Today, we’ll be examining Hostgator and JustHost, and comparing their shared, VPS, and dedicated hosting plans.
We will be comparing the plans based on comparable feature sets, and thus we will not be delving into too deeply into the feature sets of each plan. You can also see our full reviews for each host:
Hostgator offers plans starting at $3.96 per month with a 3 year commitment, and a 1 year “Hatchling” plan for as little as $5.56 per month. JustHost, on the other hand, offers a basic plan at $11.99 per month, with discounts available for term-commitments ranging from 3 months to 4 years.
Looking at the features, the $7.96 “Baby” plan from Hostgator is comparable to the $9.99 “Standard” plan from JustHost, both with 1 year commitments. Both companies offer an upgrade, the $11.96 “Business” plan from Hostgator, and the $24.99 “Pro” plan from JustHost. However, Hostgator is the only one that offers a downgraded plan, the “Hatchling” plan, at $5.56 per month with a 1 year commitment. This means that in terms of flexibility, Hostgator gives you more options at the low-end, and in the mid-high end, Hostgator also gives you the same features as a considerably smaller price-tag.
In the VPS space, Hostgator offers plans ranging from $19.95 per month to $159.95 per month, whereas JustHost only offers plans from $29.99 to $119.99 per month. You would think that because of the larger range in cost, Hostgator would offer more power and more features towards the high-end, yet the $119.99 plan from JustHost offers basically the same features and processing power as the $159.95 plan from Hostgator. Unless you absolutely need that $19.95 plan from Hostgator for which JustHost has no equivalent, there is almost no reason not to go with JustHost, since they match Hostgator in features and beat them in pricing at practically every level.
In the dedicated space, things get a little murky. JustHost offers 3 plans from $149.99 to $249.99, while HostGator offers 4 plans from $174 to $374 per month.
CPU power is roughly the same for the pricing, across the board, but Hostgator tends to offer more bandwidth for the cost, while JustHost offers more RAM for the cost.
It should also be mentioned that JustHost’s $249.99 plan offers the same performance as Hostgator’s $374 plan, but merely lacks the same bandwidth (15 TB vs 25 TB). However, that extra bandwidth is the only thing that comes with the price premium, as the two plans are otherwise identical.
Both hosts guarantee 99.9% up time on their servers, and JustHost even goes as far as offering a free month of service for any downtime.
Both hosts offer 24/7 US-based support. Both sites also offer various types of FAQS and tutorials, and community forums for free.
Hostgator offers an above average 45-day money-back guarantee, whereas JustHost offers an anytime money-back guarantee, in which terms are prorated.
For shared hosting, Hostgator is the better company, with better value and flexibility in pricing and features.
For VPS hosting, unless you’re looking to spend as little as possible with the $19.99 per month plan from Hostgator, there is simply no reason not to go with JustHost. They offer better value, providing the same features for considerably less money.
For dedicated hosting, it really comes down to what features you need the most. JustHost offers more processing power at a lower cost, while Hostgator offers more bandwidth. If bandwidth is not a major consideration, then JustHost is the clear-cut winner here, with better overall value at all tiers.