Hi There, writing along the same lines as our previous 2 blog posts – HostGator India VS GoDaddy India and HostGator vs BigRock – today, we’ll compare yet another hosting company with HostGator in this HostGator vs InMotion review. So, let’s begin!
In this post, we are going to pit HostGator, one of the most popular and justly reliable web hosts against the niche player InMotion. Before the ultimate HostGator vs InMotion war begins, let us be clear about one thing in our head. There is no such thing as the perfect web host. The ideal web host for you mainly depends on your business requirements, level of expertise and budget.
HostGator offers a wide array of beginner-focused hosting options at affordable prices. Alternatively, InMotion is hailed for its highly business-oriented hardware configurations and functions. Our opinions on their respective services are solely based on our experience as a paying customer for a certain time-being.
So, without further ado, let the HostGator India vs InMotion hosting clash begin.
- 1. HostGator Web Hosting Overview
- 2. InMotion Hosting Overview
- 3. HostGator vs InMotion – Speed
- 4. InMotion vs HostGator - Server Location
- 5. InMotion hosting vs HostGator – Uptime
- 6. HostGator vs InMotion - Price Plan
- 7. InMotion vs HostGator – cPanel
- 8. HostGator vs InMotion - Customer Support
- 9. HostGator India vs InMotion Hosting – Other Features
- Final Thoughts
1. HostGator Web Hosting Overview
HostGator was founded in 2002 and was acquired by the revered EIG back in 2012 for a whopping $225 million. HostGator has been a household name for webmasters, online marketers, and bloggers around the globe. If you minutely scrutinize their hosting packages, you will realize how tactfully they have designed features to attract both inexperienced and established web developers.
HostGator has struck the right balance between usability and affordability. They offer some of the best features you can get on a tight budget and is a great alternative to free hosting. Their extremely well-behaved and efficient tech support team is figuratively the icing on the cake.
Cloud hosting is one of their biggest pros. It not only boosts the speed of your websites up to 2.5X times but also improves the safety of the website resources. This is not just another “meh” fact. Page loading speed is the most crucial determining factor of conversion rate.
One study has proved that websites that take more than 5 seconds to load have experienced 7% drop in the conversion rates. In the upcoming sections, we will compare and contrast the top features and usability of HostGator vs InMotion side by side. But before that, take a look at the key features of HostGator listed below.
- Single-click WordPress Installation.
- Drag and Drop Website Builder.
- $100 Google AdWords and Bing/Yahoo advertisement credit worth $25.
- Reseller Hosting.
- Unlimited Domains, bandwidth, and disk space.
- Green hosting.
- 45-day Refund Policy.
- HostGator Domain coupons and HostGator hosting coupons.
- Hassle-free Sign Up Process.
- 99.9% Uptime Guarantee.
- Windows and Linux Hosting.
- MySQL Database.
3. HostGator vs InMotion – Speed
One of the core functions of a web host is to cater to the request of the visitors as soon as the request is made. The nerdy term for this function is page loading speed and the SEO ranking of your sites heavily depend on this. Web hosting is the second biggest determining factor of this, first being your website configuration.
The metric we use to denote the loading speed of a host is TTFB or Time to First Byte. It is the time your website takes to fulfil a request from a user. We used WebPage Test to compare the test the speed of two sites – one on the Shared hosting of HostGator and another on InMotion.
The website hosted by HostGator took 2.85 seconds to load with the highest speed record of 2.38 seconds and the lowest being 15.02 seconds which is quite surprisingly bad. This drastic downfall of consistency has been apparent since the time EIG bought HostGator. Before that, it had a tie-up with SoftLayer. This was an era when HostGator was lauded by web developers for its blazing fast loading speed. But do not be disheartened, it is multiple times better than what most other cost-effective web hosts offer. The EIG company marked 2013 fiasco as an isolated incident.
In the WebPage test, the average speed of our InMotion hosted website was 3.21 seconds, the highest being 2.13 seconds and 14.12 seconds the lowest. We were quite impressed by the consistency of InMotion. We believe we could have said the same about HostGator when it was an independently running company like InMotion.
5. InMotion hosting vs HostGator – Uptime
One of the hosting warning signs of a poor quality web host is frequent downtime or low uptime. Uptime is another important performance indicator of a web host. We ran Pingdom test on the two sites to measure their uptime. It will immediately notify you if a site takes more than 30s to load. Honestly speaking, if a site takes more than that time to load, do not consider investing your precious money in it.
Moving on to our observation, HostGator didn’t do exceedingly well in the test. The average uptime was 99.97% which occasionally spiked to 100%. Back in 2013, while it was already being acquired by EIG, HostGator infrastructure was migrated to Utah data centre. This resulted in several hours of downtime for 3 days straight.
Although it was an isolated incident, it nearly lost its monopoly in the web hosting biz after that. However, the uptime is still pretty decent if you are to host multiple websites and blogs. By October 2017, it maintained an average uptime of 99.99%.
We also tracked the cloud hosting uptime in September 2017. It maintained 99.9% uptime consistently for 30 days. HostGator offers another unique perk. If it fails to live up to the 99.9% uptime guarantee, you will receive 1 month’s credit in your account, depending on the package you choose.
The average uptime for InMotion was 99.96%. The highest uptime recorded was 100% but it also hit as low as 93.19%. Their uptime has been quite a roller coaster between 2016-2017. With that being said, the downtime lasted for roughly two minutes. By the end of November 2017, the average uptime recorded peaked at 100%. Moreover, you will be notified beforehand about their planned server maintenance schedule so that you can plan your work schedule accordingly. We count it as a pro.
7. InMotion vs HostGator – cPanel
The cPanel integrated by HostGator is known for easy comprehensive UI and single-click apps installations. This is one of the prominent reasons why HostGator is a go-to choice for users who want to tap into this highly competitive field but lack the required technical knowledge.
InMotion also uses cPanel but we felt that InMotion cPanel facilitates a cleaner installation and a lesser number of upsells. Like HostGator, it also aids QuickInstall for WordPress and Joomla. However, the HostGator WordPress Install comes with preloaded themes (bundled product) which most novice bloggers and web designers find very convenient.
9. HostGator India vs InMotion Hosting – Other Features
HostGator provides tons of features to maximize the performance of your website. If you opt for the monthly contract, you can upgrade to a more advanced hosting plan at any time of the month. You just have to pay the difference between the two plans. However, HostGator charges a nominal fee for data restore while InMotion does it for free.
Another aspect where InMotion beats HostGator hands down is domain and website migration. While InMotion has garnered immensely positive reviews for its easy-peasy, zero cost migration, HostGator has faced criticism for server downtime during the migration. Moreover, the domain transfer won’t be initiated until you pay for it.