You were probably asking yourself the following question:

Which is better Hostgator or GoDaddy?

If you can’t decide – then read through this article or watch my short video comparison to get a glimpse of what each hosting company has to offer and if it’s a good decision or whether to avoid one or the other or both of these hosting companies altogether.

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Hostgator VS GoDaddy – Website Speed & Loading Times

Just take a look at the page details section at the GT Metrix results Hostgator VS Godaddy – 2.1 seconds VS 427 miliseconds. Hostgator takes 4 times as long to load the website compared to GoDaddy. That’s rediculous. The Pingdom Pagespeed test doesn’t make things look better for Hostgator either.

We got a clear winner in our Hostgator VS GoDaddy pagespeed comparison and that is GoDaddy.

HostGator tested with GTMetrix

Hostgator GTMetrix Test

HostGator tested with Pagespeed Insights by Google

Pagespeed Insights Hostgator Test


HostGator tested with Pingdom

Pingdom Hostgator Test

GoDaddy tested with GTMetrix

 GoDaddy GT Metrix Test

GoDaddy tested with Pagespeed Insights by Google

GoDaddy Pagespeed Insights Test


GoDaddy tested with Pingdom

GoDaddy Pingdom Test


Who Is Behind GoDaddy and Hostgator?

Well with GoDaddy it’s pretty straight forward. The company that owns GoDaddy – is surprise surprise – GoDaddy. 

More interesting is the situation with HostGator, because Hostgator is owned and operated by a company called Endurance International Group (EIG).

EIG is a big company that owns multiple well known hosting providers like Hostgator, Bluehost, iPage, Bigrock, etc and online marketing services such as Constant Contact. The reason why this matters, is, because EIG is not liked amongst the webmaster community since whenever they acquire a hosting company, the performance of that hosting company drops significantly. 

In my Bluehost VS Hostgator comparison I show you how both EIG owned webhosts perform and while that issue is not as bad with Bluehost, it definitely is with HostGator.

Look familiar?

Endurance International Group Owns Bluehost and Hostgator

Which hosting company has the better support? Hostgator or GoDaddy?

GoDaddy Support Options

  • live chat
  • phone support

HostGator Support Options

  • ticket system
  • email
  • live chat
  • phone support

As I’m writing this I had a call with the GoDaddy support and my problem got fixed within minutes – so I guess it’s safe to say that their support is doing a great job. However I heard other stories in the universe out there that’s called the internet and they weren’t as pleasant as my experiences.But then again, maybe these were one time occurrences. For the last 4 years there’s only been one issue with GoDaddy with their european servers – anything else besides that was alright.

As far as HostGator goes, since I did not use them for that long, I can’t say too much about their support besides the fact that they offer more support options than GoDaddy does. My issues back then got fixed very fast as well – so all good.

You should be good with either hosting company but I never encountered support staff that’s better than the SiteGround support.

Hostgator Versus GoDaddy Pricing – Shared Hosting Plans

GoDaddy Economy Plan

GoDaddys’ Economy plan starts at $2.79 per month and comes with:

  • 1 website
  • 100 GB storage
  • Free business email the first year (although you can create multiple email adresses that are free within cPanel)
  • Unlimited bandwith*

Both Hostgator and GoDaddy advertise unlimited bandwith yet it’s not what you might think. To quote directly from GoDaddy:


Should your website bandwidth or storage usage present a risk to the stability, performance or uptime of our servers, we will notify you via email and you may be required to upgrade, or we may restrict the resources your website is using.”

So in essence, if you use too much resources they shut you down or force you to upgrade and while that sounds quite harsh it’s not that big of an issue, most website operators won’t be facing that issue. Actually it’s a pretty rare case, but I just want you to let you know what’s going on.


Hostgator Hatchling Plan

Hostgators’ Hatchling plan comes with the following perks:


  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Email Accounts
  • 1 Domain (not included in price)
  • Prices starting at $2.95 per month


Hostgator VS GoDaddy pricing winner: GoDaddy

The better decision: Bluehost

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Transfer Domain from GoDaddy to Hostgator or from Hostgator to GoDaddy

If you want to switch from Hostgator to GoDaddy now or the reverse you can do that easily by migrating the domains and the website.

Since both companies are not offering any free migration service it’s best to head over to fiverr and pay a dude a couple of bucks to it sorted for you:

Give him all the login information he needs and he will do the rest for you.

If you want to transfer the domain to Hostgator, the best article for that comes from Hostgator itself:

If you just want to connect your GoDaddy domain with another hosting provider or vice versa, simply update the Nameservers in the DNS settings of your domain. If you don’t know what your name servers are, scroll through the signup emails, you will usually get an email with the namesevers or contact the support.

I for myself buy and manage all my domains with either GoDaddy or Namecheap, so you are in safe hands.

The better decision: Bluehost

Get a free domain and then email me here to claim your bonuses and get a headstart with your website.

GoDaddy VS Hostgator For WordPress Hosting – Who Wins?

Hostgator. Joke. Considering the fact that you can get GoDaddy Economy hosting for $15 per year by using the coupon you can find in my webhosting deals section on this website, GoDaddy definitely has an unfair advantage over Hostgator here.

In fact GoDaddy ranks #3 in my webhosting recommendation since the economy plan is so cheap I don’t know how they can make money from it.

#1 in this list is definitely SiteGround but they are more expensive and #2 is Bluehost since they provide you with a free domain, are a little bit cheaper than SiteGround and offer you a free SSL certificate which GoDaddy does not.

Also if you sign up to Bluehost via my link you will get extra bonuses. Just check out the bonuses right here:

Why choose GoDaddy?

Biggest registrar in the world

“WordPress Auto-Install” Feature: Install WordPress with the click of a button – literally.

Extremely affordable pricing starting at  $2.49

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