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 see below, the various Bluehost coupons reduce the price of hosting vis a vis Hostgator by quite a bit!

Bluehost has fixed discounts that are applied automatically. Whereas Hostgator makes you search for each coupon find the best deal. Here’s the complete Hostgator coupon code list.

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Bluehost vs Hostgator Shared Hosting Prices

Bluehost has an elusive $2.95/month offer for a 36-month renewal.

Basic PlanAdvanced PlanPremium Plan
Hostgator Logo
Hostgator Shared Hosting
$2.58/m
$6.95
Discount 63% off
With Coupon code: SAVINGSBUNDLE
$3.95/m
$9.95
Discount 60% off
With Coupon code: SAVINGSBUNDLE
$5.95/m
$14.95
Discount 60% off
With Coupon code: SAVINGSBUNDLE
Bluehost Logo
Bluehost Shared Hosting
$3.95/m
$7.99
Discount: 51% off
$5.95/m
$10.99
Discount: 46% off
$5.95/m
$14.99
Discount: 60% off

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.

Bluehost Basic Plan: Cheapest with Domain

If you can manage to snag the 2.95/m deal, the Bluehost basic plan is the cheapest web hosting on the market because of the included free domain. It’s also a decent option if you want to use it for parking additional domains due to the 5 available slots.

Hostgator’s Hatchling Plan: Cheapest without Domain

If you already have a domain name, then the Hostgator Hatchling plan is your cheapest option – whether for 12-months, or 3-years. Here’s a complete review of the Hatchling plan.

Here’s the comparison of their shared hosting features:

Hostgator HatchlingBluehost Basic
Monthly Price $2.58/Mo (12-Months)
With Coupon code: SAVINGSBUNDLE
$3.95/Mo
Number of Domains 1 Domain 1 Domain
SSD Storage? No Yes
Disk Space Unlimited * 50 GB
Free SSL Yes Yes
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited
Free Domain No Yes
Subdomains Unlimited 25
Parked Domains None * 5

If you want a free domain with Hostgator, you can purchase the Gator website builder package instead. The prices are slightly lower than Bluehost for the equivalent service.

Are Bluehost and Hostgator the Same Company?

Both Bluehost and Hostgator share the same parent company – the Endurance International Group or EIG. EIG acquired Bluehost in 2010, and Hostgator in 2012.

However, the management of these two hosting companies remain completely different. I can attest to that because I’m in touch with the staff of each of them on a regular basis, and the entire modus operandii is different. They have different accounting, and different marketing campaigns. They don’t even share the same servers.

In addition, they both serve different niches. Hostgator is geared towards people searching for deals, and the cheapest hosting. Their list of coupon codes is far superior. Bluehost, on the other hand is more standardized. They have just one special discount for $2.95/m, and that’s that.

Opinions on Reddit Hostgator and Bluehost

Searching for opinions on forums like Reddit and Quora can be a mixed bag. For example, you can get genuine experiences like this one, or you can get outright shilling for specific companies.

But even among the various opinions, you usually end up looking at those that already suit your view. There are people who say both Bluehost and Hostgator are crap. Others who’ve had bad experiences with only one or the other. In all honesty, there’s no substitute for experience. Because the same company can give you differing levels of service depending on the reps, the available resources, and any other specific considerations at the time.

Customer service is more standardized on smaller hosting companies like NameHero for example. They have a more personalized touch, and a more direct line of communication to the management in case something goes wrong. I strongly suggest you try out NameHero if you don’t want to host with a conglomerate like EIG.

Bluehost vs Hostgator Affiliate Program

Bluehost’s affiliate program is in-house, whereas Hostgator goes through impact.com – at least for the global branch. Each regional Hostgator branch has its own affiliate system, payouts, quotas, and marketing. In fact, the various Hostgator companies around the world have nothing in common apart from the name.

It can be a bit of a hassle to sign up with Impact, as they’ll ask you a bunch of questions about how you plan to generate revenue. I even got personalized e-mails asking for more details about my marketing plans. Here’s a screenshot of the e-mail:

Hostgator affiliate application with Impact.com

Overall, the process took me almost 2 weeks from start to finish. With Bluehost, there are no such problems. You just sign up and start promoting their links immediately.

Hostgator Commission Structure

Hostgator’s very open about it’s commissions. Here they are:

1-10 sales: $50 each
11-20 sales: $100 each
21+ sales: $125 each

If you start generating just a few sales a month, there’s a good chance that a representative will reach out to you and boost your initial commissions to $90 per sale instead of $50. However, if this happens, you lose the other tiered commissions.

So when you start to reliably generate 10+ sales in a given month, ask them to switch it back to the regular tiered structure!

Bluehost Commission Structure

Unlike Hostgator, Bluehost’s commission structure is much more opaque. All they say is that they start payouts at $65 per sale. And when you start generating a few, they’ll bump it up to $85 per sale.

Otherwise, Bluehost’s commission tiers seem to be much more “ad-hoc” compared to Hostgator. I’ve heard of people getting $150 per sale, and others getting only $100. You’ll have to see for yourself what deal they give you.

Free Domain with Shared Hosting: Only Bluehost

For regular shared hosting, only Bluehost provides a free domain.

However, you need the right plan with Hostgator. The default shared hosting doesn’t provide a free domain. But the website builder has a coupon included. You can get that deal by clicking this coupon:

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.

Additional Features

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!

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!

SSD Disks: Bluehost vs Hostgator

Hostgator must be one of the only major hosting providers that doesn’t provide SSD disks. Bluehost switched to SSD drives a while back. Now, there’s a case to be made that SSD isn’t really necessary. But still – it’s a feature offered by one host and not the other.

This is also the reason why Hostgator is able to provide unlimited storage. HDD space is much cheaper, so you can actually view that as a benefit compared to Bluehost.

Bluehost vs Hostgator WordPress Hosting

This one is a bit tricky. Bluehost actually has two WordPress hosting plans:

  1. Normal WordPress hosting – basically just shared hosting with “WordPress” attached to it
  2. WP Pro – “Real” managed WordPress hosting, which is a lot more expensive

Prices: Hostgator WordPress vs Bluehost WordPress

Since the regular Bluehost WordPress hosting is just normal hosting with a cherry on top, the table below compares the plans that have actual differences:

Basic WordPressAdvanced WordPressPremium WordPressSuper Premium WordPress
Hostgator Logo
Hostgator WordPress Hosting
$5.95/m
$9.95/month
Discount 40%off
With 39% - 57% off coupon code: READYHOSTING
$7.95/m
$15.95/month
Discount 50%off
With 39% - 57% off coupon code: READYHOSTING
$9.95/m
$22.95/month
Discount 60%off
With 39% - 57% off coupon code: READYHOSTING
Bluehost Logo
Bluehost Managed WordPress Hosting
$19.95/m
$29.99
Discount: 33% off
$29.95/m
$39.99
Discount: 25% off
$49.95/m
$59.99
Discount: 17% off
$69.99/m
$129.99
Discount: 46% off

The first thing that stands out is that Bluehost managed 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” meant for hosting professional sites with hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Features: Hostgator WordPress vs Bluehost WordPress

Hostgator’s WordPress hosting isn’t that high-end, but still has a lot of features compared to their shared hosting plan. Here’s a complete list of differences between Hostgator shared and WordPress hosting. But to summarize, the WordPress plan has:

  1. A CDN
  2. Cloud architecture
  3. Malware scanning
  4. Dynamic server caching
  5. Automatic updates and a separate dashboard

Which is Better for WordPress: Hostgator or Bluehost?

For me, the choice is simple.

If you have a large WordPress site with thousands of visitors, and need enterprise level support, choose Bluehost.

If your site is on a smaller scale, but you still need special WordPress performance tweaks and benefits, choose Hostgator WordPress instead.

Bluehost VPS vs Hostgator VPS

Bluehost and Hostgator offer fundamentally different kinds of VPS hosting. It’s basically managed vs unmanaged, and that accounts for the price difference as shown here:

Price Comparison: Hostgator VPS and Bluehost VPS

Basic VPSAdvanced VPSPremium VPS
Hostgator Logo
Hostgator VPS
$29.95/m
$89.95
Discount 67%off
With coupon code: SNAPPYV2
$39.95/m
$129.95
Discount 69%off
With coupon code: SNAPPYV2
$49.95/m
$159.95
Discount 69%off
With coupon code: SNAPPYV2
Bluehost Logo
VPS Hosting
$18.99/m
$29.99
Discount: 37% off
$29.99/m
$59.99
Discount: 50% off
$59.99/m
$119.99
Discount: 50% off

As you can see, Hostgator’s VPS plans are a lot more expensive. Here’s why.

Features of Bluehost and Hostgator VPS

Here’s a list of what you get with the basic VPS plan for each:

Bluehost VPS vs Hostgator VPS Features
Bluehost StandardHostgator Snappy 2000
CPU Cores22
Disk Space30 GB120 GB
RAM2 GB2 GB
Dedicated IP12
Bandwidth1 TB1.5

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.

Why the Difference in VPS Pricing?

At first glance, it’s obvious that Hostgator VPS is a lot more expensive compared to Bluehost. And the features are almost the same. Sure, Hostgator has a bit more bandwidth and a LOT more disk space. But that’s because Bluehost has SSD and Hostgator uses normal disks.

So why is Bluehost VPS cheaper?

The reason is that Hostgator’s plans are fully managed. That means you don’t need to have technical knowledge of how to install an Apache server for example. On a Bluehost VPS, you need to do all that by yourself. Hostgator takes care of your security, your firewalls, and all the mundane everyday tasks that go into keeping a VPS up and running.

So what you pay for is the essential “managed vs unmanaged” service. Personally, I feel that if your site is important enough to require a VPS, then it’s important enough to pay for management. But of course, that’s not for everyone and if you have the technical skills, you might want to d it all yourself.

It’s a question of personal preference.

Bluehost vs Hostgator Cloud Hosting Prices

Basic CloudAdvanced CloudPremium Cloud
Hostgator Logo
Hostgator Cloud Hosting
$4.95/month
$8.95
Discount 45%off
With 27% - 45% off Coupon code: READYHOSTING
$6.57/month
$11.95
Discount 45%off
With 27% - 45% off Coupon code: READYHOSTING
$9.95/month
$17.95

Discount 45%off With 27% - 45% off Coupon code: READYHOSTING
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!