WP Engine vs Hostgator

WP Engine and Hostgator are among the two most popular web hosting services that both newbies and experienced bloggers, site owners and webmasters can take advantage of. Both of them offer a number of hosting packages to meet a variety of customers needs. However no two web hosting services are alike and the differences between the two are significant enough that a comparison would be able to highlight some key differences between these hosts and plans. If you have not read my WP Engine or Hostgator Reviews, please go read them.

To be honest, customers who tend to host on WP Engine tend to have different needs from those who use Hostgator, and some of us (hand raised) use both for different purposes. It is for this reason that it makes sense to highlight these differences in a comparison. I’ve already had the opportunity to be hosted on both platforms for a few years now. My important WordPress based sites are hosted on WP Engine while my smaller blogs, and other non WordPress sites are hosted on Hostgator. After using both hosting services for some time, I’ve come to favor one more than the other, although I must admit that both have their good points and bad points as well.

Still, if you’re here, you’re likely interested in my verdict. However, I can’t guarantee that you will agree with me. After all, your needs are different from mine and you will likely favor some features over others. We have different perspectives after all. That’s why I am including all the information here that helped me arrive at my decision and hopefully you’ll be able to make your own decisions about WP Engine and Hostgator.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS

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WP Engine Hostgator
  • WP Engine’s support team are truly experts when it comes to hosting issues and WordPress installations
  • Fully managed plans is like having your very own administrator managing your site while you attend to other aspects of the business
  • Multi-server clusters are optimized to deliver your site in the shortest time possible
  • Staging area is a godsend, allowing developers to test out changes to the site without downtime
  • Daily backups and one-click restore points make it easier to recover from a critical situation and keep the site up
  • Entry level plans are significantly more expensive than competitors
  • They handle all WordPress security for you
  • Cost of entry level plans are much more affordable
  • Great value for money, especially with shared hosting plans
  • Wider choice of plans from entry-level to enterprise
  • Both fully-managed and semi-managed plans are offered
  • Support is very limited with semi-managed plans
  • Much more control if you are running custom apps or plugins

WP Engine’s Personal plan is significantly more expensive than Hostgator’s shared hosting plans, but you also get much better service and support for the money. WP Engine is a fully managed, fully optimized web host that you can just walk away from. Hostgator has more affordable options and you can pay extra on a VPS plan or dedicated server if you want it to be fully managed. Either way, you get what you pay for. If you are running a WordPress blog and are looking for set it and forget it, then WP Engine may just be the one for you. Its almost like having a server admin on staff, whereas with Hostgator, you will have to handle security, updates, backups, etc.

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PRICING

 Diagram 3 - WP Engine Plans

 Diagram 4 - Hostgator Shared Hosting Plans

WP Engine Hostgator
  • WP Engine offers four plans: Personal, Professional, Business and Premium
  • The Personal plan is good for one WordPress install and costs only $29 for a maximum of 25,000 visits a month, unlimited data transfer and 10GB local storage
  • The Professional plan allows up to 10 WordPress installs and costs $99 for up to 100,000 visits a month, unlimited data transfer, and 20GB local storage
  • The Business plan allows up to 25 WordPress installs and costs  $249 for up to 400,000 visits a month, unlimited data transfer and 30GB local storage
  • The Premium plan offers unlimited WordPress installs, visits, data transfer and storage, but you have to contact the WP Engine team for pricing
  • Offers 60-day trial period
  • Site Security is part of the price, its is your responsibility with other hosts
  • Daily backups is also part of this price, it is your responsibility with other hosts
  • Performance enhancements and built in cache is also part of the price, whereas you would pay extra for performance tuning on your own.
  • Hostgator offers 3 shared hosting plans, 9 VPS plans, and 4 dedicated server plans
  • Shared hosting ranges from $8.95 to $14.95 on a per month basis
  • VPS hosting ranges from $19.95 to $219.95 depending on CPU, RAM, disk space, bandwidth, and whether it’s fully managed or not
  • Dedicated servers range from $174 to $374 per month depending on features like CPU, disk space, uplink, bandwidth, and number of dedicated IPs
  • Offers 45-day money back guarantee period

THE ACTUAL WEB HOSTING EXPERIENCE

WP Engine Hostgator
  • Choosing a plan isn’t a complicated process. Simply choose one according to the size of your website.
  • Scaling up or down is easy. Just go one plan higher up or down.
  • All plans are fully managed. Simply set it up and walk away. WP Engine will manage everything for you, including backups, security, updates and recovery.
  • Support is amazing. Oftentimes they are even proactive about resolving your site’s issues.
  • Performance is astounding. WP Engine prides itself on speed and performance, and WP site hosted on WP Engine are fast.
  • There are a lot of plans to choose from.
  • Plans are very customizable but that’s only convenient if you know what you are doing.
  • Not all plans are fully managed. Shared hosting is only semi-managed to cut down on cost. VPS hosting offers semi-managed and fully managed options
  • They have award-winning support, but don’t expect full support if you are on a shared hosting plan as most of Hostgator’s customers are.


WP Engine doesn’t have as many plans as Hostgator to choose from, but it makes things simpler as you don’t have as many options to pore over. The same thing goes if you want to scale up or down as you go. Hostgator has a ton of choices, but this makes it more difficult to get that right plan for your needs, especially if you don’t know what you should be getting. However if you do, it’s easier to get what you want at the price you want.

Also, WP Engine has freed me up to focus on other aspects of my businesses instead of having to be tied down with the technical aspects of managing my own websites. It’s like I have my very own system administrator watching over my site for me. I’m much more hands on with Hostgator, but I already anticipated this and only have my newer sites on it.

To be honest, both are actually great at what they do. I must say that I’m very partial to the fully managed experience though since I no longer have to think that much about the technical aspects of running a website and can just focus on producing content. However, it is more expensive, which is why I have my smaller sites on Hostgator’s shared hosting services and VPS still.

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Mike Pereira is the founder of CTC Ventures LLC, the parent company of MyWriters.com, TopMarketingStrategies.com as well as a whole host of other businesses. Mike is a regular contributor to blogs such as TopMarketingStrategies.com and MyWriters.com to name a few. Mike is best known for his affiliate marketing prowess and has an extensive Internet marketing and e-commerce background dating back to 1996. Follow Mike at Google+

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