Are you looking forward to have your own website? You might already know that for it, along with few other things, you need to have hosting to host the required files. Whether you are planning to buy hosting for new website, or any old website, task is not easy at all. Wrong selection may show its bad impact later on. I’ve seen many people get confused among HostGator and WPEngine. Both are well-reputed hosting services and have got immense count of customers. But, the question is- which one to opt for? Well, the answer is hidden somewhere in mind. To bring it out, you must read out this comparison of HostGator and WPEngine.
Important thing first, Control Panel decides the overall user-experience with any hosting service. The HostGator offers cPanel which is quite easy to use. You can have fast and easy access to File Manager, can create/delete/edit the databases easily, can add add-on domains, can have access to FTP and other such features with ease. The video tutorials are available to help you master the use of cPanel.
The WPEngine does not offer the cPanel, but its own user-interface which is quite simple and give you access to commonly used features like MySQL, File Manager etc. You can have access to WP Engine’s Control Panel by either signing into your account over the site, or directly from your WordPress blog itself. The Control Panel is not the usual you see in most hosting services, so you may find it little complex at the start, but believe me, it’s quite easy to use.
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Both hosting providers come among best in the industry and have got huge data centers to deliver high-end performance to its users. Both hosting providers have got dedicated staff working for them. If we talk about the performance only, it’s really hard to decide which one is best out of these two popular names.
HostGator is known for providing top-notch customer support. The customer care is quite friendly and is available day in and day out to help the customers out with their queries. You can be in touch with them via live chat, phone call or email system. HostGator guarantees that the waiting time for live chat is less than 30 seconds and is less than one hour for email support.
When it’s about customer support, WPEngine is not that good. This hosting provider does not offer any 24/7/365 customer support. The support via phone is available to customers of Business plan only. The calls are taken from 9am to 6pm Central Time only. The company claims that it’s always up to take emergency calls, but there is not any known criteria to decide which is emergency call and which is not.
Below is the list of features offered by HostGator:
- 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Unlimited Space
- One-click Script Installer
- 4,500 Free Website Templates
- Dedicated Customer Support
- 45 Day Money Back Guarantee
Here is what is offered by WPEngine:
- Unlimited Data Transfers
- Limited WP Installs
- Limited Local Storage
- Easy WordPress Management
- 60 Days Money Back Guarantee
HostGator offers Hatchling, Baby and Business plans under the shared hosting. If you are looking to host new website, then you will find one of these plans meant for you. Apart from Shared Hosting, you can get Dedicated Servers, VPS or Reseller Hosting. The pricing and features differ. You can avail discount by using coupon codes.
WPEngine offers Personal plan that costs $29/month. In it you get hosting for 25,000 visits/month only. Visits are tracked on the basis of IP address. Each unique IP address is counted as visit. Once you cross the limit, you are charged additionally. In Professional plan you get 1,00,000 visits/month quota and it costs $99/month. 25 WordPress installs and 4,00,000 visits/month quote are what you get in Business plan that costs $249/month. You can get quotation of Premium plan by contacting the customer care.
There are many points which are in favor of HostGator. This hosting provider does not offer good features only, but is also cheap as compared to WPEngine. So, for me, HostGator is right choice. What about you?