You must be aware of the importance of a professional website for your businesses or if you are already planning to launch a website, then after the domain name, the second thing required is web hosting.
Among hundreds of web hosting companies in the market, Hostgator and Justhost are the two ones. Undoubtedly, Hostgator is a more popular one, but Justhost is also worth checking out.
But the question is whom you should prefer for your website? Is the popularity of Hostgator just an upshot of hardcore marketing or the services is worthy enough? Which one has the upper hand?
We have performed 328 tests to figure out the best one from every aspect on almost all of popular web hosting companies such as Bluehost, Hostgator, eHost, SiteGround, Justhost, etc.
We analyzed them on the grounds of website uptime, page load speed, interfaces, customer service, and others.
Hostgator v/s Justhost Hosting – Performance comparison
Both of the companies are into the business for a long time. However, Hostgator is a more famous name. With a partner like SoftLayer, HostGator delivers far superior performance than the new-born hosting providers.
The duo effect helps to deliver brilliant services as both have to handle their expertise. SoftLayer manages all primary network centers and data services while Hostgator do the rest. JustHost manage data center at Chicago, Illinois. Undoubtedly, services are good, but Hostgator outclasses it.
Our methodologies for comparing Hostgator and Justhost web hosting performance
Here are the three factors that we have chosen for measuring performance.
- Uptime Test
- Page Load Speed Test
- Customer Support Response Time Test
How was this test performed?
Our Step By Step Procedure Of Performing These Tests
Step 1: We bought the web hosting plans of Hostgator as well as Justhost.
Step 2: On both of the Web hosts, we hosted a dummy website with same files, content, CMS (WordPress), Plugins, etc. Obviously, the domain name was different.
Step 4: For measuring their uptime, we created an account on pingdom.com and buzzed both of the websites consistently at every minute.
Step 5: For checking their customer support response time, we raised a complaint ticket. We compared the response time of every web hosting.
Hostgator v/s JustHost - Page Load Speed Test:
|Web Hosting||Avg. Page Load Time||Best Page Load Time||Worst Page Load Time||Compare With Hostgator||Visit Website|
|Godaddy||4.76 s||1.49 s||15.67 s||Hostgator v/s Godaddy||Visit Godaddy|
|Namecheap||4.13 s||1.23 s||9.65 s||Hostgator v/s Namecheap||Visit Namecheap|
|iPage||3.87 s||2.67 s||13.43 s||Hostgator v/s iPage||Visit iPage|
|Bluehost||3.45 s||1.15 s||9.23 s||Hostgator v/s Bluehost||Visit Bluehost|
|WpEngine||3.43 s||2.27 s||9.44 s||Hostgator v/s WpEngine||Visit WpEngine|
|SiteGround||3.19 s||2.31 s||11.22 s||Hostgator v/s SiteGround||Visit SiteGround|
|Hostgator||3.11 s||1.88 s||13.80 s||Visit Hostgator||Visit Hostgator|
|Dreamhost||3.67 s||2.12 s||10.21 s||Hostgator v/s Dreamhost||Visit Dreamhost|
|Digital Ocean||3.44 s||2.33 s||8.56 s||Hostgator v/s Digital Ocean||Visit DigitalOcean|
|Arvixe||4.52 s||2.54 s||9.12 s||Hostgator v/s Arvixe||Visit Arvixe|
|Justhost||4.28 s||2.13 s||9.66 s||Hostgator v/s Justhost||Visit Justhost|
|Amazon Web Services (AWS)||4.56 s||2.55 s||9.12 s||Hostgator v/s AWS||Visit AWS|
|eHost||4.23 s||1.41 s||10.11 s||Hostgator v/s eHost||Visit eHost|
|InMotion Hosting||3.44 s||2.45 s||9.12 s||Hostgator v/s InMotion||Visit InMotion|
The average page load speed time for our website in Hostgator was 3.11 seconds while the Justhost’s page load time for the same Website was 4.28 seconds.The Hostgator’s best page load time was 1.88 seconds while Justhost was only 2.13 seconds. This difference in the best page load time might not seem significant, but it is.To be completely assured, we performed the test for 20times. We find Hostgator to be the winning one in all tests.
SITE HOSTED ON HOSTGATOR
SITE HOSTED ON JUSTHOST
Winner – Hostgator
Hostgator v/s Justhost - Uptime Test Results:
|Web Hosting||Avg. Uptime||Best Uptime||Worst Uptime||Compare With Hostgator||Visit Website|
|Bluehost||99.98 %||100 %||93.56 %||Check Comparison||Visit Bluehost|
|Hostgator||99.97 %||100 %||96.78 %||Visit Hostgator||Visit Hostgator|
|SiteGround||99.96 %||100 %||94.43 %||Check Comparison||Visit SiteGround|
|WpEngine||99.96 %||100 %||93.56 %||Check Comparison||Visit WpEngine|
|iPage||99.91 %||100 %||88.67 %||Check Comparison||Visit iPage|
|Namecheap||99.89 %||100 %||89.28 %||Check Comparison||Visit Namecheap|
|Godaddy||99.88 %||100 %||87.34 %||Check Comparison||Visit Godaddy|
|Dreamhost||99.95 %||100 %||96.33 %||Check Comparison||Visit Dreamhost|
|DigitalOcean||99.97 %||100 %||95.55 %||Check Comparison||Visit DigitalOcean|
|Arvixe||99.89 %||100 %||92.13 %||Check Comparison||Visit Arvixe|
|Justhost||99.93%||100 %||90.12 %||Check Comparison||Visit Justhost|
|Amazon Web Services (AWS)||99.93 %||100 %||96.48 %||Check Comparison||Visit Amazon Web Services (AWS)|
|eHost||99.94 %||100 %||95.52 %||Check Comparison||Visit eHost|
|InMotion||99.97 %||100 %||95.34 %||Check Comparison||Visit InMorion|
Thanks to the Pingdom services with the help of which this test performed. It helped us in measuring the uptime for multiple times in a specific time.As you can see, Hostgator has got the upper hand as compared to the Justhost. Hostgator has 99.97% average uptime while Justhost had 99.93% average uptime.
Winner – Hostgator
Hostgator v/s Justhost– Customer Support Ticket Response Time Test Results:
|Web Hosting||Avg. Response Time||Best Response||Worst Response||Compare With Hostgator||Check More Details|
|SiteGround||3 hours||1 hour||12 hours||Check Comparison||Visit SiteGround|
|Hostgator||4 hours||1 hour||21 hours||Check Comparison||Visit Hostgator|
|Bluehost||6 hours||1 hour||22 hours||Check Comparison||Visit Bluehost|
|WpEngine||6 hours||1 hour||18 hours||Check Comparison||Visit WpEngine|
|Namecheap||9 hours||1.5 hour||36 hours||Check Comparison||Visit Namecheap|
|Godaddy||12 hours||3 hours||39 hours||Check Comparison||Visit Godaddy|
|iPage||14 hours||7 hours||42 hours||Check Comparison||Visit iPage|
|Dreamhost||7 hours||1 hour||18 hours||Check Comparison||Visit Dreamhost|
|DigitalOcean||13 hours||6 hours||46 hours||Check Comparison||Visit DigitalOcean|
|Arvixe||7 hours||2 hour||22 hours||Check Comparison||Visit Arvixe|
|Justhost||13 hours||6 hours||48 hours||Check Comparison||Visit Justhost|
|Amazon Web Services (AWS)||7 hours||1.5 hours||16 hours||Check Comparison||Visit Amazon Web Services (AWS)|
|eHost||6.5 hours||2 hours||21 hours||Check Comparison||Visit eHost|
|InMotion||4.5 hours||1 hour||18 hours||Check Comparison||Visit InMotion|
For comparing customer support, we calculated the average time these web hosts took for responding our complained tickets.The average response time of Hostgator was 4 hours while Justhost’s average time was 13 hours, which is significantly higher.
Hostgator features phone as well as chat support. The customer service agents are not only professional but courteous as well. You can perform tasks like adding popular CMS, accessing file manager, databases, and other features.
Winner – Hostgator
Hostgator v/s Justhost – User Interface Comparison:
You can easily add your domain, install any CMS like WordPress, Joomla, etc. Also, you can access file manager, databases, etc. at their cPanel. I find both of them are equally easy to use, so it is a tie for me.
User Interface Result – Tie
Hostgator v/s Justhost – Hosting Packages and Pricing comparison:
Hostgator has some of the most attractive packages with regular discount offers. However, Justhost lacks appealing features in the hosting plans. Be it Shared, Virtual or Dedicated hosting plans, but Justhost plans are pricier than Hostgator. Moreover, Hostgator’s hosting prices has been stable for last few years. That makes it ideal for long term usage.
Winner – Hostgator
Hostgator comes with a 100 percent money back guarantee within the 45days of purchasing. You can get your money back if you don’t like the service. It is completely safe to go with Hostgator, even if you are a newbie.
Hostgator is our top pick because of the all-around outstanding Web hosting offerings.The Final VerdictHostgator dominated in every factor of our comparison. In fact, Justhost was nowhere near to it.
Hopefully, our detailed and honest comparison will take you out from the hem and haw situation of selecting the best hosting provider among the two of them.
You can go with Justhost for a mid-level website, but we firmly recommend to go with Hostgator for a high-level and professional website