HostGator is known for their unlimited web hosting and 24/7 tech support. They were founded in 2002 and now host over 9 million websites. Their data centers are located in Provo, Utah.
Here's the plan information I chose:
|Money-Back Guarantee||45 days|
|Notes||Site was ready within minutes after I purchased.|
This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better. Learn more about the Page Speed Test.
HostGator (full benchmark) performs above average in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 2.88 seconds. Its best run was 2.38 s, but has been as bad as 15.02 s. HostGator's most recent result on Jul 21 was 2.67 seconds. Back in the day HostGator used to share a datacenter with SoftLayer - and they were lightning fast. Now that they made everyone transition to their own datacenter (after the EIG buyout), page speed has been worse, although not as bad as some other hosts here.
|HostGator||2.88 s||2.38 s||15.02 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|GoDaddy||3.05 s||0.31 s||37.97 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|StableHost||3.08 s||2.39 s||12.29 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|DreamHost||3.10 s||2.24 s||15.73 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Bluehost||3.10 s||0.30 s||9.17 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|MDDHosting||3.24 s||2.27 s||74.96 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|InMotion Hosting||3.25 s||2.13 s||14.12 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Namecheap||3.31 s||2.46 s||72.71 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Site5||3.41 s||0.25 s||46.28 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Yahoo Small Business||4.22 s||2.82 s||60.95 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
Let's see if HostGator is consistent in its page speed stats:
This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better. Learn more about the Uptime Test.
HostGator (full benchmark) performs above average in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.97 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 97.50 %. HostGator's most recent result on Jul 20 was 100.00 percent. Back in 2013 HostGator had several outages that lasted days. While I wasn't recording detailed stats at the time, I can vouch that it was a miserable experience. Many blame the lack of reliability on their new data center, which they made everyone move to after they were bought out by EIG. To be honest, HostGator's downhill performance was the reason I created this site (I was too annoyed by them to let them get away with it).
|DreamHost||99.98 %||100.00 %||94.93 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|HostGator||99.97 %||100.00 %||97.50 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|GoDaddy||99.96 %||100.00 %||94.72 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|InMotion Hosting||99.96 %||100.00 %||93.19 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|StableHost||99.94 %||100.00 %||91.88 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Namecheap||99.94 %||100.00 %||92.92 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Bluehost||99.92 %||100.00 %||84.93 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|MDDHosting||99.88 %||100.00 %||88.75 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Yahoo Small Business||99.80 %||100.00 %||82.78 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Site5||99.74 %||100.00 %||50.69 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
Let's see if HostGator is consistent in its uptime stats:
This test measures how quickly the host's support team responds to your request. Lower is better. Learn more about the Support Response Test.
HostGator (full benchmark) performs miserably in the Support Response test, with an average result of 53.4 hours. Its best run was 0.3 h, but has been as bad as 168.0 h. HostGator's most recent result on Mar 2016 was 0.3 hours. HostGator's tech support had proven to be pretty slow - you can count on them taking about a day to respond to you. Things used to be faster before they were bought out by EIG.
|MDDHosting||0.1 h||0.1 h||0.2 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|GoDaddy||0.1 h||0.1 h||0.3 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Site5||0.3 h||0.1 h||0.8 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|StableHost||0.4 h||0.1 h||1.7 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|InMotion Hosting||0.9 h||0.2 h||2.3 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Namecheap||2.2 h||0.1 h||6.0 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|DreamHost||2.8 h||0.2 h||11.0 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Bluehost||34.7 h||0.1 h||168.0 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Yahoo Small Business||50.9 h||16.0 h||124.0 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|HostGator||53.4 h||0.3 h||168.0 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
Let's see if HostGator is consistent in its support response stats:
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