In the year 2002, Brent Oxley founded Hostgator in Boca Raton, Florida. Within four years of its formation, Hostgator had more than 200,000 registered domains. Eventually, in 2007, company moved its headquarters from Boca Raton to Houston, Texas. According to latest reports, conducted in 2013, there are over 9 million domains being hosted by Hostgator.
Bluehost was founded by Matt Heaton in the year 1996. Bluehost has its headquarters present in Provo, Utah in the United States. The automated CPU throttling technique was introduced by them which made it unique in comparison to its competitors. At present, Bluehost has more than 1.9 million hosted domains.
|Headquarters||Houston, Texas, United States||Provo, Utah, United States|
|Data Centers||Provo, Utah and Dallas, Texas||Provo, Utah|
|Owner / Parent||Endurance International Group||Endurance International Group|
|Diskspace||Unlimited||Limited in Starter plan, unlimited in others|
|Shared Linux Plans||Hatchling Plan – $3.96/mo Baby Plan – $6.36/mo Business Plan – $10.36/mo||Starter Plan – $3.95/mo Plus Plan – $6.95/mo Business Pro Plan – $14.95/mo|
|Shared Windows Plans||Personal Plan – $4.76/mo Enterprise Plan – $14.36/mo||Same as shared Linux plans|
|Linux VPS Plans||Yes, starting from $19.95/mo||Yes, starting from $14.99/mo|
|Windows VPS Plans||Not Available||Yes, starting from $14.99/mo|
|Dedicated Linux Plans||Starting from $174/month||Starting from $74.99mo|
|Dedicated Windows Plans||Starting from $174/month||Starting from $74.99mo|
|Safe Harbour certified?||Yes||Yes|
|Adult Content Allowed?||Yes, Provided the adult content used is legal in United States||No|
|Support Options||24/7/365 Support through Live chat, direct call, ticket creation||Self help, ticket creation, User forums|
|SSH||Yes||Not by default, requires hosting purchase verification|
|Custom Error Pages||Yes, with cPanel||Yes|
|Money Back Guarantee||Yes, within 45 days||Yes, Any time|
After comparing the different features and plans offered by these two hosting organizations, it seems that they are somewhat similar in terms of features offered. However Hostgator offers a wider range of plans & options for shared and VPS hosting in comparison to Bluehost.