Bluehost vs Hostgator Discounts and Price Comparisons

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Here are price comparisons between Bluehost and Hostgator for shared, WordPress, VPS, and Cloud Hosting. As you will see below, the various Bluehost deals reduce the price of hosting vis a vis Hostgator by quite a bit! Here’s the complete Hostgator coupon code list.

The coupons make all the difference. Bluehost has fixed coupons and discounts that are applied automatically. Whereas Hostgator makes you search for them to find the best deal. The link above will give you the complete list of Hostgator coupons so you don’t have to look anywhere else!

Bluehost vs Hostgator Shared Hosting Prices

Bluehost has an elusive $2.95/month offer for a 36-month renewal. However, these prices are for 12-month renewals only.

Basic Plan
(Yearly Renewal)
Advanced Plan
(Yearly Renewal)
Premium Plan
(Yearly Renewal)
Hostgator Logo
Hostgator Shared Hosting
$2.58/month
$8.95
Discount 71%off
With Coupon code: HOSTINGBUNDLE
$3.33/month
$11.95
Discount 72%off
With Coupon code: HOSTINGBUNDLE
$3.75/month
$16.95
Discount 78%off
With Coupon code: HOSTINGBUNDLE
Bluehost Logo
Bluehost Shared Hosting
$4.95/month
$8.99
Discount: 45% off
$7.45/month
$12.99
Discount: 43% off
$7.45/month
$16.99
Discount: 56% off

Note: These prices have been standardized for “per year” billing cycles. Normally, it’s very difficult to compare prices across providers because they use different time bases for their prices. Bluehost and Hostgator both show prices for 36 months on their homepage, whereas providers like SiteGround have one year renewal prices.

Once the hosting plans for these two have been standardized to one year prices, the price difference between them isn’t that much.

Free Domains Included

Both Bluehost and Hostgator provide one free domain each. This is unlike other providers like SiteGround or A2 Hosting, where a domain name is not included. Of course, if you’re only looking for bare hosting, this won’t make any difference to your decision. You can read more about the pros and cons of Hostgator in my Hostgator review.

Hostgator hosting also includes a free website transfer, whereas this is a separate package in Bluehost. In addition, the Hostgator business plan also includes a free dedicated IP address. This allows it to have what is known as a “Positive SSL”. Which means you can get the coveted “green bar” in addition to the lock symbol on your website. This inspires more trust in customers.

One interesting anomaly between Bluehost and Hostgator is when it comes to disk space. Whereas the advanced and premium plans of both offer “unmetered” disk space, the basic Bluehost plan caps it at 50GB. Hostgator on the other hand keeps it as “unmetered”. But one has to assume that there’s some upper limit here, since they mention compliance with their terms of service. So look out!

You can read more about Bluehost’s “Unlimited” promises in my Bluehost review.

Free SSL with Both Providers

Just a few weeks before Google made HTTPS mandatory in their Chrome browser, both Bluehost and Hostgator announced free SSL for all their plans. Bluehost announced it first, and Hostgator followed suit a couple of weeks afterwards.

This reduced the total cost of ownership by quite a bit. Previously, you had to purchase SSL separately for both – adding up to a minimum of $50 a year or so. But now, that additional cost has been wiped out. Good times!

Bluehost vs Hostgator WordPress Hosting Prices

Basic WordPress
(Yearly Renewal)
Advanced WordPress
(Yearly Renewal)
Premium WordPress
(Yearly Renewal)
Super Premium WordPress
(Yearly Renewal)
Hostgator Logo
Hostgator WordPress Hosting
$7.95/month
$12.95/month
Discount 39%off
With 39% - 57% off coupon code: WPTWEAKSHOSTING
$9.95/month
$17.95/month
Discount 45%off
With 39% - 57% off coupon code: WPTWEAKSHOSTING
$11.95/month
$24.95/month
Discount 78%off
With 39% - 57% off coupon code: WPTWEAKSHOSTING
Bluehost Logo
Bluehost WordPress Hosting
$29.99/month
$39.99
Discount: 25% off
$49.99/month
$59.99
Discount: 17% off
$59.99/month
$89.99
Discount: 33% off
$69.99/month
$129.99
Discount: 46% off

The first thing that stands out is that Bluehost WordPress hosting is a LOT more expensive. The article in the link will explain why this is so. Basically, Bluehost falls under the category of “Managed WordPress”, whereas Hostgator is just a shared hosting plan with WordPress pre-installed.

Bluehost vs Hostgator VPS Hosting Price Comparison

Basic VPS
(Yearly Renewal)
Advanced VPS
(Yearly Renewal)
Premium VPS
(Yearly Renewal)
Hostgator Logo
Hostgator VPS
$49.95/month
$89.95
Discount 44%off
With coupon code: SNAPPY
$59.95/month
$129.95
Discount 54%off
With coupon code: SNAPPY
$69.95/month
$159.95
Discount 56%off
With coupon code: SNAPPY
Bluehost Logo
VPS Hosting
$23.99/month
$29.99
Discount: 20% off
$41.99/month
$59.99
Discount: 30% off
$83.99/month
$119.99
Discount: 30% off

Again, the prices Hostgator displays on its website are for 36 months – just like Bluehost. Once we standardize these prices to a base of 1 year, they become much more comparable!

A couple of interesting details. Hostgator offers a lot more disk space in their VPS plans compared to Bluehost. The flip side is that Bluehost’s disk space is SSD, unlike Hostgator’s. Also when it comes to bandwidth, the tables are reversed. Bluehost offers unlimited bandwidth on all its VPS plans, whereas Hostgator meters it.

Bluehost vs Hostgator Cloud Hosting Prices

Basic Cloud
(Yearly Renewal)
Advanced Cloud
(Yearly Renewal)
Premium Cloud
(Yearly Renewal)
Hostgator Logo
Hostgator Cloud Hosting
$7.95/month
$10.95
Discount 27%off
With 27% - 45% off Coupon code: SNAPPY
$9.95/month
$13.95
Discount 29%off
With 27% - 45% off Coupon code: SNAPPY
$11.95/month
$19.95

Discount 40%off With 27% - 45% off Coupon code: SNAPPY
Bluehost Logo
Bluehost Cloud Hosting
$10.95/month $15.95/month $20.95/month
Both Bluehost and Hostgator’s prices on their website are for 36 months. Bluehost in particular claims that its cloud products are discounted, but I haven’t been able to find that. As far as I can tell, there’s no discount for Bluehost cloud offerings.
About Bhagwad Park

I've been writing about web hosting and WordPress tutorials since 2008. I also create tutorials on Linux server administration, and have a ton of experience with web hosting products. Contact me via e-mail!