A website hosted by a poor web hosting company is like a house built on quicksand. Structural problems are bound to arise. Choosing the right web hosting is crucial to your online success. The wrong choice will land you in problems such as loss of income as a result of the website going offline due to unscheduled downtimes and loss of rankings because of your website going offline quite often. There is also the risk of security attacks and security breaches.

Uptime Numbers

website downtime

The most important quality of any web hosting company is the uptime it can provide to clients. Uptime is the time a website is operational and effectively up as well as running. Especially for businesses that host their operations softwares and backup systems online, a guaranteed uptime is important. The opposite of this is downtime. The best web hosting should give you excellent uptime.

Both SiteGround and HostGator guarantee 99.99% uptime. This means that there’s only a 0.01% chance of downtime on your website. For HostGator, the uptime is the same for all plans. Thus even if you choose the simplest price plan, your guaranteed uptime remains the same. On the other hand, SiteGround gives you the same for all plans, and it has custom programming, which helps in detecting any potential problems and fixes them before they even occur.

 Hosting Speed

HostGator has an average speed of 1.25 seconds. It uses an approach which is hardware-based through the addition of more equipment and services layers. It has invested in VPS servers which helps it gain this superiority when it comes to speed.

On the other hand, SiteGround has a speed of 1.5 seconds meaning that it is slower. Its approach towards maximizing speed is the use of SuperCacher which is a caching program. The SuperCacher helps keep things moving at high speed. Although SiteGround is slower, it has made improvements using its caching system which it offers for premium plans. So if you choose a premium plan, you might get better speeds than HostGator.

Server-Response Time

Serves are clustered hard drives located in an off-site and secure place. Each machine’s speed has a huge impact on how fast the particular site is.

HostGator employs a huge network of servers which work together in keeping balance and ensuring stability. As a result, a healthy server is maintained.

On the other hand, SiteGround gives room for surges in the server loads. It does this by maintaining the general loads a bit lower on purpose. This allows them to take care of increased server loads which normally occur on special occasions or during holidays. Because of this approach, SiteGround is better at handling huge server loads.

 Cost

wallet with moneySiteGround has three shared web hosting plans with upgrading options. They have a monthly visitors limit of 100, 000 which is good for marketing services and bloggers.

Its plans are Web Hosting, Cloud hosting and dedicated hosting which cost $3.95, $54, and $217.50 every month respectively.

HostGator also has three upgradable web hosting plans. The plans are hatching plan, baby plan, and business plan costing $3.96, $6.36, and $10.36 per month respectively. For high-traffic websites, it has Reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated hosting costing $19.96, $ 11.97, and $105.00 per month respectively.

Points of ComparisonHostGatorSiteGround
Uptime99.99 %99.99 %
Hosting Speed1.25 seconds (Faster)1.5 seconds
Server Response TimeEmploys a huge network of servers
Gives room for surges in the server loads (Better)
CostCheaperMore expensive

Both companies have great services, and thus the choice depends on the key features, you want.