HostGator and DreamHost are among two of the most popular shared web hosting companies. They’re both well established companies with excellent reputations. The
companies are pretty close in size (about 150 at HostGator, 70 employees at DreamHost) and host a comparable amount of domains (700,000 at HostGator, 500,000 at DreamHost).
HostGator and DreamHost have slightly different company cultures. A
review of HostGator.com’s web site reveals it’s personal and
informative approach. The HostGator web site doesn’t venture into humor
or carefree talk. HostGator.com has few jokes. On the other hand,
DreamHost likes to laugh at itself and sports a web site that contains
obvious jokes and light hearted comments among more serious
information. Some web hosting customers like the jokes, others don’t.
Both web hosting companies, though, are highly technical and know when
to take their work seriously.
HostGator’s shared hosting plans are competitively priced and offer a lot of space and bandwidth. Dreamhost has always offered vastly oversold (they admit it) and very generous plans. The entry level plan offers 500 GB of disk space and 5 TB of monthly bandwidth. Both numbers increase by the gigabytes each week. Both companies include plenty of email accounts, databases, etc with all of their plans.
DreamHost’s cheapest plan will cost you $7.95 per month if you pay
for three years in advance. HostGator’s cheapest shared hosting plan is
$4.95 per month if you pay three years in advance. HostGator’s next
plan up (the Baby plan) offers more space and bandwidth than
DreamHost’s comparably priced plan, but does not increase weekly.
It is important to note that HostGator uses cPanel
exclusively whereas DreamHost uses a custom control panel. DreamHost’s
control panel offers all of the expected features and is very powerful,
but it is not cPanel. If you have a particular affinity for cPanel,
DreamHost won’t be the choice for you.
for an extra $9.95 per month. HostGator also offers 24/7 live chat,
which DreamHost does not. Both companies have active communities forums
and extensive knowledge bases (a wiki in DreamHost’s case). Both
companies provide 24/7 email support, though. At DreamHost, you have to
be logged into to your control panel to send in a ticket. While it is
purely a personal pet peeve, DreamHost does not publish its office
address (they publish a PO Box).
Which web host you go with is entirely up to you. As always, spend time researching both companies. Since both companies have such generous money back guarantees, you can even give them a try and see which one you prefer.
One thing for sure whichever you choose between the two you win ok?