SiteGround or Hostgator or Hostinger. Which one to choose?

Choosing a web hosting provider to host your site may seem as an easy decision, but a lot can go wrong if you happen to choose web hosting not aligned with your needs. Above all, your choice should be informed by hard data.

SiteGround vs. HostGator vs. Hostinger - it's the three of the most popular names in the web hosting industry. Here, you will find a comparison of these web hosting platforms, based on real-world data. Be it site uptime, competitive pricing or customer service, we have compared Hostinger’s Premium, Hostgator’s Essentials and SiteGround’s GrowBig plans and compiled all the relevant evidence to help you make the best decision for hosting your websites.

FeaturesHostinger LogoHostgator LogoSiteground Logo
Price per Month$3.49*$5.95*$5.95*
Free Site Migration
Website Speed74 ms689 ms492 ms
Uptime100.00%100.00%99.98%
Unlimited SSD Space
Unlimited Bandwidth
Unlimited Websites
Free Domain Name Registration
PHP 7.1 Support
Instant Account Activation
GIT Support
Optimized for WordPress
Unlimited Email Accounts
Employee-Owned Company

*Lowest possible price per month

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SiteGround vs. Hostgator vs. Hostinger: Pricing

The first, and arguably the most important factor in choosing a web hosting provider is cost. Every penny out of your pocket should go towards improving your site in some way or another. So, it only makes sense that you should choose a service that gives you exactly what you need, without breaking your budget. Below, you’ll find Hostinger’s Premium, Hostgator’s Essentials and SiteGround’s GrowBig web hosting subscription plans based on monthly payment.

Period LengthHostinger LogoHostgator LogoSiteground Logo
3 months$8.84/month$11.95/month
6 months$6.84/month$11.95/month
12 months$5.84/month$8.95/month$5.95/month
24 months$4.84/month$6.95/month$5.95/month
36 months$3.84/month$5.95/month$5.95/month
48 months$3.49/month

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Looking at the above table, Hostinger seems to be the logical choice for the budget savvy. HostGator is the most expensive of the three, while SiteGround is less flexible due to the lack of subscription plans (only 3 compared to Hostinger’s 6 and HostGator’s 5). The table below lists the total amount you’d have to spend for each subscription plan.

Period LengthHostinger LogoHostgator LogoSiteground Logo
3 months$26.52$35.85
6 months$41.04$71.70
12 months$70.08$107.41$71.40
24 months$116.16$166.80$142.80
36 months$138.24$214.20$214.20
48 months$167.52

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As you can see, HostGator is alarmingly more expensive than both SiteGround and Hostinger. Hostinger is not only the least expensive option, but also provides the most subscription plans, catering to a wide variety of clients. The money you save with Hostinger can go towards further improving your business.

SiteGround vs. Hostgator vs. Hostinger: Uptime

For your website to be considered successful, it is crucial that it remains accessible to users without exception. This is referred to as uptime. It is no surprise that all the major websites go above and beyond to ensure that their clients' sites don't experience downtime.

That is why web hosting providers are keen to provide 100% uptime for their clients. This is true for both Hostinger and SiteGround, with both web hosting services avoiding any instances of downtime. Conversely, HostGator has had some downtime. And however small that downtime may seem, in fact, it almost certainly has had an impact on user retention. The numbers below show exactly how much uptime each service has on record.

Hostinger Uptime

Uptime

  • 100.00% (last 24 hours)
  • 100.00% (last 7 days)
  • 100.00% (last 30 days)

Current Status

up No Hostinger downtime was recorded.

Hostgator Uptime

Uptime

  • 100.00% (last 24 hours)
  • 100.00% (last 7 days)
  • 100.00% (last 30 days)

Current Status

up Hostgator is up for 1476 hrs. Total downtime of 8 min was recorded.

SiteGround Uptime

Uptime

  • 100.00% (last 24 hours)
  • 100.00% (last 7 days)
  • 99.98% (last 30 days)

Current Status

up SiteGround is up for 387 hrs. Total downtime of 7 min was recorded.

SiteGround vs. Hostgator vs. Hostinger: Speed

In today’s world, efficiency is the name of the game. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that website speed is held in high regard by professionals in the web development space. Not to mention, site speed directly correlates with high client retention. Below you’ll find real-world response time data for sites hosted by Hostinger, HostGator and SiteGround. The difference between Hostinger and the other two is night and day - a testament to the platform’s commitment to delivering high performance.

Hostinger speed statistics

The response time is 74 ms. Fastest website page loading speed.

HostGator speed statistics

Response time is 689 ms on average. Sadly, this is the slowest site loading speed out of all three.

SiteGround speed statistics

Response time is 492 ms on average.

SiteGround vs. Hostgator vs. Hostinger: Customer Support

Customer support is one of the cornerstones of a good web hosting provider. Unfortunately, many companies, including some of the biggest names, fail to appreciate the opportunity it provides in winning over new customers and retaining existing ones.

Hostinger has gradually established itself as a market leader in customer support. This includes its wide-ranging tutorials and live chat service. Live chat is particularly user-friendly, as it is available on each page of the site. HostGator, on the other hand, is deficient in any kind of technical support. SiteGround has a better handle on customer support than HostGator, though it’s far from flawless.

Hostinger Customer Support

Hostinger boasts industry-leading customer support. Objective measures, such as lightning fast ticket response time, in addition to low-latency live chat offer convincing evidence that Hostinger leads the pack in this category. Live chat is always available, and you’ll find the option floating on each page of Hostinger’s site. There are also a ton of tutorials available for all sorts of builds.

Hostgator Customer Support

Billing support is about the only area HostGator appears to be focused on. It does have one of the better billing support systems, though this means that the rest of the support is lukewarm at best. So, if you have any lingering questions about your site, and happen to use HostGator’s services, be prepared for a bumpy experience.

SiteGround Customer Support

User reviews for SiteGround are quite appreciative of its technical support staff. It is lauded for having qualified personnel ready to help users in need. But this doesn’t mean that it’s all praise for the web hosting provider. The reviews are rife with complaints regarding its software package and pricing, which puts SiteGround somewhere in the middle of the web hosting pecking order.

Conclusions drawn from the case study

SiteGround vs. Hostgator vs. Hostinger

With SiteGround you get:

  • No free domain name registration
  • Limited disk space
  • Instant account activation
  • Response time of 492 ms
  • Free site migration
  • Unlimited email accounts

With Hostinger you get:

  • The cheapest price for premium web hosting
  • Unlimited SSD Space
  • PHP 7.1 Support
  • No downtime
  • Lowest response time (74 ms)
  • Qualified and always available Customer Support

With Hostgator you get:

  • No PHP 7.1 Support
  • No instant account activation
  • Downtime of apprx. 8 min. Over 182 hrs.
  • Response time of 689 ms
  • Long waiting queues for Customer Support
  • Unlimited email accounts

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