WordPress takes care of just about everything you need to do to launch a website… except hosting.
In my experience, Siteground and Hostgator are two of the best hosting options. But which one is better? Well, I did a little digging to find the answer to that question.
First, let's break down the basics.
Siteground was founded in 2004 by a group of college kids. Since then, it's grown into a company with over 400 employees that services more than 1,700,000 domains. It's also officially recommended by WordPress.
Hostgator is a little older: it was founded in 2002, also by college kids. It's grown into a big company, too, with over 500 employees.
Now, I'll dive into the details and show you how Siteground and Hostgator compare on load time, server speed, uptime, and data centers.
Siteground's SuperCacher allows it to offer a blazing fast average load time of 1.5 sec.
Hostgator is even faster! It boasts an average load time of 1.2 sec.
Siteground keeps its general server load low. That way, you won't be affected by surges during the holidays and other busy times. Siteground has an average server speed of 219 ms.
Hostgator is a little slower, with an average server speed of 190 ms.
While Siteground says they have 99.9% uptime, Hostgator guarantees that they have 99.9% uptime. Hostgator will even give you one free month of hosting if you experience anything less than 99.9% uptime from their servers.
Siteground has three data centers, which are strategically placed in Chicago, Amsterdam, and Singapore. All of these centers are equipped with high-end hardware and physical security.
Hostgator is partnered with SoftLayer, which is an IBM-owned dedicated server, managed hosting, and cloud computing provider. SoftLayer owns some of the most advanced data centers in the world. They have multiple power feeds, power generators, constant server monitoring, and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) backups to ensure uptime.
So, Siteground has the advantage on server speed, but Hostgator has better load time, uptime, and data centers. These are both excellent hosting options, but I've got to give the win to Hostgator.