For every webmaster no matter new or skilled – a web hosting space is the first requirement to host a website. There are plenty of inexpensive web hosting solutions on the web, most of them are shared servers. For moderate amount of traffic and medium-functionality website, shared website hosting is just about fine. HostGator is a very popular company for providing shared web hosting service, they offer other options as well. WP Engine is comparatively less heard of, yet the service they provide start from a lower price point and on overall assessment, the services didn’t seem to vary much from HostGator.
Web Hosting Plans & Pricing
HostGator offers three basic plans. The lowest monthly cost for HostGator plans is $5.21/month with the 25% discount offered through hosting coupons. This price tag applies to the initial plan from HostGator named Hatchling. For the latter two plans named Baby and Business, the pricing is $7.46/month and $11.21/month respectively. All these plans offers unlimited bandwidth. One domain registration is free for the hatchling plan, while it’s unlimited for the other two. All plans offer shared SSL certificate. One-click installation of plugins are available through the cPanel.
On the other hand, WP Engine offers four shared web hosting plans. WP Engine Web Hosting plan starts from $29/month, which is higher than the Hatchling plan from HostGator. The initial plan is named Beginner; the rest three are Basic, Standard and Advanced. You can get 3 months free if you use wp engine coupon code 2016 while buying it. The pricing for these three plans are $29/month, $99/month and $249/month respectively. Unlike HostGator, WP Engine has opted for mentioning the exact data and bandwidth limit they offer for each user per month. For the Beginner plan the HDD space is only 5 GB, bandwidth 50 GB. This goes up to 150 GB HDD space and 1500 GB bandwidth per month in the Advanced plan.
Both web hosting companies offer an easy to use interface and the market winning control panel for web hosting servers – cPanel. HostGator offers one-click app and plugin installations through cPanel, and WP Engine names their app store Softaculous from where the users can get an app and install straight from cPanel.
Theoretically, both companies offer a near perfect uptime of around 99.9%. In reality, the uptime didn’t reach 99.9% but wasn’t lagging much behind the figure either. Only few occasional stuttering while loading pages were noticed, pages load little slow when the traffic gets high but on average the performance is pretty good.
Money Back Guarantee
If the service doesn’t look as appealing as they did on their website promotions, a user may proceed with service cancellation. However, WP Engine doesn’t offer any money refund option. For HostGator, within 45 day timeline full money refund would be applicable. The refund is 100% of the initial payment – hence the service is almost full free for tryouts for the first 45 days.
Both companies provide a great experience on customer support. The agents were helpful in both companies, customer service could be asked through email, tickets, hotline or live chat.
For better pricing, WP Engine might be perfect. HostGator earns more reputation and they have higher online promotions as well, also they offer a great deal on money refund. Making a decision should be easy.