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Hosting comparison – Hostgator vs Bluehost

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.

Feature Comparison. Hostgator vs Bluehost
Hostgator Bluehost
Headquarters Houston, Texas, United States Provo, Utah, United States
Data Centers Provo, Utah and Dallas, Texas Provo, Utah
Founded 2002 1996
Owner / Parent Endurance International Group Endurance International Group
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited
Diskspace Unlimited Limited in Starter plan, unlimited in others
Hosted Domains 9,000,000+ 1,900,000+
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
Bitcoin payments? No No
PCI Compliant? Yes Yes
Green Hosting? Yes Yes
HIPAA Compliant? No No
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
FTP Yes Yes
CDN Hosting Yes Yes
Website Builder Yes Yes
SSH Yes Not by default, requires hosting purchase verification
SMTP Yes Yes
Auto Responders Yes Yes
Custom Error Pages Yes, with cPanel Yes
POP3 Accounts Yes Yes
Web Mail Yes Yes
Referrer Logs Yes Yes
Error Logs Yes 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.

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