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.
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.
THE ACTUAL WEB HOSTING EXPERIENCE
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.