Currently, every individual, private or public organization has its website that represents it on world wide web. The web page displays its services and features on a global platform. It became an important link between the user or viewer and the organization. The website has also become a useful medium for marketing or launching new products and services.
Web hosting companies like Bluehost, Hostgator, iPage, Godaddy etc. host these websites over the internet through their server and other infrastructure. It reduces the task of the web page owner of continuously updating and operating the web page.
The rapid growth in web page designing has given rise to numerous web hosting companies. Sometimes clients get confused in deciding as to which web hosting companies will offer the best services at a minimum price.
As there is stiff competition between all the web hosting companies, each of the company tries to drive more and more customers towards them. Therefore, one has to analyze the features before picking any web hosting company. Here we compare two well-known web hosting company HostGator and iPage.
Introduction: Hostgator & iPage Hosting
Hostgator is a well-known name in the web hosting field. After their start in 2002, this company has reached many milestones, and at present, it has more than 400,000 happy customers.
On the contrary, iPage has been in the web hosting business since 1998. It was re-launched in the year 2009 and offer services that are very low priced.
We will compare every single feature of these two companies for which they have gone through 328 tests. Based on the results of these 328 tests performed over hostings like Dreamhost, Digital Ocean etc, we will declare which web hosting company is the winner among them.
Our Methodology of comparing Hostgator and iPage performance.
We took three criteria for measuring the performance of both hosting providers. They are as follows:
- Web Page Load Speed Test
- Website Uptime Test
- Customer Support Response Time Test
Step by step method of performing the test
Step 1: At first, we purchased a similar hosting plan of almost all famous web-hosting providers.
Step 3: For measuring page load speed time, we used GTMetrix services.
Step 4: For measuring their uptime, we used Pingdom services. We consistently buzzed websites at an interval of 1 minute.
Step 5: For measuring their customer response time, we raised many support tickets. We waited for their response and noted down their response time when they responded to our tickets. We have also calculated Avg. support response time.
Hostgator V/s iPage Hosting – Webpage Load Speed Test:
Whether you are a website owner or a visitor, everyone wants the website to get opened quickly. As a matter of fact, a visitor wouldn’t visit the website again if it takes more page loading time. So, it is an important aspect that one should look for the hosting. Here are the results, we found in our tests.
Hostgator had an upper hand in almost all of the tests except the Worst Page load time. Thus, these Page Load Speed Test illustrates that Hostgator had an edge on iPage hosting.
Site Hosted at Hostgator
Site Hosted at iPage
Winner – Hostgator
Hostgator v/s iPage - Website Uptime Test Results:
The website uptime is very important factor your website as well as your business. Obviously, you don’t want it down at your peak business time. As mentioned earlier, we used Pingdom services for a specific period on our demo website. Here are the results we got after it.
The Website Uptime Test Results cleared that Hostgator is a better hosting provider than iPage.
Winner – Hostgator
Hostgator v/s iPage – Customer Support Response Time Test Results:
A decent customer service from the hosting provider will ensure that you don’t have to deal with technical problems related to hosting service. It is an important aspect, especially for the novice website owner. Here are the results we found in our tests.
The Customer Support Response Time Test shows that Hostgator has a significant lead on iPage. A beginner should choose Hostgator over iPage if he prioritizes customer service.
Winner – Hostgator
Hostgator v/s iPage – User Interface Comparison:
User interface matters especially for the beginners. However, we found that both of the user interfaces were equally manageable from a user’s perspective. Performing basic tasks like installing CMS, accessing file managers, using databases, and others was easy. Thus, there was no real winner in this round.
Winner – Draw
Hostgator v/s iPage – Pricing comparison:
For shared hosting, iPage has just one hosting plan known as essential plan. On the other hand, Hostgator has three kinds of hosting plans for shared web hosting. They are Hatchling, Baby, and Business plans. iPage Essential was cheaper than the most affordable Hatchling plan of Hostgator. The slightly expensive business plan comes with great features like a toll-free number.
However, Hostgator often comes with discounts, coupons and other offers that significantly cuts the price of the web hosting plan. On the other hand, iPage barely comes with offers. Moreover, Hostgator comes with a 45 days money back guarantee. You can get a full refund if you are not satisfied with their hosting service in 45 days.
Winner – Hostgator
The Final Verdict
We have found that Hostgator dominated in almost every test we conducted. So, we would strongly suggest to choose Hostgator over iPage web hosting.