and reviewing all types of technology.

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