DreamHost vs Hostgator, My Choices of Hosting

One thing I can say with 100% certainty is that GoDaddy is one of the worst hosting providers on the net. That is when it comes to their service; one thing that they are really good at is marketing. I mean you have to be a wizard in order to get such a lame service so highly praised and so popular. I worked in the cPanel, I had to deal with GoDaddy support and I can say it clearly, stay away, you will be better off with a no name hosting company than in the clutches of GoDaddy. Really people, that is my honest opinion, my choices of hosting are DreamHost and Hostgator.

At the moment I am using DreamHost hosting service for 90% of my blogs and websites. The reason is simple, on DreamHost I pay one price, there are not 10 prices for 10 various packages and limitations on bandwidth, storage etc… You pay one price for the entire year and you have everything you need without the hidden fees that most hosting companies like GoDaddy will use. I mean GoDaddy advertises like one of the cheapest hosting companies, but their cheapest hosting plan wouldn’t feed one of my blogs with enough bandwidth or storage for that matter.
DreamHost Hosting
So what do I like so much about DreamHost hosting service, hmm, let see:

-    They offer one price for unlimited disk storage, bandwidth, and tons of other features
-    They have a great customer support which is very important, I always add a special value to any company in any field based on their customer service
-    Easy to use panel, not like cPanel, I am talking extra easy even for beginners
-    Non commercial hosting company. Yes, unlike GoDaddy or even Hostgator, DreamHost is not as commercial, they offer a valuable service and they know their customers will always be back and recommend them so there is no need for them to advertise. The only advertising they get is from guys like me that like their service.

What I don’t like about DreamHost hosting company? To tell you the truth, I still haven’t found it. This is my second year with DreamHost and so far I can’t see myself under a different hosting, what can I say, I fell in love.

On the other hand I used to use Hostgator hosting a lot in the past, the only thing I use Hostgator at the moment is their reseller hosting. I provide some low level hosting service for friends and locals here in Serbia. But, that is not because they are bad, the reason why I switched was because I never liked cPanel to begin with, felt more easier with DreamHost at the moment and I never looked back, but 99% of my experience with Hostgator was great.

One thing everyone loves about Hostgator hosting is the fact that they offer one of the highest quality hosting services with unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage for the lowest price. That is why I got on board in the first place. I mean $5 a month for hosting is a joke, especially when all other companies offer limited bandwidth and storage for that price. And the other alternatives for that price you will most likely find are no where near the quality of the service Hostgator hosting provides!

One thing I don’t like about their cheapest hosting is the fact that you don’t have unlimited number of domains, which you do with DreamHost. If you want unlimited number of domains on your hosting you need to go with their $8 plan, and there they tie with DreamHost and there my speech ends. But for those that don’t intend to host more than one domain on a hosting plan Hostgator is great for that price, but again, who would want to put a limit on one domain per hosting? If you are looking for a great reseller hosting or VPS hosting, well that is another story and I recommend Hostgator hosting company with all my heart.

If you want to sign up for DreamHost I have a special PROMO code, my personal promo code that you can use to get $47 off the first year hosting or $67 off two year hosting, in other words, if you use my promo code “ZAR13” your first year hosting will cost only $72.40 or $6 a month and if you go for the two year hosting it will cost you $147.80 or $6.12 per month for unlimited hosting and storage, plus unlimited domains.

On the other hand I can’t offer such a discount on Hostgator hosting, the max I can get is $9.94 off of any hosting plan you choose if you enter my Promo code “practicalseo”.

I hope this helps, personally if you plan on making a long term investment into your online business DreamHost hosting is your best choice in my opinion. Of course, this is based on the hosting services I used, so that doesn’t mean that there aren’t better hosting companies out there. As far as I know there might be an even better offer, so shop around, read other reviews, never stop in one place and take their word on it, especially if you see promo codes like here! That means that I get a little bit of something if you sign up, heh. To make a better choice you might want to read my article VPS or Dedicated Sever.

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18 Response to DreamHost vs Hostgator, My Choices of Hosting

  1. lawmacs on October 17, 2010

    There is one other thing wrong about godaddy is that there control panel is filled with their advertisng and that is a big turn off i have never host with hostgator or dreamhost i notice lots of write up about them at the moment i am looking and testing virtual dedicated server so might just jump on board one of these host

  2. Zarko on October 17, 2010

    Which one do you use Lawmac?

    Personally, go daddy is a nightmare, these two I had success, DreamHost is perfect for me, but that doesn’t mean it will be perfect for others.
    Like I said, read all of the reviews before you make your choice :)

  3. Felicia @ No Deposit Poker on October 21, 2010

    Hi Zarko,
    Thank you for sharing us your experience with GoDaddy, Hostgator and Dreamhost. I guess I will go for HostGator, but I will look around some more, since I’m not in a hurry to do so. :)

  4. Zarko on October 21, 2010

    Just what the doctor recommended :)

    Always shop around, who knows, maybe you find something even better!

  5. Urvisha Patel@Diabetes in dogs on October 21, 2010

    I only used two web hosting companies so far:
    1. Lunarpages, they were ok at the beginning, but they were taking all my websites offline, if I had a CPU usage increase. No warnings, no nothing, bang. I recall once having all the websites offline for 2-3 days.
    Next day, I moved to hostgator, never had a problem with them and I hope I never will.

  6. Zarko on October 21, 2010

    Never hear about LunarPages.. Well I think you will find Hostgator to be great, the uptime is like with any other company that has been around for years, 99.99%.

    The LunarPages hosting reminds me of the problem that the owner of Blogetery had with his hosting, not sure what was the name, but they took down his website with no warning and no explanation, he had to wait a few months to get everything setup and to transfer his domain to a new hosting.

  7. Urvisha Patel@Diabetes in dogs on October 21, 2010

    @Zarko: Lunarpages are one of the big guys in the web hosting business but stay away from them. They have good reviews – like all the web hosting companies-but their support is awful and uptime just the same.
    Hostgator is flawless so far.

  8. Zarko on October 21, 2010

    Thanks for the heads up Urvisha :)

    Not that I planned on switching from my current DreamHost account, even if I did I guess I would try BlueHost as my third choice of hosting provider!

  9. Urvisha Patel@Diabetes in dogs on October 22, 2010

    @Zarko: You’re welcome:)
    Just don’t try Lunarpages, it should be your last option.

  10. Zarko on October 28, 2010

    Hi Nagi,

    slow load time can be from multiple issues, like big sizes of your pages, too much media, etc… And then again, every company has bad days, if you expect to have 100% fast load time you have to make your site usability top notch and keep your fingers crossed that the hosting company doesn’t have a bad day.

    I suggest you first check the size of your pages and check your google webmaster account to see the loading time and where you fare before talking about hosting issues, especially with one of the officially three top hosting companies in the world!

  11. Josh Ray@Make Money Blogging on November 6, 2010

    I’ve never liked GoDaddy, but they do have some great commercials. I use hostmonster which I believe is the same company as hostgator. The price is great, the service is great and I’ve never had any problems.

  12. Zarko on November 6, 2010

    Hi Josh,

    I think most bloggers and people that live off of internet don’t use GoDaddy, only beginners make that mistake. And yeah, I think HostMonster is the same as HostGator. In the end if we are satisfied with the service our hosting company provides, whichever company, we should stay where we are :)

  13. dean @ seo report on November 21, 2010

    wish i read this blog earlier i just bought a domain from godaddy but transfered the domain to weebly hopefully i wont live to regret it

  14. Zarko on November 21, 2010

    Weebly, that is like a website for kids with paint brush that you can use to make it look nice. If you are serious about an online business than you should either invest some time to learn about HTML or WordPress customization or you should pay someone to create a solid looking WP blog or you can even use a pre-designed free HTML or CSS template, no need to use Weebly services. Those websites usually end up looking like a kids website.

    Don’t get me wrong, I have seen amazing websites on Weebly, but those were done by professionals that known HTML. My suggestion is to try and get it out of weebly and onto a second hosting account, it would be better to return it to GoDaddy if you can’t switch to another hosting.

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  16. Maria Pavel@CNA Training on February 22, 2011

    “99% of my experience with Hostgator was great”

    I’d say 100% od my experience with them was great, never had a problem with them. Lunarpages was a nightmare, but these guys are just..great.


  17. web hosting cricket on May 3, 2011

    There are a lot of web hosting companies out there and both of the ones you suggested are good in my opinion. It is hard to choose which is the best. Your article really was very informative and I enjoyed reading it.

  18. Sammie on February 3, 2012

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